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Pre Season Picks

Gear to get you through the rapidly waning days of autumn.

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Loaded Vanguard:

Winter obsessives often claim there is no better feeling than carving wide turns through bowls of virgin snow, and turn to solitude and sorrow in the summer months. Cry no more, snow addicts, for there is hope for carving outside ski season.

Hats off to the Loaded Vanguard longboard, a California-made carving machine built from Bamboo and Fiberglass. The mix of natural materials and engineering ingenuity provide a soft, yet confidence inspiring, flex pattern to push through corners and rip down hills. Stable up to 25 mph and easy to power-slide, the Vanguard is the number one doctor recommended remedy to summer time carving withdrawals. 

Check out the Vanguard and more gear from Loaded Boards.

Marmot Yarmouth + Drift LS:

The Yarmouth and Drift long sleeve shirts from Marmot team up to bring a new sense of rugged yet functional style to your closet this season. The Yarmouth, stitched from anti-abrasive nylon, boasts quick dry and moisture wicking capabilities while remaining durable for seasons to come. Not your style? Get a warm and fuzzy feeling from the 100% organic cotton construction of the Drift. Both allow a comfortable and casual fit appropriate for everything from presenting quarterly returns in the office to waxing your new skis in the garage. No matter the task or the season, Marmot has you covered.

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Leatherman Skeletool CX:

Consistent with Murphy’s Law, most mechanical difficulties encountered on the slopes occur miles from the closest shop or toolbox, and can spell tragedy for the day’s adventures. Tightly packed with the 7-most essential tools including a knife, pliers, screwdriver, and a bottle opener, the Leatherman Skeletool CX provides an efficient and low profile solution to your mechanical woes. At only 5 ounces, the Skeletool CX is the perfect tool for adventuring in the backcountry, and can save your day from certain mechanically induced disaster.

Check out the Skeletool CX from Leatherman

North Face Phoenix 2

Mother Nature and I are at odds. When I ask and pray for powder, she sends me 80-degree days, and when I request clear nights, she graces me with hurricane force winds. Her seemingly favorite means of annoyance is rousing deplorable conditions just as I crawl into my sleeping bag. From this I have learned one key lesson; your slumber is only as good as your shelter. Much to my avail, the Phoenix 2 tent from North Face keeps Mother Nature at bay 3-seasons out of the year. Weighing less than 4 pounds, the Phoenix 2 uses a proprietary DryWall technology to eliminate the need for a rain fly while providing a cozy environment free of internal moisture buildup. Complete with little touches such as glow in the dark zipper pulls, two doors with matching vestibules, and windows to check the weather, I can stay comfortable no matter what Mother Nature throws my way.

Check out the Pheonix 2 and more from The North Face