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Published by Jesse on 28 Nov 2007

OGE Picks: Men’s Ski Pants

Sty dry and comfortable in these Men’s Ski Pants from Arcteryx, Cloudveil, Columbia, Spyder and The North Face.

Arcteryx Stinger Bib Arcteryx Stinger Bibs – The Arc’teryx Men’s Stinger Bibs use Gore-Tex Pro fabric for total protection against the gnarliest storm yet still offer plenty of breathability to keep you cool on a backcountry ski trip. The Stinger Bibs have two front and two thigh pockets. The gusseted crotch and articulated knees give you flexibility and freedom of movement whether skinning up or ripping down. MSRP: $450

The North Face Varius Guide Pant The North Face Varius Guide Pants – The North Face Varius Guide Pants are made with bomber 70D dobby HyVent fabric to stand up to abuse and still keep you dry, as well as be a bit lighter on the wallet then your typical gore-tex pants. When it heats up, cool off with the full length side zips. MSRP: $150

Spyder Davos Pant Spyder Davos Pants – The Spyder Davos Pants are the top of the line ski pants from Spyder. The Davos pants combine extremely weather-resistant fabric, 40g of Thinsulate insulation and all the little touches only Spyder could come up with to create a warm, dry and stylish ski pant. MSRP: $500

Columbia Snow King Cargo Pant Columbia Snow King Cargo Pants – Columbia believes that you don’t need to break the bank to have a great pair of ski pants. The Columbia Snow King Cargo Pants will allow you to dominate the slopes on all but the absolute worst winter storm days. Columbia outfit the Snow King with 6 pockets to carry all your accessories and inseam vents for when it gets too hot out. MSRP: $100

Cloudveil Koven Pant Cloudveil Koven Pants – The Cloudveil Koven Pants’ waterproof Cloudburst Stretch EV3 fabric offers complete weather protection while breathing before excessive sweating happens, making it less likely that you’ll overheat and get damp. The Koven has 4 pockets including an overflow cargo pocket large enough to store sunscreen or an afternoon snack. MSRP: $280

Published by Jesse on 19 Nov 2007

OGE Picks: Fat Skis

The OGE Picks category of our blog has been covering a lot of different gear product groups of late, but this one is the best. No question. You can’t be faded when there’s powder in them hills, especially when you have 105 under foot fat skis on your side. Here are some cream of the crop fatties for the 2007-08 ski season.

Volkl Gotama Volkl Gotama Skis – The king of fat skis, period. End of description. MSRP: $795 (Hint…Backcountry has them for $699)

Atomic Big Daddy Atomic Big Daddy – A huge, solid charger for the deepest powder days. ideal for wide open terrain. Some swear this is the baddest ass pure freeride ski on the market, but it probably won’t be the only ski in your quiver. So keep that in mind. MSRP: $798

Rossignol B104 Rossignol B104-Squad – The monster 130-millimeter shovel packs a Shark Nose aluminum insert for destroying crud and any inconsistent snow along the fall line. Bottom line is that you’ll experience pro-level performance on these skis. MSRP: $815

K2 Pontoon K2 Pontoon Ski – The mad Phat Ski might as well be a Powder hover craft with enough maneuverability and prowess to double your lap count. I’ve heard people say that having the K2 Pontoon Alpine Ski is like cheating. MSRP: $825

Rossignol Scratch Steeze Ski Rossignol Scratch – One size. The goods fits all. Lengths: [185cm] 140 / 110 / 133mm. Leave the lift lines and scraped crud to the punters while you float switch with the Steeze. MSRP: $730

Published by Jesse on 03 Nov 2007

OGE Picks: Women’s Winter Boots

Style, comfort, warmth and durability are just a few of the characteristics of these Women’s Winter Boots from Keen, Sorel, Merrell, Ugg and The North Face.

