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CHILLAZ - SEARCH & RESPECT
Tyrol is mostly breathtaking mountains, spectacular climbing and fantastic skiing. Chillaz was born here, in Tyrol´s rock walls. Under these mountains we will always live and work, no matter how global the world goes: strong roots for healthy growth.
They said it was impossible. Not knowing that, we simply went out and did it.
A bunch of mountaineers set out to search for climbing clothes they are happy with even in the maddest, wildest moments out there. Not satisfied with what was available, we decided to create our own. Like a chef, we started experimenting, mixing only the best ingredients, put in all our experience and gallons of heart´s blood. And that’s what we still do, we keep testing ever new variations of top-notch fibers, to enter every season with superior fabrics and new, fresh designs. Giving you clothes you can rely on, even in your most ambitious projects.
Pushing your limits is important, but respecting them is healthy. We hold deep respect for the environment we live in and the people who are part of the Chillaz family. We thrive on integrity and transparency, building on a good portion of common sense rather than greenwashing campaigns. That means short distances and resource-efficient production, using mainly natural, sustainably produced fibers. Of course, that implies much extra costs and efforts. But we want to share the values we create with the world.
Dakine is for those who are inspired by nature and recognize the opportunity of every new swell, storm front and new dawn. Those who sign up and those who commit—for the ones who are always on the hunt for new experiences. We make gear that’s expertly built for people with a willingness to venture where they’ve never been and do what they’ve never done.
Review by Nick Meyers
These boots were made for walking....Nick's Crest Mid boots, post 200 miles.
The Crest Mid earned its keep in the Highlands of Virginia. I asked a lot, and they performed better than expected. I was most impressed with the grip that the tread provides on the rocky outcroppings that pass for a trail above the treeline (when it resembles more of a small cascading stream rather than a passable footpath).
The mud holes, graciously stomped into trails throughout the Grayson Highlands by generations of wild ponies, gave these boots a run for their money. The BDry layer keeps the feet dry after a quick submersion in shallow water, but continuous exposure to water is asking a bit much. I can’t complain because this is a sacrifice that allows for the lightweight flexibility and comfort that I prefer.
The mesh material along the outside of the shoe is reinforced in exactly the right places, brilliantly creating a hiking shoe that maintains a long distance hike without adding weight or sacrificing the benefits of a boot.
A hybrid of a boot and trail runner with the best of both worlds and with no break in period needed, the Crest Mid covers all bases. After 200 miles they aren’t showing any significant signs of wear whatsoever. This is the shoe I’ve been looking for.
By: Wil Barrett | June 1, 2017
Spotted during the opening day of the 2017 Fort William World Cup, we came across this bright blue Phoenix downhill race bike in the Pivot Cycles race pits and knew something was up. Despite being disguised with the same paint job and build kit as the rest of the Pivot Factory Racing Team bikes that are currently being ridden this weekend by the likes of Bernard Kerr and Emilie Siegenthaler, the big blue Phoenix appeared to be a little more rotund than usual.
Upon closer inspection, it turns out that this is indeed a 29in version of Pivot’s Phoenix carbon downhill bike – the first spotted in the wild.
In a trend that has accelerated rapidly in the first half of 2017, we’ve seen a rush of 29er prototype downhill bikes hit the race scene.
First there was the Santa Cruz V-10 29er, then we saw both Mondraker and Commencal bust out big wheels at the Fort William round of the British Downhill Race Series. And then just last week, Trek announced its new Session, which would be commercially available in a 29in version.
There’s loads of hubbub around 29in wheels in the race pits at the Fort William World Cup, with brands including Specialized and Bergamont having provided team riders with wagon wheeled prototypes to test out on the long, hard and rough Ben Nevis race track. But while Pivot is also hiding a 29er race bike, it turns out that neither Bernard Kerr or Emilie Siegenthaler will be racing it this weekend. Apparently the bike is so fresh that none of the team riders have had a chance to test it yet, and with so few spares available in terms of rims and forks, the team will hold off from racing it for the time being. Expect to see it on a race track very soon however…
The sleeping bag market is very competitive with offerings from almost every major outdoor manufacturer, along with a slew of small cottage companies as well. Nemo falls into the latter category and is known for its well-thought-out designs. Nemo’s latest sleeping bag — the Jam series for women and the Riff series for men — upholds this tradition by combining not one but two cutting edge designs into a single bag. These are the brand’s first sleeping bags to include Nemo’s patented Thermo Gills vents, which help reduce heat, and the company’s unique spoon-shaped cut, which provides extra elbow and knee room.
