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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:

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:

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25th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular, Winter Adaptive Sports Event

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Tahoe Mountain Sports Blog Contributor and avid skier, Kirsten Alburg, had the opportunity to be a part of the 25th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular at Beaver Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado this past December 2-9th. Today she gives us a summary of this life-changing event.

The Event

Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) hosted the 25th annual The Hartford Ski Spectacular at Beaver Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado. The eight-day event was the nation’s largest winter sports event for individuals with physical disabilities. More than 800 participants, ranging in ability from first-time skiers to members of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team and more than 160 wounded warriors and their families came together in Breckenridge.

ski spectacular team member

TMS Blog Contributor Kirsten Alburg and Alaska Adaptive USA E-Ski Team Member Moriah Maybry.

The Hartford Ski Spectacular strengthens and expands adaptive snow sports programs in communities throughout the U.S.; identifies and trains youth, wounded warriors, and others with disabilities including those who strive to be winter Paralympians; and helps local DSUSA chapters improve their services. A week of ski and snowboard race training, sponsored by U.S. Paralympics, prepares athletes for national and international competitions, including the upcoming 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Hartford Ski Spectacular

TMS Blog Contributor Kirsten Alburg and Tyler Ryan of East Patchogue, New York.

Partnerships

The goal of partnerships with DSUSA and U.S. Paralympics is to increase awareness about the achievement that’s possible when you focus on ability versus disability. Inspiration is everywhere!

ski spectacular beaver run

Photo: Ski Spectacular Participants Photo Op.

Many Different Programs

The Professional Ski Instructors of America – American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) is offered training for instructors in the latest and safest adaptive ski techniques for skiers with disabilities. “Learn to” programs in alpine and Nordic skiing, biathlon, sled hockey, curling and snowboarding were also offered.

What It’s Really All About

Some people think that this is just another ski event but it’s about so much more than skiing – It is life-changing! The relationships, the smiles, the positive energy, the mentors, and the exposure to sports for people with physical disabilities are what it’s really all about!

Dynafit Stoke Ski
Dynafit Stoke Ski
MSRP: $$799.95
Volkl Katana Skis
Volkl Katana Skis
MSRP: $$899.00
Coomback Skis
K2 COOMBAck Ski
MSRP: $$649.95

The Starving Student’s Holiday Wish List

Friday, December 21st, 2012

This Week’s Favorite Holiday Gear Picks, Straight From Our Fun TMS Staff To You! 

With Christmas only a few days away and your “dirt bag ski bum” taken care of, as well as your “overly concerned parents” happily checked off for the year, that leaves the last (but not least) on your shopping list – the starving student! Every family seems to have one, or at least someone who lives like one, but what do you buy for someone who needs everything? Our TMS starving students, Meaghen and Ryan, have the perfect gift ideas that will help even the most destitute on your list feel like gear-royalty (opposite of gear-junkie) without breaking the bank.

Meaghen tree claim

Meaghen’s Holiday Picks

 

$24.95 - Chico Bag Daypack 15 ChicoBag Daypack 15 Backpack

I’ve liked this Chico backpack ever since I saw it. It barely weighs anything and scrunches down really small so it would be perfect to keep in my glove box. That way I’d always have it in case I decide to take a quick hike or walk my dog. Also for grocery trips – I wouldn’t worry about forgetting recyclable bags because I’d always have a big one in the car, and it’s much easier to carry when I walk or ride my bike home from the store.

 

$74.95 - The North Face Stretch Ninja HoodyThe North Face Stretch Ninja

Why do I want this North Face hoody? Because it’s sick! Hmm…what else? It’s really soft and I like the way the hood zips up all the way around your head but leaves the perfect little window to see out of. It blocks out the wind but the fabric is really comfortable and the zipper won’t rub my chin and annoy me when I’m running.

$174.95 - Smith I/OS Smith IOS Goggles

I need a new pair of goggles really bad and these Smith Goggles are the best goggles out there. They’re really comfortable and they look sweet! The weather changes so much in Tahoe that it would be nice to keep an extra lens in the car and be able to switch from back-and-forth really fast (flat-light to low-light).

 

 

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Ryan’s Holiday Picks

$14.95 - Snow Peak Titanium Straw  Snow Peak Titanium Straw

I do a lot of lightweight hiking and long-distance trail running when the ground is dry, but it’s not always warm outside. I wouldn’t even notice this in my pack because it’s so small and light, just like the other Snow Peak gear I have, and I tend to drink tasty beverages like cocoa and coffee really fast so if I had a straw I could savor those moments a little longer.

