Cycling Jacket Considerations

Sport jackets are the first line of defense between you and the elements when you’re cycling. The right sport jackets will protect you against wind, rain, and even sleet or snow without letting you overheat.

Considerations when shopping for a sport jacket for cycling include:

  • Size: Make sure your sport jacket is the right size. Sometimes women find that when they buy women’s clothing, the sleeves are too short. If that sounds like you, buy men’s clothing when you shop for a cycling jacket. Often, a men’s small jacket is the perfect fit for women with long torsos and long arms.
  • Style: There’s something to be said for showing a little style in your cycling sport jacket, and there are many options.
  • Special features: Other cycling sport jacket features to consider include the number and location of pockets, half-zip or full-zip design, adjustable wrist closures to keep out wind and water, and breathable material and vents to prevent overheating.

Check out one of our Sun & Ski Sports shops for an incredible selection of cycling sport jackets.

Benefits of a Clearance Snowboard

You can usually get a good deal on a clearance snowboard at the end of the season when manufacturers want to clear the decks to make way for next year’s models. A clearance snowboard is a great choice for:

  • Beginners: If you’re a novice snowboarder and don’t want to spend much money, look for a clearance snowboard to get you started. A clearance snowboard is a great choice for kids who want to try snowboarding but might not stick with it.
  • Intermediate: Buying a clearance snowboard allows intermediate snowboarders who want to try a different brand or style to do so without breaking the bank. If you have a freestyle snowboard and you want to increase your speed with a carving snowboard, or if you want to try a different brand of snowboard, look for a clearance model.
  • Advanced: Many advanced snowboarders fall in love with a particular model board and stock up on a spare or two when clearance time comes around. Advanced boarders can also benefit from a clearance snowboard as an inexpensive way to test out new snowboard features and decide whether they’re must-haves.

Check out your local Sun & Ski Sports store for a clearance snowboard that meets your needs.

Why to Visit a Snowboard Store

Browsing the latest snowboards online is great, but there are several benefits to visiting a specialized snowboard store.

  • Expert advice: Whether you’re new to snowboarding or looking to take your sport to the next level, salespeople at a specialized sports store can provide expert advice about the right equipment to help get you where you want to be.
  • In-person product testing: Visiting a snowboard store gives you the chance to try on different combinations of boots, bindings, and boards to find the right setup to meet your needs.
  • Accessible accessories: A specialty snowboard store carries a full range of snowboard accessories that you can examine in detail and check to make sure they work with your snowboard and gear.
  • Care and follow-up: If you have questions about how to care for, transport, and store your snowboard or snowboard gear, experts at a specialty snowboard store can give advice and help you find what you need to take care of your snowboarding equipment.

For a snowboard store with a wide variety of snowboard gear and accessories, look no farther than your local Sun & Ski Sports shop.

How to Select the Right Men’s Running Shorts

Whether you prefer a longer, baggy style of mens running shorts or a shorter, half-split style, you can find the right running shorts that will help keep you feeling comfortable and looking good. Some useful features to consider when you buy men’s running shorts include:

  • Liners: Men’s running shorts with a built-in mesh insert help keep you cool on hot-weather runs.
  • Compression panels: Some longer, biker-style men’s running shorts feature built-in compression panels designed to promote better circulation and muscle response.
  • Pockets: Pockets are always useful in men’s running shorts. If you want to keep keys in your pockets, be sure they’re secure with a zipper or Velcro closure.

In addition, make sure your mens running shorts are made of moisture-wicking material to help keep you dry and to help prevent chafing. Concerned about odor? Some men’s running shorts are embedded with antimicrobial fibers to keep the sweaty smells at bay.

Visit a Sun & Ski Sports shop in your area for expert advice and a variety of mens running shorts.

Advanced Bike Hitch Racks Are Easy On, Easy Off

You put a lot of time into choosing just the right bike, and you want to spend your time riding it, not wrestling with a bike rack. Basic bike hitch racks can interfere with access to rear doors, and bikes can sway or bump into each other. But today’s advanced bike hitch racks offer better stability and rear access, and some types can be adapted to carry your snowboard in the winter.

For example, some new types of Thule bike hitch racks are lightweight and easy to install and remove. The Thule bike hitch racks in the Helium collection are approximately 40% lighter than other bike hitch racks. Check out these features of the Thule Helium 3-Bike Hitch Rack:

  • Lightweight: The Thule car rack is made of lightweight aluminum.
  • Easy to install: No tools needed. A special tightening knob does the job.
  • Versatile: A hitch adapter can handle 2-inch and 1 ¼-inch receiver hitches.
  • Locked up tight: An integrated locking system keeps your bike secure.
  • Stable: A patented No Sway system prevents bikes from bumping against each other.

