Review Category : Gear

Gear Gal: Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Jacket

We love the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Jacket. Aside from the bold, bright colours that make you stand out in the wilderness, this jacket is the ultimate lightweight, packable summer shell. 4 way stretch, simple yet fashionable design combined with breathable fabric make this an adventure gals’ summer BFF. Adventure ON. Buy online: $200 http://www.mountainhardwear.com/womens-stretch-ozonic-jacket-1572551.html ...

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Find your true north at Wanderlust Whistler

Yogi’s and outdoor enthusiasts unite – July 30 to August 3. Imagine practicing outdoor yoga in the heartbeat of our mountainous homeland Whistler for 5 beautiful summer days. Standing in Mountain pose amongst the backdrop of the Fitzsimmons Range, surrounded by colorful like minded beautiful people, Wanderlust is truly a gathering of the mind, body and soul – one with mother earth. If you love the outdoors, you practice yoga with a vengeance and you live to let loose and dance to live music (Michael Franti is headlining this year!)– design your own dream experience now at http://wanderlust.com/festivals/whistler/ Entertainment this year includes Wanderlust icon Michael Franti, the High and Mighty Brass Band, MC Yogi and Nahko and Medicine. There is a new black light venue this year so if you want to show and glow, bring along white or neon festival clothes. Functional yet fashionable fitness attire is a festival necessity. This year Wanderlust and Lululemon have co-created a special festival capsule that includes the Highest Times Pant *Wanderlust $88 and... ...

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Big White: BC Champagne Powder Sampler

Large and in charge! That pretty much sums up Big White Ski Resort. They don’t call this resort BIG for nothing. A big mountain complete with big snow banks, big runs, big white outs, big parties and of course big amounts of champagne powder. Prepare to leave with some pretty big memories too.  This ski resort offers monster big family fun for all generations. When you get to Big White, it’s reminiscent of what it might feel like to land on another planet made entirely of snow and ice. Overall, this resort has other worldly qualities much like a space-snow-jam.   They don’t offer rocket ships as a mode of transportation but do offer the convenience of taxi’s, shuttles and car rentals from nearby Kelowna airport. If you are driving, new this year is a million dollar road upgrade which makes driving to Snowmaggedon that much safer. Big White is famous for its snow ghosts, so much so that there is a chairlift named the ‘Snow Ghost Express’.  What is... ...

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Silver Star Resort: The BC Champagne Powder Sampler

The next stop on the magical, mystical BC champagne powder sampler is Silver Star Resort. Think Candyland meets Santa’s Workshop. Silver Star shines like a diamond among BC’s epic ski resorts. Famous for its cheery ambiance and movie set architecture, you’ll feel like you’ve just landed in a Disneyland Frozen themed ski resort. Waking up to this picturesque resort is surreal. Silver Star is nestled high above the clouds mid-mountain at 1609m.  The summit, Vance Creek is not far away at 1915m.  Only 55 minutes north of the Kelowna airport and 22 minutes from Vernon, outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world have easy access to this gem of a winter destination.  The 3rd largest ski resort in BC, Silver Star has been voted both the Okanagan’s #1 Family Resort and #1 Ski Resort by Okanagan Life Magazine. A star choice for families, couples and even big kids, don’t be surprised to find yourself referring to Silver Star as ‘my mountain’ just like the locals and social media fans.   Offering... ...

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Sun Peaks Resort: The BC Champagne Powder Sampler

Older than Whistler, Sun Peaks Resort recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. With the charm of a European ski resort, Sun Peaks in beautiful British Columbia has a Mayor, celebrity ski queen, a slopeside grade school called the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education and endless winter activities for the entire family.  Sound like a slice of heaven? There’s more. BC’s interior is blessed with a unique kind of snow that is fluffy, smooth and dry and is referred to as champagne powder. This gem of a resort town is Canada’s second largest ski area with 4,270 acres and not one, not two but three mountain peaks. Just 45 minutes north of Kamloops, Sun Peaks offers guests multiple transportation options including an airport shuttle. Kick back and let someone else do the driving as you soak up the scenery en route to the kingdom of champagne dreams. To Canadians, Nancy Greene-Raine is a celebrity ski icon and the mountain mama of Sun Peaks Resort. An Olympic gold medalist and Canadian Senator, Greene-Raine says... ...

