Nils Ski and Snowboard Apparel for Women 2016/2017
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Nils Ski and Snowboard Apparel for Women 2016/2017

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Full Disclosure

I've been a Nils' athlete ambassador for several years. This means I have a natural bias toward their clothing, but it also means that I have a lot of first-hand experience with their products.

Each season I pick my favorite outfit or two from Nils, and it arrives in time for skiing, like an early Christmas present. I wear the Nils gear, giving it exposure on the mountain and in social media. I provide feedback about the clothing to Nils, and I provide descriptions and reviews about the products on jans.com.

“Nils women's ski and snowboard apparel is the full package, everything I want in my ski clothing. It is beautiful, comfortable, high-performing, flattering, and thoughtfully designed.”

Having written around a bazillion product descriptions in my writing career thus far, I know how to find the good in a product, even if I personally don't love every aspect of it. For example, if the colors or design of a piece of clothing aren't exactly my taste, I can still describe the sheer joy you'll experience carving down a perfect ski slope on a sunny day while wearing it. With Nils, however, I never have that issue.

Nils women's ski and snowboard apparel is the full package, everything I want in my ski clothing. It is beautiful, comfortable, high-performing, flattering, and thoughtfully designed.

Karen jacket and Dominique pant are both highly waterproof, rated at 20,000 mm

Designed for Women

Focusing on women's ski and snowboard apparel allows Nils to really hone in on women's fashion and a women's-specific fit. Because they know that women come in so many different shapes and sizes, with so many different style preferences, they design their products accordingly.

Nils offers several different collections that cater to different customers. Their Slopeside collection features on-trend looks that transition easily between mountain and town, while their NS20 line focuses on technical pieces with sporty looks. The Simplexity collection combines super technical performance and an elegant appearance with a strong slope and city appeal, while their Winter Garden line offers a lovely high-end fashion feel.

Insulated stretch outerwear provides warmth, freedom of movement

What's New and Exciting This Season

Technical performance and feminine fit are the norm for Nils. They have that figured out. But the styles evolve each season.

A new Velocity print graces the Nils 2016-2017 offering, covering items like technical baselayers, soft, stretch-knit sweaters, accessories, and eye-catching outerwear. It's unique and stylish, with a nod to the popular Chevron print trend. However, Nils goes beyond the trend, by making the Velocity print more delicate and sophisticated.

You can see the Velocity print most clearly on the Brooklyn baselayer top, which is a Nils classic because of its soft, smooth feel and its moisture-managing performance. This pattern also shows up in side panels and hood details on the Dakota Special Edition jacket.

Brooklyn Special Edition Velocity print baselayer

Like many other Simplexity pieces, the Cheri jacket features sleek lines with great details such as sparkly hardware and an embroidered logo with tiny crystal accents.

The Dominique pant is insulated and stretchy, with a slim fit and moto-inspired stitching at the knees. It has been one of my favorites for years, and this season I had to have the bright 'Cherry' color.

“The Jans flagship Park Avenue location is the #1 Nils pant fit center in the state of Utah... We get that there is a reason why Nils makes so many different styles of ski pants in so many different sizes. We carry everything from petite sizes to long and short lengths, adjustable waists and hems, and stretch fits.”

Jans Carries a Bunch of Great Nils Gear

The expert buyers at Jans know that Nils is a high-quality ski apparel brand with a great fit for women. That's why they order a wide variety of Nils ski wear and mountain lifestyle clothing and accessories to have available for our customers.

Dakota Special Edition jacket with Velocity print accents

In fact, the Jans flagship Park Avenue location is the #1 Nils pant fit center in the state of Utah. In case you hadn't heard, Utah has the "greatest snow on earth," and therefore a lot of ski retailers, which is why it's a big deal that our flagship store is the best Nils pant fit center in the state. We get that there is a reason why Nils makes so many different styles of ski pants in so many different sizes. We carry everything from petite sizes to long and short lengths, adjustable waists and hems, and even stretch fits, because we want our customers to feel and look great in their ski wear.

To get your Nils fix, visit our brick-and-mortar locations or check out what we offer online.

Kendall Fischer, Content Manager


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An Explanation of Technical Clothing Ratings

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Waterproof, Breathable, Windproof, Sun Protection

The outdoor industry throws lots of techy terms and numbers at consumers to prove how awesomely high performance its products are. But what does it all even mean? Here is probably a much more detailed answer to that question than you ever even wanted.

Breathable windproof performance clothing for running
Breathable and windproof performance is important for activities like cool weather running

Water-Repellent, Water-Resistant, Waterproof

Many technical clothing items feature a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish, which causes water to bead up and roll off of the fabric surface. DWR treatments are used either alone, or to boost the performance of another waterproofing technology.

For the most part, the outdoor industry refers to waterproofing based on a water column test that measures water permeability under pressure. Pressure is an important aspect of this measurement because the same ski pants that are keeping snow out when you're standing still, may become damp when, for example, you put pressure on them by sitting on a chairlift, or on the ground.

In the water column test, a 1-inch-diameter column of water is placed over the fabric in question for a period of 24 hours. The millimeter rating comes from how high you can fill the column before any water gets through the fabric in the allotted 24-hour time period.

Here is an outline of what the ratings indicate for practical application:

  • Less than 5,000 mm/24 hours - lightly water-resistant. I personally find it somewhat misleading when someone advertises a waterproof rating this low. This means this fabric will protect you from mist, or a one-time light splash, but little more.
  • 5,000 mm (often written as '5K waterproof') - water-resistant; stands up to light rain and dry snow, under no pressure.
  • 10,000 mm (10 K) - somewhat waterproof; stands up to moderate rain and average snow, under light pressure.
  • 15,000 mm (15K) - waterproof; stands up to moderate rain and snow under moderate pressure.
  • 20,000 mm (20K) - very waterproof; stands up to heavy rain and wet snow under heavy pressure; this is what I really want for storm skiing, and for serious rainwear.
  • More than 20,000 mm - super waterproof under very heavy pressure; this is like what garbage bags and rain boots are rated; great for water protection, but at the cost of sacrificing breathability.

Breathable

In order for high-tech materials to do their dual duty of keeping external water out and letting internal water vapor (aka perspiration) escape from the inside, manufacturers utilize a variety of different technologies. They all basically involve using a membrane with pores large enough to let water vapor molecules out, yet not large enough to let liquid water seep in.

Unfortunately, there is not an industry standard to test the transfer rate of water vapor (what we refer to as breathability.) And even if there was an industry standard, things would still be tricky because of how temperature and humidity affect water vapor transfer rate.

Breathability is often reported in terms of the amount of water vapor, in grams, that can pass through a square meter of the material in question during a 24-hour time period (g/m2).

If we momentarily assume that all tests measure moisture vapor transfer rate exactly the same, and that weather conditions don't change this performance, only then could you fully trust this general breakdown of breathability ratings across the board:

  • 5,000 g/m2 or less - slightly breathable; not much perspiration can get through this material.
  • 10,000 g/mm2 - breathable enough for moderate activity.
  • 20,000 g/mm2 - breathable enough for highly aerobic activity; it lets lots of water vapor out so you don't get disgustingly sticky when you're working up a sweat.
High quality sun protection for fly fishing
Sun protection is important for long days outdoors under clear skies

Windproof

In the U.S., windproof ratings are often measured in the amount of cubic feet per minute (CFM) of about a 30-mile-per-hour wind that can pass through one square foot of the material. Therefore, a lower number represents more effective wind blocking.

Here's an outline for the practical application of these numbers:

  • 60 CMF - about what an average fleece material is rated; the wind will go right through this.
  • 20 CFM - wind-resistant.
  • 10 to 5 CFM - very wind-resistant; what most softshells are rated.
  • 1 CFM or less - considered windproof.
  • 0 CFM - completely windproof; no wind at all will get through and therefore you will experience no convective heat loss.

UPF, Built-In Sun Protection

Sun protection clothing is measured as an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), which is similar to sunscreens' SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ratings. The ultraviolet (UV) rays are the part of sunshine that can cause sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer.

UPF is the fraction of the sun's ultraviolet rays that can get through the fabric. Here are some numbers to help clarify:

  • UPF 5 to 15 - okay to good UV protection, allows between 1/5th or 20%, and 1/15th or 6% of UV rays to get through; this is what most normal clothing provides, which can be enough protection for some skin types and/or for some geographical locations (further from the equator, at lower elevation, etc.).
  • UPF 25 - very good protection; allows only 1/25th or about 4% of UV rays to pass through.
  • UPF 50+ - excellent protection, what you want if you are a fair-skinned human who plans to spend all day in the sun in the tropics; allows only 1/50th or 2%, or less, of UV rays to get through. This is the best UPF rating you will see in technical outdoor clothing.