 

$94.95 - Smart Wool 195Weight Bottom  SmartWool Midweight Bottom - Men's

My thermals are shot! I wear the same pair almost every day and put a lot of miles on them in the backcountry. I figure if I got some Smartwool long underwear next, they would last a long time and I could wear them repeatedly without stinking them up too bad. Plus, sometimes it’s really cold and wet in the mornings and other days it’s not that bad – these would do the trick in all conditions.

 

$184.95 - Hestra Egro Grip Freeride GlovesHestra Ergo Grip Freeride Gloves

I really like how much I can do with these gloves on. I borrowed a buddy’s Ergo Grip gloves a while ago and was immediately sold on them. It was nice not to have to take them off when I needed to grab something from my pack, adjust my goggles or unzip my pit-zips (underarm vents).

 

The Overly Concerned Parent’s Holiday Wish List

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

This Week’s Favorite Holiday Gear Picks, Straight From Our Fun TMS Staff To You! 

Great! Now that you’ve completed your Christmas shopping for the “Dirt Bag Ski Bum” in your life, you can focus on the “Overly Concerned Parent” that has stumped your holiday purchasing frenzy. We got inside the minds of TMS owner Pam and her daughter, Adina, to find out what they really want this year.

 

skiing with toddler

Pam – TMS Owner (for my daughter, Adina)

 

marmot kids jacket$154.95 / 94.95Marmot Starstruck Jacket and Marmot Skyline Pants marmot skyline pant
Keeping my daughter warm and dry is a top priority in winter, so I only buy the best outerwear. I love the Starstruck Jacket for girls because it has the same technical features (insulated, waterproof, stylish) as the adult version but in cute colors for little girls. Pair it up with the Skyline pants and your kid can play outside all day long without complaining.

 

 

smith cosmos galaxy$79.95Smith Galaxy/Cosmos Helmet Goggle Package – A helmet is key for safety especially for an active child.  I’ve watching our daughter bounce hard on snow, ice and pavement so we want the best helmet for her protection and it needs to be cute and comfortable too so that she’ll wear it.  The Galaxy/Cosmos Helmet Goggle combo fits the requirements – an affordable helmet and goggles that comes in pink with butterflies!

 

 

north face kids backpack$34.95The North Face Sprout kids backpack - Overly concerned parents like to make sure we have packed EVERYTHING, so a backpack is a must. I like The North Face Sprout because it’s just the right size for my daughter and she can carry her own essentials now that she’s four years old.  For older kids, there are great larger packs like the Deuter Kids Backpack.

 

 

 

 

Pam (for me!)

 

smartwool mini fairisle $20.95 / 19.95Smartwool Mini-Fairisle and Smartwool Jovian Stripe
I love socks and think they are smartwool jovian stripethe best holiday gift. I especially love the colors of the Mini Fairisle socks and Jovian Stripe socks.

 

 

 

 

Icebreaker BF150$34.95Icebreaker BF150 Sprite Hot Pant - I think the Icebreaker BF150 is hot! The color combos are bright and fun while the style is cute and comfortable. I totally want a pair – or two or three – this winter.

 

 

 

 

Ugg Brooks Tall$249.95 - Ugg Australia Brooks Tall Boot - The Brooks Tall Ugg Boot in black would put a huge smile on my face this winter. Fashionable, warm and waterproof; the perfect boot. Please tell my husband that I want these!

 

 

 

 

 

kids winter outerwear

Adina – TMS Poster Child

 

black diamond wiz$18.95Black Diamond Wiz Headlamp - Adina really wants her own headlamp, so the Black Diamond Wiz will be going in her stocking this year. It comes it cute color schemes and is plenty bright for her to play at night or to tag along on night-hikes with my husband and I.

 

 

 

 

bogs glosh boots$34.95 – Bogs Glosh Boot – She already has Bogs boots, which we love, but she really wants the new Glosh Boot since it’s pink and weighs less than her current pair. The handles are a great addition to an already waterproof and warm winter boot.

 

 

 

 

glow in the dark frisbee$24.95Nite Ize Flashflight Lighted Frisbee – Anything from Nite Ize that lights up, like this glow in the dark frisbee, would be another perfect gift for my precious little munchkin.

