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Outside Magazine’s 2013 Gear Of The Year At Tahoe Mountain Sports

Friday, May 31st, 2013

outside mag gear of the year



We found more than twenty Gear Of The Year winners in the 2013 Outside Buyer’s Guide that are sold at Tahoe Mountain Sports. It feels good to be reassured we’re carrying the gear you want the most! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in the mag and in our store.


The following products were chosen by Outside Magazine’s team of testers and may or may not reflect the true opinions of TMS employees.





Best Multi-Day Backpack

Deuter Aircontact Pro 70 + 15


The Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15 was deemed the “best for the heftiest loads” and “most breathable big pack” because its padding and fit system work so well and provide great comfort while ventilating to keep you cool.




osprey xena 85


Osprey Xenith 88 and Women’s Xena 85
The best all around backpacking backpack that holds tons of gear and is featuristic, plus hugs the hips very well. The heat-moldable hip belts come standard, as with any Osprey backpacking pack, and are great for hauling larger loads.


Best Day Pack or Overnight Pack

the north face casimir 36


The North Face Casimir 36 Backpack is the “best pack for overnights and all day adventures”. With minimalist features, a fast and light design, and one of the most customizable hip belts and torso lengths on the market, this ultralight daypack is perfect for overnight jaunts or bagging peaks from basecamp. Click here to watch the video.



Best Backpacking Tents

the north face mica fl 2

The best Tent Of The Year is The North Face Mica FL 2 – a three-season, two-person ultralight backpacker. It weighs less than 3-lbs, sets up in a jiffy and breathes incredibly well. Vertical sidewalls create more comfortable living space and, according to testers, the Mica FL 2 has “the easiest doors to climb in and out of”. Click here to watch the video.




Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag

nemo nocturne 30

The Nemo Nocturne 30 spoon-shaped sleeping bag is the best bag yet for those of us who sleep on our sides and want the most comfortable sleep possible in the backcountry. The curves mimic our body shape, a water-resistant footbox protects the insulation from condensation on your tent wall, and the bag only weighs two pounds.



Show Dad How Kuhl He Really Is This Father’s Day!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

We’re doing another Kuhl Clothing giveaway, just in time for Father’s Day 2013! Celebrate your dad in style with new Kuhl shorts and a shirt.

kuhl clothing father's day giveaway

Contest Guidelines:
 Tell us why your father needs a Kuhl makeover! Does he always wear the same pair of dorky dad shorts? Are all his collared shirts spattered with paint?  Post your argument  in a comment on our Facebook wall and @ tag Kuhl’s Facebook Page before midnight on June 11 for your chance to win. Photos are welcome, but be nice. He is your dad, and you’re doing this because you love him. We’ll pick the winner, but we may ask our Facebook fans to help by liking their favorite!

Winner Selection: The winner, to be announced June 12 on our Facebook page, will choose one pair of Kuhl Shorts and one Kuhl Shirt, color and sizing subject to availability. Free shipping to the Lower 48. Winner will be responsible for shipping charges outside the continental United States.

Here’s the winning entry from last year’s giveaway:

kuhl clothing giveaway

“Our awesome cool dad deserves new Kuhl clothes. He has lost 52 lbs. in 14 weeks! This has been really hard for him because he got diabetes a few years ago. He has worked really hard in exercising and eating right and more healthy foods. He looks great! Please choose him :)  PS – this pic is from last summer BEFORE he lost the weight. We were on a family vacation in Colorado.

Our last Kuhl Facebook contest was a huge success, so let’s keep the free stuff coming! Go to our Facebook Page and tell us why YOUR dad should win.


Kuhl Ambush Cargo Shorts - Men's
Kuhl Ambush Cargo Shorts
MSRP: $64.95
Kuhl Rumblr Shirt - Men's
Kuhl Rumblr Shirt
MSRP: $59.95
Kuhl Krawlr LS Shirt - Men's
Kuhl Krawlr LS Shirt
MSRP: $64.95

Ultralight Backpacking: The North Face Mica FL, Hightail 3S & Casimir

Monday, May 27th, 2013

The North Face just dropped a bomb on the world of backpacking. It’s an ultralight bomb, and it’s incredibly helpful, not harmful. The Casimir 36 backpack has one of the most easily adjustable hip belts (The North Face’s Opti-Fit Technology) in the industry and wears comfortably when filled to the brim. The Mica FL tent uses a single-pole system with vertical tent walls to ensure comfortable living space while remaining incredibly lightweight. The Hightail 3S sleeping bag made from 850-fill Hungarian goose down maximizes warmth and comfort without increasing weight. Together, the combination of tent, sleeping bag and backpack weigh just over 5.5-lbs! All of these items are available at Tahoe Mountain Sports.


