Spring New Arrivals From Canada Goose

Featured: Women’s Campden Jacket

Spring is practically here; time to upgrade your outerwear wardrobe! Canada Goose is back for S18 with a new line of streamlined, technical jackets to keep you comfortable and dry through whatever weather comes your way.

New takes on tried & true silhouettes in classic black, soft neutrals and muted jewel tones make up a collection that is sure to bring the wow-factor this spring. Never sacrifice warmth or style with Canada Goose.

Featured: Women’s Portage Jacket
Women’s Brossard Jacket
$450

The Brossard from Canada Goose is a slim fit, thigh length jacket that is adjustable and rugged for wind protection. This streamlined style features an adjustable hood that is reinforced to keep you comfortable in various weather conditions, as well as drawcords at the hem, waist and hood to create the perfect fit.

Men’s River Head Jacket
$550

The River Head Jacket from Canada Goose is a fully seam sealed, waterproof rain shell with functional details and a streamlined silhouette. Wear it as a stand-alone piece on milder days or as part of a layering system when temperatures start to drop. Notable features include underarm and back venting, adjustable snap button cuffs and an interior drawcord at the hemline.

Women’s Campden Jacket
$495

Styled with a relaxed silhouette, the Campden from Canada Goose is an ultra-lightweight jacket filled with warm down insulation and a water resistant shell. Minimal details, including the concealed front zip closure and flat welt handwarmer pockets, offer a streamlined look that moves from work to weekend with ease. A signature logo patch accents the upper left sleeve.

Men’s Cabri Hoody Jacket
$575

The Cabri is a streamlined hoodie for ultra-lightweight warmth and versatility in transitional weather. This bomber-style design from Canada Goose features strategically placed down molds to your body for warmth without additional bulk and three layer stretch fabric at inner elbows adds natural movement and breathability.

Women’s Dore Hoody Jacket

$495

This streamlined bomber-length jacket with strategically placed down-fill molds to your body for ultra-lightweight warmth. The Dore Hoodie from Canada Goose presents ultra-lightweight fill and construction, which means it packs down easily for versatility in unpredictable weather. Stretch rib knit cuffs with thumb loops help sleeves stay put and make layering easy for versatile wear in various weather conditions.

 

Featured: Men’s Voyageur Jacket

 

Men’s Voyageur Jacket
$495

Patch flap pockets and simplistic details combine to achieve modern, military-inspired style in the Voyager Jacket from Canada Goose. This lightweight shell protects from rain and wind, featuring a removable zip hood, adjustable snap cuffs and interior drawstring waist, concealed two-way front zip closure and a signature logo patch at the upper left sleeve.

Women’s Wolfville Jacket
$550

Built for maximum protection, the Wolfville Jacket from Canada Goose is a fully seam sealed, waterproof rain shell with functional details and a streamlined silhouette. Wear it as a stand-alone piece on milder days or as part of a layering system when temperatures start to drop. Notable features include underarm and back venting, adjustable snap button cuffs and multiple pockets for maximum storage.

Men’s Harbour Jacket
$650

The Harbour Jacket from Canada Goose is a waterproof, breathable rain shell with functional details and a streamlined silhouette. Wear it as a stand-alone piece on milder days or as part of a layering system when temperatures start to drop. Notable features include underarm and side venting, adjustable scalloped edge cuffs and an interior drawcord at the hemline.

 

Women’s Portage Jacket
$595

Patch flap pockets and simplistic details combine to achieve modern, military-inspired style in the Portage Jacket from Canada Goose. This knee-length shell protects from rain and wind, featuring a removable zip hood, adjustable snap cuffs and interior drawstring waist, concealed two-way front zip closure and a signature logo patch at the upper left sleeve.

Men’s Faber Bomber Jacket
$395

A lighter take on the Chilliwack Bomber in rugged Dura-Force fabric for durable wind protection, the Faber is perfect for transitional wear. This classic style from Canada Goose features double reinforced elbows, mesh venting at the upper back and sleek ribbed knit trims.

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Our Norwegian Adventure With Norrona

This May, we were asked to visit Oslo, Norway where we would get the chance to learn about Norrona as a company and a manufacturer of goods that is new to Sporting Life. The plan was to start at Norrona headquarters, then proceed to live the life of a Norwegian in the fjords at the incredible High Camp Turtagro.

