Park City, Utah but really... anywhere I can find mountains, snow, rock, and good times
So I bought a pair of these at the beginning of last season (along with another pair of 3/4 length long johns from 686)
I ended up wearing these every day! On the brutally cold days I would double up with another 200 weight pair on top of these but those were only on those sub zero days.
The reason I love these is one, because of their fit. They don't sag down or squinch up they just become an invisible layer. The second reason these are my every day pants is because of their amazing ability to stay dry and keep me warm. Normally when I wear polypro or any synthetic material my lower back is damp, all-be-it warm, but damp none the less and damp is kinda yucky. I spend most days touring so sweat management is a big one for me and these get an A++!
Like I said I probably wore this one pair around 100 days last season and they have held up great except for one place on my thigh where something snagged and now their is a little whole. So I am buying a few more pairs this year because they are that good!
Thanks so much Dave!!! Now I know what is on the top of my x-mass list :)
Does anyone know if the Core has any kind of digital "sweeping" seconds hand. It helps me with counting vitals. I am looking for some sort of altimeter watch that also has more of an analogue style seconds hand. Any info/feedback would be very helpful
I got this bag last winter and I am loving it! I took it on a hut trip to the Tushar Mountains in Utah last February and it kept me super warm and allowed me to regulate my temp really well as the wood stove burned hot and then died off I was able to stay comfortable.
The bag was great in the desert this spring for the same reasons, it keeps me warm when the temp droped steep at night and then was able to breath enough that I wasn't sweating when the sun came up.
The bag also has a nice cut that gives you enough room for shoulders, chest and arms.
I am 5'8" and went with a regular and the bag has tons of room bellow my feet I bet it could easily fit a 6' guy.
All and all totally stoked on this bag. Finally I have a bag that can handle all the winter and spring adventures I love.
These are my all time favorite socks! What I like best about them is that they really do fit above my calf and that not only keeps my leg warmer but also keeps the sock from scrunching down. These socks also rock because you don't have that annoying and uncomfortable seam along the toes.
These socks are super thin, so if you like the cushy feel, they are not the sock for you. But if you are looking for a sock that is comfortable, low profile, but still warm enough these are for you.
2012 Wasatch snowpack. Yikes!
I've been using this kit for a couple of seasons now and weather I am having a casual day of touring and digging quick pits or getting after a full profile I love having my study kit. I always know where all my tools are, and the design is obviously well thought out by snow professionals.
Some of my favorite features to the case:
- the zip compartment which I use for my pencil, a mini write in the rain, and I actually put my slope meter in there too.
-The ability to hang the kit off my ski tip.
-The elastic band that runs across the back of the book which I use to put my field book in that way all my observation tools are in one place.
All and all a great kit to keep you organized in your pit.
Stella with the Chariot bibs
Lightweight, durable, packable, anatomical, smart pockets, and so styley are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe this jacket.
I have worn it just a bit as the season has just started here but I have toured in it, worn it in sunshine and snow and can tell you that the functionality of this coat is all time.
The articulated elbows really makes a difference as well as the articulated hem.
I am a broader built woman 5'8" 150 lbs and size D boobs and a torso that goes on for days. Usually women's clothing does not work for me. Either the jacket is too short, it gets too tight and restrictive when I outstretch my arms, but the Stella allows me to move completely free (I am rocking a Large). I have yet to be able to contort myself in any way that makes this jacket feel tight.
All and all I can't wait to see what mother nature throws my way cause I am confident I can handle it in my Stella.
No camel toe, wedgies, or plumbers butt here! Its all about the anatomical fit.
This is the chariot in tour mode. Notice the vents on the side. They are so crucial and I love that the zipper only goes to the side of your knee so your not worried about scooping up snow as you break trail.
The boys at true tapped into some serious female knowledge and design to create these bibs.