Keen Stockholm Boot Keen Stockholm Boots – The waterproof leather upper of the Keen Stockholm boots seal out slush and snow while its fleece lining keeps in the warmth. These tall boots use a compression molded midsole/outsole construction and removable anatomical footbeds for greater support and comfort. MSRP: $115

Sorel Caribou Reserve Boot Sorel Caribou Reserve Boots – Based on the classic Caribou, the Sorel Caribou Reserve exudes luxury with its premium waterproof elk leather, solid brass D-rings, Texel felt InnerBoot insulation and genuine sheep shearling lining. Only 500 pair are available world wide and they come with a finely crafted custom wood carrying case. These boots don’t just look and feel nice, with seam-sealed waterproof construction, you can wear these boots during the harshest winter weather. MSRP: $400

Merrell Spirit Tibet High Boot Merrell Spirit Tibet High Boots – Disctinctively styled with leather-and-toggle closures, the Merrell Spirit Tibet High Booots will still stand up to the sloppiest and coldest conditions. The water-resistant leather, 200 grams of Thinsulate and polertec lining keep your feet warm and dry. The Merrell Spirit SnowFlake sole has substantial slick-surface traction and leaves the coolest imprints in the snow. MSRP: $130

The North Face McMurdo Boot The North Face McMurdo Boots – Great for snowshoeing, playing in the snow, sledding, shoveling or just walking around, The North Face McMurdo Boots will take care of your feet no matter what your winter activity is. The McMurdo keeps your feet cozy and dry with waterproof nubuck leather uppers and primaloft insulation. You can even wear the McMurdo’s without socks as the fleece lining feels soft and warm on your skin. MSRP: $115

Ugg Brooks Boot Ugg Brooks Boots – The genuine Grade A shearling lining and leather upper of the Ugg Brooks boot provide you with comfort and style while the sturdy rubber outsole gives you amazing traction. The insoles are replaceable, removable and washable, which is helpful as these durable boots will keep your feet very happy for many winters. For those who like extra high boots, check out the Ugg Brooks Tall Boots. MSRP: $160 (Tall MSRP: $180)

Published by Jesse on 29 Oct 2007

OGE Picks: Men’s Winter Boots

Keep your feet warm in these Men’s Winter Boots from Columbia, Sorel, Keen, Ugg and The North Face.

Columbia Bugabootres Boot Columbia Bugabootres Boots – The Bugabootres Winter Boots’ Omni-Tech outsoles provide excellent traction on hardpack snow and steep trails. The fully seam sealed waterproof construction and 400g Thinsulate Ultra lining keep your feet warm and dry on the coldest of days. Columbia is so confident in the construction quality of the Bugabootres that they back these boots with a Lifetime guaruntee. MSRP: $120

Sorel Caribou Boot Sorel Caribou Boots – If you close your eyes and think about winter boots, the first thing you probably picture is the Sorel Caribou. This classic is rated to -40 F and is built from a waterproof full-grain leather upper attached to a vulcanized rubber bottom. The 9mm ThermoPlus felt liner is removable and replaceable. MSRP: $105

KEEN Blackcomb Boot KEEN Blackcomb Boots – eVENT® waterproof barrier combined with PrimaLoft® insulation and dual-climate outsoles make the Keen Blackcomb boots a high performance option when the temperatures get low. Weighing only 2 lbs 6 oz, this low cut winter boot will keep your feet warm and comfortable in conditions to -25°F during active use. MSRP: $130

The North Face Ice Storm Boot The North Face Ice Storm Boots – The North Face Ice Storm Winter Boots keep your feet warm in brutally cold winter climates and feature the glove-friendly BOA lacing system. Rated to -40F, these boots use a combination of 400g PrimaLoft insulation and Dri-Lex fleece lining to keep your feet cozy. And of course you’ll stay dry with the Gore-Tex inserts. MSRP: $195

Ugg Beacon Boot Ugg Beacon Boots – The UGG Beacon boot has a plush twin-faced sheepskin upper combined with leather to provide you with comfort, durability and unmatched style. The rubber outsole allows for excellent traction with flexibility. And the genuine sheepskin sockliner naturally wicks away moisture and helps keep feet dry. Don’t be afraid to wear these boots without socks. MSRP: $175

Published by Jesse on 17 Oct 2007

OGE Picks: Ski and Snowboard Gloves

Skiing and snowboarding gloves from Black Diamond, Burton, Hestra, Marmot and The North Face.

