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Patagonia Bluesign Approved Fabric

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Patagonia Bluesign Approved Fabric

Patagonia has worked with bluesign® technologies since 2000 to evaluate and reduce resource consumption in our materials supply chain, and to assist us in managing the chemicals, dyes and finishes used in the process and created the Patagonia Bluedesign Approved Fabric. bluesign technologies, based in Switzerland, works at each step in the textile supply chain to approve chemicals, processes, materials and products that are safe for the environment, safe for workers and safe for the end customers.

Textile manufacturers that become bluesign® system partners agree at the outset to establish management systems for improving environmental performance in five key areas of the production process: resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions, and occupational health and safety. System partners regularly report their progress in energy, water, and chemical usage and are subject to on-site audits.

The bluesign system is based on input-stream management. Chemicals are assigned to one of three categories: blue– safe to use; gray–special handling required; and black–forbidden. The bluesign system helps factories properly manage gray chemicals and replace black chemicals with safer alternatives.

In 2007, Patagonia became the first brand to join the network of bluesign system partners. We committed to the highest level of consumer safety and the continuous improvement of environmental performance in our textile supply chains by applying the bluesign system to help conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment. Our progress and encouragement have inspired more suppliers and other brands to join; there are now over 400 brands, manufacturers and chemical suppliers that are bluesign system partners.

Any fabric that’s bluesign approved offers the highest level of consumer safety by employing methods and materials in its manufacture that conserves resources and minimizes impacts on people and the environment.

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Patagonia 100% Recycled Down

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100% Patagonia Recycled Down

Patagonia Recycled Down is a mix of either 600- or 700-fill-power goose and duck down reclaimed from cushions, bedding and other used items that can’t be resold. It is hypoallergenic and offers the identical performance benefits to virgin down.

There was already a market in Europe for recycled down and feathers, but it took some time before we found the perfect partners who were able to meet our high-quality standards; the legwork really paid off. Both the collector and the processor we partner with are family-owned and share our values for high quality and uncompromising performance.

Our demand for high-quality Recycled Down has already led to an increase in supply. As other apparel companies follow our lead, we expect their demand will boost down recycling in even more countries. By plucking some of our down (and associated fabrics) from the trash, we reduce discards; help expand and add value to the recycling stream; and more fully realize our mission to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”

Patagonia apparel is an american clothing company that manufactures clothing for people who enjoy an active lifestyle. The company was founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, and is based in Ventura, California. Its logo is the skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy in Patagonia. The company believes in living and active, outdoor lifestyle as well as giving back to the environment. They actively engage in 1% for the planet. 1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment. They understand that profit and loss are directly linked to its health, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of industry.
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The North Face Technology Process

North Face Futurelight

Tested In Labs. Proven On Expeditions. Trusted By Athletes.

The North Face Technology Process begins with our world-class athletes. Their suggestions, recommendations and new equipment ideas provide the inspiration and challenges that drive the research and development of advanced materials, innovative design and construction. The most crucial step involves testing both in our laboratories and with our athletes on expeditions around the world.

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Research & Development



Research & Development- The North Face Technology Process

The most crucial step involves testing both in our laboratories and with our athletes on expeditions around the world. Our athletes often recommend an innovation that’s outside the bounds of existing technology. The North Face® Research, Design and Development team accepts their challenges and turns to the laboratory for new fabrics and components. Our teams of designers and fabric technicians must turn those revolutionary raw materials into gear that maximizes an athlete’s ability to survive and succeed in the most severe weather conditions.

STEP 1: Research & Design in Conjunction With World-Class Athletes

Athletes who constantly pursue their own limits help us push the limits of apparel and equipment design and technology. The North Face® Athlete Team gives us constant feedback on the clothing and equipment they depend on for success and survival in their adventures. We hear from our athletes through gear evaluations and regular athlete input sessions.

STEP 2: Advance Material Research & Development

We partner with the world’s most innovative leading materials engineers to create the technically advanced fabrics needed to develop clothing and equipment that meet our high standards. For example, The North Face®, in conjunction with W.L. Gore, created the concept and helped to launch PacLite™ the most compressible, lightest weight GORE-TEX® shell fabric available – weighing only 3.2 ounces per yard. By adhering this new GORE-TEX® laminate to our proprietary, extremely lightweight nylon substrate, we succeeded in creating a shell material perfectly suited for the extreme lightweight requirements demanded in high-altitude expeditions.

