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Hydro Flask 40 and 18oz. Review

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

This post comes from Shaun Nauman, a blogger (snowboardmountaineer.com) and Boulder, CO resident. When Shaun isn’t studying snow hydrology and forecasting avalanches, the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor is finding new adventures in the backcountry on his splitboard. Watch for more gear reviews and fun reading from Shaun and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.

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*What: Hydro Flask, 40oz & 18oz
*Where: San Juan Mountains, Silverton, CO. Summit of Red Mountain #3 and McMillan Peak. An epic few days of training and the Hydro Flask made it all the better! I used the smaller 16oz Hydro Flask for a hot drink, and the 40oz with a hydration hose for water. From past experience, bladders and Nalgene bottles will often freeze while digging snow profiles at high elevations.

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(Photo: Shaun Nauman)

*Pros – The Hydro Flask certainly keeps liquids warm. Temperatures ranged from a low of 3 F to a high of 30 F, but the Hydro Flask kept liquids warm while doing snow profiles for many hours. Gear in this type of setting takes a beating, and the Hydro Flask is tough as nails and pulled through without a scratch. Hydro Flask proudly states it will keep liquids hot for 12 hours, and liquids cold for 24 hours. I can attest that the Hydro Flask kept liquids warm for the nine plus hours we were out digging snow profiles and skinning up to elevations above 12,000’ in January.

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(Photos: Shaun Nauman)

2*Hydro Flask Test: I was so amazed with the Hydro Flask I decided to set up a bench test of sorts on my return from the San Juan Mountains to see just how well it performed against a regular stainless steel drinking bottle. The first test was performed to measure heat loss from a hot drink. I started at a temperature of 140 F and graphed the heat loss of the Hydro Flask against a regular stainless steel bottle.

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Next, I measured the cold loss from cold drink. I started with the liquid at a temperature of 35F and graphed the same result of the Hydro Flask against the stainless bottle.

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(Photo: Shaun Nauman)

Yes, that is a snow profile thermometer – which worked marvelous for this test.

While the Hydro Flask stands up to it’s claim for keeping liquid hot, it really shines by keeping liquid cool. After 12 hours there was a net temperature loss of less than one degree! Many people also use the Hydro Flask as a beer growler, it will not only keep the brew cold, but will also keep the carbonation intact.

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*Cons – None. The Hydro Flask outperformed in real world applications.

The secret to the Hydro Flask is the vacuum insulated double wall, which means there is an absence of matter between the two stainless steel walls. Since there is no matter, the outside temperature of the flask has a difficult time affecting the contents inside the flask. The durability is outstanding too. The finish on Hydro Flasks is a tough powder coat finish, constructed of 18/8 stainless steel. The nice thing about stainless is that it is resistant to absorbing taste, odor and bacteria. So that chai from last week won’t linger in the realms of today’s drink.

You can also get an optional sipping top on the wide mouth Hydro Flasks. Since the threads are the same as a Nalgene bottle, you can easily interchange a hydration hose system to the Hydro Flask.

The Hydro Flask is a year-round piece of gear that is absolutely amazing. In the winter months it will keep your drinks hot, and in the summer months you can enjoy cold liquids after many hours, or even a cold brew at the summit.

G3 = Genuine Gear Guide

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

New this year to the fleet of incredible backcountry gear at Tahoe Mountain Sports is a line-up of alpine touring skis, the all-new Ion tech binding as well as climbing skins, trim tools and splitboard climbing skin connector kits. G3 = Genuine Gear Guide. Based in Vancouver, B.C., G3 Genuine Guide Gear is manufacturer of industry-leading gear for backcountry skiing and snowboarding. It has been making avalanche safety equipment since 1995.

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TMS employee Boon, took the new G3 Synapse Carbon 92 Skis with the Ion Alpine Touring Bindings out for a day in the Castle Peak backcountry. Click here for more information on this excellent backcountry skiing zone near Truckee, CA. on Here are his thoughts:

“Weighing in at a brisk 9lbs 15oz this set up felt like I was somehow cheating the up hill. Definitely built for speed and fast pursuits but burly enough to ski most any line. I have been looking for a spring/ summer ski for the east side Sierra and volcano corn harvest. This could easily be my go to…

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The G3 Synapse Carbon 92 Skis and G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings at Castle Peak

Starting with the brand new G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings which did not disappoint. The toe piece is easier to engage than any other tech binding on the market and literally snaps into place giving you confidence that there is a good connection from the binding to the boot. G3 also designed large snow clearing channels on each side of the toe piece to clear out any ice/ snow that could cause a pre-release. The locking mechanism for the toe piece is also much more stout than the other tech bindings. As far as I see it, the ion toe piece is one of the best (if not the best) in the market.

