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Arc’teryx – Outdoor Apparel – Serious Attention To Detail

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Build the finest products possible. That is the Arc’teryx mantra.

Named after ARCHAEOPTERYX LITHOGRAPHICA, the first reptile to develop feathers for flight and free itself from the constraints of the horizontal world, Arc’teryx clothing promotes athletes with performance enhancing technical features so they can do whatever it is they do without restraint. By using only the best materials available and utilizing the most innovative design techniques, they ensure their products will meet the specific demands of their loyal customers and last much longer than others on the market.

To make a garment that fits very well and has very few seams as well as next-to-no bulk takes years of R&D. Each Arc’teryx pant, Arc’teryx jacket and Arc’teryx backpack spends several years in development so that it’s the best it can be for those who demand nothing but the best. Buy one Arc’teryx jacket every three to five, or even ten years, versus buying a cheaper and easier to manufacture jacket from another company every year or two. There is good reason why the return rate of Arc’teryx products is less than one tenth of 1%. With numbers like these, it’s a given that a lifetime warranty is standard with all their products.

Our Arc’Teryx sales rep gives us the beta on their fine attention to detail.



GORE-TEX is made of Teflon, and has pores so small that water droplets cannot leak through. Those pores are still large enough to be penetrated by water vapor, making GORE-TEX a breathable, waterproof solution to the constant outdoor enthusiasts’ conundrum.

GORE-TEX Pro, the most durable GORE-TEX, can spend up to 500 hours in the wash before springing a leak.

GORE-TEX Active, the most breathable GORE-TEX, is almost as durable as GORE-TEX pro.

GORE-TEX Paclite, the lightest form of GORE-TEX with no extra lining to prevent damage from oils, so it packs down very small.

Arc’Teryx Apparel Genres:

Ascent – Climb, Alpine, Fast & Light
Whiteline – Ski & Snowboard
Endorphin -Aerobic sports, more breathable
Mountain Essentials – Best selling crossover gear, more durable than Ascent line


GORE-TEX has always required a high standard from their affiliated manufacturers because they don’t want their reputation damaged in the case that another company’s product leaks or fails due to poor construction. Arc’teryx has used their own innovative concepts to elevate some of those standards. For example, they spent seven years developing the reverse-coil polyurethane zipper . They sold that design to YKK, and now we see it in many products industry-wide.

GORE-TEX also used to require a standard 3/8″ seam allowance on all products sporting the GORE-TEX brand logo (The seam allowance is the overlapping seam left over when two pieces of material are sewn together.) Being the minimalists they are, Arc’teryx saw 3/8″ as too much unnecessary material and bulk, and almost 14 years ago they changed this standard to 1/8″. Two years later, they proved that 1/16″ of seam allowance was sufficient if it were sewn, glued and taped in place. To this day we still see products with all sorts of taped seams and extra “stuff”, an easy way out of spending extra time and money to manufacture only the best, but the highest performing products take the high road. They may cost more initially, but in the end they’re worth more because they will outperform and outlast the low-ballers.


Smartwool – Merino Wool – PhD Smart Socks and Active Clothing

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

I always tend to reach for my favorite pair of socks, but they’re often dirty. That got me thinking…why not just have a week’s supply of Smartwool? That way I’ll always end up with my favorite socks.

Sheep roam from climates that are warm and wet to climates that are high, cold and dry – and they do it all in the same coat. Natural wool fibers posses excellent breathability, odor control and temperature regulating characteristics. It only seems natural that we would use similar fibers when producing clothing for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. By breathing well and absorbing moisture, the chance of developing blisters decreases. With good odor control, socks and base layers can be worn multiple days in a row. As an excellent temperature regulator, you stay warm even when your clothes get wet. Since wool also manages moisture so well, your body maintains a more stable temperature with wool next to your skin than it does with other synthetic materials. It’s no wonder wool is the preferred material for such a large number of outdoor and active apparel brands.

Smartwool uses Merino wool from sheep bred in New Zealand. These sheep live on farms with hundreds of thousands of acres to roam and graze. Happy feet come from happy sheep! The fibers from these sheep are softer, longer and thinner (1/3 as thick as human hair), so they don’t itch or feel rough against your skin like wool from other sources does. Smartwool even has a Next To Skin (NTS) line, boasting the most comfortable wool used in long underwear and base layers.

