Outside Inside with GSI Outdoor – Fun for the Whole Family

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Outside Inside Family Fun? Yes, Please!

GSI has a more fun side in it’s Outside Inside lines. You can find anything from ornaments to present decoration and (our favorite) outdoor games. Outside Inside provided us with three great items for the any camping trip:

  • Backpack Mancala Game
  • Freestyle Lawn Darts
  • Freestlye Dome Ladder Ball/Cornhole

Backpack Mancala Game

This incredibly lightweight Backpack Mancala Game game is so much fun to play. Even the littlest kids can play alone or alongside.

Folded, the Backpack Mancala from Outside Inside is just under 7 inches long and weighs in at just 5 oz.

GSI Outdoors – Backpack Mancala
  • Travel Mancala.
  • Two Player Game.
  • Includes: 48 Bead Marbles, Instructions And Travel Bag.
  • Dimensions Folded: 6.75″ x 4″ x 1.25″.
  • Dimensions Open: 14″ x 4″ x 1.25″.

Unfolded, the games exposes 12 small bowls and 2 large bowls on the end. Included are the tiny Mancala seeds traditionally used in Africa. The Outside Inside version has plastic seeds that are a brilliant orange.

Truthfully, we started with 48 beads from the set and within the first game we lost 5 of them.

They’re quite small and hard to handle. Nonetheless, small pebbles from the mountain filled in the missing pieces and we continued to play all weekend.

This set now has a place in my car at all times. It is light enough to travel with, or, if you have little ones like we do, it makes for the perfect restaurant game.

It cleans up easily and the travel bag makes it a cinch to keep together. We have used in on the sand, mountains, picnic tables, etc and it still looks new.

At about $20 the price point is perfect for the avid hiking family or couple. Makes for a great gift anytime of year.

Freestyle Lawn Darts

Now here is a game everyone in the family can participate in! A great gift for the College kid, active family our outdoor enthusiast.

We have played the Freestyle Lawn Darts out in the grass, on a mountain, sand, snow and indoors on the carpet when the weather is poor.

It takes just one minute to set up the game and the fun can begin.

Outside Inside has made well constructed rope rings and plastic tipped darts allow for easy play without damage to your surroundings.

Weighing in at about 7 ounces, Freestyle Lawn Darts can easily be strapped to your backpack and used at the summit for some R&R.

There are a couple ways to play but in our house, we like to set up the rings touching side by side and each time the dart makes it into the ring you must take one step back. Those little darts are pretty dang accurate from a distance.

Clean up in a snap and the purse-string, non-tear bag makes for easy transportation. Sitting at about $20, this game will last with you for a long time.

Freestyle Dome Ladder Ball/Cornhole

Definitely the largest and most versatile of the games we have from Outside Inside. Easy to setup (just two small tent poles), portable and freestanding.

Two games can be played at the same time, Ladderball and Cornhole. Or! Most noteworthy, it also works as a makeshift fort especially while the tents are being raised and broken down.

Outside Inside Backpack Dome Ladderball/Cornhole

  • Shock Corded Fiberglass Poles.
  • 6 Bolos For Ladder Ball And Cornhole.
  • Game Dimensions: 39″ x 39″ x 39″.
  • Packaged Dimensions: 22″ x 6″ x 4″.

Still lightweight, the Freestyle Dome Ladderball/ Cornhole can easily be added to your backpack or car camping equipment and taken back country.

This would also be a perfect addition to any family reunion or wedding where you need to entertain the children.

We should also mention how child proof this is! Our two boys put the Freestyle Dome to the test with their rough play. Boys will be boys, right?

Outside Inside is a company we are always looking forward to working with. Their products are well made, and ensures your family will enjoy getting outside, or inside, no matter your destination.

Outside Inside can be found at your local GSI Outdoors dealer.

