US Outdoor / Mountain Hardwear ~ 20 Years Together

A relationship doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time, effort and trust to develop a kinship. For 20 years, we here at U.S. Outdoor have been honored to represent the great outdoors along side our friends, Mountain Hardwear, one of the most trusted outdoor brands on the planet.

On Monday, April 21st, Jack Powell, the Pacific Northwest Rep for Mountain Hardwear, presented to Rob Solomon, owner of U.S. Outdoor, an award of special recognition for 20 years of support. U.S. Outdoor was one of the original retailers to carry Mountain Hardwear. We are proud of our relationship with such a stellar brand and wish Jack Powell, and the rest of Mountain Hardwear many more years of success. Thank you.

Mountain Hardwear Baby! You know we love it.

U.S. Outdoor Owner, Rob Solomon, and General Manager, Todd Sexton, pose majestically with the Mountain Hardwear award of special recognition.

The Best Rolling Gear Bags for 2013

While traveling and vacationing often have some amazingly enjoyable destinations, sometimes the journey can be a bit of a headache. From long security lines to delayed departures to lost baggage, it is easy to find yourself with an in-flight frown. However, you can remedy all that by hooking yourself up with the kind of luggage that ensures every aspect of your travels is enjoyable. Check out this feast of the best rolling gear bags from across the land, and as you dig in, look for the models with the qualities you value most when traveling.

Eagle Creek Flashpoint ORV Trunk 22One look at the imposing Eagle Creek Flashpoint ORV Trunk 22 and it is easy to sense just how rugged this piece is. Constructed with Bi-Tech fabric to truly crank up the durability factor, this bag was created to keep up with your most punishing adventures. Weather-resistance and 4-Point Protection dominate the outside while the interior packs the capability to keep you super organized. Finally, you can rock a roller bag with some muscle.

 

It’s all about efficiency when it comes to the Timbuk2 Copilot Rolling Gear Bag. A Timbuk2 Copilot Roller Travel Baglightweight clamshell design gives you room to pack as impractically as you want. So, go ahead, toss those maracas in there, because you never know when a fiesta-inspired jam session might break out. And while it might be tempting to drop in the halfpipe on this thing since it features skateboard wheels and a bike-like handle, it is better off stowed in the overhead bin where it will be the envy of all other bags.

 

Burton Rolling Gear BagsLike an instant upgrade to first class, the Burton Rolling Gear Bag gets you where you are going in style. Somehow it slipped Burton’s mind that luggage is suppose to be boring. Instead, they loaded the Wheelie Flight Deck Rolling Gear Bag up with copious amounts of style, straps, handholds, easy access pockets and packing capabilities. Tugging your travel essentials around on a slick set of skate wheels has never looked so good.

 

Help save the earth while you explore it with the Volcom Hemispheric Check-In Roller Volcom Hemispheric Check In Roller BagBag. Built out of recycled materials, the Hemispheric rolling bag gets you onto the plane quicker with its smooth-rolling wheels and sturdy pull-out handle. A pair of zippered compartments gives you all the room you need to load up on souvenirs and perhaps the best part is that a percentage from every sale is donated to global environmental causes.

 

Gregory Alpaca Roller 22 Travel BagThere is no choice but to celebrate the no-nonsense attitude of the Gregory Alpaca Roller 22 Travel Bag. It doesn’t try to do anything fancy, but instead focuses on a 100% dedication to functionality. Abrasion and water resistant, this bombproof piece keeps all of your belongings safely tucked away in an easily transportable package. During your travels is the absolute worst time for gear to fail, so Gregory infused the Alpaca with an attitude that refuses to recognize failure as an option.

 

Become an airport ninja and breeze past security with the Dakine Women’s Carry-On Dakine Carry On Valise - Women'sRoller. This rolling travel bag takes the pain out of traveling by giving you all the organization and simple handling of a hunk of luggage crafted specifically to dominate busy hubs. Long lines will never again make you cringe and you can forget worrying about having enough room for everything you might need. When you rock this bag and blitz past the suffering masses at the airport, you won’t be able to help but crack a smile.

 

Dakine Girls' Over UnderDon’t wait for the airlines to lose your luggage so that you can spend the next couple days in the same outfit. Instead, take charge with the carry-on sized rolling gear bag Dakine Girl’s Over Under. It has got a plethora of space for all your clothes thanks to a split level expandable design, and exterior organizer pockets help you stay on top of your essentials in order to make travel as painless as possible.

 

So, which one will it be? Pick your favorite, load it up and let getting there actually be half the fun.