New for Fall 2012, Smartwool redesigned their apparel to have a “body-enhancing” fit. It’s a more generous cut, with stitching that provides an opposite effect: a more fit, or athletic, appearance. That generous cut allows you to do more because it doesn’t hug the body as tightly. You can exercise and do other stuff like shop, work, or hang out and still be comfortable in you workout clothes.

The PhD socks, which are high-end, super-smart performance socks, have a newly designed heel and toe to maximize durability in the most high-contact areas. Smartwool Reliawool and their new Fit System fits better, stretches more and reforms better.

Also new for Fall 2012 is the Smartwool packaging construction. They no longer use plastic hooks or tabs in their display materials. It is all recyclable and can be opened and closed over and over again without tearing or damaging anything, so retailers won’t waste materials each time they pull a product out of its packaging.

In addition to the popular Smartwool Socks (Smartwool running socks, Smartwool ski socks and Smartwool Crew socks), which they are mostly known for in the outdoor and active-wear industry, they make tons of other great Merino wool products. Smartwool clothing like Smartwool shirts, Smartwool bottoms, Smartwool hoodies, and Smartwool long underwear. We also carry Smartwool Accessories: Smartwool Beanies, Smartwool Neck Gaiters, and great Smartwool kids items are just a few of the Smartwool products we carry at Tahoe Mountain Sports.

Smartwool Socks - Merino Wool Clothing

A microscopic representation of our Smartwool Clothing collection

Smartwool also offers a Smart Sampler: 3 pairs for $40 – These make a great gifts! Warm winter socks and are always good stocking-stuffers.

People who want cheap, buy cheap. People who have previously owned Smartwool socks buy five pairs at a time.

The Smartwool Warning: You’ll Buy More!



Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports

When: Wednesday November 7, 2012, 5 to 8 p.m.

Inspiration, Education & Shopping at Tahoe Mountain Sports

Come join your fellow Backcountry Babes and Mountain Mommas for a fun night at your local gear hub and get psyched for winter along with the rest of us! Store-wide savings and special deals offer the perfect chance to do some holiday shopping, or to simply spoil yourself!

There are great prizes to be won, including two pairs of UGG boots (of winner’s choice) valued at $250+! We’re also giving out free gifts with all purchases, like yoga mats or Wigwam socks.

With winter just around the corner, we’ve got everything you need to stay warm outside! If you’re into hiking, yoga, Crossfit, climbing, skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing or Nordic skiing, we’ve got the gear to get you out there! Come meet like minded women while you enjoy wine, light refreshments and 100% natural and organic Ener-Treats made locally by Kaili Sanchez, Owner of Kaili’s Creative Kitchen.

To add even more fuel to your fire, 13-year Truckee resident Susie Sutphin will be in the house, providing inspirational stories from her years in the field. Suzie’s varied careers have brought her from “Couloir” magazine to Patagonia Clothing and later the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival where she ran the national tour. The films inspired her to explore building a smarter and more equitable food system, and she has since collected her discoveries about sustainable and regional food systems on her blog, When not enjoying a good meal with friends, you’ll find Susie out exploring the Sierra Nevada backcountry either on snow, dirt or rock! Her passion for the outdoors has taken her on two wheels and two sticks to many interesting destinations around the world. Her current big adventure is a non-profit called the Tahoe Food Hub, which will source regional food from area producers within 150-miles and make more ecological eats available to the North Lake Tahoe community. Susie is happy to come share her photos, stories, advice and regrets, in an attempt to entice us all to be healthier, more active and more involved.


5:00-6:30 – Shopping, Mingling, Food & Wine – Presented by Uncorked and Kaili’s Creative Kitchen

6:30-7:30 – Slideshow Presentation, Q&A w/ Susie Sutphin – Local Outdoors Woman Extraordinaire

7:30-8:00 – Raffle + More Drinking! – Chance to win 2 pairs of Ugg Boots, Yoga Mats & More…


Proceeds from Ladies Night will benefit Susie’s non-profit organization, the Tahoe Food Hub. Thank you to the sponsors of the evening, Prana, Ugg, Wigwam, Uncorked and Kaili’s Creative Kitchen.


