Review Category : Gear

2016 Lincoln MKC: Luxury meets adventure

I’ve got the break-up blues now that my whirlwind, two-week love affair with the new 2016 Lincoln MKC is over. There was no courting phase, no get-to-know-you stage before jumping blindly into this dangerously sexy relationship. Don’t judge a book by its cover because beauty is in the eye of the driver when it comes to the new Lincoln MKC. From the exterior it is a standard deluxe SUV-utility but once you get up close and personal you realize this knockout is a keeper. Our affair lasted just long enough to take in every moment of the Whistler Cornucopia 2015 celebration. Cruising the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler twice in two weeks, the drive was just as glorious and smooth as Matthew McConaughey swears it is. Horsepower and torque are awesome but it is the way this magnificent machine handles BC mountain roads and outdoor adventures plus a few killer cool features that really turn me on. Nothing says sumptuous feature like a leather-heated steering wheel. The... ...

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See you at the ROAM Winter Expo!

Need some winter inspiration? Join us at the ROAM Winter Expo! Stephanie Florian will be hosting the Adventure Travel Stage at the new ROAM Winter Expo  October 17 & 18 Vancouver Convention Centre The first of its kind in Vancouver, ROAM will bring together exhibitors from premiere tourist destinations, experiential tour companies, snow sport outfitters, health and fitness experts and more under “The Sails” at the world class Vancouver Convention Centre to help inspire you to enjoy winter activities and adventures. ROAM will feature three unique marketplaces: Winter Adventure, Travel, Fitness and Lifestyle. By combining these three elements, ROAM will bring a unique experience to anyone looking for enlivening ways to spend the low sun months. Shop the trends in winter gear, explore exciting travel destinations and connect with industry professionals to help beat the winter blues. Don’t miss the Oktoberfest Craft Tent featuring the best local craft beers, free fitness classes on the show floor with yoga sessions from a lululemon ambassador, and the Burton Riglet Kids Zone to ensure the whole... ...

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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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