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Tahoe Mountain Sports AdventureGram Photo Contest On Instagram

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

 Up until March 5 at high-noon (PST), when you post a photo of a favorite outdoor activity on Instagram, use the hashtag #tahoemountainsports to be entered to win cool new gear.

 

Instagram Photo Contest

 

 

We want to know: What Keeps You Outdoors? We’ll reward our favorite AdventureGram photographers with awesome new gear in exchange for simply sharing their outdoor adventure photos with us! Throughout the week we’ll even promote some of our favorite photographers via our social networks like Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Instructions:

1. Post a photo of your favorite outdoor activity on Instagram (make sure your account is not set to “private”)
2. ‘Share’ your AdventureGram by using the hashtag(#) #tahoemountainsports in the caption
3. Click this link to view your photo and vote for others
4. Get your friends to vote for your AdventureGram and increase your chance to win awesome new gear
5. Contest ends March 5 at 12:00 pm (noon) PST; Winners will be announced shortly after

 

Grand Prize:

Flylow Gear General’s Down Hoody – $235 value

Runners Up:

Deuter Go Go Daypack – $90 value; Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern – $35 value; Yurbuds Inspire Pro earbuds – $60 value

 

What are you waiting for?? Share your AdventureGram with #tahoemountainsports in the caption area then head over to our contest page to vote!

Best Skis of 2014: New Skis & Winter Gear Demo At Alpine Meadows

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

This post was a group effort from three hard-chargin’ TMS employees: Dave, the owner, F.O.H. sales rep Ryan, and Adam, a punk snowboarder. Collectively, we spent two consecutive days at Alpine Meadows ripping around on new skis, boots, bindings and a splitboard that are set to release next winter. A few products were reviewed by more than one tester and not all reviews are fully positive, but we thought you should hear each valid perspective so we included everything below in raw, uncut form. Here’s what we thought of the new winter ski equipment you can expect to see soon from your favorite brands.

k2 pinnacle 130

K2 Pinnacle 130 (Dave)

I started the day with the K2 Pinnacle 130 boots on my feet and a pair of K2 Annex 108s in the 174 length attached to those. I was excited to try K2’s new boots as there has been a lot of press around them lately and K2 themselves are very excited to have a full boot and ski line for the first time in a long time. First things first, from appearances, you can tell K2 has really polished the look on these boots and unlike some other lines, they match up nicely with their skis. Not that cosmetics matter that much to me, but it is unbelievable to see some companies match up new boots with their new skis and have them just be the ugliest of colors that go together. Okay, back to the important things: a translucent bottom shell allow you to see right through to your Intuition liners on the inside and the size and shape of the buckles makes them very easy to manage. I particularly like the K2 Powerbuckle, which is the top “power strap/buckle combination”. It was designed to offer a larger range of motion than you get with most buckles. This makes touring more efficient yet still offers the power and stability you need to ride hard and fast with confidence. Unlike most other “sidecountry”-marketed boots these days, K2 has integrated the Dynafit toe tech fittings into their boots and therefore there is no need for two types of soles. Swapping soles is no longer an issue, simply because you don’t have to do it. I like this a lot because it will help bring the price down as you don’t need multiple soles, and it will be easier to go from a backcountry Dynafit setup to a resort-oriented alpine setup. All in all, I think K2 has a winner here and you will for sure see these on our shelves for the 2013-2014 season.

K2 Annex 108 (Dave)

After many years, K2 has decided to redesign their “sidecountry” line and has done away with the perennial favorite, the Sidestash, and replaced it with the Annex 108. There is also an Annex 98 (formerly the Hardside) and an Annex 118 (formerly the Sideseth). I was a big fan of the Sidestash so I decided to give the Annex a try. I was not disappointed. The Annex 108 skis perform just like the I remember the Sidestash skiing, but it has a little more rocker in the tip and more of a kick-tail for maneuverability in the rear. Skiing mostly on groomed runs, this ski held an edge great and did not waffle or bounce at high speeds. All in all, a great ski that will definitely be part of our selection next year.

salomon Q105 ski

Salomon Q105 (Dave)

Salomon has also updated their wildly popular and best-selling Rocker line, plus split it up a bit. Next year, expect to see
the Q-series of skis billed more as Salomon’s backcountry setup with the Rocker2 staying in the line as the frontcountry setup. The Rocker2 108 was one of our most popular skis this year, so I decided to ski the Q105, which is mimicked after the Rocker 108m but with less rocker, especially in the tail. I think this is going to be an excellent soft snow ski, as it did chatter quite a bit on the hard pack and groomed surfaces I was trying it on. While the Rocker2 really does excel in a wider variety of conditions, the lighter weight of the Q105 skis will make it a contender in the backcountry market.

