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 10 Sunglasses for 2014

For months it has lain dormant, but now that summer is here, the sun has reestablished its reign over the sky as it abolishes the clouds that once held it prisoner. That massive ball of gas pours out a fury of harsh rays upon our precious eyeballs that are defenseless when left to their own devices. And don’t even pretend to remember where you stashed your pair from last year. They have joined their brethren from summers past in the great beyond. That means you need to grab a new pair with which to battle the sun. Take your pick from this list of the top 10 sunglasses for 2014.


Dot Dash Poseur SunglassesThe Dot Dash Poseur Sunglasses are all about stylish quality that won’t give your wallet a gut check. These shades are for the people, and they come in loads of vibrant color options so you can snag the pair that does an equally excellent job of decorating your face and protecting your peepers.


Epitomizing the spirit of travel and love of adventure, the Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses are Oakley Holbrook Sunglassesthe result of collaboration between snowboarding legend Shawn White and his brother as the creative director. Every model in the Holbrook collection features the suave looks you demand and the absolute performance that Oakley is known for.


Neff Daily SunglassesJust as their name implies, the Neff Daily Sunglasses don’t need a special occasion for you to bust them out. The sun doesn’t even have to be out to rock the Daily shades because there is a glow in the dark pair available. Now you really do have a reason to wear your sunglasses at night.

VonZipper Elmore Sunglasses

There was a gnarly collision at the intersection of Fashion and Functionality. The only thing left standing when the dust settled was the VonZipper Elmore Sunglasses. 100% UV protection teams up with a smooth, classic style to produce a pair that refuses to let you down.


Julbo Explorer SunglassesIf you are into mountaineering, you’ve got to outfit your face with the Julbo Explorer Sunglasses. They offer a premium optical experience and some serious protection. All the best tech has gone into the Explorer so that they dominate high altitudes and defend your eyes against all kinds of rays and reflections.


Accept no substitute for the true classic. The Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses are always a Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglassestop pick, and this year is no different. Think about it, the top 10 sunglasses for 2014 just wouldn’t be right without this iconic pair. Not much looks better than a classy set of Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses perched upon your pretty face.


Smith  Mastermind SunglassesIf you are in the mood for a sleek slice of facial accessory action, look no further than the Smith Mastermind Sunglasses. Yes, it takes a true genius to pull off this blend of true stylish finesse and bold performance. If you think you’ve got what it takes to properly wield the Mastermind, step up your game with Smith.

Electric Knoxville Sunglasses

Crafted within the borders of Italy, the Electric Knoxville Sunglasses have been raised in a truly classic fashion. Their timeless design and knack for ocular defense makes them everything one could hope for in a mature set of shades. Put on a pair of the Electric Knoxville Sunglasses and everything just kind of goes your way.


Spy Dirk SunglassesThe Spy Dirk Sunglasses just ooze athleticism. Each pair comes with custom fittings to compliment their sleek design and provide the perfect fit. If you’re all about that action, never underestimate the ability of a set of Dirk shades to keep you on top of your game.


All the goodness in the world of shades was poured into the Suncloud Sentry Sunglasses. Suncloud Sentry SunglassesThis pair stands on guard against lethal rays with polarized lenses, a grilamid frame, cozy nose pads, loads of style, and minimal weight. Tough and talented, the Suncloud Sentry Sunglasses don’t mess around.


There you have it: the top 10 sunglasses for 2014. Pick the pair that tickles your fancy the hardest, and turn the tide on the sun and its dastardly plan to disrupt your vision.

U.S. Outdoor Presents: Fast Times At White Owl High

Time flies when you’re having fun, so why slow down? Catch the tasty waves and a cool buzz because the summer has just begun. It is time to celebrate for no other reason than to be in the sun with friends, drinking beer and playing games as surf videos and surf music fill the air with good vibrations.

On July, 23rd, The U.S. Outdoor Summer Surf Party will wash ashore on the beaches of the White Owl Social Club. Your favorite brands such as: Vans, Volcom, RVCA, Brixton, Lib Tech, Billabong, Xcel, VONZIPPER and more will be in attendance. Prizes will be awarded, like a custom Murdey Surfboard and a whole lot more. Sound waves will be provided by the returning Don & The Quixotes and DJ Danny Corn, so don’t miss out. This is sure to be a good time.

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U.S. Outdoor Presents FastTimes at White Owl High

Top 13 Sunglasses for 2013

Face it. You never find out what happened to your sunglasses from the previous year. So let them hang out wherever it is that old shades go in peace, and turn your attention to finding a new pair with which to stomp those sunbeams. Gaze upon this top baker’s dozen of visionary shades in order to enjoy an optical experience that can’t be vanquished by even the sun’s most powerful rays.
Von Zipper Elmore Sunglasses
Out of a vat of fashionable functionality explodes the Von Zipper Elmore Sunglasses. The way these bad boys blend classic style, bold colors and an ability to protect your peepers is flawless. One look and you will have plenty of reasons to adorn your face with Von Zipper’s masterpiece known as Elmore and nothing more.

Ashbury Slide Machine Sunglasses
Scope the scene and keep it clean with the Ashbury Slide Machine shades. These sunglasses refuse to do anything but lean on a laid-back look that is loaded with the ability to defend your eyes against all kinds of harmful rays. Clear vision and masterful craftsmanship give the Slide Machine the edge necessary to dominate all the other wannabes.

Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses

Oakley worked closely with Shaun White to unleash their Holbrook Sunglasses and the result has landed this pair on the list for a myriad of merits. Not only do they pack the performance necessary to put a premium optical experience on lockdown, but they also exude a style that transcends time and is straight up undeniably legit.

Electric Knoxville Sunglasses
Crafted with Italian styling and bred with classic fashion, the Electric Knoxville Sunglasses exude a confidence all their own. Hard lines and timeless traits highlight this set and give you every reason to rely on them as your go-to pair when looking slick is critical.

Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses

No best-of list is complete without a stunning set of Aviators, and Ray-Ban does them like no other. The design that started a timeless trend is immortalized in a classic frame that never fails to look legit. While they were originally designed for the military, the Ray-Ban Aviators have never stopped doing battle against nasty sunrays while constantly delivering a surplus of style.

Spy Dirty Mo Sunglasses
It doesn’t get any cleaner than the Spy Dirty Mo Sunglasses. These streamlined shades are custom built with the best Propionate on the planet and jacked up on 100% UV protection so that visual clarity is at a premium in this performance sport model.

Smith Serpico Sunglasses

Immersed in an ageless silhouette, the distinguished Smith Serpico Sunglasses unload a bold look along with phenomenal coverage. Futuristic lens technology and expertly cast frames combine forces to bring you a pair that has got it all going on.

Dot Dash Poseur Shades

The Neff Daily Sunglasses and Dot Dash Poseur shades both make Neff Daily Shadesthe list based on the fact that they have something for everyone. Pleasing price points and plentiful color options are guaranteed to make your face pop with pizzazz and a genuine smile as you ooze attitude and sling style.

Julbo Micropore Sunglasses

If a pair of glacier glasses is to make the cut, it has to be the Julbo Micropore Sunglasses. Offering an outrageous amount of protection and the most amazing visible light reduction, these mountaineering shades do absolute work. You can expect the highest level of performance from the Julbo Micropore Sunglasses, because they never fail to deliver.

Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses
Did someone say Breakfast at Tiffany’s? The Ray Ban Erika has a sweet, sophisticated style that has Audrey Hepburn and New York City written all over it. The resin frames have a gummy texture and smooth colors, accentuated by contrasting stems and matching ear pieces. The composite lenses are designed to provide excellent optical clarity and protect against 100 percent of harmful UV rays. All of this smooth style is backed by the Ray Ban name; an industry leader in top-of-the-line eyewear. Come get the look that is totally uptown and cool as ice (the one that’s measured in carats) with the Ray Ban Erika Sunglasses.

Paul Frank Sugarette Sunglasses

Become the sweetest ocular treat in town with the women’s Paul Frank Sugarette Sunglasses. Capable of turning heads on every corner and shutting down nasty sun beams, there is no reason not to get caught with your hand in the cookie jar with the Sugarettes.

IVI Daggerwing Sunglasses

Finally, take a stab at soaring style with the women’s IVI Daggerwing Sunglasses. Carl Zeiss lends his legendary lenses to these elegant beauties so that you get all the visionary protection and jaw-dropping good looks that you deserve every time you slip on the Daggerwing shades.
So, there they are. Take your pick of the best and get out there to fully enjoy that sunshine.

By Jennifer Frost

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

What’s New: Vonzipper Sunglasses – The Frosteez Collection

The Vonzipper Frosteez Collection

Vonzipper aims to “COOL” it down a bit with their new Frosteez Collection; a series of limited edition designs that can be described as a culmination of confidence. Arriving in time for the dog days of summer, the Frosteez Collection supplements your visual sustenance with a heavy dose of innovative styles derived from the foundations of perennial contenders. Sounds great doesn’t it? My words might sound a bit embellished but my approach is simply to put you in the Vonzipper mood… and I’m also listening to Wu Tang. Moving on…

The Snark

This Vonzipper design whispers a snide remark in the ears of those who clutch to conventionalism and scoff at progressive realities. This means only that the VZ Snark is not for the stylishly conservative; unless you are willing to be inspired. Their Nylon grilamid frame with stainless steel optical hinges harbor a base 6 spherical lens for optimized visual clarity, comfort and style; so far so sharp; so fresh and so clean. You get the idea. The Vonzipper Snark Sunglasses are meant to be worn with confidence, no second guessing.

The Elmore

The Vonzipper Elmore Sunglasses pay homage to the heavy hitters of old while maintaining their own modern identity. Their design proves that we can move forward by looking to the past. Much like the Snark mentioned above, the Elmore carries a level of confidence that surpasses the norm. Dressed with an impact resistant base 6 spherical lens and stainless steel optical hinges, the 100% UV protected Elmore offers stunning visuals. The view from the outside looking in isn’t too bad either.

The Cletus

The Cletus Sunglasses have a design that commands respect. Their frame resembles a pair of aviators cross bred with the Elmore and raised by the son of Pablo Escobar. In short, these Vonzipper sunglasses cue the slow-motion with every entrance; you just have to pick the sound track and party. Life is easy. Your eyes will be at ease too while looking through the 100% UV protected lens. Complimented with subtle flair and well thought out design, the Vonzipper Cletus sunglasses instantly up your style points.

In closing, there is a thin red line that separates confidence from arrogance; the Vonzipper Frosteez Collection offers an amplified aesthetic without going overboard… although you wouldn’t come to that conclusion from the photo above.