Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody and Patagonia Merino Wool

All Fall 2012 including reviewed pieces on sale now (up to 60% off) at

Blaze orange and loving it. While this jacket is specifically made for ice climbers, I have found it to be a fantastic jacket to layer underneath as needed for dropping temperatures and at the same time a great shell in virtually every season.

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What I love about this piece:

The hybrid soft shell material and Patagonia H2No® Performance 3-layer nylon ripstop fabric with a waterproof, breathable barrier, bright color, lightweight, and range of use and range of temperatures. The soft-shell areas are made of highly breathable, wind resistant Polartec® Power Shield® keeping you cool at all times.

The hood itself is large enough to slide over a ski helmet as needed and the draw cords are well done.  the best thing about the hood is your vision is not impacted in the slightest. It moves with your moves…a rare but stellar attribute in a hood. A great pick up for year round utility.

What to wear under this shell? Fear not Patagonia has an impressive lineup of Merino Wool to keep you regulated no matter your activity.

Here is my go to baselayer on a cold day: Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Zip-Neck Shirt – Wool…great for any multi sport activity of just under a sweater at the office.

Merino 2Pataagonia Merino 3 MidWeight Zip Neck

Patagonia Merino 2 Lightweight Crew Shirt – Wool…another excellent base layer that is great to wear alone next to your skin. Patagonia Merino 1 SW Crew – Long-Sleeve – a wonderful lightweight merino shirt that welcomes any training session.

While Patagonia has become a leading outdoor brand they have also become a leader in world wide conservation efforts. The companies commitment to sustainability is not only window dressing but common practice for employees and devout followers of the brand. This is demonstrated by the Uncommon Threads Initiative  partnership with eBay to make buying their brand more sustainable. Have you taken the pledge yet? 

Après Ski Themed Party: Kick off the Winter Season with Ibex

Please join me in celebrating the coming of Winter Thursday, December 2nd at the Ibex Flagship store, 303 Newbury Street. Be there for your chance to win a weekend for two at Stowe or score the $500 Ibex gear upgrade. Local beer and wine to be served along with American Flatbread Pizza bringing their tastiness down from VT.  Great opportunity to pick up a holiday gift that will be around for many more holiday seasons. Ibex is generously offering 20% off the entire store which includes merino wool and organic cotton product lines from 5-8pm.

Boston Ski and Snow Expo

I went to check out the Boston Ski and Snow Expo more to get excited about the upcoming season than anything else. There were some solid deals on models from last season and the best deal I did see was on a pair of LINE Prophets for just under $400….which seems to be the ultimate East Coast one ski quiver for all mountain ski anything ski.

The downside of buying at such an event is that the Ski Reps are planted in front of all sale ski’s protecting them from the masses as opposed to actually selling. I can bet you that if one these guys engaged me in the slightest I would have been justifying another pair for the quiver. However, the reps working the booths set up with the new lines were great to talk to about the their new ski’s.  The Volkl lineup looked great with the return of the twin tipped, rocker Gotma, the Mantra and a new offering, the Volkl Kendo, that has the same dimensions as the Mantra except a little bit narrower underfoot at 88mm. Too bad Made in the USA upstarts like Icelantic weren’t there showing off their amazing ski’s. I’m all about Icelantic and just placed another order with them last week…can’t wait for their arrival!

This is not the place for a crazy deal on a new pair of boards but more to see what is new for this year. Think wider and more rocker tip then ever. Some of the best new boards were clearly made for those that are lucky enough to spend a majority of their days in the true powder….out West or up at Jay Peak. What I thought was one of the more visually pleasing booths and with knowledgeable reps was from Dalbello/Elan.

After stopping by and chatting it up I happened to be in the right spot to meet Glen Plake before he started his autograph session.  I had no idea he would be there so that was a bonus and a signed poster for my nephew which takes care of his Christmas gift.

Glenn is sitting in a custom made chair for the event by a fun company,, which makes recycled ski chairs, benches, coat racks, and wine bottle holders. Thanks to Mike for hooking me up with a new wine rack!

All of the mountains from New England and beyond were well represented but most had really lame booths. A couple stood out (Crotched Mountain w/a dart prize dart board) from the pack better then others but overall  these resorts need to get more creative for these shows and have better lift ticket deals specific to the show to lure me through the ski resort gauntlet. Most of the folks seemed bored but it’s because their set up was boring and weren’t creating any buzz. The other mountain that stood out was Wildcat as they were also engaging folks via Twitter throughout the weekend. The smaller mountains won out from my perspective…they need to be creative and were effective in doing so.

Ski season is upon us

Fall in New England is the best…the leaves are changing,  the air becoming cooler, football is back,  and ski season is just around the corner.  If your not already getting in shape for the Winter now is go time!

I’m starting to see season pass deals and lift ticket deals via Now is the time to find the discounts if you intend on spending many days on the hill.  I still have a hard time considering the cost of a season pass knowing the Colorado Pass is about half the cost of any New England mountain and you get four amazing resorts.  Five days of skiing some of Colorado’s finest mountains and it’s paid off! Makes one consider just buying the Colorado Pass and making two or three long weekend trips out West.  Anyway…maybe not realistic but something I think about daily!

Be sure to check back here for the ski deals as we head into Winter!