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The G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings incorporate game changing forward pressure, wide mount and refined toe jaw dynamics plus unique step-in and brake features yield superior freeride performance in the lightest set up you can ask for

G3 also beat the rest of the tech binding market in designing a binding with forward pressure. The forward pressure assures constant contract with the ski boot heal to maintain consistent release values in landings and absorbs energy/ vibration at high speed. One issue I have with the heal piece is that the design does not allow for turning the heal piece to ski mode with your ski pole. This can be nice to make quicker transitions and avoiding going hip deep in snow on the transition. Overall I was very impressed with the binding and can’t wait to put more mileage on them.

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This set up brings all types of snow conditions together with your skis and bindings like “butter on toast”

The G3 Synapse Carbon 92 Skis as I mentioned above is a very light ski but doesn’t sacrifice performance. With an early rise tip and tail the ski turns on a dime and can rip with the best of the all mountain skis. I see this ski being phenomenal in tight couloirs and during technical descents, but also super fun and easy to negotiate on wide open slopes. The only problem I had with the demo is i was wanting a little bit more length in the ski. The 180cm would be ideal for my height and weight (6′ tall 180 lbs.)

In conclusion, I am stoked on the new technology G3 has brought to the table to progress the tech binding world and also provide a very light high performance ski. Come in and demo or purchase a pair of these skis and bindings at Tahoe Mountain Sports.”

How to Choose the Right Climbing Skin for you:

G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin Features:

G3 Trim Tool
G3 Trim Tool
MSRP: $4.95

Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpacks

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

The world of avalanche safety has become that much cooler in the past few years with the introduction of avalanche airbag backpacks. Tahoe Mountain Sports carries a great selection of these incredible backpacks. In high demand have been the Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpacks from POC and Black Diamond. We currently have a VERY LIMITED supply remaining of these packs so take a minute to learn more below and grab yours before they’re GONE!

 Both the POC and Black Diamond Avalanche Airbag Backpacks are similar but have their own nuances and touches to make them unique and suitable to different needs, tastes and sizes.

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POC Thorax Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack – 11L

About the POC Thorax Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack – 11L:  Add another tool to your safety gear, especially useful when exploring the backcountry, with this POC Sports Thorax Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack, which adds an 11 liter capacity. The POC Thorax 11L is an avalanche airbag safety backpack which uses JetForce technology. The airbag is activated by pulling an activation cord on the shoulder strap, this then fills the 200L airbag in up to 4 seconds. This should help the skier stay above the snow, after 3 minutes the fan will reverse its motion and deflate the bag giving the skier a potential air pocket when in a buried situation. This will also allow an easier victim extraction when it comes to rescue, if need be. The airbag is made of a durable, puncture resistant Cordura fabric allowing it to maintain volume.

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Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack

About the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jeftforce Avalanche Airbag BackpackAdd another layer of safety to your avalanche tools with the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack with jet-fan inflation and the ability to be repacked and recharged. The avalanche airbag for day-long tours, featuring backpanel access, a dedicated avy-tools pocket and Black Diamond’s Jetforce Technology. A revolution in airbag technology, Jetforce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit. From one-lap dawn patrols to all-day tours and couloir missions, the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Pack is built to store your essential gear for day-long outings and provides a truly innovative addition to your avalanche tool kit. Jetforce Technology, the result of a multi-year collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, is the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation. JetForce’s repackable airbag and fully rechargeable electronics system provide zero-cost user practice and travel-friendly performance. The Halo also features a dedicated avy tools pocket, HiLo helmet holder and single ice-axe attachment for securing your gear. JetForce Technology airbag system built-in; rechargeable, travel-friendly and extremely durable. reACTIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and zippered backpanel access. Dedicated avy-tools pocket and single ice-axe attachment. Tuck-away diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached. HiLo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and internal accessory pockets.

