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Salomon Park Hydro Handset Review

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Formerly a collegiate miler and cross-country runner, Danny Jenkins has lived in Truckee for the past seven years, racing distances from half-marathons to 100-mile ultras. He has been a fundraiser for youth services, including Girls on the Run-Sierras and is also a former community addictions counselor. His passion is simply running free in the Sierra every chance he gets. Danny can be found on Instagram at @midnightspirit10.

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Swag is good. Swag that works is better. My girlfriend walked away with a free Salomon Park Hydro Handset at the Truckee Running Festival in June. Catching some shade under the Salomon tent paid off. “The rep said you’d love it!” Her enthusiasm overrides mine by a clear mile every time, but she’s usually right.

I stashed it on the shelf next to my front door, along with handhelds I’ve collected and used from half a dozen other manufacturers. A week later I grabbed it for a test spin and a week after that, I grabbed a second Park Hydro from Adam at TMS. One black, one red – toe nail colors for runners. I tested both over a six week period on runs ranging from 6 to 15 miles, with workouts at my usual haunts like the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail), Donner Rim Trail, Sawtooth Trail Loop, Squaw Valley & other local “backyard” trails in Truckee and Tahoe Donner.

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It’s difficult to find something “new” in the world of nomadic hydration. Handhelds are pretty basic; slip your hand in, pull the tension and go. But, the Park Hydro is a little different and shows some unique thought and results from Salomon. First, the Park Hydro is designed to be bottom mounted, and sitting in-line with the under-side of your forearm. Two finger holes near the top lead the way. I wasn’t fully comfortable with this, so I just started playing with different angles and fits. The wrap-around velcro strap (that goes around your wrist and secures on the other side) allows for versatility and I found a better angle (around 130 degree set) without using the finger holes, with virtually no slippage and no need to actually grip the handset if I didn’t want to. It stayed put – no soreness, no fatigue. The ability to find your own “comfort zone” is a huge plus.

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The outer shell is made of 100% polyester; hassle free, comfortable and durable. They got wet. They got muddy. They got hail. I threw them on rocks, in the dirt, sat on ’em & kicked ’em, and yes….wiped my nose with them (an often overlooked quality in handhelds). They never tore and always retained their shape. Good stuff. The Hydrapak softflask (reservoir) holds 17oz and comes with a bite valve for controlled drinking. Sealed properly, it never leaked on me and was super easy to use in any situation, especially on the run and even on fast downhills. The side zipper pouch runs the length of the outer shell and inner softflask. At max capacity, it would hold my car keys, a couple of gels and a nutrition bar. If you really need to, an iPhone barely fits.

I didn’t find many negatives to this new and unique form of portable hydration from Salomon. The wrap around velcro strap, while adaptable to most any size arm, could use more velcro reaching the length of the top-side strap itself. I have thin wrists, so once secured, there is some excess length; nothing that can’t be tucked in, but more velcro is a clear improvement Salomon could look at. The 17oz. softflask seems ideal but I would also like to see how a 20oz. version would handle.

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The Salomon Park Hydro Handset was perfect hydration for runs between 6-10 miles and I simply carried two if I was going up to 15 miles or had chances at re-fueling (maybe Heed in one, water in the other?). I try and prevent putting anything on my back if I can help it (I like to run light), so the Park Hydro fit into my summer hydration inventory nicely. It has a uniquely secure, comfortable fit and feel (think water-bed for your hand & fingers) and didn’t leak after several beatings and approximately 300 miles of trail & mountain running over six-weeks. Revolutionized handheld hydration – Salomon nailed it here.

Simplify Your Sleep System – Interactive Presentation

Friday, June 19th, 2015

SIMPLIFY YOUR SLEEP SYSTEM!

Join representatives from the top camping and backpacking brands to learn about the best new equipment and techniques to make sleeping in the outdoors more pleasant and enjoyable.

Representatives from Therm-A-Rest and Nemo Equipment (along with other top brands) will be on site to showcase the best in sleep system solutions to help you save weight, sleep great and make the most of every trip. To illustrate this, 4-5 sample “campsites” will be displayed in-store in which YOU can climb into a fully set up tent and “take a nap” on the best gear available.

The knowledgeable staff at TMS will be on hand for this free event which is open to the public and includes an interactive demonstration with outdoor equipment representatives leading an informative session. This is a rare opportunity to make the most of your camping and backpacking adventures. Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer special deals on products in the store!

JOIN THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK!

Date: Wednesday, July 15th

Time: Doors – 5:00pm | Presentation & Demo – 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Rd. – Safeway Center)

Cost: FREE ~ All Ages

Coral Loves the Merrell Capra Sport Hiking Shoes!

