Gear

ThinOptics super-convenient reading glasses can be stowed with your phone!
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Seniors See Anywhere: ThinOptics Reading Glasses

Accessible reading glasses, even on a ski lift, make reading fine print do-able again. You’ll love these reading glasses, because you’ll always have them with you. No more passing glasses around to read the trail map or the menu. You’ll have your very own glasses, and you’ll know exactly where they are—because their case is on your phone. Now that’s[Read More…]

by October 28, 2014 0 comments Accessories
Plug your boot bag in for pre-ski warm-ups.  Ahhhh.
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Toast Your Booties: Two Ways To Keep Feet Comfy On Cold Days

No more wrestling with cold, stiff boots on a crowded ski lodge bench. A few years ago, I indulged in my version of the middle-aged cliche: Instead of a red sports car, I snagged some very nice new skis and a serious pair of custom-fit boots. All was glorious but for one problem—the boots were 120’s, so stiff that by[Read More…]

by September 22, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Home Top Box 3
The Truth About Hand Warmers

The Truth About Hand Warmers

A hot tip for happy hands. The fall hunting season can be the best time to stock up on the “shake ’em up” hand warmer packets that we put into our ski gloves and mittens. In my area—Salt Lake City—some big box stores have special deals on the packets in the fall when outdoorsmen are preparing to head to the[Read More…]

by August 4, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Gear, Home Top Box 2
The Osbe's visor allows a flow of air to evaporate fog.
Credit:  Michael Conley

Fogless, Wide-Screen View While Wearing Glasses From Osbe Helmet

How To Look Like A Skiing Top Gun Like many seniors dependent on glasses and contact lens-phobic, I’ve always searched for a way to keep my specs from fogging up while skiing.  I overheat easily and goggles steam up so none of the usual tricks (rubbing dry soap on the lenses, etc.) help for long. I tried different goggles with a[Read More…]

by August 4, 2014 4 comments Accessories, Gear, Home Top Box 4
Strut from butt to boot
Credit: Dan Leeth

CADS: How to Add Years to Your Skiing

An ingenious invention extends your ability to ski well on not-so-great knees On the high side of usefulness for seniors, we find CADS, a remarkable body weight suspension system for skiers and riders that reportedly helps relieve knee pressure by acting as a spring between your butt and your knees.  Instead of gravity relentlessly pressing down—using your knees as a fulcrum—CADS[Read More…]

by July 23, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Features
It's quite the hat.

This Old Moriarty Hat

Who owns a hat for 50 years?  Well, if it’s a Moriarty hat, perhaps you understand why. Getting ready to shovel the driveway one cold morning last winter, I reached to the top shelf of the hall closet for a hat.  My fingers felt the double-thick headband of my old Moriarty hat tucked up out of sight.  I pulled it[Read More…]

by July 14, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Remember When?
Ski Boots for Seniors: The Apex Innovation

Ski Boots for Seniors: The Apex Innovation

Hey there, Senior Skier:  Time for a moment of honest reflection.  While ski boots have come a long, long way from the old days, comfort-wise, they still suck, right? But, what if ski boots didn’t hurt after three hours of riding hard pack?  What if you could walk around the lodge or to your car in comfort, without the cadence[Read More…]

by March 4, 2014 17 comments Boots, Gear
Ten Indispensable Items Every Senior Skier Should Own

Ten Indispensable Items Every Senior Skier Should Own

Age has its rewards. And you may have noticed the occasional downside. For the senior skier, a few equipment decisions – some of them surprisingly simple and inexpensive, can improve your overall experience. Here are ten.  We’d welcome additional suggestions from you.  Lightweight, folding chair — The civilized way to get boots on and off. Avoid camping chairs that place[Read More…]

by March 3, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Gear