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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Peets Dryer Review

Part of our 2016 gear review series. Thanks for the write up Mountain Dad!  

PEET 4 Shoe Dryer
So I bought this for Mountain Mom a couple of years ago and it just sat in the box. She felt it was kind of frivolous and wanted to return it, but days slipped into weeks, and then months, and then it was too late to return it. 

But this year is an El Nino year here in the West, and Sundance is getting pounded with snow (almost 5 feet in one week). With so many relatives coming over to play during the holidays, forcing us outside even more than usual, I decided to crack open the box to see if it would help us combat the piles of wet shoes, boots, gloves, etc in our home. What do you know, it works awesome!

It is a simple device, with a mildly heated fan, a timer control, and four posts with various end attachments, not unlike a vacuum. It comes with adult size boot attachments in the box, but I purchased an additional glove attachment and helmet attachment. PEET gave Mountain Mom a set of smaller kid-sized boot attachments for Big E and Little G’s boots and shoes last summer at Outdoor Retailer.

These attachments can be mixed and matched as needed by simply popping them on and off the base. It is made of thick black plastic, is lightweight, and easy to move around if necessary. It seems sturdy enough for the task, even if it looks a bit cheap. I think you could even easily pack it for a ski/snowmobile vacation if you wanted.

What I Love
Simple is good. Throw your gear on, choose heat or no heat, and depending on how went they are, turn the timer to a setting (ranges from 10 minutes to 200 minutes in 10 min increments), and maybe check on them every once in a while. The timer automatically shuts it down when the timer runs out, and viola, dry gear! How long it takes depends on how wet the items are, but I don’t think we have ever needed to exceed the maximum timer setting. If you did, you would simply turn the timer again. Unlike setting your gear next to a fireplace, there is no risk of your gear getting singed/melted or your heat moldable ski boot liners getting screwed up, as it produces very mild heat. The attachments are easy to attach/remove yet sturdy enough that you don’t feel like it is going fall over or break. The plastic is thick and sturdy and looks like it will hold up well. 

The adult sized boot attachments work good for our ski boots, snowmobile boots, rain boots, and normal shoes. There is a 12” extension if you have really long boots, but we haven't needed one to date. It dries the foot bed extremely well, with longer boots taking more time to get the upper interior as dry.

The smaller boot attachments work good for the kid’s boots AND gloves, particularly mittens (the adult sized glove attachments are too big for kids gloves). I am assuming this is because kid’s gloves are smaller, with shorter fingers, and less likely to flop over and block the airflow.

The adult glove attachments work very well, although putting on the gloves can be a little tricky depending on the size. This is due to the attachment opening and directing airflow directly into the fingers, which makes short work of moisture. Gloves typically dry out pretty quickly.

We have not yet tried the helmet attachment but I expect similarly good results.

What I Don’t Like
That we didn’t start using it sooner? Honestly, this is a great little piece of equipment. It is a little pricey at around $100 + any additional attachments (approx. $15 each), but we have used this often during the last month and are very pleased with it. Hopefully it will hold out over time and prove to be reliable and dependable. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon currently, so I am optimistic.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Birthday Month Giveaway!

January is great for many reasons.
  • New Years Resolutions
  • Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month
  • My Birthday
  • Big E's Birthday
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (just kidding)
The best thing about January is Birthday Month! Both Big E and I have birthdays in the first (and best) month of the year and a few years ago I decided that one day of celebration is just not enough. 

How could I have lunch with my girlfriends, go snowboarding all day, have a romantic date with Mountain Dad and a birthday party with extended family all in one day? There's just too much to celebrate. So January has become the month to give myself permission to buy books, get a massage, and splurge on a homemade croquembouche just because it's my birthday. It only comes once a year so I've got to stretch it out to enjoy it.

This year I convinced some friends to try a new sport with me. Curling! The Utah Olympic Oval has a Learn to Curl program every Monday and Friday night all winter long. This Olympic sport well loved by Canadians is a cross between bowling and housecleaning ON ICE. 

I wish I could say I'm now an expert curler with a killer delivery and mad sweeping skills. I'm not, but I had a lot of fun and encourage anyone with the opportunity to try it.

The final celebration of this celebratory month is with you dear blog readers. It starts today, the last day of January and will run until February 7, 2016. You have a chance to win two great prizes! Make sure to hit the left and right arrow to enter for each prize.

Signed copy of Fresh Snow by Natasha Wing Illustrated by Shaundra Schultz

A while ago I got an email from author Natasha Wing asking me to review this cute picture book about a snowboarding rabbit. In the email she mentioned some other books she had written including her popular "The Night Before" series. What would you know, I have her book on my kids' shelf! It's not everyday I get emailed by a published author I have read so I was pretty stoked.

The story is a clever introduction to snowboarding terminology. As a wanna-be-pro snowboarder myself I'm always glad to support the sport in the next generation.

Velobling Recycled Bicycle Chain Necklace
Last year I discovered Velo Bling Designs, a company that uses recycled bicycle parts to create unique and beautiful jewelry and gifts. I have blogged about them before and even included one of their pieces in an Instagram giveaway last Thanksgiving. They are my favorite.

So please enter below and enjoy a special birthday gift from me. And have a happy birthday, whenever yours is!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Best of Winter Outdoor Retailer 2016

Every winter over 20,000 people gather in Salt Lake City for Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. The trade show attracts companies from all over the world with some of the newest and coolest gear on the market.

This year I got to try out some of that cool gear at Demo Day at Solitude Mountain Resort. Snow shoes, skis, even and electric bike were there for attendees to try. It was like recess for adults, complete with a beer garden.

There was so much to see in the show. Here are some of my favorite picks.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Win a Beach Vacation from Outdoor Families Online

One year ago I posted about the launch of a new online magazine that I love.  The magazine is written by outdoor lovers for outdoor lovers, specifically those with little tots in tow.

Outdoor Families Online has become a big part of my online life. I wrote an article for them in December about living at Sundance Mountain Resort. Every photo I post on instagram has the #outdoorfamilies tag. I've met some of the brains behind the magazine both online and in person and think they're amazing.

Mostly I love being connected to a larger group of outdoor parents. I like the ideas of places to go and the tips for how to make outdoor adventures successful with kids. I would also like to win a beach vacation.

For their one year anniversary Outdoor Families Online teamed up with Thomson Family Adventures to offer a 7 day/6 night Sand and Surf vacation! The package includes accomodations in Baja, Mexico, surfing lessons, horseback riding, swimming with sea lions, yoga, and more. Talk about a trip of a lifetime!

If you haven't entered yet, do it now! Let's spread the Outdoor Families Online love and grow the community of outdoor family adventurers!


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