End of Season Ski & Snowboard Gear

While spring skiing happens to be my favorite time of year to hit the slopes, many retailers use the warmer weather as a milestone to begin discounting their products and start advertising their end-of-season sales. This is the best time of year to really look through your ski gear and take note of anything that is worn out or outdated. This is also the perfect time to reassess your skis, snowboard or boots and decide if your skills have developed to the level that you have outgrown your current gear and require something more advanced.

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2011 Weber Grill Models & Redesigned Weber Genesis Gas Grill

Genesis E-330

Spring is less than a month away, which means grilling season is just around the corner.  Weber recently unveiled the upgrades and improvements to their 2011 line (read all 2011 Weber grill reviews) and while Weber often makes incremental changes, this year’s revamped Genesis (read review) has proven to be an exception.

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2011 Giro Chapter Ski Snowboard Helmet Review

Giro Chapter Helmet ReviewTen years ago, you saw maybe a handful of helmets on ski slopes, but these days, they’re definitely on the growing list of must-have skiing and riding accessories. Thankfully, the technology has changed a lot from the early days of ski and snowboard helmets, and today’s helmets are lighter, more comfortable, and come with all kinds of fun add-ons.

With a reputation for producing lightweight, comfortable bike helmets, Giro decided several years ago to try their hands at ski and snowboard helmets. They quickly became innovators in ski and snowboard helmet technology, and the new 2011 Giro Chapter is an excellent example of their skill. Continue reading

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New 2011 Britax Parkway SGL Booster Seat Review

2011 Britax Parkway SGLSwitching from a five-point harness to a booster seat is a nerve-wracking experience for many safety conscious parents.  Although Britax has been in and out of the booster market over the last few years with the short-lived Monarch and Bodyguard, they have a great offering now with the Parkway and the new Parkway SGL that we have our seven year old using.

The Parkway SGL is a seat belt-positioning booster that holds children up to 120 lbs.  Meaning, this seat will essentially grow with your child from the time they are 4 or 5 until they are ready to come out of a child seat completely.  The Parkway SGL is a booster seat with a back and headpiece Continue reading

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Britax Advocate & New Britax Frontier 85 Reviews

Britax has been busy rolling out new models over the past year. We tested two new models recently, the Britax Advocate CS and Britax Frontier 85 both of which are improvements to existing models aimed at keeping ahead of the market.

Advocate CS
With the Advocate CS, Britax is once again pushing the goal line forward in safety as it has done in the past with Versa-Tether and Side Impact Protection. The Advocate is basically a Boulevard CS (Click & Safe), with the addition of “Side Impact Cushion Technology” (SICT) or external side impact cushions filled with air. Britax claims a 50% reduction in side impact crash energy for both the child and passengers sitting next to the child restraint with SICT. However, with this increased safety comes additional weight and width, making it a better fit for those who have large vehicles or one seat in a row. You will want to test this seat in your car before you buy it to make sure it fits, as I recommend with many of these larger seats. If you want the latest in safety for your child in a convertible car seat, Britax has one again set the standard and raised the bar for its competition. Continue reading

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