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Gear for your outdoor angel!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there….bringing with him a big sac of new gear, to enhance her adventures in the New Year. But with so many gear options, how do to choose one that’s dear? OK enough of the sappy tinsel rhymes – let’s get down to business.  Christmas is but a few days away and chances are you are still humming and hawing about what to get that special outdoorsy gal.  Go with any of these last minute girly gear suggestions and your Christmas morning will be merry and bright too. Newton Women’s Kismet Stability Core Trainer Consider this shoe her training buddy. When the winter weather gods are not cooperating, when the snow is non-existent or mushy, hitting the pavement for a run is sometimes the only solution to clearing the mind and releasing frustrations. Every girl needs a great pair of runners and don’t forget, technically they should be replaced every 300 to 400 miles.... ...

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Werk It Out, Ladies

Call them flashy, funky or fun….Eagle Rock Werkshop high performance fitness leggings will make your bottom half look hotter than hot. Werkshop leggings are like wearing art as a second skin. Never before has the fitness wear industry produced a product this artsy and this functional.  LA-cool  designer Chriztina Marie decided the time was right to make a statement in the fitness fashion world. Ever since her project was endorsed by 761 backers on  Kickstarter, she’s been serving up something special. Ladies who sweat and play hard deserve to wear something that stands out. Whether you’re killing it on your Stand Up Paddleboard, giving er’ at Crossfit, busting out aerial yoga moves or blazing the back country, the bottom line is this.  Gals work hard for hot bodies. Being an athlete is no easy feat. Therefore, after hard work and dedication, fit women deserve to wear something ‘out of the  ordinary’ that shows off our curves. In the world of fitness and outdoor sports, noteworthy gear has to be functional.... ...

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Now this is epic

Mia Melon, inventors of functional and fashion forward waterproof outerwear for the ladies is a hip and local company born and raised in BC. Their patented #weatherproofme outerwear fabric is impermeable to wet weather and beyond street cool. It is ingenious.  Guys will soon be in luck.  With your help, by spring 2015 men and women will be introduced to the first all weather hoodie. Mia Melon’s coveted coats were originally made for women and grew so popular that the demand was there for guys as well. Offering performance, urban colours and sleek cuts, Mia Melon jackets are head turners. I love that every season they keep designing the hood bigger and bigger, providing more protection for our locks in a flash downpour. This spring, Mia Melon will launch their first ever line of waterproof hoodies for both men and women. Kickstarter is a campaign that helps companies get off the ground. They have set a platform to fund fresh and innovative ideas so the public gets the privilege of... ...

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Mia Melon – meet your rain protector

Let’s be real.  Life on the west coast is wet.  As a woman, it’s hard to look good when soggy and drenched to the bone.  Practical rain gear has never been a fashion statement, until now.  Mia Melon may have invented the hottest thing since the umbrella and it is designed right here on the west coast of Canada. At long last a fashion designer who gets it. Trendy west coast babes have big needs. As we know, rain wreaks havoc on hair. It’s near impossible to feel positive and upbeat when you look and feel like a drowned rat.  Mia Melon’s trademark Weatherproofme outerwear makes rainy days seem brighter. Mia Melon can have their cake and eat it too after proving that fashion can indeed be functional, even in the rain.  Designed for the west coast fashionista, their hipster coats like the Provocateur will keep you warm and dry in the worst conditions!  Made with Thermoplastic Polyurethane, this miracle membrane is breathable and comfortable. Puddle jumping and singing in... ...

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