 

 

 

 

Boreas Backpack Reviews: The TMS/Boreas Pack Tester Adventure Team

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

You have been waiting for it, dreaming of it, and desiring the outcome. From the edges of bike seats to the vistas of mountaintops, you haven’t been able to eat or sleep. Yes, this is true, but your deprivation has fogged your memory. “What is it that I’m thirsting for again?”, you ask.  The exciting results of our fearless TMS/Boreas Pack Tester Adventure Team, of course! Our “brave seven” embarked, over the past month, on their own grand adventures to put the new Boreas backpacks to the ultimate test. This test would officially dub the Boreas packs worthy of outdoor gear grandeur, or at least provide feedback that will help Boreas meet their goal of greatness. If you are one of the many who have been waiting on the edge of your Thermarest for us to unveil the secrets of great packs, hold onto your Gu, because here it comes! The TMS/Boreas Pack Tester Adventure Team’s final results!

 

(PART ONE)

 

ADVENTURER TESKE – BOREAS BAG TEST REPORT

Name: Ted Teske
Pack Testing: Boreas Buttermilk 55

Overview:
During the testing of this bag I took my Boreas on multiple trips. Out of the gate I took the bag to Alaska for some work around Talkeetna and Denali,  followed by a few days out in the tundra of Bethel, AK.  From the Last Frontier, this pack helped me take a few weekend trips to Western Montana, mostly acting as a suitcase. After it’s journey through Big Sky Country, it went down to Denver and Golden, Colorado for some more work (with some hiking mixed in on South Table Mountain when I could). I don’t do any extended backpacking, so I didn’t test this on any overnight trips in the woods.

1. How do you like the way the pack sits on your back?
(TESKE) I had a couple of issues with the way the pack sat on my back. The curve of the internal frame did not match up with my upper back as well as I’d like. It took some fiddling with the shoulder straps and load lifters to get something the felt right, but even in the best position it still felt like I was being forced to hunch over a bit. A great feature of this pack is the removable frame sheet. It was really easy to take it in and out, even when the pack was loaded. That is an issue I have with my current 30L daypack. Sometimes you need the bag to be able to lose its shape (like when stuffing it in between the seats of a bush plane). The issue I had was that when the frame sheet was removed, the “z-foam” padding tended to bulge in the lower back area. So it’s kind of a trade off, remove the sheet for fitting it into tight spaces or for day trips, but endure some slight discomfort in the lower back.

2. Are there any changes you would make to the belt buckle?
(TESKE) The belt buckle functioned very well. The wide straps for tightening made adjustments easy. The little pouches on the belt were designed very well for holding small items. The semi-rigid bands on the pouches were a great touch and made getting in and out with one hand pretty easy.

3) What do you feel this pack is best suited to do?
(TESKE) This pack would be great for a two or three day backpacking trip. It didn’t really function as well as I would like for my needs. The 55L size is huge, and Boreas’ design lets you use every square inch of it. I loaded it up for multi-day trips to Alaska, Denver, and Montana and never maxed out the main pouch, even with multiple clothing layers and shoes going in with some camera gear. Most of the time during my test it was less than half full with the camera and field gear I needed for my work. Accessing the items in the bag can be a bit of a hassle when reaching down to the bottom of the bag from the cinch top. However, that cinch top opening was like a snake, it swallowed anything I packed into the bag whole.

 

4) Is there a similar pack you have been lusting after? (It’s okay if it’s not ours.)
(TESKE) I can’t think of a specific model of pack. I was looking for something larger than my current 25L daypack and not as large as my large-size North Face Base Camp Duffel. This was in that size range, but again, 55L, especially the way Boreas lays it out, is huge. I think a 30L or 40L Boreas bag would be more what I could use.

5) What did you like most about the pack?
(TESKE) I loved that Boreas maximized the space inside the bag. It was like one of those old Navy duffels with a lightweight, comfortable frame system. A close second was the sleek design. Even when loaded to the gills there weren’t many straps or loops hanging off it to snag on seats or foliage when dragging the bag around. In fact the design is so sleek it took me two days to notice the rather size-able zipper pocket on the front of the bag.

6) What did you like least about the pack?
(TESKE) Really the top load design was not very good for me. I think it was designed well overall, but I think I need either a smaller top load bag, or a panel load bag to get at my items easier.