It is important to note that the performance ratings of a fabric are limited by other factors such as clothing construction and use. For example, if a fabric is super waterproof yet the seams or zippers are unsealed, you can still get leaks through these weak points. Or if the fabric is breathable but you layer it with something else that is not breathable, then your system is not breathable. If the fabric is windproof but there are laser-cut ventilation zones, you'll still get wind through those areas. If the fabric has a super high-rated UPF, you still risk sun-related skin damage in the areas that the fabric does not cover. This is all common-sense of course.

Hopefully with all this technical information in your knowledge base, you'll feel better informed to make a decision next time you are faced with outdoor performance apparel choices.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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Oakley Goggle Lens Guide
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Oakley Goggle Lens Guide

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Oakley's goggle lens technology is built upon decades of research and testing. The company consistently monitors production in all of their facilities and tests components to ensure that the products meet their high standards. These guys aren't trying to make short cuts; we at Jans respect and appreciate this.

“These guys aren't trying to make short cuts; we at Jans respect and appreciate this.”

Protection: a first priority

All of Oakley's lenses are made of Plutonite, a durable and optically pure lens material that blocks 100% of ultraviolet rays (which are the ones that damage your eyes). The material is tested under extreme circumstances to withstand high mass and high velocity impact, and it delivers protection beyond what is necessary for actual wear.

Oakley's lens designs meet or exceed the eyewear industry standards set by the American National Standards Institute, passing tests that measure visual sharpness, distortion, and locational accuracy. Oakley's High Definition Optics help you see important details, like variations in the snowscape, to help you stay safe and better enjoy your day on the slopes.

Glare: cut it out

Even with full protection from ultraviolet rays, you'll still have to squint in the face of glare from the visible part of the sun's wave spectrum - unless your lenses have high quality polarization like Oakley's. If you dislike learning about science, skip the next couple paragraphs and just trust that Oakley polarized lenses are a good way to go.

Light waves oscillate in multiple directions, and it is the reflections from horizontal surfaces (like the snow you're skiing on) that most often causes eye-straining glare. In polarized optical lenses, a microscopic filter absorbs any light that doesn't match its alignment, thereby only allowing vertical light waves to come through. This way you can still see, but you aren't straining your eyes against glare.

Finely tuned optics let you see the definition of the snowscape more clearly
Finely tuned optics let you see the definition of the snowscape more clearly

You can witness this fun science in action by slowly tilting your head to the right or left while wearing your polarized goggles or polarized sunglasses; you should notice a change in the apparent brightness of what you're looking at.

Some polarization technology involves multi-layer lens designs with glues and films that can distort your vision. Oakley's HDPolarized Technology, however, employs a precise infusion molding process to produce one comprehensive single-layer lens, resulting in clearer vision.

Lens fogging: a thing of the past

For many skiers and snowboarders who have worn lesser quality goggles, fogging is a super big, frustrating hassle. Oakley's goggles include a combination of passive ventilation, moisture-wicking face foam, and anti-fog coating technologies to make lens fogging something you don't have to worry about anymore. Enjoy!

Color science technology: for optimized clarity

Oakley is seriously passionate about their color science; it's probably the coolest area they've been making big advances in recently. For the best in color accuracy, look for their lenses that feature Iridium and/or PRIZM technology.

Iridium lenses have a mirrored coating that balances light transmission to help maintain accurate color recognition. Plus, they're really great for your ski buddies to check their reflections in while adjusting their neck gaiters on the lift.

Sport-specific PRIZM lenses offer what Oakley describes as unprecedented control of light transmission for precisely tuned colors to 'dramatically enhance contrast and visibility.' Exciting stuff, right? The PRIZM lenses perform over a wider range of light conditions to reduce the need to change your lenses as the day and the weather progress.

“Different lenses allow different amounts of visual light transmission (VLT). The ability to switch at any time allows you to customize your goggles based on the conditions of the moment.”

Lens colors and tints: different properties for different conditions

Speaking of changing lenses, Oakley's Switch-Lock technology actually makes doing so pretty painless. The design allows you to unlock one lens, take it out, put in another, and lock it securely into place - it's quick and simple.

But why bother changing lenses anyway? Different lenses allow different amounts of visual light transmission (VLT). The ability to switch at any time allows you to customize your goggles based on the conditions of the moment.

Imagine a day when it's snowy and cloudy in the morning, and then later in the afternoon the sky clears up to reveal a dazzling sun. If you approached that day with only a dark, sunny-day lens, you'd be doing great in the sunny afternoon weather, but wouldn't be able to see much in the cloudy conditions of the morning. Conversely, if you showed up with only a lighter lens, you'd be able to see the contours of the snow really well in the low light conditions of the morning, but things would look really bright and unclear, like an overexposed photograph, in the sunny afternoon conditions.

Between dusk and dawn, you probably want a clear lens, providing protection from cold, wind, snow, and impact, without blocking any precious moonlight.

In heavily overcast, foggy, snowy conditions, snap in a light lens such as the Hi Intensity Yellow (81% VLT) or the Persimmon (62% VLT).

On a partly cloudy day, a VR28 lens (28% VLT) can be a good happy medium. Or a Rose PRIZM lens can take you from snowy/foggy to partly sunny, making it a good choice if the weather is expected to vary.

A Jade Iridium, Sapphire Iridium, or Torch Iridium PRIZM lens is nice for days when the weather varies from sunny to overcast.

And the Black Iridium is designed for bright sun to partly cloudy conditions.

If you're still hungry for more Oakley lens knowledge, you can find detailed information in our Oakley goggles product descriptions.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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Rent Ski Outerwear in Park City Utah
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Rent Ski Outerwear in Park City Utah

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At Jans, we offer high quality ski and snowboard pants and jackets in men's and women's sizing, to rent, from three convenient locations throughout Park City. Our rental outerwear is always in good shape because we evaluate the collections at the end of each season and replace them accordingly. We buy top brands whose products we believe will keep you comfortable and looking great - "not just dinky rental stuff" as Jared Gundry of Jans St. Regis Deer Valley puts it.

“We buy top brands whose products we believe will keep you comfortable and looking great.”

Because we want you to enjoy skiing as much as we do, we also clean our rental ski and snowboard pants and jackets with more than just air freshener! After each rental, the garments are machine washed with industry-specific Nikwax Tech Wash to clean them and to reactivate their waterproofing and breathability.

Tuscany Ski Jacket for rent in Park City Utah
The Tuscany Jacket is warmly insulated and delightfully stylish

Current Outerwear Brands

This year at our Park Avenue and Park City Resort locations, we are renting brand new 2015 Obermeyer ski pants and jackets. The flattering, fur-trimmed Women's Tuscany Jacket offers an excellent blend of elegant design and technical performance to go with the simple and sleek Women's Sugarbush Stretch Ski Pant. The Men's Whistler Jacket and Premise Cargo Pant both offer warm insulation and waterproof, breathable performance.

At our St. Regis Deer Valley location, we offer outerwear rental clothing from The North Face. The Women's Kempinski Jacket and Thermoball Pant both offer sleek, clean style and excellent attention to technical detail. The Men's Jeppeson Pant and Jeppeson Jacket both feature a combination of insulation, ventilation, and waterproof protection for versatile comfort on the slopes.

Men’s Premise Cargo Ski Pant in Park City Utah
The Premise Cargo Pant offers waterproof performance and plenty of storage space

To Rent or to Buy?

Renting ski clothing makes sense for first- or second-timers, locals and short-stay vacationers. It's also a good way to go if the airline loses your luggage, or if you find yourself with the good fortune of some extra time to ski during your business trip here in Park City, but you hadn't packed for it.

Renting outerwear can also be a good way to decide if you want to purchase one of the pieces; to try it and make sure you like it before you buy it.

If you plan to ski every day of your week-long vacation here, you can do the math. In that case it's most likely that it will make more sense financially to just purchase your own skiwear - and keep it to enjoy when you come back next year!

If you're interested in renting outerwear ski clothing from us, you can reserve it online ahead of time in order to make things go extra smoothly.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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Because hiking is enjoyable, the Uintas are awesome, and the Experts at White Pine Touring (Jans guide service) have a great reputation, I knew, even before I went on a guided hiking trip to the Uinta mountains, that it would be delightful.

Guided hiking tour, Uinta Mountains, near Park City, Utah Walking alongside a small river in the Uinta Mountains

Why go hiking with a guide?

In short, the reason to hike with a guide is that it takes a lot of pressure off, so that instead of worrying about the logistical details, you can just enjoy yourself.