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

This post comes from TMS Ambassador – Coral Taylor, an avid mountain biker, yogi, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast living in Truckee, CA. Follow @c_ros on Instagram for rad photos of her adventures around Lake Tahoe and beyond. In addition to getting after it on the snow, Coral is also a Team LUNAChix Tahoe Mountain Bike Team Ambassador!

Hiking Shoes Reviewed: Merrell Capra Sport Hiking Shoes – Women’s
Color: Royal Lilac/Adventurine
Size Reviewed: Women’s Size 7

First thing out of the box, I noticed the awesome color of these shoes. I know, I know – don’t judge a book by its cover and all that; however, I can’t help it. I want my gear to have function AND form. Form – check.

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Onto assessing function. I like my hiking and running shoes to typically be a little larger than my normal shoe size, to account for swollen feet on the trail and thicker socks, but the Capra runs true to size and my standard size 7 works for the size 7 in these shoes. It seems like Merrell knows what they are doing and made accommodations accordingly.

The light weight of these shoes was noticeable as soon as I put them on. They are heavier than my trail runners, but MUCH lighter than any hiking shoe or boot I have ever worn. Walking with these shoes around the house to get a feel for their lacing and to start breaking them in, the stiff sole was noticeable, although there is a point mid-sole where the shoe gets more flexible.

I decided to take these hot new kicks for a trial hike/run after work one day. I hiked up the lovely Donner Canyon, which is mostly fire road, with some rocks, loose gravel and dirt, and a little mud in the lower sections. These shoes performed well and maintained traction even in a few parts where the trail was eroded with spring runoff from the recent rains.

I detoured off the trail, onto one of the granite boulders offering a stunning view of Donner Lake, and the Capras continued their grippy action, allowing me to walk up the side of the boulders as easily as if I were walking on the street.

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I enjoyed the view then took a short, much needed meditation break, with the sound of the forest and the scent of the pines. Afterwards, a quick glance at my phone revealed that dinner would be ready in a few minutes, so it was go time – trail run back to the car! The Capras were heavier and bulkier than my trail running shoes (naturally), and I stumbled a few times, as I was adjusting to the larger shape of my foot in these shoes. However, compared to my few pathetic attempts at jogging in any other hiking boots, the Capras far out-performed them in their flexibility, lightness, and nimbleness. Towards the end of the trail, my clumsiness subsided as my proprioception increased, and the Capras felt more comfortable.

For my second, longer hike in the Capras, I went to the Redwood Forest of Mendocino. The Capras were comfortable on steep uphill and downhill sections, and were excellent at avoiding banana slugs and poison oak (yikes!). They maintained traction in the loose loam of the upper trail area, as well as the sandy beach and slippery log that I had to precariously balance on in order to cross the flowing Russian Gulch Creek. The second time wearing these shoes made a big difference – they already seemed more broken in and fit my feet better.

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Watch out for Banana Slugs! (Photo: Coral Taylor)

I wore them again the following day for an outrigger canoe paddling trip up Big River, where they performed well by keeping my feet dry and warm (much needed due to my sloppy paddling skills) and they gave me ample traction on the sandy beach to get a good running start for the rope swing over the river.

All in all, I think these are an excellent all-around hiking shoe! I look forward to wearing the Capras on longer hikes this summer and on a few backpacking trips, including meeting up with my youngest sister who is currently somewhere on the PCT.

Pros:
– Lightweight
– Supportive, but flexible
– High traction sole

Cons:
– Lack of ankle support
– Need to be broken in (like any other hiking boot)
– Spend time wearing the shoe to get to know its width

Brand Highlight: Ultimate Direction – FREE Demos!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Water is the essential element for peak training, racing and performance. At Ultimate Direction, their employees and sponsored athletes know this first hand. That’s why they craft the best hydration products to keep you on the move. Keep on moving!

Try-before-you-buy for FREE with a demo of the new Scott Jurek Ultra Vest 2.0 or the Women’s Ultra Vesta and see what everyone’s talking about first hand! Available for a limited time (while supplies last).

Click HERE to see our full line-up of Ultimate Direction products!

The SJ Ultra Vest is the result of collaboration with Scott Jurek, the world’s most dominant ultra runner. Weighing in at 11 ounces (16.5 with bottles) and offering 7.0 L of storage space, the SJ has the best weight-to-capacity ratio of any hydration pack on the market.

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Designed by the Women’s Collective, the Ultra Vesta is ergonomically shaped to fit perfectly and perform flawlessly. Front-facing bottle optional pockets offer quick, immediate access to hydration and lower large-volume pockets keep your phone, camera, salt tablets or gels within reach. Bounce-free and moisture-wicking Air Mesh provides support and is soft to the touch for all day comfort.