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Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack

About the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack: Designed for ski professionals, the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack is a high capacity pack with jet fan inflation and on-board avalanche tools. The ideal avalanche airbag for ski patrollers, snow professionals and hut-to-hut trips, the Saga is Black Diamond’s large-capacity backcountry ski pack featuring Jetforce Technology. A revolution in airbag technology, Jetforce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit. Whether working in avalanche terrain or covering miles a backcountry hut tour, the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Pack is designed to accommodate big loads while providing a truly innovative addition to your avalanche tool kit. Jetforce Technology, the result of a multi-year collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, is the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation. Jetforce’s repackable airbag and fully rechargeable electronics system provide zero-cost user practice and travel-friendly performance. The Saga accommodates features both ski and snowboard carrying systems, and a dedicated avy tools pocket, ice tool PickPockets and a HiLo helmet holder secure your additional gear. JetForce Technology airbag system built-in; rechargeable, travel-friendly and extremely durable. reACTIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and zippered backpanel access. Dedicated avy-tools pocket and ice-tool PickPockets. Tuck-away diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached. HiLo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and zippered top accessory pocket.

 

Top 2014-15 Ski & Snowboard Movies

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

If you are anything like me, you can’t get enough skiing or snowboarding in your life! That being said, an easy way to keep the stoke alive all year long is with a great ski or snowboard movie.

This year we have four amazing movies to get you fired up to take on the backcountry or conquer that cliff or feature at your local resort…

MSP Films – Days of My Youth
Winner of the Powder Awards – Best Male Performance, Best Line (Cody Townsend) and Best Natural Air (Richard Permin)

Red Bull Media House, in association with MSP Films, presents “DAYS OF MY YOUTH”, a new film that examines every skier’s lifelong affinity for the sport. Filmed over two years using state of the art techniques and technologies, this movie offers a unique glimpse into the journey of self-discovery that every skier experiences – exploring the globe and escaping to the playground of the mountains. Traveling worldwide, MSP’s team has looked through the lens in a new way to capture moments that redefine what is possible on skis.

The film exposes the joys and struggles associated with a lifetime built around skiing, all while narrated to the prolific readings of Alan Watts alongside profound insights from an intimate cast of skiing’s modern day superstars. “DAYS OF MY YOUTH” reminds every viewer of their first time on skis, and reinforces that the experience will continue to keep you young for a lifetime.

Starring: Richard Permin, Michelle Parker, Mark Abma, Bobby Brown, James Heim, Cody Townsend, Markus Eder, Banks Gilberti, Sam Anthamatten, and Sander Hadley. Featuring the legendary Bobbie Burns.

Teton Gravity Research – Almost Ablaze

Awarded “Film Of The Year” at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival, TGR’s Almost Ablaze is a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on The Planet. Experience a new level of sensory overload as each athlete is wired for sound, immersing the audience completely in the moment. Watch as athletes push the edge to realize a heightened state.

Almost Ablaze highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes. The crew sets up camp deep in the Teton Range hitting 5,000-foot dream lines all on foot. Check out urban riding in the war-torn Winter Olympic venues of Sarajevo. Explore the massive untapped terrain of Sella Nevea, Italy during a record winter where they struggle to keep lifts and chalets from completely disappearing into the snow. Finally, feel the madness as TGR’s full cast of athletes meets in Revelstoke for a mind-blowing session producing some of the most diverse riding in the world. Almost Ablaze takes you beyond the boundaries. Experience a rarely seen state of being and level of excitement where one missed step will result in total chaos.

“The Edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.”

-Hunter S. Thompson

Powderwhore – Some Thing Else

For their tenth film Powderwhore wanted to do something special. So all they did was capture their deepest powder ever, expeditions to the most remote mountain ranges, and the steepest spines on the planet. Combined with the most interesting characters on snow, and their usual low brow humor, and they have a ski movie worthy of their ten years filming the backcountry experience.

Jeremy Jones’ Higher

Ten-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year winner Jeremy Jones revolutionized backcountry snowboarding with Deeper, his 2010 ode to splitboarding and human-powered adventure. His 2012 sequel, Further, took him to the planet’s most remote mountain ranges and earned him a nod as a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and his environmental advocacy work with Protect Our Winters won him recognition as one of President Barack Obama’s 2013 Champions of Change.

Now Jones and TGR elevating their game and taking their quest to the next level for the third and final installment of the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy from the award-winning producers at Teton Gravity Research. Presented by Subaru, Higher traces Jones’ snowboarding journey from hiking Cape Cod’s Jailhouse Hill as a child to accumulating several generations’ worth of wisdom and expertise about thriving and surviving in the winter wilderness.

