The sun sinks below Thunder Ridge.
Went up skiing late and long enough yesterday that I got to see sunset, and just about had Alta to myself for some nice turns in Baldy’s Main Chute. Aside from a few grooming machines taking workers off the mountain, and passing an acquaintance on the way up, the place seemed largely deserted. Well, aside from the jibbers – mostly kids, sliding rails and hitting jumps – who only make it about 200 yards out of the parking lot. That’s all the mountain they seem to need though, so bless ‘em.
On the other hand, I prefer the solace and beauty higher up, and took in the sunset Continue reading ‘Main Chute Laps Plus Sunset Pictures’
In Parts 1 & 2 of the Bamboosa Fabric Test, it became evident that Bamboosa’s shirts do a fine job of fighting off the microorganisms that cause odor. Further, it became clear that these shirts do not dry especially quickly. Basically, they take about as long to dry as a standard 100% cotton shirt.
Here are my complete conclusions on Bamboosa’s shirts, after testing them for six weeks:
I was impressed with the tiny size of the package that arrived, containing two Bamboosa shirts, both a blend of 70% viscose from bamboo / 30% cotton. The motto Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle is easier to apply when companies pay attention and don’t over-package their products.
Upon opening the package, I withdrew two shirts in size medium, both of which were substantially larger than any other medium-sized shirt that I own. As noted in Continue reading ‘Bamboosa Fabric Test (Part 3)’
Requested by Mo from Bamboosa to test their viscose from bamboo shirts, I gave them a thorough testing. In Part 1 of the Bamboosa Fabric Test, the antimicrobial properties of some Bamboosa products were tested. For those interested in the short version, it goes like this: They passed with flying colors as far as odor-repelling properties are concerned.
After wearing Bamboosa’s shirts during numerous outdoor activities, it seemed that the shirt remained wet for a longer timeframe than I expected of a seemingly antimicrobial, performance shirt. I wasn’t certain if this was merely a perception or reality. Intrigued by this fabric and ever curious as to its other properties, I came up with a non-field fabric test to compare the moisture retention of bamboo to some of the other fabrics available.
The central question of the test was simple: Does viscose derived from bamboo have special properties when it comes to drying out after being soaked?
To find out Continue reading ‘Bamboosa Fabric Test (Part 2)’
It's not quite the same as being there in winter, but the Pfieff summit is a sweet place in any season. A Minus33 merino wool baselayer like I'm wearing is also sweet in all seasons!
Got on top of the Pfiefferhorn with a friend on Friday, and though I vastly prefer the skiing the Pfieff has to offer, I was pleased to again be on the summit in perfect conditions, which is a far cry from some experiences. This day out was nearly windless, with not a cloud in the sky, and temperatures were perfect for some hours of moving. In addition, the colors were sublime – although I regard Fall as a perpetual teaser before the joys of winter snow arrive, in thinking such, I often forget just how pretty the mountains are when they’re bathed in Continue reading ‘Hiking the Pfiefferhorn’
Steve in the fall foliage.
Maybe it’s just the incredible views of the splendid fall foliage, but I seem to repeatedly find myself on the same trail of late, riding my mountain bike with different folks. And that’s no problem at all, because we all develop our favorite trails over time, for different sports-based outings. No matter the reason, we find ourselves on our favorite routes again and again because they possess a few key qualities that we enjoy. Maybe it’s Continue reading ‘Favorite Routes’
During my stint at the Outdoor Retailer show in early August, I occasioned to chat with Joel, the Customer Service and Shipping Rep at Minus33, a supplier of merino wool gear. Fortunately, Joel knows a lot about merino wool baselayers as well as Minus33’s product line, and filled me in on some details.
Minus33 logo with a wool contributing partner represented!
Based in New Hampshire, Minus33 was created to fill the missing niche between seemingly overpriced, high end merino wool brands, and the bottom end of performance layers in terms of both pricing and quality, which are most often comprised of synthetic layers. Touting attractive price points and Continue reading ‘Minus33 Merino Wool’