7) Best uses? What activities do you think this pack is best used for?
(TESKE) A 2-3 day backpacking trip would be the best use of this. It really didn’t work well as a travel pack and was too big for an extended day pack.

8) Overall thoughts on the bag.
(TESKE) I haven’t used a large frame pack since I was in The Boy Scouts. I know technology has come a long way since those days and Boreas seems to take things in a great new direction by incorporating key features with unobtrusive design. I will probably take a look at some of their other packs and bags to augment my ever-expanding collection.

 

ADVENTURER BORDEN – BOREAS BAG TEST REPORT

Name: Sandy Borden
Pack Testing:  Lost Coast 60 Women’s

1) How do you like the way the pack sits on your back?
(BORDEN) The Boreas 60 was extremely comfortable for me. I’ve been using a 5-1/2 lb pack and didn’t think I could get comfort in a mid-weight pack, but this pack felt as if it was tailored just for me. I took it on a 4-night, 41-mile trek in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. I’ve been backpacking for 30+ years and have had many packs, and this is by far the most comfortable and functional.

2) Are there any changes you would make to the belt buckle?
(BORDEN)  I was concerned about the size of the buckles; they are small, but did work well. My concern is if it were really cold I may not have the hand dexterity to manage such a small buckle. The belt buckle itself was fine. I also would like to see the Camelback hose opening a 1/2″ longer. I had a heck of a time snaking the hose through the slot when it was 28-degrees outside. The sternum strap was fine for me, but I would have liked to see more range of up and down.

3) What do you feel this pack is best suited to do?
(BORDEN)  This pack is best suited for backpacking.

4) Is there a similar pack you have been lusting after? (It’s okay if it’s not ours.)
(BORDEN) My plan was to start pack shopping toward the end of this season, so thanks for saving me the trouble! I have a Gregory Deva and a Z pack that now will be lenders. I was going to look at Deuter packs.

5) What did you like most about the pack?
(BORDEN) I liked the comfort of the pack. I carried 35-40 lbs for 5 days up and down mountain passes and was completely comfortable. No shoulder or hip rubbing, and the load stayed centered and snug. I liked the large outside pocket as a quick place to store rain gear, which I did need in a hurry! The loosening loop on the hip belt was awesome, as well as all of the daisy chain loops and the way the fabric seems to stretch to accommodate whatever you want to put in the pack. I also loved the two hip belt pockets and the two deep outer side pockets for added storage. Thank you, Boreas, for making them so deep!

6) What did you like least about the pack?
(BORDEN) What I like least is the color. Orange is actually my favorite color and I will never be mistaken for a deer, but it is sure shows the dirt. The buckle sizes could be larger, as stated before, with exception of the hip belt.

7) Overall thoughts on the bag.
(BORDEN) I really liked this pack and it really surprised me that I did. I took my old pack with me to the trailhead because I was afraid to try a new one on this long of a trip, but once I loaded it I liked the way everything fit and decided to just roll with it. I’m so glad I did! Additionally, I have to say that it’s great it comes with a rain cover – not many packs go the extra mile like that. The Lost Coast 60 is smaller than the bag I’ve been using, but it holds more and does it more efficiently. Overall, this was a great pack.

ADVENTURER DETWILER – BOREAS BAG TEST REPORT

Name: Michael Detwiler
Pack Testing:  Boreas Repack 15

1) How do you like the way the pack sits on your back?
(DETWILER) It fits well. I have never worn a pack that sits high on the hips like this one does but I like how it keeps the weight higher up.

2) Are there any changes you would make to the belt buckle?
(DETWILER) The buckle is good. I might add a bit more padding for more comfort when weighed down with heavier gear, but I just had some lightweight items so that wasn’t a big deal.

3) What do you feel this pack is best suited to do?
(DETWILER) It’s best suited for short day hikes and bike rides. It has plenty of room for lunch and a few important items.

4) Is there a similar pack you have been lusting after? (It’s okay if it’s not ours.)
(DETWILER) No.

5) What did you like most about the pack?

(DETWILER) The adjustment loops on the hip belt were really handy. The bungee loops on the outside were great when I went for a hike and had to secure my fishing rods to the pack. It’s a very lightweight pack and stays secured to your back.

6) What did you like least about the pack?
(DETWILER) I would have liked a third compartment. Also, the sternum strap rubbed on my arms when I went SUP’n (Stand-Up-Paddleboarding), but this was fixed by moving the strap down with the adjustable sliders.  Another concern that I had was that I was worried I might tear the pack if I crashed or snagged a branch. Maybe the material is strong, but I worried it would tear easily.

