On-Snow Demo At Timberline Lodge – Sunday, March 6th

As the world turns and seasons shift, many of us find ourselves pondering the future; of what lies ahead and so on and so forth. But, why? The future can’t be told, assumed obviously, but assumptions will only get you the ass end of a bad deal, and bad deals aren’t something we’re accustom to at U.S. Outdoor. Instead, we would like to give you the chance to step into the future (quite literally) with a time honored ski and snowboard on-snow demo day!

On March 6th, 2016, U.S. Outdoor will be teaming up with Timberline Lodge and a battalion of brands so you can ride the wave of the future via next year’s quiver. GOOD deals will be made on 2016 and 2017 skis and snowboards! Fates will be sealed. Assumptions will be banished. Just make sure you register first! You can register online here or register at U.S. Outdoor. Registration prior to the event is free and will save you money! More details below.



Start Time: 9am

End Time: 4pm (Last demos out at 2:30pm)

Where: Timberline Lodge

When: Sunday, March 6th, 2016

How to register: REGISTRATION will be held ONLINE or IN-STORE at U.S. Outdoor. Registration will conclude at 6pm on Saturday, March 5th. Pre-registration is free and registered participants will not have to pay to demo.

Non registered participants will be charged a one time fee of $25 that will be donated to Portland Mountain Rescue.


Top 7 Ski & Snowboard Goggles for 2013

The mountain is all about perspective. While some see a fallen tree or a boulder pillow as an obstacle to avoid, others may not see anything at all because they are too busy swiping at their goggles in frustration as they battle fog and other vision impairing hassles. Yet hope remains. Another kind of rider exists that has a different approach entirely. They see features where others see fear, and they never have to put their run on pause to fiddle with their snowboard goggles. The secret lies within the superior eyewear that gives them a whole new perspective on the hill. Check out some of this year’s best ski goggles and join the ranks of elite riders who sacrifice nothing when it comes to vision.

Blast off with the out-of-this-world style of the Von Zipper Skylab Goggles. Comfort and performance highlight this model as 100% UV protection and superior cushioning reign supreme. A hard coated lens extends the longevity by fighting to defend against scratching and other abusive antics. Maximized ventilation and a hydrophobic coating that absorbs moisture also team up to make the Von Zipper Skylab Goggles a force to be reckoned with.


Blind spots suck. So Electric threw them out the window with their EG2 Goggles. An over-sized frame achieves an unobstructed view of the hill so you can seek and destroy the most epic lines. Combo up those mega frames with fantastical ventilation and fog protection for an experience like no other. Warning: your vision will be so good that you might just forget you’re rocking the EG2’s and end up wearing them to bed.


When it comes to swapping out lenses and beholding a revolutionary field of vision,  the only hunk of eyewear that can live up to the hype is the Smith I/O Goggles. Switching your lens to cater to the conditions has been simplified with the I/O design which means your vision will be at it’s finest whether you are facing potato soup fog or retina-searing sunshine. Musical chairs with your lenses have never been easier than with the Smith I/O Goggles.


With the Anon Helix Goggles it’s all about utility. Stocked with all the features and functionality you need and none of the bells and whistles that you don’t, this pair gets the job done no matter what the weather forecast has in store. Your days of calling a timeout mid run to try and wipe the fog from the inside of your eyewear are over thanks to an anti-fog coating and dual-lens construction. Put in a full day and leave it all on the mountain with the Anon Helix Snowboarding Goggles.


Sculpted for those feminine faces, the Dragon DXS Goggles are the ultimate on-mountain accessory. A micro fleece lining and dual layer face foam take comfort and fit to the next level of luxury. Sure, they look sweet enough, but beware, because they have bunches of bite too. The DXS crushes fog and demolishes harmful sunrays for a magical optical experience in a pretty little package that only Dragon can provide.


Remember the duck and cover drills back in the 1950’s in case an atomic bomb was dropped? Ridiculous. What they should have done was just handed out Oakley Crowbar Goggles, because these bad boys are bombproof! Frames constructed from O Matter are super flexible and rugged, while durability is at an all-time high with the impact resistant HDO lenses. Able to withstand everything from face plants to straight up Armageddon, the Oakley Crowbar Ski Goggles are one mean piece of action.


Inspired by a classic style and infused with futuristic technology, the Spy Trevor Goggles take your riding to a new level of amazement. You can’t shake these optics due to the silicone ribbed strap that holds them in place no matter how hard you rag doll. Triple Layer Isotron Face Foam does all kinds of groovy things like wick moisture away from your face and give you an ultra cozy fit. With stashes of color options to choose from, the Spy Trevor Snowboard Goggles have got something radical in store for everyone.

Click here to take your pick of these exemplary models of ski and snowboard goggles. Then get to the hill and get a whole new pristine perspective of your own.

By Jennifer Frost

Smith Optics Founder, Dr. Robert Smith, Passes On

Dr. Robert Smith, Founder of Smith Optics, a literal and figurative visionary of the snowsports world passed away Wednesday, April 18th from complications after undergoing surgery.

As a military dentist stationed in Germany, Robert Smith (Dr. Bob) would frequent the snowy slopes of Kitzbuhel, Austria. During his stay he worked through the notion of a “double lens” to combat fog. He later brought his vision to fruition by creating the first dual lens; setting in motion a concept that would play a pivotal roll in the future of goggle design.

That said, one can only speculate what stage of the goggle game we would be in right now if it weren’t for his creation. That’s not to say someone couldn’t have come up with the dual lens later on down the line. But that idea in hindsight is still speculative fiction. Robert Smith’s vision to enhance Smith sunglasses and goggles  for snow goers everywhere just goes to show the impact that a single individual can have on a sport that reaches some many people.

So here’s to you, Dr. Bob! Your love of skiing resonates through your dual lens that provides us all with keen visual clarity. RIP