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Perhaps the worst part about an amazing powder day is the end of it.  Second to the powder day officially ending, another downfall to the end of the day is being wet and cold.  There have been days when after a long day of skiing I just cannot warm up.  That day is long gone now thanks to Jati Nation.  The idea was born in Vail, CO from a vision in which Burton Falk had while watching ski and snowboard racers hang out in their wet and worn race suits after a long and tiring day out on the hill.

The cotton/polyester fleece baggy one-piece, called the Jati Suit, was born.  These suits are designed with the idea in mind that one can easily slip the fleece piece over base layers or ski suits.  They’re perfect for any activity though, whether it be camping, skiing, lounging, running, hot springing, hiking, biking or anything else you can think of.  They take the bite out of the air and warm you right up when you have the chills.  On warm summer nights throw one of these on and sleep under the stars without even a sleeping bag!

Jati Suits not only have an extra long zipper for entry and exit, the zipper zips entirely closed.  This concept is hard to explain but take a look at the pictures and just think of all those times your roommate stayed up way too late reading with the light on.  With the Jati Suit, you can easily block out cold, sun, noise, and wind.

For all the ladies out there that want to cozy up, I followed the Jati size chart and ordered a Medium.  I think I could’ve gotten away with the Small but I will be using my Jati Suit inside more than outside.  With that in mind, if you are a ski racer or plan on wearing this over some layers, the suggested size should work great.  If you plan on wearing it for lounging, sizing down may be a good option too.

I’ve always been a fan of one-pieces and can’t believe it is just now that I own one made of warm and cozy cotton/poly fleece.  All of your friends will be jealous, especially with Jati’s sweet color ways, colorado proud, or USA patriotic designs.

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Super.natural is raising the bar for base layers, performance pieces, and even casual streetwear. For the Men’s LS Top 175 base layer, they’ve combined merino wool (48%), polyester (48%), and lyrca (4%) making a highly functional and top-performing piece for any activity that you find yourself doing. super.natural has an appealing vision that would make anyone want to slip into one of their garments: “super.natural fuses the comfort and performance advantages of natural and engineered ingredients with elevated design.”

The features integrated into this base layer will ring true to many of their products which is advantageous whether you are riding your bike to the bar or breaking trail to fresh lines in the rocky mountains. super.natural layers wont collect odor because of merino properties and so when you’re living on the road, while you may look like one, you won’t smell like a dirty hippie.

This base layer will help regulate your body temperature too but if you happen to start sweating, the moisture wicking properties will take over and will extricate the moisture away from the skin.

The length of the crew LS Top 175 is worth mentioning as it falls well below my waist so it is easy to tuck in with assurance that when you fall on the deepest of pow days, it won’t come untucked. As mentioned in the video, I normally wear a large but sized up to an XL in this top. It is not too loose, and fits my arms well.

Another great benefit of wearing super.natural is the fact that they are easy to care for and while I’ll mention that I probably don’t wash my base layers too often, when I do it is super.easy. Their garments are machine wash and machine wash and machine dry.

Be sure to check out super.natural and all that they have to offer.  A simple merino and polyester blend is the perfect duo for comfort, performance, and style!

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As a gear reviewer you might imagine I have a lot of options when choosing pants for a backcountry tour and you’d be right. Grabbing the same pants each time for a full season of touring is a testament to the Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Pants.

Since my first trip earlier this season I haven’t opted for any other pants. They fit just right: slim but not tight and loose enough to move and flex when I need to do something rad.

You’ll find pockets where you need them and they all act like vents with mesh linings. It’d be tough to overheat while wearing these.

Outdoor Research has eschewed garage doors for most of the zippers, thus saving more weight. You’ll think about writing them a thank you letter on the way up the hill.

I like the integrated beacon pocket on your right thigh. It holds the beacon secure in mesh and keeps it close to your inner thigh. In case of a fall you’ll have a lower risk of damaging the beacon.

OR did a great job in the Trailbreaker Pants and at a very nice price point too. I’ll be using these for many more seasons.

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If you’re looking for a mid layer that you can use year round, you should check out the Stockhorn Hoodie by Adidas Outdoor. They’ve kind of gone all out with this hoodie, adding technologies and fabrics to make it comfortable, functional, and stylish.

The Cocona fabric used throughout the core is very soft and does an amazing job with moisture management while protection from UV rays. This fabric combined with the FORMOTION® technology and Pontetorto Technostretch makes for a functional piece!