When you go on a guided hike with the Experts at White Pine Touring, here are some of the bothers that you don't have to deal with:

  • Choosing a route (based on your interests and physical ability levels, your guide will choose a trail you'll love)
  • Bringing water (complimentary reusable White Pine Touring bottles filled with filtered water are included in the price of the tour)
  • Getting hiking poles (the use of high-quality adjustable poles is included)
  • Packing a lunch (scrumptious sandwiches from the quaint local Samak Country Store are available upon request for $10 per person)
  • Driving to the trailhead (transportation in a Jans or White Pine Touring vehicle from the store to the trail is included)
  • Trail navigation (these professional guides have the local expertise necessary not only to keep you from getting lost, but also to help you find breathtaking views and memorable experiences)
Wildflowers, hiking, Uinta National Forest, Utah Passing some Rocky Mountain Forget-Me-Nots along our hike through the Uinta National Forest

Beginning the tour

Booking a guided hiking tour online is quick and easy. You can choose whether you want to hike in the mountains around Park City or out in the Uinta highcountry; specify the number of participants and time you'd like to start the hike; and make your reservation online in three simple steps.

At the White Pine Touring store in Park City, my friends and I met up with two of the friendliest guides around, signed waivers, ogled the latest outdoor clothing and gear, and ordered lunch from a local business.

Then we piled into a truck and drove out of town, on through Kamas, stopping in the tiny 'city' of Samak to pick up our lunch, and headed into the vast national forest. The drive is around 45 minutes, but with bucolic views and pleasant conversation, it seemed even shorter. Our guides joked and laughed, mentioning interesting local history tidbits along the way and exchanging stories with us.

High Uintas, near Park City, Utah Stopping for a pleasant lunch

Guided hiking in the Uinta Mountains

A short ways up a dirt road, we parked, jumped out, sized our trekking poles, and started up a remote singletrack trail. The guides led us up the winding rocky path, sharing more stories and pointing out native flora, as well as evidence of local fauna (like beaver dams and bird nests.)

We passed dramatic cliffs, peaceful lakes, and flower-sprinkled meadows. It's hard to explain the majesty of these surroundings; the Uintas are the type of place that just make me want to pause and breathe deeply.

We crossed bridges over rushing streams, and hopped from rock to rock through smaller streams - all with enhanced balance and improved confidence thanks to our hiking poles. And after a while, we picked a nice spot to stop for a leisurely lunch.

River, Uinta National Forest, Utah Crossing a bridge on a well-maintained trail

Meaningful memories

On the drive back to Park City, I asked the guides about meaningful experiences on past tours. They mentioned moose sightings, and told us about teaching clients to track moose. They remembered teaching wilderness navigation to a man who wanted to overcome his fear of getting lost, and helping a woman train for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through a week of hiking adventures. They talked about sharing different cultures, and keeping in touch with clients with whom they had made strong connections. It became very clear that these Experts care deeply about creating excellent experiences for their customers.

To explore beautiful stretches of wilderness under the thoughtful guidance and local knowledge from the Experts at White Pine Touring, book your own customized and private hiking tour in the high Uintas with family or friends.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

Related Links:
Park City Guided Mountains Around Town Hiking Tours
Park City Uinta Highcountry Hiking Tours

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Expert Picks: Summer Clothing for the Mountains
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Expert Picks: Summer Clothing for the Mountains

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It's finally warming up at the high altitudes where we love to play. So it's time to get outside and enjoy summer to its fullest, looking and feeling your best in high quality outdoor attire. Below are a few of the new and noteworthy clothing items of the season, handpicked by some of our Jans Experts.

A New Way to Look at Baselayers

When I asked Jans Women's Apparel Buyer Bambi Rino Wilson what was exciting in mountain clothing this summer, the first thing that she brought up was technical underwear by ExOfficio. "Your whole first layer should be moisture-wicking and breathable," Bambi advises. Some people tend to think of baselayers as tops and bottoms for winter recreating, but your underwear is also an important part of that baselayer, no matter the season. ExOfficio offers a variety of styles for men and women such as the Men's Give-N-Go Printed Boxer, and the Women's Give-N-Go Bikini.

Boyfriend Style for Gals

Bambi also notes that a lot of women right now are looking for boyfriend-style clothing that is comfortable and casual because it tends to be roomier and less restricting than, say, those darn skinny jeans we've all been tolerating. She recommends the Patagonia Fitz Roy Bison Women's Short Sleeve T-Shirt, which offers a boyfriend look, and is made environmentally conscious with organic cotton, recycled polyester, and PVC- and phthalate-free inks.

Patagonia Fitz Roy Bison T-Shirt and Prana Lena ShortsWhite Pine Touring Apparel Buyer Carolyn Holliday wearing the Patagonia Fitz Roy Bison T-Shirt with the Prana Lena Shorts

Women's Shorts that Flatter

When you're rocking a boyfriend-style tee, a cute pair of women's shorts, like the Patagonia Quandary, can be a great way to keep your look feminine. Bambi says the great fit of these shorts make them one of her favorite clothing items of the summer, and that she owns multiple pairs. Beyond their flattering fit, the Quandary Shorts feature UPF 40 sun protection and a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish to protect you, rain or shine. And the lightweight stretch fabric is bluesign approved, meaning it meets or exceeds the standards for environmentally safe textile production set by bluesign's independent system.

While Patagonia is well known for their environmental efforts, Wilson notes that Prana has been making a big push toward more environmentally friendly clothing as well. Their Women's Lena Short is a good example of that. These water-repellent stretch shorts are made mostly of recycled water bottles, and are also bluesign approved. A more relaxed fit makes these outdoor shorts comfy to move in, and the wrinkle-resistant fabric helps them stay looking great through extended wear and travel.

Prana Phoebe Tank and Patagonia Quandary ShortsJans.com Content Writer Kendall Fischer wearing the Prana Phoebe Tank and the Patagonia Quandary Shorts

A Tank Top to Keep You Dry

The Prana Phoebe Women's Tank is bluesign approved and made partially of recycled materials. The lightweight performance fabric is quick drying to prevent your skin from feeling sticky while you're working out, and the smooth, stretch fit makes it comfortable to move in. Additionally, a built-in bra provides support without feeling constricting, which makes it nice for low impact activities like yoga, climbing, and hiking.

Arcteryx Tranzat Shirt and Arcteryx Renegade ShortsWhite Pine Touring Sales Associate and Renstall Ski Tech Tyler Falk rocking the Arcteryx Tranzat Shirt and the Arcteryx Renegade Shorts

Transition from Work to Play

White Pine Touring Apparel Buyer Carolyn Holliday says that what makes some of her favorite clothing items for the season special is their ability to transition between performing on the trail and looking good for casual outings and workplaces.

Carolyn recommends the Arcteryx Renegade Men's Shorts as something guys can wear for a day of hiking, and then for a casual meal afterward. The town-friendly style of these men's shorts offers lots of hidden technical performance features such as articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility, and riveted stress points for added durability. The cotton and nylon blend material is lightweight and breathable for warm weather comfort.

Carolyn also mentions the Men's Arcteryx Pathline as one of those shirts that has an urban look with hidden active performance. The Wye cotton and polyester blend fabric is breathable, moisture wicking, and quick drying to keep you comfortably dry - even while you're climbing up steep hills. Anatomical patterning improves your freedom of movement, and wrinkle resistance keeps you looking good by the time you've made it to the office after getting sidetracked by the dirt park along your bike commute.

Arcteryx Pathline Shirt and the Kuhl Kontra Pants White Pine Touring Programs Director, White Pine Nordic Center Director, and Nordic Hard Goods Buyer Patrick Coffey in the Arcteryx Pathline Shirt and the Kuhl Kontra Pants

Great for Travel and Trail

The Kuhl Kontra Men's Pants are another favorite of Carolyn's, because of their versatility. Carolyn calls these clean-cut lightweight trekking pants "perfect for foreign travels or days behind the desk." The cotton and nylon blend is fast drying, to keep you cool and comfortable even when temperatures rise.

The Men's Arcteryx Tranzat Short Sleeve Shirt pairs nicely with the Kontra Pants, and has a classic collared button-up look with a comfortable, relaxed fit - making it great for travel. Its lightweight fabric has a wool component that provides natural odor resistance to keep you feeling fresh in hot weather.

No matter how you like to spend your summertime outside, the right clothing can help keep you comfortable and confident so you can enjoy the outdoors even more. To find your new favorite summer mountain attire, shop for these Expert-recommended clothing items, and many more, at jans.com.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer


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Nils Women's Ski Clothing Favorites for 2014/2015

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Nils Women's Ski Clothing

Nils creates beautiful women's ski clothing with a variety of different styles and levels of performance. Their extensive women's ski pant line offers many different shapes and sizes, varying in rise and fit, including petite, regular, and long sizes. And Nils' ski jackets, just like their pants, are a part of several different collections. The goal – offer something for everyone, whether you're the occasional bluebird day skier, a non-skier vacationing in a mountain town, or someone who wants to be able to comfortably chase powder, even if it's cold and stormy. Personally, I tend to gravitate toward the high-end performance and stylish looks of the Nils Simplexity Collection. Below are some of my favorites from the 2014/2015 season.

