Shopping Ideas for Backcountry Skiing and More

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Klean Canteen for backcountry recreation and civilization.

Ever wondered about how many genetic mutations will occur in your future generations due to the plastic molecules you ingest from plastic water bottles? Perhaps none, but it’s a concern — especially when you use a plastic bottle every day of the year for hydration while at work, driving and what have you. There is hope. If you prefer keep using your Nalgene for backcountry days, but check out a stainless steel “Klean Kanteen” for day-to-day traveling liquid storage. The Klean Kanteen bottles are toxin free and non-leaching, clean tasting, and look cool.

We’ve been using a Klean Kanteen for a few weeks now, mostly for civilized chores such as hauling fruit juice to work or storing extra water in the truck for apre’ ski gulps. They work for backcountry as well, though in winter a soft plastic Nalgene is perhaps a better choice because you can knock ice out of it, and not freeze your lips on conductive metal when you sip in frigid temps.

In summer the Klean Kanteen would be nice for lightweight backpacking, as you could probably warm beverages by placing the bottle on a stove or next to a fire, thus eliminating the need for a cooking pot (though you wouldn’t want to use the thin skinned Klean Kanteen for heavy cooking chores). Weight: just slightly more than a Lexan Nalgene for equivalent storage volume.

Check out Klean Kanteens here.

Shop for Klean Kanteens here.

As for other shopping, here is a convenient list of linked product categories for Vintage Ski World:

European Reproduction Skiing Posters (Check out this trove of Chrstimas Holiday Gifts!)
North American Vintage Ski Posters (Incredible gifts.)
Olympic Ski Posters (Are you into the Olympics?)
Unique Collector Ski Posters (Beautiful original artwork)
Skiing Photographs (Include lots of Aspen images.)
Warren Miller (His show comes to town every season.)
10th Mountain Division (Many of the early 10th soldiers hung out here in Aspen, and are one reason Aspen real estate is so interesting.)
Collector Pins (Medals, jewelry, more.)
Vintage Skis (Old wood skis, classics, nordic, alpine.)
Old Ski Poles (Bamboo, steel, alumninum, they have it all.)
Vintage Ski Boots (Leather or plastic, make flower pots or ski ‘em!)
Skiing and 10th Mountain Division Memorabilia (The skiing soldiers.)
Skiing Books (Literature of our favorite sport.)
Calendars and Note Cards (Vintage images of skiing and snowboarding.)
Ski Videos and Movies (Images of skiing and snowboarding.)
Vintage Skiing Patches (Decorate nearly anything with these vintage items.)
Nordic Skiing Antiques (Cross country skiing antiques and classic skis, decorate your Aspen real estate.)


3 Responses to “Shopping Ideas for Backcountry Skiing and More”

  1. Mark Worley October 26th, 2006 1:12 pm

    I must admit I’m growing more fond of my Sigg bottle all the time.

  2. Andy October 26th, 2006 1:18 pm

    Times are indeed changing if Lou Dawson is worrying about toxin-free water bottles. Or did someone else hack into wildsnow and post this blog?


  3. Lou October 26th, 2006 1:31 pm

    He he Andy, very funny (grin)…

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