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05

Jan

2010

Teko Ski Socks review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Teko Ski Socks
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The ski lift is the water cooler of the ski slopes with idle chit chat and conversations.

  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Do you like your skis (snowboard)?

And surely, the subject of warmth will be broached. Are you staying warm?

The warmth of you and your liftmates' hands, feet and head enters into the small talk. The enjoyment of your day on the slopes is partly measured by your warmth especially your feet. Warmer feet result in a better day on the slopes.

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23

Dec

2009

66 Degrees North Askja Light Jacket review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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The Askja Light Jacket from 66 Degrees North is designed to provide unsurpassed warmth for the area where it was designed – the edge of the Arctic Circle. 66 Degrees North was founded on the latitudinal line that marks the outer rim of the Artic Circle on the western side of Iceland.

The 66 Degrees North Askja Light Jacket, borrows its name from a stratovolcano located in a remote part of Iceland. This region of Iceland is dry as a bone since it receives just a small amount of rainfall per year. The Askja Light Jacket has a similar rain-repelling design.

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23

Dec

2009

Spyder Wool Base Layer Crew Top review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Spyder Wool Base Layer Crew Top
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The Amazing Spider-Man from Marvel Comics is a pop culture icon. His form fitting and flexible red and blue suit not only conceals his identity but also keep him warm in all conditions.

Have you ever seen Spidey wear a parka in the blistering Queens, NY winters when fighting the Green Goblin or Dr. Octopus? Of course not. He's Spider-Man and has is super Spidey suit.

Spider-Man and his special suit is fiction, but the Spyder Wool Base Layer Crew is the real deal. Spyder has designed an all-purpose base layer that is versatile for all outdoor activities.

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22

Dec

2009

Mammut Stratus Hybrid Jacket review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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The rage now in outerwear is the use of soft shell instead of hard shell fabrics. For decades, a hard shell jacket was the staple for ski wear (and eventually riding wear). Hard shells made of Gore-Tex were essential since it kept moisture from penetrating the jacket hence keeping you dry.

Gore-Tex has breathability characteristics and lets moisture escape. A Gore-Tex hard shell doesn’t allow enough moisture to escape in some instances. Soft shells now offer the weather resistance that has been traditionally reserved with hard shells combined with heightened breathability and flexibility.

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10

Dec

2009

180s Quantum Vent Gloves review
Written by Jason Elliot   
180s Quantum Vent Gloves
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In a world of knuckle draggers, there is still room for two plankers on the slopes. There is always room for the 2009 FIS World Freestyle Skiing Championships winner, Patrick Deneen. Deneen, the top ranked U.S. mogul skier, has been skiing since he was 11 months old and has not stopped.

His recent top finishes make him a favorite to make the U.S. Ski Team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Deneen is sponsored by 180s and helped design their Quantum Vent Gloves.

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17

Nov

2009

Mountain Hardwear Refugium Jacket review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Mountain Hardwear Refugium Jacket
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Its sundown and you are flying up a high-speed lift to your next run down the slopes. The lift suddenly comes to a screeching halt and you are not moving. The wind is blowing harder than a Mike Tyson right cross to the jaw.

Frustration sets in since you are antsy to start the next run, and it's now getting much colder. So, you reach up and click the button on your left-breast pocket – instant warmth. This is what you get from the Mountain Hardwear Refugium jacket – a jacket that provides several hours of added heat to keep you toasty.

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12

Nov

2009

Canada Goose Lodge Down Vest review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Canada Goose Lodge Down Vest
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Fall days on the hiking trails in the Allegheny Mountains is highlighted by the bright yellow, orange and green leaving trimming the trees. This time of year is also highlighted by blustery windy weather. Canada Goose Lodge Down Vest provides extreme warmth during these cooler autumn days.

The Canada Goose Lodge Down Vest has a Pertex shell and lining. Pertex is a fabric what is windproof, durable and provides superior wicking capabilities. The vest is filled with Hutterite white duck down. Hutterite is recognized as a high quality down and is known for its superior warmth and relofting capabilities. {sidebar id=61}The Canda Goose Lodge Down Vest has a low profile and doesn't have a puffy appearance like some down-filled vests. It contours comfortably to the core of your body, and the fit of the Lodge Down Vest does not impede any arm or upper torso movements.

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10

Nov

2009

Helly Hansen Converter Softshell Jacket review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Helly Hansen Converter Softshell Jacket
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Outdoor apparel that is versatile offers the benefit of practicality. Having a piece of apparel that looks good at work and on a woodlands trail makes it more feasible to purchase since it will be put to regular use.

It can be a challenge though, because not all apparel can meet the standard of what is acceptable at work and still be functional for active pursuits. 

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08

Oct

2009

GoLite DriMove Top review
Written by Jason Elliot   
GoLite DriMove L/S Top
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The crispy cool weather of autumn is settling in. Some consider this time of year the best time for outdoor activities since the sweltering days of summer are in the rear view mirror. The GoLite DriMove Long Sleeve Top keeps the body warm during cooler autumn days and for the winter season.

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29

Sep

2009

KEEN Boulder Canyon Crew Socks review
Written by Jason Elliot   
KEEN Boulder Canyon Crew Socks
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Purchasing hiking boots for that next big hiking trip can be a fun time. Lighter and higher performing materials will give you a quality boot. Though proceed with caution or at least with one added thought.

Don’t skimp on the hiking socks!

Many hikers have overspent to get the highest performing boot they can (or can’t) afford. They end up buying low quality hiking socks. Bad move.

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