Let the flakes fly! Temperatures are dropping with the East Coast’s first glimpse of winter this week and ski resorts have followed suit, revving up their snowmaking machines for the 2012-2013 season. Are you stoked to hit the slopes? Proper equipment is key to enjoy the ride, but navigating the snow gear marketplace can be a doozy. We want you to start off on the right edge so tackled the dos and don’ts of gear with Skis.com’s owner and company founder, Steve Kopitz. Here’s a quick breakdown for boarders, both bunny hill enthusiasts and terrain park thrill-seekers, alike!
1. Embrace the scale: “One of the most common misconceptions when sizing a snowboard is that it’s based on height,” said Steve. “Your board doesn’t know how tall you are, but rather how much you weigh.” After hopping on the scale, use a size chart to determine the range you fall in. Big feet? Not to worry. Companies make wider boards for you!
2. Board in style: The main types of snowboards include all-mountain, freestyle and all-mountain freestyle. “The all-mountain freestyle boards are now the most common seen on the hill,” said Steve. “They truly encompass the entire mountain, including groomed runs, powder days and the terrain park. They will have features that aid in both carving, as well as freestyle skills.” To find your riding style and perfect match, check out Skis.com Buyer’s Guide.
3. Flex it out: “The flex of a board directly tells you how responsive the board will be. The stiffer the board, the more responsive it is.” As a general rule of thumb, entry-level riders should opt for a forgiving board while stiff boards provide advanced boarders with the quick response and edgehold they need. Read more
Ever get tired of wearing the same old gym clothes? Seriously think about it, how many pairs of plain black yoga pants, capris, leggings, and tanks do you own? I know that I easily have between 8-10 pairs of just solid plain black workout bottoms. BORINGGGG!
Fashion designer, David Lerner, recently launched a sport line (it can be found exclusively here and here) that puts a great spin on your everyday gym basics, and the girls here in the fashion department love the collection. The sexy cutouts and mesh insets on the tanks are perfect for showing off some skin when pumping some iron, and the fun seams on the leggings will make your legs look slim and fit. Here are some of our favorite looks (I’m totally digging these leggings with the cargo pocket!):
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, the girls here in the fashion department are feeling festive! Irish or not, everyone has a little Irish in them on St. Patty’s Day, right? While you are off eating corned beef and cabbage, downing a Guinness and snacking on some Lucky Charms, here are a few of our favorite things (lucky #13 to be exact) to keep you in the spirit! All things green of course!
1. Old Navy Linen Moto Jacket $35
2. Hurley Good Band St. Patty’s Day Tee $22
3. Reebok Premier ZigFly Sneakers $99
4. Oakley Beckon Sunglasses $110
5. Adidas Boston Marathon Glide Shorts $36
6. Helly Hansen Faerder Reversible Jacket $130
7. Madewell Silky Swing Dress $128
8. Puma Loop Neon Watch $50
9. TOMS Classic Camo Slip-On
10. Sydney Evan Yellow-Gold & Diamond Clover on African Opal Bracelet $825
11. Top Shop Marissa Bag by Orelia $300
12. Yogi Toes Groovy Skidless Yoga Towel $64
13. Patagonia Down Vest $150
Who’s ready for summer? The ladies here in the fashion department definitely are! If this snowy weather has gotten you a winter fashion rut and you are ready to toss in your boots for some flip-flops, check out our favorite winter weather boots:
- My Sorel boots keep my feet super toasty, and are even waterproof! These city puddles don’t stand a chance!
- Melissa loves her lace-up Khombu boots not only because they are stylish, but also because they are weather proof. Got snow? No problem!
- And Argy’s feet stay warm in her black Moon Boots, so warm in fact, that she does not even have to wear socks! And come on, how cute are they?!
Which winter boots put a little pep into your step on a snowy day? Show us! We’d love to see!
Last week, NYC was pummeled by a blizzard. Two feet of snow in Central Park could mean only one thing…. YakTrax! If anyone is looking for a guaranteed way to get grip while running on snowy, icy terrain, these super simple coverings for the bottom of your running shoes are awesome. Warning: They do NOT work on wood floors or dry pavement (just the opposite, you’ll slip) so tuck them in your pocket, then strap them on when you hit the trails.