2020 SKI Magazine Editors' Choice – SCOTT Vapor & Symbol 2 Plus D

SKI Magazine editors used, abused, and reviewed a lot of gear this season. Here’s what stood out on a trip to Sun Valley.
By: SKI Magazine Editors Dec 13, 2019

Every season, SKI’s editors take a break from their desks to practice what they preach—skiing. Our annual Editor’s Choice trip is an opportunity for our staff to put boots on the ground and do some in-depth gear testing, as well as preview new and exciting things that are happening at ski resorts around the world. These trips have taken our staff to some pretty far-flung places, including Chile and Japan, but this year we headed somewhere closer to home: Sun Valley, Idaho.

Why Sun Valley? Because it’s got everything, from classic resort slopes ideal for testing carving skis to accessible backcountry that beckons to powder hounds and ski tourers alike. We did our best to sample a little bit of everything Sun Valley and Ketchum have to offer and put a plethora of new gear through the wringer in the process. Here are our editors’ favorite pieces of gear of the season.

SCOTT Vapor Goggle With Amplifier Lens Technology

The best type of ski goggle is the kind you don’t notice wearing: no fog, no glare or visual distortion, and the world only seems less clear when the goggles come off—not while wearing them. The new Scott Vapor is this type of goggle, and it’s comfortable on the face to boot. $120

SCOTT Symbol 2 Plus D Helmet

The Symbol 2 Plus D helmet’s industry-leading RAS Fit System and integrated MIPS means it sits exactly where it needs to be when buckled up, and an intuitive ventilation system makes it easy to cool off—or warm up—without having to remove gloves. $220

For the full list check out: SKI Magazine 2020 Editors Choice

GoPro: Best of 2019 – Year in Review

Just when we thought smooth couldn’t could get any smoother, 2019 came around. And along with it, came the HERO8 Black and MAX.

Celebrate with us as we look back on our best moments of 2019.

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GoPro: Getting the Shot – B.C. Backcountry in 4K

Shred alongside the GoPro Snow Team and CMH Heli as they take us down the powdery slopes of British Columbia.

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Special Thanks @Spencer Whiting

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Yakima Acquires Road Shower

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., December 5th, 2019 – Yakima, a pioneer in recreational cargo management solutions and outdoor specialty products, announced today that it has completed an asset acquisition of Road Shower, the leading on‐vehicle outdoor recreation water transport system. Through the acquisition, Yakima will take ownership of Road Shower’s intellectual property and existing inventory as it works to transition production to its own facilities.

“We are thrilled to add Road Shower’s proven products to our ever‐growing portfolio of industry‐ leading racks, cargo boxes, and outdoor specialty equipment,” said Yakima CEO Ryan Martin. “Road Shower is a natural fit for us in that it fulfills specific needs for a wide range of Yakima customers and facilitates greater enjoyment of the outdoors.”

Following on the heels of the launch or expansion of several key categories for Yakima—including Truck, Basecamp, and Sportsman—Road Shower offers utility and versatility to adventure campers, anglers, surfers, bikers, kayakers, and anyone who wants to keep their gear, their vehicles, and themselves clean while out in the wild.

“After four years of exploring options with Yakima, I couldn’t be happier to hand the Road Shower reigns to such a forward‐thinking, innovative group of people,” said Road Shower founder Joel Cotton. “I take comfort in knowing that the products I put so much into developing and bringing to market are now in such capable hands.”

Cotton began work on the first‐generation Road Shower in 2007 after a frustrating experience trying to clean up with a solar shower after a long day of riding Utah’s White Rim Trail. In fact, Cotton mounted his very first Road Shower to a Yakima bike rack for transport. Fast forward 12 years and Road Shower is now in its fourth iteration, available in 4‐, 7‐, and 10‐gallon capacities.

“One of the things that drew us to Road Shower, aside from its quality, is the entrepreneurial spirit that went into its development,” said Jonny Wood, Yakima Product Manager, Automotive & Expansions. “Yakima came from humble beginnings, too, founded in a Yakima Valley machine shop some 40 years ago. We’re big fans of Joel and his vision and are excited to continue his great work.”

Road Shower will be available for purchase at Yakima.com beginning December 12th.

To learn more about this newest addition to Yakima’s product offerings, please visit Yakima.com/roadshower.

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Available in 4, 7 & 10-gallon sizes.
  • The Patented Design is built strong with welded aluminum construction and durable powder coat finish.
  • Brass water connection fittings.
  • Large top-cap allows for easy filling.
  • Pressurize the tank through the Schrader air valve or a garden hose.
  • Pressurize with hand or electric pump – Built in pressure relief valve safely and automatically tops out at 65 psi (max).
  • Included garden hose adapter harnesses the pressure of your home water spout and fills and pressurizes at the same time.
  • Includes a stick-on thermometer strip for the outside of the tank.
  • Includes two outlet water ports, one on each end, for convenient water access.
  • Included Hose Lengths: Small and Medium 55”, Large 81”.
  • Integrated lock loops allow you to lock RoadShower to your roof rack.
  • Stainless steel universal mounting hardware fits all Yakima® crossbars and most other roof racks.
  • 1-year Limited Warranty.
  • RoadShower SM with 4 gallons of water – 53 lbs.
  • RoadShower MD with 7 gallons of water – 84 lbs.
  • RoadShower LG with 10 gallons of water – 120 lbs.