technica cochise pro light 130

Technica Cochise Pro Light 130 (Dave)

This will be one of the newest boot additions to our wall for the 13-14 season. I didn’t know much about this boot before trying it out, but was pleasantly surprised. The stiffness in ski-mode is great and really (more…)

Flylow Gear: Top Quality, Affordable And Stylish Winter Outerwear

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Flylow Gear makes top-quality ski and snowboard equipment for both in-bounds shredders and backcountry advocates. In fact, they fill the gap between the two so you can wear the same gear no matter where you adventure. They use their own waterproof membrane –  in Layman’s terms, it’s the Flylow version of Gore-Tex. This keeps their prices down, as opposed to more expensive brands that have to charge extra for the Gore-Tex stamp. Flylow’s “beat-it-up” soft goods range from down puffy coats and mid-layers to hardshell pants, and even gloves, hats and beanies. For modern, affordable ski clothing with style that functions even better than it looks, Flylow Gear is the way to go.

flylow stash pant
As a backcountry snowboarder (splitboarder), Flylow Stash Pants are ideal for me: cross-flow venting, elastic waistline with Velcro so I can leave my belt at home, Cordura cuffs that withstand my splitboard edges and binding friction, as durable as I could hope for, cargo ‘stash’ pockets for gloves, beanie or a dog leash, and a comfortable fit yet not so baggy that they slow me down or make annoying “woosh-woosh” sounds as they rub together on the uphill. They’re also great in-bounds and waterproofed well so I don’t get soaked on wet days riding chairlifts in the Sierras.

flylow quantum hard shell jacket

 

 

Flylow Quantum Jacket

The Quantum is Flylow’s most technical, durable jacket with a generous cut to fit a thick mid-layer or carry extra goodies internally. It’s fully waterproof and has pit-zips that are easy to reach under pack straps, so you don’t have to stop during the climb to ventilate. This Flylow hardshell jacket has a removable powder skirt, which are great at the resort, but many of us will agree making it removable comes in clutch on backcountry tours when comfort and weight are prime factors. On the inside you’ll find great stash pockets that fit climbing skins, goggles, gloves and more.

 

 

flylow magnum bc pant

 

Flylow Magnum BC Pant

The Magnum BC is a stellar softshell ski pant with a water-resistant outer and a little bit of spandex that adds stretch. That stretch, plus an easy-access cargo pocket that fits a beanie or gloves, make trekking uphill much less strenuous. The elastic waistline with Velcro straps is also key in the backcountry, eliminating the need for a belt that can pinch at the waist or cause gaps for cold air to enter or warm air to escape. The Flylow Magnum pant is a hybrid between hard and soft shells, and comes with Cordura cuffs and knees to resist abrasion, plus vents on both sides of the legs so you can cross-vent when you’re working hard.

 

 

 

flylow gear beanie

 

Flylow Think Tank Hat

Protect your dome (and natty dreads) on cold powder days with this Flylow beanie. It’s got some extra room on top for big hair (and big egos). It’s super comfortable and obviously has style leaking out the pores. If you’re not into helmets, rock this puppy on the hill. Or just keep it in your back pocket when you’re roaming the streets or cruisin’ for a bruisin’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

flylow general down hoody

 

Flylow General’s Down Hoody

Flylow did a wicked-good job on this puffy coat. It’s thick and warm so you can wear it when you’re just chilling around a winter campfire, but still compact enough that it fits under a hardshell on really, really cold days on the mountain. With stitching that penetrates all the way through they were able to use less material, so it’s lightweight and packs down small. The collar covers the chin and has a soft interior so you don’t chafe from friction, and you can cinch down the hood with draw-cords that are easy to grab with thick gloves on. Generals drop bombs, and the General’s Down Hoody is definitely bomber.

 

 

Until March 5, enter to win a General’s Down Hoody when you tag pics of your adventures #tahoemountainsports on Instagram!

 

The owner of Flylow and his girl came into the shop recently to blow off their ABS Avalanche Airbag Packs. They also dropped off a sixer of some cold brews, which we’d like to thank them again for. ABS recommends that you pull your trigger once per year just to make sure everything deploys correctly, in case your bag was stored somewhere it could have been damaged, like in your attic where critters could get in and chew on cables or puncture the airbags.