We flew out of Toronto Pearson Airport at 7pm, arrived at London Heathrow at 8am, and made a beeline to catch our next plane. We hopped on Scandinavian Air into Oslo, where we had the opportunity to take in the city. This city is one that no one should miss in their lifetime. It is a beautiful city that pairs old with new – stunning architecture surrounded by modern Norwegians riding bikes and living a healthy lifestyle. Not to mention the incredible food!

We met up with the Norrona gang and our rep Frode, who we lovingly call Thor (take a look at these photos and tell us you don’t agree!) We sat down to an excellent dinner before starting the next day’s adventures. The next morning, Frode picked us up from the hotel and we drove the 45 minutes to Lysaker – Norrona’s headquarters. The closest thing we can compare the vibe to is Muskoka – headquarters is surrounded by rocks, trees, evergreens, and a stunning waterfall. Getting into the adventurous Norwegian spirit, we climbed the rocks around the waterfall – because that’s just a normal day for a Norwegian. We so admire how they live and breathe the outdoors.

A tour of the Norrona facilities quickly revealed that their work environment is very unlike ours in Canada. The building is minimalist, but the culture is that of people who wholeheartedly believe in the brand. The office is made up of large rooms where all divisions work separately, but at lunch they all come together as a community. Jorn Jorgensen, the grandson of the founder of Norrona, mixes in and engages with the staff. He holds true to the values of the brand. The employees are there for each other as a team; the product is born from the outdoors, made for the outdoors by people who spend their lives outdoors. They build great quality product that is tested by tried and true outdoorsmen.

Norrona is the epitome of authenticity.

We saw the showroom; product from Winter 18 and beyond; Norrona testing facilities; colour swatches and patterns. Everything you could possibly learn about the brand is right there at your fingertips.

After our eye opening tour, it was time to pack up and go on our adventure. We loaded up the van and drove 6 hours outside of Oslo into the mountains. It is quite the trip to go from a beautiful summer climate to full on winter. On the drive to High Camp, we bonded with our Norwegian guides and learned that Norwegian culture is full of passion. Passion for activity, music, family, health. We shared music that means something to each of us, and shared stories and chats that we will remember for a lifetime.

As you get higher into the mountains, you hit a snow beltline where the snow walls get higher and higher. You suddenly realize how high up you are; completely away from all civilization. Our destination is only inhabited by 300 people, but the event we were attending brings people from all over the world. People camp on the roadside, put their skis on, and go!

We arrived at our basecamp for the next 3 days, from which we would skin 2100 vertical feet up the mountain. Then…we ski! We met people from all over the world; guests of Norrona, as well as people who signed up to experience the wonderment that the mountains provide. We were placed in classes based on ability, and each day we would gear up in our touring equipment, skin up the mountain, and ski back down.

This is where the need for properly fitted equipment becomes clear. The mountains leave no room for ill fitting equipment or improper layers. If you plan on hitting the slopes in any capacity, be prepared! In our case, there would be pressure on our feet, high altitude, and physical exertion. Our boots had to fit properly and our skis had to be freshly tuned.

When packing clothing for touring, remember one thing and one thing only: LAYERS. The weather can change drastically from the bottom to the top of the mountain, and the sun is no joke.

Norrona features lines- or “concepts”- named after some of the most beautiful Norwegian locations.

For example, the Lofoten island chain is famous for its beauty and harsh contrasting weathers, and its extreme elements represent the heart & soul of Norway’s outdoor life. The Lofoten concept was launched in 2004 and took freeride skiing in a radical new direction. This line is technical, durable, and practical – design and quality come first! Bright coloured Gore-Tex jackets and baggy ski pants will help you stand out on the slopes and enhance any mountain experience. The Lofoten Gore-Tex Jacket (available for both men and women) offers breathable, versatile protection on the mountain. The women’s jacket is the brand’s warmest waterproof freeride jacket. Featuring PrimaLoft® Sport insulation, this season offers a more light weight jacket with a quieter face fabric, improved hood, and no underarm zipper for a softer, lighter and more compressible insulated jacket. The men’s jacket offers all the critical details you need for demanding conditions. It is light and highly breathable with superior ventilation, and weather-protective with a high level of comfort.

