The North Face Odyssey Softshell Jacket review

The search for a good resort-skiing jacket can be a tough one. Skiing in-bounds is an unusual workout since it’s all about charging hard down the mountain (and getting sweaty), then sitting on a lift (getting cold), over and over again. The start/stop activity causes problems with body-temperature regulation, which then fuels an internal debate over what to wear on a given day. Is it a fleece under hardshell kind of day? A baselayer with softshell day?

Mountain biking Fruita’s Kessel Run (video)

As a continuation of yesterday’s post about mountain biking in Fruita, Colorado, here is a helmet-cam video of what we all considered to be the highlight of the entire trip. Kessel Run. Located in the Bookcliffs area of Fruita on 18-Road, Kessel Run is a rush. Although it’s not technically difficult, it still forces you to hone in on your bike-handling skills on countless twists and turns through a banked creek bed

Bike rental: $45. Memorizing your credit-card number: expensive!

The day after wrecking my husband’s bike, I walk into Over the Edge Sports bike shop in Fruita to pick up my rental, thinking I’ll be renting some crappy old hard tail. No. There it is, a Rocky Mountain full suspension with disc brakes. It’s all shiny and cute and most importantly dark green with pretty maple leaves painted on the frame. Immediately I fall in love with it, almost like my crush on Christian Slater in Robin Hood Prince of