Nils Pant Leg:  Nils Betty Pants with ankle zip gussets

Nils Betty Women's Ski Pant

The Betty is nothing short of fabulous. The slim fit is so flattering and feminine, and the contoured, high-back waist is brilliant for protecting my low back from chilly drafts or snow that might try to sneak in past my powder skirt. This awesome women's ski pant is super waterproof and super breathable to keep me comfortable snow or shine, and manages to provide insulation without looking bulky. The four-way stretch material makes moving around easy, and also makes the fit quite versatile. Last year, the paparazzi caught Kim Kardashian wearing a pair of the Bettys, which made me feel both validated in my style choice, and impressed that these pants look great on both my and Kim's contrasting body types. I do recommend considering a size up in this pant, since the Betty is designed with such slim lines. In most other Nils' pants, I wear a size 2, but with the Bettys, a size 2 is hilariously tight, while a size 4 is perfect for me.

Nils Hood: Helmet-compatible hood on Nils Terri Jacket

Nils Terri Women's Ski Jacket

Elegantly simple lines and high-performance materials help land the Terri Jacket on my list of favorites. The three-layer, four-way stretch material is highly waterproof and highly breathable, and the Thermolite insulation adds warmth without much bulk. I also appreciate that the hood is helmet-compatible. I can adjust it to stay securely over my helmet, adding warmth and weather protection to snuggle into when it's snowy and windy out. The Lycra wrist gaiters with thumb loops also add coziness by eliminating any gap between the sleeves and my mittens. The Terri is everything I want in a resort skiing jacket. I wouldn't recommend the Terri Jacket for backcountry skiing, however, because it doesn't have underarm ventilation for cooling off while hiking; and because it doesn't have pockets large enough to hold skins while skiing downhill.

Nils Powder Skirt: Powder skirt on Nils Terri Jacket

Nils Lindsay Women's Legging

The Nils Lindsay Legging is a cozy heavyweight baselayer that is perfect for cold weather skiing, and also for cold weather urban wear. The inside is brushed fleece for super softness and great heat retention, while the outside is sleek and smooth for easy layering and a finished look. The sizing runs a bit big, so, for example, if you wear a size 4 or smaller, you want an extra small in these rather than the small.

Nils Robin Women's Top

Made of the same material as the Lindsay Legging, the Robin baselayer top offers heavyweight warmth with a soft brushed interior for a great next-to-skin feel, and a smooth exterior for easy layering. The metal quarter length zip contributes to a classy look, while allowing for temperature regulation when I'm skiing, and the princess seams help create a feminine fit. I wear the Robin Top as a baselayer or mid-layer on chilly ski days; and I pair it with jeans for around town wear.

Nils Favorites for the 2014/2015 Season

My Nils favorites this year have all been from their Simplexity collection, and all of these pieces offer a sleek, elegant look, with high-performance features such as breathability and snow protection. Simple, yet chic lines and thoughtful comfort features make for a great look and feel for seasons to come. The richness of the Betty Pant, Terri Jacket, Lindsay Legging, and Robin Top keep me not only cozy on the ski slopes, but also ready to enjoy après ski cocktails at the St. Regis J&G Grill in Deer Valley.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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2XU Compression Wear Review

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Expert Review

I'm sure I'm not the only athlete who has occasional 'if only' moments of fantasizing about what I could achieve if only I were a bit stronger, or had a bit better endurance. Lucky for me, 2XU Compression Wear turns such fantasies into reality.

2XU partners with the Australian Institute for Science to create high performance compression wear that supports muscles and enhances blood circulation. The result is reduced muscle fatigue and increased capacity for muscle power output. The company's slogan touts the benefits of these products which allow you to: 'Train smarter, perform stronger, recover faster,' essentially offering you, 'Human performance. Multiplied.'

I've found the 2XU products to be everything I had hoped they would be, totally living up to these lofty promises. Thanks to the women's 2XU Thermal Compression Top and the women's 2XU Compression 3/4 Tight, I now know the joys of extending my strength and endurance. These baselayers are also super versatile; so far I've worn them for climbing, skiing, and even dance class.

5/5 RATING

Technical Features

Uses and benefits based on material and design

What makes 2XU compression wear so effective is the PWX FLEX technology with powerful Invista Lycra fabric that delivers excellent support for muscles and flexibility for unhindered movement. This compression technology is as magical as 2XU describes it to be. It helps my muscles warm up faster and stay warm so that they're ready to work hard. It also helps my muscles perform with more power than usual, and recover quickly.

I've been wearing my 2XU Thermal Compression Long Sleeve Top whenever I go climbing or bouldering because it very noticeably bumps me a couple notches closer to invincible than I normally am.

Before I discovered compression wear, my climbing endurance was usually limited by my forearms getting super pumped (swollen and sore.) The 2XU Thermal Long Sleeve Compression Top addresses this issue with graduated compression through the forearms to increase blood flow and oxygenation of the blood to promote faster recovery. When wearing this top, I can climb for much longer before my forearms become useless.

As you might imagine, the 2XU Compression 3/4 Tight is ideal for skiing because of how it supports your hard-working quadriceps, among other muscle groups. The PWX FLEX material just covers your knees, and the shorter length eliminates the potential for annoying bunching in your ski boots. These tights are so close-fitting and smooth, that it’s easy to add a heavier weight baselayer pant over them for extra warmth on cold ski days.

2XU PWX FLEX Compression technology in action
4/5 RATING

The Fit

Comfort and performance

The 3/4 Compression Tights fit so comfortably that I wonder if I should have gotten them in an extra small rather than a small, even though my height and weight put me solidly in the size small block of the 2XU sizing chart. They were so comfortable that I found myself wearing them all day long, whether I was being active or simply lounging.

The body-hugging fit of the Thermal Compression Long Sleeve Top took a bit more getting used to. Compared to most baselayer shirts it's somewhat difficult to put on – simply because of how tight it is and how strong the material is. At first this top felt a bit restrictive, but after moving around in it, I realized my mobility was actually totally unhindered.

I have a longer than average torso, and I do wish that the torso of this top was longer or just stayed down better. I wouldn't want to lose the compression performance benefits by going up a size; just to keep my middle covered when I move around. It's worth noting, that the smooth, snug fit, combined with the excellent performance of both 2XU compression garments, makes me feel like some kind of super hero or demi-god.

2XU compression clothing is comfortable for active and recovery wear

Final Take

Despite my personal, nit-picky fit issues, the performance of both the 2XU Compression 3/4 Tights and the Thermal Compression Long Sleeve Top were nothing short of inspiring. I am totally sold and have already ordered more 2XU compression wear for myself.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

Experts Verdict

The fact that these products enable greater muscle performance and endurance, and aid in recovery is very valuable to me. I especially love that the reason 2XU compression clothing helps with my performance is that it is taking care of my muscles – rather than pushing them too hard.

5/5 Technical Features: The PWX FLEX compression material delivers excellent support for your muscles, and the zone-specific graduated compression targets support to where it's needed most. Plus the material wicks perspiration and dries quickly so you feel fresh; even when you're working hard.

4/5 The Fit: While the tightness of the fit may take some getting used to, it is still comfortable enough to wear post-workout for improved recovery time. I only wish the torso of the top provided better coverage.

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How to Clean a Rock Climbing Rope

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So you've got a dirty climbing rope. It pains you to know that the sharp microcrystals in the dirt are constantly creating tiny amounts of damage to this crucial piece of climbing equipment. Plus your hands get dirty belaying with it. Come on, it's time to wash that rock climbing rope.

This was pretty much the pep talk I gave myself in preparation for washing my climbing rope this week. But despite my lack of enthusiasm, I have to admit that the whole process was really not that bad.

Some people wash their climbing ropes in washing machines, but this seems scary to me. This is because the agitators in top-loading machines, like the one I have, can be dangerous to the rope - or the machine - if things don't go well. So I chose to wash my rope in my bathtub. Read on for tips on how to do this efficiently.

What You'll Need

You don't need much to clean your rock climbing rope. Some people like to use a mild soap and/or a rope brush, but you'll do just fine with only a dirty rope, a bathtub, warm water, and some open space that doesn't get direct sunlight.

Steps to Clean Your Climbing Rope

1. Give Your Rope A Bath

Flake out your dirty climbing rope into a bathtub full of warm water, and swish it around. Drain the water and refill, repeating rounds of swishing until the water remains clear after a swish. This is the easy and satisfying part where you get to play in the water and watch the dirt come off your rope.

If you choose to use mild soap to clean your climbing rope, you'll just have to be extra thorough in your rinsing to make sure you don't end up with slimy soap scum residue on your rope.

