The author and friends enjoying a Modelo Especial after a powder-filled ski tour on Berthoud Pass in Colorado. Ben Hoiness photo.
I don't know about you, but I'm psyched on high quality, stylish products made by cool people who have meaning behind what they do. I use every single one of the items below on a near-daily basis, and I think they'd make for pretty great gifts for the special woman in your life.
Fifty-five dollar sunglasses with a lifetime warranty? Doesn't get much better than that. Sunski started off with a successful Kickstarter campaign and a mission to combine a love for the outdoors and design to make a product that is affordable. To that, I say amen! The Dipseas (above) have a bold and cool look while also functioning well on high output missions. But check out all the styles, you honestly can't go wrong. Sunski also donates 1 percent of its profits to environmental organizations.
Halflingers Wool Felt Classic Grizzly Clogs
I know, clogs right? There couldn't be a less attractive word out there. But seriously, hear me out. These are my favorite shoes I've ever owned and I take them on every trip I go on. They are the perfect slipper-esque style shoe that you can put on around the house, in the car, or anywhere really. They last forever (even if you burn them by putting your feet too close to the fire like I did) and the warm wool footbed massages your feet with every step.
Photo: Ali Kaukas
Skida is a small hat/accessories biz out of Vermont that was created by a group of adventurous and fashionable ladies. They believe in local production, limited edition products, and a fresh perspective. They make techy hats, headbands, and neckwarmers for women who like to run, bike, fish, ski and hike in the winter months. They also have a cashmere collection—and those hats feel like butta.
The North Face Slacker Poncho
I saw TNF athlete and pro skier Hadley Hammer wearing this poncho earlier this year—it looked amazing so I bought one and it truly is. Now, other women in the TGR office have them and we are forming a poncho cult. I get compliments on this thing every time I wear it, and I wear it every day because it's awesome. Believe me when I say, this will be the coziest thing she wears all winter.
Orage Parkatype Jacket
I know the hood looks crazy but it looks normal in person.
The Orage Parkatype merges fashion and warmth for a one of kind everyday winter jacket. This jacket is the bee's knees, and Orage is a really cool company that supports women. This is the lifestyle puffy of all lifestyle puffys, and the perfect gift for the boyfriend out there who has a little more cash to spend.
Wild Rye Merino Kit
Wild Rye is a new brand that makes beautiful, technical, and responsive stuff just for the ladies. These leggings are made of technical merino fabric, but have a more design-forward lifestyle cut to wear from the bootpack to apres, in the hut, or around town. Your lady will want to wear these day after day after day…
Pistil Designs Soho Flat Brim
This hat is dope. I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect wide-brimmed hat and finally settled on this one. I couldn't be more stoked on it. The Soho is made of soft and flexy wool that meets you at the intersection of bohemian and classic. It can be dressed up, or down, and it's comfortable no matter what.
Pros expect the best from their gear. So should you. Designed and tested in partnership with Smartwool athletes, the new PhD® Pro line of Merino wool socks features activity-specific sock technology designed to elevate human-powered adventuring in the mountains. Smartwool recently worked with professional freeskier Angel Collinson to create their most high-tech ski sock ever: the PhD® Pro Freeski. The Freeski features new insight-driven sculpted heel and ankle cushioning to help lock
Whether you're looking for sick footy, safety, or comfort and convenience, there is a plethora of new gadgetry hitting the market. People have been enjoying the outdoors without these newfangled items for generations, but they can certainly make your day better. If you're shopping for the gearhead who seems to have everything, this list might have something new and exciting which they've never heard of. Winter sports are generally expensive, and so are tech gadgets. Combine the two, and
Winter has arrived. Bring on hot laps at the resort, powder days, and weekends spent on the skin track. However, as the excitement settles like the mounds of snow outside your doorstep, be prepared for the onslaught of anxiety that’s going to occur the second you pull your winter kit out of storage. A variety of questions will hit you like a runaway train: Do I need new boots? Should I update my quiver? Does this helmet make me look like a gaper? We don't have those answers, but we’ve