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SCOTT S1 Carbon Ski Boot

SCOTT S1 – A Game-Changer

The S1 Carbon is a game-changer in the free-touring market. Designed for the distinct demands of the modern skier, the S1 Carbon offers touring capability and comfort without sacrificing powerful, confidence-inspiring downhill performance. A unique and innovative ski/walk-mechanism, carbon inserts and strong rivets allow for a new level of stiffness. Bringing this mechanism – we call it the Power Bridge – to the front of the boot, we reached a huge range of movement.

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GoPro: Chris Davenport and an Alaskan Mountain Ski Adventure

The 400 mile-long Alaska Mountain Range is vast and full of beauty. Chris Davenport, Michelle Parker and friends catch a lift with Talkeetna Air Taxi and make the mountains their home for a few days of snow camping, ski touring, and exploration amongst the majestic Kichatna Spires.

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What to pack in your Camelbak : w/ Rebecca Rusch

 

Learn what Rebecca brings with her on every ride. Be prepared! What are the deal breakers? Things to keep your body and bike functioning. Links for all of the items below.

REBECCA’S SURVIVAL KIT

  • Camelbak Rogue Pack

BODY FUNCTIONING

  • GU Roctane- Sea Salt Chocolate
  • GU Chews
  • Electrolyte tablets- for cramping, electrolytes and a little ginger to help your stomach
  • Stroopwafel
  • Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight and Waterlight .7 Kit
  • ASSOS Ultra Light Rain Jacket
  • Sea to Summit Sea Ultraist Dry Sack
  • Beyond Coastal Sunscreen Stick

BIKE FUNCTIONING

  • SRAM Rockshox Shock Pump
  • Crankbrothers Sterling S Tire Pump
  • Crankbrothers CO2 inflator & cartridges
  • Maxxis tire tube with correct value stem length
  • Maxxis Tire lever
  • SRAM Eagle Derailleur Hanger (one specific for your bike)
  • SRAM Eagle Powerlock Chain Connector (quick link specific for your chain)
  • SRAM disk brake pads
  • Extra Crankbrothers Bike Cleats (multi-day events)
  • WD-40 Bike chain lube
  • Crankbrothers m19 bike tool with chain breaker
  • Genuine Innovations Tire Rope Plugs for sidewall tear
  • Duct tape
  • Tire boot (or use a GU wrapper)

EXTRAS AND REBA’S SPECIAL TIPS

  • Surgical gloves
  • Shower cap
  • Two zip lock bags (for feet)
  • Thin rain jacket

GOPRO BONUS

Did you catch Rebecca’s dog trouncing around with a HERO5 Session and Fetch Dog Mount? Rebecca’s HERO5 Session is mounted with a Helmet Front and Side Mount.

 

Yakima FatCat EVO

Need a last minute gift idea for the adventurer in your life? How about a brand new ski and snowboard mount? The FatCat EVO is perfect!

YAKIMA FatCat EVO 4 and 6

The FatCat Evo 4 and 6 add more than 4 inches of extra space to accommodate wider all-terrain skis and snowboards. The racks hold four skis/two snowboards and six skis/four snowboards respectively.

FATCAT 6 EVO

The FatCat EVO is Yakima’s sleekest, quietest, and sweetest ski & snowboard mount. It is wide enough to carry six pairs of powder skis – up to 136mm at the tip – or four snowboards. FatCat EVO mounts tool-free on virtually any roof rack. The HangOver™ clamp attachment point makes it easier to reach your skis or boards. SKS locks are built in for added security, and the mirror black finish looks awesome on your roof. For T-Slot crossbars, add the SmarT-Slot Kit 2 for a super sleek setup (sold separately).