Black Diamond Patrol Gloves Black Diamond Patrol Glove – The Black Diamond Patrol gloves were built to stand up to long days of working in the snow of the Wasatch Mountains, where BD calls home. The grippy and supple Pittards goatskin leather is sewn together with Kevlar stitching. BD insures dexterity and warmth with the combinations of low-bulk Polartec Thermal Pro insulation in the palm and PrimaLoft on the back of the hand. MSRP: $90

Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove – Naming something the “Ultimate” is a bold statement, but Marmot has certainly stepped us with gloves that may just be worthy. Marmot’s Ultimate Ski Glove is waterproof, warm, and durable. It is made from only the best materials: Pittards goatskin, Gore-Tex XCR, PrimaLoft and DriClime. The warranty is also the ultimate and lasts a lifetime. MSRP: $150

The North Face Patrol Gloves The North Face Patrol Glove – Not wanting to be outdone by Marmot, The North Face makes the Patrol Ski Gloves with the same best of breed materials and craftmanship. This glove features a Gore-Tex HP inner, a Pittards Armortan leather palm, a brushed tricot lining and Primaloft insulation. It of course comes with The North Face’s lifetime warranty. MSRP: $145

Hestra Heli Gloves Hestra Heli Glove – The Hestra Heli glove’s army leather goatskin palm is super grippy and stays flexible in the coldest conditions. The interior lining is removable (and replaceable), so you can use the heli on cold or warm days. Hestra backs the Heli Glove with its lifetime warranty. MSRP: $100

Burton AK Tech Gloves Burton AK Tech Glove – The Burton AK Tech Gloves are just what the doctor orders for spring days and booter-building sessions. Rodeo AK leather palms give you a great grip on a shovel while the Storm-lite 3.0D softshell material wisks off moisture. MSRP: $50

Published by Jesse on 10 Oct 2007

OGE Picks: Ski and Snowboard Goggles

See and be seen in this seasons OGE Picks skiing and snowboarding goggles from Anon, Oakley, Smith, Spy and Zeal.

Smith Prodigy Spherical Series Goggle Smith Prodigy Goggles – The Smith Prodigy Goggles are part of the Spherical Series family of goggles. This means that the lenses are spherically shaped for distortion free vision. The shape also aids in fog prevention, which combined with the patented Regulator airflow system will keep you seeing clearly. The Prodigy comes in a wide array of colors with 12 different optional lens tints.

Anon Figment Goggle Anon Figment Goggles – These helmet compatible goggles come with the style, fit and functionality you’d expect from Anon. The custom Auto-Adjust strap attachment pivots automatically to fit your skull or helmet. Anon’s Channeled Top Venting system won’t let water penetrate while allowing ample air circulation to prevent fogging.

Oakley Wisdom Goggle Oakley Wisdom Goggles – The Wisdom goggles have been a classic in the Oakly fleet for a long time. Quite simply put, they work well. The air intake ports channel airflow through the goggles to reduce fog while still keeping air currents away from eyes. The optics are extroadinary and the choices for colors and lenses extensive.

Spy Orbit Goggle Spy Orbit Goggles – The Orbit features Spy’s patented 6-base ARC spherical lens system made from an anatomical dual composite frame structure. In plain speak, great optics from a tough pair of goggles. While they may be tough, the Orbit does display a soft side with its thermoformed foam lined with Dri-Force fleece.

Zeal Link PPX Goggle Zeal Link PPX Goggles – The PPX Photo-Polar lens is both photochromatic and polarized, which means it changes from dark to light (or vise versa) depending on changing light conditions and it eliminates annoying glare. With such a high tech lens, you’d hope that you could keep these goggles around for a long time. Zeal makes sure that these goggles will last by making every part replaceable and by also including a bonus hard carrying case.

Published by Jesse on 02 Oct 2007

OGE Picks: Women’s Fleece Jackets

OGE Picks: Womens Fleece Jackets from Arcteryx, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia and The North Face.

