Black Diamond - SIA Snow Show 2015

What caught our eye at SIA15

Black Diamond at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


Thousands from the snow sports industry converged in Denver this week to check out the latest gear at the annual SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show.

According to SIA, U.S. snow sports fans are once again heading to the mountains, with the number of U.S. skier/rider visits increasing to 56.6 million visits during the 2012-2013 season, following a dip in 2011/2012 to 51 million.

US snow visits SIAAnd, they are buying snow sports gear in record numbers. Again, according to the SIA, products purchased at snow sports specialty stores increased by 31% from the 2012/2013 season and, for the same time period, online purchases increased 22%.

What caught our eye at SIA15

With nearly a thousand brands presenting and over 60 seminars & clinics, it takes a while to navigate the products at SIA. So, what caught our eye?

Redfeather snowshoes

Redfeather Snowshoes at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Redfeather Snowshoes at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Redfeather snowshoes’ design and easy entry & exit grabbed our attention but we soon learned more. Redfeather snowshoes are manufactured in LaCrosse, Wisconsin by ORC Industries, a not-for-profit company whose sole organizational mission is to provide job opportunities for people with disabilities.

Redfeather Snowshoes at SIA Snow Show 2015
Redfeather Snowshoes at SIA Snow Show 2015
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Redfeather Snowshoes at SIA Snow Show 2015
Redfeather Snowshoes at SIA Snow Show 2015
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Bollé

Bollé helmet - SIA Snow Show 2015
Bollé – SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

An integrated goggle and helmet designed to reduce fogging and to optimize ventilation, Bollé’s Osmoz create buzz with attendees and the press alike.

Bollé helmet - SIA Snow Show 2015
Bollé – SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

In addition to the Osmoz, Bollé’s helmets combine high design with advanced technology, delivering a helmet that looks good while performing well.

Bollé helmet - SIA Snow Show 2015
Bollé – SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Hestra

Hestra gloves at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Hestra gloves at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Hestra, who has a loyal following in the snow sports community because of their high quality, warm, durable gloves, introduced new glove styles and technologies for 2015/2016 at the show.

Lost Horizons

Lost Horizons at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Lost Horizons at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Lost Horizons’ sweaters, hats, and gloves are a beautiful mix of vibrant colors, designs and handcrafted excellence.

A member of the Fair Trade Association of North America, Lost Horizons works directly with women’s handicraft associations in Nepal to import hand-knit goods.

Moment skis

Moment skis at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Moment skis at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Reno-based Moment Skis brought their 2015/16 line of handmade skis, proving functionality and style can coexist with a ski.

KJUS

KJUS at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
KJUS at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Always known for their performance and warmth, KJUS continues to advance even further in ski fashion with great design and comfort.

Völkl

I know you aren’t supposed to choose skis based on looks, so it’s a good thing Völkl makes some of the best skis in the industry because their 2015/2016 designs are pretty awesome on the eyes. You can buy them for performance…and have a good time on the lift staring down out them.

Volkl skis at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Volkl skis at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
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Check out Snowlink.com

Be sure and check out SIA’s website – Snowlink.com – a website that connects consumers, media, industry retailers and resorts to one another.


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Hamilton Sports, Aspen

Choosing the best men’s ski wear

Do men choose ski wear differently than women? It’s an interesting question.I would think men and women focus on many of the same characteristics, such as comfort, quality and waterproofing. Those three factors can make or break your day on the slopes.

Whether you are sailing down corduroy or shredding the steeps, you want to be able to move your arms, don’t want zippers breaking, and don’t want to be soaked should you take a spill.

How about breathability and warmth?

Both are pretty important – nobody wants to be cold and I’m pretty sure everyone is happier if you can take your jacket off without being drenched in sweat.

And, design?

Form and function

Hamilton Sports, Aspen
Hamilton Sports, Aspen
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

While men may lean slightly more toward function over form, let’s face it, men want to look good too.

So, where do all the factors that make great men’s ski wear meet in the real world?

We think KJUS ski wear.

Created by Norwegian ski racer and Olympic champion, Lasse Kjus, KJUS ski wear for men protects against the elements, is super comfortable and it looks great too.

Take a look at the new
KJUS men’s warp speed ski jacket

We were recently talking with Bill Miller at Hamilton Sports in Aspen when a specific men’s jacket across the way caught my eye.

Hamilton Sports

Learn more about Hamilton Sports  & KJUS ski wear »

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Hamilton Sports, Aspen

Choosing the best ladies ski wear

Name a brand of ski wear – we’ve probably worn it.

But, in the last few years, we’ve begun to narrow our choices down based on:

  • Quality: Ski wear that is going to last and is well-designed.
  • Warmth: If you get cold, you want to quit. Not an option.
  • Comfort: Lots of flex & stretch for ease of movement.
  • Breathability: Whether spring skiing, hiking the bowl or running to catch the bus, venting is a requirement.
  • Design: It has to look good.
Hamilton Sports, Aspen
Hamilton Sports, Aspen
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

As a result, more and more KJUS® has appeared in our closet.

We wear ski wear nearly every winter day and have found KJUS to answer all of the above requirements. The designs are clean & attractive and the performance is, well in the words of KJUS, uncompromising.

We recently stopped by our favorite ski shop, Hamilton Sports, and had Bill Miller walk us through why KJUS performs so well.

To start: KJUS Ladies ski jackets

And the KJUS Ladies ski pants…

Bill explains the differences in the two styles of ladies KJUS pants available:
Revolution & Formula

KJUS Ladies ski wear: Summing it up

KJUS Ladies ski jackets

  • Multiple styles of KJUS ladies jackets available in a wide selection of colors
  • 4-way stretch
  • Fully waterproof & seam-sealed
  • Powder skirt
  • Light, moves with you

KJUS Ladies ski pants

  • Two styles of KJUS ladies pants: Revolution & Formula
  • KJUS ladies Revolution ski pants: Relaxed fit,  low-rise, 70 grams Thinsulate® insulation, waterproof, 4-way stretch
  • KJUS ladies Formula ski pants: Slimmer cut, 70 grams Thinsulate insulation, waterproof, 4-way stretch

Learn more about Hamilton Sports » 

Disclaimer: The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. We received no compensation for this article. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.