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Outdoor Research

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 2

G3 AT helmet

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD BACKCOUNTRY HELMETS  That which happens at the resort, slowly migrates beyond the boundaries. And so, helmets are becoming more common far from the ski hill. A resort lid works fine, but it tends to be bulky and heavy. Instead, opt for a backcountry-focused one. G3 AT Helmet A collaboration with helmet-maker … More »

Gear & Gadgets – Vol 49 #3

You’ve reached the summit, the sun’s gone, the wind’s picked up… You know that cold, clammy feeling, especially on your lower back, whether it’s after a huffy-puffy skin uphill or you’ve just hoofed it up from the lower parking lot with all your gear. So do designers at Elemental Layer, and with fast-wicking, water-repellent fabric, … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking on a face full of blower. Even untracked, boot-top fluff produces joy that’s hard to beat. This is why we eagerly wake in the dark, … More »

How to Buy a Puffy Jacket

A better puffy Everyone needs a down jacket for staying warm at rest stops, on chilly summit tops or organizing in parking lots. Down on its own is fine, but the latest crop of puffies is giving the sleeping bags with sleeves a 21st-century upgrade. Marmot West Rib Parka: Marmot doubles down. First it stuffs … More »

From Space to the Slopes

    NASA used aerogel to keep astronauts alive in temperatures that make a cold day on the Prairies seem warm (a sunny day on the moon tops out around -127° Celsius). The foam-like substance is lighter and more insulating than down feathers or synthetic fibres. It’s been around since 1931, but new tweaks are making … More »

Dress for Success – Backcountry

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Innovations in fabric and insulation are making winter more comfortable than ever. Upcycled wool Making clothing results in plenty of scraps. Usually they end up in the garbage, but SmartWool is collecting off-cuts from its merino baselayers, turning them into sheets of wool insulation and then stuffing them into puffy jackets, like … More »

RYAN REPORT – Spring Gloves

Last weekend at my local ski hill, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, it was classic March schizophrenic weather. Saturday started cold and quickly warmed up to full spring slush under a perfect blue sky. Sunday started mild and then swung back and forth as squalls and clouds pushed in and out. It was easy enough to … More »

RYAN REPORT – Highlights from the snow show

Over four days at the end of January the ski industry unveiled the future of skiing. I checked it all out at the annual retail buying show in Denver, previewing winter 2018-2019 skis, boots, jackets, layers, and accessories from dozens of brands. Once the note taking hand cramps wore off a few wicked looking products … More »

Gear & Gadgets

Gear & Gadgets by RAY O’REILLY in the December 2017 issue 1. Ever had a midlayer so comfy you wanted to sleep in it? Outdoor Research’s Ascendant hoody ($270) is soft and stretchy in all the right places, while at the same time strong, warm and all techie. In six colour combos, men’s and women’s … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2018 – Women

Suffrage has arrived in skiing. Women are finally getting the attention and equipment they deserve, including Ski Canada’s round-up of cutting-edge stuff made just for those rocking the XX chromosome. FOR THE CHIQUITA     Fittingly launched on International Women’s Day, the Chiquita is not just Coalition Snow’s first ski for girls, it’s also a message … More »

Outdoor Research

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 2

G3 AT helmet

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD BACKCOUNTRY HELMETS  That which happens at the resort, slowly migrates beyond the boundaries. And so, helmets are becoming more common far from the ski hill. A resort lid works fine, but it tends to be bulky and heavy. Instead, opt for a backcountry-focused one. G3 AT Helmet A collaboration with helmet-maker … More »

Gear & Gadgets – Vol 49 #3

You’ve reached the summit, the sun’s gone, the wind’s picked up… You know that cold, clammy feeling, especially on your lower back, whether it’s after a huffy-puffy skin uphill or you’ve just hoofed it up from the lower parking lot with all your gear. So do designers at Elemental Layer, and with fast-wicking, water-repellent fabric, … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking on a face full of blower. Even untracked, boot-top fluff produces joy that’s hard to beat. This is why we eagerly wake in the dark, … More »

How to Buy a Puffy Jacket

A better puffy Everyone needs a down jacket for staying warm at rest stops, on chilly summit tops or organizing in parking lots. Down on its own is fine, but the latest crop of puffies is giving the sleeping bags with sleeves a 21st-century upgrade. Marmot West Rib Parka: Marmot doubles down. First it stuffs … More »

From Space to the Slopes

    NASA used aerogel to keep astronauts alive in temperatures that make a cold day on the Prairies seem warm (a sunny day on the moon tops out around -127° Celsius). The foam-like substance is lighter and more insulating than down feathers or synthetic fibres. It’s been around since 1931, but new tweaks are making … More »

Dress for Success – Backcountry

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Innovations in fabric and insulation are making winter more comfortable than ever. Upcycled wool Making clothing results in plenty of scraps. Usually they end up in the garbage, but SmartWool is collecting off-cuts from its merino baselayers, turning them into sheets of wool insulation and then stuffing them into puffy jackets, like … More »

RYAN REPORT – Spring Gloves

Last weekend at my local ski hill, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, it was classic March schizophrenic weather. Saturday started cold and quickly warmed up to full spring slush under a perfect blue sky. Sunday started mild and then swung back and forth as squalls and clouds pushed in and out. It was easy enough to … More »

RYAN REPORT – Highlights from the snow show

Over four days at the end of January the ski industry unveiled the future of skiing. I checked it all out at the annual retail buying show in Denver, previewing winter 2018-2019 skis, boots, jackets, layers, and accessories from dozens of brands. Once the note taking hand cramps wore off a few wicked looking products … More »

Gear & Gadgets

Gear & Gadgets by RAY O’REILLY in the December 2017 issue 1. Ever had a midlayer so comfy you wanted to sleep in it? Outdoor Research’s Ascendant hoody ($270) is soft and stretchy in all the right places, while at the same time strong, warm and all techie. In six colour combos, men’s and women’s … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2018 – Women

Suffrage has arrived in skiing. Women are finally getting the attention and equipment they deserve, including Ski Canada’s round-up of cutting-edge stuff made just for those rocking the XX chromosome. FOR THE CHIQUITA     Fittingly launched on International Women’s Day, the Chiquita is not just Coalition Snow’s first ski for girls, it’s also a message … More »

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