Man Up with the Men’s Double Propulsion 60 Jacket

The Smartwool Double Propulsion 60 Jacket impressed me from the start. The look of part jacket / part sweater felt like I was wearing something innovative, new and stylish all at the same time. My impression grew as I wore the technical Smartwool Jacket day in and day out. However, what struck me from the start was the comfort and style. Remarkably light, I was surprised how I never had the issue of feeling too warm. To give the temperature gauge a test run I put the Merino wool and SmartLoft wool insulation through my everyday paces. From work meetings, to post workout attire and every step in between, the Smartwool Double Propulsion 60 Jacket joined me on all my adventures from warm day hikes, cold treks, ski days, hockey practice, events and parties to even just strolls in the Vancouver rain. It’s been hard to find a good zip up technical jacket that I could wear all day without feeling bulky, too warm or uncomfortable.  The Merino wool back panels ensures breathability without overheating which... ...

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Winter’s Best Wooly’s: Smartwool

  Heading off to play outdoors only to have to your toes go instantly numb from the       cold is a winter nightmare. In light of the importance of keeping our feet warm we put Smartwool PhD Slopestyle alpine socks to the all-day-ski-test. Made with Indestructrawool Technology ™. Smartwool socks are classic Merino wool magic that generate warm, cozy feet for hours on end whether you’re blazing the slopes or the trails. I know when you think of wool, itchy – scratchy comes to mind. This is not the case with Smartwool. These socks are made for performance activities with zero itch and mucho warmth for endless hours of comfort and durability. As a bonus, the Smartwool socks have zero stink factor. Cold and stinky feet are a thing of the past. A blend of 59% Wool, 39% Nylon, 2% Elastane – we highly recommend you get your feet on the Smartwool trail… your tootsies will thank you. www.smartwool.com ...

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Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket

From the City to the Ice Cave The Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket is an all-season winner. Thermal Q-Elite Insulation is designed for cool, damp weather the West Coast throws our way. At first glance the Thermostatic Jacket is eye-catching. I went with red and was on my way. With the look of the currently popular puffy insulated jacket but the low profile of a climbing jacket, I wanted to see if it would stand up to the test of not only the outdoors but everyday life. I love the great outdoors but my body temperature gauge tends to err on the side of overheating. When I exercise it can be a constant battle of the jacket on, jacket off. It wasn’t long however, before I felt just how well the Thermal-Q Elite 60 g/m2 insulation kept my body temperature consistent. Wind and water-resistant, the Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket is the only one I need for my lifestyle. As I go from home to the hockey arena, from the trails to... ...

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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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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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Peace, Love and Luon

Imagine a sea of love, luon and beautiful people sharing a special four day experience in  epic locales like O’ahu, Stratton, Aspen, Squaw Valley, Whistler and Tremblant to name a few. When you commit to the Wanderlust experience and then spend the time to carefully plan your busy festival schedule you will want to invest the same amount of energy into choosing what to pack and what to wear on this transformative journey.  Now is the time to freshen up your Lululemon quiver in time for summer and festival season. Lululemon’s savvy designs are created with the nomadic yogi and fitness fiend in mind.  Less is always more. As a fitness journalist and reporter, the less I schlep on my adventures the better. That being said, I expect my fitness gear to make a statement. I don’t know about you, but I pack pieces that offer interchangeable wardrobe options that cross over for a variety of different sports and activities. There is a lot to be said for travelling light,... ...

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