7) Best uses? What activities do you think this pack is best used for?
(DETWILER) This pack works great for mountain biking and day hikes.

8) Overall thoughts on the bag.
(DETWILER) I liked the pack. Overall it was a good choice in gear.

 

To Be Continued……..

 

 


Boreas Lost Coast 60 Backpack
MSRP: $$169.95

Boreas Buttermilks 55 Backpack
MSRP: $$174.95

No Jet Boil? You’re Up A Crick Without A Paddle!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

This feature comes from Kirsten Alburg, a TMS staff writer, teacher, and owner of Alaska’s Take Refuge Canoe. Kirsten is a regular contributor to our blog and an above-average adventure enthusiast living on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

Jet Boil - Canoe Camping

A Jetboil cooking system in use on-board a canoe.

Take Refuge Canoe, an adventure canoe company that runs guided and outfitted canoe trips in the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, boasts that without their Jet Boil Cook System they would be up a crick without a paddle.

The Kenai Wildlife Refuge Canoe System, one of only three nationally recognized wilderness canoe systems in America, combines close to 300 lakes within two river systems with abundant wildlife.  With many lakes to paddle there are just as many portages to forge, so paddlers expect to carry their gear a good distance – sometimes upwards of a mile. Since canoes weigh so much, there is a strong emphasis on packing light, and camp stoves are never an exception.

This is why Take Refuge Canoe uses the Jet Boil Helios Group 1.5 liter Cooking Systemas their campsite and on-the-go cooking system for all their trips. With an adjustable burner, push-button ignition, insulated lid and canister stabilizer, things are really made easier out on the trail (or boat) when you have a Jetboil.

Jetboil Group Cooking System

Stove and Fuel both fit in the pot!

Jetboil fuel canisters are also small and lightweight, and just the right size (110 grams) to accurately gauge your fuel consumption prior to departure. This makes it very easy to pack for an adventure.

The Jet Boil Flash is also a key component on all canoe trips, due to its simple usability inside the boat and its quick boiling time. A thermochromic temperature indicator is visible through three stripes on the side of the 1-liter anodized aluminum cooking cup, so you can tell when your water is hot and close to boiling. When it reaches boiling, pour it through a Jetboil Coffee Press and enjoy your favorite brew when you’re as far from a Starbucks as you can get. Jetboils have excellent fuel efficiency and are one of the best backpacking stoves available today.

TRC’s last group of the season, who decided to embark on an extremely rainy fall overnight trip, was especially thankful for the quick cups of hot tea, coffee, and meals made along the way, says company owner Kirsten Alburg. It was these “liquids from heaven” that our guests said kept their spirits high and dry during the nearly flood-stage two-day downpour.  A note taken from the TRC suggestion box stated,  “The Jet Boil system was our best friend during our amazing yet damp paddle trip through the Kenai Wildlife Refuge! It’s so nice to book with a company that has the right gear for the job!”

 

Jetboil Flash Cooking System
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
MSRP: $84.95
Jetboil Group Cooking System
Jetboil Group Cooking System
MSRP: $119.95

Vibram Shoes – Comfortable Enough You Could Outrun A Gazelle

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Stan Powers, from Washington, was kind enough to contribute this review to Tahoe Mountain Sports. Stan swears by his Vibram Five Fingers and hopes to persuade more runners to fall in line.

Vibram shoesI was actually turned on to Vibram Shoes by my eye doctor who runs in them almost daily. He has run half-marathons and will be doing a marathon in them soon. They seem to come from the philosophy that the native Africans and Australians had to run miles and miles to run down their prey. Gazelles, as well as other animals, tend to overheat when they run too much because they have no means of sweating. It’s amazing, really – these natives have no arch supports or Salomon running shoes! By running on the toes of your feet and letting your them absorb the shock, versus landing with all that impact on your heels, you don’t send the shocks directly up your leg.  This helps to prevent knee and hip pain both now and in the future.