Washing a climbing rope

2. Lay Out Rope Away from Direct Sunlight

Lay out the rope in a clean, dry place that gets no direct sunlight. The same ultraviolet rays that can damage your skin can also damage the strength of the rope. A bit of sun on a rope while it's in use is not a big deal, but if the rope gets left out in the sun long enough that the color starts to fade, then you are risking weakening the rope and should consider replacing it.

For faster and more even drying, make sure the rope has no kinks and is not overlapping itself anywhere.

Clean climbing rope laid out to dry

3. Wait

Let your rope dry for a 24 - 48 hours, depending on the weather and the weight of your rope. If you're impatient, a fan can speed the process. Wait until the rope is fully dry before storing it or using it. Climbing with a damp rope creates a risk of damage due to stretching, and storing a damp rope could result in growing mildew.

When your rope is fully dry, you can flake it neatly into a clean rope bag (I cleaned my bag by wiping it down with a damp sponge), and it's ready for more great climbing outings!

Cleaning your rock climbing rope is enough of a chore that it's nice to not have to do it very often. To prolong the cleanliness of your rope, and avoid the need to clean it after every few climbs, use a rope bag to keep it from touching the ground at the crag. Also try to remember to avoid kicking dust onto it when you're belaying or socializing.

If your rope is just too far gone to reap the benefits of a good cleaning - especially if you notice any spots that are soft, or flat, or the core is showing through the sheath - stop in to White Pine Touring on Bonanza Drive in Park City. Our rock climbing experts will be glad to hook you up with a new rope that's fresh and clean, and also strong and safe.

Happy climbing!

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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Sugoi Versa Women's Cycling Jacket Review

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Expert Review

The Sugoi Versa Women's Cycling Jacket offers great versatility with magnetically attached removable sleeves that allow it to easily convert into a vest. High-tech materials, a thoughtfully created fit, and 360 degree reflectivity make the Versa an excellent lightweight cycling jacket.

5/5 RATING

Technical Features

Material, construction, weight & ventilation details of the jacket

The fanciest part of the Sugoi Versa Cycling Jacket, and what makes it really stand out from the rest, is the magnetically attached sleeves that allow it to quickly transform from a jacket to a vest, and from a vest to a jacket. While other women’s bike jackets also convert from a jacket to a vest, they utilize a zipper system that makes it easy to take off the sleeves, but rather cumbersome to put them back on.

My concerns upon first hearing about this feature were that it may be tricky to line up the magnets correctly, and that they might come undone by accident when I wasn't intending to take off the sleeves. Upon trying it out, however, I found that the magnets just seemed to magically line up exactly right, and that they had the perfect amount of strength so that the sleeves were easy to remove, but never felt like they were in danger of coming apart when it wasn't my intention to remove them.

A mesh back panel lets fresh air in while you're wearing the Versa as a vest, and it's covered up when you put the sleeves on to provide extra insulation when you need it.

When you're not wearing the sleeves, you can fold them up small and stuff them in the low back pocket. I found this pocket to be easy to reach, and it wasn’t bothersome to have storage there, especially since the sleeves weigh almost nothing.

The Argon woven ripstop material on the Sugoi Versa Jacket is super lightweight and extremely breathable, and it allows hot, moist air to easily escape, so it didn't weigh me down or create a sweltering environment at all – even when I was pedaling hard. It also provides wind- and moisture- resistance. I tested this jacket out on a beautifully crisp sunny day, so I didn't get to experience the water repellency, but I definitely felt and appreciated the wind blockage.

The Argon material is also smooth and supple, totally comfortable to go sleeveless under. And the inside of the collar and the chin guard feature an extra-soft lining for even better next-to-skin comfort.

Sugoi Women's Versa Jacket technical features
5/5 RATING

The Fit

Performance impressions of sizing, adjustability & coverage

Sugoi tends to run a little on the large side. While this jacket at first seemed pretty big in a size small, I think that the oversized design doesn't end up being a bad thing, because the fit offers good coverage for the riding position, with nice long sleeves and a long torso. And the relaxed sizing comfortably accommodates a couple of layers.

The hem and cuffs were easily adjustable and successfully kept the breeze out of this women's cycling jacket.

Road biking in the Sugoi Versa Jacket

Final Take

When evaluating a cycling jacket, I consider the material, the fit, the ventilation, the reflectivity, the weight, and the feel. The Women's Sugoi Versa Jacket is made of a well-performing high-tech material. Generous sizing offers great coverage and room for layers, while the ventilation option has an unprecedentedly smart design. And 360 degree reflectivity inspires confidence due to the low-light visibility of the jacket. The fact that the Sugoi Versa is extremely lightweight makes it feel like you're wearing nothing at all – except for the protection it offers from wind and water.

Kendall Fischer , Content Writer

Experts Verdict

Offering more than everything I would expect from a high-performance cycling jacket but remaining super lightweight, the Sugoi Versa is a winner in my book.

5/5 Technical Features: Well-designed jacket-to-vest versatility and high performance materials make for great technical performance.

5/5 Technical Features: Extra length at the sleeves and hem provide good coverage for cycling, while a roomy torso and arms leave space for layering.


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Park City, Utah Historic Sites Bike Tour
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Park City, Utah Historic Sites Bike Tour

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I was recently lucky enough to go on a guided bike ride called the Park City Historic Sites Bike Tour, with White Pine Touring, Jans' guiding service. It was entertaining to learn about how things were back in the old mining days of Park City. Our guide, Mike Watson, told us how the minerals were found, removed, transported, and used; about the legendary characters who struck it rich or lost it all; and about the lifestyle of an average mine worker. Not only did I learn some valuable Park City history, but I was also able to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.

For those considering making the Historic Sites Bike Tour one of their Park City "must-dos," read on to find the ins and outs of a guided mountain bike tour unique to our old mining town.

What Should We Bring?

Wear layers of comfortable active clothing. Especially in autumn, but even on some summer days, it's nice to have a wind-breaking jacket to keep yourself comfortable in the breeze you create with all the downhill riding. As you descend in elevation, and as the temperature gets warmer, you'll want the flexibility of less insulation. You'll also want to wear sunglasses and sunblock to protect your eyes and skin from the strong sun at high altitude.

A comfort cruiser bike, helmet, and a White Pine Touring water bottle filled with purified water (yours to take home as a memento) are all provided as part of the guided bike tour.

At the entrance of this old mine, near Park City, Utah, you can actually feel the cold air coming up from the depths! At the entrance of this old mine, near Park City, Utah, you can actually feel the cold air coming up from the depths!

How Do We Get to the Starting Point?

To keep things easy, you'll meet at White Pine Touring on Bonanza Drive to get outfitted. It's also a great place to purchase sunblock, snacks, or a jacket. From there, you'll take a shuttle, included in the price, to the start of the tour. On the way, you will get to know your guide. Ours was Mike Watson, sometimes known as Surfer Mike due to his chill, yet fun demeanor, and his tendency to use surfer-style lingo.

Where is the Tour?

The shuttle will drop you off in upper Deer Valley, and then you'll begin meandering down through the beautiful mountainside, stopping frequently to see the sights and hear about the history that ties in with the geography. You'll continue down Park City's historic Main Street, and eventually end up back at White Pine Touring.

Easygoing downhill riding in Park City makes for a relaxing and refreshing way to see the sites around town. Easygoing downhill riding in Park City makes for a relaxing and refreshing way to see the sites around town.

Will the Tour be Strenuous? Will it be Technical?

The tour is mostly downhill, so it's not too strenuous, but there are a few short uphill sections. Mostly on smooth pavement, this guided bike ride is not technical, but there are a couple sections of dirt along the way.

Don't worry, your comfort cruiser bike can handle the dirt sections with its shock absorption technology; and by adjusting the gears you can make pedaling uphill easier. This bike is equally at home on pavement and dirt.

The overall tone of the tour is very easygoing and non-competitive, making it a great bike ride for beginners. This tour is more about the historical sites, and biking just happens to be the most enjoyable mode of transport.

Is this Tour Boring?

No! This tour is about history, combined with the natural beauty of Park City. Mike painted a picture for us, juxtaposing the rough Old West mining culture of the past with the elegant ski vacation industry of modern times. It was all pretty intriguing, and we never stayed in one spot too long.

Seeing where people lived in Park City's mining heyday helps create a sense of what life was like back then. Seeing where people lived in Park City's mining heyday helps create a sense of what life was like back then.

Is this a Kid-Friendly Bike Tour?

The interactive nature of the tour, combined with the continuously changing scenery and topics would be totally entertaining for kids. And the fact that the ride isn't too difficult, but still has a few off-road sections, gives kids an extra sense of adventure without overwhelming them.

The Final Take

I found the Historic Sites Bike Tour to be simultaneously fascinating and relaxing. It was cool to hear the old stories of the area and to learn tidbits of history such as the mining era phrase, "Lady Silver rides a dark horse." This referred to the common occurrence of a dark mineral called galena alongside silver, an indicator to prospectors that they were on the right track.