These function forward, but ever so stylish bibs are the first pant that I have been able to wear and feel completely unobstructed when moving through the mountains. Articulated knees, gusseted crotch, and light weight material make these bibs feel like they were made just for you.
The adjustable shoulder straps allow you to really dial in your look and comfort. I have not noticed the bib buckles hitting my nips (unlike the reviewer bellow) or even any conflict with my boobs, and I am seriously well endowed. I do love the releasable straps for peeing when you have layers over your bib top.
Also the side vents are crucial and oh so nice!
I could not speak higher of an article of clothing as these are literally the first pair of pants that I have put on in 31 years that fit me right and I am loving it!
No matter which style goggle you choose make sure you choose the Photochromic lenses! These lenses are unbelievably versatile, from white out conditions to bright blue bird days and everything in between these lenses allow you to have crisp clear visibility.
The lenses actually change, so when you pull them out of the box and on grey bird days they will look more like the red sensor lens, but when you hit some light they turn more into a solar x type lens (and have the mirrored looked to go with).
All and all I have never been so excited about something so seemingly small, but this is something to get excited about!
This is the only telemark binding I will use and here is why:
98% of my time on skis I am in the backcountry
100% of the time I want to have a binding that I am confident will not fail in the field
100% I go up for the fun on the way down
There are a lot of bindings on the market right now that offer a tour mode, but none of them offer such a responsive and active feel as the Axl.
When I tour I am busting my Ass to get to the top so I can have fun on the down. So for me a binding has to perform on the down, not just be a walking machine. Conversely, if I get crushed slogging some stiff overweight setup up the mountain I won't have the legs to ski the line how I want. The answer, well I think it's clearly the Axl.
The toe piece is made out of one solid piece of stainless steel and runs longer than any other telemark binding on the market. What does that mean? well it means that the ball of your foot, where most of your control comes from, is actually being harnessed more, so you have more control over your skis. Also it gives you more lateral rigidity so you can carve better. The spring that run underfoot and the cables that run along side give you the initiation and power that you are looking for to really drive your skis. Also the 3 pivot point options allow the rider to really dial in where the binding flexes to fit their unique style.
I have used these bindings everywhere from brutally cold days in AK to wet heavy BC to the champagne powder of the Wasatch and have never had them fail. Occasionally snow or ice can build up under the toe plate, but taking my pole tip to it for a couple taps does the trick and then I am ready to be locked and loaded. There are no cheesy and unnecessary plastic cover plates that keep you from accessing any mechanical part of the binding so you can always give a few taps and be on with it. The Axl is hands down the rock star of all touring bindings
Obviously these shades are stylish. What you can't tell from just looking at them is how well they fit weather your looking for some over sized rock star shades or a sunglass that you can wear ski touring, biking, hiking or fishing these puppies do it all with no fog. Not to mention they are tough enough to handle it all.
Now lets talk lens. This is really where the ecstasy part happens. These Polar lenses make the world look so vibrant and crisp you will swear your buddy slipped something into your coffee.
Bottom line these things are a must!
My husband and I got this bag to use on a month long trip through Indonesia. We wanted a bag that was tough and could hold up to some wet conditions as we traveled by boat and encountered some rain. The Black Hole did not disappoint.
We were able to use it as a carry on on our flights and it held everything we needed during the day. The back pack carry was also super convenient and we ended up using it as a backpack 80% of the time (either on front while we had our backpacking packs on or as our day pack).
We trusted the weather proofing enough that this became the place we stored our computer and all electronics when we traveled by boat. Not that its totally a dry bag by any means, but it was resistant enough.
After a full month of travel and heavy use the bag still looks brand new.
The only thing the bag is missing is a couple more large internal compartments for organization, but that might decrease the versatility.
So I got this piece a month ago. The first day I threw it on to go to the gym and run errands around town I got stopped by everyone to ask me about my hoodie.
Super stylish, but even better it fits so well. Nice long cut in the body, which is always a pet peeve of mine because I have a super long torso. The one pocket is the softest thing in the world and definitely makes up for their only being one. The hood is all time too!
