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Dec

2010

Mountain Hardwear Echidna Gloves review
Written by Sarah Klingler   

Mountain Hardwear Echidnaimages/Mountain HardwearFinding versatile and durable women's ski gloves is not done with ease. Settling with a men's ski glove with their bulky or "off" fit will not suffice. The Mountain Hardwear Echidna, a women-specific glove for snow bunnies, can tackle whatever your need to achieve in the winter, from cross-country skiing to wintery hiking to scraping ice off your car before a trip to the spa.

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07

Jun

2010

Chaos Adrenaline Multi-Tasker Pro & Mistral Bandana review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Chaos Adrenaline Multi-Tasker Pro
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Whether it's Mammoth Mountain in California or Theredbo in Australia, keeping your mangy mug mildly warm is darn near mandatory. Without a tepid topper, your runs will be minimal and your frown long.

Chaos, a division of Do-Gree Fashions based in Montreal, offers the Adrenaline Multi-Tasker Pro and the Mistral Bandana as entrees for the warmth of your cranium. Both are part of the Chaos Thermal Regulation which is the fastest growing category for the company according to a recent press release.

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14

May

2010

POW Ozone Biking Gloves review
Written by Jason Elliot   
POW Ozone
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Finding the right biking gloves can seem too difficult. They do not fit right. They are too warm (not warm enough). The design is too colorful (not colorful enough). The list goes on and on and on.

POW is new to the outdoor product scene and started operations in Seattle, Washington a few years into the new millennium. Their operations are streamlined to emphasize recreational gloves that fit right, look right and perform right.

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11

May

2010

Tilley Endurables Organic Airflo T5MO & Capsurz review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Tilley Organic Airflo T5MO
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Cotton. The word sends chills down any outdoorsman's spine. Getting caught in a nasty downpour wearing cotton is beyond miserable. Cotton is going through a transformation and through technological advances with certain types having some impressive wicking ability.

The Tilley Organic Airflo T5MO hat is made almost solely of pre-shrunk organic cotton. Organic cotton uses no toxic chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides in its manufacture. Tilley has designed the T5MO with a ¾ inch mesh strip in the crown to accentuate wicking. The brim gently slopes down to help keep the sun out of your eyes.

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22

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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10

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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03

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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01

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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18

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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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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