Tuesday, February 17, 2015 1:03:44 PM America/Chicago
Burton is a classic snowboard and apparel company that has been a favorite of snowboard pros and fans for years. Through the use of bright and bold colors and patterns, and innovative technology, Burton has been a go-to for snowboard enthusiasts everywhere since they made their first snowboard in 1977, just a season before we opened the doors at St. Bernard Sports for the first time.
Burton’s Women’s line combines functionality with on trend style and patterns. For a cool and fierce look, we love pairing the TWC Wanderlust Snowboard Jacket with the Lucky Snowboard Pants and Ritual Snowboard Boot. Combined with neutral or white gloves and goggles, this snow leopard inspired outfit is fierce, stylish, and wearable. The removable fur trim and DRYRIDE Durashell 2-layer fabric make this jacket extra insulating and warm, without sacrificing the wearer’s movement. To complete this ensemble, we recommend pairing this look with the Lipstick Board and EST Binding for a cohesive and polished look. For a more vibrant look, the Radiant Snowboard Jacket pairs great with the bright Skyline Snowboard pant and Axel Snowboard boots. For added color, pair the Genesis EST Snowboard Bindings and Custom Flying V Snowboard board with this look. We love this look because it is fun and easy to wear, making it one of our favorite go-to outfits!
For Men, Burton’s apparel and gear are stylish and polished, without being boring! For a cool and relaxed look, pair Burton’s TWC Headliner Jacket with the Southside Mid Fit Pants. To complete this look, add a pop of red with the Cartel EST Snowboard Bindings, Process Flying V Snowboard, and Ambush Snowboard Boots. This look is age appropriate while remaining fun and functional. If printed apparel is more of your aesthetic, try pairing the camouflage printed Southside Snowboard pant with the insulating Hellbrook Jacket and Ion Leather Snowboard Boots. To finish off this look, throw on the effortless Billboard Heritage Beanie. The camouflage in this look makes this look interesting and current, guaranteeing it to be one of your favorites this season.
Burton’s use of contemporary prints and colors throughout their products has made them a leading name in snowboard gear and apparel. Whether you prefer a monochromatic look, a polished and professional look, or a bright and colorful ensemble, Burton is sure to fit all of your apparel and gear needs.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:18:36 AM America/Chicago
Helly Hansen is a functional and streamlined brand that offers a wide variety of cold weather apparel for men, women, and children. Their aesthetic is fun and stylish, while remaining insulating and comfortable.
For women, Helly Hansen offers great outerwear and baselayer options, available in colorful hues or sophisticated black and grey. For a bright and cheerful ensemble, we love combining the Warm Flow High Neck ½ Zip and the Active Flow Pant for a warm baselayer. Over these two pieces, we recommend the Switch Cargo Pants and Stella Storm Jacket. These outwear pieces are great for the harsh weather as they utilize PrimaLoft fibers that insulate and keep you comfortable. For a more neutral look, pair the Eclipse Pant with the Floria Jacket. To add an eye-catching element to this look, the Norwegian culture inspired Iskora Boot is a great addition to the classic ski ensemble.
Helly Hansen’s men's line offers sophisticated jackets, ski pants, and insulating baselayers. For extra chilly days, Helly Hansen offers cool toned outerwear that is appropriate for any age or cold weather activity. Pair the plum toned Supreme Jacket with the Epic Ski Pant over the Warm Pant, which utilizes Lifa T3 technology, for a polished look that is warm and dry. For a more colorful look, the luxurious Warm Freeze ½ zip paired with the Mission Stoke Shell Jacket and Legacy Pant make a bright and adventurous outfit that is sure to grab attention mountainside or fireside. Regardless of your preferred Helly Hansen jacket, you are sure to stay warm and dry thanks to the Helly Tech Performance technology that wicks away water and keeps wind out.
For the younger audience, Helly Hansen has cold weather clothing for both boys and girls. For boys, Helly Hansen offers rad pieces that are polished and youthful. For a boy’s baselayer, Helly Hansen’s Kid’s Warm Set is a great start! Pair this combination with the Boy’s Stoneham Jacket and unisex K Rider Ins Bib. For the female mini-shredders, pair the Girl’s Synergy Jacket with the Dry Baselayer Set and unisex K Rider Ins Bib for a look that is serious with a pop of fun pink.
