Tips for First Time Ski Shoppers

Every fall, after the first dusting of snow hits the Cascades, I start getting emails about skis from women. They learned to ski last season on rentals and now their skiing involves a lot more French fry than pizza, and it’s time to commit to the sport. I love it. To me, it ranks up … Continue reading Tips for First Time Ski Shoppers

Shit on Sale – October 2019

Winter is here early in the Cascades, which is super fun if you’re a skier and not so much if you’re still in the works of putting together your winter recreational wardrobe. Prices on insulation layers have crept back up, but ski, snow, and waterproof gear is at its best pricing yet as product has … Continue reading Shit on Sale – October 2019

Rossignol We Rise: Co-opting a movement

Rossignol announced the launch of their women’s initiative called “We Rise” today, following behind Blizzard’s Women 2 Women program and the K2 Ski Alliance. I have a lot of issues with these sorts of marketing initiatives. Solid women’s offerings no longer deserve special accolades. Skis like the Blizzard Dakota and the Volkl Aura and Kiku … Continue reading Rossignol We Rise: Co-opting a movement

TNF Futurelight & Strange Fake Pants

Since publishing, TNF has updated their product information for weights on these items. This past January, The North Face announced Futurelight, a new, proprietary waterproof membrane that was pitched as a revolution in “climate control.” They borrowed a page out of the playbook from the Salomon Shift and K2 Mindbender launches and fired up the … Continue reading TNF Futurelight & Strange Fake Pants

Brand Cage Match Showdown: Recycled Fabrics

Let’s get ready to rrrrrumble! It’s time for a brand-level sustainability showdown! Recycled synthetic fabrics are exploding in the market and all the major outdoor brands are pouncing to push their eco lines, but which brands offer the most comprehensive selection of recycled goods? Before diving into the countdown, let’s do a quick rundown of … Continue reading Brand Cage Match Showdown: Recycled Fabrics

Anti-Odor Treatments Stink

I think your anti-odor treated clothing kind of stinks. Anti-odor treatments rely on antimicrobials to kill bacteria, and there’s a major problem with pathogenic bacteria becoming resistant to many of our go-to antibiotics. The pipeline for new drugs is pretty dry, and the World Health Organization considers antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to be one of the … Continue reading Anti-Odor Treatments Stink