Lake Tahoe Business Owner Shares Favorite Winter Gear
  • Staff, 3:42pm, 2/3/2012

    Brendan Madigan skiing some West Shore powder

    If it’s one thing we like to talk about in Tahoe, it’s outdoor gear, so recently spoke with Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports, about his favorite winter gear for the 2011/2012 season. Madigan came to Tahoe for its famed winters and epic wilderness running and began working for Alpenglow in 2003. He functioned in a managerial capacity since 2007. In January Madigan purchases Alpenglow from Donald Fyfe, Alpenglow’s owner of 32 years. Here’s what he said:

    What’s your favorite piece[s] of ski gear for 2012?

    We are big fans of the backcountry ski kingpin, Dynafit. Their new backcountry touring machine, the Titan Ultralight [boot], comes in at a 130 flex and sub 8 pounds. In addition to downhill performance and lightweight, the Titan offers the most cuff articulation of any big, stiff freeride boot at 45 degrees.

    With their new Radical binding series, Dynafit now offers a lightweight backcountry binding for everyone: resort use, sidecountry, and true backcountry. Throw in the fact that some of the new offerings have a DIN of 12, 1.5lb weight, and the most efficient pivot point on the market and you’ve got a true winner.

    The Volkl Nunataq at 107mm underfoot and 7lbs 14oz. is by far our favorite ski – a true BC quiver of one. The little brother to the Nunataq, the Nanuq (96mm underfoot) is a phenomenal CA 14er ski or spring corn ripper.

    What’s your favorite piece[s] of snowboard gear for 2012?

    The K2 Panoramic splitboard kit – for $900 K2 has assembled a great board, Voile hardwear, and an integrated skin system. When most other split decks cost $800 alone, this is a great way to get into the Tahoe backcountry scene.

    Favorite piece[s] apparel?

    The Arc’teryx Beta FL. At 11 ounces, this ultralight shell is at home in the backcountry or the resort. Made of the newest generation of Goretex – the super breathable Active Shell – the Beta FL pushes breathability to another level. Also of note are the Arc’teryx Cam SV gloves – a great all-around glove for skinning or riding at the resort. Waterproof, insulated, and durable, it’s a quiver of one.

    The Deuter Freerider Pro is the best-fitting, most versatile, and best featured pack on the market. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, the pack is a winner.

    (harder questions) Favorite piece of concept gear?

    The Arc’teryx Alpha SV glove. Constructed of top-shelf Goretex Pro Shell, Arc’teryx created a method in which the Goretex is laminated directly to the leather. The result is no “pulling” of the heavy fleece liner when one removes their hand from the glove. The Canadian company also created their Tri-Dex technology, in which the construction of the fingers has only clean, welded seams. The result is “sex for your hands,” a glove that offer superior fit, durability, comfort, and versatility.

    What’s your favorite piece of gear that you can fit in your pocket?

    The Backcountry Access slope inclinometer. This is vital on backcountry powder days for making educated decisions on avalanche prone slopes.

    Favorite piece of safety gear?

    The Pieps DSP avalanche beacon as it still offers the greatest search range (best or worst case scenario) of any avalanche beacon on the market. It comes with a well-designed, comfortable chest harness and is brightly colored for clear and crisp visibility.

    Favorite locally made gear?

    Tahoe Made Attire, the hip-est clothing line in Tahoe.

    About Alpenglow Sports:
    Alpenglow Sports, established in 1979, is Northern California’s leading resource on all things outdoors. Specializing in backcountry and Nordic skiing, mountaineering, snowshoeing, rock climbing, trail running, backpacking, hiking and climbing, Alpenglow provides premier, user-based expertise. Come in and let our friendly staff help you for your next adventure! Located in the heart of Tahoe City, Alpenglow can be reached at 530.583.6917.

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