 

Whether you’re lapping the terrain park on a spring day or traversing a seemingly endless range in mid-winter, Flylow Gear makes the soft goods to get you there comfortably, keeping you dry and warm all the way. And in the rare case that you need support from Ski Patrol or Search & Rescue, you’re going to look pretty darn good during upon evacuation.

 

Flylow Gear Stash Pant - Men's
Flylow Gear Stash Pant – Men’s
MSRP: $259.95

 

Shasta/Lassen Mid-Winter Assault

Friday, February 15th, 2013

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Who: Zach, Mike and Dave

What: Winter roadtrip from Tahoe to Shasta and Lassen Volcanoes

When: February 2013

Gear: The North Face VE25 Tent and Inferno 0- Deg. sleeping bag, Deuter Backpacks and Dynafit Huascuran Skis with Dynafit Bindings

The Tahoe doldrums had set in and we were ready to hit the road. Zach rallied the troops, we jumped in the Subaru and off we went to the North, the zone where the Sierras end and the Cascades begin.

We B-lined it for the Bunny Flat trailhead, which is the highest you can drive on Shasta in the winter months, and found ourselves alone at about 1am. Bust out the tent, sleeping bags, water bottles in the bags (hot water in a bottle + bottle in bottom of sleeping bag = warmth), and we were off to sleep in sub 10-degree temps. At this point, the wind was not nuking but it was blowing steadily. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We woke with a plan to camp on Shasta and summit on Sunday, but from the wind clouds and blowing snow that we woke to, that plan quickly changed to a day assault on the mountain and summit goals were left for another trip. You can see the howling winds in the pics below and bottom right:

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When we returned to the car that day and checked some remote wind meters, we saw crests of about 65 mph at 9,000 ft. Considering we made it to 11,000 ft, we were judging the winds consistently at 40-50 with gusts to 80-100 mph at times. We made it above Lake Helen, dug ourselves a little trench so we could get a little shelter before heading back down. The views and our time up there were beautiful and we were all bummed to have to leave so quickly. The picture below and left is the trench we dug that pretty much filled right back in within minutes of us digging it: Shasta Winter TripSki lookout over Shasta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shasta in background

 

 

 

 

 

After a few beers in the parking lot (more…)

Free Guided Snowshoe Hike at Tahoe Meadows with TMS and TINS

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Who: You, TMS and TINS
What: Free Guided Snowshoe Hike
Where: Tahoe Meadows (Hwy431 near Mt. Rose Summit)
When: Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m.
Why: Why Not?

free guided snowshoe hike tahoe

Tahoe Mountain Sports and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science are excited to sponsor a great day on the snow at Tahoe Meadows. Snowshoe rentals will be discounted to $10 for anyone participating in the hike, and veteran naturalist Will Richardson (Ph.D) will be leading the hike/discussions.

Participants should meet at Tahoe Mountain Sports at 10:30 a.m. If you need rental snowshoes, please arrive at 10:00 a.m. to get pick up your snowshoes and poles. The guided hike is free, but all participants are asked to register. Anyone coming from Incline Village or Reno can meet at the Meadows. Plan for the hike to last around two hours. We won’t hike terribly far; we’ll climb up Chickadee Ridge a ways and see how far we get.

Pigmy Owl TahoeDoctor Will Richardson will lead the hike and discuss natural history issues, namely how various animals and plants cope with the short days, heavy snows and freezing temperatures associated with winter in Tahoe. Will is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), a member-supported nonprofit organization seeking to advance the natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region.

To register, visit www.meetup.com/LakeTahoeOutdoorAdventureGroup and RSVP for the Guided Snowshoe Hike at Tahoe Meadows; or send an email to info@tahoemountainsports.com with “Snowshoe Hike” in the Subject line

Weather day will be Sunday, March 3, in case we get hit too hard with snow Saturday.

Visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/210214115785926/

What’s In Our Quiver: Ski Patrol and Freeride Coaches

Monday, February 11th, 2013

This week on What’s In Our Quiver, we reach out to a friend who has been immersed in the professional ski industry for years. Alix Klein recently moved to Tahoe from Crested Butte, Colorado, where she worked as a ski patrol and competed on the Freeride World Tour. She currently coaches the Sugar Bowl Freeride Team and she loves living in the Sierras, with access to so many fun activities right out her front door. Here are a few top ski products that have lasted Alix years of abuse, and that we just so happen to carry at Tahoe Mountain Sports.

 

Alix Klein Freeski World Tour

Alix sends a big air in a steep competition.

