Outside magazine, October 1997
Could our ever-growing caches of ultraspecialized sports toys possibly get any cooler or sleeker or higher-tech than they are today? Take skiwear. In the Fondue Era of the seventies, our friend at left in the clammy nylon wind shirt and Mark Spitz 'stache presented a dashing figure on the slopes of Squaw Valley, getting down to Frampton Comes Alive! on his Astraltunes tape-deck-on-a-string. That was all laughably pass‰ by the time the Sweater Years arrived, inspired by homeboy Olympians Phil and Steve Mahre and a Swede named Stenmark who never missed a gate; we dressed like them so...so it looked like we never missed a gate. But eventually we Goodwilled that stuff, too. Because now — now we've entered the Age of Gear Enlightenment. Our parkas that breathe according to body temperature, our billowy Gore-Tex trousers, our anti- shock portable disc players: This stuff will look great forever. Or at least until Party of Five gets canceled.
Look Out! Stampede!
Don't go changin'
Decent Vintage, Good Body, Nice Finish, and Just a Hint of Laminate
Joe Breeze's 1977 clunker (above), one of the charmingly crude contraptions that changed cyclery forever
From: Sheep. To: Du Pont. Subject: Thanks!
Farther, Faster, WEIRDER
And Now, a Moment of Silence for Hans Brinker
Honey...a Marmot Just Made Off with Our Espresso Machine
Photographs by Clay Ellis; Erik Butler; Rich Cruse; Chip Simons
Copyright 1997, Outside magazine
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