I have done some serious sweating while wearing this thing and can say it is ultra breathable and quick drying.
Other great features include:
Thumb holes on nice long sleeves, but also a nice seem that helps the cuff stay folded if you aren't into using thumb holes.
Pocket holds I phone perfectly.
Diagonal buttons stay out of your way and are super cute.
When buttoned the neck sits a bit higher than you would think for extra warmth.
This is the do it all on the mountain and around town midlayer piece you have been waiting for!
I have gotten to wear this jacket just a few times so far this early season, but so far I am loving it! It's one of those jackets that you can tour in without over heating, which makes for a quick and easy transition from your up to down which lets you beat your buddies to that killer pow stash.
The construction is top notch, with all seems being taped and the latest YKK burly and weather proof zipper. Also with a great stretch that is optimal for movement.
The jacket has a nice anatomical slim cut for efficient movement. The hood is a bit smaller than on the other pieces, I don't think you can put a helmet underneath, but hey your helmet should be waterproof!It does have pull tabs to allow you to cinch it tight if you are wearing a beanie or nothing at all which is nice.
I have worn this jacket in early season dumping conditions, you know the wet heavy flakes, and this jacket kept me dry! I do pair it with the polar shift when it gets cold and the two do the trick to keep things warm and light!!
The jacket is cut a bit slimmer in the waist than the other coats that are on Trew's line so order accordingly. I usually run a mens small or womens Large (5'8" female with broad shoulders and chest) but I got this in a medium for more effective layering underneath. If I was not worried about putting much of a puffy under I could wear a small comfortably.
The Polar Shift is that perfect ultra light hooded puffy.
Beyond all the features Adam touched on in his exceptional review (see bellow),
the Polar shift has won my heart because there is always room in my pack for it, with its ultra packable PrimaLoft One insulation. It is the right weight (12OZ), I can use it as an insulating layer under my Stella shell on super cold days, or as an outer layer on cold dry tours, or as the "wait let me just throw on my puffy while I wait for my slow friends to reach the summit" puffy, or as a great layer to hit the town. Recently I have been throwing it in my bike pack to keep me warm when we take breaks from slashing the single track on those chilly fall days.
It's all in the details and one of my favorite added features is the tricot lined hand pockets, for some reason slipping my hands into these soft lined pockets wins me over when I'm reaching my chill threshold.
The Polar Shift does fit with a little extra room (not off sized, just has a roomier cut). I am a woman size 8-10 and wear a Small and it is perfect to layer however I see fit.
All and all this is a great addition to my layering system and I'm hoping that it brings a Shift to the dry winters we've been seeing here in Utah.
This Usage Agreement (the "Agreement") governs your conduct while using various services on the web site Backcountry.com and its affiliate web sites (collectively, the "Site"). All references to "we," "us," and "our" shall mean Backcountry.com and all references to "you" and "your" shall mean the user of the Site and Site Services. This Agreement applies to various services and activities on the Site as well as to gear review and product ratings (collectively, "Site Services"). Please read this Agreement carefully.
BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, AND USING THE SITE, ANY SITE SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICES THEREIN, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT AND ITS TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATION THEREOF, DO NOT ACCESS, BROWSE OR OTHERWISE USE THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SUBMISSION OF ANY REVIEWS OR COMMENTS.
Any comments, reviews (including gear reviews and product ratings), posts, feedback, questions, answers, notes, messages, images, video, audio, materials, documents, data, graphics, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "User Content") you submit on the Site are not private or proprietary. By submitting User Content on or through the Site, you grant, assign and transfer to Backcountry.com all of your rights, title and interest, including without limitation, all intellectual property rights and moral rights, in and to such User Content. To the extent the preceding assignment and transfer is ineffective, you hereby grant Backcountry.com an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, adapt, display, publish, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon such User Content, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.
