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Fall Shopping in Jasper

October 10, 2016
By Olivia Grecu & Naomi Witherick

Jasper shops have the perfect items to take you from summer to fall. Shop for practical jackets, on-trend dresses and durable sports shoes.

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Image by The North Face

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Winter Essentials from 12 Canadian Rockies Shops

Jan. 21, 2016
By Where Writers

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Ultra Warm
In Jasper, keep the cold out with items from these local shops:

  • Totem Ski Shop: Merino wool base layers by Ibex are warm, comfortable and breathable. “They smell fresh even after an active day,” says store manager Victor Vassalo.
  • Wild Mountain: The North Face TKA 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip fleece mid-layer offers a soft, relaxed fit. “It’s great for activities or a day in town,” says Catherine Auclair of the store.
  • Mountain Air: Canada Goose down jackets come in a variety of lengths for different activities. Store owner Karen Jacobs says, “Even jackets built for -25°C aren’t bulky.”
  • Gravity Gear: Icebreaker Merino wool toques have thin fibres that keep you warm and don’t itch. When it comes to hats, Gravity Gear owner Dale Diduck is “all about wool.”
  • Edge Control Ski Shop: Seirus Heatwave+ Daze gloves and mitts have back-side Neofleece and reflective layers, and soft, wicking palm-side insulation. They’re “extremely warm,” says store owner Blair Timmins.
  • On-Line Sport: Sorel boots are durable and comfortable. On-Line owner Mike Merilovich says, “Many models are waterproof.”

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Best Hiking Gear for the Canadian Rockies

By Olivia Grecu

Weather can change drastically from trailhead to peak. We’ve found a few items to keep you comfy and safe:

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Hydration Pack: For quick access to refreshment, Blair Timmins at Edge Control Outdoor Store in Jasper recommends the Platypus Duthie AM 10 with a three-litre reservoir and many convenient pockets.

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Active Winter Wear

By Jack Newton

It’s a common conundrum. How do you stay warm on the ski lift, yet avoid becoming overheated during the vigorous descent? Winter enthusiasts have long struggled to keep comfortable during activities that are both sedentary and energetic.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

You can always pull another layer from your pack to wear when you get chilly, and remove that outer shell if you’re starting to sweat. But better outdoor clothing manufacturers now offer outerwear that allows you to maintain comfort whether you’re at rest or firing on all cylinders.

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Jasper’s Ski Shops: Cutting-Edge Winter Wear & Gear

Photo: Ian McIntosh via Edge Control

Photo: Ian McIntosh via Edge Control

By Jack Newton & Afton Aikens

Thinner, Lighter, Stronger Skis

“They ski remarkably well, yet weigh nothing,” enthuses Edge Control owner Blair Timmins after taking Völkl’s 2015 V-Werks Katana for a test drive. Cutting edge composites, multi-layered wood cores and full carbon jackets are combined with rocker construction and innovative taper shapes. These new generation skis are stable at speed, and easy to turn and control in all snow conditions.

Not ready to commit? All local ski shops rent skis and snowboards. Competition means that novice packages are priced low, the world’s best gear is available for demo rental and services like hotel pick-ups are offered. If you rent from the downtown Marmot Basin Sales Centre or their website your gear will be waiting when you arrive at the ski area. Plus, “we’ll store your rentals overnight,” says Erin Reade of Marmot.

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A Tale of Two Companies: The North Face & Patagonia

By JAMES KALLENBACH

After their founders embarked on a life changing expedition, The North Face and Patagonia became world leaders in ourdoor clothing innovations.

(Photo: Patagonia)

In 1968, Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins, founders of Patagonia and The North Face respectively, drove an old van 5000 miles from California to the Patagonia region of South America. They then ascended the southwest ridge of Mount Fitz Roy, one of the world’s most arduous and technically challenging climbs. A particularly harrowing part of the adventure was spending three weeks in a snow cave waiting for deadly storms to pass.

 

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Hot Shopping: Top 5 Sassy Suits

Top 5 Sassy Suits

Black and white suit by Nanette Lepore at Swank.

Unless you’re trying to revive Annie Hall, no woman wants to look like a man, even when she’s wearing a suit. Thankfully, today’s professional female can dress the part without forfeiting her femininity.

At Swank (pictured), the suit gets a flirty makeover with a Nanette Lepore retro-inspired pencil skirt complete with back-panel pleats in knobby black-and-white wool. Pair with a matching jacket with 3/4 length-sleeves. 1170 Taylor Ave, 475-1671.

Inside Danali, sharp shoulders, leather detailing at the collar, and cuffed, wide-legged pants by Robert Rodriguez mean business. Wear it with a bordeaux-hued blouse for another twist. 100-530 Kenaston Blvd, 489-0577.

An eclectic mix of Canadian designer wear populates the racks at Girl Candy Shop, where edgy separates make the working woman. Think cargo pants, leather skirts, and sweaters and tops embellished with beads, bows and a smattering of sequins. 918 Grosvenor Ave, 975-4605.

Every woman dreams about a Chanel suit. At Second Sensation those dreams come true at a fraction of the price. This upscale consignment store stocks designer office duds by Anne Klein, Armani and Nygard, among others. Pair with Prada or Coach shoes to complete the look. 725 Corydon Ave, 475-0457.

At Luxe Label, the “Jackie O” dress by Black Halo, with its figure-flattering front panels, skinny belt and asymmetrical collar, is the definition of office chic. 1693 Corydon Ave, 451-1415.

Hot Shopping: Lemon Zest

Spring’s hot hue is fresh and vibrant—perfect for brightening up a dreary March day. Enliven your seasonal attire with one of these pick-me-ups.

>> Leather bomber, $249, Danier.

>> Adidas Original watch from CANDY Splice collection, $70, Adidas.

>> Women’s Gambetta Mid sneakers, $95, Lacoste.