These features certainly sound great on paper, but how do they pan out in the backcountry? To give the Jam 30 a proper run for its money, we packed the thing along on a recent backpacking and hammock camping trip to find out.
Thermo Gills work better in theory
The Jam 30 incorporates Nemo’s innovative Thermo Gills technology which includes two small slits in the front of the bag. These slits are covered with fabric which allows warm air inside the bag to escape while preventing cold air from seeping in via a draft. The concept is elegantly simple — when it gets too hot, users simply open one of the slits to vent heat.
Adventure, passion, creativity, contribution, community, qualities inherent to the fiber and soul of NEMO Equipment. Watch and re-energize!
HOOD RIVER, Oregon (January 24, 2017) – Dakine is excited to announce the return of freeskier Sammy Carlson to its team of elite snow athletes. Raised in Hood River, Carlson has a long history with Dakine as a team rider and ambassador, and will continue his legacy with the brand through an accessories partnership beginning Winter 2018/19.
Newly awarded Skier of the Year for a second season by Freeskier Magazine and the winner of Best Male Performance, Best Powder, and Best Air titles at the recent 17th Annual Powder Awards, Carlson has been dominating the freeskiing scene since fellow athlete and friend, Eric Pollard, enticed him away from ski racing and into the terrain park over 14 years ago. As the first skier to successfully pull off a triple cork, Carlson continues to impress with his bevy of tricks, earning him 8 X-Games medals so far in his career.
“I’m stoked to be a part of the Dakine crew again and be riding such quality mitts and packs. Looking forward to helping to design some new accessories with Dakine in my backyard. Keep an eye out for my new Signature Series next season,” said Carlson.
"As with many riders of late, the allure of pack-free riding drew me in as the prospect of riding without one became easier. I crammed tubes, food, phone and tools into purpose-made base-layer vests, compartments on the bike and deep jersey pockets, and went into camel-mode to avoid carrying extra water. Boy, was it liberating.
Before long, though, I started developing anxiety about running out of water on rides without known refill stops. The weather is sunny and warm for most of the year in Southern California and our trails are dry and exposed, so the risk of dehydration is real; I realized that my self-imposed rationing was leaving me parched on rides longer than an hour or so.
Enter the Dakine Low Rider. Quickly jumping on the bandwagon to another re-emerging trend–the hip pack–I decided that maybe it wasn’t the pack I resisted so much, but where its weight was distributed on my body. With 5 liters of space, including a 2-liter hydration bladder, the Low Rider’s size and water capacity is ample for a multi-hour ride, and the hefty buckle and wide straps keep the load secure, even with the pack in its fullest state. When the Low Rider is stuffed, it definitely looks bulky, but it doesn’t shift excessively under movement. A mesh-and-foam panel adds comfort where the pack rests against one’s back, internal organizer pockets keep gear in place and the external compression straps provide space to stash a light rain jacket or extra layer. The design is slightly annoying in that you have to unhook the external straps to access the main zipper pouches, so if you do have a jacket stored on the outside, it takes some crafty hand movements to keep it in place while you dig around inside the pack."
- Nicole Formosa
"This is the year of the plus-size mountain bike. Case and point: fully half of our bikes for the 2017 summer Buyer’s Guide test are coming equipped with mid-fat wheels. Over a recent long weekend in Sedona, Arizona, I sampled five of the latest, and the Pivot Switchblade is the finest of the bunch.
I’ve been a plus-tire proponent since Surly unveiled the original Krampus, and I’ve been on 27+ since Rocky launched the Sherpa and Specialized shipped pre-production hoops and tires to try on their Enduro. By 2016, we had 10 plus-size models in our annual test. Which is to say, I have some experience on this wheel size.
The traction of the bigger tires is exceptional—like a true fat bike without all the weight. I love how hard I can lean into turns. Even if the tire cuts free, which is rare, I know it will catch long before I crash. And the cushy tires, combined with super-refined modern suspensions, makes for an extremely plush ride."