By submitting such User Content on or through the Site, you are confirming that (a) you are the sole author of the User Content and the User Content originated with you and not copied in whole or in part from any other work; (b) you have obtained all necessary permissions associated with the User Content, including without limitation permissions relating to copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity and/or rights of privacy; (c) the User Content does not contain hate speech or profanity and is not unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, obscene, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, an invasion of another's privacy, or otherwise in violation of this Agreement; (d) that you are not a minor and have the legal right and capacity to enter into and comply with this Agreement; (e) such User Content does not and will not, in any way, violate or breach any of the terms of this Agreement; and (f) Backcountry.com shall not in any circumstances be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the User Content.
With respect to your conduct on the Site or while using the Site Services, you agree not to: (a) attempt to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted to the Site Services whether through the Site or any third party site; (b) act in any manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the Site and Site Services; (c) impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation, a manufacturer or owner of any product, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (d) interfere with the Site or Site Services, or servers or networks connected to the Site or Site Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Site or Site Services; (e) upload, post, or otherwise transmit any User Content that with respect to the Site Services: (i) is not relevant to the product, service, person or entity being reviewed; (ii) you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (by way of example but not limitation, inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or (iv) is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
User Content does not reflect the views of Backcountry.com, and Backcountry.com does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, integrity, quality or reliability of any User Content, nor does Backcountry.com endorse or support any opinions expressed in any User Content. In no event shall Backcountry.com have or be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any User Content, Any gear reviews and/or product ratings submitted on the Site, if displayed, are displayed for entertainment and informational purposes only. Under no circumstances will Backcountry.com be liable in any way for any User Content, including but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site or Site Services.
If Backcountry.com determines, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you or any User Content you submit violates this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights Backcountry.com may have under this Agreement, to: (a) refuse to allow you to submit further User Content; (b) remove and delete your User Content; (c) revoke your registration and right to use the User Content Submission Features; and (d) use any technological, legal, operational or other means available to enforce the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration, access to the Site and Site Services using your e-mail address, and your user name and password. Without limiting the foregoing, once User Content is submitted to the Site, Backcountry.com may take any or no action with respect to such User Content, including without limitation, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post such User Content, but is under no obligation to offer you the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted. Backcountry.com shall have no duty to attribute authorship of User Content to you and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties.
If, despite the foregoing assignment and transfer of rights in the User Content, it is determined that you retain moral rights (including the rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that: (a) you do not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the User Content or any derivative works of or upgrades or updates thereto; (b) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the User Content by Backcountry.com or its licensees, successors or assigns; (c) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (d) you forever release Backcountry.com, and its licensees, successors and assigns from any claims that you could otherwise assert against Backcountry.com by virtue of any such moral rights.
You are prohibited from violating the security of any system or network compromising the Site or the Site Services, including but not limited to the following: (a) unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Site or Site Services or to breach security or authentication measures; (b) unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on the Site or of the Site Services; (c) interference with the Site or Site Services including without limitation, any type of flooding technique or deliberate attempt to overload the system such as denial or service attacks; (d) forging of a message header or any part of a message header; or (e) using manual or electronic means to avoid any use or access limitation placed on this Site or the Site Services. Such violations may result in criminal or civil liability.
Backcountry.com reserves the right to report any activity or persons that Backcountry.com suspects has violated any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties (including the disclosure of appropriate subscriber information). Backcountry.com may also cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal conduct. Indirect or attempted violations of this Agreement and actual or attempted violations thereof by a third party on behalf of any user shall be considered violations of this Agreement by such user.
BACKCOUNTRY.COM DOES NOT ENDORSE THE USER CONTENT, IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USER CONTENT AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONS WHO MAY USE OR RELY ON SUCH USER CONTENT) FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE (WHETHER ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE), INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY OR OTHER CAUSE OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER BASED UPON OR RESULTING FROM ANY USER CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.