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.
Question 1: Do you want a road bike? Question 2: Do you want that bike to feel like a mountain bike, with disk brakes, slack geometry (for a road bike), long wheelbase, the right amount of compliance, wide tires and a bad attitude? Question 3: Do you want that bike to descend like a monster? That’s the Grade. It is the drop-bar bike mountain bikers should buy if they want to crush it on road, gravel and smooth dirt. I never really considered getting into "gravel" riding, mostly
Life tip: When the chance arises to ride new bikes on some of the best trails in Colorado, take it. Camp Instinct and Pipeline from Rocky Mountain Bicycles on Vimeo. Winter was slowly creeping into Jackson, with temperatures dipping and the mountains growing ever whiter as the days went on. While this meant that ski season was right around the corner, mountain biking was becoming harder and harder as the trails turned from perfect dirt to a wet, muddy mess. A small town on the western slope
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Slayer has the best mountain bike paint job I’ve ever seen. The angles work perfectly with its hidden-pivots and the sleek, low, look of the frame. And a 'Slayer' hockey mask graphic is badass. Though it's a Canadian company, so maybe it's just about hockey. Regardless, the bike looks dark but not evil, colorful but not gaudy, fast while standing still.SETUP My tester 770 came spec’d with the new metric Rockshox Super Deluxe shock and Lyric fork. The Lyric was