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Join TMS at the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge on July 11th!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


Is this your year to take on the Tahoe Rim Trail? Are you new to the outdoors? Do you have a heart for adventure? Well, if so, step up to Tahoe’s next big challenge: The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge!

Tahoe Mountain Sports is a proud sponsor of the Tahoe Rim Challenge. We love Truckee and Lake Tahoe, and believe strongly in supporting our local area and giving back. Tahoe Mountain Sports supports many local nonprofits and also leads the way in community oriented events.

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the third giveaway day as part of our, “Where’s McCleod? Giveaway Summer Series.” This giveaway day will be hosted at our challenge site #6 Brockway Summit Trailhead and will include a special day pack demo with Tahoe Mountain Sports. Come take on one of your six challenge hike, bike or rides and try out a new Deuter backpack. All Trail Challengers will also get some free goodies from our Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge sponsor Tahoe Mountain Sports & Tahoe Trail Bar!


The giveaway will include free day pack demos from Deuter, fun giveaway surprises from Tahoe Mountain Sports, photo opps with trail mascot McLeod the Marmot and an opportunity for you to meet other 2015 Tahoe Rim Trail Challengers! Don’t forget to wear your 2015 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge t-shirt!

Register for the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge here:

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s mission of maintaining and enhancing the 165-mile long trail system that stretches around the entirety of Lake Tahoe aligns with Tahoe Mountain Sports values in regards to stewardship, conservation and resource management in this beautiful region we call home.

Hikers of the Tahoe Rim Trail, can stock up for their trip at Tahoe Mountain Sports (in Truckee, CA at the Safeway Center) with the best in outdoor gear, footwear and specialty clothing from top brands. We know why you’re here-for the gear. That’s why we keep our products at the forefront of everything we do. From ensuring we carry brands that top industry quality and environmental standards to personally testing our products to know we’re selling you the best. Open daily 10am-6pm and 24/7 online at


Where’s McLeod? Find him on July 11th and win BIG!


Spring Ladies Night at TMS – Presented by Deuter

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015


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.


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 ( > Raffle tickets will be on sale
  • Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group:

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.\


Deuter Freerider Pro 28 SL Women’s Backpack – Review

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

This post comes from Colorado native Tiffany Hansen, a guest blogger ( and Boulder, CO resident who recently relocated back from Southern California to be closer to the mountains, the snow and the great Colorado outdoors. When Tiffany isn’t working on behalf of her clients, she is finding new adventures in the backcountry and fine-tuning her collection of backcountry gear.


Tiffany Hansen

*What: Deuter Freerider Pro 28 SL- Women’s Backpack


Deuter Freerider Pro 28 SL Women’s Backpack

*Where: Since I purchased this pack in October 2014, if I am in the mountains and need to have my avalanche safety gear with me, or need to be able to boot-pack with my skis, my Dueter pack is with me. I can literally say that my pack and I are attached at the hip! This pack has accompanied me on 25 plus trips to the backcountry and has seen every single drainage in Rocky Mountain National Park as well as multiple trails across the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Summit County and the San Juans…anywhere accessible snow or shine.


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.


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.


Summer Gear Giveaway with Lake Tahoe North

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Enter to win Summer Giveaway

A huge stash of prizes is just two clicks of a mouse away — seriously. Tahoe Mountain Sports and Lake Tahoe North have teamed up to give away more than $1,000 worth of swag to one lucky Facebook fan. All you have to do is “like” both Tahoe Mountain Sports and Lake Tahoe North on Facebook and a Nemo Tent, Deuter backpacks, two pairs of Smith sunnies, and more could be all yours.

Here’s a little more info on the sweet prizes we’ve got:

Not one, but TWO Deuter backpacks — one for yourself and one for the man or woman in your life. The Men’s Deuter Spectro AC 24 ($128.95 retail value) and the women’s Deuter Spectro AC 28 SL ($138.95 retail value) are great day-hiking backpacks both featuring the AirComfort Back System that is designed to reduce perspiration by 20 percent.