STEP 3: Innovative Design & Construction

Exploring the frontiers of technology for better fabrics and components is only the beginning of the life cycle of a new piece of gear. A great example of this is our C130 Tent Test. Our entire tent line was tested against our competitors by placing them in back of a C130 plane. The plane’s four engines produce 13,000 ft/lbs. of torque and are capable of producing wind speeds in excess of 80 mph and unlike wind-tunnel tests, the propellers can create wind currents that are irregular and multi-directional. The results speak for themselves – our tents outperformed all the competition.

STEP 4: Laboratory Tested & Expedition Proven

We save the most critical step in our product development process for last. In addition to subjecting our products to a tortuous battery of laboratory tests, we send our apparel and equipment on extended athlete expeditions to learn how new products perform under the true test of the great outdoors. After receiving feedback, we refine each product until it receives approval from our world-class athlete team.

Technology- The North Face Technology Process



Disruption is in our DNA. For over 50 years, The North Face has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. The next chapter, our innovative FUTURELIGHT™ fabric, is here to revolutionize the outdoors yet again.

Like most revolutions, it started with an idea. Ours began with an on-mountain insight from alpinist, Andres Marin, who was on expedition in full kit. After repeatedly adjusting shells with changing weather, he asked, “What if there was gear that was alive?” What if one piece of gear could keep him dry in the rain, warm in the cold, and breathed when he needed it to?

We took those “what ifs” and challenged ourselves to find a solution. Our design teams worked closely with our world-class athletes to create a radically product. The end result? Our most advanced breathable-waterproof technology ever.


  • Ultra-thin nanomembrane creates airflow while keeping water out for better breathability
  • Features innovative waterproofing that was rigorously tested to withstand the harshest weather conditions
  • Soft, lightweight and nimble for movement without constraints
  • Tested by our elite athlete team in the world’s most extreme environments for proven durability
  • Face and back layers sustainably crafted using 90% recycled materials








Using only the highest quality goose down in all of our products, The North Face® tests each lot of down at three stages of production for loftiness, moisture resistance and ability to regain loft after compression. The fill power of goose down is an indicator of two important features: warmth-to-weight ratio and compressibility, both critical to retain warmth and furnish comfort. True fill power is measured by placing one ounce of goose down in a graduated cylinder and measuring the volume the down occupies in cubic inches. The North Face® products are insulated with exclusive, high-fill power goose down ranging from 550 to 900 fill, which represents the highest quality down commercially available.


  • Superior warmth and comfort
  • Lightweight insulation
  • Increased loft than lesser fill downs (900 + 800 only)
  • Highest quality, high-fill power goose down




The North Face™ developed a partnership with PrimaLoft® to offer a new synthetic alternative to down. ThermoBall™ is a revolution in insulation technology. Unlike traditional, continuous-filament synthetic insulations, the small round PrimaLoft® synthetic fiber clusters closely to mimic down clusters; trapping heat within small air pockets to retain warmth.


  • Lightweight
  • Phenomenal warmth in cold and wet conditions
  • Packs neatly into zipper pocket (not all styles)
  • Insulates even when wet



The North Face® partners with GORE-TEX® to deliver the industry’s most innovative and highest performance waterproof, windproof and breathable weather protection. GORE-TEX® fabrics lead the industry in providing durable waterproof, breathable protection. The GORE-TEX® membrane is completely impervious to rain, sleet and snow, while allowing perspiration to pass through it from within. Tiny pores in the GORE-TEX® membrane allow perspiration to escape while preventing water from entering.


  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Protection in rain and snow
  • Ideal for snowboarding, skiing, and climbing


Innovation- The North Face Technology Process



Our proprietary fuseform construction technique vastly improves on our own innovative breakthroughs of the past. It’s a revolutionary weaving process that blends thicker, more-durable threads with lighter, lower-density fibers in high-wear zones, effectively reducing overall weight and creating a seamless transition from tougher to lighter zones.


  • Innovative design enhances protection and function
  • Seamless fabric construction eliminates panel overlays
  • Trimmer fit allows better range-of-motion
  • Fabric density: 70 Denier
  • Fabric density: 40 Denier
  • Seamless fusion


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Arc’teryx Layering Guide

Wondering if your shell will fit over your favorite down hoody? Our layering guide will tell you.

The Arc’teryx Layering Guide outlines and explains the various uses and purposes of an outerwear setup. From Baselayers all the way up to technical shells, we’ve got your back and an explanation to boot.

Why Layering?

Layers are the instruments of keeping you dry, warm and using your energy efficiently. Put into the right systems, a good sequence of layers provides you with weather protection, moves moisture away from your skin, conserves or dissipates heat, and does this in the least amount of time.

