Snowshoe Reviews

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Chaos beanie PRODUCT REVIEW:
Chaos – Fits All 4x – Felix Beanie

Chaos has a line of winter beanies and hats that cover all genders and a cornucopia of styles. Their Fits-All 4x line was designed with the idea in mind of always getting the perfect fit. Being one of the hat guru companies out there, I feel secure in telling you that you would be satisfied with almost any hat in their line, although some of their hats are more technical while others are more for show. Flash, fur, tight sport wear, color, flowers, and strictly athletic – Chaos selection runs the gamut. The Felix wears well, has a nice fit, and is very well made. We've been impressed with construction and comfort.
  • Base yarn filaments wrapped around a spandex core = stretch and softness
  • Athletic beanie

Clothing - Base Layer


ColdPruf Women’s Quest Base Layer

ColdPruf is a baselayer producer that works with polyester and spandex. They have a patented microfiber performance polyester that they call Silvadur™. This trademarked fabric is designed to wick moisture, has enhanced odor control and moves nicely with the body while keeping it warm. When I put these base layers to the test through snowshoe and skiing forays I found these claims, as far as I could tell (I don’t sweat a great deal or have many problems with odor) were valid. My favorite features boiled down to wearable features. The inside of both garments are lined with a soft, light fleece. While the outside is a slippery fabric, the inside is comfortable and soft to the touch. The flatlock seams are also wonderful because you don’t want seams digging into your skin and a base layer, by nature, hugs the skin. Unlike the wool base layers I have tested, these did not seem to hug the body as tightly. The FigurFit design system ColdPruf designed has a little flair at the waist, so they are slightly more relaxed. Thumb holes in the sleeves allow for easy layering, and while the company claims that the tops are designed with longer torsos, the tops just came to my waist. If you’re not a wool fan, these are a technically viable alternative.

$40 Mock zip top; $32 Pants
  • 85% Polyester 15% Spandex
  • Technical Fiber Polyester with SILVADUR™
  • Pant: Yoga waistband
  • Mens Quest Base Layer available also
  • Use for any cold weather endeavor
  • Controls Odor And Inhibits Bacterial Growth On Fabric
  • Wicks And Aids In Moisture Evaporation

Diamond Peak Half Zip and Diamond Peak Tight (for Women)

Salt Lake welcomes the new Athleta store to the City Creek shopping center in downtown Salt Lake and so we wanted to take a look at the technical base layers they have for women. I tested the Diamond Peak base layer – a seamless wool (great insulation) base layer, it is mid-weight, and I’ve found it to perform beautifully.

Things I like best (not necessarily in this order) – The garment is soft, fits well, the knit-in design is gorgeous and feminine, and it performs. Let me expound – The fabric is soft, without seams and tags, and fits nicely to the body. I wish it had a thumb hole in the bottom of the sleeves like so many base layers do these days, but the cuffs on both the pant and the top hug nicely. The art work design on the fabric is so beautiful, it’s a wonderful switch from just the plain old base layer I’m used to pulling on. It makes you feel pretty in just the base layer. I used both pieces snowshoeing AND skiing, and washed them multiple times to see how they wash and wear. I can report that they kept me warm on cold days and nights, they didn’t ever get stinky, and when washed they do not peel. The color did run a little bit on the first washing, so wash alone the first time around. Soft, warm beautiful, breathes and combats odor – that’s a great combination for a base layer. My new favorites.

Athleta has a Love it or Return it Guarantee = love it or return it Any time. Any reason.

MRSP: Half Zip top - $98
Tight $69.00

  • Wool/polypropylene/spandex
  • Naturally wicking and insulating
  • Combats odor
  • 1/2 zip front with lockdown zip and zipper garage (won’t chafe your chin)
  • Knit-in artwork texture
  • Seamless

Mid Layer

Dale of Norway PRODUCT REVIEW:
Dale of Norway - Rondane 

Dale of Norway products are known for their high quality. Merino wool at its finest. This sweater is ideal for snowshoeing because it can be worn as a base layer, or layered as a mid layer. It breathes well, as Merino wool does, and it’s sporty and classy at the same time, so you can wear it around town when you stop by the Grill/Pub after a day on the trail. My favorite aspects of this sweater are that it has a flattering fit, it is soft and comfortable to wear, and the ¼ zip at the top makes it easy to get on and off. It’s a beautiful life-style/active wear addition to your wardrobe.
  • Available in men's sizes S - XXL and women's sizes S- XL
  • 4 colors: grey, black, raspberry and sky blue
  • Machine washable
  • The name Rondane is a Norwegian national park with steep mountains and deep valleys

ColdPruf Women’s Honeycomb Fleece Mock Zip

The women’s honeycomb fleece can be used as a base layer top, as a mid layer, and even an outer layer. ColdPruf has white currently available with melon and teal available in fall 2016. The new colors will add some style options to a technical piece that provides wicking and comfort. Thumb holes in the sleeves allow for easy layering and the silhouette of the piece flairs slightly at the bottom. I used this piece while skiing and snowshoeing, and it proved to be a warm and comfortable layer. ColdPruf makes this piece with its SILVADUR polyester that is supposed to wick and deter bacteria that produce odor. I had no problem with wicking or odor while wearing the piece. After running it through the wash multiple times, the fabric retained it’s shape and texture well. Reasonably priced this is a versatile cold-weather layer you would be able to use in multiple arenas.
  • ColdPruf® Technical Fiber Polyester With SILVADUR™ Intelligent Freshness
  • Controls Odor And Inhibits Bacterial Growth On Fabric
  • Wicks And Aids In Moisture Evaporation
  • Fleece-Brushed Inside
  • 88% Performance Polyester
  • 12% Spandex
  • 88% Performance Polyester

Smartwool TML Light SportKnit

This piece is more like a sweater. Densely woven, it has a feel of quality, and is easy to wear. Merino wool breaths , gives warmth while pulling the moisture away from your body and washes nicely. It's also known for not retaining body odor. With a tight base layer underneath, this mid-layer is protective enough to wear and breath as an outer layer on a hot day, or work nicely to maintain and direct body head as an inner layer under your jacket. There is a little zipper pocket on the sleeve that is handy for a key, or ID. Sleeve thumbholes are always helpful in winter clothing. Do treat with care as the weaving can snag a bit.
  • 1/4 zip for ease of putting on, taking off, style and ventilation
  • Semi curve fit
  • Sleeve thumb holes
  • Rubber tip zipper pull
  • Colors: Ash, Heather, Turquoise, Claret, Black


Sierra Designs Flex Hoody Vest PRODUCT REVIEW:
Sierra Designs – Flex Hoody Vest

One of the keys to snowshoe dressing is the layering. Often an insulated vest is ideal for snowshoeing because it keeps the core warm while allowing heat to dissipate off the arms. Sierra Design's new Flex Hoody, available Fall 2011, is stuffed with 650-fill down and designed with Flex baffle construction which allows a comfortable stretch as it hugs you. I've noticed I get warmth, movement and style. Sierra Designs has proven itself again as an innovator of technical mountain wear. This piece is stylish and can easily be worn around town, but has the technical design and performance to be a favorite layer under a shell on a cold day, or as a movable outer layer when you're heating up. A fun, usable and technical piece, the Flex Hoody makes a great addition to a woman's snowshoe wear. They make the vest only for women but there is a Flex Hoody jacket for men.
  • Shell and liner 100% Elevation Eco – recycled polyester ripstop fabric/li>
  • Down-filled hood with draw cords
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Single interior zip pocket
  • Elastic cuff for heat retention
  • Center front storm flap
  • 17 ounces