Fjallraven Keb Series Winter Jacket Review
I was recently humiliated at a potluck where the host (who was a bit of a jerk) derided my mispronunciation of “Adidas.” Apparently I’ve been saying it incorrectly all along. After retaliating by hiding several essential kitchen items and at least two sets of his car keys, I packed into my new Fjallraven jacket and  [...]
The Best Splitboards of 2017
We updated our annual list of the best splitboards of the year. Here are a few you’ll want to add to your bird-spotting list, presented by the Mountain Weekly. One caveat though, a bunch of these splitboards will be tough to get your hands.. 16/17 Splitboard Watch-list 1. Lib Tech Travis Rice Goldmember It’s a  [...]
ThirtyTwo Jeremy Jones MTB Snowboard Boot Review
Whenever I get to do a gear review like these Jeremy Jones ThirtyTwo Boots I find myself struggling for a clever opening. With boots I default to dumb stuff, clichéd stuff like “These boots are made for walking,” even though I’m almost certain the young folk have never heard of Nancy Sinatra, much less her  [...]
2016 Olive Exodus Splitboard Review
The first thing that grabbed my attention when the Olive Exodus arrived was the top-sheet. BLAM! Skull. With mountains. And a tip to tail beard. In this biz, that is what’s known as an unholy trifecta. It is both rare and awesome. I’m uncertain as to when skulls started to make their appearance in the  [...]
Building Tent Pads High Atop the Sourdough Traverse
After the California gold-rush of the 1849’s, it seemed as though fortune seeking prospectors had made their way into every nook, cranny and outcrop the American West had to offer. Known as “sourdoughs” (seasoned miners that knew a thing or two about bush-craft and DIY baking) many were drawn north when news of significant strikes  [...]
Valhalla Mountain Lodge Delivers!
This season has been challenging to say the least. Photographers, writers, riders and resorts have all struggled to keep a stiff upper lip as traditionally snow-laden zones have struggled to retain a snowpack or heartbeat. Sub-par conditions have been the norm while sub-zero temperatures appeared to be a thing of the past. In turn, these  [...]
Union Forged Carbon Binding Review
Bucking the sales-speak trend of snowboarding’s forced jargon, this season introduced Union’s Forged Carbon bindings to the masses. More concisely a “forged composite” binding, what Union has debuted is a lighter weight carbon-reinforced hill-killer. In plain terms, rather than using sheets of carbon-reinforced plastic laid down one on top of the other (picture making your  [...]
Westcomb Revenant Jacket Review
It’s a tough nut to crack, cracking a fickle market whose bigger ticket purchases are based almost entirely on brand visibility and the conjoined popularity /success of a sponsored “team;” Conventional soft-goods brands depend heavily on ad dollars and brand ambassadors to sing their virtues, especially those operating within the snowboardosphere; By sponsoring films, events,  [...]