Rocker Ski Rack – The one-size fits all solution to ski and board storage

By Chris / On / In Gear, Reviews

I have a lot of ski and snowboard gear. There’s no other way to call the collection of equipment, both current and sentimental, that has assembled over 30 years of skiing and snowboarding. To the extent that while remodeling my condo in Vail, one of the primary considerations of building new storage in a closet was how to store boards. 

So when I stumbled across the Rocker Ski (& Snowboard) Rack, I immediately knew it was something I needed. My balcony has a perfect spot, mostly shaded from the sun, where the triple rack fits, and with a choice of a few pre-drilled mounting holes, installation was a breeze.

Rocker Racks can hold any ski or snowboard, regardless of length, width, camber, and shape, and do it with a simple and intuitive gravity-fed clamp. Unlike many other systems, these clamps can be used individually and don’t require skis to be paired together – making it perfect for snowboards, splitboards, and even wake surf boards, skateboards, and pretty much any other board.

The combination of gravity-engineered hold and soft rubber grip means that any equipment you slide in stays put. To hang a board or skis, slide them slightly upward as you push the board into the rack, and then let it drop to engage the grip. To remove, lift up, releasing the grip, and your board will slide right out. It’s simple, smooth, and the perfect way to store your gear.

You can order the racks online individually to mount anywhere you want, or already attached to a wood frame. Or, if you’re looking for that custom touch, Rocker Racks, based in Ashland, Oregon, will custom build just about anything you can imagine.

Ready to order for ski season? Head over to Rocker Ski Racks and find your perfect rack!

Rocker Ski Rack provided this rack in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Hive Life Podcast

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Gear, Podcasts

A while back I had the chance to share a bit of my story with the crew at Honey Stinger for their Hive Podcast. While it was really cool to be invited to be on their show, I have to say the other episodes are far more impressive, with really cool stories about fitness, nutrition, and life from world class athletes. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a new podcast series!

From Honey Stinger:

Episode 20 features our first conversation with a winter athlete. Snowboarder and master snowboard instructor Chris Rogers. Rogers travels the world working as an instructor and trainer for multiple organizations as a member of the Snowboard National Team of the PSIA/AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America & American Association of Snowboard Instructors).  These are the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching people to ski and snowboard.

In addition, Rogers also works as an Examiner in the organization’s Rocky Mountain chapter, which means he certifies other snowboard instructors. With decades of riding, competing and coaching behind Chris, he knows as much about the sport as anyone. He talks about the unique joys and quirks of snowboarding. He even talks about how a single Honey Stinger waffle has saved the day for him on many occasions.

Best of all, Rogers and Willey go deep into the importance and the value of teaching and learning. Chris accidentally built a career out of his passion and you can too.

Bose SoundLink Micro Review

By Chris / On / In Gear, Reviews

 

In wet ski school locker rooms, on sandy beaches, poolside at hot tubs, stacked on luggage in Chinese busses, attached to my pack while splitboarding, and clipped to a paddleboard while navigating whitewater, the rugged little Bose SoundLink Micro has accompanied most of my adventures for the last six months. Here’s what I’ve found from six months of traveling with tunes by Bose.
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2018/19 Burton Catalog is Live

By Chris / On / In Gear

If you’re eagerly awaiting the snow like me, new gear release season is always an exciting milestone in the fall’s progress towards winter!

Burton’s 2018-19 gear is now live on their site, including boards (I’m looking forward to the Family Tree Trick Pilot myself), boots, bindings, outerwear, and all the accessories (including the new Anon M4 goggle).

I’m pretty excited by their news that starting this fall, all Burton softgoods come backed with a lifetime warranty. This fits well with Burton’s commitment to quality gear, but also to their Burton 2020 Sustainability Goals as it puts an incentive on Burton to delivery quality gear that will last for years to come. Through the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra, companies like Burton and Patagonia who commit to lifetime warranties put their own money on the line to say “you don’t have to buy a new jacket every year, and in fact, that jacket is a purchase that will last you a lifetime.”

Worth mentioning that right now you’ll get a free 18oz Mizu water bottle with the purchase of a full price backpack from now through 8/24.

2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard

By Chris / On / In Reviews

I’ve almost always had a pow board in the lineup. In the late 90s and early 2000s it was an Option Signature 162. After moving to Steamboat and playing around with the Burton Fish and Vapor, I fell in love with the Malolo and rode it as my deep-day board for a few years. Then the Sherlock arrived with a twin shape and Flying V, and I was sold on a twin-shaped powder ride. And then the Flight Attendant arrived, and again redefined what I want in a board primarily ridden in the soft stuff. Read more “2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard”