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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 […]

gear review: osprey karve 6 pack

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Most people (esp. Tahoe) typically don’t have a super-small ski pack in their quiver, especially one that is sidecountry/backcountry focused. However, as more and more people begin to access the sidecountry from their favorite resorts (Squaw, Alpine, CB, Jackson, Bridger, etc.), as well as become more aware of the danger of inbounds avalanches on big […]

avy airbag cost

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Given some relatively high profile airbag coverage in the news, as well as the general results reported over the past few years, it seems apparent that avy airbag packs work well and are another no-brainer on the backcountry gear list. Especially given next years’ packs and the better trends for size, weight, and comfort. However, […]

gear review: playtpus origin hydration packs 3/5

Friday, July 15th, 2011

  New this past season is an entirely revamped hydration pack line from Platypus, the Origin series. I’ve always liked Platypus hydration backs, and still use a mt. biking focused one that’s at least a decade old. I personally think Platypus makes the best hydration products out there, and the new Origin packs are an […]

ski (p)review: volkl nanuq

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Volkl Nanuq (130-94-113) (7.1 lbs for 177 cm)If you’re looking for one ski for your backcountry setup, foregoing the quiver, the Volkl Nanuq is one of the best all-around skis out there I’ve found recently. Volkl sent over some of their new skis for next season, and I’ve been skiing the 2011-2012 Nanuq all spring, […]

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