Wednesday, July 23, 2014


color block frames=fun. SUNGYL LYRIC sunglasses-the view is crystal clear and accurate---noticeably so-Scott Opt/View Lense--that are 100% UV blocking

Multi-faceted Scott Sports-makes footwear/apparel/gear for many sports-not just the winter kind.

Focusing on the goggles at this event-we couldn't help but notice how advanced goggles have gotten since we rocked our first pair of Scott ski goggles, back in the late '80s.

SCOTT LCG (Lens Change Goggles) available now: lenses changing made easy-seriously so via Scott Change Slider System. Can do this on the chair lift up…just slide out…and bonus-no need to fingerprint mess up the lens…just the rim. 6 color options-with no slip silicone strap ---helmet compatible. $250

Scott Opt/View double lenses-sides slide  out…there's a side bar for that
The LCG's feature Scott Fit Technology system---allows for adjustments of of the lens to concave against lower face for the perfect seal….there is a tiny dial that does this---on bottom of the frame---as are the location of air in/outtake vents to prevent clammy condensation and fogging (ACS Air Control System). SO cool.

the goggle lenses come in an ergonomic low profile, molded-protective case can slip into a jacket pocket…SMART
A comfort fit is further enhanced with 2 layers of foam sandwiching a layer of fleece for sweat retention and cushioning. Plus lenses are NO Fog™ permanently- via a coating,

New for the season-the SCOTT LINX ($160)…with distortion free spherical Opt/View double lenses, and like the LCG---a No Fog™ Anti-fog permanent treatment…the Scott Fit system for customized shape and 3 layer molded face foam for comfort, and ACS™ Air control system to deal with condensation and fog.

also interchangeable lenses---these pop out---and replacement lens are sold separately Scott Skeleton Construction -maximum field of vision, stabile frame and distortion free view
same Scott Fit System feature---can see the dials on frames-one on each side…and the triple foam too, no slip silicone strap with adjustable buckle can do with one hand, and helmet compatible fit.

FYI: All Scott lenses are 100% UV blocking ---and the choices include impact tough- lenses for natural, low, variable, flat, extreme sunny…etc conditions.

DAKINE is another acclaimed brand that back in the day, had it's name on practically all of our windsurfing stuff. NOW-it offers rather extensive products including haulers for sport/lifestyle (very well priced too), techy apparel for winter sports, and accessories like glove/mittens/hats/socks/base layers for head to toe warmth.

style and function in a 10k/10k waterproof breathable men's 2L Mansfield jacket in slate-other colors available now... with Primaloft Sport insulation, YKK® zippers, 2 way center front zipper, w/ chin flap zipper cover, fully taped seams, attached powder skirt, hook inside cuff for gloves,plenty interior/exterior pockets, draw cord system in front pocket, regular hood…$280 

2L Gore-Tex® Plain Weave/Primaloft One insulation- hardcore Balkan Jacket in Rust $395. Tafetta brushed Tricot lining, YKK AcquaGuard Water Resistant zippers, helmet compatible hood with bonded brim, 2 way center zipper, sleeve pass pocket, Draw cord system, wrist gaiters, Napoleon pocket for phone/MP3 with tether, fully taped seams, full inner storm flap, attached powder skirt, with hook system and stow away straps, plenty of other interior/exterior pockets. Top of the line…for serious backcountry jaunts!

removable shoulder strap, side compartment for laundry-wet stuff, easy access main compartment…nice looking urban friendly design too. DLX Travel
We featured this color-army green (Taiga)…in a color trend report we did for Fall 2014. Orange pops and back trim…the duffel and roller bags pack a lot.and are part of the DLX travel bags-performance and function minded details.
DLX Carry On 46L $275 -expandable main compartment, split level design, fleece lined iPad sleeve, plenty of interior pockets, retractable handle and replaceable urethane wheels, lockable zipper cars, molded bottom and bottle opener(!), storable front accessory strap. There is a larger DLX Roller 80L $310
Men's heritage packs  pay homage to Dakine's roots---love the retro logo patch…but of course have 21st century tech pockets (laptop sleeves), multiple wear options and plenty of access points…to adjust to varying conditions.