By Jennifer Frost

NW Ski & Snowboard Demo: Mt. Hood Meadows

volkl skier NW Ski & Snowboard Demo Tour

Check out brand new ski and snowboard demos from your favorite companies this weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows! 

The NW Ski & Snowboard Demo Village sets up shop at Mt. Hood Meadows this Sunday, March 18th. Dive into fresh tracks with skis and snowboards that don’t hit the market until next year. From 9 am to 1 pm, or even as late as 3 pm, manufacturers from all over the globe will be sending you into the future in hopes that you will put their shred sleds on your wishlist. Manufacturers present will include: Volkl, Rossignol, Dynastar, K2, Line, 4FRNT, Atomic, Armada, Fischer, Icelantic, Blizzard, Nordica, Salomon, K2 Boards, Capita, Never Summer, Lib Tech, Gnu, and Arbor and possibly a few more. Don’t miss out! This is your chance to experience first hand the newest lines for 2013.

Check out Meadows Website for more information.

Ski Mountaineering Magic

ski mountaineeringTwo years ago I began investing in ski mountaineering equipment with the intent of climbing some of the cascade volcanoes with the benefit of skiing down. However, my ski mountaineering gear has taken me far beyond the summits I originally purchased it to climb. It has become my most common method of travel in the mountains. The main benefits are efficiency of travel and the added fun of skiing. If you travel in the mountains when snow is on the ground, then ski mountaineering gear can open a whole new world of opportunity.

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The efficiency of travel is greatly increased for a few reasons. When you travel downhill, gravity and ski gear do the work at many times the speed of walking. During cross country travel, skis float on top of snow that otherwise can make travel slow and miserable. When going uphill, heel risers alleviate a great deal of calf strain and climbing skins make each step very predictable. During the spring, this efficiency provides access to wilderness areas like Three Sisters, Steens Mountain, or Crater Rock where most people must wait until the snow melts before they can hike in. This gear also reduces the challenge of long snow covered approaches to isolated summits that notoriously difficult to reach during the winter. Examples include Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, St. Helens, and the Three Sisters.

Another surprise for me is the simple joy of earning turns in the backcountry. While backcountry skiing is available all winter, Oregon and Washington have glaciers and snow fields that can be skied year round. Ski mountaineering equipment can be used just out of bounds at resorts, or deep in the wilderness. Regardless, the focus on mountaineering has pushed the industry to make stronger, lighter, more durable gear than ever before. This versatility allows for any type of skiing desired.
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Consider these items when purchasing your ski mountaineering gear. The boots need to be comfortable, light, durable, and warm. They must also be flexible when walking, and rigid enough for skiing. This is a tall order so shop around. My current boots, the Dynafit TLT 5 Mountain TF-X, meet all the criteria listed above. Next, climbing skins need to be light and have good grip/glide on snow. My favorite skins are the Colltex Extreme CT40+. Ski bindings need to be very strong and light. I love my new Dynafit Speed Radicals, but multiple options exist. Finally, you need good AT all-mountain skis for every possible snow condition available. Stop by US Outdoor to open up a whole new world of snow covered backcountry travel with new ski mountaineering gear.

Rock Jumping: A Thrill Seekers Sanity

“… adventure, excitement? A Jedi craves not these things.” To this crew of Rock Jumpers, Jedi do not exist. It’s amazing what you can do with the right gear, the right crew, the proper skills, and a complete and total disregard for the drab and mundane lifestyle of a desk jockey. Just beyond Moab, Utah, this band of rock bounding base jumpers take flight in what can only be explained as a product of the human spirit triumphantly squashing the bounds of fear.

[Brand] New: Terra Nova Equipment

Terra Nova Solar Photon 1 Tent

The award-winning Solar Photon 1 Tent

Quiet down, everyone, quiet down! We at US Outdoor would like to welcome Terra Nova Equipment into our brand family! As a new Spring addition to Camping and Climbing here at US Outdoor, Terra Nova Equipment provides a wealth of knowledge and product that can only be described as impressive. An independent company founded over a decade ago, Terra Nova Equipment strives to be, in their own words, “Best in Class” with products that span the spectrum of outdoor necessity. Their acclaimed Guinness World Record for developing and creating the World’s Lightest Tent provides a trust and understanding that Terra Nova Equipment knows their designs and takes great pride in their craft. Their Solar Photon 1 Tent is the lightest self-supporting tent in the world, a whopping 865g of 3-4 season coverage that harbors you whilst in the wild. That ingenuity is what will keep Terra Nova Equipment successful. Look for Terra Nova at USOUTDOOR.com this Spring! Cheers!