Monthly Archives: July 2013

Shredly: Women’s Mountain Bike Apparel

shredly mountain bike shorts ashley rankin downhill free rideAshley Rankin wears the Shredly NIKOLI short at left; the CAROLINE short at right.  Photo:  Seth Beckton

shredly dh knicker ana maria mountain bikeNew this year, the DH KNICKER offers extra length perfect for downhill, cooler temps or a classic pedal pusher look for cruising town.  Fully featured with adjustable waist, thigh vents and cargo pocket.  Shown in the ANA MARIA pattern.  Photo:


ashley rankin shredly shorts apparel mt sopris coloradoAshley checks the view of Mount Sopris in the KTO short.  Photo:  Shredly

shredly mountain bike short j moThe MTB SHORT features an adjustable waist and invisible-zip thigh vents.  Shown in the J-MO pattern.  Photo:

Mountain Biking Gamble's Oak ColoradoAshley rocks the RIXFORD short in the Colorado autumn color of a Prince Creek trail.  Photo:  Jay Goodrichshredly elvira mountain bike short blue whiteThe BASIC SHORT is anything but basic.  Performance, comfort, style and nice details make this short not just a standard for mountain biking but so many other active pursuits.  Shown in the ELVIRA pattern.  Photo:

ashley rankin shredly mountain bike apparel trunk showAshley showcasing the full range of the Shredly collection at a recent trunk show.

Ashley Rankin is a woman who makes things happen.  A lifelong Colorado mountain girl and avid mountain biker dissatisfied with women’s performance apparel – she created Shredly to put an end to big, baggy and boring and ushered in flattering, functional and fun bike clothing.

As a devout user from the launch of the brand, I can tell you Shredly makes riding even more fun! The short fabric is lightweight and breathable with stretch for mobility while being rugged, durable and surprisingly mud-stain resistant.  Thoughtful features like adjustable waistband, thigh vents and slim cargo pocket with blinged-out faux-crystal snap put the shorts over the top.

As for the separate inner liner, the Shredly YOGACHAM puts an end to hot and awkward diaper-like chamois.  There is just enough padding – but not too much – in all the right places and a low-rise waistband inspired by yoga pants for comfort.

The bottom (no pun!) line is that I feel great in my shorts — the fit, function and comfort help me ride longer; style that is fun but also a little badass makes me happy – so I like to believe that Shredly helps me ride a little better!  Check for the full story and product range, including jerseys.  And as Shredly says:  Look Good.  Feel Good.  Shred Good.

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Skiing Royals

With all the excitement this week about the royal baby’s arrival – here are some skiing royals:

princess alexandria greece ski st moritz vintage 19391/7/1939 Press Photo:  St. Moritz, Switzerland. . . Escorted by the Marquis of Milford Haven, Princess Alexandria of Greece, Royal Coat of Arms embroidered on her ski jacket, is shown setting out for a ski jaunt at St. Moritz, where the society winter season is now in full swing.  Truly an INCREDIBLE jacket!

queen farah iran vintage ski19622/25/1962 AP Press Photo:  In skiing, there’s an unwritten rule:  Women must carry their own equipment.  Iran’s Queen Farah is no exception.  She happily carries her skis to the slope of Abe-Ail resort near Theran for an outing with her sports-loving husband, the Shah of Iran.

princess caroline monaco ski vintagePress Photo by Göksin Sipahioglu , date unknown:  Princess Caroline of Monaco

princess caroline stephanie monaco ski3/3/1977 Press Photo:  Twenty-year-old Princess Caroline and twelve-year-old Princess Stéphanie ski in the Berner Oberland, Switzerland.  I can’t get enough of Caroline’s tomboy style:  graphic sweatshirt from Tournier Sports Monaco paired with Ellesse Jet Pants!

di-charles-skiAnd of course. . . HRH Prince George of Cambridge’s grandparents, Charles and Di.

I think it is safe to assume that the newest little royal will follow in the tracks of his family and in a few years be skiing the slopes of Davos Klosters and the like.

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Support Team Icelantic: Eye of the Condor III

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Or more precisely, help support the women of Icelantic skis – The Icey Ladies.

The Eye of the Condor is a unique competition in La Parva, Chile that combines freeskiing, photography and filming.  Teams of six (filmer + photographer + four skiers) have five days to create video and photo submissions.

Team Icelantic won the film portion of the contest last year and are using Kickstarter to raise funds to defend their title in the 2013 contest next month.  You can get involved for as little as ten bucks and feel good about supporting skiing, art and a kick-ass team of women!