Vagabond-38L zip off lid can be used as hip pack-2 for 1, quick access pocket and padded laptop sleeve  17",  side compression straps, and side access $150

Duffel leather tab , retro logo patch, ethnic webbing-cool looking bag with removable shoulder straps and stowage backpack straps.
Sportsman LID $70 -pack has zipped side compartments and compressible web straps …-padded sleeve for up to 15" laptops
New Skate Packs…include the Sportsmen LID 26L…with a padded laptop sleeve, skateboard carry straps, zippered side pockets, and adjustable sternum strap.
Men's -back to school Street packs-Parkdale Collection- $45 365 Pack 21L-with non-padded laptop sleeve but padded plenty sizes/prints/colors including Range print
Urban lifestyle selections ---include---for women highlighted the available now Cascade Collection…$35-$55
left-Dover 18L -in neat Patchwork Camo-laptop/notebook sleeve 15", metal hardware, rope pulls, multiple pockets-side toggles, polyester lining, exterior front slip pocket,roll top closure $55. On right Maple 16L in Slate $50-padded sleeve 15" and iPad sleeve, stowable backpack straps, metal hardware, top zippered closure with metal slider, top flap lid w/ button magnet closure, rope pulls and toggle detail, adjustable and removable cross body shoulder strap, polyester lined.

Hemlock 18L easy carry tote…like the outside flap oversized pocket+zipper one -handy for cards/phones, interior zip pocket too, rope pulls and ogle detail, polyester lined- $35

great ethnic prints…Lizzie on left-10L has padded laptop sleeve 15" -padded iPad sleeve, metal hardware, magnetic closure, fold over flap with metal zipper+slider, exterior pockets and polyester ez clean lining $45

plenty of prints and colors...


Tuesday, July 22, 2014



At the hottest time of the year can be an odd time to focus on northern hemisphere winter needs…but the recently past coldest season -was that COLD…that we had no trouble seeing/wanting insulating/warming options ahead of time.


pictured-Seirus HeatTouch Ignite Mitten $374.99-Ladies S-M-L

Seirus the company resides in sunny San Diego…but manages to conjure up cold weather essential solutions where it's needed-for face, neck,  hands and feet,

New for 2014…HEATTOUCH™ rechargeable mitts and gloves…with 3 settings offering between-2-6 hours of warmth….fired up with a tiny sliver of a battery that is barely noticeable-an advantage over other heated products in the market.

tiny sliver of a battery…credit card size

HEATTOUCH™ INFERNO™ leather insulated glove available now--the HEATOUCH™ IGNITE delivers soon---one hand pull cinch and cuff and buckle adjustment at wrist, Flexible Fusion™ back panel warms the entire back of hand and wraps around fingers. Just push the button to control settings+on/off. EASY. $374.99
heat index indicator button--- is that tiny button

Also new and super handy for runners, surfers, fishing flyer types … really anyone outdoors bound…the super lightweight completely waterproof warm/breathable gloves-XTREME Hyperlite AWG with touch index finger.

Xtreme Hyperlie All Weather Glove with Seirus SoundTouch $49.99…lycra cuff and patent pending form fit design---need a snug fit for the touch part to work, imo, 100% waterproof and breathable ---may not be the case with personal electronics though HA $49.99

PLUS-HEATWAVE Thermal reflective glove liners ($19.99), socks ($34.99), gloves/mittens ($39.99 apiece), and skull caps ($24.99)---that capture+ reflect the body's heat back to the wearer ---via special thermal reflective lining. 
HeatWave socks, beanie hat, and gloves

FYI HEATWAVE™ gloves/mittens currently come in several versions…including waterproof/breathable Gore Tex® priced ranges around $49.99-$79.99

TRANSPACK's inventive (and patented) ISOSCELES STORAGE SYSTEM™trapezoid design is an amazing way to carry weighty snow/ski equipment that is so fab-we use as our triathlon transition bag where we haul around lots of 'stuff' for the swim, bike, run…

New for Fall-Winter 2014/15---get cozy warm with the clever HEATED BOOT PRO BAG 37L…that we think might serve to heat up feet…especially during long airplane flights.
The interior compartment is heated via a rechargeable battery using a 'regular' three temperature plug in cord as well as a 12 volt car plug (smart!!!). Of course-designed to carry a helmet too…$209.85

Other details Made of super tough DWR 1680 ballistic nylon fabric, water resistant tarpaulin bottom, shaped adjustable neoprene comfort shoulder straps, cell foam padded back with ID holder, plenty of inner/outer compartments including a stowaway one for shoulder straps, top handle made of comfort grip rubber, side zip pockets with reflective pops, and double locking and self repairing zippers.

electrical plug-zips away when not in use

patent pending BOOT HUB HINGE DOOR TECHNOLOGY-safe helmet carry 

Competition Pro in an extra large size…pros hail around a lot. Extra outer grab handle-handy!

