LibTech Jamie Lynn Short Wide Board and Sexist Topsheets

I had a fun piece about personal fashion in the works for tonight, but I’ve gotta clear my calendar because someone’s being a sexist asshole in the snow sports industry again. I’ve got a cocktail and Kate Nash playing, so let’s get into it. Two years ago, LibTech introduced their first women’s products under the … Continue reading LibTech Jamie Lynn Short Wide Board and Sexist Topsheets

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

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?

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