Use the layering guide to select your system and to understand how it works together. Function and comfort increase from effective layering.

The way that layers sit next to each other optimizes temperature regulation and moisture management inside your clothing, by allowing the fabric technologies to function at maximum performance. Proper layering also permits textiles to move freely over each other, so you don’t experience restriction or chafing. Having an efficient system adds up to more time outdoors, safely and comfortably pursuing and pushing your activities of choice.

Arc’teryx Layering Guide Layering Key

Using the number assigned to your product, refer to the illustration to discover additional layers you can add to your system.

Product compatibility: Determine where your first layer sits and move outward to layer over top; move inward to layer underneath. Products with the same number will not be compatible.

Base layers have the smallest numbers and sit closest to the body. Hardshells have higher numbers; they are your outermost layer.

Sample Systems




Your first layer, worn next-to-skin. In many ways, this layer determines your other layers.

Lighter weights are best for warm conditions and/or high output levels. Heavier weights for cool conditions or lower output.

Wool retains its warmth when wet and has natural anti-odor properties. Synthetics are lightweight, dry quickly and can be more abrasion resistant.






Air permeable layers that provide some warmth and protection, in addition to moisture management.

Down fill mid layers have the greatest warmth-to-weight ratio. They are highly efficient, packable and light. Best suited to cool and dry conditions.

Synthetic fill has the advantage of staying warm when damp, and durability in varied environments. These mid layers are less compact than down, more versatile.

Hardfleece has a fleece interior bonded to a weather resistant outer fabric. These mid layers are highly air permeable, removing moisture but retaining warmth. Good for high output, cold conditions and moderate precipitation.

Fleece is a thermal garment with air permeability, that can be worn as a standalone layer. Fleece offers high comfort, less weather resistance.

Consider your base layer and your typical body temperature when selecting your mid layer. If you are often cold, choose a mid layer with less air permeability. If your base layer is warm, but you want weather protection, a lighter mid layer may work best.







When selecting insulation type, consider weight and weather conditions. Down provides the highest warmth-to-weight value and packs small, but it is best suited to cool and dry conditions. Synthetic materials remain warm when damp, are more abrasion resistant but less compact and heavier than down.

Each type of insulation is available in a range of warmths, from superlight to severe cold.







Shells are the most weather protective layer, most often worn on the outside of all other layers. Evaluate your environment, expected output level and typical conditions when making your selection.

GORE-TEX® shells are fully waterproof, windproof and breathable. Available in a range of fabric technologies, applicable to specific use and environments.

Windshells are lighter weight, wind and weather resistant. Best suited to dry conditions, or minimal precipitation.

Softshell refers to a four-way stretch textile with an inherently durable smooth outer surface. Weather resistant and highly abrasion resistant, our range of softshells deliver varied degrees of warmth and protection.

Composite garments are composed of more than one fabric technology. This is done to achieve optimal performance in targeted areas. For example, GORE-TEX® sleeves and shoulders for waterpoof protection, combined with a softshell torso to improve temperature regulation.





A one jacket system for cold, wet environments. Weatherproof and insulated, these outer layers are streamlined and can be lighter than an equivalent two-piece system.

GORE-TEX® and down insulated jackets combine the premium lightweight warmth of down insulation with a streamlined, fully weatherproof outer shell. This construction also protects the down from moisture.

GORE-TEX® and synthetic insulated jackets have simplified construction, to create lightweight, fully waterproof warmth. Can be worn in the worst conditions and remain warm even if damp.




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Never Summer Lady West Board Review

The Never Summer Lady West Board Review- For Aggressive Female Riders

The Never Summer Raven Redesign? Or A New Board All Together?

Never Summer Lady West

A few years ago Never Summer retired the Women’s Raven board line and released two new boards as replacements. The Aura and the Infinity. Both had their own characteristics but left many Raven lovers a bit heartbroken because their tried and true Raven was no more. To this day we still get people asking for the Raven. But, there’s a new board in town and it’s the closest replacement to the Raven yet. Introducing the Never Summer Lady West. Taking the characteristics of the Men’s West and the favorite features of the Raven to create one kick ass board.

So how does the raven look next to the lady west spec for spec?

Lady West Raven
Size (cm) 149 149
Effective Edge (mm) 1140 1160
Tip Width (mm) 281 282
Waist Width (mm) 236 237
Tail Width (mm) 276 282
Sidecut Radius (m) Vario 723* Vario 697˚


Most notably looking at specs is the tail width. This is due to the more directional twin shape and a blend of Fusion Rocker Camber. The Raven had Original Rocker camber which made the rider be more center over the board. With the Fusion Rocker Camber you have a similar rocker camber shape but the transition area will only be found in the tip and not the tail on the Never Summer Lady West. This is the biggest notable difference. Stance is setback a bit more and not as center. Otherwise things like Stiffness, and wrap are the same. The elastomers used in the Lady West is the RDS2 not the RDS1. And as previously mentioned many characteristics of the Lady West will remind you of the Raven.


