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Stephanie grew up moving constantly whether in gymnastics or running around on the family farm in New York. Nowadays, she has melded her energy and passion for the outdoors into a career in the ski industry and a continual quest to spend as much time outside enjoying everything that Colorado has to offer. In between skiing each of Colorado's 26 ski areas in one season, she can be found in the Front Range pounding the pavement marathon training or enjoying the abundant singletrack on her mountain bike or her own two feet. Stephanie also enjoys cooking to fuel for her activities, traveling, good beer, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

XX2i Optics France 2 Sunglasses Review

xx2i optics france 2 kit

The XX2i Optics France 2 Sunglasses are half-rimmed polarized sport sunglasses that perform way above their price point. XX2i, from the makers of Rudy Project,  is committed to bringing high-quality sport sunglasses at affordable prices. The France 2 sunglasses bring all of the key features of more pricey sunglasses without doing nearly as much damage to your wallet including good ...

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Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Torch Review

Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Torch

  Price: $209 – 229 Temperate Rating: 5ºF/-18ºC Weight: Regular – 3 lbs. 15 oz. oz.,  Long – 4 lbs. 4 oz. oz. The Lamina Z Torch women’s sleeping bag by Mountain Hardwear is a 4-season synthetic sleeping bag designed with features to make it easy to pack, keep you warm in all conditions, and stand the test of time. Warmth of the ...

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Spy Bravo Goggles Review

Bravo Goggles

  Clear vision is a pretty important key to a good day on the hill and with quickly changing light conditions this can sometimes be challenging. The Spy Bravo goggles, with Happy Lens, offer a clear view with one of, if not the best, lens changing systems I have ever used – Lock Steady. Spy Optic’s Bravo Goggles – Happy ...

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Stio Basis Stretch Merino Crew Baselayer

stio basis merino red

Any outdoor enthusiast knows that the key to keeping the chill out starts with a high-quality baselayer. The Stio Basis Stretch Merino crew absolutely falls into this category. This baselayer has been unbelievably comfortable and warm and has earned its keep as my go-to baselayer this winter. Stio Basis Stretch Merino Crew Materials The Basis Stretch merino crew top is ...

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Pistachio Chewy Bites

The market for trail snacks is pretty saturated these days and just about everything claims to be healthy and natural. Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites are another addition to the crowded market, but have a lot going for them. Ingredients & Nutrition of Pistachio Chewy Bites Setton Farms Pistachio Chew Bites have only 7 ingredients the first two of which ...

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Smith Pivlock Asana Sunglasses Review

Smith Pivlock Asana Sunglasses

For ladies looking to get active in the sun and protect their eyes the Smith Pivlock Asana sunglasses are undoubtedly some serious shades. Lightweight frames, interchangeable lenses, women-specific design features, and crystal clear optics make these high-performance sunglasses a top pick for running, riding, or any other activity. Features & Technology of the Smith Pivlock Asana Sunglasses The Smith Pivlock Asana sunglasses ...

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Hydro Flask 32oz Bottle


With the 32oz water bottle being one of the most popular sizes of water bottles amongst outdoor enthusiasts it is no surprise that the 32oz insulated Hydro Flask is the classic size of the line. The Hydro Flask 32oz insulated bottle has a leg up on the more standard vessels available because of it’s unique design tailored for both hot ...

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Chaco Z/X2 Colorado Sandals

Chacos z/x2 colorado

While at first glance you think these Chaco Z/X2 Colorado Sandals are just another pair of sandals, they are actually packed with product specific features and engineering in each component of the sandal. With a 25-year history of making super comfortable and functional sandals, Chaco is no newbie to the outdoors scene and they’re celebrating this milestone anniversary by bringing ...

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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent Review

copper spur ul2 tent

The Copper Spur UL2 is a 2-person 3-season that packs the ultimate in protection from the elements and creature comforts into a sub 3 pound package for backpacking or car camping. I have spent more than 20 nights in this tent so far this summer and it has been put to the test by humans and nature. Copper Spur UL2 ...

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Platypus Siouxon Hydration Pack Review

Platypus Siouxon Hydration Pack

The Platypus Siouxon Hydration Pack is designed as a do-it-all pack specifically for ladies. I’ve been using it as my go-to pack for everything from quickie after work rides to longer high-country adventures in the Colorado Rockies for several weeks now. The Siouxon has lots of storage space that is thoughtfully designed to utilize it efficiently and also features the ...

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