Gear for the Gals: Tahoe Magazine’s 2016-17 Winter Gear Guide
The arrival of another winter also means the chance to upgrade your equipment. For the ladies that love the outdoors, this year’s latest gear offers both style and function for Tahoe’s winter.
1. The North Face NFZ Insulated pants
If you haven’t experienced the wonder of Gore-Tex in outerwear, it’s about time. The fabric is nearly waterproof but breathes like mesh, perfect for Tahoe’s bipolar weather. The North Face has applied the high-tech textile in their stylish new NFZ pant. The pant also features PrimaLoft insulation, adjustable waist tabs and a special pocket for your phone.
Available: The North Face, South Lake Tahoe, 530-544-9062
2. Sorel Simpack II Lace boot
Sorels used to be the province of grumpy, snow-shoveling grandpas. But their functionality and singular look caught on in a big way. Now, the company makes dozens of ultra-stylish winter boots for both men and women. The Simpack maintains the classic Sorel look while adding touches of flare, perfect for a chilly night out on the town.
Available: Heavenly Sports, 4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, 775-588-8777, 530-542-2859
3. Keep Tahoe Blue Long Sleeve T-shirt
Stylish and environmentally friendly, the Keep Tahoe Blue long-sleeve T-shirt also benefits the lake. A portion of the proceeds goes to the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the most prominent protector of the area. Printed on a hemp and organic cotton blend, the graphic is modeled after designs by the famous Washoe basket weaver, Dat-So-La-Lee.
Available: League to Save Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-5388
4. Ruffwear Bark ‘n Boots Polar Trex
Not all dogs are blessed with the paws of a husky. Ruffwear has your pooch covered. Whether it’s sledding in Hope Valley or snowshoeing to the top of Mount Rose, the protective footwear will make sure Fido doesn’t leave the snow with ice burn on their toes. The high gaiters are great for deep snow and the Vibram sole will hold a grip even on ice.
Available: Dog. Dog. Cat., South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-2322
5. Revo Barclay Sunglasses
Tahoe gets approximately 300 days of sunshine a year. When that sun hits snow, the result is eye-burning bright. A good pair of polarized sunglasses can make the difference between a good trip to the mountains or a poor one. Revo is well known for high quality lenses and a fit that works for active women.
Available: Sunglass Hut, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-3776
6. Anon Galena Helmet
Helmets aren’t just for safety anymore. They’re also functional and good looking. Most helmets are now headphone compatible, super warm and really lightweight. Anon’s latest offering is tailored specifically to women. Features include a Boa fit system, a Fidlock buckle that’s easily snapped even with gloves on and a goggle ventilation channel.
Available: Start Haus, Truckee, 530-582-5781
7. Coalition Queen Bee 151
The Reno-based company strives to “make women’s gear that doesn’t suck.” And, so far, they’ve been doing just that. With a slew of hard-charging women on their skis and boards, Coalition is nailing down a really good reputation. The Queen Bee features a twin-tip shape, full birch core and traditional camber.
8. Burton Toaster Snowboard Boot Liner
A first of its kind, Burton’s new boot liner has a built in heater that’s charged via a USB connection. It’s compatible with any adult Burton boot. The low-profile warmer will last between four and eight hours on a single charge. Say goodbye to frozen toes and early-ending pow days.
Available: Burton Store, Northstar California, 530-562-8014
9. Yeti Hopper Flip 12
Gourmet skiers and riders will likely want to avoid the typical lodge fare. There’s nothing wrong with bringing your own lunch to the mountain, but you’ll need a decent carrying case. The rugged Yeti hopper can be tossed into the back of a pickup and it’s the perfect size for four courses and a few beers.
Available: Mountain Hardware & Sports, Truckee, 530-587-4844
10. Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit
Whether you’re bootpacking up Jake’s Peak or traversing the backside of Kirkwood, it can’t hurt to know more about the stuff you’re riding. Snow science is evolving and becoming increasingly accessible to everyone. With BCA’s basic kit, you can get a handle on avalanche danger, slope angle or snowball quality.
Available: Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City, 530-583-6917
This article is adapted from the upcoming winter edition of Tahoe Magazine, which will hit area newsstands Thanksgiving. Be sure to pick up a copy!