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Soul Poles: Sustainable & Durable #plantyoursoul

By , February 14, 2016 10:38 AM
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Soul Poles’ mission is to build quality products to inspire momentous living and the protection of the playgrounds we love.

Nate Customizing His Own Soul Poles


Bamboo Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting with local ski company, Soul Poles, to see just how their poles stacked up against the competition. Located in Park City, Soul Poles’ tiny storefront won’t necessarily catch your eye but once inside the friendly vibe and impressive products will have you wishing you would have stepped in sooner.

The owner, Bryon Friedman, orders all of his Bamboo from a family farm in China, ensuring the highest quality in bamboo. Soul Poles takes the environment seriously and even uses Eco-friendly plastics for grips and baskets. Striving to give the customer what they want, Soul Poles also gives you the option of physically coming into the shop and custom designing your pole from head to toe.

Concerning the actual performance of their poles…I was extremely impressed. Not only are they as light as their aluminum counterpart they’re also much more durable. Flexing the Soul Pole you’ll notice it can bend quite drastically without the slightest hint of snapping. Using them on the mountain to propel myself along traverses I was pleasantly surprised by their stiffness. They would noticeably give me solid pushes that extended all the way through each thrust.

If you’re in the market for a new pole or are just wanting to upgrade look no further an Soul Poles. It’s a pole with quality that can’t be beat, and you’ll be supporting a locally manufactured ski brand. For more information or to place an order visit their website and #plantyoursoul!

Bamboo vs. Aluminum

Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition

By , March 8, 2014 10:50 AM

pdp_image_HERO3Plus_black_45__1_The new Gopro 3+ Black is an amazing camera but is it worth the upgrade?  If you already own a Hero 3, probably not.  Looking at the specs you’ll notice that not much has changed.  There are some cool new features but likely not enough to make it worth shelling out another $400.

The new Hero 3+ doesn’t upgrade upon any resolution or fps settings besides simply offering you more options to pick from.  The key upgrades include Super View, longer battery life, and better low light performance.  The Super View option gives you a 20% wider viewing angle which in my experience is highly noticeable and produces a very cool image when using it in a POV setting.  The increased low light performance works great on those socked in days as the camera is now able to automatically adjust it’s fps settings based on the lighting.  The battery life has also been improved greatly giving you 30% longer running time than the Hero 3.

Overall I am very pleased with the Hero 3+ as it was well worth the upgrade from the Hero 2.  If you recently purchased a Hero 3 I would recommend waiting until next year when Gopro plans to release the Hero 4.  Rumor has it this model will offer double the frames per second on all resolution settings!

Suggested Retail Price: $399

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CiloGear 30Z Ski Pack

By , January 23, 2014 1:49 PM

yhst-72629531875391_2262_12788609If you haven’t heard of CiloGear yet you will soon.  This Portland, OR based company is picking up steam with their incredible attention to detail and handcrafted designs.  I had a chance to meet with one of their employees and get a hands on demonstration of the various features included in their new 30Z ski pack.  The first thing I noticed was the fabric they use.  Just from looking at it you can tell it is extremely durable and waterproof.  It’s a fabric known as X-Pac, which is 500D Cordura laminated with Dacron for strength.  On the side panels they use Hi-Tenacity Nylon / Dyneema®.  These fabrics are some of the best materials in the world as far as durability is concerned.  You could stab a knife through this stuff and the fabric would resist tearing any further, even under pressure.

The next big thing that popped was their removable and customizable  straps.  You can literally remove or attach a strap anywhere on the pack to accommodate every piece of gear you throw at it.  The packs backpad is even removable if you need a warm place to rest your tush while out touring.  Inside the pack CiloGear included an internal compression strap that works with the packs semi rigid fabric to pull the load from the bottom of the pack up into your upper back between the shoulders.  This makes carrying heavier loads more comfortable and stable.

CiloGear hand sews everything from urban bags to ski packs so if you’re in the market for a new pack that will last a lifetime look no further then CiloGear.  You won’t be disappointed.

Suggested Retail Price: $189

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Discounted Alta Tickets

By , December 11, 2013 5:00 PM

Planning a trip to Alta this winter? Well then make sure you check out for Discounted Alta Tickets. Partnering with many of the top ski resorts, Get Ski Tickets offers massive discounts on not only lift tickets but equipment rentals and lessons as well.  Based out of Denver, Colorado… strives to keep skiing and snowboarding affordable. Since the 1970’s lift ticket prices have climbed steadily upwards. “It’s our goal to provide discount lift tickets for skiers and snowboarders while increasing revenue for resorts,” says Heather Quinn. “Deals found on the website are 10% to 60% off the cost of the window rate.”

Current deals at Alta only include 10% off multi-day passes for adults and juniors but next door at Snowbird current offers are going for 43% off adult single-day tickets! So start your ski vacation planning now and get those lift tickets booked to save big.