Sponsors for Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports

Tahoe’s Best In Fall – Hikes, Bikes, Climbs, Fishing, Photos, Ski Porn

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

With a change in the seasons comes a change in the weather, activities and attitude. You’ll want to be warm and comfortable so you can stay outside and make the most of each day. It’s time to start thinking soft, toasty, cozy and colorful!

Prana, Horny Toad and Ibex all make comfortable clothing meant for moving, stretching, climbing or just getting comfortable in cool weather. If you’ve never worn sheepskin boots, you’ve got to try a pair of Sorel or Ugg boots. You’ll really be in for a treat! They specialize in warm and comfortable footwear, both casual and classy.

Places to view and photograph fall foliage in Tahoe and the surrounding Sierras:

Aspens in Tahoe

Aspens in Tahoe make for great photographs.

Tahoe Area:

-Blackwood Canyon, south of Tahoe City on Hwy 89.
– Paige Meadows, near Tahoe City.
– Anywhere near Fallen Leaf Lake/Tallac/Angora Lake.
– We can’t list all these locations without including the awesome display of color just outside of Kings Beach, north of Brockway pass along Hwy 267.

Fall Photoshoot in Tahoe

Fall Photoshoot

Surrounding Areas:

– Hope Valley, near Carson Pass.
– June Lake, near Mammoth Lakes.
– Aspen groves on the downhill (Hwy 395) from Bridgeport to Mono Lake. There are great views from the highway, or go a little further and enjoy them from the Travertine Hot Springs.
– Non-native maples were even planted somewhere in Little Yosemite Valley. You just may feel super-human after capturing these in their full color scheme.

Do you have enough camera equipment to necessitate a camera-specific backpack? The DaKine Sequence Photo Pack protects your gear and keeps it all organized so you can swap lenses and access your other equipment quickly and easily. If you really want to suck in the fall colors, you may need to keep your shutter open longer than usual for daytime shots. Do you have a tripod to keep your camera steady? Did you know they make tripods for point-and-shoot, handheld cameras? We carry Joby Gorillapod Camera Tripods to help you avoid those blurry, unattractive photographs. They go anywhere, wrap around anything you can imagine, and pack away in a small pocket.


Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Tahoe Trad

Trad Climbing is Groovy.

– There is tons of sweet bouldering at DL Bliss State Park, located north of Emerald Bay.
Donner Pass has many options for sport and trad climbing, as well as places where you can hike around a top-rope.
– Lover’s Leap, near Strawberry, has some of the best moderate-level granite in the country. Sheer cliffs with multi-pitches for sport and trad climbing provide options for all-day adventure.
– Bishop is known across the country, and even the world, for having lots of great bouldering. The Buttermilks have a lot of V7 problems, and the weather nicer in the desert during the winter months, making for a good escape from the mountains when the temps get low.
– The Owens River Gorge, north of Bishop, has some of the best sport climbing in the country.
– Some days call for indoor climbing, found locally at both High Altitude Fitness in Incline Village and the bouldering gym at Truckee Sports Exchange.

Need a belay? How about harnesses, shoes or ropes? We carry climbing gear from Black Diamond, shoes from La Sportiva, and more! And don’t go without your guidebook! Pick up a copy of the Locals Guide To Rock Climbs Of North Tahoe or the High Sierra Climbing Guide.



Golden Trout, Fly Fishing In Tahoe

A beautiful Golden Trout, photo courtesy of Maher’s Guide Service.

While a lot of other activities slow down in the fall, the fish are hungry and insects are hatching, so fly fishing is prime! In fact, October and November are some of the best times of year to fish the Truckee River and surrounding waters. We have warm hats, utility knives, waterproof pants, base layers and warm socks to keep you cozy on those cold mornings along the creek. Local Fly Guide Chris Maher even claims that his Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is his favorite warm top when fly fishing in cold weather.

Brown Trout Fishing, Tahoe In Fall

TMS Employee Ryan shows off a lovely and difficult catch – a Brown Trout. Photo via Maher’s Guide Service.


Hiking & Biking:

Tahoe is full of trails for hiking and biking. This area is literally almost full. An optimist might say this cup is “overflowing”. The Tahoe Rim Trail travels the perimeter of the lake, and there is an abundance of “trail-butaries” that flow toward or away from the lake and the surrounding roads. There are just too many options for trail travel to bother listing them here. Plus, who wants to give away their greatest secrets?

