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Nils Ski and Snowboard Apparel for Women 2016/2017

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 descript...

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Club Ride Detour Jersey and Crush Shorts Review

Expert Review When I received my Detour jersey and Crush shorts one month ago, they were the first pieces of Club Ride apparel that I had ever worn. Truthfully, they were the first Club Ride products that I had ever so much as picked up. It’s not that I’m overly selective – I have jerseys and shorts from Fox, Dakine, Giro, Troy Lee Designs, even Sugoi. But Club Ride? It was never on my radar. If you’d asked me to describe Club Ride, I would have told y...

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An Explanation of Technical Clothing Ratings

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 and windproof performance is important for activities like cool weather running Water-Repellent, Water-Resistant, Waterproof Many technical clothing items feature a...

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Oakley Goggle Lens Guide

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 ma...

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Rent Ski Outerwear in Park City Utah

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. &ldq...

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Flylow Higgins Coat & Chemical Pant Review

Independent, homegrown, and mountain-approved. Strike up a conversation with anyone on the lift, and this is likely how they would describe Flylow. This grassroots brand was started by two ski buddies who wanted ski pants and jackets that would hold up to the rigors of backcountry and big mountain skiing, but still had a style all its own. Now on its 10th year of production, Flylow's gear is truly speaking for itself. Their attention to detail is second to none. It's a well-rounded li...

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GORE-TEX - Technology, Care, and Benefits

How it all started We've all heard the word, but do we really know what it means? GORE-TEX® technology is as synonymous with ski jackets and pants as peanut butter is with jelly. "Waterproof and breathable" is the buzz phrase, but what exactly is that and how does it work? W.L. Gore and Associates has been making everyday products for years, from cable insulators to medical stents to fighter pilot helmet parts. A lot of items we use are manufactured by or utilize tec...

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Expert Picks: Summer Clothing for the Mountains

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 brough...

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Nils Women's Ski Clothing Favorites for 2014/2015

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-s...

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2XU Compression Wear Review

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 c...

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Women's Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket - Review

Expert Review Walk into a coffee shop in any mountain town, and take a poll of what type of jackets folks are wearing. Chances are that the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket (and its various iterations - the Nano Puff Hoody and Nano Puff Pullover) is just about as prevalent as border collies and Toyota Tacomas. Ubiquitous? Yes, but for good reason. For outdoor aficionados, this versatile midlayer toes the line perfectly between real winter insulation and active use. And it doesn't h...

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How to Tell When You Need a New Ski Jacket

Ski jackets are expensive. They also have a lifespan far longer than manufacturers and retailers would like to admit. That being said, there will come a time when every ski jacket's usefulness has run its course. And whether you stash it in the closet to mature for future Clown Days or donate it to your local thrift shop, your trusty jacket will have earned its retirement. The point of this blog is to highlight a few of the telltale signs – beyond the obvious tears, broken zippe...

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Marmot PreCip Jacket and Pants Review

Expert Review On a damp and drizzling July day at the base of Mount Hood, Oregon, I put the Marmot Precip Jacket and Precip Pants to the test. With the temperatures in the mid-80’s, and the humidity rocking my world, a friend and I took a fast-paced loop around nearby Trillium Lake. Admittedly, I’ve never had much use for rain gear. Living in Utah I don’t encounter a lot of unfrozen precipitation, and the jacket and pants I’ve worn in the past have alw...

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High Performance Clothing with a Casual Flair

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. High Performance Shorts with a Casual Fla...

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How to Choose the Best Patagonia Capilene Baselayer

Patagonia Capilene fabric is used to make some of the best and well known technical baselayers in the industry. The synthetic polyester weave provides the foundation for any layering system and is adaptable to a myriad of sports. All of Patagonia’s Capilene baselayers are bluesign approved, meaning Patagonia follows a set of guidelines meant to reduce waste and boost sustainability of their products. Regardless of weight, the Capilene product line also features a contemporary and consisten...

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Arcteryx Stinger Bibs Review

The well-deserving winner of Powder Magazine’s Best Outerwear of 2013 Award, the Arcteryx Stinger Bibsare made with highly technical materials, a comfortable design, and thoughtful details.

New and Improved GORE-TEX Pro
Arcteryx and GORE-TEX work closely to develop high performance materials for outerwear such as the Arcteryx Stinger Bibs. GORE-TEX Pro, new and improved for fall 2013,offers greater durability and increased breathability for better longevity and a broader comfort ran...

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Smith Optics Dr. Bob Goggle Review

Jan Peterson first met Dr. Bob Smith back in the early seventies. Both men were visionaries in their respective fields. Jan Peterson is the founder of Jans, an outdoor retailer that has grown from a single location to twelve stores, and Dr. Bob created the legendary eyewear manufacturer, Smith Optics.When the two first met, Smith was a relatively new company. Only a few years prior, Dr. Smith had been an orthodontist with a passion for skiing, making goggles with his dental tools, and trading th...

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Patagonia 2013 Collection

Celebrating 40 years, Patagonia still embodies the guiding principles that they stated back in their 1975 catalog: “simplicity, universality, and good quality.” This visionary company continues to progress by developing technical materials, increasing sewing proficiency, creating a superior fit, and reducing environmental impact.

This season, the company is focusing on the idea of a responsible economy, and the Patagonia 2013 Collection reflects this value, especially with their...

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Arcteryx 2013 Collection

Arcteryx earned recognition in the outdoor industry when their performance outerwear debuted in 1998 with their groundbreaking WaterTight zipper, and an important partnership with GORE-TEX waterproof and breathable materials. Since then Arcteryx has continually challenged assumptions, pursuing efficiency and preciseness in their performance products. Arcteryx strives for constant improvement; “evolution in action,” they call it.

The Arcteryx 2013 collectionupholds this ideal wit...

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What do Arcteryx product name codes mean?

We get it, Arcteryx products are high tech! I personally wrote descriptions for what seemed like endless Arcteryx winter products for the upcoming season, and I learned a lot about what is behind their fancy naming system. I also learned that there are loyal Arcteryx customers who actually care a whole lot about all the details and want to know what all the codes mean. So this blog is for them.
I’ll share what I learned about decoding Arcteryx products, including the naming schemes, the ...