Looking for something a little more versatile? Falketind has got you covered: this line is made to function 365 days a year. Falketind is Norway’s most beautiful peak. While it appears inaccessible, the mountain in fact offers varied activities all year round. The outerwear line modelled after the mountain is equally as versatile. The men’s warm1 zip hoodie features a high warmth-to-weight ratio and quick drying properties. Wear it as a mid-layer or instead of a jacket without compromising on insulation and breathability. The unique construction of this fleece is perfect for different types of activities and changing weather conditions, as it traps warm air without inhibiting moisture transport.

The beauty of this experience was seeing nothing but passion for the outdoors. Despite our groupings based on ability, no one minded whether you were a professional skiier or a first timer at touring. We met extreme skiers who were happy to be present in the outdoors with likeminded individuals.

Our trip brought all kinds of unexpected twists and turns – early morning wake-ups, injuries, a rock concert, friends from the UK and all over the world! We also got to learn what Norrona is all about – celebrating nature and living among it. After spending a week with our friends at Norrona, we truly got the sense that when they make their product, they make it because they understand the details the garments need to have for you to be able to perform your activity. Norrona is passionate about not cutting corners, using the best materials, and being limited; these products are far from mass produced. The culture of the staff is inspiring to say the least; our Norwegian friends are phenomenal and work as a team. They have a mutual desire for the success of the company because they believe in it.

Coming back after 2 days of touring and 3 nights, it was a quiet drive home. Not only because we didn’t want to leave this beautiful place, but because of the people. The individuals we encountered on our journey were such happy people and loved being with other people.

After experiencing a scenic country with oceans, rivers, fjords, mountains, great food and even better people…we can’t wait to go back.

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Escape the City and Embrace BC’s Winter Mountain Culture

Whistler, BC. Photo: Andrew Strain

Article by guest blogger Powder Matt.

Something special happens in the mountains as we optimistically look forward to spring: the mountain air and sunshine are a bit warmer and the days are longer. That means it’s time to ski, ride or try some new winter activities in the fresh snow of a beautiful day.

I recently skied with Mountain Man Cole, athlete and social media influencer. He reminded me with his sunny outlook that just getting outside and trying a new sport or activity can nudge your busy self into a stress-free, happy place.

“Optimism is very important for success both in sport and life,” says Cole, as we skied at Fernie Alpine Resort. While stopping abruptly and spraying powder in my face, he added: “It’s important make time to get outside, meet winter head on and challenge yourself to a new mountain activity.”

Sure, Cole is an accomplished athlete, but with a little effort and a can-do attitude, you can get more out of your winter. Try one –  or all – of these winter activities.

Whistler, BC. Photo: Andrew Strain
Nightlife, Nature, Luxury

Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort and village in North America, packs not only a peak skiing and riding experience, but a full lineup of activities and experiences, from pumping nightlife to serene snowshoes trails.

If you need anymore reason  to get here, Whistler Blackcomb has had its snowiest season of the past 10 years. Check out these statistics, which includes the fact that March and April are when the resort gets the most snow.

Powder Highway Magic

Kimberley Alpine Resort, Kimberley, BC: The laid-back vibe, mix of winter-loving folks and cool craft shops dotting a pedestrian-friendly downtown, make this place special. It’s a fantastic mashup for a stellar winter. It also includes a super-sized Nordic centre, fat bike trail network in one of Canada’s largest municipal parks, and a ski resort dotted with ski-in and ski-out lodging options. Kimberley Alpine Resort also offers a heart-pumping fall-line and powder-filled trees that will make you want to ski until the lifts stop every day. Families with small children will also find a private learning area, no through traffic, making first turns fun, safe and easy.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Powder Matt Mosteller

Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie, BC: Feel the power of being surrounded by tall rocky crags, walk a historic main-street filled with local shops and dining, and stand mountain top on the biggest vertical ski area in the Canadian Rockies. This is the real deal; it’s hard to top this mountain town with tons of trails for your winter exploring. Pick your pleasure: snowshoe, fat biking and even mountain-side yoga to start your mornings at Fernie Alpine Resort. Stay slopeside in your own private place, with a hot-tub, then hit Cirque Restaurant and/or the Canadian Rockies only Stoli Ice Bar at Lizard Creek Lodge. If you’re looking for the ultimate in seclusion, where you can ski to your door of your own private enclave nestled in tall cedars, check out Snow Creek Cabin.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Taylor Michael Birk
Add one of these activities to your ski vacation

Thinking of trying something new? Take that first step with a lesson. You’ll be sliding, stepping or pedaling in no time.

