Light, stylish and comfortable
We have been protecting our heads with Bern helmets for a few years now. We really like the simplicity of the helmets. Not too many frills or gimicks. Just straight up head protection with a throwback to skate/bmx style lids. We dig em.
New this season we got our hands on the Bern Carbon Fibre Helmet. It is based on the Bern Watts shape except comes completely in carbon fibre making it super light and ultra durable. My first day on it felt strange because it was so light to ski with. I did a little test and went back to my old helmet and was instantly sold that carbon fibre was where its at!
My particular Bern lid is in the Red colour which is really more like a deep cherry colour. It is a striking tone especially in the sunshine. You can see the carbon fibre weave as well which is always cool. I wear the L/XL normally so that is what I ordered up in the carbon fibre. I found it a little snug at first. It took a few days to get it to feel right but once it was moulded to my head I was good to go. My head size is perhaps just slightly larger than average. If you have a big melon, I would recommend staying with the regular offerings from Bern.
To get the perfect fit dialed in, Bern included the BOA system to the Carbon Fibre helmet. It allows you to fine tune the fit to your head quite nicely. Also included is the drop in audio option so you can shred to the beats.
You'll notice in the included image that I am sporting the new Bern Eastwood Goggles. They fit perfectly into the Bern Helments but that is for another review...
All in all I love this helmet. If safety is first then cool factor is definetly a close second!
To learn more about the Bern Carbon Fibre Helmet, go here: www.bernunlimited.ca
All images by Geoff Holman
Why wear pants AND a shirt when you can where a onsie?!
It has finally happened, after years of technical development in base layers, mid-layers, multi-panel design and the like, design has come full circle and the one piece base layer is cool again. Butt flap and all! Only now, there is a difference...
This season we spent our days shredding deep BC powder with the Icebreaker One Sheep suit at the foundation of our clothing set up. It is the perfect blend of merino wool top and bottom now conjoined at the waist. So if any pow sneaks it's way through your outer shell it will have no chance to melt from the heat of your skin and creep down "nature's pocket".
We absolutely love the Icebreaker One Sheep Suit. It really is the base layer to rule them all. It stays in place all day, keeps you warm and your temperature regulated and...if I might go out on a limb here...it is mighty stylish.
Now, if you are the sort that is more concern with technical capabilities rather than style, fear not, this sheep suit has plenty of tech. For starters, it is built using the highest quality pure merino wool that Icebreaker is known for. The format for this particular garment is the Icebreaker BodyfitZONE technology. Also complete with mesh vents placed strategically in the warmer zones of your body. The front zip is nice and deep so you can go full zip on the frosty days and unzip to show off those chest hairs on the more steamy days. One of the questions we always get asked is, "how do you go to the bathroom wearing one of those things?!" Icebreaker included a nicely sized, full zip butt flap and generous front access flap. I caution you though - on the cold days getting ready to take a wee can be like searching for the last cocktail wiener at a party!
Movement is always a concern wearing any type of active wear. The Icebreaker One Sheep suit has plenty of comfort when moving around. Most of the time you don't even notice that you have it on. It moves freely but stays in its place. No bunching or riding up was ever experienced throughout the season. We put our One Sheep suit through the paces with days heliskiing, catskiing, touring and also ripping around the local hill. It is our go-to base layer and rapidly becoming our apres attire as well!
To learn more about the Icebreaker One Sheep and more Icebreaker Pure Merino products, go here: www.icebreaker.com
All images by Geoff Holman
"It's my favorite place on Earth..."
Yup, it was epic alright. Check out this video wrap of from Selkirk Snowcat Skiing. They had a drone out showing the massive expanse of their terrain as well as some up close pow shots. The guest at the end of the video puts the exclamation point on this video with an emotiona, "It's my favorite place on Earth..."
We got to ski the last three days of the season and it was unreal. Can't wait to see what next season brings to Selkirk Snowcat Skiing.
New sign and fresh pow in Junuary 2016!
We were cruising back from some work in the backcountry the other day when we passed the turn off to BC's newest catskiing operator Keefer Lake Catskiing. They've installed a shiny new sign on the side of the highway so of course we had to stop and take a selfie!
This must be a "good sign" because a few days later is dumped a good amount of Junaury snow on the local mountains.
Check out Keefer Lake Catskiing for some catskiing goodness at: www.keeferlakelodge.com
We love skiing one you Earth
Today is the day we celebrate our home planet and bring awareness to taking care of this rock we call home. Us skiers have a different perspective on the planet and the environment. While there are lots of theories and politics on what is happening with the climate, there is no doubt that we must be better stewards of where we live. We think that if more people got out into the backcountry and experienced the wild, they would have more awareness of taking care.
So get outside, enjoy the day and Happy Earth Day 2016!
Some more epic BC Pow gracing the cover of Snow Magazine
It must have been some epic pow that December trip to White Grizzly Catskiing because this is our second cover from that trip! This one is of skier Todd Avison shot but our resident photographer Geoff Holman. We couldn't be more stoked to see our work gracing the cover of another magazine.
Spring skiing in the sun at BC's newest catskiing operation
We had the opportunity to get out and explore the new terrain that is now being offered at Keefer Lake Catskiing. Located just a short drive East of Vernon, British Columbia, and only a 2 hour drive the Kelowna International airport, it is easy to get to and sure to be attracting attention....
We are stoked to get another cover for our photographer Geoff Holman!
We made the cover of Ski Magazine! Our photographer Geoff Holman and skier Todd Avison grace the cover of the February 2016 cover. This particular photo was taken on a late March trip to Valhalla Powdercats just outside of Nelson BC. We have had some of our most epic skiing at Valhalla and this trip was no exception. One of the main differences though was that we were there in late season. Normally our visits to Valhalla occur in January when the days are darker and the snow is pounding on a daily basis. When you are up high and in a climate zone like Valhalla the snow stays fresh while the skies stay clear more often.
When Ski Magazine was looking for a "Spring" image, we had just the collection to show them. We want the skiers of the world to know that not all Spring skiing is Snik infused, goggle tan, patio drinking days (although those are nice!). Come to our neck of the woods in Canada and enjoy some Spring pow at Valhalla Powdercats.
We are pumped to get the cover and even more excited that the name of Valhalla Powdercats is getting in front of the eyeballs of skiers all over North America. Oh, and we love the title of this edition....Your Endless Winter.
Handmade in Vernon BC
We stopped by the Skevik Skis workshop the other day to pick up our new pair of Anton 112's and saw these beauties sitting there. It is a custom graphic edition of the Anton made specially for Keefer Lake Catskiing. This is a perfect match really. Skevik Skis are handmade in Vernon BC and Keefer Lake Catskiing is just 1.5 hours down the valley. Skis made for the mountains in this area of BC.
Check out that graphic too. Skevik is known for their artistic topsheets and this one fits the bill. Nice work guys. We know Keefer Lake will love em as much as we do!
Keefer Lake Catskiing