Mountain Biking Trails Tahoe

Whipping through trees and rocks on a mountain bike is exhilarating!

You may want to pick up a few important items before you hit the hills. Check out the National Geographic Ultimate Outdoor Trail Kit – and take any trail map with you, anywhere you go. Access maps and pinpoint your location with GPS, even when you’re out of range of a signal! Or pick up a map of the Lake Tahoe Basin, and get out there and see it all for yourself. Hydration Packs are a great way to carry your water conveniently in a water bladder inside your backpack, along with another layer, trail snacks, a camera and your other accessories. The SteriPen fits in a pocket and uses ultraviolet (UV) light to sterilize a full liter of water in just 90 seconds, so you can drink it safely and keep moving forward.


Ski Conditioning: 

As the winter months approach and we begin to think more on snow-terms, we tend to get a bit excited. Many of the more serious skiers and snowboarders in Tahoe are elite athletes who train vigorously for the upcoming season. Yoga and other core-strengthening exercises are popular in mountain towns, along with running, biking and other cardiovascular activities. We carry clothing made for working out from brands like Prana and Horny Toad – they specify in yoga clothing and climbing clothing.

Getting into gear for a winter filled with moguls and backcountry skiing!



Watching countless hours of Snow Porn:Attack Of La Nina - Matchstick Films

We can’t compile a list of the best things to do in Tahoe, or any mountain town for that matter, without including ski porn. The off-season is when we rummage through stacks of old ski and snowboard movies. We pull out the oldies and the OG’s, and we attend premiers for new flicks from the top film makers. Luckily we have the latest prized jewels, like TGR’s One For The Road, Sherpa Cinemas’ All I Can, and Attack of La Nina from MatchStick Productions. And you know for darn sure we’ll soon have TGR’s latest Jeremy Jones’ Further and The Dream Factory.








Joby Gorillapod Camera Tripod
Joby Gorillapod Camera Tripod
MSRP: $24.95
CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack
CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack
MSRP: $99.95


No Jet Boil? You’re Up A Crick Without A Paddle!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

This feature comes from Kirsten Alburg, a TMS staff writer, teacher, and owner of Alaska’s Take Refuge Canoe. Kirsten is a regular contributor to our blog and an above-average adventure enthusiast living on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

Jet Boil - Canoe Camping

A Jetboil cooking system in use on-board a canoe.

Take Refuge Canoe, an adventure canoe company that runs guided and outfitted canoe trips in the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, boasts that without their Jet Boil Cook System they would be up a crick without a paddle.

The Kenai Wildlife Refuge Canoe System, one of only three nationally recognized wilderness canoe systems in America, combines close to 300 lakes within two river systems with abundant wildlife.  With many lakes to paddle there are just as many portages to forge, so paddlers expect to carry their gear a good distance – sometimes upwards of a mile. Since canoes weigh so much, there is a strong emphasis on packing light, and camp stoves are never an exception.

This is why Take Refuge Canoe uses the Jet Boil Helios Group 1.5 liter Cooking Systemas their campsite and on-the-go cooking system for all their trips. With an adjustable burner, push-button ignition, insulated lid and canister stabilizer, things are really made easier out on the trail (or boat) when you have a Jetboil.

Jetboil Group Cooking System

Stove and Fuel both fit in the pot!

Jetboil fuel canisters are also small and lightweight, and just the right size (110 grams) to accurately gauge your fuel consumption prior to departure. This makes it very easy to pack for an adventure.

The Jet Boil Flash is also a key component on all canoe trips, due to its simple usability inside the boat and its quick boiling time. A thermochromic temperature indicator is visible through three stripes on the side of the 1-liter anodized aluminum cooking cup, so you can tell when your water is hot and close to boiling. When it reaches boiling, pour it through a Jetboil Coffee Press and enjoy your favorite brew when you’re as far from a Starbucks as you can get. Jetboils have excellent fuel efficiency and are one of the best backpacking stoves available today.

TRC’s last group of the season, who decided to embark on an extremely rainy fall overnight trip, was especially thankful for the quick cups of hot tea, coffee, and meals made along the way, says company owner Kirsten Alburg. It was these “liquids from heaven” that our guests said kept their spirits high and dry during the nearly flood-stage two-day downpour.  A note taken from the TRC suggestion box stated,  “The Jet Boil system was our best friend during our amazing yet damp paddle trip through the Kenai Wildlife Refuge! It’s so nice to book with a company that has the right gear for the job!”