Jones has gathered friends old and new to pass the torch to the next generation of big mountain rippers. His crew for the film includes Bryan Iguchi, Luca Pandolfi, Ryland Bell, and others. With these friends, Jeremy leaves tracks on signature lines in the close-to-home playgrounds he’s made his own around Jackson Hole. He also makes history with far-flung first descents in the Eastern Alaska Range and the Himalayas of Nepal, where the stakes are as high as the peaks themselves.

Higher is in the midst of a worldwid film tour with over 200 stops, is an official selection of the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, and is currently a Finalist for Best Film at the 2014 Banff International Mountain Film Festival.

Blitzkrieg: An Assault on 4 High Sierra Peaks in One Day

Friday, December 5th, 2014

This post comes from Chris Cloyd, a TMS Ambassador and lover of endurance sports. When Chris isn’t training for his next big race or out exploring the Eastern Sierra on foot or bike, he’s managing the Performance Training Center by Julia Mancuso. Watch for more race reports, gear reviews and fun reading from Chris and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.

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A perfect day to bag four peaks!

I’ll always remember this past summer fondly, and with great reverence. This was the season that redefined sport and what is possible (for me) in the mountains. It was an exciting season, and one that I look forward to building on in 2015 and beyond. By far the most ambitious day on my calendar was October 19th, 2014 – a planned single-push assault on Mt. Carrillon, Mt. Russell, Mt. Whitney, and Mt. Muir in one day.

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Deuter Backpacks Shine in Yosemite

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The following trip report and gear review is brought to you by Kevin Snow of Tahoe Mountain Sports:

“I should have bought another banana,” I thought as I turned onto Highway 140, entering the Merced River Valley. I wasn’t sure how long the drive was going to take me, and I’d hastily misjudged my morning hunger level as I flew through the gas station just outside of Lee Vinning hours earlier. “I heard there’s a pizza place down there somewhere,” I remember thinking, when all of a sudden, I realized what was happening, my car slowed, and a tear came to my eye. I had just entered the Yosemite Valley and what had just come into view was one of natures’ most awe inspiring, grand, and massive gifts of beauty, towering three thousand feet above the valley floor. I stood before El Capitan, in all of its majesty, in pure astonishment, as I contemplated not only the massive geologic events it would have taken to make this gargantuan monolith, but the amount of monumental historic events for the climbing world that have taken place on its walls and in its shadow. I felt like an ant. All of a sudden the world had been pulled into perspective for me, I felt small in it, and another tear came to my eye.

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The gang at the trailhead in Camp 4 in front of Midnight Lighting. The iconic bouldering problem is defined by the chalk lightning bolt in the background, and has been kept up by climbers outlining it in chalk for 3 and a half decades.

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Review: La Sportiva Bushido, Trail-Mountain-Sky Running Shoe

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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.

La Sportiva Bushido

“Incredibly flexible, with phenomenal support and traction.
I was surprised how well it flexes underfoot considering how robust it feels in-hand.”

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Designed in the Dolomites, so you know they’re good.

I’ve put just over 100 miles on these badhawks, and by now it’s safe to admit they’re my favorite trail shoe to-date. In the past year, I’ve run in Salomon’s, Inov-8’s, Altra’s and The North Face’s. My Salomon S-Lab’s fit like a glove and perform great in technical terrain, plus use a simply genius lacing system, but they lack the protection underfoot and the 4WD capabilities the Bushido offers. My TNF’s provide the cushion and support I desire, especially on rocky terrain, but they’re not quite breathable or flexible enough. My Inov-8’s protect underfoot and have good traction, breathe well, and flex great, but don’t provide the lateral support I need. Same goes for my Altra’s. Although they boast the wide toe-box I appreciate so much, and until I tried the Bushido were my go-to’s, they also lack lateral support. It’s funny because after I’d modified my Altra shoes by adding Salomon’s quick-laces, I swore they were the ultimate trail running shoe. Then I got the Sportiva’s, and I’ve gone back and forth, alternating through the aforementioned pairs, but keep finding myself coming back to the Italians.

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When I first got them I was hardly running due to a knee injury. I was afraid to get back into my Inov-8’s or Altra’s because my right foot was dramatically pronating and each time I ran I felt like I reversed any recent rehab. But on July 3 I laced up the Bushido’s and headed up the hill behind my house in North Lake Tahoe. I couldn’t believe that I was able to go four miles before my leg started talking to me, and even then it was more of a whisper to “chill a little” than a command to “stop running”. They offered everything I looked for in a shoe, plus the lateral support I had never experienced in something so lightweight and flexible. At just 11 ounces per shoe (size 42.5), it’s amazing how robust and responsive they are. They even have a semi-wide toe-box so my lil’ guys can stretch out. (more…)

Gear Review: Manduka Pro Yoga Mat – Eco-Friendly, Most Comfortable

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Truckee-Tahoe local Coral Taylor loves riding bikes, exercising, and exploring the Sierras with friends and family. She is a licensed civil engineer who works for the Tahoe City Public Utility District, a passionate yoga practitioner and recently certified instructor, as well as an ambassador for the Team LUNAChix Tahoe Mountain Bike Team. Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to have Coral representing us as one of our elite TMS Ambassadors!

“This is the mat I would buy for a friend or family member, which means a lot, because I try to spend my money mindfully on quality products.”

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Where – I got myself a new yoga mat as a gift for completing my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training this spring. Since then, I have rolled this mat out at home, on my deck, at various studios in Truckee, Kings Beach and Squaw, and even on the lawn at West End Beach of Donner Lake.

Pros – I really appreciate the thickness of this mat; with my bony knees and elbows, it makes kneeling or elbow-based poses much more comfortable than other mats I’ve used, especially on uneven surfaces such as grass or sand. During a recent outdoor class, I was very glad to have this mat, which stayed put while other mats were tossed about in the wind.

I also appreciate Manduka’s commitment to the environment and to its customers; this mat has a lifetime guarantee, which minimizes waste. As a lover of nature and a citizen of planet Earth, Manduka’s sustainability practices such as zero waste and emission-free manufacturing make me feel good about purchasing a new consumer product.

This cool video explains Manduka’s recycling efforts behind manufacturing:

 

Cons – The Manduka PRO Mat is relatively heavy, so if you’re carrying it for a ways or bike commuting, it would weigh you down after a while. Initially, this mat was very slippery, which is pretty common with most new yoga mats. However, the “Break-In” technique recommended by Manduka, which involved sprinkling sea salt then scrubbing the mat with a little water and air drying in the sun, seemed to help. The more I use this mat, the stickier it gets. This mat also has a hefty price tag, but if you look at the return on investment, and plan to buy just one mat the rest of your life, it is well worth it.

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Suggestions – I like how Manduka offers some additional color options in their PRO limited edition. It would be nice if this mat was less slippery when first using it, and if the mat could weigh a little less while still retaining the lifetime guarantee and all the aforementioned  cushion, that would be nice as well.

 

Summary – So far… so great!  I love my new Manduka yoga mat and look forward to using it for this lifetime of practice. This is the mat I would buy for a friend or family member, which means a lot, because I try to spend my money mindfully on quality products.

 

 

 

Tahoe Mountain Sports also carries the Manduka eKO Lite and the PROlite mats for those looking for something on the thinner side:

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Manduka Yoga eKO Lite Mat – 4mm
MSRP: $63.95
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Manduka Yoga PROlite Mat 71″
MSRP: $77.95

 

Gear Review: Inov-8 TrailRoc 255 Mountain Running Shoes

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Formerly a collegiate miler and cross-country runner, Danny Jenkins has run ultras for the past eight years. He is a freelance adventure writer/photographer, fundraiser for youth services and addiction recovery programs, and past community addictions counselor based in Truckee, California. He lives to run free in the Sierra every chance he gets, regularly uses his running to raise money for local charities, and is a founding member of the Donner Party Mountain Runners.

“No matter where I’m running, it will perform well and definitely get the job done.”

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Ready for anything the trail throws your way. Click image for more info.

I’m liking the Inov-8 255‘s. More support than I’ve had in a long time and my legs are appreciating it. Incredible traction, as you might expect from Inov-8, and performs well in just about all conditions and all trail surfaces. It’s slightly heavier than I like, but it’s almost an insignificant factor. The fit is a little wide (for my taste) because I do a lot of technical running (my strength), but this is a shoe I like to call my “rover” – which means no matter where I’m running, it will perform well and definitely get the job done.

 

I am totally confident with these trail runners underfoot on hard-packed dirt, steep ascents, sandstone, granite, fire trails, sharp rocks, smooth single track, and managing technical terrain. Rates okay in the mud, but there are probably better choices if it’s raining and crud is the call.

 

Trail and mountain runners who thrive on good shoe flex will like the 255. It “gives” in technical mountain terrain, yet won’t lend enough freedom to “twist.” The lightweight toe-guard makes for pretty minimal protection in front, but I didn’t have any issues with Superman-type aerials, even on runs at places like Mt. Tallac in S. Lake Tahoe (which brings every type of terrain imaginable).

 

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Danny flies downhill with confidence.

Comfort factor rates a 9 out of 10, right out of the box. Break-in period was short; maybe 9-10 hours of running and you’re gaining every benefit the 255 has to offer.

 

The TrailRoc 255 is a flexible trail runner (with meta-flex near the toes) that excels in technical mountain terrain. The soft, flexible heal counter helps in lending the shoe a slipper-like feel, while the anatomic last provides a wider toe box than those found on other Inov-8 models. This roomy upper has accommodated thicker socks and some foot swelling on longer runs.

 

The 255 represents the most protective end of the spectrum for Inov-8’s Trailroc lineup, designed with the most cushioning of any TrailRoc running shoe. An ideal shoe for high-mileage training and racing, the 255 blends awesome durability with grip and is capable at a wide range, from 10K trail races to 100-mile mountain ultras.

 

I wore these mountain running shoes on every training run (mountain and trail only) for two months, and I am currently training for the Headlands 100 in Sausalito, Ca., on Sept. 13th. The training territory is North Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Tahoe Donner, Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) and any other initial on our local Tahoe trail map. Nothing but trail stoke…..Cheers!     -Danny Jenkins

 

Gluten-Free Camping & Backpacking Foods – They’re Grrreat!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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Eating gluten-free can be a pain in the butt. I know this not because I am without gluten, but because my day job is waiting tables. That’s right folks, this glamorous, blog-writing lifestyle is just a side gig. Sorry to disappoint you. Fortunately, I have some good news to lift you back up from your dismay over my underwhelming existence. Ready? The backcountry might be one of the easiest places to eat gluten free.

AlpineAire and Natural High sound like a couple of Colorado-based ‘recreation’ facilities, but they’re actually producers of some of the most gourmet, gluten and weed-free backpacking foods you can get your healthy little hands on. AlpineAire foods are actually made in Rocklin, near Sacramento, so we’ve got some local love for them. They’re ultralight, resealable and self-standing pouches have a shelf-life of 5+ years and (most of their 85+ recipes) are ready just a few minutes after adding boiling water and mixing.

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Scooping some Santa Fe Black Beans & Rice during an educational in-store clinic.

I’m talking about dishes like Cheese Enchilada Ranchero, Pineapple Orange Chicken, Three Berry Cobbler and Bananas Foster. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is, and I practically mainline gluten. If it were this easy everywhere to eat well without gluten, however, I might stop. Why not, right? I mean, given the choice, who’d say, “No thanks, I prefer to be chronically bloated and inflamed.” Tea Party republicans, okay, perhaps you’ve got me there. But I have enough experience with gluten-free foods to know they don’t have to taste bad. My restaurant has this flour-less chocolate cake that’s so soft and lovely, I sometimes make myself a bed of it and jump right in.

If that last line didn’t scare you off, not only do I recommend seeking psychiatric help, but I have a couple last suggestions: Bandito Scramble and Strawberry Granola with Milk, because you deserve a gluten-free breakfast more fulfilling than two packets of GU Energy Gel. So, go to the AlpineAire and Natural High pages at tahoemountainsports.com (linked above), treat yourself to some gluten and guilt-free goodness and go bag yourself some peaks with a happy tummy and taste buds.

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Example Directions & Nutrition Info

 

Until next time,

SJ

-No preservatives
-No artificial flavors
-No artificial colors
-No MSG
(in the foods, not SJ)

 

 


Scott Johns is an adventure cinematographer, mountain biker and snowboarder living in Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. When he’s not creating beautiful imagery for video, he’s out ripping singletrack or shredding big lines in his backyard that we call the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

 

AlpineAire Chicken/Almond Salad
AlpineAire Chicken/Almond Salad
MSRP: $9.95
Natural High Organic Mango
Natural High Organic Mango
MSRP: $5.95
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