As winter backcountry terrain becomes more accessible and touring technology improves, more women are taking command of their ability to venture beyond the gates on their own. Smart, ambitious and passionate about the mountains...
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The Northwest mountain bike community has a kind of magic to it: a little something that tags along in the hearts of the people who make it up, mingling out on the trails and flickering through groups of ride friends. But Monday night in the dingy hall of a dive bar up in Seattle’s eclectic Capitol Hill district that magic was tangible, and it was golden.
Bryce Phillips is easily one of the most influential figures in the Northwest snow-riding scene. Founder of Seattle’s evo ski and snowboard shop and online retailer, he’s played a vital role in fostering a vibrant snow-sports community, cultivated largely through his entrepreneurial spirit, core company values and passionate staff. Read more
How do you celebrate your 10th anniversary when you’re the premier ski and snowboard shop in Seattle and, thus, the anchor of the local snow-riding community in a city where worshiping winter is more a lifestyle than a sport?
You throw a party for the ages and honor your guests by ushering them into the center of that pulse. Via a red carpet.
The question really wasn’t whether I’d get a pair of Smiths for this season’s mtb goggles. (I rock their Phenoms snowboarding.) But Smith’s mtb goggle line offers the same goggle in several designs tweaked for specific priorities for different conditions: combating light; or sweat-reduction, etc. So, which ones?
I picked up the Fuel V.2 Sweat-X. For $65, it combines several elements to create an across-the-board great goggle—with the sealing factor for me: the “Ergonomic Outrigger Positioning System” that ensures “the perfect fit in a wide range of helmet face ports.” Safe bet, right?
When Vans dropped the mens Gravel, a sticky-soled, flat-pedal shoe, on the mtb scene for this season, I hoped—prayed—that it’d be a successful design. The old-school look of the Gravel caters to those of us who dig Vans’ classics—and don’t want to flaunt the more flamboyant mtb shoes out there.
So, after review, did they turn out to be a high-performing piece of gear cloaked in style? I.e. how well did they stack up against the market-leading 5.10s?
Let’s answer the pressing question first…: