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.
Walmart continues to expand their horizons, most notably with their recent launch of an online outdoor gear store. According to the retailer’s website, the move was made after acquiring Moosejaw, an online outdoor gear retailer with several retail locations across the country. Moosejaw is thrilled to be joining forces with Walmart. Ultimately, they believe that the move will help take their business to the next level. Now they’re able to offer services like free two-day shipping, upgrade
For TGR's upcoming snow film –presented by REI–we set out with a simple goal to shoot our segments in ways that were outside the norm. That goal brought us out to Crested Butte, Colorado where we teamed up with our longtime collaborator Clayton Vila to put together a part that merged park and street influences with the always stellar Sean Jordan. There was just one minor snag–Colorado and the areas around Crested Butte suffered from an incredibly dry season this year, which required
For our first mountain bike trip of the season, a couple of buddies and I loaded into a truck and made the annual spring pilgrimage to Moab, Utah. Riding out there in the desert is a rite of passage, and somehow I managed to survive the many rock drops and exposed berms unscathed. Funny enough, it wasn’t till after all the technical gnar that I took a hard fall. On our way back home to Jackson, we made a quick pit stop in Salt Lake City. We had our sights set on quick lap down