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1. GoPro Hero 3 Black

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Michael has been wanting this camera because he can do all of his climbing and biking and YouTube them for the world to see. Instead of telling the sick lines he climbed yesterday, he can show them! GoPro just updated their Studio 2.0 program too! you can add the cool GoPro branding intro with the sound effects to all of your videos. Check it out here.

2. La Sportiva Mythos

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It’s the best fitting climbing shoes in my (and Michael’s too) opinion. It has an old-school lacing system that has been around for 30+ years thus making it actually old school. La Sportiva must be doing something right. Right? Vibram Rubber always adds value to a product. He has had his for to years and they are still kicking, or should he say… climbing.

3. Eagle Nest Outfitter’s Hammock Rasta

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Packable. Portable. Relaxation. The personalization of colors and accessories and bug shields. Just gotta have one. I mean who doesn’t like hammocks.If you get one, get the Atlas Straps too. You will be glad you did.

4. Altra Intuition 1.5 Orange

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Michael wears these everyday. I think that says enough, right?

5. Arc’Teryx Muira 35

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As a climber, Michael sees the practicality of this bag. Can’t blame him for choosing an Arc’teryx well… anything. Can’t ever go wrong with Arc’teryx. The bag opens up very nicely to have everything lain out in plain sight. AND! Wraps up very nicely too.

6.Suunto Ambit 2 Black/silver

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This is the sickest watch that Suunto carries. Who wouldn’t want this watch? The Ambit2 has upgrade-ability. You can buy a heart rate monitor separately that will allow you to monitor your heart rate zones. Along with the basic standards that come with from Suunto watches, you will have built in GPS in the watch.

7. Black Diamond Icon Headlamp

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Multiple settings allow for dim lighting and even red lights for the situations that you want to remain low-profile. The Icon flashes out 200 lumens to keep your spelunking lit up.

8. Patagonia Classic Retro-X Sweater

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The woolie mammoth sweater! Someone could mistake you as a yeti snow monster of some sorts but you will look good doing it! The retro patterns are coming back as Patagonia is pushing old school patterns across this season’s line of apparel.

9. Metolius Simulator 3D board

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A place to Practice at home. This is a trainer board that you can work finger strength with a range of shallow and deep pockets. Work on crimp and open hand strengthening. It comes with a manual to demonstrate how to work out on the board. Here‘s an example of how you can workout on the board if you want to see how good of a tool this can be for your climbing. The board is a simple at home tool to use to, when your bored (or should I say board. HA!), start getting as strong as this guy, Jan Hojer. I dare you.

10. Black Diamond Crag Hoody

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It is a slim fitting rock culture inspired jacket.

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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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Arc’teryx is hands down the go-to for the highest quality technical gear. If you are buying something Arc’teryx, you are buying the forefront in heavily tested, thought out and practical purposeful apparel. Arc’teryx wins first place in high quality technical garments in my book. No doubt.

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Phase AR fabrics are not worth the $75.00! Why would I pay so much for a base layer?

When you are looking for a base-layer that can deal with cold temperatures and warm weather conditions at the same time, this is the perfect base-layer. It will be a multi-season  layer that can be used more frequently than on ski trips. It will be cooling you there on a summer hike, but keeping you warm on a winter pow day. That’s why.

The Phase AR fabric is also woven with hydrophobic yarns.  Arc’teryx has taken moisture wicking yarns, similar to under armor fabric, and combined it with these hydrophobic yarns. The Arc’teryx Phase AR fabric will not allow water to hold. It wicks moisture off of your skin faster than a ninja swipe at night. This means that in warm weather when you are working your body at high levels, it maintains temperature absurdly well by moving moisture off your skin and onto the garment. The act of moving moisture cools. You stay cool. That is simple science.

Seen in the red fibers below is a representation of hydrophobic fibers. The grey tubes are the synthetic moisture wicking fabrics. This .gif file represents the process of how moisture is releasing from the garment. Starting from the active stage, secondly to the dispersion stage, and lastly with the evaporation stage. phasic-technology

Having hydrophobic fibers dramatically increases the dispersion rate of moisture. As seen in the picture below, you can visualize water dispersing over the fabric much faster than other brand’s fabrics. This creates higher surface area for the moisture to be wicked away much more rapidly.

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At the same time, removing moisture keeps you warm because that moisture isn’t getting rapidly colder in a cold climate. So when you’re in cold climates this layer will keep you dry and warm. The moisture will not  build up and turn sweat into frozen icicles. If you have worn cotton and gotten it wet when skiing or simply in a cold winter, you already understand that remaining wet is very unpleasant. Stay dry and warm in the best of base layers with Arc’teryx’s Phasic layers. It makes a BIG difference.

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Arc’Teryx has become synonymous with quality when it comes to outdoor gear. Their Alpha SV is no exception. This particular rain jacket is made with some of Arc’Teryx’s toughest hard shell material. Made to withstand the toughest of climates, the Alpha SV is also backed with Gore-Tex Pro Shell. Arc’Teryx keeps fit and function in mind with all of the pieces they create. With an angel-wing span and articulated elbows, the jacket does not impede movement. In order to keep the jacket from having excess material, the jacket features water resistant zippers rather than covering them over with extra flaps.

The Alpha SV is available today at Good Sports, De Zavala location.

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Oh Arc’Teryx, how we love thee! Your R320 Harness is the perfect versatile harness for traditional and sport climbers alike. Warp Strength Technology combined with seamless construction allows for a ultra comfy ride. The self-locking buckle, drop seat and 4 gear loops all keep track of the wear and tear with markers on the belay loop and tie in points. Forgot to mention, it all packs into a mesh bag the size of a small NERF football.

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