One of the highlights of SIA for the Engearment crew was our opportunity to sit down with Cody Townsend, one of the founders of Arcade Belts and skier behind this year's ski Line of the Year. We chatted about belts, some more belts, and, of course, the line of the year. We're pretty amazed that no one took the time to ask him about the line - how it felt and what it took to both mentally and logistically prepare for the run. Click through for our interview video.
There are certain pieces of gear that come with us no matter what the occasion. Sometimes it's not the same particular item, but rather a category. Those are the best ones, because we get to have multiples stashed wherever we may need them (and our significant others get to say, "another one?" when we add to the collection). One of our favorites, here at Engearment, is the humble knife.
Another of our favorite skis at the SIA on snow demo at Copper Mountain - the 2016 Black Diamond Boundary 115 ski. Black Diamond sent us up the chair with their PR head, Sam Coffey of Backbone Media, to try out the Boundary series mounted with Fritschi's Vipec binding (which we run on our own skis). Click through for our impressions and more tech info and specs.
When we were at Copper Mountain for the 2015 SIA on snow demo, we put our feet into a lot of skis. The 2015 G3 Empire Carbon ski was one of our favorites. We were also interested in the G3 ION 12 binding. Thank goodness G3 mounted the ION 12 onto the Empire Carbon for demos! Click through for our impressions.
GoPro cameras have changed how we record and share our lives. Sure, they're marketed as point-of-view camera, but with the proper accessories, they can be a much more versatile device. The Polar Pro PowerPole GoPro Battery Pole adds two features that enhance the function of any GoPro camera. Click through to find out how the PowerPole can make your GoPro better!
We don't normally get too excited about sunglasses around here. As long as they work and don't look goofy, we'll wear them. When we saw Zeal's Crafted Collection, we were interested. We like that they're based in Boulder, Colorado. We like that they use environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing. But what really caught our attention is that the frames on the Aces are made from 100% US-grown cotton. You read that correctly. Cotton. We don't know how they do it and they won't tell us. But it's pretty awesome.
REI, the national outdoor gear and apparel retailer has partnered with a leading German manufacturer of high-performance bicycles to bring the GHOST brand to the United States. The full suspension mountain bike models Kato FS 7, Riot 7 LC, and other select models, are now available for purchase exclusively through REI.com.
We love bikes at Engearment. We tend to collect them. In fact, among our skeleton staff of two, we have over 10 bikes. We're also lucky enough to have garages to store them in. But, we recognize that not everyone is as lucky as we are. Belgian cyclists-slash-designers Patrick Jacquet and Rob De Schutter recognize that as well, so they designed a system to help reduce the storage space needed to keep your bike. They call it the Flipcrown.
In our endeavors, we've experienced quite a few outdoor retailers. It puts us in a good position to compare them. Below, you'll find our outdoor retailer comparison. We're sticking to retailers we've had experience with - Backcountry.com, Moosejaw, REI, Campsaver, EVO, Sierra Trading Post, Massey's Outfitters, Mountain Gear, and OMC. For each, we look at five things we think matter to the outdoor gear consumer - return policy, price match, free shipping, rewards, and sales tax. We'll also reveal the ownership structure, so you know if you're supporting the guy who founded the company or some investment firm.