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The Gear Shed

The Gear Shed

[ November 17, 2009 - 2:37pm ]
CW-X StabilityX Tights
A pair of long johns that not only keeps you warm but also reduces your chance of knee injury.

I used to be one of those people who, after a day of skiing, needed a beer or a spot in the Jacuzzi to ease the aches and pains in my legs. But after being introduced to the miracle of the CW-X Insulator Stabiltyx Tights, I get less achy and tired after a day on the snow.

[ November 16, 2009 - 2:15pm ]
The DryCase
This handy pouch creates a watertight seal, so your cell phone will never fear the toilet or snow bank again.

If you find yourself unexpectedly falling into large bodies of water or banks of snow with some regularity, then the Dry Case could be for you. This fully waterproof pouch is vacuum-sealed via a medical grade one-way valve and a hand held vacuum sealer-duper (Dry Case hasn’t taken that on as official terminology yet). It features a watertight audio jack and neoprene arm band, so you can wear it like an iPod arm band and use it for swimming, wakeboarding, or gargoyling a keg.

[ November 4, 2009 - 8:13pm ]
Canon TC-80N3
Take time-lapse and long-exposure photos with this handy device for your Canon EOS camera.

So you’ve mastered shooting ski action with your slick new super-dooper Canon DSLR camera and you’re ready to try something new. You’ve seen a few really sweet star-trail photos by Grant Gunderson in Skiing lately and you know it takes a super-long exposure to capture these types of images. But your camera's exposure time only goes up to 30 seconds, not even close to the hour-plus exposures it takes to capture images like Grant’s. How did he do it?

[ November 4, 2009 - 7:03pm ]
Mammut Alpine Underwear
Three-quarter-length knickers that you don't have to wash (often). What more could you ask for?

In general, I’ve never been a huge fan of three-quarter-length pants—capris, clamdiggers, flood pants, whatever you want to call them. I’d rather wear shorts or pants, not some weird limbo length. But I’ve recently changed my mind on this when it comes to long underwear for skiing. Here, the three-quarter length actually has a purpose: Pull your ski socks up high and you don’t have that extra seam from full-length long johns creating folds and bunches in the shin of your boot.

[ October 27, 2009 - 5:30pm ]
Atomic Blog
This powder twin tip's blend of rocker and camber make it a killer powder ski that can handle hard snow, too.

When the first rockered skis appeared a few years ago, the concept of rocker was like a loose firehose: powerful and potentially useful, but hard to harness. Ski brands have since figured out that applying rocker to traditional camber in small doses tends to make skis more manageable and versatile than rockering the whole damn ski. K2 and Volkl have incorporated slightly rockered tips with great success; Rossignol, with its innovative S7, combined a rockered tip and tail with traditional camber. Now Atomic has done it with the Blog. It’s a twin tip designed for powder skiing.

[ October 15, 2009 - 7:19pm ]
REI Fall Line Pack
A comfortable pack with plenty of room for old pancakes, and all your other gear.

Here’s the good news: This pack is friggin’ comfortable. The back has ample padding and the shoulder straps are wider than on other packs I’ve had. I like that. It makes heavy loads feel light and stable. Cinch the padded waist strap and suddenly you’ll forget you’re carrying old pancakes, water, a bright red shell, skins, avy gear, and a pair of skis hung diagonally across the front of the pack. Where I have beef with this stuff-holder is its hydration system.

[ October 2, 2009 - 12:10pm ]
Sportube Series 2 (SB)
I like to keep my long things well protected, especially when traveling to foreign lands.

I like to keep my long things well protected, especially when traveling to foreign lands. Specifically, I need my skis and my kayak paddles to be safe when I ship them ahead to my vacation spots. I often ship these items, rather than checking them on the airplane with me, to lighten my load and avoid excess baggage fees. Which is why I’m eyeing this adjustable-length plastic box that holds a couple pair of alpine skis (up to 207 centimeters long) or a few paddles (with blades up to 11 inches wide).

[ September 29, 2009 - 3:19pm ]
Patagonia Slopestyle Hoodie 2.0
A softshell jacket that is technical enough to wear on the hill but also good-looking enough to wear afterward.

When I think of the word slopestyle, the first things that come to mind are the X Games, tall Ts, and Shaun White. It’s not Patagonia clothing. But maybe that’ll start to change? Patagonia’s Slopestyle Hoody 2.0, which has been redesigned from last year, has a decent amount of style to it. Case in point: I wore it around Aspen all weekend and didn’t feel entirely out of place amongst the pro skiers in town for the weekend with their Red Bull flat-brim hats. All that, and it’s plenty technical enough to wear on the hill.

[ September 16, 2009 - 4:36pm ]
Hestra XCR Short Glove Thumb
Your favorite goat leather just got more breathable.

Full disclosure: I am a long time Hestra devotee. This is despite an unreasonable fear of goats stemming from a tragic incident involving a petting zoo, my favorite Batman pajamas, and Superman ice cream. Fortunately, Hestra gloves with goat-leather palms have helped me move on over the years. This season’s XCR Short gloves maintain the supple goat leather palms and have softshell fabric on the back of the hand, a warm Thermolite insulation, and soft nose wipe thumb panels.

[ September 15, 2009 - 3:31pm ]
Dragon DXS Goggles (2)
These goggles have all the requisite features (vents, anti-fog treatment, helmet compatibility). Plus, they look like a Maori mask mixed with an Emilio Pucci scarf.

After reviewing a dozen or so pairs of goggles for this year’s Gear Guide, I have come to one conclusion: They are all good. These ones are no exception. In addition to giving their goggles all the requisite features (ample vents, lots of anti-fog treatment, double face foam, helmet compatibility), Dragon got an additional thing right—the DXS comes in no less than 20 different colors and patterns of frame and strap. The pair I tried looks like a Maori mask mixed with an Emilio Pucci scarf, and the other patterns are equally as eclectic.