Utilizing innovative technology to keep you and your family warm, Helly Hansen’s baselayers and outerwear are perfect for your next ski or snowboard excursion! Plus, they’re currently on sale, if you needed another reason to love their pieces!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:49:33 AM America/Chicago
At the time of year when temperatures fluctuate, we’re looking for pieces that will keep us cozy in the morning and comfortable as the day heats up. For jackets, the new and innovative ThermoBall technology by The North Face is our go-to as we transition from mountainside, to the gym, to everyday life! Utilizing ThermoBall technology, these jackets pack in the same amount of insulation as a 600 fill down jacket in a contoured and slimming design. By using this technology over typical down fill, these jackets provide warmth in wet environments while remaining incredibly lightweight and flexible.
The North Face ThermoBall girls line offers age-appropriate options that allow young girls to move and stay dry in colder conditions. The Hybrid Jacket is a great everyday jacket that can be worn to and from school, or while braving the elements, combining versatility and function. Pair this jacket with denim jeans or leggings for everyday wear, or snow pants for your next family ski trip!
From spin class to running errands around town, the women's ThermoBall Full Zip jacket is about to be your new favorite jacket! Perfect for warming you up as your day gets started, keeping you comfortable and dry after you work up a sweat, and flattering your figure all day long makes this piece a triple threat. Paired with Beyond Yoga Sleek Side Yoga leggings, this look is effortlessly sporty and functional while keeping you stylish as you continue on with your day. With so many colors to choose from, this jacket is sure to go with everything you own.
When not tearing up the mountainside, the Men’s ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket transitions into an appropriate everyday jacket! Paired with jeans or khakis and you will look polished, flattered, and presentable while remaining insulated with this versatile piece. Thrown over gym clothes, this jacket will keep you warm as you go to and from working out, while wicking away sweat, highlighting the functionality of this jacket! With this one coat, all of your outerwear needs will be met!
Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:14:36 AM America/Chicago
Based out of beautiful Aspen, Colorado, the Obermeyer family produces athletic wear combining teachnology, originality and style through their high quality snow garments. Focusing on sustainability, innovation, and community outreach, the Obermeyer brand is producing vibrant and functional gear, while decreasing their environmental impact and contributing to their community at the same time.
For women, Obermeyer offers flattering garments that are trendy and feminine. Layered under a down jacket or worn on it’s own, the Fiona Sweater is a chic and comfortable alternative to the typical, and often bulky, pullover. By combining natural wool and synthetic fibers, this piece is insulating without the use of cumbersome or itchy fabrics. Pair this sweater with sleek and breathable Bond Pants and Alpine gloves for a monochromatic look that is chic, cozy, and environmentally conscious as Obermeyer product are made from sustainable fabrics and recycled textiles. For colder days, we love pairing the Cruz jacket with the Turin pants and Snowmass mittens for a cohesive look that keeps us warm while adding a little color into our closets.
Obermeyer’s Men’s garments are well-designed and environmentally friendly while keeping you cool and comfortable as you’re hitting the slopes. Pair the Kitimat Cocona pants with Marathon 150 Dri Core top, and Barley jacket for a polished and effortless slope-side look. Alternatively, the Charger jacket paired with the Flex 75 Dri Core top and Keystone Shell pant is a masculine and refined look that successfully keeps you dry and warm through their insulating and sustainable fiber blends.
Obermeyer offers a wide range of brightly colored apparel for their younger audience, while maintaining an environmentally friendly manufacturing process. For boys, Obermeyer’s quilting lined Renegade jacket layered with the durable Prophet pant and Traverse knit hat is an insulating and rad look that young boys are sure to love. For young girls, the Obermeyer Snoverall pant styled with the Prism jacket is a colorful and durable outfit that will keep young girls warm and on the go. Pair this outfit with Alpine gloves and a Sunday beanie for a little added warmth!
Focusing on sustainability and producing a minimal impact on our environment, Obermeyer creates high quality pieces in the USA that this fellow family owned business is proud to carry. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your spouse, or your child, Obermeyer offers a wide array of functional and chic garments that you won’t want to take off!
