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Shannon, our fabulous female tester, takes gear testing to a new level for women. When not at work or school, she is most likely training for a marathon, climbing one of Colorado’s tallest peaks, riding her road bike, or skiing down a mountain slope. Like many women, Shannon gets cold easily, therefore, we try to test the best all weather gear to help her stay warm and dry during all day outdoor pursuits. In the warmer months, Shannon enjoys exploring the Colorado backcountry with her friends and dogs and attempts to escape for as many trail runs as her schedule allows. Shannon is a great women’s tester because she gives readers true insight into how a product may perform for an active woman.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness Review

The Ruffwear Front Range Harness is a great option for your dog if you need more control when walking or if you have an escape artist that can slip his/her collar. The harness is comfortable and extremely easy to slip on and off your dog, making it ideal for a trip around the neighborhood or an all day adventure. Ruffwear ...

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G3 FINDr 102 Ski and G3 Ion 12 Binding Review

G3 FINDr 102 Ski The G3 FINDr 102 ski performed exactly as the G3 website states, “bridging the gap between fat, floaty powder skis and super light mountaineering skis.” No matter the conditions, the G3 FINDr 102 met the demands of the day, making this ski a possible quiver of one ski. I’ve been testing out the G3 FINDr 102 ...

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Native Eyewear Upslope Goggle Review

  Native Eyewear Lens Features The Native Eyewear Upslope Goggles feature SnowTuned lenses that are a double spherical lens (double>single layered lenses for barrier and more resistant to fogging).  The spherical lens allows for a greater peripheral field of view. Combine the spherical lens with the viewing radius of 7.75″ and the Upslope Goggles provide a wide, unobstructed field of ...

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Adidas Teams up with Parley: Tech Fabric Made from Plastic Retrieved from the Ocean

Adidas Parley

You may be asking, what is Parley? Parley is short for Parley for the Oceans,  an organization that was formed in 2013 to increase awareness and to formulate solutions to protect our oceans. Parley operates with 3 main tenants in mind with the acronym AIR: AVOID plastic whenever possible INTERCEPT plastic waste REDESIGN the plastic economy Adidas partnered with Parley in 2015 and ...

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Smith Quantum Helmet with MIPS Review

  Helmets need to keep your noggin warm, vent or breathe when you heat up, integrate with your goggles, and fit well. Yet the #1 feature we should all consider is what they can do to protect your brain.  Fortunately, with the Smith Quantum Helmet features the best technology to keep your head as safe as possible while checking the ...

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Black Diamond Razor Carbon Ski Poles

Black Diamond Razor Carbon

The Black Diamond Razor Carbon Ski Poles have been a great surprise this season. A set of carbon poles is something I never really considered a must have, but now that I’ve tested the Razor Carbon poles I don’t think I could go back to my previous all aluminum pole that weighed a good 5 oz more per pole. The ...

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Helly Hansen Aurora Shell Pant Review

The Helly Hansen Aurora Shell Pant is the only pair of ski pants I have needed all season. They have been with me in the backcountry, during early morning skin tours up the resort, and riding the lift on powder days. The Aurora Shell Pant has been in use for at least 40 days and has not disappointed. Helly Hansen ...

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The North Face Women’s Free Thinker Jacket Review

When it comes to wet, heavy snow days I turn to The North Face Women’s Free Thinker Jacket to keep me protected. The North Face Free Thinker is within the Steep Series, meaning it was designed for big mountain, full day adventures. TNF has incorporated the highest quality fabric, GORE-TEX® Pro 3L which is waterproof, breathable, and extremely durable. I’ve ...

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Julbo Airflux Goggle Review

The Julbo Airflux offers up some of the same great features as the Julbo Aerospace in a more affordable price category, retailing for $130-150. For a full review of the Julbo Aerospace Goggle, please click here. Features Touring in goggles can be a pain as you can fog or ice up on the ascent and are forced to go without ...

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