My Picks – January 2019

I have been doing these picks for a while now, but haven’t really ever written on why I write them. I find myself browsing for new equipment/gear all the time; when I say all the time I mean it. I’m sure there are some of you out there that are similar even if you have everything. So I thought, I’d go ahead and put out my picks here and there. Sometimes it’s because of the season, sometimes it’s because I want to buy the item and sometimes it’s because I just used it on a hike.

Interested in buying the leggings from the above picture: “mountain love – leggings“.

The below three items that I picked this month I actually just took on my last trip up to Mammoth Mountain. We were up there for a week for Christmas Day, our birthday and New Year. On top of just snowboarding, we decided to do some other things in Mammoth Lakes including: snowshoeing, going to the hot springs and sight seeing. My first pick is the goggles I use for snowboarding, my second pick is a newer version of the snowshoes I currently have and my third pick is a smaller version of the bag I take on these trips to fit everything.

Have fun choosing and let’s go adventure together!

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Oakley Flight Deck XM 

Snow Goggles

>>take these on your next ski trip especially if there will be a major storm

These are the best goggles I’ve ever had.  I’m on my second season with them and during any snowstorm have been able to see pretty well with them, even used them snowshoeing when it was snowing once.  The lenses can be switched out pretty easily if they scratch up after a lot of use.

If you don’t already have a helmet and wish to get into the backcountry for skiing or snowboarding, I would recommend one every time you go out there.  A few brands that are out there for helmets are Smith, Giro and Bern.  Of course there are more, but those are the ones I know.  Buy a helmet on Amazon.

Price: $149.93

MSR Evo Ascent 22 


>>those snowshoes you buy because you don’t want to stay in all winter

In light of the winter in full effect here, I’d thought I recommend some snowshoes that I have heard are very strong and even great in icy conditions.  I have an older version of these and have used them a few times on my snowshoe hikes.  The question is what do you want in a snowshoe?  Some of the items to look into before buying are:

  • Size
  • Bindings
  • Traction Devices
  • Don’t ever forget the boots you will be using with them

Price: $199.95

Patagonia Duffel Bag 45L

>>that travel duffel you buy to fit all your goodies for your next adventure

I own the 60L of this bag and use it almost on every single trip now.  I especially like it when we go snowboarding because I can fit my helmet, my jacket, my pants, my gloves, etc.  Perfect for a weekend or if you are just travelling for the week and will fit enough clothes.

Price: ~$140

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