Snowsports

July 22, 2020

Good Gear: PrimaLoft Creates a New Way to Make Insulation More Sustainable

PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. insulation

For more than 30 years, the process of creating synthetic insulation at PrimaLoft’s Vietnamese manufacturing facility was mostly unchanged. Webs of synthetic insulation would pass along giant conveyor belts, where they were teased by industrial-size hairbrushes and layered into sheets, before entering ovens the size of school cafeterias. Intertwined in the tangle of polyester fibers […]

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April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Handsewn Puffy

Kay's puffy red jacket

When I run my hands over my red jacket—now quite grubby around the seams—a memory of my mother pops into my head. It’s the early 1970s, I’m 12 years old and my mom, Roslyn, has gotten three sew-them-yourself kits from REI, including this red puffy for me. She’s pushing the feathers out of plastic bags and into the jacket’s […]

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January 3, 2020

The Best Winter Boots of 2020

Best Winter Boots

Leave hibernation to the bears. These seven boots are proof that you don’t need to shiver or sacrifice sure footing in order to enjoy winter. Our favorite cold-weather kicks boast incredible warmth for the weight, sticky-as-glue traction and user-friendly price tags, so you’re sure to wear them all season long. Oboz Bridger 9” Insulated BDry […]

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January 3, 2020

The Best Winter Boots of 2020

Best Winter Boots

Leave hibernation to the bears. These seven boots are proof that you don’t need to shiver or sacrifice sure footing in order to enjoy winter. Our favorite cold-weather kicks boast incredible warmth for the weight, sticky-as-glue traction and user-friendly price tags, so you’re sure to wear them all season long. Oboz Bridger 9” Insulated BDry […]

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December 19, 2019

The Case for Renting Ski Gear

Winter sports can feel downright difficult to pull off smoothly. You’ve got tough winter weather and heaps of gear to transport from one place to the next. (Have you ever tried stuffing a giant ski bag into a too-small rental car before? It’s not recommended.) Want a solution that makes that commute a little bit […]

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October 4, 2019

Good Gear: Smartwool’s Intraknit base layers will revolutionize your closet

Smartwool Intraknit

For years, Smartwool designers stared at socks’ innards and saw the potential to revolutionize apparel construction. In a technical sock, cushiony, plush zones transition into meshy, sweat-venting zones without seams for improved comfort. Designers dreamed of bringing that variable construction to base layers—if only there was a machine that could knit complicated pants and shirts. […]

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September 6, 2019

This Backcountry Hut Has a Story to Tell

ast winter, on a ski tour in the backcountry outside of Whistler, British Columbia, Julie Brenninkmeyer crested a hill and spotted the Kees and Claire Hut for the first time. The cabin—which opens to the public on September 7—is located at the base of the jagged Fissile Peak on the edge of the glacially formed […]

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August 8, 2019

Bikepacking 3,560 Miles to Ski Denali

A person stands next to two bicycles packed full of gear on a dirt road and points to Denali in the distance

For most climbers and ski mountaineers, a trip to the top of Denali takes about a month, door to door. Typically, the travel to Anchorage is the easy part—one final moment of relaxation on an airplane before the real work begins to climb the 20,320-foot peak. That wasn’t the case for Cody Hughes, 28, and […]

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July 5, 2019

Tidy Up Your Gear Storage

Use a rod to hang jackets, packs and other gear.

I’m just your average hiker/backpacker/dabbling cyclist/SUP enthusiast/occasional car camper. Sound familiar? If you’ve caught the multisport bug like I have, then you probably have enough gear to not only tackle any activity, but to outfit your friends, too. You also probably have a gear closet, garage, shed or storage area that could benefit from some […]

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