And it's wonderful to be among the mountains, feeling the sunlight on your back and the breeze across your face, as you watch the trees shimmer in the wind. I'd recommend this tour without hesitation, and I might even do it more than once, myself.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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Women's-Only Road Rides in Park City, Utah

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Who

Women road bikers, from beginners to experts, are invited to get together. Knowing you'll have riding buddies is good motivation to get out on the road, plus it's fun to meet new friends! And it's not that we don't ever like to ride with the guys. Sometimes it's just nice to get together with some other girls.

What

This is a free group ride, led by a Jans Mountain Recreation Expert - most often Carol Vails. Carol is a former criterium racer who is passionate about road biking. With a "no-drop" approach, this ride isn't about going the fastest or leaving anyone behind; it's about easygoing fun and learning some new skills along the way. It's also a great way to find some potential new riding partners, and expand your repertoire of go-to routes.

Free Road Biking Trips in Park City, Utah

When

These rides happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer (May through September, weather permitting). The ride starts at 6:00 pm and goes until about 7:30 pm. Participants are encouraged to meet at 5:45 pm - or earlier if you plan to rent your road bike (ask about rental discounts for participants).

Where

Centrally located and stocked with cycling gear, the Jans flagship store on Park Avenue is the perfect place to meet for these free women's-only road bike rides around Park City, Utah.

For more information, including a list of recommended gear to bring with you for these group bike outings, check out jans.com. We look forward to cycling with you!

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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Featured Mountain Bike Guide - Weston Deutschlander

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As an experienced mountain biking and climbing guide for White Pine Touring, which is Jans’ guide service, Weston Deutschlander has a backstory that is pretty typical of most Jans’ employees - which is not to say that it's uninteresting or uninspiring.

The Road to Park City

Two days after Weston graduated from college, he drove out to Park City, Utah with a buddy and never left. Coming from a family of ski patrollers, he started out working as a ski instructor at the Canyons Resort. When summer rolled around and Weston got a taste of mountain biking in Park City, he began to work nights at restaurants so he could play full time during the days. “I realized how awesome it was here and decided it was probably the best place ever," says Weston. Back East, he used to ride hard-tail bikes off picnic tables and break them. Biking here was so much better than that.

How Guiding Became a Passion

A few years later, Weston’s wife, Shaun Raskin, introduced him to guiding bike tours and rock climbing tours with White Pine Touring. Now Weston does everything from helping people learn to ride a bike for the first time, to showing former pro mountain bikers around the extensive Park City trail system. Weston looks at guiding as an opportunity to share the great outdoors with a wide variety of people, and loves to see how much joy they get out of being in the mountains.

One really special guiding experience Weston remembers was taking a family that had never before been in the mountains up to Cliff Lake in the Uinta National Forest. The kids were so excited to see everything, that they were exhausted by the end of the day. Weston gave one of the little guys a piggy back ride down to the trailhead, and the toddler fell asleep on the way.

Guided Mountain Biking in Park City, Utah

Living in Paradise

In addition to guiding, Weston is also a professional telemark skier in the winter, a Jans Athlete Team Member, and a guest blogger for jans.com. In the summer, he can be found cross country mountain biking on Park City’s 400+ miles of trails, or downhill biking at the Canyons and at Deer Valley. Weston enjoys the mountain recreation lifestyle to the fullest, and considers himself lucky to get to share it with visitors. He bikes and skis as much as he possibly can, and sometimes gets paid for it – "making the most of living in paradise."
 

Kendall Fischer , Content Writer
 

Want to read about Weston’s backcountry adventures? Check out his jans.com blog, and visit The Life Unbound for inspiration from Weston and Shaun.

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Park City Utah Summer Vacation Guide

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Spending your summer vacation in Park City?  Lucky you!  Not only does our resort town offer gorgeous views and mountains just waiting to be explored, but it also has a significant art scene, excellent restaurants, and plenty of family fun. Read on for our Park City Vacation Guide, with some local insights. 

Order your Groceries Before You Arrive
When you first get into town, you may be feeling tired from a day of traveling, or excited to get out and start exploring. Either way, grocery shopping is not going to seem like the most appealing way to spend your time. Before you arrive, place an order with Stacey's Grocery Services, and let them take care of the food buying for you. With their careful shopping and use of coupons, Stacey's will save you not only time and hassle, but money as well. They buy what you request from over five Park City stores and respect your specifications for local, Kosher, organic, or gluten free.  They’ll even hit the State Liquor Store, disproving the common misconception that you can’t get a drink in Utah.

Adjust to the Dry Climate and High Elevation

Park City, Utah is considered a high desert environment at around 7,000 feet above sea level. Because there is little moisture in the air, you'll need to drink more water here than you would, say, in Atlanta. Unfortunately, it’s common for first time visitors to get dehydrated which can then lead to altitude sickness, a surefire way to ruin a vacation. The best rule of thumb is to drink water often, and before you even feel thirsty. 
 
The high elevation also means that the air has less oxygen in it, causing out-of-towners to get out of breath more easily than they might back home. Take it easy your first day or two up here, and save the more intense physical activities for after your body has had a little time to get used to these new conditions. Olympians train at altitude for a reason – because it’s harder. So cut yourself some slack if your morning run or afternoon bike ride seems more difficult here than it does back home.

Dine Out
Even with the convenience of Stacey's Grocery Services, you'll also want to experience some of the many delicious restaurants in Park City. From casual to upscale, Japanese to Mexican, there are lots of great places to dine and enjoy the mountain town night life. 
 
Main Street is always a popular destination, and in recent years, restaurateurs have taken advantage of the mountain views by building outdoor decks to increase al fresco dining options. Just remember to bring along a sweater. Once the sun dips behind the mountains, temperatures can quickly drop as well.

Appreciate the Arts
Park City's Main Street is known, not only for the multitude of restaurants, but also for a wide variety of art galleries. Enjoy a few hours of strolling among the galleries located on Main Street and beyond. 
 
If you’re lucky enough to be in town on the last Friday of the month, check out the Gallery Stroll from 6-9pm where local galleries provide refreshments for art aficionados during this self-guided tour. 
 
And Park City is really the place to be if you want to enjoy outdoor events such as concerts almost every summer evening, and food and art markets a couple times a week as well. Both the Canyons and Deer Valley offer regular outdoor concerts, and the weekly Park City Farmers Market and Park Silly Market are not to be missed.

Enjoy Mountain Recreation
Hiking, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, and rock climbing are all prime activities in and around Park City. The mountain recreation experts at Jans and White Pine Touring can get you set up with the right equipment, point you in the right direction, and even take you on guided tours to help you get the most out of your mountain experience. Whether you're new to mountain sports or a long time participant, these guides are a wonderful resource.  

Share Some Family Fun
Park City Mountain Resort caters to families for summer fun with activities including an alpine slide, an alpine coaster, a zip line, an adventure zone, and a little miners' park, among other attractions. These outdoor adventures offer something for the youngest kids up to the hard-to-impress teenagers. 
 
While rainy days are rare in Park City, they do happen, mostly just in the late afternoon. The Mine bouldering gym is a great place for all ages to explore rock climbing indoors. If you get hooked and want to try the real thing, there is nothing quite like rock climbing in the Uinta National Forest.

Drink Like a Local
The beer sold in grocery and convenience stores in Utah has a lower alcohol content than beer sold in similar stores in other states. It’s called 3.2 beer because it contains a limit of 3.2% alcohol by weight. You can purchase “regular” beer as well as wine and spirits only at Utah State Liquor Stores (closed on holidays and Sundays) or in restaurants or bars.

Plan Your Next Vacation
With all the great things to see and do in Park City, Utah, you probably won't have time to experience it all in one week. That's okay though; come on back, we'd love to see you here again soon!

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Rock Climbing Safety Checklist

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In general, rock climbing can be quite safe if you approach it with the right tools and respect. Conversely, it can be really dangerous if you approach it with carelessness. We all like to have fun, and staying injury-free is part of keeping things fun. I like to approach rock climbing as if we are all humans and may make mistakes - because we are and we do. Here is a rock climbing safety checklist of questions to ask before a climb.

1. Are we all alert enough to handle this potentially dangerous activity?

Rock climbing involves a combination of complex safety measures, sharp rock surfaces, a lot of height and gravity, and mortal beings - it's really best to be fully alert in order to handle everything safely. So get enough sleep, and save the ritual of enjoying an ice cold beer with your climbing buddies for a nice end to the day, after you're done climbing.

2. Are we all wearing helmets?

Of course we're all going to try our best to avoid back-clipping and other such dangerous situations, but hey, we're human. Sometimes a mistake can go unnoticed until it causes a fall to get ugly - at which time you'll appreciate a helmet softening a blow between your head and the rock. Beyond this, loose rocks falling from above are another danger that climbers and belayers both face. During early climbing season and in seldom climbed areas especially, you may be pulling pieces of the wall off. And in many areas, there are mountain goats and other wildlife that, whether accidentally or out of spite, may kick rocks off the top of the rock face you are climbing.

