AspenSpin has been publishing continuously since 2006. That makes me an O.G. in the blogosphere. AspenSpin was the very first "powder blogger" and now all that hard work has paid off. In 2011, AspenSpin was named the #1 winter sports blog in the world by Cision, a large international P.R. firm. We now get between 50 and 100 P.R pitches per week. Sometimes from very unusual sources.
We've has some great sponsor's over the years who have been very loyal to us. KJUS, KASTLE, NEVE, GORSUCH, HESTRA and others have supported AspenSpin and we thank them. Honestly, I don't normally like to do product reviews...unless its a product or service or brand that we actually use and truly believe in, like the ones mentioned above. Most of the 50-to 100 p.r. pitches get deleted with the other spam. They're impersonal and not relevant, interesting or authentic to the mountain lifestyle, Aspen or skiing. No!! I'm not interested in "spreading the news" about adult diapers, or broadcasting info about above ground pools or jamming with a band I've never seen...or heard...or even heard of. It's not that easy to make someone else's agenda or their product or service seem cool. It takes time and effort.
So why does AspenSpin continue to document the lifestyle. We do get to ski every day and party every night...so there's that.
Honestly, it's not for the cash (blogging is soooo lucrative). It's not for the chicks (there are tons of them). It's not for the accolades ( non-stop awards). We blog for the Love, and we love to get the FREE STUFF.
Every once in a while we get an invite from an interesting, relevant, authentic source. Something that catches our eye. Last week it was a stampede of FREE STUFF. Here's my take on the best of the best.
FLIPS AUDIO HEADPHONES: I can't count the number of free headphone's I've received...but FLIPS AUDIO are the coolest by far. Cooler than Skullcandy, cooler than Beats. FLIPS Headphones are also speakers. You can just flip the ear pads around...and you have portable, amplified speakers that sound awesome. Whether you wear them on your head or not...Flips offers tremendous sound in a durable, well designed, stylish package. Give them a try for free... Click FLIPS AUDIO.
PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING: Skiing and snowboarding merge together with PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING, one of the few outer-wear brands that totally crosses over. RIDE, SHARE, PROTECT is the moto of this French gear manufacturer that produces its garments with an organic and environmental mission. I received a fantastic outfit made of fully RECYCLED material. The Welcome Jacket was a Gold Medal Winner at the 2012 IPSO show. Picture is new to the U.S. and I can't wait to try it out on the mountain. Click: PICTURE
GOBITES: Healthy snacks delivered. The "snack packs" from GoBites are 100% natural and USDA certified organic. No preservatives or additives either. Best of all they're tasty and they get delivered to your door every month. GoBites offers 25 varieties of healthy, portion controlled snack packs. mmmmmm good. Nom Nom Nom. Order here, Click GOBITES.
ROBETOWL: By Cascade Designs the folks who brought you Packtowl. Robetowl is a highly packable, ultra-soft, superabsorbant robe. It's a robe and a towel in one. Robetowl is a fabulous product for travelling, at home, for guests or just toss it in your gym bag. It's machine washable and antimicrobial. A great piece of gear for anyone. Click: ROBETOWL
BOOTLEGGER: By Camelbak. Bootlegger is a low profile hydration pack designed to be worn under your ski jacket. It's lift-friendly, lightweight (200 g) and carries 1.5 liters of hydration. The Bootlegger is designed specifically for skiing and riding...but it can be used anytime that you want to stay hydrated. Its a great product...perfect for hiking the Aspen Highland Bowl. Get one, Click: BOOTLEGGER.
*AspenSpin recieved promotional considerations for this posting.