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The Cyrius has a medium fit which provides a comfortable for a wide ra...
The Cyrius has a medium fit which provides a comfortable for a wide range of users, with or without a helmet
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Jason Cronk

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Jason Cronk has a well-rounded and lengthy outdoor resume that spans over 25 years. He began as a UCSF licensed road cyclist which was interrupted by service with the United States Army, Infantry, where he learned valuable skills like outdoor survival, performing while fatigued, marksmanship, carrying heavy things, and general suffering. While serving, he was stationed in Colorado and exposed to the mountain sports he'd always wanted to learn more about. Since those early years, his favorite activities include alpine, ice, and rock climbing which have included ascents up to 5.12, WI6, M6 and Alaska Grade IV. More recently, ski mountaineering, especially steep and narrow to S6+, and mountain biking have become his favorites activities. Just to mix things up, he also enjoys whitewater rafting, backpacking, sailing, and outdoor travel. His travels (so far!) have taken him all over Western North America, Europe, New Zealand, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. Having graduated from Boise State University's nursing program, Jason is a registered nurse, but not in the conventional sense. He works out of the hospital, frequently outdoors, as a '9-1-1' flight EMS-RN/EMT flying in by helicopter and sometimes airplane, providing emergency medical care in challenging environments. He has been lucky enough to live in outdoor playgrounds like Colorado Springs, Boise, Lake Tahoe, and will soon be moving to the Tetons with wife Robyn and their two Samoyeds Alyeska and Ullr.

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Best Ski Goggles of 2022

Best Ski Goggles of 2022

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Best Hydration Packs

Best Hydration Packs

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Shimano GR9
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A lower volume, hard-charging downhill and enduro shoe that is still capable on your favorite cross country trails.
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow

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A good comfortable basic riding shoe that performs well for less aggressive riding, the Alp-X Flow delivers a no-frills performance.
How to Choose a Hydration Pack

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CamelBak Rogue

CamelBak Rogue

A lightweight minimalist pack designed for road riders but with crossover value for hikers and casual mountain bikers.
CamelBak Cloud Walker 18

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Daypack function with a hydration system included for use around town, traveling, or light use on the trail. The pack is large enough for all day use and carries extra layers, books...
Deuter Compact EXP 12

Deuter Compact EXP 12

This model is a go-to pack made for lengthy trail endeavors, whether on wheels or foot. This pack features many bike-oriented features, but can also be used as a beefy hiking daypack.
Anon Helix 2.0

Anon Helix 2.0

This traditional goggle features good all weather performance and is available in several color combinations. Two included lenses
CamelBak M.U.L.E.

CamelBak M.U.L.E.

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Dragon NFX

Dragon NFX

A standard in Dragon's lineup, this goggle delivers beefy and reliable construction, good optics, and comfort for the hard-charging resort skier. All that and at a good price.
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