Two pairs of Smith Optics Sunglasses: The men’s Smith Prospect Polarized Sunglasses with a black frame and grey-green lenses ($119 retail value) and the women’s Smith Shoreline Polarized Sunglasses with an apple tortoise frame and brown gradient lenses ($109 retail value). Both have function and fashion for the active Tahoe lover.

A Nemo Obi 2 Person Tent ($390 retail value), so you can take your two Deuter packs and Smith shades into the woods and go camping. This Nemo backpacking tent is lightweight, with no wasted material and every feature and detail driven by purpose and strategy.

When you get home from that backpacking trip, might as well go jump in the lake. Take your lucky significant other paddle boarding with two full day stand up paddleboard rentals ($160 retail value) with Tahoe Adventure Company.

And for the cherry on top, Tahoe Mountain Sports is adding a $50 gift certificate. Just in case there’s anything else you need for your summer backpacking/paddleboarding/hiking/camping/whatever adventure, stop by the Tahoe Mountain Sports shop in Kings Beach or visit our website. We’ve got you covered.

Enter to Win the Summer Gear Giveaway Worth Over $1000

Why are we giving away all this awesome free stuff? Because we like you. And we want you to “like” us.

So here’s the deal, visit the Lake Tahoe North Facebook page to enter. Remember to “like” Lake Tahoe North and Tahoe Mountain Sports. And even if you’re not the lucky winner, you’ll still get to be part of an awesome community of like-minded Tahoe folk and stay in the know about sweet deals on gear and some of the best events in town.

Deuter Spectro Backpack
Deuter Spectro Backpack
MSRP: $128.95
Nemo Obi 2 Person Tent
Nemo Obi 2 Person Tent
MSRP: $389.95


Deuter Pace 30 Review: In search of the best daypack

Monday, September 5th, 2011

At the beginning of the summer, in search of the holy grail, do-it-all, best daypack to beat them all, I came across the Deuter Pace 30.

My trusty Deuter Pace 30, stuffed to the gills.

I wanted something I could use for hiking, hauling photo gear, climbing and backcountry skiing — a lot to ask out of one pack. Oh yeah, and I wanted it to be lightweight — a lot of multipurpose bags out there start to weigh more than multiday packs with all the bells and whistles.

The Deuter Pace delivers, ticking all the boxes without adding on the weight; it comes in at 2 lbs. The material is light without being tissue-paper-esque, like some other ultralight packs, and the suspension is a simple yet effective flexible tension hoop. No, you wouldn’t want to drag this pack behind you up rock on a multi-pitch trad route (where burlier fabric comes into play), and you need to pack it with some thought so your gear isn’t poking into your back (see heavier-duty suspension), but for me, these are worthwhile tradeoffs for shedding two to three pounds.

Looking at the back panel and suspension.

The added bonus of the basic suspension is that the pack flexes, moving with you, not acting like an EMT’s backboard, holding your spine rigid. When scrambling over tallus fields, this is a big boon.

The suspension does transfer the load to your hips, wrapped by two open mesh hip belt wings, that seem to give the support of bulkier foam designs without the weight and with the added bonus of incredible breathability. Same goes for the shoulder straps, where the open mesh is only interrupted by foam briefly where the straps rest on top of your shoulders.

Foam is placed only at pressure points on the shoulder straps, leaving open mesh to breathe elsewhere.

Load lifters and a sternum strap round out the suspension for a very stable, comfortable layout.

Back on the hipbelt, one mesh zippered pocket big enough for an energy bar, cell phone or other small item sits on your right hip, while a fabric loop, like an unstiffened gear rack from a climbing harness is on your left. Throw a small carabiner or two on there and you’ve got a convenient place to hang anything from climbing gear to your hat. Alternatively, the hipbelt can be buckled back around the pack, out of the way if you’re wearing a climbing harness.

Hip belt with gear loop.

Two compression straps on each side have alternating buckles, so the straps can be wrapped around the front of the pack to meet in the middle, perfect for a snowboard, snowshoes or other bulky items. Clipped together on the sides, the compression straps are perfect for an A-frame ski carry.

Here you can see the compression straps, with reinforced tabs at each edge to stand up to ski edges, and the stretch fabric water bottle pockets.

