Winter

Ski, snowboard, ice climb, snowshoeing… and anything else on ice and snow.

Lake Cycling Winter Biking Boots

Lake Cycling touts its new MXZ301 bike shoes as the "ultimate in cold weather cycling footwear." But these aren’t truly bike shoes. The MXZ301 model -- insulated leather high-tops with neoprene cuff closures -- are indeed full-on winter biking boots. Read More...

January 8, 2007

Winter Biking Tops

Riding a bike through cold, sleet and snow requires a litany of specialized equipment, not least the jacket and top you wear against the wind. Over the past two months, in temps ranging from 40 degrees down to near zero, I tested two new tops made to provide warmth, comfort, freedom of movement, and breathability while pedaling fast through cold weather. Read More...

January 8, 2007

Puffy Down Jackets

Before hip-hop stars started wearing them climbers, skiers and other hard cores depended on these quilted coats in the outdoors. Read More...

December 8, 2006

Best Merino Wool Base Layers

Just a couple years back, it was hard to find quality winter-weather base layers made of anything but polypropylene. But the tide has turned, and this year wool is the fabric of choice for more than a dozen outdoors apparel companies. Read More...

January 31, 2006

Cold-weather cycling jackets

Wintertime bike riding is not for the meek. Numb hands, slippery sidewalks and unplowed trails, windburn, road spray and endless dark evenings can make even the heartiest two-wheeler surrender to a stationary bike indoors at a health club. Read More...

January 31, 2006

Ice climbing equipment

The obscure, some would say insane, sport of climbing frozen waterfalls is not so obscure anymore. At least according to a new report compiled by the Outdoor Industry Association, a Boulder, Colo., organization that tracks outdoor-recreation trends. The Outdoor Recreation Participation Study, Seventh Edition, cites ice climbing as a sport that 1.1 million people tried last year in the United States alone. Read More...

December 31, 2005

Cold weather and Winter Cycling Apparel

Keeping toes warm and legs dry is a continual challenge for wintertime bike enthusiasts. Road spray on your seat, numb ankles exposed to cold wind, loose pant legs snagging in the chain -- all are annoyances and safety hazards on the snowy road or trail. Read More...

December 31, 2005

Volkl Supersport Superspeed & Tecnica Diablo Fire Reviews

This year, in preparation for an early-season ski trip, I decided to step into 2005 with some new, high-end alpine skis and boots. Both the Volkl Supersport Superspeed ski and Tecnica Diablo Fire boot came with high recommendations from my more in-the-know skiing friends. Both also have price tags that forced some high expectations on my end. Read More...

January 12, 2005

Ski Goggle Review – Julbo Excel & Zeal Detonator

Many a ski day was ruined during my younger years while wearing the wrong eyewear on the slopes. A procession of cheap sunglasses and second-hand goggles left me with foggy vision and wind-battered, teary eyes whenever the weather turned foul. Read More...

January 11, 2005

Yakima PowderHound SE ski rack

Most companies would celebrate a 25th anniversary with some cake and a few bottles of champagne. Yakima chose to commemorate its 25th year in the vehicle-rack business with a special-edition ski rack. Read More...

January 6, 2005

Indigo SlipNot ski poles

In steep backcountry terrain, ski poles must be absolutely solid and failsafe. A hop-turn above a cliff band, for example, is a tenuous move that depends almost as much on a stable pole plant as it does a good ski edge in the snow. Read More...

December 13, 2004

Kahtoola KTS crampons

Brian Cannon from Kahtoola Inc. touts his company's KTS crampons as being good for wintertime trail running or simply shoveling the snow off an icy sidewalk. Then, almost as an afterthought, he mentions the crampons have been used to climb Mt. Everest. Read More...

March 17, 2004

Cross Country ski gear – Fischer, Toko

It was to be my biggest ski year to date -- three weekend trips, a 51-kilometer race and tons of training. In preparation, I researched ski gear before the snow fell and picked up a new pair of sticks a week after Thanksgiving. Read More...

February 17, 2004

REI Winter Ridge Nordic Jacket

It's 10 AM on a Saturday morning in early December. My skis are on the snow, and it's time to get serious. The Birkebeiner, a 51-kilometer ski race held annually each February in northern Wisconsin, is looming on my calendar. Read More...

February 17, 2004
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