 

Black diamond avalung pack

 

Black Diamond AvalungAlix was kind enough to give us her honest opinion about her Avalung. We’re not going to hold out on you – this is straight up, no salt or lime:

It’s kind of a pain, but makes a cool horn noise when you blow on it really hard. It is slightly uncomfortable and I always wonder if it would stay in my mouth in a real avalanche….

TMS in no way intends to bash BD Avalung technology. They greatly increase your survival rate in the event that you are buried under snow. If you are considering an avalanche-specific backpack and this review makes you a bit apprehensive, we suggest you take a look at Avalanche Airbag Backpacks. They help you avoid being buried in the first place, and have completely swept the avy-pack genre for good reason.

 

 

black diamond pure carbon pole

 

 

Black Diamond poles – My BD poles are about ten years old and have been through a lot! The screw for the telescoping part sometimes comes loose, but a quick turn with a screwdriver and they are back to new! I love them! I love how tall they get for skating (like cross-country poles) and hiking, and then I can shorten them for skiing! The pole baskets have broken from being used for so long, but I just got new ones!

 

 

 

 

mammut pulse barryvox

 

Mammut Pulse Barryvox – I love this beacon! It is very user-friendly and simple to navigate with. It’s kinda scary to think a situation could ever come down to checking for a pulse before I start digging, but that’s better than wasting time or energy when you have other options. Luckily I haven’t had to use it in an emergency (yet?), but during practice I feel confident that it will perform under pressure – as long as I do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

arcteryx softshell

 

Arc’Teryx Softshell – This is the best skiing soft shell ever! I love the fuzzy inside and the sleek fit! On stormy days when I am skiing backcountry, I put the hood on and cruise! I also use it for camping or when I’m hiking or biking in cold weather. It’s very versatile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

smith snow goggles

 

Smith Goggles – I actually have two pairs of the Smith Phenom goggle, which is the guy’s version of the Smith Phase. They fit my face really well, so I don’t feel a cold breeze creeping through when it’s windy or I’m moving fast. This also prevents them from fogging up on me. I love the different styles and the interchangeable lenses, although I know there are some Smith goggles with lenses that are easier to change.

 

 

 

 

waterfalls in yosemite

Alix enjoys a trail-side refreshment in Yosemite.

What Active Women Really Want For Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Forget the flowers and chocolate. Those are played out and overrated. Jewelry? No way, Jose. Bracelets and neclaces get in the way at the gym and snag on bushes trail-side. Earrings fall out when she plays rough. This year for Valentine’s Day, get her something more meaningful. Something that says, “My girl is active, and she deserves active support. Even when I’m not around.” Get her something that will last and will remind her of your good taste when she dons it. Here are a few items that will make great Valentines Day gifts for active women. When you’re done here, head over to our Women’s Sale page for more bargains on clothes and gear that she’ll love.

 

Icebreaker Tech Short Sleeve V-Neck

Icebreaker Tech V-Neck – $69.95

The cute and comfortable Icebreaker Tech V-Neck active top is made from the finest New Zealand Merino wool so you don’t get that annoying itch you do from other wool products. For outdoor and indoor sports alike, this soft-on-skin women’s Icebreaker shirt can be worn by itself, or as a cozy and top-performing base layer during cold activities. Manage moisture and fight odor with the best sports fabrics, like Icebreaker wool tops for women who love sports.

 

 

 

Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pant

Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pants - $34.25

Women on the move love the Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pant. Count on this pair of women’s sports panties to not get in your way or weigh you down during fast-paced activities. They’re made from top-quality Merino wool that doesn’t hold odor or moisture, and this Merino wool doesn’t itch like the wool you swore away years ago. With full butt coverage and a dose of Lycra to provide the perfect amount of stretch, these Icebreaker underwear will help you go that extra mile.

 

 

 

 

Icebreaker Villa Dress

 

Icebreaker Villa Dress – $99.95

 

This lightweight Icebreaker dress packs down very small and doesn’t require ironing, so it’s a great dress for traveling. Itch-free Merino wool dries fast, so there’s no need to worry if the sky opens up while you’re racing across town. The Icebreaker Villa Dress resists odor and breathes well, which is mandatory on those warm days when you don’t have time to stress about overheating and sweating. Active women love the Villa when they’re forced to transition back into work-mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checking Out The Cross-Country Resorts In Tahoe

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

This guest post is brought to you by Tim Hauserman, an outdoor enthusiast residing in North Lake Tahoe who quenches his thirst for the outdoors by exploring (and documenting) trail treks on soil and snow in the greater Tahoe region and beyond. He wrote the official guidebook to the Tahoe Rim Trail, and contributes to a number of different publications.