Keep Your Biking Shoes at Their Best

Be good to your biking shoes, and they will be good to you. Whether you have a toe-clip system or a clipless pedal system, be sure to use a waterproof conditioner on your shoes before you hit the road. You can buy conditioners that rub on or spray on—either one will get the job done.

Different types of biking shoes call for slightly different maintenance:

  • Clipless: Clipless pedals are likely to need more lubricant than toe clips, and it’s important to wash dirt out of your cleats after a muddy ride.
  • Toe clips: Once you’ve waterproofed your biking shoes, toe clips shouldn’t require much more than a bit of lubricant at the point where the pedal meets the crank.

If you want biking shoes that will work both on and off the road, check out the Sidi Zeta Mesh Men’s road cycling shoes, which are compatible with cleats for road biking and for that killer spin class.

Double Your Fun with Twin Tipped Skis

Twin tipped skis have become a standard sight on most ski slopes. Twin tipped skis evolved with the rise in popularity of freestyle skiing, which requires more agility than other skiing styles. The turned-up tip on the back end of twin tip skis is what allows freestyle skiers to propel themselves into reverse take-offs and control their landings.

Many ski companies offer twin tipped skis for men, women, and children, including Volkl and K2 skis.

The K2 Women’s Miss Conduct Twin Tip skis are a great all-mountain choice for women who are new to twin tips and for those who are more advanced freestyle skiers. These skis’ slim design allows for better control in icy conditions and during transitions.

Options for men’s twin tipped skis include the K2 Men’s Extreme Twin Tip skis with Schizofrantic Bindings. The Schizofrantic bindings eliminate the need for drilling and allow for fast mounting and a secure fit to handle the hottest moves.

Visit a Sun & Ski Sports store near you to check out a complete selection of K2 skis and twin tipped skis.

Secrets of Great Ski Jackets

A ski jacket is your first line of defense against the elements when you’re out on the slopes or hitting the cross-country trails. But one secret of a great ski jacket is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can find discount ski jackets that have all the essential elements you need. Those essential elements include:

  • Wind protection: For wind protection, seek out discount ski jackets with sealed seams, Velcro closures at the cuffs, and adjustable necks.
  • Wetness protection: Look for water-repellant materials like Gore-Tex to keep you dry, especially when skiing in slushy conditions.
  • Breathability: Look for ski jackets with armpit vents or other venting zippers on the torso, as well as removable hoods to help you cool off if you start to get overheated.

The North Face Denali Jacket remains a top seller and popular choice of ski jacket for men, women, and children, either worn alone or as a layering piece. The current North Face Denali Jacket is made from recycled Polartec fleece, but boasts the same features that have made it a favorite, including:

  • Reinforced shoulders and elbows
  • Horizontal chest pocket
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Cinch cord at the hem

Shop Your Shoe Shape

When you buy running shoes, the number-one consideration is fit. Find the running shoe that fits your foot type, whether you underpronate, overpronate, or have a neutral foot. Every brand of running shoe has its devotees, but what works for your running buddy won’t necessarily work for you. If you have high arches, look for extra cushioning when you buy running shoes. If you have flat feet, seek out shoes with more stability.

All running shoes serve the same function—their job is to absorb the shock when your feet hit the road. Whether the cushioning comes from air, gel, or foam is less important than how well the shoes fit your feet. If you need additional cushioning beyond what your favorite shoes provide, buy cushioned inserts when you buy running shoes. Take out the insert that comes with the shoe and replace it with your cushioned insert.

For expert advice on how to buy running shoes that will suit your feet and running style, visit a Sun & Ski Sports shop in your area.

Child Bike Trailer Tips

A Croozer trailer can be a great way for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors together. Advantages of a Croozer trailer and other bike trailers include:

  • Safety. Even if you fall off your bike, the Croozer trailer won’t tip over.
  • Comfort. Children up to six years of age can sit comfortably in a Croozer trailer.

Features to Look for When Buying a Bike Trailer
When you’re shopping for a bike trailer, keep these points in mind:

  • Number of kids: If you have more than one small child, try a two-seater Croozer trailer, such as the Croozer 535 model.
  • Type of activity: If you want to take the kids on a run as well as a bike ride, look for a Croozer trailer with a jogging wheel attachment as well as a bicycle hitch attachment.

When to Use a Croozer Trailer
Don’t use a Croozer trailer for biking with a baby until the child is about a year old and can wear an age-appropriate helmet. You can use a Croozer trailer in jogging mode with an infant who is at least 6 months old, as long as he or she can sit up without assistance.