FREE snow safety avalanche clinic with the Utah Avalanche Center in Logan THIS THURSDAY - Nov 19th at 7pm HERE at The Trailhead. FREE refreshments provided by Great Harvest Bread Company! Fill your head with knowledge and your stomach with yummy treats! See ya there! 30% off sale the entire night. DPS ski rep will be in-house to answer your toughest questions!
New outdoor gear can be expensive, especially when the innovation is brand new and there are only one or two manufacturers of this specialized equipment. Then there’s the question of what to do with your old stuff. Outdoor consignment could be the answer you’ve been seeking.
Outdoor consignment is a centralized place to find quality used outdoor gear, from boots and bindings to tires and wheels and everything in between, at a price that’s literally a fraction of the cost of new stuff. Although outdoor consignment gear might not be as shiny as gear that's brand new, it's every bit as high quality and useful.
Outdoor consignment respects environment, reduces clutter
To be clear, outdoor gear manufacturers and outdoor enthusiasts are some of the most innovative people around. Every year, it seems there’s a new extreme sport or variation on your favorite outdoor gear, from devices that combine sails and skis to innovative bindings and new flair in the shape of your snowboard. Outdoor consignment captures the spirit of this innovation while respecting the outdoor environment through reuse of treasured gear.
New innovations bring out that irresistible urge, that “I've got to have it” desire for the latest outdoor gear, whether it happens to be rocker skis, the latest snowshoes, fat bikes or white-water kayaks.
At the same time, an outdoor consignment shop can be the solution to the overcrowding in your basement, shed or garage—wherever you keep your outdoor gear in the off-season. Some people keep a strict “new stuff in, old stuff out” policy. If they get a new mountain bike or a new pair of snowshoes, even a new backpack, some old stuff has to go to make room.
Earn back spending money, try new outdoor activities
Selling that old but still serviceable equipment can also help you recover some of the original outlay, which you can put toward gently used new-to-you gear or that activity you’ve never done before.
The outdoor consignment shop is a steadier, more permanent version of the used equipment swap, so you don’t have to be on top of your calendar to get a good deal on good-condition used equipment, whatever it might be. It also means you don’t have to wait until next year if you do miss the date.
What if you find that new extreme sport just isn’t for you? If you don’t enjoy back-country telemarking or that soft-nosed snowboard doesn’t perform the way you imagined it would, a return trip to the consignment shop can help you recover some of that modest outlay and get you back into the sports you enjoy most.
The Trailhead has plenty of great solutions to keep you up to date with your outdoor gear and sports while saving you money and time.
If your powder skis are more than 15 years old, now is the time to look into rocker skis or a rockered snowboard. This technology sheds a whole new light on powder skis.
What is a rocker ski? It’s a relatively new profile for a ski or board that resembles the feet of a rocking chair. This shape provides several advantages for powder skis. The term derives from water skiing, where the rocker profile originated. Traditionally, downhill skis have camber, an upward bend in the midsection. Unweighted, a cambered ski touches the snow at the tip and tail. This enhances edge grip, improving the response, power and precision when carving turns on packed or groomed snow, and they are more stable and precise on icy snow. Camber also provides spring or pop when coming out of turns.
On the other hand, cambered designs might not be the best for someone looking for powder skis. Camber pushes the edges into the snow, require more power to turn in powder.
Rockered skis are the opposite, with an upward curve at the tip and tail. They’re also known as reverse camber, inverse camber, negative camber or early rise. This shape allows a ski to float over powder. Because less of its surface is in contact with the snow, initiating turns is easier and there’s less chance of catching an edge. Some park riders also prefer rockered skis for tricks and rails.
Although they’re more forgiving as powder skis, rocker design tends to reduce performance on hard-packed or icy trails. With less contact surface, there’s less edge grip on icy or hard-packed snow, as well.
Rocker skis were first introduced to the market in 2002 with the Volant Spatula, but since then, almost every ski and board manufacturer has brought out rocker skis, with any number of variations in the design. Some models have more rocker, or upward curve, with others have only a slight early rise in the tip. Some have rocker in the tip and the tail, while others place it along the full length of the ski. Some manufacturers have modified the amount of sidecut in their rocker skis, as well.
A greater amount of tip rocker improves float on powder. Early rise also enables these powder skis to climb over soft snow.
Tail rocker, at the back of the ski, enables you to ski backward in powder. The rise in the tail also help with riding forward in powder, because the ski does not sink as deeply into the snow. Again, rocker at either end reduces precision on hard-packed snow.
There are even models that combine rocker and camber to try to achieve the advantages of both—namely, the ability to float over powder and gain precision on packed snow.
Choosing powder skisIf you’re fortunate enough to be able to do a lot of powder skiing, or if you do a lot of off-piste skiing, then rocker skis might be the better choice for you. If you do most of your skiing at a crowded ski resort where snow conditions are more likely to be packed, though, cambered might be better. And for all-mountain skiing, you might want a hybrid that offers flotation off-piste but good control on groomed trails.
Year after year TGR proves to be the best in the ski movie industry, this years film "Paradise Waits" continues this trend. Check out the trailer and show information below. We will see you at the show!
FREE SWAG & PRIZES
- Skis, Poles, Lift Tickets, Tees, Beanies, Hats, TGR Swag, TGR Grand Sweepstakes entry, the list goes on..... Be there to win your fair share of the freebies! Plus your ticket into the show is as good as $100 cash toward any 2016 Ski & Binding Combo* at The Trailhead after-party immediately following each show! Details will be announced at the show. *Some manufactures excluded.
- $13 Tickets must be purchased online in advance. After purchasing online, pick your tickets up at The Trailhead by 6:00 PM of the show date. You must bring a copy of your order confirmation email when picking up your tickets. The Trailhead is located at 1341 E 700 N Logan, UT 84321 (next to Fredrico's Pizza). Tickets will not be mailed to you. We prefer that you pick up your tickets at The Trailhead, but if you are unable to your tickets will be at the Will Call table. Buy your tickets early as we anticipate both shows to be sale outs!
- $15 Tickets at the door
- Thursday Oct. 8, 7:00 PM
- Friday Oct. 9, 7:00 PM
USU Campus, TSC Auditorium (Room 227),
Taggert Student Center Logan, UT 84321
The Trailhead is now Logan, Utah's home to the following ski brands:
- Armada Skis
- Surface Skis
- DPS Skis
- 4FRNT Skis
- Icelantic Skis
Come visit us Fall 2015 for our grand opening of our full retail ski shop. Stay tunned for more information on multiple events this fall!