Rack It Up: Yakima Shows Up with Latest Products for Adventure-Seekers

From TractionLife.com By Graham Heeps

Yakima’s Ford Ranger project truck for the 2019 SEMA Show had the LockNLoad platform rack and HangOver bike rack. Photo: Graham Heeps

Few More Reasons To Hit The Outdoors

Yakima brought a bunch of new gear transport solutions to the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas. 

In the spring of 2019, the Portland, Oregon based company introduced a range of truck racks that have proved to be a huge hit with pickup owners. All three are designed for use with the company’s new HD bars.

The racks are available in three heights. Bedrock HD mounts flush to the top of the bed – ideal for transporting bikes, cargo boxes or a rooftop tent, with up to 300 lb on-road carrying capacity.

The fixed-position, mid-height Outpost HD is great for overlanding, when you want to keep a lower centre of gravity, but still want to carry up to 300 lb of gear – or up to 500 lb on-road.

OverHaul HD for the pickup fans

OverHaul HD truck racks are height-adjustable.

The third option, OverHaul HD, carries as much as Outpost but is fully adjustable to support loads up to and beyond the cab height. Yakima says that multiple tie-down points and the ability to fit most truck beds – plus compatibility with Retrax XR tonneau covers – contribute to Overhaul’s outstanding functionality.

And as with Bedrock and Outpost, once the bases are fixed in place, the rack can be unlocked and removed when not required, without needing to reattach the bases for every use.

The versatility of the LockNLoad Platform

The LockNLoad platform rack can be customized with all manner of accessories.
Photo: Graham Heeps

Another star of the SEMA booth was the LockNLoad platform rack we featured here, which was introduced in late-September after a couple of years in development with Yakima’s team in Australia.

Tested on backroads in the Outback, the low-profile rack is said to major on versatility and comes in six sizes to suit all types of vehicles, from a Subaru Crosstrek to a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. 

Yakima’s familiar T-slots – in the frame and in the slats – make it easy to install accessories like a perimeter rail kit, spare wheel holder or light bar brackets, or the platform can be customized with a kayak or bike rack.

Yakima’s new GrandTour Cargo Boxes adds new streamlined products to the lineup

Sleek and modern, the GrandTour is a premium addition to Yakim’s Cargo Box Collection.

Finally, Yakima provided a sneak peek of the new line of GrandTour Cargo Boxes, which will be available from February 2020. Featuring a sleeker, more streamlined design, they’ll be available in 16 and 18-cu.ft. capacities. There’s dual-sided opening for easy access and a torque-limiting wrench to avoid stripping the fixings during installation.

Hit up Yakima’s website to learn more.

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Mountain Weekly News – Best Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners

ByMarissa Iamartino From: Mountain Weekly News

Check out our picks for the best fly fishing gear that any new fisherman and experienced anglers alike will appreciate.

Bridgedale Merino Socks – ($24.95)

Bridgedale’s Midweight Boot Merino Performance socks are one of the most durable and comfortable options on the market. Ideal for long or multi-day excursions, these socks have a blend of new wool, merino wool, and three other fabrics that are specifically designed for padding, moisture-wicking, and resilience. They protect ankles from blistering, and even when wet, they hold their shape and bounce-back to dryness quickly. Best of all, the socks always return to their original size after every wash.

For the full list of 20 Best Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners click HERE

GoPro HERO8 Black – Mods

HERO8 Black builds upon the success of its predecessor and brings unparalleled performance to the HERO line. HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilization delivers dramatically improved pitch-axis stabilization and now supports all frame rates and resolutions. Mind-melding TimeWarp 2.0 auto adjusts to your speed and can be slowed to real time with a tap. The revamped SuperPhoto feature delivers ghost-free HDR action photos, and all-new LiveBurst captures 1.5 seconds of 12MP (4K 4:3) footage before and after the shutter. And if you need to hear it to believe it, HERO8 Black’s new wind-optimized front-facing mic and high-fidelity audio improvements will certainly do the trick.

Plus, new digital lenses help to set up the shot like a pro every time with one of four options—ranging from GoPro’s patented SuperView to zero-distortion linear—and customizable capture presets provide quick access to settings for any activity. All of this is housed in a streamlined, frameless design with folding mounting fingers.

HERO8 Black can also be transformed into a vlogging or production powerhouse with GoPro’s new modular accessory ecosystem. The Mods enable on-demand expansion of HERO8 Black’s capabilities without sacrificing the signature compact, ruggedness of the HERO camera design.   

Media Mod: The $79.99 Media Mod delivers shotgun-mic directional audio performance and features two cold shoe mounts for additional accessories along with Type-C, HDMI and 3.5mm external mic adapter ports. 

Display Mod: The $79.99 Display Mod is a folding front- or rear-facing 1.90-inch display that attaches to the top of the Media Mod. It’s the perfect size for both framing up vlogging shots and folding down and out of the way when not in use.

Light Mod: Waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), wearable and gear-mountable, the $49.99 Light Mod is the world’s most versatile light. The Light Mod is ready to brighten any scene, whether mounted to the Media Mod or attached to a GoPro mount, it’s rechargeable, and it comes complete with a diffuser to soften lighting when filming with HERO8 Black.

*Mods available in December