Never Summer Lady West Never Summer Lady West Never Summer Lady West



So how does this board feel on snow? Since it’s not a true asymmetrical twin, it’s going to enjoy a more all-mountain shredder than anything else. It’s designed to carve across the whole mountain efficiently and effectively. If you’re a jibber we’re going to push you towards the proto type two. On snow the Never Summer Lady West is really fun. So fun in fact that I’m pretty sure all our female snowboarders on staff will be buying one. This is a fun but aggressive board. It’s designed for aggressive female riders who want to be able to go all over the mountain and go fast. Granted with the setback stance you don’t want to go to fast. But edge to edge the Lady West carves easily. It’s fast and fluid and easy to turn. When you’re in a predicament or unfavorable conditions the Lady West is a confidence builder. It’s got great edge hold and with its Fusion Rocker will really plow through choppy snow. But again this is an all-mountain board. If you’re a jibber, or like softer boards Consider the Shade or the Proto. We’re all really digging this board and are excited to offer a better replacement to the Never Summer Raven.

These boards are available for Purchase at Basin Sports and we’ll have a full demo collection available for the 19/20 season.

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2020 Nordica Enforcer 88 Ski Review

Nordica Enforcer 88 Ski Review – Tried and Tested

What to expect in the narrowest waist width Enforcer

2020 Nordica Enforcer 88 Ski Review

Since its inception, the Enforcer Series has been rapidly growing as the most sought after skis in the industry. Nordica has been careful to release new waist width options and technological tweaks steadily over the years and people are eating them up. With this year’s release, all the ski industry aficionados are buzzing about the two newest additions to the pack, the Enforcer 88 and Enforcer 104. We were fortunate to ski the new waist widths for both men and women (so be on the lookout for the Santa Ana 88 review) and have a good feeling of how the industry will accept the skis, and what customer s should expect out of them.

This review is solely regarding the Nordica Enforcer 88, though we’ll get a review out about the 104 as soon as we can. Luckily for us, we hold one of the biggest Nordica accounts in New England and have access to early release gear like the Enforcer 88. This particular waist width caught our eye because we live in New England and very rarely do we really need to ski on sticks wider than 100.

The Enforcer lineup is reminiscent of an old Helldorado but with less rocker and metal- and that’s one of the reasons it excels in the east. But the Enforcers of yesteryear are bulky and some would describe as brawlers, not ballerinas. So to alleviate some of this extra meat the Enforcer 88 has vibration dampening tips. This helps alleviate some the meat, the weight and adds more nimbleness to the skis maneuverability.

These tips in technological terms are called True Tip Technology and essentially reduce weight and tip chatter. Basically, Nordica has trimmed the amount of ABS plastic in the sidewall in the tip and extended the lightweight wood core into the area now void of plastic. Plastic is not exactly a pliable material when it comes to skis, and will impact something with a thud, not a spring or rebound. That’s one of the reasons why True Tip Technology works. It makes the ski more lively and snappy. It’s also lighter so you can turn more effectively and build energy in and out of turns.

The other new construction is the Carbon-Reinforced Chassis. As mentioned early, the Enforcer could be referred to as a brawler. Where it would rather plow and power through snow than glide over snow. The Carbon chassis essentially makes the Enforcer more nimble. We’re not going to get full ballerina status on snow but it won’t feel like a brawler either- Nordica is finding a happier medium between brawler and dancer.

Another notable difference in the Nordica 88 Is that it comes in different lengths than previous enforcers. That means a completely new mold and serious “back to the drawing board” concept. With the Enforcer 88 you get to choose from the sizes of 165, 172, 179 and 186. This could throw a rope in the Enforcer Collectors wheelhouse but, if then again it could be a good thing. This ski is considered a hard carver and that divides the skiers into two categories- the slalom skiers or the super g skiers. I myself like to shorten up my carving skis. I like to make fast precise and short turns so I lean towards a shorter length. But, if you like to go fast, take minimal turns on piste and lay over edges then go longer. It’s all in how you ski.

2020 Nordica Enforcer 88 Ski Review

So our first day of testing was at the New England Ski Industry Demo Day. This is where people in the industry have a chance to demo skis for the 19/20 season. This was held at Pico Mountain this year and the temps were hovering at 32 degrees so the snow was hero like. When we were able to ski the 88 we got next to perfect conditions for New England so yes, this review is biased towards the conditions we tested in. That being said the Enforcer 88 did just fine on and off-piste. On-Piste, the 88 was quite responsive and was easy to maneuver. It glided across the snow easily and was powerful yet forgiving. One notable change in turning was that the ski powered out of turns. In the past, the wider widths would lose some of that momentum in turns because of the rocker and its width. That’s not the case here and we truly feel the 88 is the perfect ski for the east. This ski is distinctly focused on performance on piste, and it does okay off-piste too. But if you’re a bump lover and tree hugger then consider the 93- otherwise you should consider this nimble machine to be in your quiver.

The Enforcer 88 will be fine off-piste but it wasn’t designed to do that. It was designed to be an on-piste carver and it does that well. The 88 wants to stay on edge and hold that turn, making consistent and thoughtful turns down the slopes. Compared to the Navigator 85 the Enforcer 88 is heavier and has more rocker to it. Edge to edge the Navigator will win- it’s quick and lighter. All around maneuverability and being as All-Mountain as they get, the Enforcer 88 will win. It just does everything well and really defines what an all-mountain ski should be.

To summarize, the Nordica Enforcer 88 for 2020 is going to perform best on firm conditions. It’s going to slay groomer runs and turn well. It’s light, but not as light as a navigator. It’s well-rounded too and when you’re in a pickle it will perform at a level that’s just plain necessary. As an east coast Enforcer lover, this is the ski you need in your collection. It works, it does its job well and is fun.


2020 Nordica Enforcer 88 Ski Review


Convinced and want one? We have the 2020 Nordica Enforcer 88 and 2020 Nordica Santa Ana 88 available for purchase.

Nordica Enforcer 88

Santa Ana 88


Not convinced and need to ski it first? We have full-size runs of demos available at the shop. Call us for more info regarding that. 802-422-3234

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POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review

POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review
POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review

Last year POC released the Tectal Trail Helmet with Air Spin Technology and took racers and recreational riders by storm. This year, the POC Coron Air Spin Full Face Helmet was released. POC wanted something lighter and something that held up better to multiple impacts. You’ve probably heard of MIPS or Multi-Directional Impact Protection System and are probably wondering how this is different. If you’re like me, MIPS is not comfortable, in fact I opt to use non-MIPS protection due the sheer discomfort I experience.  POC has taken MIPS technology and combined with the Air Spin. It allows a buffer between your head and the MIPS and potentially provides better protection.

Air Spin Technology

What makes the Air Spin Tech so special then? Instead of a plastic system that mimics the brains structure, Air Spin takes that same concept but with silicone pads. It allows for the head to almost float against and moves equally upon impact. POC uses a silicone bladder inside each pad placed within the helmet. These pads allow the helmet to move slightly in impact and reduce the impact the head takes in a crash. The pads locations are strategically placed so that the head is only in contact with the pads and not rested directly against the shell of the helmet itself. This well thought out structure helps dissipate force of a rotational impact, potentially reducing the severity of the impact on the brain.

The Helmet

POC is always striving to make the lightest, most comfortable and safest helmets available. The Coron Air Spin is no exception and potentially one the best well thought out full face helmets on the market at the moment.  The POC Coron Air Spin Helmet comes in two models.  An affordable fiberglass shell and a lighter Carbon shell. Both holding up to POC’s high safety standards and both stunning in craftsmanship.

Coron Fiberglass Coron Carbon
MSRP $275 MSRP $450
Fiberglass shell construction Carbon fiber shell
Innovative air flow and vent design Innovative air flow and vent design
SPIN Technology SPIN Technology
Emergency removable cheek pads Emergency removable cheek pads
Ear chambers Ear chambers
Break Away visor Break Away visor
Multi-impact EPP liner Multi-impact EPP liner
Simple and effective buckle fastening system Simple and effective buckle fastening system
Three Color Options One Color Option

The Fit

The fit of this helmet is controversial, like any other POC helmet is. The fit on the Coron Air Spin was universally better than the old Cortex was but there were positives and negatives to it as well. Most people who enjoyed the POC Tectal Trail helmet disliked the Coron and vice versa. I found the Coron to fit well in the dome area but squished my face to much for my liking. But some enjoy that secure fit and actually found the Coron to be more comfortable than other helmets we sell in our shop. POC is tricky because you have to have “A POC Head”. That being said, those with rounder heads found the Coron to be more comfortable than others. Those with flatter heads found the trail helmets to fit well but the full face option by POC to be less than desirable.

POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review
POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review

Closing Points

If comfort, weight and above all safety are your biggest priorities when shopping for full face helmets, the POC Coron Air Spin is a good choice. With all the features both the fiberglass and carbon version offer, the bang for the buck is better if not on par than helmets in the same price range. This helmet is recommended for riders who enjoy a secure fit. Though Emergency Pull Off Pads are bulkier than typical pads they will break in slightly. It is recommended that you size up in the full face helmets. This helmet will fit better on people with rounder heads too.  It’s all about perspective though and I sincerely feel that helmets are things you shouldn’t purchase over the internet without first trying on. When it comes to appearance, overall comfort and safety standards the Coron scores high across the board. The bang for your buck is substantial and absolutely a great investment for your next full face helmet.

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Basin sports is the premier mountain sports retailer in Vermont, specializing in skiing, snowboarding, and biking. Basin Sports has received the Ski Magazine Gold Medal nine years in a row and twice naming Basin Sports the best ski shop in New England. Basin Sports has some of the best technical boot fitting service in the country, with certified Pedorthists on staff. As much as we love getting Basin Sports customers into the perfect gear for them, there is one thing we love just as much, if not more. You guessed it, skiing, riding, and just plain enjoying the mountains. You can rest assured that all of us at Basin Sports is taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Killington has to offer. In the winter we ski daily and we are constantly testing new gear, sampling the conditions, and sniffing out powder stashes. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, we love to talk about skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking and even snowshoeing. In fact, in the winter, we update our website,, every day with conditions reports, photos, and videos. Check us out for the most up-to-date and honest info around

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Devinci Troy Carbon GX Review

A Technical All-Mountain Brawler – Devinci Troy Carbon GX Review

Devinci Troy

The Devinci Troy at first glance looks like any modern trail bike. It’s low, slack and comes equipped with 150mm of travel. Basin Sports brought in Devinci this year so we were excited to put a “new to us” trail bike on dirt. I’m going to be doing a lot of comparison to my trail bike, a 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson- so bear with me as I digest my remarks.

When testing the Troy I actually sized up. I’m 5’10” so my go-to sizing falls in the Medium range (at least on a Santa Cruz). On this the Large actually felt more comfortable which could be the result of a multitude of things. So I geared up and headed out. I rode the Devinci Troy at one of the local bike trail networks, Pine Hill. This network leans more towards the groomed side of trails with short, steep, technical bits and some pumpy flow as well as few little jumps. Well rounded as trail networks go, but short enough to cover the entire park in a couple hours. The elevation here is not high, the highest point in the park will leave you with maybe 400 feet of gain, so not too difficult.

Right out of the gate the Troy climbed well on the mellower, consistent gradient. The moment I hit a steep pitch the bike really struggled to stay grounded (tires slipping and this was after adjusting body position). In areas that I could climb fine on my Bronson, I couldn’t even muster on the Troy. This could have been partially due to it being a Large and not a Medium but the Medium just felt too small. In my mind the Troy was not a great climber, I exerted a lot of energy to justify gains.



As I reached the highest point in the network I was granted a short bit of downhill featuring tight, flowy turns, a few jumps, drops and technical sections. From there I got to an outlook point and then could enter a trail named Stegosaurus, which I’m hoping you can put two and two together and maybe even formulate what the trail looked like.

One area where the Devinci Troy excels is in groomed flow. The short chainstays make the bike nimble and agile in tight, bermed corners. Turning never felt so easy and that’s one area where this bike gets high marks. It was pretty unbelievable how good the Troy corners. Next, there was a short uphill to down with a small jump then a manmade drop. I hit the jump and the bike just doesn’t want to give, it wants to stay glued to the trail (almost like a downhill bike). When I hit the drop it didn’t feel elegant or graceful by any means, rather it surged forward and sought out the ground.
When I finished the flow trail I got into Stegosaurus, the technical part of my ride and the Troy was a beast. Some have referred to it as an all-mountain brawler and in the technical terrain, it showed. Like a downhill bike, the Troy got into its line and held it without fumbling or skipping. In this respect, it felt more stable and more precise than on any other section of trail. It almost felt like well, riding flow. You lined it up and the bike did all the work, you didn’t have to put a lot of thought into it.