Snowshoe
Take a guided snowshoe tour to get up to speed quickly, learning simple steps that will have you feeling like a pro in no time. Many sessions also offer lunch or a hot beverage along the trail.

Cross Country
Take a lesson from professionals who will will show your classic strides or skate-style. Pick your own pace as you can head out for peace on the trails.

Fat Biking
Try the fast-growing sport of fat biking with a guided tour or with friends. Similar to mountain bikes, they have beefier tires to give you the ability to ride anywhere – and not just in snow but also in sand and mud.

Get More Adventurous
Check out the Backcountry Basics workshop at Fernie Alpine Resort. The two-day course provides coaching on how to use ski touring gear, uphill travel techniques, mountain environment awareness and snow safety.

Try Some Top Gear

Snowshoes: Check out Atlas Snowshoes, perfect for your city and mountain snow walks to pump up your fitness program. Don’t forget to bring your G3 poles; they’ll provide the added balance assistance.

Backcountry: If you’re getting started with backcountry ski touring this winter, try the new G3 climbing skins to make humping up that slope so much easier.

Stay warm: Enjoy you piping, hot coffee longer with a Yeti Rambler cup. It fits nicely in the drink holder of a or in the side pocket of your backpack.

Stay cozy: Nights out on the town feel comfortable along the Powder Highway or browsing the Whistler Village, in your free and easy Tentree Hoodie.

Pack it: Load up your gear in style with the Herschel Supply Parcel Luggage Bag, perfect for a multi-day sporty holiday.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Powder Matt Mosteller.
MORE INFORMATION
Start planning your BC winter getaway here.
Learn more about what to expect along the Powder Highway and at Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort.

PowderMatt-250x300Powder Matt is hooked on Powder! Skiing has been part of his life for 40yrs! From ski racing to backcountry touring there is not a part of skiing that he does not like- in fact he will often say that spending a day in the mountains ‘Life is good when you do what you enjoy’ or refer you to his motto Eat.Sleep.Ski . He has been working in the Ski Resort business for over 20 years. He is the Senior Vice President, Resort Experience, at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. He looks forward to your comments. Make it a Powder Day! www.powdermatt.com

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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Rossignol

Rossignol
“We aim to be known as the most progressive and authentic mountain brand on the market.”Rossignol

Known as a leader in the ski industry, Rossignol is one of our go-to ski brands year after year. Having been around for 110 years, Rossignol continues to innovate and defy expectations in their manufacture of skis, boots, bindings and apparel. Learn more about what makes the brand unique and how it has stood the test of time.

  1. After Abel Rossignol made his own pair of downhill skis in 1907, a brand was born. This makes Rossignol the oldest surviving brand name in skiing, and also the oldest surviving factory in skiing!
  2. Rossignol skis were used in the 1936 Winter Olympics – the first Games to include alpine ski events!
  3. While Rossignol did not invent the concept, the company’s first laminated ski, the Olympic 41, was an advance in design. In only ten years, production of the ski quickly climbed to several thousand per year.
  4. Rossignol has been associated with the biggest names in the ski industry such as Emile Allais, three time world champion in 1937. Allais worked in partnership with the brand to design notorious ski models like the Allais 60: the first metal ski used to win an Olympic gold medal!
  5. Rossignol’s first ski made out of fibreglass was the Strato 1. It featured a woodcore laminate stuck with epoxy resin and had an innovative shape with sidecuts to enhance turns. This was by far the best selling ski in Rossignol’s history.
  6. When the company was incorporated as Skis Rossignol S.A. in 1972, Rossignol had become the world’s best-selling brand of ski.
  7. By the year 2000, almost 40% of all downhill skis sold throughout the world were manufactured by Rossignol.
  8. The brand’s motto is Another Best Day, which says it all. Rossignol wants to offer to all skiers of all experience levels great products featuring modern technologies and high quality materials.
“Rossignol’s wish is simple: to share with you our passion for the wonderful world of winter sports.”
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Buyers Picks: The Best Boards for 2018

The buyers have spoken! Our team has worked tirelessly to choose the best of the best for this season’s equipment selection. Read more about why we love these 5 snowboards – which board will be your ride of choice for 2018?

