Formerly known as Alfwear after one of the founders. Kuhl a superb line of functional and stylish clothing for mountain living. Designed by skiers and climbers, Kuhl clothing works well and looks good in a refreshingly different way so it's often worn by MountainSexual
men and women. The look is decidedly Euro and generally available only through outdoor specialty shops like The Trailhead in Buena Vista, Colorado. Definitely not poseur
Mark - "That's a great looking fleece top. But is it any good outdoors?"
Stan - "Yes, it's by Kuhl. I can wear it cross-country skiing or out drinking without looking like a lab rat."
Chet - "It's a beautiful day and we're here in town - let's go to some galleries and stuff!"
Kay - "Yeah, let's do some intense urbaneering."
a brand of superior outdoors clothing and equipment worn and used by discerning and discriminating outdoors enthusiasts. Known for great technical style, clean and sleek design. Marmot produces technical outdoors and outdoors lifestyle clothing without ridiculous prices. Probably best known for PreCip rainwear, DriClime windshirts, and their sleeping bags but also make beautiful softshells, down jackets, tents and packs. Big break and defining moment came when they did down jackets for the Clint Eastwood
classic "The Eiger Sanction", reflected to this day in the clean Euro look of their products. Used by professional guides, carried primarily in outdoor specialty shops such as The Trailhead in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Ian - "That's a great looking jacket. Does it keep you warm and dry? Who makes it?"
Carlos - "Yes, it kept me warm and dry in Chamonix. It's waterproof, breathes well, and doesn't have a bunch of useless non-functional crap on it. It's from Marmot."
1. An individual of several species of wild mountain goats living in a variety of ecosystems in Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East. Extreme similarity in the horns cause them to appear as one horn in profile, thus some people believe Ibex may be the origin of the mythical unicorn.
2. A designer and provider of premium outdoor apparel and gear They specialize in merino wool and organic wool clothing, organic cotton, sportswear, merino wool baselayers, travel clothing, and technical wool apparel. Their stuff performs really well and looks great so you can enjoy the outdoors without looking like a dirtbag or a lab rat. Ibex also specializes in luxurious merino wool cycling jerseys, wool cycling shorts, retro wool cycling apparel, wool bike shorts, wool cycling jerseys and wool bike clothes and tops. These cycling clothes perform as well as their Nordic skiing clothes from the outdoor collections. Ibex has wonderful everyday outdoor lifestyle wear that you can wear for travel and adventure then out to dinner. Ibex is known for their environmental responsibility. Ibex uses New Zealand Merino wool, Loden wool and organic cotton in all their outdoor clothing. Ibex products are available in only the best outdoor specialty shops, such as The Trailhead in Buena Vista, CO.
Eric - "That's a great looking cycling outfit - but how's it going to perform on this ride up the pass? It may be mild down here, but it'll be cold and may be snowing at the summit."
Kristen - "It's Ibex, so it will perform well enough for me to kick your ass, and look and smell good enough to wear out drinking tonight!"
outdoor and travel
. Known for legitimacy, strong environmental ethic
, comfort, and wearability. Often worn by male and female mountainsexuals
. When you see someone in Royal Robbins, you know they're legitimate outdoors people and adventure travelers who like to look good, be comfortable, and not stink. Wearers are often said to be "Loyal Royal." Definitely not for poseurs
. Usually found in outdoor specialty shops like The Trailhead in Buena Vista, Colorado.
2. Legendary Yosemite hardman climber
, founder and namesake of the company that bears his name.
Steve - "Who was the climber
who did a lot first ascents in Yosemite
, then started a clothing company - the first guy to do that?"
Keith - "That was Royal Robbins. Great climber
. His company pre-dates most of the others like Patagonia
, Mountain Hardwear
, even Marmot
. Yeah, Royal is a legend."
The Arkansas River is some of the baddest whitewater kayaking
in North America and also has some of the most family-friendly whitewater rafting
anywhere. "The Ark" begins near Leadville
and flows south through the Upper Arkansas River Valley
. The area near Buena Vista
is an outdoors aficionado's paradise with numerous fourteener
peaks in the Collegiate Peaks
, road cycling, mountain biking
, trail running
, hiking, and much more. In winter, Alpine, Nordic, and backcountry skiing & snowboarding and snowshoeing are available. The floor of the Valley from Buena Vista
has a pretty mild climate year-round and for this reason is sometimes called the Banana Belt
. You can go skiing or snowshoeing on the west side of the Valley or rock climb, mountain bike, hike, etc. on the east side on many winter days Buena Vista
has one of the world's great outdoor shops, The Trailhead. They are really willing to help you out with whatever you need, including information about places to go.
Kim - "We're going on a rafting vacation this summer on the Arkansas River in Colorado."
Martha - "WOW! That's great! There is so much to do there too! Make sure you visit The Trailhead in Buena Vista, they'll set you up - check them out online before you go."
Teva is a Hebrew word for "nature" and the name of a brand of outdoor adventure performance and lifestyle footwear. They are best known for their nylon webbing and velcro closure river sandal, but have since moved into a complete line of outdoor performance and lifestyle footwear, including trail runners
, light hikers, and casual shoes. Well-known for their support of environmental causes, and along with Chacos
, ubiquitous in the Arkansas River
Valley of Colorado
- especially during rafting season. Sometimes worn by poseurs
but still worn by many legit woodsy hipsters
and male and female mountainsexuals
Available from outdoor specialty shops such as The Trailhead in Buena Vista
Matt - "It's springtime in the Rockies!"
Ryan - "Howdaya know?"
Matt - "people are wearing Tevas, shorts, and down jackets with their mountain bikes
AND backcountry skis in their Thule rack."