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2010 Basil Bike Basket, Pet Carrier, and Kid’s Bike Basket Preview and Review

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Basil Bike Basket

Basil Bike Basket

We recently received our first shipment of new 2010 bike baskets and the new summer 2010 line from Basil is looking really great. Its getting to be biking season here in California, so its time to think about styling out your cruiser or commuter with bike accessories from Tahoe Mountain Sports. We carry a wide variey of bike baskets from brands like Basil, Peterboro Basket Company, Wald, and Kruzer King. Let us help you personalize your bike, but above all get out and ride!
One of the cool new baskets we just received is the Basil Bern Memories bike basket. The Bern Memories is the new colored version of the popular Bern metal front mounted bike basket. Available in Salmon Orange (shown), Pastel Green, or Lemon Yellow to match your cruiser or commute bike. Of course the regular Bern is still available in traditional black.

Basil Bern Memories

Basil Bern Memories

Basil Pluto Pet Carrier Bike Basket on Bike

Basil Pluto Pet Carrier Bike Basket on Bike

Another cool new basket is the Basil Pluto Pet Carrier. We get a lot of phone calls from people looking for a bike basket to carry their pets. While the rear mounted Basil Pasja has been a popular solution, a lot of people wanted to be able to keep an eye on Fido while they pedal around town. Enter the front mounted Pluto which lets your pet ride up front and see where they are going. The optional steel frame keeps your pet from deciding that the ride is over and jumping out unexpectedly.
A great option for kids is the Basil Jasmin baskets, now available in more colors. The newest is the Basil Jasmin Rosa shown to the right. For those going for more of a traditional look, the Basil Jasmin Farm basket may be for you. The original Jasmin Basket now comes in Lilac/Soft Pink as well as Blue/White. All styles of the Jasmin are made of durable steel mesh to handle whatever your child can throw at it and are a great addition to any kid’s bike.  If wicker is more your style you may want to check out the Peterboro Original Bike Basket for Kid’s.

Basil Jasmin Rosa Basket

Basil Jasmin Rosa Basket

These are only a few of the great cruiser bike accessories we have here at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Also check out our full selection of hydration packs to keep from getting dehydrated on the road or trail!
   
   
   
   
   

Deuter ACT Trail 24 Backpack Review

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

We are very excited to announce that Tahoe Mountain Sports is 1 of only 2 retailers in the entire country to be carrying the brand new Deuter ACT Trail 24 Backpack and it is in stock and ready for shipping. For those of you that don’t know, Tahoe Mountain Sports carries the entire line of Deuter backpacks and Deuter bike products including what we think is the best hydration reservoir out there, the Deuter Streamer. More on Deuter later, this is a blog post about a brand new, super cool day hiking backpack!

Deuter continues its success in the backpack and daypack world with the release of the all new ACT Trail 24. The new ACT Trail 24 is the little brother to Deuter‘s award winning ACT Trail 32. It brings all the popular features of the ACT Trail 32 and the woman’s specific ACT Trail 28 SL into a more compact 24 liter size, making it a perfect summer day pack for a wide variety of activities.  The Trail Series backpacks are small top-loading traditional daypacks with modern features and top-notch quality.  They have the more traditional AirContact back system compared to the mesh back systems of the Futura series and the all new ultralight Spectro series. The Air Contact back system still ventilates quite well, doesn’t cut into the capacity of the pack and is a bit lighter.

Deuter ACT Trail 24

Deuter ACT Trail 24 - Front View

The backpack includes a large mesh stuff it pocket on the front for a light extra layer or anything that you need easily accessible. One of the best features of the Trail 24 is the  large two way zipper on the front of the pack that provides easy access to the entire contents of your backpack and especially the bottom or anything small and hard to find. This “clamshell” opening as it is referred to allows you to put the back down on its back and get a full view into and full reach into the entire main compartment of the backpack. It also has a mesh pocket on one side and a small zippered side pocket on the other, perfect for your map and compass. Ice axe and trekking pole loops secure gear to the outside, and a hip belt pocket keeps a small camera or other essentials close at hand.

ACT Trail 24 - Two Way Bottom Zipper

ACT Trail 24 - Two Way Bottom Zipper

All of these great features are packed into a compact 2lb 12oz package with typical Deuter durability and quality. The AirContact back system with Delrin™ Frame Rod keeps loads up to 20lbs stable and comfortable. The built in removable rain cover may not see much use here in Tahoe, but is an invaluable feature in wetter climates. Don’t forget, the rain cover by itself would cost you $20 and it is included with this backpack. The pack is hydration reservoir compatible, but the reservoir itself is not included. We highly recommend a Deuter Streamer 3 Liter Reservoir to go with your ACT Trail 24. We always recommend the 3 liter version because if you ever want that much liquid, you have that option, but you don’t always have to fill it up to capacity.

ACT Trail 24 with Rain Cover

ACT Trail 24 with Rain Cover

Overall, this is a great little pack that carries everything you need for a summer day hike or a day at the beach. The 24 liter capacity is perfect for me.  I find 30+ liter day packs a little too big for most summer uses and often a small hydration pack is not big enough. The ACT Trail 24 fills this niche beautifully.  I took the pack out on a 3 hour afternoon hike and it carried everything I needed nicely, including extra food and water for the dog.  I could see this pack being my “Go To” backpack for most summer activities including hikes, bike commuting, and days at the beach. All in all a great little pack and Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to be a partner with Deuter USA in releasing this backpack to our U.S. customers.

ACT Trail 24 Side Pocket

ACT Trail 24 Side Pocket

UPDATE: Want to read more Deuter ACT Trail reviews? Check out the Deuter ACT Trail 24 review on SierraDescents.com or and TMS customer reviews on the Deuter ACT Trail 24.

Pow Skiing on Jake’s Peak With the VholdR ContourHD 1080p

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Back on February 22nd I got out for a day of pow skiing on Jake’s Peak. I was trying to do something fairly mellow and test out my new setup of Black Diamond Zealots with Dynafit Vertical ST bindings. I’ve been a fan of the Zealot’s for a while but I am just now learning about the advantages of the Dynafit binding. They are lighter, tour better, and ski better than any other binding that I have tried. This is nothing new, I’m just awakening to what serious backcountry skiers and ski mountaineers have known for decades. These are the best no compromises AT binding on the market. Look for a full review after I get a few more days on them.

I also tried out the 720p 60 frames per second mode on the VholdR ContourHD 1080p and I think its the best quality video I’ve gotten so far with this thing. It lost some quality when the video was hosted on Vimeo, but you can get the idea. The original file was over 350 MB for a minute and ten seconds of video. Not really feasible for streaming over the net, but it looks amazing on a HD monitor.  The higher frame rate really smoothes out the video, I highly recommend this setting for skiing. As you can see from the video, the snow wasn’t too shabby either.

Jakes Peak Pow 2.22.10 from Nathaniel Mildner on Vimeo.

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