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This Top Ten List of mine is half wish list, half currently owned but 100 percent awesome-ness. Out of all the cool stuff we have in our store at Good Sports Outfitters, I have managed to narrow it down to only ten items. That is a feat.

 Ben’s Top Ten List.

1. Helinox Big Agnes Chair

This collapsible chair is a very lightweight, and very easy to set up. It is a bucket seat camping chair that will sink you into “comfort zone”. I have a blog that I wrote about this chair already so I will not bore you. If you want more on the Helinox, go here.  I simply love this chair.

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2. Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket

Not only does it look good, the Alpha SV Jacket is THE highest in performance gear. It is like buying a Yeti. A large cost upfront, but a product that will outlast the competition and out perform.

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3. Nixon Big Player Black

First Impressions: This watch isn’t my style. I don’t really like watches that don’t have exact times on them. They are too modern. They are too artsy. They just aren’t practical. Once I put this watch on my wrist, all of those first impressions went through the window, to the wall and I can’t stop thinking about this watch. All of Nixon’s watches are landing more in time pieces and less watch functional practicality. These watches are the pieces you wear to look good in and it is easy to do so in the Big Player.

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4. Eagle Nest Outfitters Hammocks Sunshine

I have two ENO Hammocks. One in the car for… well, who knows what, and the second in the backyard for everyday usage. I typically use it most when I take the dogs outside. They run and bring me the stick/ball/toys as I lay relaxing occasionally throwing for their entertainment.  There is absolutely no reason for me to have another Hammock other that the fact that I don’t have the Sunshine color. It’s my favorite new color that we have gotten in the store. Couldn’t hurt to have another one of my favorite things right?

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5. La Sportiva Helios

The Helios is my current trail shoe. I have read and received plenty of great reviews form Ultra marathoners and other hardcore runners that come through the store about how the Helios is their favorite trail running shoe. I am a pretty low mileage runner (10- 20 miles per week). All I know is that I have found a trail shoe that is very responsive to the loose gravel and rocks here in south/central Texas hills. My low mileage may not have as much pull as an ultra runner, but I do know I am very happy with this shoe and would recommend it to any of my friends.

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6. Burton Beercuda

So I play disc golf. It is somewhat mandatory to bring a beverage to play. Really that goes for any golfing sport. The Beercuda is a bandolier cooler for beers/sodas/sparkling water/whateverbeverageyouwishtokeepcold. Some of the staff already has the beercuda and they use them for the slopes in winter. I am taking their advice and stocking up on one or two. Only 20 bucks too!

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7. Black Diamond Magnetron

So I’m honestly also not an avid climber. I DO boulder and climb when I get the chance but it isn’t exactly my THING. I simply enjoy it, I’m not all geared out with harnesses and rope bags. What I do like is the high quality outdoor equipment Black Diamond creates.  Their latest little toy is a carabiner with magnets to create easy one handed use of a two-point locking carabiner.  A video that will demonstrate the awesome-ness is here.

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8. Swany Legend Mitt

I didn’t know how awesome this glove is until recently. I was just opening pockets looking through the gloves we have and then realized the hand-warmer pocket is actually meant for your hand to slip through.. Woah. Wait. Now I can get access to the little things while still wearing my large cozy mittens. Sweet! I am also a mitten snowboarder. You won’t catch me wearing gloves. I just don’t think they are warm (plus they are more snowboarder that regular gloves).

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9. GoPro Hero 3 Black

I have previously had the Hero 2 (until the mountain ate it. Pro Tip: Don’t trust sticky mounts in very cold weather) and I currently have the Hero 3. The biggest upgrade from the Hero 2 to the Hero 3 is Wi-fi capabilities. I use this camera as a part of documenting all the fun I have, where ever that may be. In the mountains, the beach, the lake, playin’ with the dogs. Anywhere. I take this camera with me and I don’t have to worry about most issues that come along with a regular point-and-shoot. The waterproof housing allows me to be carefree in any situation. I don’t have to show people the fun things I do, I simply show them.

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10. Benchmade AFO 9051BLK

This Knife is sick. Simply said. I use my pocket knife as a tool everyday and this Benchmade is the highest quality of American made knives. Easy one handed operation. The AFO II is an sweet knife. I have always been a serrated blade kind of person, but I am beginning to lean towards straight blade because it is much easier to sharpen it yourself.  Benchmade has always been on my wish list and hopefully Santa will make his way form the Benchmade factory and grab one for me this year. The AFO II is my favorite from Benchmade because well designed mechanics. They stand behind their product. You can send it in any time and they will restore it to factory sharp, as long as you pay the shipping. I respect a company that is publicly proud and prideful of their work.

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Durango lift tickets are in at Good Sports De Zavala location. You’re all geared up and ready to go, but you’ll still need a way to get to the top of the slopes once you reach the mountain.  This means lift tickets. Durango Mountain Resort in Colorado is a great place to head this year for your ski trip. They offer runs for everyone from beginners to experts so that everyone in the family can enjoy themselves. Stop in to see us today to get your lift tickets now, before they run out!

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We’ve talked about hats, goggles, socks, and other ski gear. Things to keep you comfortable to enjoy your vacation.  But on more of a winter safety gear side, Recco’s Advanced Rescue Technology is something to at least be aware of for your upcoming ski trips.

Recco provides an avalanche recovery system currently being used by more than 600 rescue organizations. Each rescue team using the system is equipped with a detector that works with any outerwear, helmets, and safety gear equipped with a Recco reflector.  The system works by use of harmonic radar.  The reflectors bounce back a signal to the detectors allowing the rescue team to detect through up to 30 meters of snow to find avalanche victims.