 

Skate Skiing North Lake Tahoe

Tim cruises along with good momentum from one skate ski to the next.

Winter recreation at Tahoe tends to divide itself into several worlds. Of course, there is that busy, crazy, big parking lot, fancy stores, and lots of people world of downhill skiing that everybody out of the area thinks is Tahoe skiing. I try to stay out of that world. Then there is the world of skinning, hiking and skiing in the beautiful backcountry where the lifts don’t run. That’s good stuff, although I don’t do it myself. There is the backcountry touring/snowshoe world which happens in mellow places like Tahoe Meadows and Page Meadows, and finally there is the cross-country ski world that happens at resorts like the place I work, Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area in Tahoe City. That’s my favorite Tahoe winter world.

Tahoe Cross Country Resort

All sorts of skiers find sources for joy at the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area.

Once you find yourself at Tahoe Cross-Country, Tahoe Donner Cross Country or Royal Gorge Cross Country, here is what you will find:

-Cross-country skiing at the resorts is divided into classic style or striding, which happens in the tracks, and skate skiing, which occurs in the skating lane next to the tracks. The styles necessitate different skis, boots and poles. The majority of season pass holders skate, while the majority of tourists who rarely get out on the snow stride. Many folks do both. The skating is best in older, faster snow and striding is best in new, cold snow.

-Skate skiing attracts the runner/bike-riding crowd that is looking for an aerobic workout. I am totally biased in my opinion that skate skiing is the greatest sport on earth.

-The learning curve for skate skiing can be a bit daunting. Having some downhill or classic skiing experience is certainly helpful, but for most people it takes a few times before frustration turns to rapture. Take a lesson. Most beginners are challenged in the same ways and your instructor will have some tips to make your experience more enjoyable.

-A few quick skating tips: It is primarily about transferring your weight from ski to ski and always being on one ski. Keep your feet together but your tips out at a wide angle. It is okay if the tails cross. Work on your balance and getting a longer glide. Practice without poles. And take a lesson. Tahoe Cross-Country gives free skate skiing lessons on Wednesdays at 10 and 1, and Saturdays/Sundays at 9:15.

 

You can find cross country skis for both skate skiing and striding, along with boots and poles for each sport at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach, about 10 minutes east of Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Resort in Tahoe City.

 

dog friendly cross country trails tahoe

Dog-friendly trails can be found at most XC resorts.

 

 

Kids at Tahoe Cross Country

Kids from the Tahoe Expedition Academy get an early start on their XC skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tahoe Mountain Sports Dreaming: What Keeps Our Clocks Ticking

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

This second installment of “Tahoe Mountain Sports Dreaming” is brought to you straight from the Tahoe Mountain Sports headquarters. We thought everyone should know that not only do we participate in outdoor activities, but for us, they are what dreams are made of. It wouldn’t be ethical to hire staff members that weren’t as passionate as ours are. See for yourselves…we live big, but we dream even bigger. Click here to read the first installment and learn about our other employees.

 

Tahoe Mountain Sports Staff

Todd: Stoked on Climbing

Todd (Web Ninja Master)

TMS: What do you look forward to most when you dream of an upcoming winter?

I picture a face full of cold, fluffy snow after every turn down the mountain on a blue-bird day.

TMS: Describe your dream day outdoors. No matter how realistic, let’s hear about it. What goes on in your mind while you sleep?

It’s late spring in Tahoe. I ride corn in the morning until it turns to slush and I’m down to just a t-shirt. Since there is more daylight this time of year I can snowboard and climb on the same day, so after shredding I head to one of the sunnier crags (Trippy Rock or Mayhem Cove). I send laps here until the sunset casts a beautiful pink, orange and purple color scheme over the lake and surrounding peaks. Then I head to the beach for a [very quick] dip in the ice cold lake. But to my surprise I’m not the only one dipping…a tour bus full of travelling ski bunnies spots my chiseled physique from the road. They bring the bus to a screeching halt and unload, flocking toward me in only bikinis and bright smiles. I end my dream day on a good note, then return to reality as I clumsily reach out and fumble for the ‘snooze’ button.

 

Tahoe Mountain Sports Staff

Meaghen: Stoked on Sun, Sand and Snow

Meaghen (Saleswoman Extraordinaire):

TMS: What do you look forward to most when you dream of an upcoming winter?