the north face casimir backpack

The North Face Casimir 36

Fast Packing, Peak Bagging and Distance Running Backpack
Volume: 36 liters
Weight: S/M: 2 lb, 4 oz ; M/L: 2 lb, 5 oz
Also comes in a 27-Liter women’s version

the north face mica fl tent

The North Face Mica FL

Ultralight Backpacking and Camping Tent
Total Weight: 2 lbs, 5 oz (1.24 kg) Fastpack Weight: 1
Floor Area: 16.9 square feet (1.6 square meters)
Also comes in a two person tent


Outdoor Gear Giveaway: Win A $600 Outdoor Prize Pack From Nemo!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

nemo equipment giveaway

We’ve teamed up with Nemo Equipment, Smith Sunglasses and Active Junky to bring you another great gear giveaway! Win a summer outdoor package including a Nemo Rhapsody 15-Degree women’s spoon-shaped sleeping bag, a Nemo Fillo inflatable backpacking pillow AND a pair of Smith Mastermind sunglasses. That’s almost a $600 value! Between May 21 and June 12, visit the contest page on Facebook. Enter your first name, zip code and email address – that’s all! We’ll select one random entry after the giveaway ends, who will be contacted via email and notified that their stoke-meter can now rise a few levels.

Here’s what you could get for FREE by simply entering your name, zip code and email:


Nemo Fillo Backpacking Pillow
Nemo Fillo Backpacking Pillow
MSRP: $44.95
Smith Hemline Polarized Sunglasses
Smith Hemline Polarized Sunglasses
MSRP: $118.95

“Ideas for new products begin with having real experiences in adventure. A passion for adventure is an absolute prerequisite for being part of the team. Welcome to the story of NEMO.”


Award winning Spoon Shape Series sleeping bags:

Lightweight Fillo backpacking pillow:

2013 Memorial Day Weekend Sale: Outdoor Gear & Clothing In Tahoe

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Our annual Memorial Day Sale is this weekend and we’re getting ready for a few days of fun in the sun and shopping big discounts! We’ll have the big blue Tahoe Mountain Sports tent set up in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday, so be sure to stop by when you’re not out enjoying the beautiful weather. You’ll find great deals all weekend – up to 70% off clothing, beach accessoriescamping and hiking gear, backpacks, trail running gear and swimwear, and much more!

memorial day sale tahoe

Yes, we sell hammocks. And tents. But our awesome big blue tent is not for sale. Many of these ones are, however: tents and hammocks for sale. We also rent equipment for summer activities, from backpacks to camp stoves to inflatable stand up paddleboards, so check out our Summer Gear Rentals if you’re looking to try something new!

Click here to check the weather cam in Kings Beach. It’s in our upstairs window (8331 N. Lake Blvd) and it looks down on Hwy 28 (North Lake Blvd) and out toward the lake.

Surfing: Reef’s Shawn Dollar Paddles Into 61 Foot World Record Wave

Friday, May 17th, 2013

shawn dollar cortes bank

In case you didn’t hear the wave heard ’round the world, let us turn it up a notch for ya. Our Reef sales rep – that’s right, our sales rep – just took the Billabong XXL Big Wave Award for surfing the biggest wave of the year. He also paddled into this 61-foot monster, earning the Pacifico Paddle Award and setting the new world record for the largest wave ever successfully paddled into.

Cortes Bank is located 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. Massive ocean swells break on the bank, and if you pay close attention to the weather patterns and can a way there, you can score some of the largest waves in the world. That’s just what Shawn did on December 21, 2012, when he paddled into this beast:

“That wave was the biggest, craziest ride I’ve ever had,” Dollar explained. ” To be a 100 miles out to see and to catch an open ocean swell that is 60′ + is unreal.  Everything came together for me and I’m so stoked that I had the opportunity to be there.  That ride was by far the longest most difficult wave I’ve ever surfed.  It was also the most rewarding ride of my life.”

Shawn Dollar XXL paddle wave

Congratulations, Shawn. Don’t spend it all in one place.


Check out our selection of Reef Men’s SandalsReef Women’s Sandals and Reef Kid’s Sandals, in stock at Tahoe Mountain Sports thanks to Mr. Dollar.


Wanted: Gear Testers To Review New Boreas Travel Backpacks

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Tahoe Mountain Sports and Boreas Gear are teaming up to get real feedback from users like all of you! We’re looking for three outdoor adventurers from around the country to travel with and hike, camp, bike, climb, use and abuse these awesome new travel backpacks. Testers get to keep the pack after they reviewed it!

