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gear review: platypus tokul xc 3

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Most of the time we carry way too much mtb gear. In reality, esp. during summer and fall in the Sierra, we really don’t need much more than water, repair kit, gels/bars, and maybe a very light wind layer. For longer rides you can usually get away with this tech as well, maybe more food […]

gear review: blizzard bonafide ski

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

 
The Blizzard Bonafide and other new skis (Cochise/Bodacious) have converted a lot of people over to Blizzard, and it’s very easy to see why this ski racked up so many awards …. it has got to be, hands-down, one of the best all-round, one-quiver ski out there. I have spent a lot of time on […]

gear review: patagonia nano puff hoodie

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I am constantly on the look-out for the perfect Tahoe backcountry insulation layer. Tahoe has its own peculiarities and conditions, namely the refined balance between relatively “warm” cold temps and high water content snow, so it is difficult to find a great match. For an insulation piece to become a core piece for the pack, […]

gear review: marmot zion neoshell jacket

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

We are getting very close to perfection here … the elusive waterproof softshell is very, very close indeed. Marmot’s Zion Jacket, made from Polartec® NeoShell® fabric, is about as close as you can get to the best of both worlds - real breathability and reliable/bomber waterproofness. This jacket and the other products being made with […]

gear review: crossen surf hat - a better surf hat

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

I realize we’re in the middle of winter, and the skiing has been great in Tahoe, amazing snow, excellent stability, great snowpack, and lots of pow lasting with the very cod temps. But, it’s time for a brief piece of gear news. Along with my snow interests, I also surf as much as possible, and […]

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