BURTON DEJA VU SNOWBOARD, $599.99

When it comes to the best boards, we can always look to Burton. The Deja Vu is a favourite of our team, year after year. The board’s smooth rocker profile surfs through deep powder, while subtle camber underfoot and a true twin design keeps you in control no matter which way you point it. Not to mention – we love the graphic!

GNU LADIES CHOICE SNOWBOARD, $629.99

The Ladies Choice is one of our tried and true ladies’ snowboards; it seems like everyone that rides it loves it! Designed by pro boarder Jamie Anderson, this board will always be there for you – whether for jaw dropping manoeuvres in the park, heart opening resort ripping, or taking on new frontiers in the backcountry.

YES BASIC SNOWBOARD, $499.99

When it comes to Yes, you can’t say no! The Basic was built by snowboarders, for snowboarders. Its primary function is to allow the rider to do anything they focus their mind on. Whatever line, trick, direction or surface they want to shred, the Basic is designed to make this as intuitive as possible.

BURTON PROCESS SNOWBOARD, $599.99

If it has Mark McMorris’ stamp of approval, we are totally on board. He loves it for for its twin freestyle playfulness and all-terrain prowess, and we couldn’t agree more. With a softer flex, the Process is suited to the freestyle rider, but is still capable of ripping the entire mountain as proven by the pros who push it.

LIB TECH T.RICE PRO SNOWBOARD, $679.99

Yet another board created by one of the greats. Travis Rice has designed a versatile proven freestyle/freeride snowboard that will allow you to push your limits and be there when it’s all on the line, but is still fun and playful enough to be a perfect daily ride.

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Skiing Coast to Coast

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Austin Ross, Retallack, BC, Canada. Photo: Adam Clark

Snow sports are an inherent part of what it means to be Canadian – living the Sporting Life is what we do! Depending on where you choose to ski, it is important to choose the right equipment and apparel to ensure the best possible day on the slopes. Learn more about what makes Eastern, Western & Backcountry skiing different and what you need to conquer any weather conditions.

EASTERN CANADA

We may not have the Rockies, but skiing in Eastern Canada is a completely different ballgame than it is out west. Most ski resorts are ski lift assisted with shorter runs and fewer protected lifts. There’s no warming up in a gondola here! Winter means something different in Ontario than it does in Alberta – for one thing, cold means cold! Chances are the weather won’t change so drastically in one day that an entirely different outfit is needed.

Staying warm and dry is what it’s all about for Eastern skiing. In your suitcase, you will want to pack your tried and true ski necessities: moisture wicking base layers and breathable, waterproof outer layers. What makes dressing for Eastern skiing different is that it requires less versatility. As the weather is much less variable on this side of the country, your best bet is to dress in fixed insulation product – something that will provide maximum warmth for those frigid days on the mountain.

The perfect ski for Eastern skiing is the Salomon XDR 84 Ti Ski. Perfect for everything from high speed groomers to fresh powder, this ski will help you squeeze every ounce of fun from the resort. C/FX keeps the ride damp and stable, but is very light to save energy for the last chair of the day.

WHERE TO SKI IN EASTERN CANADA
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
Blue Mountain, Ontario
Le Massif, Quebec

WESTERN CANADA

The home of some of the best skiing in North America! The Rockies are what Canadian skiing is all about. Unlike the lift system in Eastern Canada, expect to hop on a protected lift or gondola to get to the peak. Runs here are longer – you could spend the majority of your day navigating the mountain at Whistler! On these longer, tougher runs, your body will generate more heat. Paired with the high altitude and variations in climate conditions, you are much more likely to run into rain, snow, and wind.

You don’t want to freeze or overheat from exertion during your ski – layering is your friend! Our tried and true baselayers are always needed, but what goes on top is much more intricate than what Eastern skiing requires. Stock up on lightweight layers, an insulated jacket as well as a waterproof shell. The ability to shed layers as it gets warm and bundle up as temperatures drop is absolutely crucial. The higher up the mountain you go, the trickier the weather can get. Be prepared!

One key way to be prepared is with the right ski. The Salomon QST 99 Ski offers soft and hard snow performance and great terrain adaptation – ideal for those changing conditions we mentioned!