3. Is this rope long enough?

Find out how high the climb is – before you start. Between guide books, the Internet, your buddy who recommended this place, and the guys who were just leaving as you got there, you should be able to get this information. Then make sure you have a rope that is at least a bit more than double that length. And even if you're pretty sure your rope is long enough, it doesn't hurt to tie a safety knot at the end to stop it from running right out of the belay device, leaving the climber unprotected.

4. What is the safety anchor situation?

Whether you have the top rope all set up already; or you're leading a sport climb; or you're dealing with trad gear; or it's a runout sport route that you can supplement with some trad gear - know the anchor situation. And then bring the appropriate type and amount of equipment (carabiners, wedges, cams, slings, etc.) up the rock with you. When in doubt, and even when not really in doubt, bring extras, just in case.

Climbing and belaying in helmets When in doubt, bring more protection than you think you need

5. Are our harnesses doubled back?

This seems elementary, and you might be tempted to skip it, but just check every time, for both the climber and the belayer. Your harness won't be quite as effective if it's not staying securely on your body. It takes two seconds to check.

6. Is this a good double figure eight knot with a good safety knot?

Again, check it every time, even if you're an old hand at this. Make sure the figure eight is close to the harness, and that the end of the rope follows the figure eight along the same side the whole way through. Then make sure the tail of the rope is tied close above the double figure eight to keep it from flopping around and potentially catching on rock or swatting you in the face.

7. Is the belay carabiner locked?

Get in the habit of pushing on the belay carabiner gate to double check that it is locked and won't be able to slip open during some kind of mishap. Auto locking carabiners are great for this.

8. What communication terms do we agree to use?

As I've discussed in a previous blog in more detail, the climber and belayer need to clearly communicate. It's risky to get all casual and assume you're both on the same page, because you easily may not be. Agree on how you will officially communicate that the belayer is ready to belay, that the climber is ready to climb, that the climber wants more or less slack, and that the climber is ready to lower. Sometimes, due to noise interference from wind, water, traffic, or distance, it may be hard to hear each other. In these cases, agree on a system of rope tugs or other signs to keep in clear communication.

9. What is our plan at the top of the route?

Again, don't make assumptions. In this case, to assume can result in a potential injury. For example, if the climber had planned to be belayed down when their belayer had thought they were going to rappel instead. Decide before you start the climb whether the climber will be setting up a top rope, taking down a top rope set up, rappelling down, being belayed down, and so on.

Be cautious. Learn with the experts.

Taking your time, communicating clearly, avoiding assumptions, double checking, and just generally being cautious are all great ways to help keep everyone happy and healthy to be able to enjoy another climb. Even if you're following every piece of climbing safety advice, I recommend against just getting out there to give rock climbing a try on your own. Go with friends who are experienced and responsible, and can show you the ropes, pun intended. Or better yet, find a professional rock climbing guide service, such as White Pine Touring in Park City, to help you learn safety basics, as well as climbing techniques, that can help you minimize your risks and have more fun as you get into rock climbing.

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

Related Links:
Rock Climbing Terms, Lead Climbing Tips for Beginners
Uinta Mountains Guided Climbing Trip

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High Performance Clothing with a Casual Flair

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There are times when you could use some high performance features in your clothing, but when you also really don't want to look super nerdy by wearing a techy outfit in a casual or urban setting. Thankfully, for these occasions, we can turn to some of my favorite activewear clothing brands including Patagonia, Prana, Icebreaker, Kuhl, and Marmot. All of these manufacturers have created high performance summer clothing with a casual flair.

Enjoy comfort for backpacking and style when you get into town

High Performance Shorts with a Casual Flair

Oh Prana, thank you. Your men's Bronson shorts are not only great looking at the cafe or bar, but also are made of a durable stretch canvas that resists abrasion and moves flexibly so you can climb and hike in comfort. Prana calls them 'an all-purpose adventurer's dream come true,' and wearers rave about the good looks of these men’s shorts and their invincible feel for active pursuits.

“Look good, feel good,
smell good? Yes please.”

For women, the Patagonia Happy Hike Shorts are both completely adorable, and quite comfortable to move in. Made with a stretchy material that is abrasion resistant and dries quickly, these women's hiking shorts look great around town as well as in the mountains.

The Marmot Lexi Shorts are another great option for women. With a gusseted center seam for unhindered mobility, and a hidden mesh ventilation back panel for natural air conditioning, they are ready to hike, and their khaki style is a summer classic.

Performance hiking clothing

High Performance Shirts with a Casual Flair

The Icebreaker Harmony Women's V-neck Short Sleeve Shirt is a great looking basic that can be easily dressed up or dressed down. And beyond that cliché, the material is naturally moisture wicking and odor resistant to keep you from getting sticky and smelly in hot, humid conditions. Perfect for travel or everyday casual wear, the Harmony Women’s V-neck will keep you looking and smelling sweet.

For men looking to comfortably rock a classic short sleeve collared shirt in the heat of the summer, the Marmot Waldron and the Kuhl Spyke shirts both offer moisture wicking, quick drying performance and odor resistance, as well as added sun protection. Depending on your priorities, you may appreciate the wrinkle resistance of the Spyke for travel, or the abrasion resistance of the Waldron for climbing.

Another high performance shirt is the RV Dirtbag technical men's t-shirt from Outdoor Research. It lets you look like you don't have a care in the world – while wicking perspiration away from your skin, drying quickly, and preventing smelliness with its FreshGuard odor neutralization technology.

High Performance Dresses with a Casual Flair

I think most women will agree that the ultimate easy summer outfit is a sundress. You only have to put on one piece of clothing, no matching required. Summer gets even better when you have sundresses that offer extra performance for enhanced comfort. The Icebreaker Crush Stripe Dress has a great beachside feel, and its merino wool fabric is soft, naturally moisture wicking, breathable, and odor resistant.

“There are times when you could use some high performance features [and] don't want to look super nerdy...”

Another option is the Ex-Officio Go-To Dress, which is appropriately named. This little black dress is made with DriRelease fabric, so it wicks perspiration away from your skin and dries quickly, and it has FreshGuard odor protection. Look good, feel good, smell good? Yes please.

With so many great performance clothing options for summer, you no longer have to choose between comfort and style. You can have it all. Find more stylish high performance clothing at http://www.jans.com/home-clothing-shop.htm

Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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http://www.jans.com/p/icebreaker-crush-stripe-dress-womens
http://www.jans.com/p/exofficio-go-to-dress-womens


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How to Dress for Rock Climbing

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If you've ever ripped your pants on a high step or a brush with sharp rock, dealt with bulky pockets that repeatedly got caught on your harness, or missed a foothold because you couldn't quite see it past your loose jacket - then you can appreciate the importance of good rock climbing clothing.  For comfort while climbing, you'll want to wear clothing that offers mobility, durability, a close fit, harness compatibility, and moisture management. Read on about how to dress for rock climbing to avoid the previously mentioned mishaps and many others while you’re on the rock
 
Mobility
 
When you get to some reachy moves, the last thing you want is for your clothing to hold you back. Stretchy materials and/or articulated designs are key for comfort and mobility while climbing. I love Prana tank tops like the Madison, which offers stretch, softness, and light support. This women's tank top is also versatile for wearing to yoga class and around town. 


Durability

I'll admit that sometimes I just wear stretchy clothing to climb in, mostly in hot weather, while worrying less about durability. Because of this, I end up with worn out spots on my favorite leggings and annoying scratches on my legs. But I also continually sing the praises of my Marmot Scree Pants, which offer great flexibility and amazing durability - you can have it all! Wearing these durable climbing pants is definitely a good confidence boost to help me feel unhesitant to knee bar.
 
Fit and Harness Compatibility
 
Your climbing clothing should help you out, not get in your way. Closer fitting clothing is better than loose, bulky attire which can block your vision when you're craning your neck to look for foot holds. Low profile pocketing and other details make for climbing clothing that won't snag on your harness or the wall.

Climate Control

It's important to keep in mind the variation in energy exerted during a typical climbing outing. Climbing and bouldering are pretty high output activities, but unless you have impressive endurance and no regard for your climbing buddies, you'll also be doing at least as much belaying, spotting, or spectating / beta suggesting, which are much lower output activities. To avoid getting the shivers because you were sweaty after a climb and then cooled down too much while standing still, the key is layering. 


 
You want to wear moisture managing first layers, to prevent your perspiration from chilling you too much after going from performance to resting. I love low profile technical spandex shorts or my Hot Chilly’s base layer leggings that I've had for years, and an Icebreaker base layer tank like the Sprite Racerback to help manage my body temperature. 
 
