Base Layer 101

 It’s base layer season, and I’ve seen a lot of questions about brand and fabric recommendations. Most answers differentiate wool and synthetic as if that’s the only point of differentiation in the market. There are lots more ways to add value and comfort to a garment and offer something different to the customer. First, let’s … Continue reading Base Layer 101

Let’s Cancel “Keeping Up with the Boys”

Last winter, I got a pair of Ripstick 102s to review. Part of the review exercise for this particular site is to review the brand’s marketing commentary for each of the skis. For the Ripstick, it read: The Ripstick 102 W is designed by women for skiers who aggressively push their limits and seek out … Continue reading Let’s Cancel “Keeping Up with the Boys”

Gift Guide 2021 – Outdoor Apparel for Kids

It’s my first Christmas with kids in my life. My sister-in-law and my ski wife both had baby boys early this year, and I’m generally pretty worthless when it comes to small humans, but I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeves for the holiday seasons. I’m starting with clothes because that’s what I’m good … Continue reading Gift Guide 2021 – Outdoor Apparel for Kids

Gift Guide 2021 – Gift Ideas for Outdoor Types

I cringe at calling this a gift guide. I loathe traditional gift guides. Retailers sell placements to brands. Bloggers monetize their posts through affiliate links. This means items either end up being extremely generic, or unique items with high price points and egregious markups (inflated due to a bit of elevated, gift-y packaging). It’s not … Continue reading Gift Guide 2021 – Gift Ideas for Outdoor Types

Women’s Ski Launches: Are These Skis Real?

The bar for launching women’s ski products is in the on the floor. In the basement. Underwater.  The 2021-2022 season has brought a handful of new additions to the touring market and the announcements never fail to disappoint women. I understand that the women’s market is smaller, but the standard for line planning, marketing, and … Continue reading Women’s Ski Launches: Are These Skis Real?

Gear Review: Women’s Black Crows Atris Birdie Skis

My Black Crows Atris Birdies remind me a lot of Elle Woods. First of all, I’ve got one of the older topsheets that’s covered in pink. Second, they got me hooked with the bend and snap. The mid-100s width class is chock full of sameness: moderate flex, middle-of-the-road mount point and turn radius. It’s not … Continue reading Gear Review: Women’s Black Crows Atris Birdie Skis

How to Build a Ski Touring Setup

Every year, I help people build touring setups, and I’ve found one major tip helps people make their decisions: manufacturers make 4 major weight classes of gear based on different purposes, and you’ll get the best results when your skis, boots, and bindings are built around a similar purpose and classification. Your body transfers input … Continue reading How to Build a Ski Touring Setup