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Apr

2010

Outdoor Research Helium Jacket review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Outdoor Research Helium Jacket
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A chilly spring morning can become worse with a windy downpour smacking up against you. The combo of cool temperatures, rain drops, and a stiff wind can cut short your commune with the backcountry. Outdoor Research packed the power of Pertex into 7 ounces of wind-stopping and rain-repelling power with their Helium Jacket to take on the spring season.

Pertex Shield is used in the design of the Outdoor Research Helium Jacket. Pertex Shield boasts its ability as a windproof and waterproof fabric that is highly breathable. The Helium has:

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11

Apr

2010

Icebreaker GT200 Chase Zip Shirt review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Icebreaker GT200 Zip Shirt
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With the snowy Alps lingering in its backdrop, Irishman Creek Station sits in Mackenzie Country on New Zealand's South Island. Irishman Creek may be best known as the early home to the speed boating phenomenon. Today, it is one of the many places where the Merino wool hails for the Icebreaker GT200 Chase Zip Shirt.

How would you know where the Merino wool in your Icebreaker GT200 Chase Zip Shirt came from? Easy as pie through Icebreaker's unique Baacode.

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27

Mar

2010

GoLite Black Mountain Thermal Wind Jacket review
Written by Jason Elliot   
GoLite Black Mountain Thermal Jacket
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When your alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. during the early parts of spring, the last thing you want to do is drag yourself out of bed for a run. The chill-filled weather makes it much easier to slam the snooze button and rollover for 8 more minutes of awakened sleep.

GoLite has introduced the Black Mountain Thermal Wind Jacket which is touted as a solution for these cooler spring mornings.

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23

Feb

2010

HESTRA Army Leather Spring Gloves review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Hestra Army Leather Spring
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Hestra has been producing some of the best cold-weather handwear for over 70 years. The Hestra Army Leather Spring is part of brand's Freeride collection and as the name implies, is targeted for the warmer spring and pre-season skiing conditions.

Hestra has made the glove's outer layer on the palm and fingers with their highly durable Army Leather. The base of the thumb and backside of the glove consists of a softshell material that Hestra touts as being waterproof and windproof. The lining of the glove is lined with a waterproof insert.

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18

Feb

2010

Opedix S1 Ski & Board Tights review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Opedix S1 Ski & Board Tights
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With each passing year, the pounding your knees take from a long day of skiing grows. With the increased soreness and discomfort comes a longer recovery time to mend your aching muscles. Many dedicated downhillers will limit their diamond runs and moguls are way out of the question.

Why limit your fun on the mountain?

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16

Feb

2010

Stoic Welder Lo Softshell Jacket review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Backcountry.com introduced the Stoic brand of outdoor apparel in the fourth quarter of 2010. Stoic is the forerunner of what was Backcountry.com brand gear. The result is apparel that is designed for the great outdoors – the greatly frigid outdoors.

The Stoic brand offers a line of technical outerwear, mid layers and base layers for warmth in dire conditions. The Stoic Welder Lo Softshell Jacket is one of the newly-christened piece of outerwear on the market.

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11

Feb

2010

Seirus Xtremes All Weather Gloves review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Swooshing down the slopes is invigorating, thrilling, and for beginner-level two-plankers it can be terrifying. You will overcome your anxiety and the fear. Cold hands should never be an issue to overcome regardless of your powder-plowing prowess. Frozen digits will put any ski trip in a deep freeze. You will inevitably end up in the resort’s ski shop buying a pair of gloves that inevitably cost more than they should.

The Seirus Xtreme All Weather line is much sleeker than traditional ski gloves. Seirus touts the Xtreme All Weather glove line as being as warm as a 200g insulated glove.

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04

Feb

2010

Krochet Kids: Hats for the greater good
Written by Jason Elliot   

Krochet Kids FoundersMost companies allow their bottom line to be the sole driving force behind the decisions and direction for their company. How many companies take a vision and a mission and stick to it without wavering? Not many.

Krochet Kids International is a non-profit company that has formed their business around the founders' unwavering dedication to help those less fortunate. Three high school friends, Kohl Crecelius, Travis Hartanov and Stewart Ramsey in Spokane, Wa., planted the seed for the company before they were old enough to vote. They began by crocheting and selling hats to raise funds for their high school prom.

{sidebar id=3}After attending college, Crecelius, Hartanov and Ramsey wanted to make an impact towards those that lived in poverty around the world. The company planted its operational roots in war-torn Northern Uganda.

A group of women were taught to crochet and produce the hats and scarves that Krochet Kids sells. The women now have a valuable skill and are paid the equivalent to a Ugandan teacher's salary. The non-profit structure of Krochet Kids ensures that the company puts the money back into making a difference in Northern Uganda.

Krochet Kids offers a line of hats that are comfortable, stylish, and warm. The hats are either 100% acrylic or an acrylic and wool blend. Each style of hat comes in a variety of color schemes and retail from $20 to $30.

Krochet_Kids_LogoThe tag on the interior of each hat has the name of the hat's crocheter. It adds to the company's story and to the uniqueness of the company. Krochet Kids also offers a line of scarves and other apparel.

To find out more about the Krochet Kids story and their unique product line, visit their website.



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02

Feb

2010

Chaos Mistral Skully & Howler Racer review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Chaos Mistral Skully
Chaos Mistral Skully
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Cutting through and down the powder, you will undoubtedly see colorful hats and beanies donning the heads of fellow boarders and skiers. Many are designed with eye-popping graphics to give the wearer a sense of coolness and hipness. Most will make your head turn to catch their brilliant colors and trendy designs.

They are cool in other ways too. Most will keep your head more cool than warm since they are not technical apparel. Snazzy-looking winter headwear is designed for a runway in South Beach than the black diamonds in Jackson Hole.

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19

Jan

2010

Smith Variant Brim Ski Helmet review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Smith Variant Brim Ski Helmet
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Smith Optics, a leader in goggle technology since 1965, is also a one of the brands of choice for ski helmets. Lift lines and the slopes are littered with riders and skiers sporting one of their brain buckets. The Smith Variant Brim is a big-hitter in brand's helmet lines.

Just as they have done with their goggle lines, Smith continues to shift their R&D efforts into overdrive. The Airevac 2 system integrates ventilation of the helmet and goggles with 22 vents in the Variant's design.

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