A lot of skiing and climbing backpacks don’t have external water bottle pockets, but the Deuter Pace 30 has two low-profile, stretchy pockets that don’t have an open mesh that could catch or snag — pretty cool for bush wacking.

On the front of the pack, a large kangaroo pocket is framed on the sides with the same stretch fabric, and will swallow a pair of climbing shoes, wet clothing from a dunk in the lake or a avalanche shovel, depending on the season. Besides the two compression straps on each side pulling tension into the pocket, a third set of straps at the top and a tab of hook-and-loop material keep its contents secure.

A pair of climbing shoes inside the Kangaroo pocket.

The main compartment has a hydration sleeve big enough for a 3-liter reservoir, and closes down with a cinch top. Over that, a lid with pockets inside and out closes the pack with a single strap down the middle, easier and less fiddly than a top lid with two straps. Last but not least, two ice-ax loops let you stow ice tools or trekking poles.

I’ve taken this pack on hikes in the Eastern Sierra, the Yosemite High Country and cragging on Donner Summit. It’s comfortably carried all the essentials of a day hike, along with an SLR camera, climbing gear and other odds and ends. When snow flies, it’ll replace my old backcountry ski pack that weighs nearly twice as much.

If you need to carry more weight, routinely find yourself dragging your pack over rough rock or just need something burlier, check out the Deuter Guide 35+ or 45+.

But if you want a pack that can do a little bit of everything without weighing you down, you’ll dig the Deuter Pace 30.

***** 2012 update, the current equivalent to this pack is the Deuter SpeedLite 30, featuring two hipbelt pockets (instead of the gear loop) and mesh water bottle pockets instead of stretch fabric.

Deuter Backpack Review: Deuter ACT Zero 50+15

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Deuter Backpacks has the best pack going for 2011, the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15. It’s the one backpack that can do it all from ultralight overnighters to big load–hauling multiweek trips.

But don’t take our word for it, Outside Magazine, who awarded the Deuter Backpack the 2011 Gear of the Year Award, said; “It’s the best kind of mutant. Part minimalist fast-packer, part monster hauler, the ACT Zero seemed like the perfect tool no matter what the mission.”

The Outside editors went on in their ACT Zero 50+15 Deuter backpack review to say “At this price, the pack’s a steal.”

Check out our overview of the Deuter Zero series pack features here:

We like the fact that you can haul up to 65 liters (3,950 cubic inches) or 50 pounds in a 3 pound 5 ounce (1.48 kilogram) backpack — the hauling realm of 5+ pound packs in the recent past.

And if you don’t want or need to bring that much, you can strip the floating top lid off, turning the Deuter ACT pack into a streamlined roll-top ultralight pack.

Of course you get great storage and organization with water bottle pockets, a stash pocket on the back, the top lid and hipbelt pockets, but you can also attach an ice ax or trekking poles to designated loops, and stash your reservoir in the built-in hydration system holder.

Fit is a snap, with men’s and women’s specific geometry, and the VariQuick shoulder harness dials in a custom fit for a variety of torso lengths.

Once you’ve got the fit dialed in, it stays comfortable mile after mile no matter how challenging the terrain you face, thanks to the VariFlex hip belt that follows your movement organically.

The ACT system pumps cool air up your back in a channel to keep you cool on a warm summer hike, and all the harness padding is extremely breathable — developed for use in Mercedes and BMW air filters — so you stay more comfortable.

So if you’re looking for the perfect backpack for a fast-and-light overnight, a multiweek wilderness trek, oversees travel or any other adventure you can conjure up, the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 and the Deuter ACT Zero 45+15 SL Women’s backpacks are tough to beat.

Deuter ACT Trail 24 Backpack Review

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

We are very excited to announce that Tahoe Mountain Sports is 1 of only 2 retailers in the entire country to be carrying the brand new Deuter ACT Trail 24 Backpack and it is in stock and ready for shipping. For those of you that don’t know, Tahoe Mountain Sports carries the entire line of Deuter backpacks and Deuter bike products including what we think is the best hydration reservoir out there, the Deuter Streamer. More on Deuter later, this is a blog post about a brand new, super cool day hiking backpack!

