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Ode to a Chairlift

Charlie Walker August 7, 2022

Ode to a Chairlift Gotta Get Up To Get Down Every year we lose another one. One of the greats. A piece of history that made us who we are. Yes, that’s right, I am talking about chairlifts. Each year, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Not saying it’s wrong entirely. And it’s not that I don’t get it. But, change isn’t always better, and change is hard. This summer, Vail alone will be installing 19 new chairlifts across 14 resorts in the name of “enhancing the guest experience”. However, don’t let them fool you for […]

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General Bike

An OoC Review: The New Revel Rail 29

Adam Jaber July 23, 2022

An OOC REVIEW: What Can the New Revel Bikes Rail 29 Do For You? It’s hit three months on this new rig, so I’m going to run through what my first 90-ish days have been like on this machine. The Bike – Revel Rail 29 Frame Only (With RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate) – $3,499 U.S   The Highlights At 160/155mm of travel – this is technically a “Long-Travel” 29er… but it climbs with admirable efficiency. Revel has had the Rail – a 27.5 trail bike – in the lineup for quite some time now. This is not a replacement, but […]

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Portillo
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Summer Skiing’s Shangri La – Portillo, Chile

Charlie Walker July 12, 2022

Summer Skiing’s Shangri La – Portillo, Chile When it comes to the world of sport, each has its holy cathedral to which pilgrims seasonally migrate. Football has the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Baseball has the ivy of Wrigley and the Green Monster at Fenway. And as spring blooms, golfers and fans alike flock to the abundant azaleas of Amen Corner at Augusta. For us skiers, our hallowed halls take a more natural form. The mountains are where we not only commune with sport but with nature. While winter peaks and resorts across the globe are plentiful and posh, as […]

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General Outdoor

An OoC Review: Biolite AlpenGlow 500 Lantern

Adam X Sauerwein June 25, 2022

An OoC Review: Biolite AlpenGlow 500 Lantern  – The Lantern You Didn’t Know You Needed A quirky, bright, innovative, versatile lantern made for all occasions. The Highlights –  Biolite AlpenGlow 500 $79.95 So First off, does the world need another lantern?  What makes this Biolite AlpenGlow 500 Lantern one so unique?  This is a feature-heavy, mood-inspiring “lite” made for literally any occasion. 5-200h Battery life  Phone Charging Capabilities A simple touch turns it on/off  Shake Feature to change modes Cool/Warm/Candle Flicker/Multi-Color Creates inspiring scenes perfect for indoor and outdoor use Ridiculously bright Fireworks Mode Easy to hang (Built-in Hook) Expandable […]

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Review: OneUp Components 240mm v2 Dropper Post

Adam Jaber June 19, 2022

An OOC REVIEW: The Longest Dropper of its Day   Two months into running OneUp Components’ 240mm dropper post, I’ve concluded many things, one of which is obvious…it’s big. It’s time to answer the age-old question; is bigger better. The Post – OneUp Components Dropper Post v2 (240mm) The Highlights – Retail $229.50 (Lever add-on available for $59.50) Okay, so why does someone need a 240mm dropper post? If you use the word “need” loosely, it’s because most seatposts at full-drop still have a somewhat significant amount of seat post showing. This one, however, is FULLY out of your way. […]

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REVIEW – Tecnica Magma S Mid GTX Hiking Shoe

Adam Jaber June 1, 2022

An OOC REVIEW: What’s the deal with Tecnica’s new Hiking shoe? The last two months, I’ve made a conscious effort to go on more hikes, in different terrain, mostly for the testing of the Tecnica Magma S Mid shoe. I’m lucky enough to have some really varied terrain right outside my door for this kind of thing, so with that said, let’s get into the details. The Shoe – Tecnica Magma S Mid Shoe, $190 U.S   The Highlights – There are a lot of things to like in this shoe. By description, this is a shoe designed to “hike, […]

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REVIEW: How Does Oakley’s DRT5 Helmet Stack Up?

Adam Jaber May 9, 2022

An OOC REVIEW: How Does Oakley’s DRT5 Helmet Stack Up? For the the last month plus, I’ve been pretty much exclusively running Oakley’s DRT5 ( I thinkDRT is my least favorite favorite abbreviated version of Dirt, but I digress), and wanted to provide some thoughts on how it compares to other helmets in the category. So, how does Oakley’s DRT5 Helmet stack up? – Oakley DRT Helmet Review The Lid – Oakley DRT5 Mips, $200 U.S The Highlights – There’s actually a few things that immediately separate this particular helmet from many others for me. For starters, X-Static “Brow Padding” […]

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Alpine Start – “Instant Coffee that doesn’t suck”

Adam X Sauerwein May 3, 2022

After having Alpine Start Coffee in the van for over 2 months, I find myself actually craving it.  Let me start off by saying this is instant coffee and it will never replace that perfect cup of pour over in the morning.  The goal of Alpine Start was to make Instant Coffee that actually tastes good, and if I’m being honest, they nailed it.  It’s that boost of caffeine in the morning when you don’t have time to create that perfect cup. I was particularly intrigued by the “Coffee w/ Benefits”  Admittedly, I drink my coffee black, but this coffee […]

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Sea Otter Classic – Hot Highlights Days 1-4

Adam Jaber April 15, 2022

The Sea Otter Classic is back in full force this year. After a soft re-launch in October of last year due to a cancelled 2021 spring campaign due to the you-know-what, it’s what it once was, again. Nearly all major brands have returned and many of them opting to showcase product that had been previously released, just unavailable due to shipping and supply chain issues. We’ve compiled a few of the hot ones for you to drool over, here. For more in depth talks with brand representatives, athletes, and product managers, hit our YouTube Channel up. First up, I won’t […]

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Gear Talk: 2020 Faction Agent 2.0

Adam Jaber May 14, 2019

Faction skis has been diversifying their line over the past few seasons, as they should. Obviously skis that bear the  legendary name of CT (Candide Thovex) are bound to sell, and perform well. The trick is validating an offering of skis that stands on it’s own. Faction has seen a moderate level of success in this venture, seeing both the Dictator & Prodigy series gain some recognition amongst very diluted categories of ski. Taking what they had learned from Dictator, Faction is launching the Agent. For all intensive purposes, a lightweight option of the aforementioned Dictator. Agent carries similar numerical […]

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