After half a decade of outdoorsing, I finally pulled the trigger on a pair of hiking shorts. They weren’t a category I was actively avoiding, but they never did anything for me. I gravitate towards shorts that are short, sleek, stretchy, (and ideally cheap). I could drop $65 on a pair of dumpy cargo dad … Continue reading Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Dynama Shorts
Feels a little strange to spray about gear in the middle of a social uprising, in the middle of a pandemic, when so many have more pressing financial concerns. But after recent conversations about the exploding participation in outdoor rec and toxic gear culture in our community, I figure I’m best poised to make the … Continue reading Shit on Sale – August 2020
As recreation restrictions have eased around the country, we’ve slowly been getting back to outdoor adventures for the first time in months. A lot has changed. Days are longer, skies are clearer, and intensity of solar radiation has almost doubled over the past 2.5 months. Hopefully we are all keeping sun protection in mind, as … Continue reading Sun Hoody 101
I have a request for all of my adventurous, outdoorsy friends. If you’re still getting out in the mountains during these times, please stop posting about it. There are lots of reasons people are taking to the outdoors right now. Elle Woods puts it best: “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people … Continue reading It’s time to stop posting outdoor trips.
Last week, plus size social media influencer Marielle Williams penned a piece for The Cut, “Apparently, I’m Too Fat to Ski.” My response was, “homegirl, preach” since my work experience in women’s apparel has made it painfully obvious when brands are biased against plus size potential customers. (If you haven’t read the low down of … Continue reading We’re Still Not Done Advocating For Inclusive Sizing
“Why don’t they make skis like this for women?” It’s a question I hear a lot as women lament how dull and limited women’s lines are in comparison to the iconic, interesting, and aggressive models that seem to come in men’s only designs. I’m a child of 1990s girl power, brought up with the expectation … Continue reading Why Don’t They Make Skis Like That For Women?
I adore Kari Traa’s base layers. While the hardgoods industry has been churning out gear for women that oscillates between patronizingly juvenile to boring as fuck, it’s exciting to see a brand turning heads in the softgoods space with women’s gear for grown-ass adults! Their prices are a little higher than what I budget for … Continue reading Gear Review: Kari Traa Sjolvsagt Base Layer Set
Shit on Sale is back for January. I saw a ton of prices rise throughout December on things that had been deeply discounted in the fall, so I skipped December as to not waste your time with lackluster deals. Winter is here in full force, which means it’s time to think about summer gear if … Continue reading Shit on Sale – January 2020
When Miha Sumi fell to his death on Mount Hood in February of 2018, most people were tuned in to the dramatic rescue attempt live streamed by KOIN-TV helicopter. I, however, was glued to the comments by the outdoor community. Less than a year prior, John Jenkins died on the same route on Hood and … Continue reading The Fallacy of Instagram & Alpine Accidents
Since this piece published, Patagonia has pulled their 2008 blog on plus sizes, but the page is still accessible through archives here. Patagonia is hot right now. Their sales have quadrupled over the last decade to over a billion dollars (which is a big deal, makes them over half the size of J. Crew and … Continue reading Patagonia’s Resistance to Plus Sizes