Pontetorto Technostretch allows for amazing fit against the body (even while it’s moving) and provides insulation that will keep you warm whether you’re camping on a chilly summer night or skiing deep pow in the rocky mountains in the middle of winter.

The FORMOTION® technology ensures that the Stockhorn will move with you when you’re outside doing what you love to do. You can maybe begin to understand that with all of these advanced technologies employed into one fleece, it is going to be one comfortable and functional performance piece.

To top it off, the Stockhorn is a stylish piece so that you can look good while doing your thing. Overall, as a mid layer, this will easily become your go-to. The fact that you can wear this year round for any activity is a huge bonus! Adidas Outdoor is producing some amazing product right now for any outdoor enthusiast so be sure to check them out!

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As a relatively new company, Tyson and I both believe that Hand Out Gloves is leading the industry when it comes to innovative and functional glove design. Their design is unlike anything we’ve ever seen and they make perfect sense.

Hand Out Gloves were built partially around the frustration of constantly taking gloves on and off in the backcountry and at the resorts. With Hand Out Gloves, you fit the glove cuff once to your wrist (this includes trying to squeeze your jacket around your glove) and then you have endless access to your hand all day without ever re-adjusting or taking the gloves off.

The zipper, placed on the top of the hand, is waterproof and easy to open and close. The hand portion of the glove or mitt then folds down and with a Velcro strap, you can keep it in place for extended periods of time.

By far the best part about Hand Out gloves and mittens is the easy access to your hand. If you’re anything like us, you are constantly pulling a glove off, setting it in the snow or in your teeth, while you complete a quick and simple task. The other amazing feature of Handout gloves and mittens is that you can also just unzip the zipper on the top of your hand and allow for extra ventilation. This is perfect for skinning! Your fingers wont get cold but they wont get sweaty either.

Technically speaking, Hand Out gloves and mittens are made with very soft and comfortable high-quality cowhide leather. The lining is a super soft Hipora with a waterproof lining so if you have your hands in the snow for most of the day, you won’t get wet in the afternoon.

Hand Out gloves and mittens minimize the amount of frustration you will face throughout the day constantly removing your mittens or gloves. They allow for some air ventilation that is hard to come by in other gloves, and work extremely well whether you’re simply checking your cell phone or doing something extreme.

Right now, there are only two designs from Hand Out; the gloves and the mittens. They are a unisex glove/mitten but are fitted more towards men so ladies be sure to definitely size down. Hand Out has some plans of trying to apply their design and technology to the women’s niche and I really hope they do! The small mittens fit me pretty well and are not too big. We are so excited to watch Hand Out grow and can’t wait for them to start coming out with new designs and fits. Be sure to look into them so you can get your Hand Out!

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If you’ve been dreaming about having a perfect, extremely versatile, and comfortable strap for your DSLR, dream no more. Peak Design has once again created a camera accessory that once you have, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it. The Slide Camera Strap can be worn and mounted in several different ways.

The Slide gives you the option of wearing your camera as a sling, shoulder strap, or neck strap (like the traditional DSLR strap). All three are great styles for different applications but it is even better to have the ability to do them all with only one strap! The strap comes with 4 patent pending Anchor Link quick-connectors and Peak Design’s Standard Plate (which screws into the tripod socket). You can either use the stock camera mounting brackets to attach the quick-connectors, or you can place the quick-connectors on any corners of the Standard Plate.

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It’s really nice to be able to go from carrying your DSLR on your shoulder, to mounting it on a tripod (without a strap blowing in the wind). Even though it’s hard to really choose a favorite, the quick-connector Anchor-Links are probably my favorite feature of the Slide Strap. All you have to do to remove the strap entirely from the camera is push on the two Anchor-Links and you’re good to go.

The aluminum quick-adjusters are the next coolest feature. Because they are made from aluminum, they are really light but extremely durable. It is so quick and smooth to adjust the strap length and most importantly, easy enough to do with one hand!

The webbing is a seatbelt-style webbing and is wide enough so that when carrying on your shoulder, will not get uncomfortable.  The tubular webbing even has an internal padding on the shoulder portion for added comfort. At first glance, it’s easy to tell that the webbing is durable and strong, and will withstand any abuse thrown it’s way.

In my opinion, Peak Design is leading the pack with camera accessories.  Their products are designed with the user in mind, and like I stated earlier, once you try their products, you’ll wonder how you ever made it without them.  Definitely be sure to check out all the cool products that Peak Design is producing at the moment and check out our review of their Capture Mount, another amazing and innovative way to carry your camera on your outdoor adventures.

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