My takeaways are this… That this bike wants to stay grounded. Some say this bike likes to jump and I just didn’t see it (or feel it). By comparison to my Bronson, the Troy felt horrible in the air. If I were a semi-pro or recently retired downhill rider looking for an all-around trail bike, I’d say look at the Devinci Troy. My reasoning is that it feels and rides very much like a downhill bike would, but with uphill capabilities and shorter travel. If you’re a technical rider who enjoys the occasional flow trail, you’re most likely going to enjoy this bike. It’s mean, it’s ready to fight and it’s fun.
Ask us about our Devinci Demo Fleet and how you can get your hands on one to test ride or maybe even buy.


Devinci Troy


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How To Choose Ski or Snowboard Jackets

How To Choose Ski or Snowboard Jackets


Types Of Jackets

With so many types, features and specifications it’s hard to decide on How To Choose Ski or Snowboard Jackets. The more features don’t necessarily mean more expensive either. With so many features, names, and types we’ve decided to help you navigate the winter brand tornado of Ski and Snowboard Jackets.

There are five major types of jackets for both skiing and snowboarding but before we even get there let’s discuss the difference between ski and snowboard. The main parts are function and fit. Snowboard Jackets tend to be longer and in some cases looser (some women’s brands being the exception). The main reason being that some snowboarders need to sit down from time to time. Ski jackets tend to showcase a slimmer fit in general- though some park and freeride specific options are looser.



Shell Ski Jackets are considered technical apparel for the most part and they’re pretty straightforward. Shells are light, packable jackets that ward of wind, snow, sleet and rain. They are popular amongst ski touring enthusiasts and people who enjoy layering efficient winter clothing. Shells are often a single, double or triple layered water repellents. Some companies use their own proprietary water repellant material though Gore-Tex is the most reliable and most well-known. There are many types of Gore-Tex too but we won’t go into the details on this. Shell Ski or Snowboard Jackets should be paired with other inner layers of clothing.

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Probably the most popular choice amongst skiers and snowboarders is the Insulated Jacket. There are so many types of insulation and even with our staff will often recommend you to buy a decent midlayer to accompany your Insulated Jacket and here’s why. An insulated jacket that’s too heavy (Too much Insulation) won’t breathe well, causing you to sweat and causing you to retain moisture from your body heat and sweat rather than expel it. You know that sticky, sauna hot humid like feel? That’s what we’re talking about and there is a way to avoid that. (Insert Layering Blog Here) We recommend a lightly insulated ski jacket that’s either a blended synthetic insulation or full polyester. Synthetic materials release body moisture but trap heat while down insulation is known to trap moisture and heat. A nice fleece baselayer and a simple midlayer are also good components to have of any ski or snowboard jacket collection.


Technical Shells

Technical jackets are similar to shell jackets but are specific to backcountry touring and ski/snowboard mountaineers. Technical Jackets are often triple layer protection with no insulation. Technical Jackets often integrate with climbing harnesses, pants and other features. Technical jackets often specify what they’re designed for too.



Softshell jackets are made of hard fleece to help protect against wind, rain, and snow. They are not a hard “shell” and have more stretch and give than the average jacket. Softshell Jackets are recommended for light anaerobic activities or spring skiing. Touring enthusiasts often enjoy this jacket for light backcountry excursions. Softshell jackets often don’t hold their water repellent abilities for as long as hard-shells and are not as popular as Shell or Insulated Ski Jackets


3-in-1 Jackets

3-in-1 Jackets are often referred to as system jackets and consist of two or three layers that integrate together. Say you were looking to do a shell layering system but didn’t want to cough up the big bucks to create that system you’d be directed towards a 3-in-1 jacket. Usually made up of a light outer insulator, a mid-weight medium midlayer, and a moisture-wicking baselayer (though not as common), 3-in-1’s are the affordable layering option for the skier or snowboarder on a budget.

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Knowing what features come in an item are key in How to Choose Ski or Snowboard Jackets. Sometimes a jacket will have many features but me made of poor materials or vise versa. There are some features that should come standard in all ski and snowboard jackets though. These are things that will make or break decent day in the snow.



Good venting is really important. You don’t need to have a ton of vent points but you should at least look for pit zips. A good venting system in an Insulated jacket is important too because there will be those times when you overheat and need to let the heat out. Some venting systems have a mesh guard others are just open. Either or works though I’ve found mesh guards to get caught on things and rip.



Any jacket should come standard with at least two outer pockets. A jacket that is pocket less or doesn’t even have a kangaroo pouch will make a day on the hill suck. Most jackets will have outer pockets but will also have other features too. Ski resorts are trending towards RFID style lift passes so some jackets have a wrist pockets for easy storage. Internally jackets will often come with an audio pocket, a goggle pouch and a secondary internal. Pockets are self-serving and everyone has their thing. That being said there are some things you cannot live without on the ski hill.



