Gear for the Guys: Tahoe Magazine’s 2016-17 Winter Gear Guide
As another winter falls from the sky, you may want to add a few upgrades to your equipment closet. Whether sledding, snowshoeing or snowboarding, this year’s round of gear will surely keep you warm, dry and happy on Tahoe’s chilliest days.
1. Patagonia Refugitive Jacket
When the wind is howling and the snow is piling up, you’ll want outerwear that doesn’t mess around. Patagonia’s Refugitive Jacket is made of nearly airtight, three-layer Gore-Tex. The fabric allows heat and sweat to escape, but won’t let the cold in. Though the features are fairly minimal, it’s got everything you need for a great day in deep powder.
Available: Patagonia @ Squaw, Olympic Valley, 530-452-4455
2. Arc’teryx Procline Ski Boot
The legendary outerwear company’s first shot at ski boots looks like a winner. Made specifically for touring, the boot allows two modes: skiing and skinning. The design is tailored for serious backcountry enthusiasts, but features like an ultralight weight and a lateral moving upper cuff will undoubtedly benefit novices as well.
Available: Village Ski Loft, Incline Village, 775-831-3537
3. Buff Merino Wool
From blizzards to baking sunshine, the cylindrical accessory is a must for snow sports enthusiasts. It can be worn as a neck gaiter, hat, face guard, headband or numerous other ways. The merino version is especially cozy with natural elasticity and water resistance. Merino is odor resistant, too, great for those marathon ski weeks.
Available: Cabela’s, Verdi, 775-829-4100
4. Brooks-Range Igloo 70cm Folding Snow Saw
There comes a point in every snow lover’s life when he or she must build an igloo. Do not meet this moment unprepared. With the Brooks Range Mountaineering Snow Saw, you will be able to slice and dice those ice blocks into the perfect bricks. There’s a lot of other uses, too: saw your way through a cornice, cut a tunnel to the front door or go all Michelangelo on that snow pile.
Available: The Backcountry, Truckee, 530-536-5200
5. Strafe Nomad Pant
Bibs have been around for a while, but their full potential is only lately being recognized. Strafe’s contribution to the age-old snow pant is a removable stretchy nylon bib, which makes the pant perfect for the varying conditions around Lake Tahoe. There’s also lengthy inner thigh vents and hamstring vents for especially warm days or steep climbs.
Available: Willards Sport Shop, Tahoe City, 530-583-3356
6. Atlas Aspect Snowshoes
The secret is out: winter trekking around Lake Tahoe is amazing. To ditch the crowds and experience beautiful white landscapes, you’ll need a solid set of snowshoes. Atlas is one of the oldest companies in the business. With spring-loaded suspension, a heel lift bar and a packflat binding, the Aspect exemplifies a brand that knows what it’s doing.
Available: Lake of the Sky Outfitters, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-1027
7. Dragon NFX2
Quickly interchangeable lenses are the new rage in 2017 goggles. Dragon is leading the pack with their Swiftlock Technology, a system that allows skiers and riders to switch from light to dark vision within seconds. Don’t worry. With the securely locked levers, the lenses won’t come off when you “yard sale.”
Available: Powder House Ski & Snowboard, South Lake Tahoe, 530-542-1031
8. Arcade Guide Belt
Tested by extreme climbers like Jimmy Chin, Arcade’s new utility belts are built to do work. The metal non-slip buckle is stronger than some of the Tahoe company’s other offerings. But the durable webbing retains the signature stretch, which makes Arcade’s products so comfortable. Hitch up those britches. This isn’t the ‘90s.
Available: Boarding House, South Lake Tahoe, 530-542-5228
9. Jones Storm Chaser Snowboard
Stylish fish shapes are popping up all over in the snowboard world. Jones’ Storm Chaser is an extremely rippable example. Geared toward the deep days, the new offering excels in cold smoke powder, but it can also hold its own on hard pack. Modeled by famous surfboard shaper Chris Christenson, the gradual nose rocker will keep you ripping the frozen waves.
Available: Shoreline at Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, 775-588-8777
10. Rise Tahoe Basin Camper Hat
Rise Graphics is a local South Lake Tahoe screen printing and graphic design business. A few times a year they offer a few unique designs printed on hats and shirts. Often decorated with the area’s symbolic animal and plant life, their products are a hit with residents and visitors. Grab them if you see them because they don’t last long in stores.
Available: Gaialicious Boutique, South Lake Tahoe, 530-542-4244
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!