Jetboil Flash Cooking System
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
MSRP: $84.95
Jetboil Group Cooking System
Jetboil Group Cooking System
MSRP: $119.95

Awesome Stories Earn Awesome Rewards! Got A Kuhl Pants Story?

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

We’re doing another Kuhl Clothing giveaway – just in time for fall hiking/climbing and the winter wonderland on its way! Celebrate fall in style with a fresh pair of Kuhl pants and a Kuhl shirt.

Kuhl Tiger – photo from Kuhl’s Facebook Page

Contest Guidelines: In 100 words or less, tell us your most memorable moment that involved clothing. It could be hilarious, embarassing, or inspirational – just keep your wordage PG-rated.

Just post up your story on our Facebook wall and @ tag Kuhl’s Facebook Page for your chance to win pair of Kuhl pants and a Kuhl shirt! Photos are welcome, just keep ’em appropriate. We’ll pick the winner, but we may ask for Facebook fans to help by ‘liking’ their favorite!

Our last Kuhl Facebook contest was a huge success, so let’s keep the free stuff moving!

Kuhl Tough – photo from Kuhl’s Facebook Page

Winner Selection: The winner, to be chosen October 29 on our Facebook page, will get to choose one pair of Kuhl Pants AND one Kuhl Shirt, color and sizing subject to availability. Free shipping inside the continental US. If the winner is outside the US, winner will be responsible for shipping charges.

Kuhl clothing is made out of tough yet comfortable materials that stand up to the rigors of the outdoors without being stiff or rough. Kuhl clothing is perfect for long days on the trail or on the rock. All their pants feature a blend of cotton and synthetic materials to give you the best feel, durability, temperature and moisture regulation. Crotch gussets and unique patterns mean unrestricted movement that won’t pull or bind.

Kuhl Pants at Tahoe Mountain Sports

A close-up of one of the Kuhl clothing racks at Tahoe Mountain Sports.


Here are just a few of the Kuhl products we carry at Tahoe Mountain Sports:


Kuhl Feevr Shirt

The Kuhl Feevr Shirt is a great everyday shirt for both the office and the outdoors. UPF 30 sun protection, plus odor control so your stink doesn’t stick.


Kuhl Revolvr Pants

Kuhl Revolvr Pants are tough, durable pants for both the adventurer and the traveler. With the strength of nylon blended into an Oxford cotton weave, they feel cool and comfortable like cotton, but last even longer.
Kuhl Slackr Pants

Kuhl Slackr Pants look like casual work pants, but are designed to keep up with the rigors of the outdoors. Go from the office to the trail without sacrificing time to change clothes.
Kuhl Jeans

Kuhl Jeans are the golden pair of Kuhl pants – so comfy, versatile and awesome, they’re the ‘jeans’ of their clothing line.


Head over to our Facebook page and contribute your entertaining story for a chance to win some Kuhl clothes for yourself!


The North Face – Summit Series – FlashDry Technology

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The North Face Summit Series: Premier, Athlete Tested, Expedition Proven

Return To Meru, The North Face Expedition

Conrad Anker. Photo by Jimmy Chin

The North Face
, named for the coldest and most unforgiving face of a rock or mountain, has specialized in designing high-performance outdoor products since the 1960s. They are one of the only brands to offer a full line of all-encompassing gear, from base layers to exhibition jackets to footwear. Approximately 130 top-tier athletes make up their testing team, and many of those athletes are the best in the world at what they do.

Summit Series is the pinnacle line of products from The North Face – every product in the Summit Series line has been through two or more years of vigorous testing in the roughest environments, from the Himalayas to Denali and everywhere in between. Think of Summit Series products as the “hardcore achievers” of The North Face brand, designed to “enable elite athletes”. A North Face Summit Series jacket is built with the best technology – the most versatile and best moisture wicking construction known to man – because it has to be in order for those athletes to perform to their full potential, let alone survive. A zipper can not stick. A seam can not blow out. A tent can not collapse.