WHERE TO SKI IN WESTERN CANADA
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Fernie, British Columbia
Kicking Horse, British Columbia

Learn more about the best skiing on the Western Canadian Powder Highway from our friend Powder Matt!

BACKCOUNTRY

Much like other Western skiing, backcountry weather is as unpredictable as can be. Both backcountry and alpine ski touring are done off piste either within a resort or off the beaten trail. Backcountry skiing is done in the most remote areas of Canada – much of which is only accessible by climbing, snowcat and/or a helicopter!

If you are a backcountry skiier, chances are you know exactly what you need to stay safe on your trip. The need for layering is much greater than the resort skiing we mentioned before. With higher levels of exertion and likelihood of more extreme conditions, the phrase “Be Prepared” is even more crucial! Layers, breathability, waterproofing, hydration, and accessories are all of the utmost importance.

On top of appropriate apparel, be sure to have the best equipment for your backcountry adventure. The Volkl 100Eight Ski is the perfect ski to make the most of your alpine adventure. Powerful and predictable, this ski will help you take advantage of all aspects of the mountain – no matter the conditions.

WHERE TO SKI OFF PISTE IN CANADA
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Red Mountain, British Columbia
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Chic Chocs, Quebec
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

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All About the Canada Goose Thermal Experience Index (TEI)

Canada Goose is known for making some of the warmest jackets on the market – the selection is so expansive, how is one supposed to choose? That’s where the Thermal Experience Index (TEI) comes in. Learn more about what TEI means and how it can help you find the warmth you want for the experience you seek.

“Lightweight for active pursuits.”
Not ideal for the kind of weather we’ve been having lately, but a TEI 1 coat has its time and place. A lightweight Hybridge Lite jacket is the perfect layering piece for spring, fall, chilly summer nights and mild winter days. Winter jogging, cross country skiing
“Ultimate in core warmth, comfort and versatility.”
All you need for a typical Canadian winter day, TEI 2 styles will keep you warm during almost any winter activity. Put a shell on top and you have the perfect storm of waterproof insulation!
“Fundamental warmth fashioned for everyday use.”
TEI 3 is evidently the most popular warmth for a Canada Goose coat. Heavier fabrics and increased down allow these coats to handle colder, harsher climates. Bonus points for coats like the Kensington, which feature interior shoulder straps to make for easy carrying when temperatures change quickly.
“Inspired by the Arctic and made for enduring daily warmth.”
For long hours spent outside in less than ideal temperatures. TEI 4 coats are perfect for both harsh winter winds and city elements, but still feature sleek silhouettes to maintain a cool (more like warm) look.
“Field-tested for the coldest places on earth.”
We’re looking at you, Winnipeg. Don’t let the coldest days of winter keep you indoors! Get outside and live your Sporting Life, but stay safe with a TEI 5 coat.


A NOTE FROM CANADA GOOSE:

It’s important to remember that everybody experiences temperature differently and the designations above are guidelines only. They’re intended to help you select the right Canada Goose jacket for your particular need.
When applying our TEI rating, please consider if you are a person who is typically cold, or warm, or very warm normally, and combine that with how you layer your clothing, your level of hydration, amount of sleep and level of activity to determine if this temperature rating would apply to you.

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Tips For Winter Running

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No need to be intimidated by the snow. Running is still very much possible in winter – some may argue that it is more enjoyable! The cool air, beautiful scenery and change in terrain makes for an exciting change in your fitness routine. With the Sporting Life 10k fast approaching, now is the time to start training! Here are some of our tips to make the most of your cold weather run and get your body ready for race season.

Set a Goal

Winter running isn’t for everyone – sometimes you need to have a goal in mind to make the chilly temperatures worth it. Why not sign up for the Sporting Life 10k and set out on a training schedule?

Taking place in Toronto and Ottawa on May 13 in support of Camp Oochigeas and June 16 in Calgary in support of Kids Cancer Care, the Sporting Life 10k is a great opportunity for you to try and beat that PB, all while supporting kids affected by childhood cancer. Sign up before prices go up on January 15 and get running!

Plan Ahead

You don’t want to get stuck outside longer than necessary on a cold day. Be sure to map your route ahead of time and ensure that it is a length that you can handle. Use a service like MapMyRun or Nike+ to track and plan your run. As always, be sure to bring enough water or energy chews with you to keep you in tip top shape during your run. Another important factor is the buddy system; having someone with you always makes for a safer run, especially in the winter. At the very least, let someone know where and when you plan to run in case of emergency.