Here is the link to the Kickstarter project that includes the winning 2012 video:

kaylin richardson icelantic eye condor la parva chile roberta reboriSkier:  Kaylin Richardson

team icelantic ski eye condor la parva chile roberta reborixski eye condor la parva chile robert reborixkaylin richardson icelantic ski eye condor la parva chile roberta rebori sunsetSkier:  Kaylin Richardson

kaylin richardson icelantic eye condor la parva chile roberta rebori moonlightSkier:  Kaylin Richardson in her customized star pants and Astis mitts.

rebecca selig ski icelantic eye condor la parva chile roberta reboriSkier:  Rebecca Selig

viva chile eye of condor ski roberta rebori photoViva Chile!  All 2012 Photos (above):  Roberta Rebori

team icelantic winners eye condor la parva chile 2012Winners!

Good luck 2013 Team Icelantic!
Filmer:  Katy-Robin Garton
Photographer:  Ananda Van Welij
Skiers:  Annelise Loevlie, Alex Taran, Kaylin Richardson, Rebecca Selig

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Sports Illustrated: 1964 Winter Olympics

buddy werner 1964 winter olympics innsbruck austria sports illustrated Photo:  Richard Jeffrey

Fantastic Sports Illustrated cover featuring Buddy Werner for the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.  Fifty years later, looking forward to all the inspiring images to come out of Sochi in February 2014.

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Lindsey Vonn: In Vogue

lindsey vonn vogue magazine august 2013 ski ski racer

Off to the Races:  Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn.  In the August issue of Vogue magazine:  read the article by Jonathan Van Meter, see the fabulous photos by Annie Leibovitz.

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Drive Like A Girl: Women, Cars, Skis

vintage chevrolet car ski massachusetts 1941Chevrolet, Massachusetts 1941.

vintage plymouth car ski vermont 1941 womanPlymouth, Vermont 1941.

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Ski The Hamptons

ski sand hamptons long islandSeptember 25, 1938 AP Photo caption:  They ski on sand, not snow.  These debutantes at Southampton, L.I., are practicing a ski turn on the sands.  Sand, they say, is almost as good as snow, if you really like to ski.  Left to right:  Margaret Beadleston, Pauline Timmins, Catherine B. Gamble, and Eleanor Vom Rath.

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Shopping Munich: Sport Schuster

sport schuster munich munchen germany vintage camping 1956Illustration from the 1956 summer catalog.  ASMÜ was the brand name of a proprietary ski binding developed and patented in 1924.  (ASMÜ = Founder August Schuster + Münich)

sport schuster munich munchen germany vintage store window bathing suits 1959Peepholes in the window display created curiosity and revealed the latest swimsuit fashions for summer 1959.

sporthaus schuster marienplatz munich germany

Celebrating 100 years, Sporthaus Schuster opened in 1913 as a sport specialty shop for mountaineers and skiers.  Located in the heart of Munich, the enormous 5,000 square meter / 5-floor store offers all that is good to buy for outdoor sports.

With top-notch merchandising that is both clean and cozy, I love how much energy and vitality Schuster gives to the sale of outdoor gear.  This is not, by any means, a traditional, sleepy outfitter.  In addition to offering all the usual leading brands, the primary value of Schuster shopping is access to European specialty brands not readily available in the US:  Peak Performance, Maloja, Houdini, Eisbar, Dynafit, and so many more.

Check the top floor for a chapter of Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV), the Bavarian mountain club, helpful with educated staff, maps and info.  Don’t miss the Gustl store-in-store on the main level featuring contemporary souvenirs celebrating Bavarian heritage.  And you won’t be able to miss the 25-meter climbing wall running the height of the shop.

I get a little bit fanatical about this place, so for me it is my first shopping stop in Munich.  I allow two or more hours and to be honest, usually have a chaser visit to go back for additional items.  At any rate, if you are in Munich do yourself a favor and stop in Schuster!

Sporthaus Schuster:  Marienplatz, Rosenstrasse 1-5, 80331 Munich, Germany

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European Elegance

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JUST DO IT: Picabo Street

picabo street downhill ski racer nike just do it ad vintageThe wind howls because it knows it has to race me.  Just do it.

picabo street downhill ski racer nike just do it ad vintageMademoiselle, April 1996

picabo street ski racer nike just do it mountain bike adWhat is it you want in this world?  What would leave you satisfied?

Picabo Street is never, ever satisfied.  She’ll ski down one mountain.  And then find a higher one.  She’ll ski down a river.  And then find a lake.  She’ll ride mountain bikes.  She’ll go skating.  She’ll be fast.  Furious.  Unafraid.  Because what is it she wants in the world?  Everything.

picabo street ski racer nike just do it mountain bike ad vintageTrees should duck.  Rocks, cower.  Anything soft and low should learn what is hard.  We have come into the mountains because they would not come to us.  And then we move them.  Just do it.

Women’s Sports + Fitness, October 1995

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