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Stio: A New Mountain Lifestyle Brand From Steve Sullivan

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In 1994, Steve Sullivan (Sully) and Brian Cousins (Cuz) had an idea for a line of technical clothing, one that wasn’t just about bagging peaks and extreme expeditions. They founded Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based Cloudveil, a company that made technical clothing with heavy western cowboy-style influences and lifestyle applications. It may have been the first line of clothing that you could backcountry ski in before heading to work or après without changing.

Cloudveil was bought and sold and evolved and changed, and Sully and Cuz moved on. But Sully didn’t move far from that original idea. And this month, Sully announced Stio, a new mountain lifestyle clothing company. "It's less about what you aspire to be or do while wearing Stio clothing and more about how it functions as apparel to wear during your most laid back and adventurous moments," he said.

Look for a retail store in downtown Jackson, Wyoming, next time you’re there. Stio will only be sold at the store, online at Stio’s website and in its catalogs. The brand is launching with a few cornerstone products. Here are a few of our favorites:

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The Best Hiking Carriers for Mountain Kids -- 2012

Stio-Location2-Rambler2A hiking carrier can make (or break) your day on the trail. Photo: Katie Arnold

View Our 2013 Roundup of hiking carriers.

This project’s been a while in the works, mostly because every time it seems ready to wrap, a new state-of-the-art baby carrier hits the market. This is a good thing for parents, who not so long ago used to be resigned to a couple of less-than-ideal options: cumbersome external frame packs or saggy soft carriers that put all of the weight on your shoulders, guaranteed back-busters when you hit the trail. The truth is, different packs work for different parents and different stages of your child's growth. Here’s a roundup of six stellar choices for hitting the trail with newborns to preschoolers. We did the leg work so you don’t have to. 

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Crash Protection at Its Finest: POC's Spine VPD 2.0 Jacket

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Downhill mountain bikers, moto riders, extreme skateboarders and anyone else who is likely to have a rib-crushing crash: take a look at this. POC’s new low-profile VPD 2.0 Jacket is a non-restrictive compression shirtthat will protect your back as well as your ribs, chest, shoulders and elbows if (read: when) you take a digger.

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Scarpa Footwear: An Innovative Shop Snags Chris Davenport

In Powderwhore's first ski trailer for its 2012 Choose Your AdventureChris Davenport is on a boat, one in Antarctica, skiing sick lines, singing and dancing and raising the roof. 

He’s probably crooning so contentedly because he is in one of the most beautiful and hard to reach places in the world shredding pristine slopes and being ridiculous for the camera.

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Another reason he might look so smug is that he just signed a deal with Scarpa, a leading Italian footwear brand. And he’s not just going to be one of Scarpa's athletes. Along with serving as a Scarpa ambassador and testing new Scarpa products, Davenport will be a key member of the product development team for a new line of Scarpa freeride boots coming out in time for the 2013/14 season.

Davenport is one of the most accomplished big-mountain skiers in the world. "I’m a product guy, a gear geek if you will. I love equipment, I love tweaking it, and I believe that you can always make a better product," he said. "There’s very definitely an opportunity in the freeride category—a product for a specific set of needs that doesn’t yet exist in the marketplace. I’m joining Scarpa to be involved in the development of the strongest boot line yet, specifically built for the needs of freeride and sidecountry skiers."

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The Commuter Bike Helmet That Lights Your Ride

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Kickstarter has been the source of many outdoor gadgets and gizmos. We've written about several here on The Gear Shed, from seatpost bottle openers to sidecountry ski carriers to 360-degree video cameras and cases that convert your iPhone into a helmet cam.

Torch is one of the latest Kickstarter-funded projects to cross our desks. It's first product, the T1, is a bicycle helmet with integrated front and rear safety lights. The brainchild of 32-year-old industrial designer and avid urban cyclist Nathan Wills, the company saw 641 investors give $68,000, which far surpassed the original goal of the campaign.

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