Tahoe Mountain Sports is now one of six Summit Series dealers on the West coast, and one of two dealers in all of Northern California. This is pretty sweet for us, considering the new FlashDry Technology that The North Face is using in many Summit Series products just may revolutionize “tech wear” as we know it, similar to how Gore-Tex did in the ’90s.

But why, with all the other outfitters in the area, did The North Face choose Tahoe Mountain Sports as a premier dealer?

We asked Aaron, our sales rep, to elaborate:

“As a core mountain shop, TMS was chosen as a Summit Dealer due to their passion to enable their customers to be outfitted with the best products available. TMS assorts premier Summit Series styles from The North Face while also offering a full breadth of other TNF styles including outerwear, sportswear, footwear and equipment. In addition, TMS is one of the main “Go To” shops in the Tahoe Basin, carrying all your needs to climb, backcountry ski, hike, backpack, and enjoy the great outdoors.”

What is FlashDry?
Aptly titled, it dries in a flash. How? Fibers are integrated with a nano-particle treatment which, in a nut shell, spreads out moisture and forces it to the material’s surface. This increases the moisture’s surface area, thus speeding up the evaporation time so you dry in a flash! There is no change in weight when the fibers get wet, and the treatment won’t wash away or wear out over time. The North Face even applied FlashDry technology to the inside layer of their new hard shells, becoming the only company to take this approach.

FlashDry technology and the Meru Kit are The North Face’s big stories for Fall 2012. The Meru Kit was designed specifically for Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk’s 2011 successful first ascent expedition up the Shark Fin of Meru Central in Garhwal Himalaya. In 2008 the team turned back 100 meters from the summit, in a section dubbed the Gargoyle, due to exhaustion and food depletion. What an upset! Still, better safe than sorry. They returned to headquarters with plans and gear revisions, and The North Face used the climbers’ input to design even better gear for another attempt, which they carried out successfully in 2011. The North Face Meru Kit consists of five installments: Wool One Piece Base Layer, Radish Mid-Layer Jacket, Meru Bib, Meru Gore Jacket, and Shaffle Jacket.

Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk, Summit Series Gear

Summit Series clothing, Summit Series Backpacks, Summit Series Tent.


Tahoe Mountain Sports now carries the two pieces of the Meru Kit most appropriate to weather we all encounter:

Summit Series Radish Mid-LayerThe North Face Summit Series Radish Mid-Layer Jacket$229.95
Constructed to be worn on summit assaults, and high-alpine mountaineering, this new technical, strech-fleece mid-layer thrives as an ideal layer for the worst conditions. Hard-face fleece with stretch features a brushed interior lining, with reinforced panels at shoulders and hips to protect fabric with pack carry. New FlashDry technology engrained in the fibers dramatically improves dry time and breathability with revolutionary new wicking properties.



Summit Series Meru Gore JacketThe North Face Summit Series Meru Gore Jacket – $398.95
Constructed with extra-breathable, waterproof, seam taped material on the exterior, this surface provides the most critical protection without impairing breathability. Alpine-fit hard shell features grip on the shoulders and hips to keep technical packs in place while navigating a route, or attempting a summit push. Helmet-compatible hood and harness-compatible pockets and zippers.



The North Face also collaborated with ABS, a European pack company making Air Bag System backpacks that deploy large airbags with 140 liters of compressed gas in two seconds. Now that’s fast! These Summit Series ABS packs deploy two airbags, versus the single airbags you find in other packs, so in the case that one bag were punctured you still have another to protect you and keep you closer to the surface of an avalanche. ABS packs also require less pull-effort than competing packs, and come with all the other components you look for in a good backcountry backpack. Other airbag packs require shopping around for accessories or add-ons, whereas the ABS pack is an all-in-one package deal.
Beginning early 2013 TMS will also carry The North Face Powder Guide ABS Vest!

Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to be the only Summit Series ABS dealer in the region, AND we’re HazMat certified so we can ship the activation cartridges nationally. We also rent activation units for those who travel with their ABS packs and don’t want to deal with
security/safety issues. Good luck finding many other retailers that can pull this off!

Bonus: Gift With Purchase: A free Leatherman comes with any Summit Series jacket purchased through Tahoe Mountain Sports!


The North Face Summit Series Tents glow in the night. Photo by Jimmy Chin


Hydro Flask Insulated Bottle – Keeps Hots Hot and Colds Cold!