One of the biggest benefits of having the Recco system is that there is no activation required.  Because the reflector is passive, it doesn’t require the user to activate.  This also means that there are no batteries required.  Once purchased, the consumer does not have to do anything with the reflector, he or she only has to wear the product that it is integrated with.

We have some great products that have Recco integrated, including Arc’Teryx Women’s Moray Jacket, Kjus Men’s Slopes ‘n’ Ropes Jacket. Come by Good Sports to check these and more out.

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For when you need to keep your head warm out there, but you don’t want to be in those boring solid colors. Mental Gear offers some head wear that will keep your noggin toasty with a fleece lining on the inside.  However, the real feature on these pieces are the various craziness on the outside.

Whether your going for dreds, ‘fro, or some other kind of colorful ridiculoscity, Mental Gear has an offering for you.  Now one of the great things about this brand is that they don’t only offer head wear.  They also have some great helmet covers which provide the same degree of farcical nonsense.  This means that even those of you who would like to keep your brain contained within your skull can still look super fly out there on the slopes.

We’ve got some great styles to pick from at Good Sports, including those shown above! Stop by and see us so that you can view our entire offering!

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Skier’s Checklist

When it comes time to start getting everything together for a ski or snowboard trip, things can get a bit hectic.  This is especially true for first timers who need to be outfitted from the ground up.  This post is going to lay out a basic checklist, something to help you visually organize your thoughts as you prepare for your trip.

 

Skier’s Check List

Jacket– This is something that needs to be waterproof. You can go with either an insulated jacket with lighter mid layers or more of a shell system. A shell system will require more layering underneath but is more versatile for different climates.

Pants- Again needs to be waterproof.  Just like jackets you can do an insulated or shell system.  There are specific pants and jackets made for snow sports. While a rain jacket/pant will be waterproof, they will not be featured for snow sports.

Mid layer– This is for your top. You want to use a wicking product like fleece or wool. Whether it be 1/4-zip or full jacket, this layer provides some extra insulation to keep you warm.

Base layer– This means top and bottom.  This next to skin layer needs to wick well in order to keep you dry as well as provide warmth. Styles will differ depending on what kind of system or preference you have.  You can find these in wool and synthetics, relaxed and tight fit.

Gloves/Mittens- This needs to be waterproof and insulated.  Something actually made for the snow, not just a knit or fleece glove.  Mittens are warmer than a glove equivalent because your fingers are able to keep each other warm as well. Many people still prefer gloves because mittens will restrict movement of individual fingers.

Ski/Snowboard Socks- Something warm and wicking, just like your base layer.  This is next to skin as well. There are differences between snowboard and ski socks.  While ski socks are going to be padded at the shin, a snowboard sock will be padded all the way around.

Neck Gaitor/Scarf- This piece is invaluable when sitting on the lift waiting to head down the slopes.  When your not actively creating body heat, its very nice to be able to pull something up around your face and neck to keep warm.

Goggles– Goggles….not sunglasses! Goggles will surround your face, keeping wind and the glare from your eyes. Goggles also will have a strap that runs around your head, far more secure than sunglasses will be.

Helmet– Helmets are becoming the norm on the slopes.  At many mountains they are now being required for kids. It’s not just about running the harder slopes, you have to watch out for the other skiers down on the greens and bunny slopes.

Skin/Lip Care- Something to keep your skin and lips from getting chapped in the colder, dryer air.

After Ski Footwear– This too is waterproof and insulated.  Something to head into town or walk up to the lodge before switching to your clip in ski boots.  You don’t want to be walking around in ski boots all day.  Trust me, your feet will thank you for it.

Swim Suit- Everyone forgets about the hot tub back in the room.  But it’s there and oh so nice after a long day on the slopes.

Luggage- You will of course need something to pack all of this great gear in.  Keep in mind that winter gear is bulkier than lighter, summer wear.  Plan accordingly for the size of luggage you will be taking with you.

Everything on this list and more we have here at Good Sports.  Our staff is very knowledgeable about the products we carry and are well equipped to outfit you for your trip. When you stop in, don’t be afraid to ask questions, we want you to be prepared so that you enjoy yourself enough to make this a tradition.

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New to Oakley‘s line of snow goggles is the Airbrake.  This new sibling contains all the features you’ve come to expect out of the best of Oakley’s Snow Goggle line.  This means the lenses are treated to be anti-fog, a feature further enhanced by dual lenses.  Spherical lenses reduce light distortion.  This allows the wearer a clearer view of his or her surroundings.  And then of course is the main feature, Oakley’s new Switchlock Technology.  This is what allows the user to change lenses on the fly, switching from darker to lighter lenses as needed.  Whether you have a bluebird day or one overcast and snowing, the Airbrake comes equipped to handle it all.

Oakley uses a tri-density foam up against the face that optimizes fit as well as wicking capabilities.  This means that you can ski all day in the goggle without discomfort.  The goggles are also able to accommodate helmets, something that is becoming more and more common out on the slopes. Come try them on at Good Sports and you’ll see what all the hype is about for yourself.

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Giro Ski Helmets

Along with all the other winter gear we have rolling out onto our floor, there are also some great helmets by Giro. Helmets are becoming more and more common on the slopes and are now often required for kids.  Giro’s helmets are fully padded on the inside, which also doubles as an insulation factor.  This means you don’t have to worry about fitting another piece of headgear underneath for warmth. You’ll find a way to secure your goggles to the back of the helmet by means of a vertical snap, no more laying them out for a yard sale. The vents along the top keep the helmet breathable, allowing moisture to be moved away from your head. These helmets are sized, so make sure you stop in to Good Sports so that we can fit you properly and ensure your ski season is as safe as it will be fun.

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