Used to be a serious road cyclist. Now I love to ski, run, and mountain bike.
The Blizzard Spur is a lot of ski in a really good way. They are wide and heavy and quite stiff, which helps blast through variable snow. When you hit deep deep powder the 125mm underfoot and rocker tips shine through, letting you carve / surf bottomless powder turns.
The underfoot camber and stiff tails perform on firmer snow and steeps.
The Spur begs to be skied aggressively (honestly, more so than I'm capable of) and inspires confidence as you ramp up the speed. They are stable in a straight line and hold an edge when you need them to. The tails are there for you to ski out of trouble if you get in over your head.
Probably the biggest issue with the Spur is that I find myself skiing faster than I really should. Fun ski!!
The Blizzard Zero G 108's are a phenomenal and versatile ski. They are easily light enough for all-day touring (although probably not light enough for ski-mo racing) and maintain exceptional performance at the same time. They are fairly stiff making them responsive and snappy in firmer snow. At 108 underfoot with a bit of rocker, they are a blast in deep snow too.
Makes for fun backcountry or resort skiing in any conditions you'll encounter in the Western US.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer vest has become an everyday piece for Fall and Winter. I use it as an outerlayer down to 40 degrees (35 if sunny), then as a midlayer or with something underneath as it gets colder.
It's great to take backcountry skiing as it packs down to absolutely nothing, and also remains comfortable across a wide temperature range. I personally hate it when my arms sweat underneath layers, and the Ghost Whisperer vest provides the perfect solution.
I also wear it frequently indoors to fend off that slight winter nip.
Fit is true to size. I'm 6' 1" 180lbs and I wear a medium. It's long enough to cover my torso nicely with a slim, but not tight fight.
Got this for my wife in a small and it was still too big for her (5' 8", 140lbs). If you're looking for a baggier fit, then the Carhartt Sandstone jacket is durable for years of abuse. But if you're looking for slim fit, then probably not right.
The Black Diamond Rocklock Twistlock automatically locks which provides great piece of mind when belaying or rappelling. As with other BD climbing products, it's solid and ready for daily (ab)use.
Easy action. Lightweight. BD quality. Won't go wrong.
As a devoted Birkenstock wearer way back when, I was pretty psyched to see them come back into style. I wore my new pair everyday this summer and I couldn't quite figure out why I stopped wearing them to begin with.
They are SO comfortable but also sturdy enough for pretty serious hiking. The best pair of footwear ever made? Quite possibly.
My wife got the Seea Gaviotas surf suit to provide sun protection while free diving in Baja. She reports that it's very comfortable and flattering while also providing great coverage and sun protection.
The We Norwegians Basone was comfortable, stylish, slim fitting, and ... see through. So if you can pull that off, then go nuts, but this one went back for me.
My wife is a huge fan of the Icebreaker Siren underwear. They are extremely good at wicking and stay comfortable all day.
The one downside, as with other Merino Wool, is that the durability is less than would be desired. Hers have formed holes within the first 12-18 months. But she likes them enough to keep buying them anyway!
The Capo M90 bibs are super comfortable -- on par with Assos, Castelli, or Giordana. The urban camo styling is also pretty slick if you can find the right jersey (though not everything will work).
Overall, it's the quality that you would expect from Capo in a pretty cool package.
The AG graduate denim pants are one click more formal than jeans, but just as comfortable. I've been wearing them regularly for months and they continue to be one of my favorites -- no signs of wear. They're very comfortable and allow for a good range of motion (in case you have to make an unplanned stop at the bouldering gym on the way home).
Fit is true to size. I'm a 33" waist with 33" inseam and wear ... you guessed it ... 33 x 33.
The AG Matchbox jeans may be the last pair of pants I ever buy. They fit great, slim but not tight. They also stretch just enough to make them comfortable, but they don't look like they do.
They are also quite durable and well made. I've been wearing mine almost daily for months without any visible wear (and I'm typically quite hard on pants).
As soon as this pair wears out (not sure when that will be), I'll definitely be reinvesting in some more.
Sizing wise, these fit true to size. I'm 6' 1", 180lbs with a 33" waist, and the 33x33's are perfect.
My wife wore the Kari Traa Rose half-zip top everyday on our last ski trip. The merino wool is a perfect wicking baselayer. It also resists smell and remained fresh even on day 6.
It's slim fitting and washes well.
The one downside, like with a lot of Merino Wool, is durability. She accidentally poked a small hole. But she would buy another one in a heartbeat.