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Most Valuable Gear: Black Diamond Sharp End Shell

A Fully-Featured, Technical Hardshell Jacket from Black Diamond!

Black Diamond is a brand known for driving innovation in climbing and skiing hardgoods by producing intuitive products with a focus on clean design and high level performance. While they began by producing forged carabiners and pitons, they have grown and evolved through the years, eventually producing removable protection, entering the skiing market, and building quality packs. With each new phase of … Read more >>

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Published:November 25, 2014 View Post

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Holiday Gift Guide

The 2014 Outdoor Gear Exchange/ GearX.com Holiday Gift Guide! Stocking Stuffers:

Darn Tough socks– These Made-In-Vermont favorites are (in our opinion) some of the best socks out there! For skiing, hiking, running or hunting, Darn Tough has a sock to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. All of their socks are backed by an unconditional lifetime guarantee in case you wear them out (good luck trying).

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Published:November 21, 2014 View Post

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Most Valuable Gear: RMU Flyin Ryan P802

An East Coast All-Mountain Ski, Inspired by Flyin Ryan and the state of Vermont!

Here in Vermont, we love skiing. We get up before sunrise to skin up local mountains to get a run or two in before work, take sick days to chase that ever-elusive powder, and ski any terrain —no matter how bumpy, chunky or icy it may be.  We need a ski that is versatile enough to … Read more >>

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Brand Spotlight: La Sportiva

La Sportiva

 

Italian Craftsmanship, Born in the Mountains: The Early Years of La Sportiva

Like many companies who manufacture high-end mountaineering boots, climbing shoes or hiking boots, La Sportiva originated with a humble skilled craftsman in the mountains of Italy, who drew inspiration, purpose and knowledge from the people who lived and worked in the mountains. Beginning in the 1920s, Narciso Delladio worked in his workshop, crafting quality wooden … Read more >>

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Most Valuable Gear: Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

A rocking Bluetooth speaker that can go anywhere!

You like to get outside and push yourself to the limit. You look for gear that is durable and reliable, the kind of gear that you would feel comfortable bringing with you on a 100 mile canoe trip, a multi-state bike tour, or a 2-week trip down to the Red River Gorge. You probably have your favorite pack, one that shows years … Read more >>

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Published:November 6, 2014 View Post

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Winter Layering Guide

Stay warm and comfortable this winter with proper layering!

Cold temperatures and snowy weather don’t mean that you have to head inside and spend all of your free time sipping hot toddies, playing board games and reading by a fire (though that does sounds like a good way to spend your evening after a long day of ice climbing, winter hiking or skiing). With proper layering and a thermos of … Read more >>

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Winter Baselayer Tips

Build a foundation for your winter laying system with the right baselayers! 

 

Baselayers are an essential part of a winter layering system. These next-to-skin layers set the foundation for your entire system by providing core warmth, body temperature regulation and moisture wicking properties. You should select your baselayers by accounting for whether you are doing high output or slower-moving activities, expected temperatures and weather conditions, as well as personal preference.… Read more >>

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Published:November 3, 2014 View Post

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Gear Spotlight: Mountain Hardwear Ueli Steck Collection

A new approach to technical outerwear for fast and light ascents in the mountains!

  

The world of mountaineering has undergone a shift in the last few decades. While traditional climbing tactics called for laying siege to the great mountains, spending extended time establishing camps, ferrying supplies, and battling against weather windows and fatigue to incrementally advance on a peak, modern Alpinism is characterized by minimalism and speed. Mountains that once … Read more >>

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Published:November 3, 2014 View Post

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