Converting to Vibram Shoes is not easy, but totally worth it! I had some pretty nasty foot pain develop when I first started trail running in my Vibrams, but in time the pain went away. The only thing I must recommend, as you’ve probably heard from others, is to break your finger shoes in slowly. Our foot muscles, tendons and ligaments tend to degenerate over years of non-use. I got a bit too aggressive because the shoes felt so liberating and seemed to provide infinite energy, so I ran further than I likely should have on my third time out. The result – a small fracture in one of the top bones coming from my fourth toe. I stayed away from running for a month or so. That was difficult, but worth it, and I have been more than happy with my new shoes ever since.

I ran my first 10K in them at the ocean in July. It was fun watching all those footprints deep in the sand in front of me, but looking behind me I noticed I hardly left a trail at all. I was able to run a 10K in under one hour comfortably, which was a first for me. I suggest these Vibram shoes to anyone who runs! Why fight what we are naturally made to do?

 

 

 

 

Book Signing and Trail Talk at Tahoe Mountain Sports

Monday, September 10th, 2012

 

Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to announce that Tim Hauserman, author of the Tahoe Rim Trail guidebook series, will appear at our store in Kings Beach, California, on Saturday, September 15 from 4-6 p.m. Tim will be signing copies of his new book, Tahoe Rim Trail 3rdEdition, and will provide the audience with an entertaining slideshow presentation featuring highlights from along the trail and around Lake Tahoe. An avid adventurist and explorer of natural beauty, Tim moved to Tahoe when he was two and has since racked up countless miles along the Tahoe Rim Trail.

The Tahoe Rim Trail offers one amazing high-alpine view after another, over the course of 165 miles.

“I have led hiking, kayaking and mountain biking trips in the area. I have thru-hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail three times, and hiked every section probably a dozen times,” said Hauserman.  “I love the trail, and now I know it like the back of my hand.”

Over twenty miles of new trail descriptions, the new trail at Mt. Rose, and a new network of trails in the Kingsbury Grade – South Shore area are just a few examples of updates in the third edition of the Tahoe Rim Trail guidebook.

“I am excited to hear Tim provide his in-depth knowledge and expertise about the Rim Trail,” said Tahoe Mountain Sports (TMS) owner David Polivy. “He has some fascinating photographs from his journeys, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them.”

 

“I hope guests will gain a new-found love of the trail and I look forward to answering any questions they may have regarding the trail,” Tim explained.

Alpenglow and still waters along the Tahoe Rim Trail.

“All of us here at TMS are eager to meet and mingle with members of our wonderful community,” said Polivy. “This event will be a great way to connect with like-minded folks and adventure enthusiasts.”

 

 

Light refreshments will be provided and books will be available for purchase at the event.

 

 

 

Thank you to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for co-sponsoring this unique opportunity.

 

 

We cannot wait to see you all at the event!

 

Click HERE to view this event on Facebook

 

 

SteriPEN Traveler
SteriPEN Traveler
MSRP: $49.95

 

Run Your Hike; Montrail Review

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Guest: Meaghen Rafferty

Shoe technology is changing everyday it seems, from barefoot shoes, to ultra light hiking boots. It seems we are moving towards the mentality of “what can my shoes do for me, besides simply protect my feet”. That’s a good question. They can actually do a lot, from improving form to strengthening different muscles in the body. A good choice in shoe can improve your workout, and what you get out of your workout. It can be nice when your shoe does a little work for you. As the sports we partake in evolve, the equipment we use needs to evolve as well. For example hybrid run/hiking shoes, are making a big impact on the trail running community. Brands like Montrail are pioneers in the industry, creating the crossbreeds for those who like to run their hikes. Versatility is the keyword here when you need a shoe that can do it all.

Montrail’s Bajada is perfect for taking your legs for an off-road adventure. The Bajada features Montrail’s custom outsole called Gryptonite, which features a prong like grip for traction on any surface. The Bajada is made from lightweight breathable materials that make this shoe weigh about eight oz; it makes my feet feel nice and cool, almost like running in socks. You know that feeling you get after a run when you take your shoes off and it feels so good to let fresh air wrap around your toes. That’s a feeling you don’t have to wait for with Bajada.

Even lighter, at about 6 oz, Montrail’s Rouge Fly is ultra light and cushioning, this shoe is the most comfortable running shoe I have ever run in. The insoles of Montrail shoes break in fast, like on your first run, and form to feet creating true support and comfort. The shoes are responsive and flexible as well as provide adequate support on rocky and rough terrain. When I’m getting ready for a run, it’s not even a question! I grab my Montrails and hit the pavement…dirt…sand…rock… are you getting the picture?

 

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