Boreas pack SUP

2012 tester Michael Detwiler took his Boreas pack all over the place.

What do you have to do to get a free Boreas travel backpack? Post a proposal on our Facebook page explaining which Boreas travel pack you think would be best for your adventure(s) and why you would test your pack the best, and we’ll select our favorites by June 6. Planning a two-week game of hopscotch across the Caribbean? Take a Boreas Sapa Trek along for the journey. Wear it as a pack, easily access all your goodies and save weight without compromising organizational features. Hopping trains from one hostel to the next across Europe? The Erawan 50 or the Erawan 70 could be your new favorite travel companion. They’re a new favorite duffle-style pack for international backpackers.! Pack choices will be subject to availability.

Threee selected testers will submit reviews (500 – 1,000 words) and at least three pictures of themselves using the Boreas Pack by August 6. Do this, and the pack is yours!

We’re working with Boreas to get the word out about their brilliant, award winning backpacking packs, daypacks and cycling packs. Last summer our focus was on backpacking backpacks and day packs. This year it’s the new Boreas travel line. If you’re not familiar with Boreas Gear, they recently set out to create functional, comfortable, clean (less bells & whistles) and reasonably priced backpacks for all sorts of different users: backpackers, cyclists, climbers, mountaineers and minimalists.

We recently sat down with one of the founders, Anders Johnson, to get an overview of their new travel packs.

First, the Boreas Erawan backpack:


How To Pick A Backpack: Which Deuter Back System Is Best For You?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013


deuter german engineered

Over the past century Deuter back systems and technologies have been re-designed time and time again. The brand is centered around three core principles: quality, innovation and sustainability. Their packs: function, fit and ventilation. Since Deuter has a handful of different back systems designed for all sorts of disciplines, we thought we’d make the shopping process a bit easier to help you choose the best pack. Since we have such a great relationship with Deuter here at TMS, even if you don’t see the pack you want on our website, or it’s currently out-of-stock, go ahead and give us a call. We’ll order it immediately and Deuter will drop-ship it straight to you!

After reading, click here to visit our YouTube page where we have numerous videos detailing specific Deuter backpacks.


 Deuter SL systemSL – Women’s Fit
Deuter’s SL packs (Slim Line or Short Length) are designed specifically for ladies or smaller, slender guys. The shoulder straps are set closer together and are more narrow with softer edges. The back/torso length is shorter and the hip belt has a conical shape (like a cone) for a more anatomical fit. As a testament to the fact that they fit smaller guys better, the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest was 13-year-old male Jordan Romero, and he did it wearing the ACT Lite 60+10 SL. Any pack with a VariQuick torso adjustment is compatible with SL shoulder straps (sold separately), so you can customize an SL fit without having to buy a new pack. Examples of  Deuter SL packs: ACT Trail 22 SL, Futura Vario Pro 55+10 SL. For the taller hikers, you’ll be able to get packs with a new Deuter EL back system. EL stands for Extended Length, and Deuter EL packs will be perfect for guys taller than 6 feet or with extra long torsos.



Deuter aircomfortDeuter Aircomfort
The Aircomfort system is a little different on several packs, but they all share one important feature: sweat reduction. It reduces perspiration up to 25%, thus greatly improving your performance and comfort. With 3-way ventilation, one at either side and one at the bottom, you’ll feel good hauling your pack load all day long (comfortable up to roughly 40 lbs.), even in hotter temps and damp climates. Examples of Aircomfort packs: AC Aera 24, Futura Vario Pro 50+10, & AC Aera SL

deuter aircomfort


Deuter Air contactDeuter Aircontact
Aircontact systems spread the weight of your load evenly and keep your pack’s center of gravity close to your body’s center of gravity. These systems reduce perspiration up to 15% by leaving an air chamber between the breathable back padding and allowing warm air to escape and be replaced by cool, refreshing air. The Aircontact system is used in Deuter’s larger backpacking backpacks, and is meant for loads heavier than 40 lbs. Examples of Aircontact packs: ACT Lite 65+10ACT Lite 45+10 SL

Deuter Aircontact



I Brought My Girlfriend Splitboarding – She Blew My Mind

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Adam Broderick manages the web content at Tahoe Mountain Sports. When he is not in the office, he tries his best to be in the field doing something awesome.

backcountry babe Tahoe

I brought my girlfriend backcountry snowboarding. She blew my mind. She’s athletic to begin with and she rips on a snowboard, but this being her first tour out I didn’t expect her to do as well on the uphill. I called back to her as I searched for an alternate route around the steep, slick and sun-crusted skin track, “This is like an advanced skinning course on beginner-to-intermediate terrain!”

“What!?” she hollered back through the wind.