The North Face Oso Hoody Fleece Jacket North Face Oso Hoody – The Oso hoody fleece jacket from The North Face is Oh-So-Soft. After putting on this jacket, you will be convinced that The TKA high loft fleece must be the softest fabric on earth. You will not want to take this jacket off, nor will you be able to stop petting yourself. Did we mention this jacket is soft to the touch? MSRP: $130

Patagonia Synchilla Windzone Fleece Jacket Patagonia Synchilla Windzone Jacket – Patagonia made this reversible fleece jacket from Polartec Wind Pro fleece—high loft and fuzzy on one side and low cut like velour on the other. This densely knit jacket provides triple the wind resistance of a regular fleece to keep you warmer on blustery days, plus it breathes, so you don’t overheat when you’re on the move. MSRP: $180

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Fleece Jacket Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Jacket – At only 15 ounces, the Monkey Woman Fleece Jacket from Mountain Hardwear gives you tons of warmth at a fraction of the typical fleece jacket weight. High loft Monkey Phur fleece gives this jacket a rich texture and the power stretch cuffs, wrist panel, and waist make the jacket stay in place for excellent range of motion. MSRP: $140

Arc'teryx Delta SV Fleece Jacket Arcteryx Delta SV Jacket – The Arc’teryx Delta SV has all the fine details you would expect from Arcteryx. Super loft Polartec Thermal Pro material keeps the jacket fuzzy and comfy, yet moisture and smell resistant. The zipper has a chin guard to prevent face scraping, and the gusseted underarms keep the jacket in place while you’re active. The cut is stylish and flattering to the feminine form. MSRP: $200

Marmot Radiant Fleece Jacket Marmot Radiant Jacket – Getting back to the soft theme, the Marmot Radiant Fleece challenges The North Face Oso for who is the biggest softy. The Radiant jacket uses Polartec’s long-fibered Thermal Pro Persian fabric, which actually retains heat better than standard fleece and also feels great against the skin. This 200 weight fleece works great on the outside on brisk days, or as a layer on the very frosty days. MSRP: $130

Published by Jesse on 27 Sep 2007

OGE Picks: The North Face Daypacks

The North Face manufacturers a huge selection of daypacks. So many shapes and sizes its hard to keep track of them all. So if you’re looking for that new North Face daypack, we suggest you start with the 5 OGE Picks below, all of which of course come with The North Face lifetime guaruntee.

The North Face Big Shot Daypack The North Face Big Shot – The Big Shot Backpack’s stowable waist-belt and well-padded shoulder straps enable you to carry a huge load of text books that easily fit in the spacious main compartment. There are also two water-bottle pockets and compression straps to make this pack as trail ready as it is campus ready. The total volume of the pack is 2100 cubic inches and it weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces.

The North Face Borealis Daypack The North Face Borealis – Whether you need to bring your laptop to class or water to the hills, the Borealis’ has you covered. The main compartment has a universal padded sleeve for a laptop or a hydration bladder. The front pocket has an organizer for pens, pencils, and other small items and dual mesh side water-bottle pockets fit standard size Nalgene bottles. The bungee cord on the front is a great place to tuck your rain jacket or extra layer. The total volume is 1850 cubic inches and it weighs 2 pounds 1 ounce.

The North Face Jester Daypack The North Face Jester – The Jester is no class clown. This classic daypack from The North Face is built very similar to the borealis except that it does not have a laptop sleeve/hydration compartment. This gives you more room in the main compartment for your text books and shaves off a few ounces of weight. The total volume is 1850 cubic inches and it weighs 1 pound 10 ounces.

The North Face Recon Daypack The North Face Recon – Like to ride your bike to campus? Then the Recon is what you need. Lock your bike and carry your helmet in the large mesh front pocket. The main compartment has a laptop/hydration sleeve and the front organizer pocket holds all your small essentials. Carry a couple waterbottles in the side pockets too. The total volume is 1850 cubic inches and it weighs 2 pounds 3 ounce.

