Kevin O’Hara, Tahoe Mountain Sports’ hard goods manager, kicks off our holiday gift guide coverage this 2011–12 season. In the coming weeks, we’ll feature the top picks from some of TMS’s core staff and contributors. Read on for what’s on Kevin’s wish list to get some good ideas for the gear lover in your life, and look for more suggestions each week on our blog.
Pieps Tour Tranciever
I could use a second ‘loaner beacon for the friend who doesn’t have one, or maybe theirs is on the fritz. The Tour only has one button for the mark feature so it is simple to use. It has all of the same Important benefits that the Pieps DSP offers like a circular search radius, three strong antennas which give the Tour a 50 Meter search radius and the unparalleled ease of use in all kinds of difficult burial scenarios. $399.95
Smartwool Midweight Funnel Zip
I’m now a Smartwool fanatic, and this zip looks fantastic. I plan on using it to keep warm and dry on those powder days where the temps barely come out of the twenties. And because it’s Smartwool, I can wear it to a casual dinner party afterwards and I won’t smell like Sasquatch! $99.95
Chaco Creedence Tall Nurl Boot
“Wow! These are Chacos?” This is what I thought to myself when our Chaco winter collection arrived at TMS. They fit like a cowboy boot, but with the incredible arch support that Chaco is famous for. These boots would be equally at home cruising the streets of Truckee as they would be on the ranch, or riding the old Triumph motorbike around town. I don’t have a ranch or a Triumph, but the boots are still awesome. $199.95
I’m Tahoe Mountain Sports’ web editor and a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow’s good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe’s beaches in summer.