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Gift Guide for all outdoor enthusiasts

Gift Guide for all outdoor enthusiasts

Getting sport-specific gift may please most passionate participants in key outdoor activities but sometimes, gifts should be more sport-generic. We’ve found general-purpose gift ideas sure to please any outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are hikers, hunters, anglers, skiers or RV campers. [Continued...]

The Role of Gender in the Business of Fly Fishing

The Role of Gender in the Business of Fly Fishing

From a business perspective, the idea of encouraging more women to join the fly fishing community makes great senses. After all, the total participation rate (i.e. total number of people over the age of 6 who have fly fished at least once) dropped 3 percent since 2007. (Source: Sports & Fitness Industry Association). (NOTE: For a [Continued...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Adventurers

Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Adventurers

If you have an outdoors enthusiast on your gift list, you may need help since this unusual breed generally  has strange ideas of what makes a good gift. Honestly, finding the perfect gift for a backcountry traveler can be a laborious chore. In the interest of serving our faithful readers, we once again took it [Continued...]

Sage Quest Ultra-light: Ideal rain shell for active anglers

Sage Quest Ultra-light: Ideal rain shell for active anglers

When June rain squalls hit the western Cascade foothills, they tend to hit hard. Standing in the high, cold waters of the Tilton River I noticed the partially sunny day had turned dark. Looking upstream, black clouds dropped curtains of rain across the river valley and it was drifting quickly toward me.  Stepping up on [Continued...]

Women’s Ski Jackets blend function and fashion

Women’s Ski Jackets blend function and fashion

Times have changed in the world of winter apparel. Function and fashion are no longer mutually exclusive concepts. In response to several readers’ questions about quality women’s apparel for a day on the slopes, we had a team of female skiers and riders (ages 16 to 50) test a range of jackets designed specifically for [Continued...]

Top picks of jackets suitable for spring

Top picks of jackets suitable for spring

On any spring weekend in the Pacific Northwest, we never know what weather conditions we might face, nor what we might want to do for the day. We can see dramatic weathers changes not just day-to-day, but hour-to-hour. We also must choose from an array of actives. We can ski inbounds or slide into the [Continued...]

Best of 2011: Great Gear for Outdoor Adventures

Best of 2011: Great Gear for Outdoor Adventures

I typically avoid end of the year lists – they tend to be overly subjective and someone always gets upset when their favorites don’t make the cut. This year, I’m making an exception since 2011 delivered some remarkable gear that deserves extra mention before we dive into the new spring lines of products. The following items, [Continued...]

Revolution in Rainwear: The Greatest things since, well, Gore-Tex

Revolution in Rainwear: The Greatest things since, well, Gore-Tex

This fall brings the biggest leap forward in rain-jacket technology since the first introduction of Gore-Tex to the outdoor world in the late 1970s. Whether you’re traveling to the Olympic Peninsula or a Costa Rican cloud forest, here’s news you can use. W.L. Gore offers its lightest, most breathable membrane ever to the market this [Continued...]

Buy less, use more! Outdoor Gear shouldn’t be disposable

Buy less, use more! Outdoor Gear shouldn’t be disposable

We all have too much shit! With two or three perfectly functional rain jackets in the closet, we go out and buy the latest and great. When the newest fly fish rod comes out, promising to improve your cast by 10 yards, and your accuracy by 10 percent, we go buy it. If a new [Continued...]

REVIEW: Getting on board – Outfitting the new snowboarder

REVIEW: Getting on board – Outfitting the new snowboarder

First published in the Seattle Times, NW Weekend section on November, 18,2010 Initial excursions into the snow are best done on rental gear, but once you decide to actively pursue snowboarding, it makes sense to grab your own gear. Fortunately, the gear you need as a beginner can be used and enjoyed well into intermediate [Continued...]

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