I remember back when I used to go snowboarding, I don’t anymore, too many gapers on the mountain. I would get up at 4:30 a.m., turn on the T.V., pop in a snowboarding video to get stoked, and pack my pack. Since I don’t snowboard anymore, I had Michael, a U.S. Outdoor snowboarder, tell me what he puts in his pack.

The first thing you need is a pack. Michael rocks a Burton Day Hiker 28L. It has enough room to carry everything you need for a day on the mountain. One of the most important things that I always have on me is a beanie. Probably because I’m bald. There is nothing worse than cold raindrops on a bald head. Michael likes the Burton Waffle Beanie. Always carry an extra pair of socks. He likes the Burton Merino Phase Socks. Always go for the Merino wool. It just sounds cooler. When it comes to keeping your hands warm I would go for gloves. They give you the freedom to give certain gestures. No not that one, the hang loose sign brah. But Michael likes the Dakine Team Baron Mitt. Mitts just keep your hands warmer than gloves. Next for a good piece of layering clothing he wears the ThirtyTwo Rest Stop Polar Fleece. When he gets too warm he just takes it off and stashes it in his pack. One of the most essential pieces of equipment a snowboarder has are goggles. Michael likes the new Anon M2 Goggles. You can change your lenses quickly with the new magnetic lens interchangeability. You need a good tool if something goes wrong with your bindings on the mountain. Like when your beginner girlfriend decides she is actually goofy foot on the top of Palmer. A good one to use is the Dakine Stance Driver. Hydrate or die. You need liquids when you are riding. The Hydroflask water bottles are the best. They keep hot things hot and cold things cold. Trust me I have two. Now we come to one of the most important things to have in your pack; snacks. Michael alway carries Cliff Bars. Now personally I’m a Milky Way man. I can hear all you Snickers people out there, but I just don’t like nuts in my candy. It just seems weird to me. These are just a few suggestions for things you need in your pack for a day on the mountain. If you take issue with any of them, don’t tell me. Take it up with Michael. It’s his list.

Black Friday

(Cue the theme music to “Jaws”)

Thanks to wikipedia, we can read about the origins of Black Friday and its name, here. Reading about it makes the term more palatable. Let’s face it, without any explanation, “Black Friday” sounds more like a day of mourning or a horror movie. The tone doesn’t seem too inviting; nor can you expect the reports of people getting trampled at the mall or fighting over ‘Tickle Me Elmo’ dolls to put people at ease. Anywho. All nightmare scenarios aside, Black Friday is a day for the proactive. It isn’t for the faint of heart; it takes thick skin and true grit to make it through Black Friday on an even keel. We here at US Outdoor understand that and would like to offer our hand in making your Black Friday experience a good one. Come on in and get geared up for this winter!

There will be deals on your favorite brands: Patagonia, Burton, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Anon, Smith Optics, Smartwool, Icebreaker and Hot Chilis as well as additional savings on outlet items!

… Also, there have been reports that folks are now camping outside of department stores instead of eating Thanksgiving dinner. However crazy that seems, if you are so inclined to do so, here is a link to our tents and sleeping bags. Happy hunting.

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