Utah Ski Package

By , November 19, 2013 12:47 PM

Utah Ski Vacation Package Deals from Southwest Vacations! For anyone out of state checking out TDP, here is a nice offer if you’re planning a trip to ski in Utah this winter:

Book a flight + hotel + lift ticket vacation package at select hotels in Colorado, Lake Tahoe, or Utah, and save up to $125 ($25 per night up to five nights) per reservation when using the promotion code SWAVSKI at the time of booking.

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Alta’s Boarding Pass Deal

By , November 9, 2013 11:38 AM

This season Alta and Snowbird will be offering half-priced AltaBird tickets (Alta’s Boarding Pass Deal) to anyone who plans to ski within 24 hours of arriving into Salt Lake City’s international airport. For only $52.50 ($34.50 for children) skiers can get their pow on within minutes of landing at both Alta and Snowbird ski resorts. Just preregister here and then bring your boarding pass and photo ID to any Alta or Snowbird ticket office to receive your half-priced pass.

Black Diamond Carbon Whippet Ski Pole

By , September 21, 2013 4:16 PM

BDOR_D1If you’re a backcountry enthusiast who likes to chase down those hard to reach lines then make sure you bring your Black Diamond Carbon Whippet Pole.  No longer do you have to sacrifice a pole for an ice axe in those sketchy sections of your climb.  As opposed to the original Whippet pole the Carbon Whippet comes with three collapsible sections so you can easily store your pole in your pack.

Made of carbon fiber, Black Diamond was able to add stiffness and durability to this ever popular pole.  With 40 cm of adjustability you’ll be able to fine-tune the length to any terrain you come across.  Be aware though, the adjustability of this pole does not allow for the same strength as conventional poles.  Also, remember when purchasing these poles they are sold individually so don’t expect a full set of poles.

With snow in the forecast for next week it’s time to start gearing up for another great season of face-shots.  Get on it!

Suggested Retail Price: $139.95

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CamelBak Agent Hydration Pack

By , August 24, 2013 12:01 PM

IMPPUThe Camelbak Agent Hydration pack is made for mountain bikers that push their riding to the point where pads are required.  With dedicated straps to hold your full face helmet and body armor you’ll never have to sweat it up that quick climb to your favorite downhill course.  The back of the pack even has an air director channel to help wick sweat off your back.  Combine that with Camelbak’s superior hydration system and you’ll stay cool all day long.  The Agent pack also includes a mesh pouch to store your goggle lens or sunglasses in and an exterior sleeve for quick access to your tools.

If you’re looking for a slightly smaller pack for cross country rides be sure to check out the Camelbak Asset pack.  At 518 cubic inches versus the 671 cubic inches of the Agent the Asset will be sure to please those looking to shave every ounce of weight for those long rides.  Holding only 70 ounces of water versus the Agent’s 100 ounces be sure to pack an extra water bottle just in case.

Suggested Retail Price: $139.95

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Crazy Creek AirChair

By , July 18, 2013 8:35 PM

BLAIf you like to backpack but haven’t invested in a Crazy Creek chair yet you must have buns of steel.  The guys over at Crazy Creek really nailed it when it comes to lightweight yet comfortable camping chairs.  They pack up small and allow you to sit comfortably with back support pretty much anywhere.

Recently released is the AirChair which combines a sleeping pad with a Crazy Creek designed shell.  Just fold and clip the straps together and wa-la, you have just transformed your sleeping pad into a comfortable camping chair.  When you’re ready for bed simply release the clips and your chair unfolds into 2.5-inch thick sleeping pad.  If you’re looking to save a few bucks be sure to check out Crazy Creek’s Hex 2.0 chair.  It offers the same superior comfort of the AirChair minus the sleeping pad option.  The Hex 2.0 also works great for connecting two sleeping pads together for those of you sleeping with company.

Suggested Retail Price: $124.95

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RockShox Reverb Seatpost

By , June 8, 2013 5:44 PM

ONECOLNo it’s not a keg tap.  It’s the latest addition in the world of hydraulic seatposts.  RockShox’s Reverb Seatpost is the first on the fly adjustable seatpost to eliminate any mechanical connection.  Unlike other hydraulic seatposts that use cables and mechanical levers to activate the post, Rock Shox’s hydraulic actuation of the cable provides a much cleaner and fluid adjustment.   Just lightly press the lever and the post instantly adjusts to whatever position is most comfortable for you.  No longer do you have to stop in the middle of your ride to adjust your seat height.   Now with the flick of your thumb you can instantly switch between climbing and descending seat heights.

Made of 7050 aluminum with 125 mm of travel the RockShox Reverb will adjust to any height you need it to.  Using RockShox’s technology from their impressive line-up of suspension forks this seatpost will be hard to beat.  Just beware, once you experience the convenience of on-the-fly adjustable seatposts, there’s no going back.

Suggested Retail Price: $370.00

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