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If you are planning or even dreaming about a 'Round the World' (RTW) trip you might find just about everything you need to successfully plan your adventure right here.
Seeing the world is a common dream, but putting together a RTW multi-continental trip takes a lot of time and hard work; there’s a lot of reading to do, destinations to search, money to save, gear to buy, and most of all flights and accommodations to secure before you write your “Goodbye Boss” letter.
I have been there!
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Earlier we were talking about appropriate clothing for bike commuting, now let us look at the fun accessories you can adorn yourself with. Call it bike porn, bike bling or whatever you like; there are some sweet (and useful) toys for your bicycle commuting adventures. Let's dive right in.
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You finally realized the benefits of bicycling, and now want to integrate it into your daily commute. Good on ya. You will be happier, more fit, and will generally be a better person for it. Doing it is a whole other discussion. Bike commuting can be done in a cotton t-shirt and jeans if you want, but you may find yourself arriving at work odorous and wet. If you want to know about a few products that will make the transition much easier (and safer), then have a read of this article.
This article will focus on appropriate commuting clothing, while a second article will look at accessories such as lights and packs.
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I spend a lot of my time sitting in front of an old laptop, writing articles about products I find interesting, trips of collaborators (I don't seem to find time for them myself anymore) or events and/or sales that are coming up. Sometimes I throw in a little piece of internet culture, like this, because it makes me giggle.
Our brain cogs are always working overtime after we get back from the Outdoor Retailer, as you can see by the numerous articles (here is one, and here is another) pertaining to the products we get to play with over in Salt Lake City. We got to thinking how you guys could benefit from our experience, and so wanted to try a new recipe. Six hours and 13 appletinis later we found a way: we are going to post more photos products which will be released next winter and everyone can lets us know what they think, and then we can order more of the products you want.
Without much ado, here are some more pics of products you may be seeing next winter. Let us know if you like or dislike the products.
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Have you ever found yourself sitting in front of a computer screen scratching your head over a product you are contemplating buying? Everything looks great, but no matter how many times you read the description and look at the picture you can't grasp the warmth of the model. Is that jacket filled with luscious down, or devoid of serious warmth? Insulated jackets can be made for Dubai winters or Canadian winters- ordering the former when you wanted to latter is no laughing matter. Why couldn't someone make some sort of scale that demonstrated the warmth of jackets?
Canada Goose has answered your prayers.
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One thing I will always remember about University were those professors that loved throwing buzz words around. They would drop these word-bombs to impress our malleable minds, and confuse us into thinking they were geniuses (my interpretation- not fact). I never got it.
I never want anyone to feel like they aren't part of the cool club with the secret (pass)words. On a day of skiing I found myself in a gondola and my friend had snow melting on his hardshell next to me. When I saw what was occurring I realized instantly that perhaps some people may not understand what I was looking at.
The DWR was working its magic. If you want to know what the heck a DWR is then follow me.
The answer is here
We recently had our brick-and-mortar store on St-Denis renovated, and we walked away with not only a more beautiful store, but important realizations about outdoor apparel thanks to our interaction with the construction workers. The renovations were done by two guys who spend a lot of their time outside in the city working for hours on end, rain or shine, hot or cold. As the work progressed they began to tell us construction horror stories, such as a day in November where they had to redo siding in the rain for eight hours. After a few minutes they were completely soaked and had to constantly rotate clothes throughout the miserable day. Needless to say they were not happy, but the job had to be done.
We didn't understand?
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Before you get invested in this article, hoping you will be an expert boot packer after your pleasant jaunt through this article, you may want to know this: I have never done it before. Yeah, I know, the West coasters must be shaking their heads. But let me tell you I learned the ins and outs in during my outing. Hopefully more ins than outs.
Quebec isn't exactly known for amazing backcountry skiing (ignore the Chic-Chocs for now), but like an imaginary friend, we do what we can with what we have. Hence when it finally dumped down snow this season (honestly it felt like it has been years since it really snowed in the Laurentians), my partner in crime and I decided to strap some skis on our backs and go have some fun.
This is where the problems started.
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The world may be ending tomorrow. First, that really sucks. Second, maybe you should prepare yourself? What I mean is perhaps the world will not blow up, but merely stop working, or worse Zombies will rise from the ground (I say 'worse,' but honestly I would kind of like to battle some undead- seems therapeutic and fun like lazer tag . I picture somewhat of a The Road scenario with people wandering dark cities, and possibility hunting things that should not be hunted- no, I'm not talking about kittens.Here are some products you might want in your household or on your person starting tomorrow.