ALSO NEW-COMPETITION PRO $199.95 72L -jumbo sized backpack can carry boots, helmet, helmet with a face guard and other meaningful protective gear. Side boot pockets with air/water drainage grommets, coated water resistant extra large central compartment with a  front vertical zipper for ez access, PLUS…a lot of the the DNA of Transpack haulers-made of super tough DWR 1680 ballistic nylon fabric, water resistant tarpaulin bottom, shaped adjustable neoprene comfort shoulder straps, cell foam padded back with ID holder, plenty of inner/outer compartments including a stowaway one for shoulder straps and waist belt, top handle made of comfort grip rubber and padded foam front grip handles, side zip pockets with reflective pops, and double locking and self repairing zippers.

inner mesh pocket under cover-easy grab of glasses/goggles/ keys

 ISOSCELES STORAGE SYSTEM™trapezoid design backpacks come in several "Classic" models including kid sizes-some with fun graphics+colors…XTW Classic  40L size 600 Denier polyester...
like the white---TRV PRO 54L---fleece goggle pocket inside front lid doubles for personal electronics
The hard case rolling ski and snowboard carrier we loved so much at the last preview---is available now ($219.95).

Sunday, July 20, 2014



Wool is a  naturally performing fiber ---that's sustainably sourced and nowadays, often blended with synthetic techy strands ---for the ultimate in insulating breathable warmth, temperature regulation, anti-odor, shape retaining and non-static/fire retardant blessed-fashioned into stylishly wearable, easy care separates.

Inger Bjørnbakken won the 1958 World Championship Slalom contest skiing in a Dale of Norway sweater. Fast forward a bunch of decades, and the classic Alpina sweater -in 3 ply Norwegian yarn is offered in women's/men's $299
 Heritage labels are in vogue…for good reason. There's a lot of 'authentic' design elements-that appeal to today's consumers-especially with brands that refresh their archival winners into modern day durable items.


DALE OF NORWAY -born in 1879…is still made where it all started…just outside Bergan, Norway.

For its upcoming 2014/15 collection, classic ski looks from the the mid 20th century get reintroduced for today's outdoors bound.

RESULTS: Patterns of tradition updated with modern flair- functional knitwear-produced from 100% Norwegian wool ---plus the workhorse performance merino wool-'left alone'-or weatherized via proprietary know-how---including innovative yarns such as technical knitshell™ weatherproof -water repellent wool-laminated to  Polarwind membranes for efficient moisture management-windproof/breathable properties, and comfort wool stretch.

Fløyen Jacket Reworked
DALE OF NORWAY---offers five collections---Tradisjon (traditional -unisex), Eventyr (feminine classics), Reworked (retro knits updated-longer/slimmer silhouettes), Sport (knitshell™ 3 layer laminated garments), and Outdoor (burly thicker knits for outdoors).
color ranges pure basics…navy, white, black,  cream, grays…sweaters/long cardys, coats, jackets/vests

Jeger Vest -Outdoor soft warm with snap outer  pockets

Nørefuell Jacket-waterproof Sport

New label Voormi takes on a crowded space of the apparel market-basics and mid-layers, by offering uniquely sourced and made in the USA…top tiered separates that are sleekly designed---like the kind of insulation fashionistas would want to wear.

colors…available F/W collection 2014...
Founded in Colorado by guys from different professions---Voormi developed essentials starting with carefully sourced and sorted merino wool-nature's performance fabric-impressively acquired form Rocky Mountain dwelling sheep...
The Thermal II Top with Dual Surface™ Precision Blended Wool-fine micron wool Rocky Mountain Highcountry Merino™ on the outside…super thin layer of high performance wicking yarns on inside...

moisture wicking and super soft

The resulting knit/woven fibers= supercharged Rocky Mountain Highcountry Merino™wool is then blended with synthetics into woven wool fabrics - Dual Surface™ (base layers -two thicknesses), and Surface Hardened™ mid-layer fabrics.

FYI: Set to deliver in limited numbers.
Minimalist aesthetic in the design of this 3Layer jacket-clean cut like military or Italian  attire- AN/FO Jacket 4 way stretch woven wool laminate-DWR treatment +waterproof membrane-made from Surface Hardened™ Technical Wool---with matching pant

interior pockets-zipped+mesh
Drift Jacket High-E Series made from DWR rested Surface Hardened™ Thermal Wool mid layer


Julia Ford USA Alpine Olympian 2014 lends a hand (+poles) to Winter Trails…a 501 c(3) that encourages cross country skiing and snow-shoeing-calorie burning activities - easy to learn…anywhere there is snow on the ground. AND January 10, 2015 -Free Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing with equipment and instruction provided -nationwide at nearly 100 venues.