The Jeep Cherokee was one of Jeep’s true icons back in its heyday and arguably the originator of modern SUV design. Jeep canceled the model back in 2001, replacing it with the Liberty. While the Liberty has had its fans, it never quite reached the legend status of the Cherokee.
A few years ago, you’d have had to search to find an avalanche airbag – or anyone using one – in North America. Now, it seems every major backpack and backcountry ski safety manufacturer has one, if not a few…Bergans, Dakine, Mammut, The North Face, and on and on. Ortovox feels its pack is special, and industry folks seem to agree, rewarding the German outfit with an ISPO Award for the M.A.S.S. design.
The Brunton Icons are solid. Though nothing is truly unbreakable, these are as close as it comes. They’re nitrogen filled, shock resistant, fog resistant, and water resistant. Their magnesium alloy frames are super strong and pretty much rock. The Brunton Icon’s durability is what lets you take this pair of binoculars into those situations that you really want to take them into in the first place. These are the binoculars for hunting and other outdoor adventures.
For years, snowboarders have been at the mercy of the resort when it comes to fixing and fine-tuning gear. Fix-up benches have become commonplace, but they were once few and far between. And while there have always been plenty of pocket-sized multi-tools on the market, there aren’t many designed around the specific hardware needed for riding.
At first glance, the Mad River Serenade 13 doesn’t look much different from your run-of-the-mill canoe. It has the same shape of hull and gunwales and an open seating design. However, the unique single person seating system is reminiscent of kayaks and makes taking the Serenade out on the water alone a breeze. The seating system’s focus is definitely on comfort and ease-of-use.
The Dynafit Beast Bindings are aimed at skiers who like to launch off stuff, bomb hills, and get wild. Like most other alpine bindings, the Beast’s toe piece rotates slightly affording you a bit of relief after a high-intensity vertical impact but without releasing you. It offers only the very best in the way of vertical elasticity and energy absorption.
With the help of a GPS tracking system and a waterproof armband, the camera actually follows you around on the water, the mountain, the skatepark, whatever.
Sometimes you need a face mask, and sometimes you don’t. It’s not always that easy to tell which will be the case when you set out for a day of skiing or snowboarding. I used to use a face mask and found it a bit annoying to carry around because I only ended up wearing it one day every season or two. Eventually, I realized the face mask was essentially an unnecessary lump in my pants pocket, so I stopped carrying it around altogether.
Ever stop to count the number of flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, mini-LEDs, etc. that you have strewn about your garage, den, closets and deck? For many outdoor lovers, the number probably extends deep into the double digits. If you’re going to add a new light to that surplus, it had better do something special. Better yet, it had better do several special somethings.
It’s not hard to find a quality hotel in the City of Angles but it can be hard to find one with all of the charm and quirk of a high-class country cottage. That is exactly where the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel comes in.