Monday, January 19, 2015 4:10:39 PM America/Chicago
Hello! I’m Andrea, from the blog, Loubies and Lulu. I grew up in Taos, New Mexico, and I love to share my favorite spots in Taos and Taos Ski Valley with friends planning a trip. I have called Dallas home for 12 years now, but I return to Taos several times a year to visit my family and enjoy my hometown. Taos is a unique town, with a character all its own. You will discover this when you visit, and I hope my suggestions help you find some of your favorites, too! When friends ask me to give recommendations, it is difficult for me narrow it down, because there are so many must-sees and must do’s! Below, I am highlighting some of my all time favorites:
Taos Ski Valley: This is definitely a must if you love to ski! They opened the mountain up to snowboarding as well a few years ago, so now that is an option, too. Don’t be intimidated by the expert run you see first thing at the base. There are lots of beginner and intermediate runs, too, and they have an awesome ski school. It’s where I learned! Taos has world-class skiing in a gorgeous setting. You can stay in the ski valley, or in town just a short drive away. The Hotel St. Bernard, the Inn at Snakedance, and Edelweiss Lodge are all fabulous choices that put you at the base of the mountain, ready for your day on the slopes. Also check out Le Petit Café on the deck of the Hotel St. Bernard for delicious coffee from Hawaii.
Orlando’s New Mexican Café: I have to go here at least once during my stays! My favorite thing on the menu is their enchiladas. I get either the Blue Corn Chicken smothered with Green Chile, or the Blue Corn Shrimp Enchiladas smothered with Red Chile. If you can’t decide on “red” or “green,” choose both and ask for “Christmas!” This is a very small and cozy restaurant that fills quickly. If you can’t get in, head over to their other restaurant in town, Station Café 316, for some of the same menu items, including the enchiladas.
Taos Cow: Located in Arroyo Seco, between Taos and Taos Ski Valley. This spot is worth the short drive for delicious, all natural, rBGH free, super-premium ice cream! They make the best southwestern inspired flavors, plus traditional favorites. My favorites are Cherry Ristra (cherry ice cream with pinon nuts and dark chocolate chunks), Lavender (flavored with organic culinary lavender), Pinon Caramel (vanilla ice cream with pinon nuts and vanilla caramel swirl), Mexican Chocolate (chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and dark chocolate chunks), and Café Ole (coffee ice cream with cinnamon and dark chocolate chunks). In addidion to their wonderful ice cream they also offer breakfast, lunch, and specialty coffee drinks.
Twirl Playspace & Toy Store: An essential stop if you have children! During the summer months you can play in their courtyard just steps away from Taos Plaza. Inside you will find a toy store with unique toys and gifts for kids of all ages, as well as an indoor play space. You really have to experience it to do it justice! Its such a cool playspace and meeting spot. When we are in Taos, we visit Twirl almost daily. When you are finished, you can walk over to the John Dunn Shops and stop at Coffee Cats for a coffee, iced tea, or Italian soda and sit and listen to live music. Or take a walk around the plaza and browse the shops! Another great coffee spot right outside the plaza is World Cup.
The Love Apple: This cozy, intimate restaurant emphasizes local, organic home cooking. It is housed in what was once a Chapel, and was built around the 1800s. During the summer months, their patio is one of the best spots in Taos for a meal out! It is their priority to work with and feature local growers and artisan producers in their menus. The food here is simple and delicious! A couple of my favorite things on their menu are the bacon wrapped figs to start, and the grilled ruby rainbow trout wrapped in corn husks. Their wine selection is great, too!
Cid’s Food Market: Stop by this natural grocery store to stock up on snacks and essentials before heading to the ski valley. They have the largest selection of natural, organic, gourmet, and local foods and products in Taos. Or have lunch there, at their fully stocked salad and soup bar. They also have lots of pre-packaged healthy meals to go.
Pizanos: New York style pizza with a Taos twist, it is a must! The "Fire Twirler" is a favorite, with pepperoni, pineapple, jalapeño, and green chile. Also love the "Let It Grow" pizza, which is loaded with veggies. During the summer months, their fenced in patio is the perfect place have a drink, let the kids play, and watch an unforgettable Taos sunset! Also on the menu are pastas, salads, and "tunnel" sandwiches.
I could go on and on, but also be sure to take a break from all the delicious culinary offerings in Taos to see the landmarks and historical areas! The Gorge Bridge, Taos Pueblo, Ranchos Church, and the great museums and galleries are all things to keep you busy on your visit. And, if after all the yummy Northern New Mexico treats, you feel the need to get your workout on, head over to the Taos Spa and Tennis Club, Aura Fitness, or Shree Yoga. I hope you discover all that Taos has to offer and fall in love with the beautiful, magical place that it is!
Thanks, Andrea, for sharing your favorite spots in Taos on the St Bernard Sports blog. To see how Andrea preps for a strong ski season, check out her blog, Loubies and Lulu.