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I am in love with the Boho Sneak by Cushe! The trend and style is on point, while the comfort unbeatable. The hidden wedge adds pep to your step and gives you a little bit of extra height.

The leather and suede combination is durable and classy, but breathable too. You’ll be able to wear these in every season and will be just fine when it snows a little bit because of the honeycomb traction rubber tread.

I have even hiked in the Boho Sneak and while they were a little tricky to get used to because of the wedge, the traction is up to par and the fit comfortable.

One of the coolest features of these sneaks is the easy entry zipper on both sides of the shoe. They add a unique style to the shoe but are also super functional. I love the black color but wouldn’t mind having the grey or tan color too. I feel like the style plays off a classic hiking boot and I love how Cushe is bringing that back.

Check out Cushe to see the variety of boots, sandals, and sneaks. Whatever you desire from Cushe is going to have style, a quality build, and most importantly be extremely comfortable!

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If you’re looking for a jacket that you can wear year-round, use as a mid-layer or outer layer, is lightweight, packable, and warm, then look no further because the Helix Hooded Jacket by Icebreaker is perfect.

The merino blend insulation (merino = 88% poly = 12%) will keep you extra warm and will have the usual drying and anti-microbial features that come with the merino fibers. The outer fabric is made up of Polyester and feels very durable and resistant to wear and tear. There is some water-resistance to the poly outer layer, so if you happen across a little bit of a rain storm you won’t initially get soaked. It is not waterproof so if you’re in a downpour for an hour, you will probably get wet. Going back to the merino technologies, the quick drying feature will have you dry and enjoying the outdoors in no time at all.

The fit is a relaxed fit and works well for layering during really cold days or if you need a lighter jacket for spring days or summer nights. The sleeves are long enough so my wrists aren’t exposed when I lift my arms. The sleeves also have a cuff that is elastic so the elements can’t get in.

The Helix will easily become your go to jacket. It’s lightweight, packable, and durable, and the merino lining makes it extra soft and comfortable. It has everything you need, with two front zip pockets, a media pocket, and a good-sized hood.

Icebreaker continues to support sustainability in manufacturing and use recycled products and ethical merino practices when creating and producing some of the best wool products available!

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This year, Ruffwear is all about road trips. They’re creating products that make it easier and more enjoyable to travel with your best furry friend. Of course, this is great for us because we live in a camper and when we’re not in the camper, we’re taking short trips in the car and Hank is always with us! Luckily for us, Hank loves being in the car and joining in on the fun.

The Kibble Kaddie is by far one of our favorite products released because it is a packable, compact, efficient, and easy way to travel with Hank’s food. We store his food in a bin which lives in the camper but if we’re going away for a few days or a week we are not going to carry a huge plastic bin with us. Even though we recently upgraded from grocery sacks to a kitty litter container, we were still embarrassed that Hank had to travel that way.

The Kibble Kaddie carries 10 liters or 42 cups and is designed so that as your pooch consumes food, the bags compresses so as not to take up more space than is needed. Let’s be honest, no matter how hard you try, the car or truck you’re traveling gets pretty unorganized and packed full during road trips.

Ruffwear also handily placed a magnetic closure “food-chute” on the side of the kaddie for easy dispensing of food. On the opposite side of the chute, there is a ergonomic handle. Feeding your dog on the go has never been so easy! At first sight we thought food would for sure spill out of the food-chute but we have filled the Kibble Kaddie above maximum capacity and have had no issues whatsoever.

The side pocket easily fits a collapsible bowl or two. Throw the bowls in the side and you’re ready to go. If your pooch is a little bit higher maintenance and owns many belongings such as jackets, tennis balls, bones, lights, and leashes, then look into the Haul Bag, which fits the Kibble Kaddie plus all of the necessities and more.

We haven’t found anything that we don’t like about the Kibble Kaddie or any other travel products that Ruffwear is creating and believe that they use high quality materials and innovative designs.

We’re huge advocates for adventuring with your dog and Ruffwear is working hard to make traveling with your pooch easy and organized. Your dog wants to get out and see the world just as much as you do!

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It doesn’t get much better than this stylish, functional, and comfortable casual boot by Cushe.  The Matthias boot is everything I need in a winter boot and more.  The most impressive feature is that while the Matthias is waterproof, it is hard to tell by just looking at them.  They are a very stylish and good looking boot and my girlfriend really likes them which is a huge bonus.

These are perfect for dog walks in the snow, driving to the ski resort, or heading out for a nice winter date (and much more too). They are insulated and lined with a thermal fleece for optimal warmth.  I must say, sometimes on warmer winter days my feet get pretty warm wearing these but I have really hot feet.

The color combo of tan and red is mountain manly and chic all at the same time.  I can wear them with any color of Carhartt. One the coolest features on the Matthias is the zipper on the inside of the boot.  While the red laces look sweet, you’ll never actually have to use them! Simply unzip for easy entrance and exit.

The sole on the Matthias really stands up to abuse and while these aren’t technically categorized as a hiking boot, I’ve done plenty of hiking in them and they provide superior traction, comfort, dryness and warmth.

Whether you’re looking for a winter commute boot or simply something stylish to wear when it’s wet out, give the Matthias by Cushe a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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When I needed a rack for all the skis that had begun piling up in my garage I initially turned to the hardware store. I converted a very long, thick piece of wood into a monster that quickly tamed that growing pile. Two years later that rack is still there but it hasn’t held up as well as I thought it would and it took me a few hours to build.

I was thrilled when Rado Racks sent me their USA made Baltic Snow Rack. With just three screws and 10 minutes of my time it’s holding five pairs of skis and a set of poles.

Installation couldn’t have been easier, only requiring a ladder and drill. The rack is adjustable to hold fat powder skis and the smallest of kids skis, thanks to a a mounted rail that the racks slide across.

Holding up to 120 pounds, the Baltic Snow rack gets sturdier the more skis you place on it.

Made and shipped from Denver, CO this rack is a bargain at only $80. If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution for your skis or snowboards, check them out.

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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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