Get Warm

Warming up is essential for any workout, but it is particularly important when it is cold outside. You want to give your muscles a chance to warm up before you dive into an outdoor winter workout. Do some quick cardio around your house to get your body moving, but do your best not to break a sweat; this can give you the chills as soon as you step outside!

Dress For Success

Don’t forget to gear up for your outdoor run this winter. Layering is of the utmost importance! Keep warm and dry in moisture wicking base layers, breathable shells, and seasonally appropriate accessories. Proper footwear is also key; you likely can’t get away with the same shoes you would wear for summer road runs. Much like your apparel, you want something waterproof and breathable with all-weather protection. A rugged outsole and ankle protection are also helpful for improved resistance to the elements.

See and Be Seen

Don’t forget about visibility! Stay safe on your run in reflective apparel and footwear. With reduced daylight, early morning and evening runs are subject to reduced visibility. The addition of a headlamp or reflective stripes on your clothing and shoes will allow vehicles to avoid you when running on the road.

Shop the best in cold weather running gear and get outside!

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The Best of Snowboard

To celebrate the peak of prime snowboarding season, we’re sharing our favourite snowboard brands for 2018. Whether boards, boots or apparel, this selection offers nothing but cool innovation and style. Learn more about what makes these brands the best of the best and shop all things snowboard, only at Sporting Life.

BURTON

“Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his Vermont barn back in 1977, and has dedicated his life to snowboarding ever since.”

Burton has played a key role in the growth of the snowboard industry, and we are proud to support a brand that has supported some of the world’s best riders. From technical baselayers to the coolest apparel to the top boards and bindings, Burton is a key brand in our snowboard line-up. One of the many reasons we love Burton? Their commitment to sustainability. Burton is a Bluesign approved brand – learn more about the Bluesign system here!

Along with the classic Burton line, Burton AK and L.A.M.B. x Burton offer unique looks to complete your all mountain wardrobe.

In partnership with Gore-Tex, the Burton AK line offers both waterproof and breathable outerwear. With Gore’s “Guaranteed To Keep You Dry®” pledge in mind, Burton AK products are built to withstand the elements and keep you dry all day. AK products are not only Bluesign approved, but are also manufactured using the Drydye process. Drydye technology boasts a waterless dyeing process, it saves 25 liters of fresh water per tee shirt, uses pure dyestuff, and has no chemical additives. 

L.A.M.B. x Burton is “drastically different than everything else you see during winter, each piece speaks for itself. Fierce and edgy—but fun—and always laced with punk rock, this is the bold street style of Gwen Stefani backed by Burton’s top-shelf outerwear technology.” PS – we are the only retailer in Canada that carries this line…rock on!

Oh, and don’t forget about the Step-On system. No big deal or anything.

LIB TECH / GNU

Developed by Mervin and created at “the world’s most environMENTAL factory”, Lib Tech and Gnu are a force to be reckoned with. Yet another snowboard brand founded by snowboarders, Mervin is the longest running and last major board building factory in the USA. If you couldn’t tell, we are all for sustainability when it comes to our brands – Lib Tech and Gnu are no exception. Want to know more about what environMENTAL entails? Learn more on their website!

We buy the toughest, lightest, strongest, most environmental materials; many of which aren’t meant for snowboards or used by anyone else for what we use them for.”

You can always count on Lib Tech for innovation. New concepts, new shapes, and collaborations with riders like Travis Rice and Jamie Lynn offer a ride like no other.

Gnu on the other hand takes their design to another dimension. Their own description says it all: “Mysterious materials, bizarre geometries, contours and board shapes, far out art and colors, odd terrain and freakish riders have allowed us to create fantastic progressive snowboards taking snowboarding to wild and magical places.”

YES

Less is more.” – Mies Van Der Rohe

Winner of the 2016 ISPO Gold Medal, Yes has made a name for itself in the snowboarding industry. Being shaped by product, customers, riders, fans…Yes has all of the pieces to create the ultimate in snowboard innovation. Tuning out the noise of what others are doing, Yes marches to the beat of their own drum and keeps it simple. Do what you know and do it well.

