Kelly Bastone

Kelly Bastone

Living the dream as a skier, mountain biker, and fly-fisher in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Kelly Bastone contributes to our women’s gear column, The XX Factor.

The Six Best Sandals for Summer

Travel sandals have to be comfortable—but taking care of your feet needn’t mean sacrificing style. These strappy new kicks look and feel great.

Small Outdoor Brands Are Reinventing How We Buy Gear

“People don’t know what they want until you show it to them,” declared Apple cofounder Steve Jobs in 1998. Jobs, famous for eschewing market research, dictated tech trends from his glossy Cupertino,...

The Best Women's Ski Boots

Some brands give gals more than mere lip service: They’ve committed major R&D to making their ski boots fit women.

This Pro Skier Just Perfected the Base Layer

Darcy Conover envied her husband every time they skied together, but not for his skills. Adam Moszynski may be a pro ski mountaineer, but so is Conover, having summited Denali and other prominent...

The Case for Skiing in an Insulated Jacket

Just a few years ago, no expert skier or boarder would dream of wearing an insulated jacket off piste. Even women (who typically run colder than men and appreciate amplified warmth) couldn’t wear...

An Ode to the Performance Vest

Fifteen years ago, when I closed the book on city life and moved to a Colorado mountain town, it seemed as if all the women I met looked alike. They had long hair, wore work pants, and rocked a puffy...