- Aaron Gulley
"Pivot Cycles has unveiled the company’s latest mountain bike: the 170mm-travel, 27.5” wheel, Firebird Carbon. The new model is pitched as an enduro bike, and while it boasts near-downhill bike geometry, it’s also endowed with 2x drivetrain compatibility, and—say Pivot representatives—good uphill manners as well. The Firebird Carbon lands in stores immediately.
This new Firebird uses a carbon-fiber frame—the previous Firebird was only offered in aluminum—and, like all Pivot bikes, the DW-Link rear-suspension design. Offered in four sizes, small to extra-large, the Firebird’s geometry follows today’s trends: short chain stays (430mm) a low bottom bracket (349mm), and a slack head angle (65 degrees).
The front-center is notably long as well; the Firebird’s press release boasts “some of the longest reach measurements in the sport.” A size medium’s reach measures 445mm (with an effective top tube length of 616mm), which is significantly longer than the 160mm Yeti SB6c(426mm), 165mm Santa Cruz Nomad (415mm), and the new 170mmSpecialized Enduro 27.5 (430mm), but about the same as a 160mm Giant Reign (444mm), and slightly shorter than a 160mm Canyon Strive Race(448mm)."
- Matt Phillips
Bozeman, MT — Jul 26, 2016
Tree-planting program benefits Trees for the Future
Oboz to host party to celebrate at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
Thursday, August 4th at 5:00 p.m. – Salt Palace Booth BR401
Oboz—the ‘True to the Trail’ outdoor footwear company—is excited to announce that it has helped plant over a million trees since 2008 with Trees for the Future, an international aid organization that plants trees to improve the lives and environment of communities in Sub Saharan Africa through beneficial tree planting.
To celebrate the million-tree milestone, Oboz is hosting a party for retailers and friends at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City:
When: Thursday, August 4th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Salt Palace Booth BR 401 – in the ballroom
What: beer and a free commemorative cup to first 100 people. Guests can also try out Oboz shoes and Oboz will plant a tree for every pair tried on.
“We reached this milestone thanks to the incredible trust and support from retailers that have helped Oboz thrive and grow since 2008,” said John Connelly, Oboz founder and President. “The fruit of our retail partnerships has benefited lives far away, through the work of Trees for the Future.”
Oboz initiated its ‘One More Tree’ program to benefit Trees for the Future from its first days in business in 2008. For every pair of shoes or boots Oboz sells through its retail partners, the company makes a donation directly to Trees for the Future, which does the dirty work of planting trees and much more; since 1989, the non-profit organization has planted over 100 million trees throughout regions of the world in most need.
Oboz also hosts One More Tree promotions with its retailers to brings Oboz’ tree-planting message directly to consumers and increase brand awareness. At a typical event, Oboz plants a tree for every pair of shoes that customers try on, or gives customers a locally appropriate tree seedling to plant at home or in their neighborhood.
Every year, Oboz informs retailers about the exact impact of their business with Oboz on Trees for the Future. Oboz gives selected retailers a ‘report card’ detailing the number of trees the retailer helped plant, as well as benefits of the programs operated by Trees for the Future.
Trees for the Future harnesses the restorative power of plants to provide communities with trees, seeds, tools and knowledge to ensure a sustainable future. The proof is in thestories of families that support themselves by growing timber, edibles and other products. Additionally, Trees for the Future’s work has repeatedly demonstrated the beneficial ability of trees to revitalize depleted and unproductive soil, reduce erosion, and provide shade, shelter and wind breaks.
According to Trees for the Future, just 4,000 trees, planted in a dense ‘forest garden’ alongside vegetables, can give a large family just about everything they need to thrive. Families can rely on these gardens for income, food to eat, stability from weather, pests and market fluctuations, feed for livestock, and fuel for cooking.
For more information on Trees for the Future, visit trees.org
Oboz (www.obozfootwear.com) creates ‘True to the Trail™’ outdoor footwear inspired by the wild environs surrounding the company’s Bozeman, Montana home. ‘The Oboz’ is a place for exploration, play and work, as well as a state of mind that has deep respect for the area’s rich natural heritage. Oboz shoes—which debuted in stores in 2008—are designed to have meaningful innovation, steadfast performance and recognizable quality and durability. Oboz plants a tree for every pair of shoes it sells through Trees for the Future (www.treesforthefuture.org), an international organization that improves livelihoods in communities around the world through beneficial tree planting.
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