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Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Gear | 0 comments

Grass Sticks Ski Poles

Grass Sticks Ski Poles

Grass Sticks bamboo ski poles was born in 2014 in a garage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Andrew Beckler, an engineer-turned-ski bum/coach/ski instructor, averaged over 100 days a season, and grew tired of ugly, bent, kinked and broken poles. He knew there had to be a better way. So Beckler set out to create a better pole and Grass Sticks was born. Why bamboo?  It’s an amazing material with the tensile strength of steel and a compressive strength greater than concrete. The Calcutta Bamboo from India, when cut to the length of a ski pole provides the perfect combination of rigidity and flexibility so it won’t snap or kink like aluminum. Traditional carbon fiber and aluminum ski poles are mined from the earth, industrially manufactured, and mass-produced using an incredible amount of energy. Per acre harvested, bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide and produces more oxygen than any other plant, while generating three times as much lumber as trees.   Each Grass Stick pole is hand-sanded and finished with a UV/Moisture/Cold-proof clear…

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in MTN Life, Gear | 0 comments

Boo Bicycles

Boo Bicycles

Bamboo combined with our enthusiastic biking crowd seems like an unlikely combination in Colorado but Ft. Collins based Boo Bicycles founders have made that possible through a unique relationship that crosses the Pacific to Vietnam. Building performance bamboo bicycles is a new concept that involves a lengthy and intensive process.  What people are discovering are the rewards of creating bikes using this strong plant material which results in a ride that is durable, stiff yet forgiving and very smooth. Meet Boo Bikes founder Nick Frey. What began as a class project at Princeton University for mechanical and aerospace engineering turned into much more than a completed class project  that he and a few classmates created. Nick built a bamboo frame that turned out to be not only rideable, but a successful, race worthy piece of equipment worthy of a hard core collegiate bike race. This project set the wheels in motion from the classroom to the consumer. Nick contacted James Wolf, an American who has been living and working…

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in MTN Life, Gear | 0 comments

Steller Ltd – Neckies and Bandanas Colorado Made

Steller Ltd – Neckies and Bandanas Colorado Made

If you’re an avid winter athlete then more likely than not you own a necky. Those tubular garments of warmth are a necessary accessory that are not nearly as stylish or as soft as they should be. Meet Linda Watts, the owner of Steller Ltd. a Colorado mountain town company producing Necky’s and Bandanas with attitude and gratitude that are soft as butter and offer a multitude of designs that sparkle and shine.   Linda lives with her husband Troy and 16-year-old daughter Stella in Breckenridge. Troy is the Alpine Director of Team Summit Colorado, and Stella is an elite alpine competitor enrolled at Summit High School. Linda, according to both of them, is the quarterback of the whole family operation.  Those who know her use the title of “multitasking savant.” Troy helped with the legal formation of Steller LTD, but mercifully goes nowhere near Linda’s sewing operation.  Stella and her army of ski racing competitor friends are essentially its chief product testing division. After defecting from Czechoslovakia as…

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Sponsors, Gear | 0 comments

Rhino Rack Master Fit Cargo Box Gets You There

Rhino Rack Master Fit Cargo Box Gets You There

Road trips are a highlight of every holiday period, but excitement can quickly turn to anguish before you even leave home. The harsh realization that there just isn’t enough room to take everything you need is a dreadful one. Fortunately, with the Rhino-Rack Master Fit Cargo Box these feelings will never have to resurface again.   The Rhino-Rack Master Fit Cargo Box has a hefty interior that allows for 116 or 145 gallons additional space and the sleek, aerodynamic design reduces wind drag while driving for an extra smooth ride. Built from tough and durable impact resistant materials, this handy storage unit has a proven and tested 165lb Off-Road load rating and will protect your belongings from all kinds of weather while you’re on or off road.   Rhino’s unique Master Fit Technology means you can quickly and safely fit the Cargo Box to your vehicle by using a revolutionary “Twist to Tighten & Press to Lock” clamping system. Rhino have also made the Cargo Box with a dual…

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Skiing & Snowboarding, Gear | 0 comments

Mono Cera Ski and Snowboard Tuning

Mono Cera Ski and Snowboard Tuning

The snow is starting to fall and folks are taking their skis and boards out of storage and prepping them fo the season. We did an article back in the Winter of 2013/14 about Mono Cera, a tuning shop that loves to ski & ride as much as you do! We thought it was time to dig it up because Ryan McDermott knows how to get your edge on. MTN Town Magazine Article:   Mono Cera is committed to providing you with a tune that will ensure you get the most out of your equipment. They offer overnight service in their Dillon location with a convenient early morning pickup option. Mono Cera uses products provided by Summit County’s own Purl Wax & supports their all natural organic line of waxes. Give them a call (970) 368-0317. ~MTN Town Magazine We are Colorado’s Mountain Town Magazine sending healing, joyful vibes to #NateStrong                  MTN Town Magazine Copyright © 2016 MTN Town Magazine all rights reserved.  …

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Gear | 0 comments

Best Base Layer – Bamboo Thermics

Best Base Layer – Bamboo Thermics

I have a “go to” base layer that just keeps on proving itself to me that is made by the Vail company, Bambool Thermics. we wrote about them last Fall in MTN Town Magazine. All of what I said below is still true:   There is a new fabric that I had the opportunity to test drive this past winter season and through the summer months (as we know summer is not always sweltering at 10,000 ft. and a layer is necessary in the mornings and evenings at elevation). I am pleased to report that Bambool thermics came through with flying colors. I am particularly sensitive to wool as well as synthetic fabrics. Synthetic polyester blends that contain polypropylene or rayon have chaffed my skin more often than not and wool would often lead me to the constant need to itch during my outdoor adventures. I have found silk comfortable but often got baggy on me. The idea of having a base layer is to allow moisture-wicking properties help…

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