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TMS Owner Dave Polivy Honored in 40 Under Awards

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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Congratulations to Tahoe Mountain Sports Owner Dave Polivy on being included in a list of honorees for the eighth annual SGB 40 Under 40 Awards, which recognizes leaders and standout individuals across the sporting goods industry! The 40 recipients were chosen from a list of 400 nominees and selected by a panel of industry experts.

View the 2015 40 Under 40 list HERE

“These awards are a way to recognize the great work done by younger leaders in our industry,” said James Hartford, president and CEO of The SportsOneSource Group, which publishes the SGB trade publication. “The extraordinary and diverse talent nominated again this year made it difficult to narrow the list to just 40 people. We drew very strong support from past honorees and other industry leaders to select a prestigious group of individuals and it is our pleasure to honor this next generation of leaders.”

SGB: WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
Dave Polivy: “Take chances in order to make mistakes and celebrate successes. Learn from both and don’t make those mistakes again. If you say you are going to do something, make sure you do it. Do what you love because you only live once.”

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Adventure Trail Tips Slideshow at TMS (June 3rd, 2015)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Looking to set out on an adventure on the Tahoe Rim Trail or Pacific Crest TrailPRIVATE PROPERTY copy

Learn all about these incredible trail systems that are right in our Tahoe backyard at the Adventure Trail Tips Slideshow event (Presented by Cascade Designs).

Local experts Shannon Skarritt (Director of Membership & Outreach – TRTA) and Diego Panasiti (PCT through-hiker) will lead in-depth slide-show discussions on how to prepare, the essentials to pack and what to expect when hiking the TRT or PCT. Whether you’re through-hiking or just out for a day trip, this FREE, all-ages event is a can’t-miss opportunity to discover the magnificence of these great hikes!

Join the event on Facebook!

This rare opportunity will help you make the most of your camping and backpacking adventures on the Tahoe Rim Trail or Pacific Crest Trail systems. Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer special deals on products in the store – stock up on maps, guidebooks and let us equip you with the best hiking shoes, backpacks and more! Additionally, raffle tickets for great prizing will be for sale (in support of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association).

The Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail are invaluable resources right here in the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. Chock full of wonderful flora and fauna, these beautiful trail systems are a gem in the midst of the majestic Sierra Nevada. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is singularly focused on preserving, protecting and promoting the (PCT) which stretches from Mexico to Canada. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s mission is to maintain and enhance the 165-mile long (TRT) trail system that stretches around the entirety of Lake Tahoe. Both organizations promote stewardship, conservation and offer a multitude of resources about using and preserving the trails.

PCT through-hiker, Diego Panasiti has an awesome website worth checking out…diegopanasiti.com.

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Tahoe Mountain Sports Rep Sample Sale

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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The deals return! Tahoe Mountain Sports’ Rep Sample Sale brings you the best bargains on top-notch gear, clothing and equipment this Memorial Day weekend in Truckee on Saturday May 23, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the Auburn Ski Club Nordic Programs.

For this exciting event, we’ve invited over a dozen of local sales representatives to set up booths in the Tahoe Mountain Sports front parking lot – conveniently located in the Safeway Shopping Center. Get exclusive deals from the brand representatives themselves, including new samples and discounted demo gear. Plus, you’ll get their expert advice and selling points to ensure you’re making the best buy. This year’s brands include Deuter Backpacks, Salomon, Black Diamond, The North Face, Marmot, Volkl and more to gear you up for all seasons in the Truckee-Tahoe region.

Find unbeatable prices, and gear for all outdoor sports: lifestyle and technical clothing, tents, sleeping bags and other camping necessities, as well as Nordic ski gear and winter backcountry equipment. Admission is free.|

Look for the tents and flags this Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 23) at the corner of the parking lot at the Safeway Shopping Center (at the Bank of the West entrance). We’re just a short distance from exits 185 and 186 off on Highway CA-80 and Highway CA-89, so come for the sale, then, make a day at the beach or on the trails. You don’t want to miss these deals from the source!

What: Outdoor Sports Brand Representative Sample Sale

When: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Front parking lot, near the Bank of the West entrance at the Safeway Shopping Center)

View the event on Facebook: https://goo.gl/Wc60zh

Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group: http://goo.gl/jhcVII

Be sure to follow Tahoe Mountain Sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+ for all the latest info and updates on events and upcoming sales!

