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.
One of the reasons we like tubeless mountain bike tires at Engearment is the inherent flat-proofing that comes with it. With some liquid sealant inside, the tire will self-seal most thorns or cactus needle punctures. Road tubeless is coming along as well, but has some engineering issues that come with the much higher pressures and forces of road biking that manufacturers are still working to overcome. In the meantime, the Tannus Tire Aither 1.1 fills in a gap.
If you've read anything about us here at Engearment, you may have noticed that we are somewhat obsessed with gear. That said, we do recognize that life sometimes doesn't require gear. Certain things are better without gear. In fact, some things are simply impossible when gear gets involved. Take parkour, for example. Free-walking is about as minimal as it gets. All you need are your hands and feet.
G3 let us borrow a pair of next season's (2015/2016) G3 Alpinist LT Skins. We took them up on Jones Pass to test them on some familiar ground. G3 redesigned everything for the LT - shorter, lighter plush, lighter face fabric, and new, eco-friendly DWR to keep the skins dry and glop-free. We tested them head to head with the G3 Alpinist, and Black Diamond Ascension (for control group)
When we first arranged to meet with Cody Townsend to talk about the Line of the Year, we expected to meet a cool dude with large cojones. We didn't realize that his cojones were so large that he and some friends had developed their own line of belts - the Arcade Belt Company - to make sure those cojones stayed covered.
Part two of our SIA Snow Show 2015 bonanza! Today we're talking about skis. Only skis. Nothing but skis. SIA Snow Show 2015 skis! We saw quite a few pairs of skis at the Snow Show and got to test some of them at the on snow demo at Copper Mountain. Again, this post will be photo-intensive. Please browse accordingly!
We're back from SIA Snow Show 2015! And boy did we see some cool stuff. The industry is innovating with new materials and designs, taking winter sports to the next level. We're going to cover softgoods and gadgets in this post. It will be photo-intensive. We'll have more posts later this week to talk about snowboards and splitboards.
We're far from done with the snow here at Engearment (You hear that, Ullr?), but we know some of your minds are already dreaming of warmer days and the activities that come with them. Our summer jaunts range from backpacking trips into the wilderness to gathering friends around a fire at a campsite off a dirt road for drinks, s'mores, and sausage-stealing dog shenanigans. We understand that not everyone is going to enjoy sleeping on the ground. For those who want to bring a real bed along, but want something with classy looks and low weight that will work with any vehicle's towing limits, we introduce you to the Hütte Hut by Sprouting Sprocket Studios.
When the Engearment crew heads out into the mountains, we aren't the most professional photographers in the world. We usually bring along our iPhones and maybe a GoPro. For people like us who a) use their iPhones as their main camera and b) don't want to purchase and carry a second device, let Engearment introduce you to the Moment iPhone Case.
Even we get surprised sometimes by the nostalgia attached to certain gear. Freezy Freakies were never the most advanced gloves on the planet. They barely kept your hands warm and got soaked if you tried to make a snowball to throw at your little sister. But, when they got cold, they changed colors and cool designs appeared. They were the HyperColor of winter. And now, they're back....in adult sizes.