Gear up for winter in style

RMR’s retail stores, R Gear and Critical Parts, are your best options for quality winter gear, unique souvenirs and ski-in, ski-out bootfitting services this season.

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From ski-slopes to ski-shots, R-Gear has you covered from morning to après. Nick is wearing: Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody, Arc’teryx Covert Half Zip Neck, Arc’teryx Sabre AR Pants, Dakine Clark Cap. Brenda is wearing: Dakine Felix Fleece Cap, Dakine Deville Vest, Dakine Transit Fleece Mitt, Dakine Beretta Gore-Tex 3L Bib, Kuhl Avalon Fleece. Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine
This article first appeared in print in the December 2019 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.

This article first appeared in print in the December 2019 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. Read the digital issue here.

Want to know a secret? These models feel as good as they look. Now, we’re not just talking about the cozy merino wool, the 850-fill down, or the weather protection of three-layer Gore-tex, either. They feel good because they are wearing gear that is the right fit for their values and lifestyles.

You may know that Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s retail stores (R Gear and Critical Parts) are conveniently located a hop, skip and a ski away from the gondola in the Village Plaza, but what you may not know is that these stores — managed by long-term Revelstokians Benoit Lafon (Manager), Catherine Marleau (Assistant Manager) and Bryn Vickers (Head Bootfitter, Critical Parts) – work in partnership with over a dozen local artists and businesses. Whether it’s apparel, drinkware, postcards, or locally designed souvenirs, the team at R Gear try their hardest to showcase the world-class talent of a small-town community.

This past season, the team have been working towards a greener footprint too. Lafon has brought in reusable shopping bags available for a nominal fee and has plans to move away from stocking single-use plastics in store. He will continue to support Picture Organic Clothing for the coming season too; the French-based ski apparel brand is on a mission to fight climate change and this is strongly reflected in the design and construction of their garments.

So, what’s in store this season? Whether you’re looking for a head-to-toe new winter get-up, or a unique souvenir with a Revy flavour – R Gear (soft goods and souvenirs) and Critical Parts (hardgoods) has you covered. Here’s a sneak peek at what the 2020 technical collection has to offer (for more, you’ll just have to pop in store!).

Photos: Katie Langmuir; Words: Louise Stanway; Models: Brenda Zeelenberg & Nick Hanlon; Styling: Catherine Marleau; Wardrobe/gear: R Gear & Critical Parts
Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

1. From ski-slopes to ski-shots, R-Gear has you covered from morning to après.

Nick is wearing: Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody, Arc’teryx Covert Half Zip Neck, Arc’teryx Sabre AR Pants, Dakine Clark Cap. Brenda is wearing: Dakine Felix Fleece Cap, Dakine Deville Vest, Dakine Transit Fleece Mitt, Dakine Beretta Gore-Tex 3L Bib, Kuhl Avalon Fleece.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

2. Stay warm, even when enjoying those essential ride breaks, with the new insulated collection from Picture Organic Clothing (puppy not included!).

Brenda is wearing: Picture Tanya Pullover Jacket, Picture Treva Pants, Coal The Frena Beanie, Oakley Fall Line Goggles, Dakine Sequoia Gore-tex Mitts, Salomon Ivy Boots, Smith Maze Helmet.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

3. There’s a reason Revelstoke loves Arc’teryx. With second-to-none quality, combined with a lifetime warranty, it’s arguably the most reliable brand on the market.

Nick is wearing: Arc’teryx Rush Jacket, Arc’teryx Sabre AR Pants, Black Diamond Work Gloves, Salomon Synapse Boots, Smith Squad XL Goggles, Coal The Frena Beanie with a Jones Flagship snowboard. Brenda is wearing: Smith SquadXL Goggles, Picture Haakon Jacket, Picture Hakkon Bib, Picture Moder Mid-layer, Picture Uncle Beanie.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

4. R Gear is proud to offer the largest selection of goggles and helmets in Revelstoke.

Brenda is wearing: Smith Squad XL Goggles, Picture Haakon Jacket, Picture Hakkon Bib, Picture Moder MidLayer, Picture Uncle Beanie with Salomon QST Stella 106 skis.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

5. Feel Good about wearing this jacket and pant combo knowing it was constructed using over 50% recycled polyester.

Nick is wearing: Picture Stone Jacket, Picture Junip Crewneck, Picture Track Pants, Picture Lofo 5p Cap, Dakine Hunter Balaclava, with Atomic Bent Chetler 120 Skis.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

6. With a 20k waterproof/ 15k breathability rating, the Stone Jacket is price friendly alternative to a Gore-Tex product.

Nick is wearing: Picture Stone Jacket, Picture Junip Crewneck, Picture Track Pants, Picture Lofo 5p Cap, Dakine Hunter Balaclava.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

7. When fashion and function team together, the result looks something like this.

Brenda is wearing: Coal The Standard Beanie, Smith Squad XL Goggles, Dakine Juniper Jacket, Dakine Westside Pants, Dakine Fleetwood Mitts.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

8. Navy blues and mustard tones have a heavy presence in the 2020 collection.

Nick is wearing: Dakine Poacher 32L Pack, Dakine Gearhart Gore-Tex 3L Jacket, Dakine Stoker Gore-Tex 3L Bib, Dakine Hunter Balaclava, Smith Squad XL Goggles with a Salomon Sick Stick snowboard.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

9. This year, Critical Parts is stocking split boards and other touring equipment.

Nick is wearing: Picture Takashima Jacket, Picture Yakoumo Bib, Coal The Standard Beanie.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

10. The expert bootfitters at Critical Parts can punch, grind and heat mold your boot shell, to achieve the perfect fit. The store offers full service bootfitting (including custom Sidas footbeds) for skiers and snowboarders.

Nick is wearing: Picture Takashima Jacket, Picture Yakoumo Bib, Coal The Standard Beanie.

Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

11. Dakine’s new 2L Gore-tex Smyth Pure jacket & pant combo has Nick all smiles.

The outfit is teamed with Smith Squad XL Goggles, Coal The Frena Beanie, Dakine Hunter Balaclava and Dakine Bronco Gore-tex Gloves.