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Easily carries six pair of skis – up to 136 mm wide at the tip – or four snowboards
  • Aerodynamic design delivers a quiet ride and streamlined good looks
  • Universal mounting system works with round, square, factory, and most aerodynamic roof racks
  • Integrated SkiLift provides clearance for tall bindings
  • DoubleJoint™ hinge expands for easy use with thick skis and boards
  • HangOver™ clamp-mounting position shifts the mount further out on your vehicle’s roof rack allowing easier access to skis and snowboards and leaving more room for other gear
    • (A) Standard mounting location
    • (B) HangOver™ clamp-mounting position
  • Large button makes it easy to open with gloves or mittens on
  • Sleek mirror black finish looks great on your roof
  • Integrated SKS (Same Key System) locks included
  • Compatible with T-slot crossbars – just add our SmarT-Slot Kit 2 (sold separately)
  • FatCat Evo 4 ($229)
  • FatCat Evo 6 ($279)

Smart-Slot Kit 2

Go super sleek with this low-profile conversion kit that lets you mount your FatCat or FatCat EVO to T-slotted crossbars, such as our JetStream bars.

Backpacker – The Best Gifts For Hikers of 2017 – Bridgedale Vertige Light

Searching for the perfect present? We did the work for you. Presenting our picks for the best gifts for hikers that money can buy, arranged by price.
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Vertige Light:

Lightweight, over the calf MerinoFusion™ ski sock featuring Men’s Precision Fit System incorporating LYCRA® throughout for a supportive, wrinkle free fit. Tactel® shin pad for reduced friction plus micro-terry underfoot pads.

Description:

For technical piste or powder skiing the Vertige Light is the ideal sock choice. A lightweight construction with targeted padding in key areas ensures comfort all day without compromising the performance of modern ski and board footwear. As at home on technical piste, the powder of the backcountry or ski touring in the mountains the Vertige light is the perfect performance ski sock for accomplished enthusiasts looking to push their winter adventures to new places.

Fiber Content:

  • 20% Merino Wool
  • 20% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 51% Nylon/Polyamide
  • 7% Tactel/Nylon
  • 2% LYCRA®/Elastane

CamelBak Phantom LR 24 – Ski and Snow Pack

@n8greenberg spending his share in the BC backcountry. Photo @ken_etzel

It’s not just the weight of your pack—it’s how you carry it. The Phantom 24 LR™ features a Crux lumbar reservoir that keeps water weight low and close to your back. That means more stability and a smoother ride through changing snow conditions and rough, moguled terrain—all in a pack that offers 3 liters of hydration and an insulated drink tube that won’t freeze in chilly weather.

It’s not just the weight of your pack—it’s how you carry it.

This year, CamelBak has updated the pack with more storage capacity and a new Crux reservoir that delivers 20% more water with every sip. When you’re loading up for a full day on the mountain, the Phantom is designed to easily carry your skis or snowboard, helmet, shovel and goggles (the pack includes a fleece-lined pocket to keep them from getting scratched). There’s also a separate compartment for storing your wet gear, and dedicated gear pockets that keep your avalanche tools organized and accessible. The load-bearing waist belt features extra storage pockets for keeping your essentials close at hand, and the Phantom’s extra-large zipper pulls make it easy to open the pack when your gloves are on.

FEATURES

CamelBak’s @n8greenberg in the winter wonderland of Fairy Meadows. Let’s hope this winter is just as epic. Photo: @ken_etzel #earnyourturns

  • The brand new Crux Reservoir delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easier refilling, and an on/off lever that makes it easy to prevent leaks.
  • Snowshed Back Panel: Back panel repels snow and keeps it from sticking to your pack
  • Therminator Harness: Drinking tube zips into an insulated sleeve in the shoulder strap to protect your water supply from the elements.
  • A-Frame & Diagonal Ski Carry: External straps give you multiple options for carrying skis
  • Vertical Snowboard Carry: External straps let you carry a snowboard vertically
  • Ski Helmet: Helmet hooks make it easy to carry a ski helmet on the back of your pack
  • Avy Gear Organization: Includes storage compartments designed specifically for avalanche gear
  • Load-bearing hip belt stabilizes your load and features cargo pockets to keep essentials within easy reach
  • Secure zippered pocket keeps your smartphone in easy reach
  • Large zipper tabs are easy to grab while wearing gloves

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