The North Face Vault Daypack The North Face Vault – With the Vault backpack, The North Face designed a simple, clean daypack with no extra bulk or straps. with its large main compartment and front accessory pocket, you can carry what you need and not be bothered by anything else. This stripped down, sleek pack is one of the lightest offerings from The North Face. The total volume is 1850 cubic inches and it weighs 1 pound 7 ounces.

Published by Jesse on 12 Sep 2007

OGE Picks: 2008 Ski Jackets

I know what you’re thinking: Ski Jackets? It’s only a week after Labor Day and you’re talking about ski jackets? Well, its never too early to pray for snow and most of the shops have received a bunch of the new gear and apparel. And we want you to be ready for the ski season with the hottest jackets available. So lets get right into it…

New for the 2007-2008 season, the folks at Gore have given us the brand new Gore-Tex Pro Shell material. This new fabric is lighter, more durable, and more comfortable to wear than its predecessors. It’s engineered to be the most rugged, most breathable, durably waterproof and windproof fabric you’ve ever experienced. And the top brands have embraced it with their top of the line offerings. Our favorite jackets made from this great fabric are: Arcteryx Stinger, Marmot Exum, Mountain Hardwear Beryllium, Outdoor Research Mentor, Venom Poacher and North Face Free Thinker.

Now we realize that the Gore-Tex Pro Shell jackets are probably the most expensive ski jackets you’ll find on the market. If you don’t need this “ultimate fabric” or just don’t want to spend the money, have no fear, as there are still several options for you out there. Several brands have their own proprietary waterproof/breathable fabric that will get the job done. Take a look at the: Marmot Tamarack Jacket, Patagonia Primo Jacket and North Face Varius Guide Jacket.

For those of you that are really cost conscious, you should consider purchasing a 3-in-1 ski jacket. When you get a 3-in-1, as the name suggests, you essentially get 3 jackets for the price of one. Typically these jackets are a combination of a waterproof shell and a zip in fleece (or other insulater) that can be worn on its own. Our picks in this category are: Columbia Bugaboo Parka, Marmot Tower 3 Component Jacket, Spyder Alpha Component and North Face Amplitude Triclimate Jacket.

Now if you’re the type of skier that absolutely can’t stand the cold and want the ultimate in warmth, then you need to find yourself an insulated ski jacket. Whether its down or synthetic primaloft, these jackets will keep you toasty on the stormiest days: Columbia Ballistic Insulated Jacket, Patagonia Rubicon Puff Jacket and Arcteryx Fission.

While a lot of the jackets we’ve reccomended above come in both men’s and women’s versions, most of the best brands have styles built specifically for women. As we all know a woman’s body is drastically different from a man’s and these jackets take into consideration the fit and needs of women: Spyder Meribel Jacket, North Face Foxy Suede Jacket and North Face Allure Jacket.

In the end, style, fit and personal tastes will ultimately determine which jacket or jackets you choose. Just know that you can’t go wrong with any of the models highlighted here. One item to note is that I have not discussed any softshell jackets. Soft shells have come a long way in the past few years and I feel they deserve their own article. So stay tuned for our chosen softshell jackets in another edition of OGE Picks.

Do you own any of these jackets? Do you think we missed the mark with our recommendations? Do you have a jacket you think should be highlighted here? Let us know about it by sharing your comments below.

Published by Jesse on 12 Sep 2007

OGE Picks: The Best Gear From The Best Brands

Howdy Folks,

I am proud to introduce a new column to the OGE Outdoor Blog: OGE Picks

We’ve put the gear experts here at Outdoor Gear Engine (OGE) to work in finding the best products from a broad array of categories and manufacturers. With over 500,000 product skus in the Outdoor Gear Engine database (search the database from the sidebar), and new products coming to market every day, we’ll help you pick out the winners that will enhance your enjoyment in whatever outdoor sport you choose. Whether it be backpacking or backcountry skiing, we’ll highlight the brands and products you should consider owning. And of course, when you shop for that product on OGE, you know you’ll be getting the best possible deal. So stay tuned…our 1st group of picks will be released this week.

Jesse Hoffman, CEO
OGE, Inc.