As a testimonial from James Biesty states: “Out of the 400+ boards I’ve tried, I don’t think any other brand has such a wide appeal to our crew and readers as YES. does. Alex makes a good board for nearly every type of, budget, condition, boot size, ability level and riding style.”

If you’re just getting started or you’ve spent your life on the mountain, don’t say no to Yes. Say Hel Yes.

686

“We believe that life should be lived without limits and that your choice of technical apparel should reflect this.”

From a small collection of denim and outerwear in 1992, 686 Enterprises has expanded into one of our top snowboardwear brands. With innovative, forward-thinking outerwear and technical apparel inspired by mountain culture, 686 challenges you to push your experience beyond what you thought possible. Just take a look at the Smarty 3-in-1 Cargo Pant:

ANALOG

“A collective force of creative expression, Analog is committed to progressing the individualistic style that snowboarding is built on.”

Say no more. The Analog collection offers riders freedom of expression in the form of fun and creative snowboardwear. Like its creator Burton, Analog is – you guessed it – environmentally conscious. With Bluesign approved product and using THERMOLITE® Insulation, Analog is a true all mountain brand. Talk about a finger on the pulse of changing fashions and materials.

For just the right amount of on-snow function and street personality, try the Caldwell Anorak – it’ll remind you of your favourite hoodie, but will keep you warm and dry all season long.

HOLDEN

“Holden brings timeless style to technical outerwear.”

Shocking, but true: another brand we love that blends fashion, function and an eco-conscious sensibility. Holden was founded by professional snowboarder Mikey LeBlanc and designer Scott Zergebel with a mission to create products that are built on these values: Timeless Quality, functional style, versatility, tailored-fits, and eco-friendlier attributes. Since 2002, they have done just that. Holden offers a 2018 collection that looks cooler than ever in sleek neutrals and camo prints, allowing for corny camouflage jokes all day long.

VOLCOM

We have a vision that turns obstacles into opportunity. A creative courage to tempt the impossible… And embrace the strange. Telling us to push further… To try again.”

Who didn’t grow up loving Volcom? From skate to surf to snow, the Volcom stone is one of the most recognizable logos of our generation. Volcom was born from the philosophy of the times, “Youth Against Establishment”, and continues to support and inspire young creative thinking. The coolest patterns and silhouettes paired with reasonable pricepoints make Volcom the ultimate starter kit for a fun and carefree snowboard season.

 

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Tune-Up Services at Sporting Life

Markus Eder, Retallack, BC, Canada. Photo: Adam Clark

Since 1979, we have lived and breathed the Canadian winter. We are proud to be your one-stop shop for all things winter – especially equipment and tune-ups for the ultimate mountain experience.

If you are just getting into skiing or snowboarding, you may wonder…why tune my equipment? The answer is pretty simple. Just like any equipment – a bike, a car, an instrument – your skis need to be tuned to reach their top performance potential. The more you ski, the more wear and tear your equipment will endure. To get the most use out of your skis and to ensure that they stand the test of time, regular tuning will keep you and your equipment safe.

“Regular” tuning can mean something different to every skier; a racer will require more frequent ski tunes than a casual family skier who hits the mountain a few times a season. The look and feel of your skis will tell you when it is time to bring them in for a tune.

Are the edges rough and the base worn? How do they feel while you are skiing – is it harder than usual to stay on track?

Dull edges are a surefire way to have a less than ideal skiing experience. Along with sharp, smooth edges, skis also require wax to function properly. As they are made from porous material, skis need wax to keep water and dust out of their pores, making for a faster and more responsive ride.

If you aren’t sure, bring your skis into your nearest Sporting Life! Our staff can tell you in a second whether your skis are due for a tune-up. A proper tune will ensure that no matter the snow conditions, you will have a great day on the slopes.

Boyd Callaway from Sporting Life Market Mall.
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We’ve tuned for the pros, and we’d love to tune for you! Our staff have learned from the best when it comes to the art of tuning – have you read our blog post on tuning skis in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or our post on a week spent with the NCOST? Each of our locations boasts top of the line Wintersteiger machines, guaranteed to send you to the slopes in peak form.

Want to learn more? Watch the video below, featuring our Collingwood shop expert Bill, or visit our website to learn about the specifics of each store’s tuning machines.

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