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  • Seduced by the Juice: An e-bike primer - By Pat Grubb A silent revolution in the cycling world that began in China and conquered Europe is now riding strong across North America. Electric bikes, or “e-bikes” are finding fans across all ages and all styles of riding. With its quick-paced success, it might be time to hop on the bandwagon, or bike, if you […]
  • Treelines Northwest: Local clothing brand supports trail work - Stories and photos by Brad Andrew Mountain bike trails don’t just fall from the sky and land in the forest for all to enjoy. Whether you prefer flowing single-track or high-speed jump lines, those trails are conceived, sculpted and maintained by human hands. Growing up in Skagit County during the 1980s and early 90s, Adam […]
  • The Trailblazing Packable Tool - Locally made Trail Boss sells worldwide By Oliver Lazenby In February 2017, Bellingham resident Bill Hasenjaeger attended an outdoor expo where he walked into a talk about recreation-related business and described his target market as unemployed mountain bikers building jumps on trails. That’s a small market, compared to others at the talk. It’s also an […]
  • The endangered telemark skier: the last of the breed pushes on in pursuit of a low, surfy turn - By Oliver Lazenby During telemark skiing’s last growth spurt in the 1990s, many picked it up to ski the backcountry; telemark bindings were the most popular and lightest tool for skiing uphill. They allow skiers to lift their heels and walk, and on the way down they require a drop-knee telemark turn where one ski […]
  • New owner, same heritage at the snowboard shop that grew with the Northwest -   Update (January 8, 2018): Jeff Lemen is no longer affiliated with the Mt. Baker Snowboard Shop. Marcella and Bobbie Dobis own the Mt. Baker Snowboard Shop and are raising money for repairs to the building. More information here: www.youcaring.com/mtbakersnowboardshop-1028503 Lemen has opened Mt. Baker Snowboards located at 9946 Mt. Baker Highway in Glacier.  By Oliver Lazenby When […]
  • Winter 2017 gear guide - By Pat Grubb The ultimate “cheap for the deep” deal John at Glacier Ski Shop is offering a great package – 122 mm wide Fischer Big Stix skis with WTR 16 Salomon bindings for just $499. Also, on the boot side, the shop is offering custom boot fitting by Master Fit University certified staff. glacierskishop.com […]
  • Fall 2016 gear guide - By Pat Grubb MSR Pocketrocket Stove Kit When you’re traveling fast, you want to travel light. Th is you can do with MSR’s PocketRocket stove kit. Total weight of stove, aluminum stove, two mugs and two bowls and two Sporks? 24.9 oz. Boils a liter of water in under 4 minutes. $99. msrgear.com   Sealine […]
  • Recon Racks: a local fabricator’s quest to build a better bike rack - Story by Oliver Lazenby Bike rack anxiety goes like this: you’re bouncing up a dirt road to the trailhead. A rack full of bikes is bouncing along with you, and they could be worth more than the car they’re hitched to. After every bump and rut you sneak a glance in the rearview mirror to […]
  • Inside Arc’teryx: New avalanche air bag - Story and photos by Oliver Lazenby On the second floor of the Arc’teryx design facility in North Vancouver, the first thing a visitor sees after climbing the stairs is a custom machine for laminating technical fabric. Like some of the clothing and gear prototypes scattered throughout the facility, Arc’teryx doesn’t want visitors to take pictures […]
  • Hot winter gear for 2016 - By Marty Grabijas If you attend enough trade shows it starts to look like “same stuff, different year.” Undoubtedly, the essence of why we play outdoors is to tap into our inner child – especially in winter. Give kids a piece of plastic and a snowy slope and soon they’ll be sliding down it. So […]

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  • Evil Bikes’ New Headquarters: A slice of MTB heaven - A Q&A with Kevin Walsh by Benjamin Whitney The red hot brand Evil Bikes is known for defying tradition when it comes to developing mountain bikes. The brand’s history is checkered with hang-ups and successes, but its resilience is paying off. Kevin Walsh, owner and designer, has assembled a quiver of award-winning carbon fiber trail […]
  • Summer 2019 gear guide - By Pat Grubb Boosted Plus Electric Skateboard This California-designed e-board will get you across campus or town fast! 22 mph fast! With an extended range of 14 miles, you’ve got a big campus to explore. $1,399 Boostedboards.com Angi Crash Sensor Compatible with most bike helmets, Specialized’s ANGi sensor detects crashes and alerts selected contacts that […]
  • Ground Keeper Fenders: Adding soul to the boring black fender - By Todd Elsworth When it comes to mountain bike fenders, graphic designer Keely Shannon’s attitude is, if you dream it, she can print it. When Keely decided she wanted to start a company that designs graphics-driven fenders for mountain bikes, she first had to find someone to produce the fenders. After a laborious search for […]
  • Unlock your skiing potential with these exercises - By Luca Williams All of us know at least one of those people who picked up skiing quickly, with ease and grace. Us mere mortals advance slowly, however, dedicating hours to the sport, trying to figure out the intermediate or black diamond runs without hurting ourselves. Many factors make an advanced snow athlete: genetics, environment, […]
  • MSR Evo snowshoe review - Dependable snowshoes are an easy way to get outside this winter By Chris Gerston, owner of backcountry essentials Keeping active in the winter can be difficult for some hikers, since so many favorite local trails are covered in snow. This is a great time to explore the world of snowshoeing, and it’s easier to try […]
  • Gear Guide - Helly Hansen Powderqueen 2.0 Jacket Waterproof,  windproof and breathable, this PrimaLoft insulated, longer cut woman’s jacket will keep you warm while its relaxed free ride fit will make for big days on big mountains.  Suggested Retail Price $400   Woman’s Lifaloft hooded Insulator Jacket Used under a shell or by itself,  you’ll stay warm without […]
  • Seduced by the Juice: An e-bike primer - By Pat Grubb A silent revolution in the cycling world that began in China and conquered Europe is now riding strong across North America. Electric bikes, or “e-bikes” are finding fans across all ages and all styles of riding. With its quick-paced success, it might be time to hop on the bandwagon, or bike, if you […]
  • How to bring ultra light thru hiking ideas to shorter trips - Story and photos by Nick Belcaster I first hiked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in 2014, and it’s safe to say I packed just about every fear I could manage into my 65-liter pack: bear spray, multi-piece nesting cookset, weather radio, a full Gore-Tex suit that would make the Gorton’s fisherman envious – all […]
  • Mountain Technology: A guide’s take on what to use - By Jason D. Martin Historically, in order to escape from daily life and technology, one could go to the mountains. Now, with technology all around us, the ability to escape seems more difficult. While that has a downside, mountain technology is getting better every day and it’s hard to ignore its usefulness. To help you […]
  • Spring 2018 gear guide - By Pat Grubb 2018 Trek Marlin 5 The 5 is one of Skagit Cycle’s best selling hard tails. Great range of sizes and features RST Gila coil spring forks w/100mm of travel, Shimano Tourney crankset and derailleurs and Tektro M285 hydraulic disc brakes. Get out and ride! $449.99 skagitcyclecenter.com GNU Free Spirit Top tier snowboarder Jamie […]