Read about the Apocalypse must haves
In Rhéaume's previous article he took the time to share a few tips about a first visit to China. In this follow-up he suggests a few things to do and places to see in the same beautiful country. As usual, he provides some great photos of his personal travels.
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The holidays are around the corner, and that means one thing: you need to start collecting gifts for friends and family. That can be time consuming and problematic during the busy month of December. Furthermore, ordering stuff for the holidays isn't always easy. People grow, tastes differ and people just plain don't like things. If that is the case usually you are confronted with the 'pleasure' of having to return it to us at your own cost.
To make things easy for you this holiday season we are offering you a small gift.
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The holidays are for everyone, but really it is the children who have the most fun. That is why it is important to give the kids around you some fun and funky gifts. We have selected a few products that are under $30 that any child family member or friend. Remember, it is the small things in life that make a difference (and bring joy during the holiday season).
Don't forget this article introduces only five of many gifts under $30 that a child may enjoy. Find many more right here or simple browse our site in its entirety. Good luck.
Read about more gift ideas here
The holidays are right around the corner and will be here in the blink of an eye. Be prepared for the madness by doing a little stocking stuffer shopping now. We have selected a few products that are under $30 that any male family member or friend will love. Remember, it is the small things in life that make a difference (and bring joy during the holiday season).
Read about our gift ideas
Shopping online is easy. You can do it when you want, wherever you want, in your pajamas, with a coffee in hand and your dog on your lap. No one will harass you to buy, you don't have to find parking or be exposed to the elements or smelly people.
It's almost perfect. Almost.
The downside of shopping online is returning product. It turns out those pink ski pants just don't go with your brown, plaid ski jacket. Woe is me. Off to the post office you go with package in hand and you must pay to ship it back to us. It isn't a huge hassle, but it still bugs us. So we came up with a solution.
Read more about free returns
China is a travel hot spot these days, but it is not such an easy country to travel in; travelers need to be patient, have a good sense of humor, need to arm themselves with a good phrase book and share their living space with 1.4 billion people.
Read more about Rhéaume's trip to China
* Note this article is about a moose hunting trip, so if you are not down with this kind of activity you are officially warned. Not being hunters we at Altitude-sports.com were a little reticent to post this article, but it is a well written, insightful story about a subject we know little about. We think it is definitely worth reading, even for someone who may find the subject matter unpalatable.
I was never interested in hunting. I didn’t have a BB gun as a kid. I never shot frogs with a slingshot. I never even got into fishing. At one point I really wanted to make a bow and arrow, but I felt too guilty to cut down a suitable spruce knowing that it took years for the tree to grow to its size. No one in my family hunts and I never heard a hunting story growing up.
With these credentials, I’m not exactly a typical candidate for a moose hunting trip.
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You can almost taste it
Are you picking up sticky marshmallows covered in pine needles? Is melted chocolate oozing down your Icebreaker? Perhaps you are tragically losing graham cracker cookies into the fiery depths of Mordor (that's the campfire)?
Are you looking for a Smore solution?
More about the smore here
Have you been dreaming about trekking Saint James' Way? Already have your plane tickets and can't wait until D-day? In any case, Rhéaume has prepared a guide that will help you get ready for this most magical of hikes.
Read Rhéaume's Compostela tips here
In my mind the world follows the path of a pendulum- it swings back and forth from one extreme to the other. The ‘60s were free, the ‘70s conservative, the ‘80s back to a little craziness, bellbottoms one decade, skinny jeans the next, etc. We are starting to see this trend in the outdoor industry as well as the popularity of fast and light products is currently all the rage. However there is a movement occurring in the running world that is blowing minds: the Barefoot initiative. No, it is not a covert government-run program training shoeless ninjas, but a grassroots running technique that has flourished in recently in the press (due primarily to a novel Juan recommended I read called ‘’Born to Run’’- I suggest it to any runner whether professional or recreational). What a preposterous idea I hear you scream? Are a bunch of hippies trying to get us to wear Patchouli and run around fields barefoot in sundresses? Maybe.
Running barefoot: Find out more here
Canada Goose parkas can be quite hard to get your hands on these days, and with good reason. Exceptional quality and glorious warmth with a versatile style makes them an unbeatable winter jacket. You'll also have noticed that they are value priced, ie their high value means a high price. All these elements mean that it is more than wise to take proper care of your Canada Goose. Like any investment, treat it well and it'll return the favour for years and years. What follows is a quick guide to keep both you and your parka happy.
Canada Goose parkas: How to clean and store them right here
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