Hoods can be tricky too. Some people don’t like hoods, some do. I personally enjoy a hood because I find wind and snow to hit the back of my neck and it can often find its way down my back. Hoods do restrict side to side vision and require you to turn your whole body to see around you. Some hoods are removable but I’ve found in more technical apparel that the hood remains attached. It’s another one of those creature comforts but believe me on those bitterly cold days you’ll be wishing you had a hood.


Powder Skirt

Not a necessity if you live on the east coast and I find powder skirts without an interface to pants are really uncomfortable. For one thing powder skirts ride up, they bunch up your underlayers and are tight. Sure if its super deep you’ll want a protective layer to keep snow from finding its way up but it’s definitely not a necessity and even on those pitted powder days I rarely utilize my powder skirt.


Jacket to Pant Interface

Most companies have a interface that links their pants and jackets together. Sometimes its by a zipper system, more commonly by button links. Does it make the jacket and pant work well on powder days, sure. Is it incredibly restricting? YES! Even back in my park days when I was into the super baggy setup I felt like the Jacket to Pant Interface was incredibly uncomfortable. Because no one enjoys a wedgie while riding up the lift.

Cuffs Design

This is super important and I have an excellent example to back it. Before I understood cuff design and wrist gaiters I would always get snow up my jackets from my gloves. It got my gloves wet, my hands cold and resulted in me drying out my gloves in the base lodge. Then I bought a jacket (inexpensive for technical apparel standards) and it had wrist gaiters. It was amazing, no more snow up the sleeves or wet gloves, it was awesome. Then I bought a new jacket, a jacket that retailed for around $750 and it was amazing. Triple layer Gore-Tex, Pockets galore. It was pretty awesome- expect it lacked wrist gaiters. It’s become such a pain for me that I’ve thought about sewing my old gaiters into my new jacket. Wrist gaiters are kind of a necessity and will be a lifesaver in the end.


Waterproof Zippers

You can have the best water-repelling fabric in the world but water is still going to be able to penetrate through a zipper system that’s not waterproof. Most companies have created some Urethane based zipper system that repels water. Arc’teryx has perfected this technology by Adding WaterTight Zippers to minimalize the weak spot in Ski & Snowboard Jackets.

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The difference between a Shell Jacket and A Rain Jackets is the backer system or lining. These jackets almost always have what’s referred to as a Flannel Backer. It isn’t so much an insulator but a blocker against the wind. Some jackets have fleece lining or quilted insulation. But linings are typically a sheer material or a flannel base to help keep in warmth.


RECCO Reflector

RECCO was originally designed in the 1970’s to help located people in avalanches. RECCO reflectors are commonly found in most apparel these days in help in transmitting an avalanched beacon signal at a better range so that you’re more likely to be found quicker in avalanche burial situations.

If considering venturing into the backcountry always be informed of the dangers of avalanches. Level 1 Avalanche Courses are highly encouraged.



When we talk about accessories we’re sure to include pockets and their locations as well as specific pockets and uses. In this day and age you typically hit the slopes with your phone and if you’re a seasoned winter adventurer you know that your lithium battery doesn’t like the cold. Most brands (but specifically Helly Hansen) now have special warming pockets to protect your electronics from the elements. If you’re someone who likes listening to tunes on the slopes most jackets come standard with a special MP3 pocket. Easy access and storage make this a must-have for any ski or snowboard jacket.

The nice aspect of pockets is that it can help in customizing what you want and need. Some people enjoy a ton of pockets while others want the minimalist option.

Jacket options and designs are endless. Between Euro Fit, Asian and American styles and designs there’s a lot to choose from. For more Information on specific jacket designs and purposes feel free to reach out to us either via the web or phone at  802-422-3234.

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Basin sports is the premier mountain sports retailer in Vermont, specializing in skiing, snowboarding, and biking. Basin Sports has received the Ski Magazine Gold Medal nine years in a row and twice naming Basin Sports the best ski shop in New England. Basin Sports has some of the best technical boot fitting service in the country, with certified Pedorthists on staff. As much as we love getting Basin Sports customers into the perfect gear for them, there is one thing we love just as much, if not more. You guessed it, skiing, riding, and just plain enjoying the mountains. You can rest assured that all of us at Basin Sports is taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Killington has to offer. In the winter we ski daily and we are constantly testing new gear, sampling the conditions, and sniffing out powder stashes. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, we love to talk about skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking and even snowshoeing. In fact, in the winter, we update our website,, every day with conditions reports, photos, and videos. Check us out for the most up-to-date and honest info around.

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