And if it's not a hot day, you'll want to have extra layers to pull on for while you're belaying, spotting, or just hanging out between climbs. Depending on the conditions, I'll layer a combination of my Nils Lola Fleece Top, a softshell jacket like the Marmot Prodigy, a down puffy coat like The North Face Thunder Micro Down, and a fleece lined hat like the Scott Quartz Beanie.  Having a combination of baselayers, midlayers, jackets, and a hat can make all the difference when the sun starts to set and the temperature drops.

 
For all of your climbing needs and to find out some of our favorite climbs around Park City, head in to White Pine Touring and talk with one of our Experts.

 
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How Not To Dress For Skiing

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Assuming that what you wear for everyday winter casual clothing is what you will be most comfortable wearing for skiing is an easy mistake. Avoid the discomfort that can totally distract from your on mountain experience by skimming through the following outline of how not to dress while skiing.
 
Headband / Earmuffs
Adorable for building snowmen and winter walks, headbands and earmuffs are just not quite enough to keep your head warm when you’re skiing down a mountain. Plus while fleece headbands may keep your ears cozy, they may also give you ridiculous tan lines. Nothing quite protects your skull in the event of a collision like a ski helmet. Not just for kids, and not just for those crazy ski movie athletes who jump off cliffs, ski helmets are the comfortable, and safety-conscious headwear choice for anyone on skis or a snowboard.
 
Sunglasses
Perfect for a hike, sunglasses aren’t quite going to cut it for skiing. When you’re moving through cold air at high speeds in sunglasses, your eyes will be streaming with tears, and you’ll feel like you have an ice cream headache from the icy wind blasting against your forehead. Ski goggles are the ideal eyewear for skiing. Not only do they help with the aforementioned issues, they also provide eye protection for skiing in trees. To avoid the dreaded ‘gaper gap’, look for goggles that are made to fit with your helmet.
 
Scarf
In case you haven’t seen the ‘Check For Loose Clothing And Equipment’ signs posted toward the end of some chairlift rides, wearing a scarf while skiing can actually be potentially unsafe. Scarves can catch on a lift or a tree, leaving you caught like a foiled cartoon villain. A better way to keep your neck warm for skiing is with a neck gaiter – no loose ends to get snagged or in the way.
 
Wool Mittens
Cozy for walking to work or driving on dark winter mornings, wool mittens are much less effective for skiing. Wind goes right through wool, and as soon as you get snow on it, your mittens will be wet and heavy, making for really unhappy hands. Ski gloves and mittens are much warmer, and the waterproof exteriors, combined with moisture wicking interiors, are a much better way to keep your hands comfortably dry.
 
Pea Coat and Jeans
Winter fashion classics, such as a pea coat and jeans, are great looking but not great performers for skiing. For example, if you take a tumble and get your jeans snowy, they will stay wet, stiff, cold, and heavy the rest of the day – and these are not the most inspiring feelings for working on your carving technique. Instead, wear a ski jacket and ski pants specifically designed to keep you comfortable in cold, wet conditions when you may be working up a sweat. Look for men’swomen’s, and children’s ski clothing that is lightweight, waterproof, breathable, and warm.

 
Even if you’re only going skiing for the first time and you don’t have all of the technical ski wear just yet, you can still avoid looking goofy and feeling uncomfortable while skiing. Jans offers ski clothing rentals in Park City, to help you look good, feel good, and enjoy your time on the mountain.
 
 
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Why Women's Specific Skis

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There are plenty of jokes about the differences between men and women, but from a skiing standpoint, the important differences are that women generally have a lower center of gravity and a lower body mass than men do. Why it took ski manufacturers so long to notice the physical differences between men and women, while comedians have been capitalizing on observations about culturally learned gender stereotypes for years, no one really knows. But the good news is that things are getting much better for women in the world of skis.

Back in the day, ski makers used to cater to women by offering them smaller versions of men’s skis with florally inspired topsheet graphics. Known as the ‘shrink it and pink it’ mentality of a male dominated industry, this concept offended hardcore female skiers. Accustomed to working harder to get the same performance from their skis as men, many continued to buy men’s or unisex skis anyway.

Thankfully, ski companies have gotten savvier, and now offer women skis that are actually designed to perform specifically for women. Compared to men’s or unisex skis, well designed women’s skis are lighter and softer, with more sidecut, and with the waist closer to the tip. For female skiers this means better performance and less risk of injury.
 

Why Women’s Skis are Lighter and Softer
The stiffness of a ski should reflect the amount of weight that the skier can put into flexing it. Because men are generally heavier than women, they are able to more easily flex a stiffer, heavier ski.  Consequently, since women are generally lighter, the typical men’s ski would require a female skier to exert more energy in order to bend it. With this in mind, ski manufacturers now make women’s specific skis lighter and softer so that women don’t have to work extra hard for the same turns.
 

Why Women’s Skis Have More Sidecut
Compared to men, women have a lower center of gravity with more weight in their hips than in their shoulders (the opposite being generally true for men). This gives female skiers less leverage to turn skis over to carve on their edges. To address this, many women’s specific skis feature a narrower waist as compared to the tip and tail. This exaggerated sidecut makes skis easier for women to carve since they are designed with the physics of the female body in mind.

 
Why Women’s Skis Have a Different Waist Placement
With their higher centers of gravity, male skiers generally have an easier time moving their weight forward to control their skis from the traditional binding placement, which is designed for men. To level the playing field for those with a lower center of gravity (and therefore less leverage), the waist and binding mount of a women’s specific ski is usually around two centimeters closer to the tip of the ski than it would be on a men’s ski of the same length. This small difference in placement makes a big difference for performance - putting women in the optimum position for balance, turn initiation, carving on the edges of their skis, and preventing knee strain.

 
Women’s specific skis make skiing easier and more comfortable for women, and also much safer, since being on the right ski causes less strain and makes injury less likely. It’s not that you need a women’s specific ski because you’re not as good a skier as the guys; it’s that women’s and men’s bodies are different, and therefore different skis will respond better for women.

If you’re in the market for new skis, Jans firmly believes in testing a number of models before choosing which ones to buy. To narrow your focus, check out the jans.com selection of high quality women’s carving, powder, and all mountain skis.

 
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Snowshoeing in Park City

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People who don’t like winter tend to be the same people who don’t get outside during the winter, and this is not coincidence. Instead of just sitting by the fire sipping hot cocoa when things get chilly, why not find ways to enjoy nature’s fresh air throughout the year? Getting outside in the winter helps make the season not only tolerable, but even downright enjoyable.

Snowshoeing is an easily approachable winter sport that is an awesome way to appreciate the great outdoors when everything is cold and snow covered. Snowshoes make it so you stay on the surface of deep snow rather than sinking in, and they offer extra traction so you won’t be slipping around. Imagine hiking in the peaceful quiet of snow covered forests, with a little crunch crunch beneath your feet and sparkling vistas around you. And speaking of amazing views, in and around Park City, Utah is great for snowshoeing.
 
Snowshoe Rentals in Park City
Jans offers a range of sizes of Atlas running and trekking snow shoes for rent in Park City. Reserve your snowshoe rentals online so that they are ready for you to pick up. Snowboots are the best footwear to go with snowshoes, but if you don’t have any, Jans offers overbooties to wear over your sneakers to help keep your feet warm and dry.

If you happen to fall in love with snowshoeing and you want to make it a regular pastime, you can purchase your own snowshoe gear at White Pine Touring.
 
Where to Snowshoe in Park City
Throughout the winter, snow brightens the over 400 miles of scenic trails in and around Park City. Iron Canyon is a local favorite for a heart pounding snowshoe experience with a lot of uphill, best suited for those who are already adapted to the altitude. Rob’s Trail is a more moderate snowshoe trek that will still get your heart pumping. If you’re unsure about your ability level, the Rail Trail (just steps away from White Pine Touring) or the McCleod Creek Trail can be great places to get out and try snowshoeing with little elevation change and interesting scenery.

Basin Recreation offers winter trail maps for Park City, and Mountain Trails Foundation offers a map that specifies which Park City trails are open for snowshoeing. The Mountain Trails Foundation website also has other helpful resources such as trail etiquette and updates on current trail conditions.
 
Snowshoe Tours in Park City
For a memorable experience including great snowshoeing, fantastic scenery, and helpful snowshoeing tips, book a guided snowshoe tour with White Pine Touring. The expert guides here can take you on a customizable snowshoe adventure around Park City or in the nearby Uinta National Forest. This a great option for snowshoers of all levels to enjoy an awesome day of snowshoeing and benefit from some local expertise.

 
Snowshoeing can help you make the most of your winter. Whether it’s your day off from alpine or Nordic skiing to switch things up, or your main snow sport, winter hiking in snowshoes is great exercise and a wonderful way to get outside for some fresh air and a refreshing experience.

 
Kendall Fischer, Content Writer

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