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

This review comes from Meaghen Rafferty, an adventure junkie residing on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Meaghen regularly contributes to the success of Tahoe Mountain Sports through many different avenues, and we thank her for being awesome.

After reading the hype printed on the Hydro Flask Bottle, there seemed to be a claim that needed to be put to test. I am a big water drinker. When I’m not consuming coffee, I almost always have a bottle of water around. If there is one thing that drives me crazy it’s reaching for my bottle and finding water that is warm and not refreshing (Yuck!).

Keep your hots HOT and your colds COLD

Hydro Flask’s claim to fame is that their bottle stays cold for 24 hours and hot for up to 12. Their flasks are constructed of double-wall vacuum stainless steel, and they stand by their product so strong that they guarantee them for 100 years, or the rest of your life. Now that’s a lifetime guarantee!

Well, the first time I used my bottle I filled it with ice and water and went to sleep. I woke up in the middle of the night, and low and behold, my water was still ice-cold. Not so much a world record but still more than I can say for any other bottle or cup. The real shocker came when I left the bottle in my room and went to work for the day. The next night I reached for the bottle to refill it…there was still ICE in it! More than 24 hours later and not only was my water cold but the ice had not even melted.

The main reason this bottle can stay cold and hot for so long is because it doesn’t transfer temperature through the walls of the bottle. This keeps the bottle from sweating, and even prevents your hand from getting cold. The fact that I can use this bottle with hot or cold beverages and keep them with me all day without noticing much change in temperature amazes me. I can leave it in my hot car and still find it cold hours later, or forget about my coffee on my desk for hours on-end and come back to hot liquid. This is why I have a wall of water bottles at home, yet I consistently reach for my Hydro Flask.

orange hydro flask water bottle

We Love Our Hydro Flasks!



What’SUP? Paddleboarding Yoga,That’s What!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

This feature comes from Kirsten Alburg, a TMS staff writer, teacher, and owner of Alaska’s Take Refuge Canoe. Kirsten is a regular contributor to our blog and an above-average adventure enthusiast living on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

Following the lead of their instructor, a dozen-Yogi clan paddled into a single-file line between buoys, excited to embark upon a new adventure: the sport of water-top yoga. Without their paddles for balance, the group flounders as they attempt the Downward Dog position.

Their instructor explained that when she first jumped into paddleboard yoga the expanse of the water broadened her perspective of the exercise and gave her respect for the sport. “It’s way bigger than you; the water, the balance needed, the focus,” she said.

It’s key to not be distracted when you’re trying to balance above frigid waters. You’re forced to truly be one with the moment – to focus on your breath, the board and the water. You can’t control the environment. It’s not like an indoor studio where you can catch yourself when faltering. As the group’s leader worded it, “It’s intense! You have to really be one with the water to stay on the board, but it’s so much fun!”

At the end of the workout, as the sunscreen-protected group lay on their backs in Corpse pose, a flock of ducks flew overhead – a sign that true balance with nature had been achieved.

Balancing atop a large surfboard is noteworthy, but twelve people posing on stand-up paddleboards is enough to get the attention any passerby. Stand Up Paddleboarding, considered one of the hottest new sports today, is a draw for many water and yoga fans.

Each year the sport of paddleboarding increases in popularity. SUP yoga migrated from Hawaii to California and now is taking off throughout the United States.  SUPs are not propelled by waves alone, but by their rider wielding a long single-bladed paddle. Stand Up Paddleboards are longer and wider than regular surfboards, improving buoyancy and balance ability.

Paddleboard yoga is a variation of Stand-up Paddle Surfing (SUP, or Hoe he’e nalu in Hawaiian) combined with the ancient practice of Yoga, which originated in Rishikesh, India. The sport combines the ancient practice of hathayoga and vinyasa yoga asanas, or poses, with the ancient form of surfing.

SUP yoga benefits athletes with a strong ‘core’ workout. Some of these benefits include decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, coordination improvement and increased range of motion. It can even help treat anxiety and depression. Paddle Board Yoga is popular in warm coastal climates and resorts, and is gaining in popularity. Celebrities such as Jennifer Anniston, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Armstrong and Kate Hudson are sampling the sport, and cross-over athletes such as big wave surf pioneer Laird Hamilton are training with SUPs.

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