Spring Ladies Night at TMS – Presented by Deuter

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Spring Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports
An inspirational evening presented by Deuter Backpacks

Join your fellow ladies in the Truckee-Tahoe area for a fun night at your local outdoor gear headquarters and get excited for summer along with the rest of us! Lake Tahoe, CA native and Senior Backcountry guide, Laura Steinbach will lead a motivational presentation and slideshow on the basics and intricacies of backpacking, planning a backpacking trip and providing some tips and tricks for success based on her years of experience in the field. She’ll be focusing on educating entry-level female backpackers, with some topics including logistical and permit planning, Leave No Trace (choosing camps, water sources, etc), Choosing the right gear (focusing on backpacks), and packing a backpack for different situations/gear combinations.

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Special Guest – SYMG’s Laura Steinbach (Photo: SYMG)

  • What: Special ladies’ centric evening with a presentation on how to make the best of camping and backpacking
  • When: Wednesday, April 29th | Doors-Shopping Specials: 5:00 p.m. | Official Program: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Safeway Shopping Center)
  • Presented by: Deuter Backpacks, Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides and Tahoe Mountain Sports
  • Food and Beverages: Light, healthy snacks (locally sourced) with wine and NA beverages
  • Benefiting: Tahoe Food Hub (tahoefoodhub.org) > Raffle tickets will be on sale
  • Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group: http://goo.gl/jhcVII

Attendees of this FREE (all ages) event will enjoy store-wide savings and special deals on women’s specific apparel, footwear and gear. Utilize this great evening as the perfect opportunity to do some spring shopping, or to simply spoil yourself! A portion of proceeds from Ladies Night will benefit the Tahoe Food Hub, a local non-profit organization that is working to restore local food distribution by building a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe. They serve as a foodshed council educating our community on the environmental, economic and social health benefits of regional food system.

In addition to great deals on gear and clothing for women, there are great prizes to be won in the raffle (benefiting the Tahoe Food Hub), including gear from Deuter Backpacks and lots more! With summer just around the corner, Tahoe Mountain Sports has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re into hiking, backpacking, yoga, Crossfit, rock climbing, trail running or triathlons we’ve got the gear to get you out there! Enjoy special shopping deals in an intimate and customized setting that will leave you inspired to take your skills to the next level.

Laura Steinbach has been guiding in Yosemite and the High Sierra for over a decade. She’s a veteran of the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails and is the Senior Backcountry Guide at Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides (SYMG) for whom she leads expedition-style multi-week trips. She currently lives in South Lake Tahoe and can be found backpacking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and mountain biking at every free moment she can find.\

 

Keep Moving with Goal Zero Rechargers

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to carry solar panels and solar-powered gadgets by Goal Zero. Charge your laptop, phone, audio device, batteries and other electronics while in the field with your own portable power device.

Since Goal Zero became a company in June of 2009 their mission has been to empower people by putting reliable power in the hands of every human being. As they’ve grown over the years their mission has stayed the same and they’ve been lucky enough to connect with people around the world. They’ve been amazed by the steady flow of stories we receive about the good that our friends around the world are doing. In order to help share these stories they’ve created Solar Life.

Solar Life is about the feeling you get waking up to a frost-encrusted tent before dawn. It’s hiking a high mountain ridge to watch the sun rise. It’s bringing light into the lives of those in need, but most of all it’s having the freedom to get out and stay out doing the things that you love without compromising. Solar Life exists to capture and share the stories of those seeking adventure and empowering others. These stories come from their ambassadors, employees and, most importantly, you.

Whether you’re at base camp for months, camping in your backyard, or serving your community, these stories are for you. Goal Zero hope they inspire, empower, and help you live a Solar Life of your own.

Check out the awesome the Flip 10, Guide 10 Plus and Switch 10 USB Multi-Tool Kit rechargers below!

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Adventurous Dining at the Peter Grubb Hut

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

This post comes from Guest Blogger Michelle Shea. Michelle lives in Lake Tahoe and is the host/creator of the outdoor series Adventure Dining Guide. She created Adventure Dining Guide because “food is the unrecognized hero of our journeys, and its about time backcountry meals get the recognition they deserve”. Learn  more at www.adventurediningguide.com

Who: Chef Brian Robinson from the Clair Tappaan Lodge, cameraman Calvin Scibilla, dogs Bella and Shogun, and myself
What: Hike to Sierra Club’s Peter Grub Hut and cook lunch in the hut
Where: Tahoe National Forrest and the Clair Tappaan Lodge
When: November, 2014

This was the first official episode that I filmed for Adventure Dining Guide with a cameraman, a script and an experienced chef. I was both nervous and excited for this adventure and spent weeks making sure everything turned out as planned.

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Calvin and I arrived in the morning to the Clair Tappaan Lodge to be greeted by Chef Brian and the friendly staff and volunteers who were at the lodge. We all sat down to enjoy a family style breakfast, where Calvin and I were able to hear some great stories about the lodge and its long history.

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Prepping the taco meat ingredients in the Clair Tappaan kitchen

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