I look forward to long days out on the mountain, riding everyday that I can, trying to stay warm by campfires, goggle tans, and getting new gear!!

TMS: Describe your dream day outdoors. No matter how realistic, let’s hear about it. What goes on in your mind while you sleep?

My dream outdoor day would start with blueberry waffles, a banana, and a hot cup of coffee followed by first tracks in fresh pow! After riding through the sunrise I would take my doggie on a nice hike with a rewarding vista at the end. I would eat lunch at my destination (preferably a turkey sando with spinach) and relax in the sunshine before heading back home to grab my kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP). I would then paddle my kayak, with SUP in-tow, to a secluded beach somewhere on Lake Tahoe where I would set up camp for the night. A hammock would be hung and a campfire built (s’mores mandatory) while listening to waves crashing on the beach and gazing out into the universe before I finally curl up and call it a wonderful day!

What’s In Our Quiver: Shred The Gnar With Sage Cattabriga-Alosa

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

For the second round of What’s In Our Quiver, Tahoe Mountain Sports touches base with top pro skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa to see what gear he skis with and why. As it turns out, we carry several of his favorite pieces of professional ski equipment. Sage rides for The North Face and Smith Optics, and he swears by the following four items:

 

 

 

North Face ABS Patrol 24

TNF Patrol ABS 24L

Sage: “Airbag packs are the way of the future, but they should not play into your backcountry decision making process. I have not been in a situation that I have deployed my air bag, and hope to not have to, but wear it for that “just in case” situation. I have, however, been on-deck while watching a partner pull his. A small pocket slab released while he was skiing a steep feature in Alaska. He started out trying to outrun it – this path lead to a cliff and he was unable to ski away from the landing. The snow rapidly caught up with him, and soon he was hit with a blast of moving snow. I remained alert, focused on keeping him in sight as snow pushed him towards a bergshrund below. I could see that his airbag was inflated and relieved as [I] could see the airbag holding him up, and allowing him to be pushed up and out of the small crevasse rather than being pushed in by the wave of snow.”
Click here to learn more about ABS avalanche airbag backpacks.

 

 

The North Face Freedom PantTNF Freedom Pant

These pants are durable, waterproof and shed snow so you’re not forced to carry around any extra weight on big powder days. They breathe really well so you don’t overheat, utilizing The North Face’s “Chimney Venting” system that allows air to circulate so you stay cool. Maybe not as cool as Sage, but pretty darn cool nonetheless. With hand-warmer pockets and a useful cargo pocket to stash gloves, a beanie, or other items while you’re on the move, these pants bring a lot to the table. The North Face Freedom Pant is comfortable and reduces bulk so your uphill stride is more efficient. They also retail for less than $150, so you can save that extra loot for another heli-drop or gas for the sleds.

 

 

 

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa Alaska

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa Haines, Alaska. Photo: Adam Clark

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Smith I/O Evolve Goggle

Smith’s best-selling goggle, the I/O (Interchangeable Optics), recently set the standard for snow goggles. The lenses are bonded with airtight silicone beads that eliminate delamination, so you’ll no longer see fog between the inner and outer lenses. A Carbonic-X spherical lens provides the best clarity and resists scratching, plus that extra bit of interior volume prevents fogging even further. A couple quick flicks of the finger releases the lens from the frame so you no longer waste time fumbling or becoming frustrated when the powder clock is ticking. With such a clear view, maximum field of vision, anti-fog technology and the ability to rapidly switch from brights to flat-light lenses and vice versa, the Smith I/O Goggle is Sage’s goggle of choice for good reason.

 

 

Smith Vantage Sage CattabrigaSmith Vantage Helmet

A lightweight, durable and comfortable Smith helmet with maximum ventilation so you don’t overheat. The Vantage integrates seamlessly with Smith goggles to create a barrier against wind and prevent fogging, and the vent system is simple to adjust with gloves on so you don’t have to stop while skinning a ridge or boot-packing laps at your favorite pillow line. Smith constructed this helmet with even less volume and more style than their top-selling Smith Variant, and just when we thought a protective dome-piece of this caliber couldn’t get much lighter, they reduced the weight another 3 ounces. Rippers like Sage who have a large head of hair (and ladies, of course) love the Vantage both in and out-of-bounds, from tearing up the park on warm spring days to cold, multi-day backcountry treks.

 

 

 

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa Utah

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Alta Backcountry, Utah. Photo: Adam Clark

 

A big thanks to Sage for contributing to this blog post. We all enjoy watching him shred big lines around the world, and appreciate his modest yet affirmative review.

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