“Nevermind! Just keep your head up and put one foot after the other. Exactly like that!”

Coming from someone who has trouble getting comfortable in no-fall-zones and sketchy terrain, I expected her to complain and lag a lot more. I gave her a crash course on the basic climbing tips when we first popped up our heel risers, and I never had to repeat myself. Not once. Occasionally I would glance back to see how she was handling the side-stepping, weight-displacement or slippery surface crust, and she was usually steps ahead of my (unnecessary) guidance. She even figured out ‘different pole lengths on steep traverses” on her own and learned to use her pole to initiate her heel risers without my instruction. I repeatedly glanced back to catch her not struggling, but inhaling a deep breath of fresh mountain air and smiling out toward the wild world around us. She concurred with my appreciation for an aerobic workout while skinning up a mountainside: “I can definitely see the appeal here.”

The only thing she wasn’t prepared for was bitter cold finger tips after going gloveless during the summit switchover, but she’s not to blame for that one. I told her she’d be cool with the pair of spring mid-weights she had, although they lacked the dexterity needed to handle some of the splitboard hardware, then I expected her to be fully engaged during the switch from touring to ride-mode. That was just me wanting her to get the maximum experience from an outing I’ve been praising since we met. I reassembled the first half of her board for her while she took notes for the second half, and I was happy to do so. She had impressed me plenty by this point. Plus, she’s really cute so it’s hard to let little things get under the skin. Especially something as minor as not fully sustaining yourself on your very first backcountry snowboarding adventure. She finished the switchover and we ripped back down the mountain.

woman splitboarding

Not many people have an extra splitboard setup lying around. Fortunately, I do, however (more…)

The Mother’s Day Buying Guide: Gift Ideas For Outdoor Moms

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

This post comes from Pam Jahnke, owner and purchaser at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Pam leads an active outdoor life and she’s all about durable, reliable equipment. She also has a fabulous sense for fashion, so she’s highly skilled in picking the top-performing and best-looking outdoor gear. We asked Pam what she thought would make the best Mother’s Day gifts for moms who love outdoor sports and travel. Here’s the useful motherly advice she had for us:


Flowers are nice, but they die. Give the wonderful outdoors loving mother, wife, grandmother, or partner in your life something they can enjoy everyday and use to keep themselves healthy! I’ve looked through everything in the store to come up with the top three products for runners, hikers and travelers that I think would put a huge smile on someone’s face this Mother’s Day.

Gift idea for outdoor mom

There’s Pam, smiling about something she loves dearly.

For the Hiker ~

My friend Dayna and I are planning a weeklong backpacking trip in September so I’m all about hiking and camping gear right now.

CamelBak Day StarA good hydration backpack is a must. I had the same Gregory Backpack for 10 years and just upgraded to the Camelbak Day Star Hydration Pack. Wow, what a difference! This pack feels so good to wear and provides more support than my old pack, plus at 18-liters there’s enough volume to carry everything you need. I also love the Camelbak hydration bladder with Bite Valve.


Sun protection is also a must. That means a good hat and lots of sunscreen. We have tons of great hats right now so I suggest you take a look and pick one that matches your mom’s style. For hiking I like the Prana Sally Sun HatPrana sally sun hatIt has a medium brim that provides nice coverage without getting in the way of a backpack and it’s lightweight, cute and dries quickly. I recently tried (and became hooked) on Sierra Summits Apres Ultra Light Daily Facial Moisturizer.  It has a super light, silky texture and works well to protect, which is very important living at 6,200 feet with never-ending exposure to sun, wind, snow and water.

Patagonia Piton Pullover



Now for a cute layering piece. The Patagonia Piton Pullover is a great deal at 30% off. It’s a more techie fleece in a cute package with a smooth face fabrication, so it’s ideal for layering and offers an athletic fit for warmth. This is a great year round piece.



For the Runner ~

There are so many fun and cute things for runners right now!

Salomon XR sensibelt



The Salomon XR Sensibelt is super lightweight with this amazing mesh Velcro belt that adjusts and molds to your body for an exact fit that doesn’t move around. It’s easy to reach your water and the bottle won’t fall out while you’re running.


womens yurbuds sport earbuds


Yurbuds – These little ear buds are amazing! They have completely changed my running. They come in different sizes so you get a custom fit that’s way more comfortable than one-size-fits-all buds, and they lock into place so you don’t have to adjust them while running. Click here for a useful article with more info and videos about Yurbuds.


the north face gtd running short


Gear is fun but cute new clothes are always on every girls list. I recommend The North Face GTD Short Sleeve Running Short and Eat My Dust Skirt. We run faster when we look good, right?


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