Deuter continues its success in the backpack and daypack world with the release of the all new ACT Trail 24. The new ACT Trail 24 is the little brother to Deuter‘s award winning ACT Trail 32. It brings all the popular features of the ACT Trail 32 and the woman’s specific ACT Trail 28 SL into a more compact 24 liter size, making it a perfect summer day pack for a wide variety of activities.  The Trail Series backpacks are small top-loading traditional daypacks with modern features and top-notch quality.  They have the more traditional AirContact back system compared to the mesh back systems of the Futura series and the all new ultralight Spectro series. The Air Contact back system still ventilates quite well, doesn’t cut into the capacity of the pack and is a bit lighter.

Deuter ACT Trail 24

Deuter ACT Trail 24 - Front View

The backpack includes a large mesh stuff it pocket on the front for a light extra layer or anything that you need easily accessible. One of the best features of the Trail 24 is the  large two way zipper on the front of the pack that provides easy access to the entire contents of your backpack and especially the bottom or anything small and hard to find. This “clamshell” opening as it is referred to allows you to put the back down on its back and get a full view into and full reach into the entire main compartment of the backpack. It also has a mesh pocket on one side and a small zippered side pocket on the other, perfect for your map and compass. Ice axe and trekking pole loops secure gear to the outside, and a hip belt pocket keeps a small camera or other essentials close at hand.

ACT Trail 24 - Two Way Bottom Zipper

ACT Trail 24 - Two Way Bottom Zipper

All of these great features are packed into a compact 2lb 12oz package with typical Deuter durability and quality. The AirContact back system with Delrin™ Frame Rod keeps loads up to 20lbs stable and comfortable. The built in removable rain cover may not see much use here in Tahoe, but is an invaluable feature in wetter climates. Don’t forget, the rain cover by itself would cost you $20 and it is included with this backpack. The pack is hydration reservoir compatible, but the reservoir itself is not included. We highly recommend a Deuter Streamer 3 Liter Reservoir to go with your ACT Trail 24. We always recommend the 3 liter version because if you ever want that much liquid, you have that option, but you don’t always have to fill it up to capacity.

ACT Trail 24 with Rain Cover

ACT Trail 24 with Rain Cover

Overall, this is a great little pack that carries everything you need for a summer day hike or a day at the beach. The 24 liter capacity is perfect for me.  I find 30+ liter day packs a little too big for most summer uses and often a small hydration pack is not big enough. The ACT Trail 24 fills this niche beautifully.  I took the pack out on a 3 hour afternoon hike and it carried everything I needed nicely, including extra food and water for the dog.  I could see this pack being my “Go To” backpack for most summer activities including hikes, bike commuting, and days at the beach. All in all a great little pack and Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to be a partner with Deuter USA in releasing this backpack to our U.S. customers.

ACT Trail 24 Side Pocket

ACT Trail 24 Side Pocket

UPDATE: Want to read more Deuter ACT Trail reviews? Check out the Deuter ACT Trail 24 review on or and TMS customer reviews on the Deuter ACT Trail 24.

Deuter Photo Contest Winners

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Congratulations to Brenda and Chris for their great shots of Deuter Gear in Desolation Wilderness! They now have even more Deuter gear to enjoy in Tahoe! First prize is a limited edition Deuter Trans Alpine pack and second prize is a Deuter Race-X Air.

Desolation Wilderness, CA

Desolation Wilderness, CA


Desolation Wilderness 8/08

Desolation Wilderness 8/08

Deuter Photo Contest Update

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

We received a couple great entries for our Deuter Photo Contest this week. Kudos to Brenda and Chris for great shots of one of our favorite places, Desolation Wilderness and some of our favorite Deuter Gear. The contest will be running through November 30th so you still have time to send in your entry. First prize is a limited edition Deuter Trans Alpine pack and second prize is a Deuter Race-X Air.

Desolation Wilderness, CA

Desolation Wilderness, CA

Desolation Wilderness 8/08

Desolation Wilderness 8/08Desolation Wilderness, CADesolation Wilderness, CA

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