Staff Faves – Last Minute Gifts If you aren’t finished your holiday shopping yet, what is going on with you (ok, I’m the last one to judge because I just got my tree up (w/lights, not ornaments yet) and haven’t even started my Christmas letter!!). Winter sings, company parties, visiting relatives, and pet vs. tree disasters aside, it’s time to buckle down and get everyone on your list the perfect present. New Moon can help! We know you often come to us for advice on skis, apparel, trail conditions, etc., so here are some of our staff favorites. All of these are in-stock and ready to ship, so take a look at our Christmas list, browse the store and the website, and get the last of your seasonal shopping done in one fell swoop. Your packages depend on these ladies-they are the greatest! In the shipping department, Julie and Judy K. did not hesitate with their choices. Judy just loves the Toko Arctic Mitten with the handwarmer pocket. The gloves are super-warm, but if you need that extra heat, the pocket keeps your handwarmer from sliding around and interfering with your pole straps. Julie chose the Lillsport Earmuffs. They are light, fold into a tiny package, and the headband is covered in fabric so it doesn’t pull your hair or get too cold. “Socks are also great for stocking stuffers,” Julie added. The Craft Warm XC sock is one of our best sellers-it’s a perfect weight and has support and padding on different parts of the foot so your muscles don’t get tired and your feet don’t get cold. Our friends Jeremy and Moses. Kristy’s favorite product is the Skijoring X-back harnessS. This is a great product to get you and your best furry friend out on the trails enjoying the outdoors together…dog not included. She also likes the Salomon Women’s Agile Warm Pant. Seriously, these are the closest things to jammies you’ll ever get in a ski pant. Daryl, one half of our marketing contingent can’t say enough about the Fischer Twin Skin Superlite Waxless Classic Package. “I like this package because you don’t have to learn about waxing-you just grab ’em, jump on the trail, and go!” Lori, the better half 😉 of the team, wants to mention Anderson Maple Syrup’s Pure Fuel. These packets are full of energy-1 natural ingredient to give you an extra boost when it comes to race time. Dusty knows how to be cool-just add Bliz Matrix optics! John the Dane swears by the Swix Quantum One poles. Things can get pretty wild back in the tech department. That explains Dusty’s choice…the Bliz Matrix Optics. If someone on your list is super-cool, the Matrix is your best bet. Meanwhile, John said his pick was Angry Minnow beer (see, wild, right?) but that one only works if you are in the shop. Otherwise, John likes the “very slick, very beautiful, light, and strong” Quantum One Poles. “They are the best of the best!” Ian, floor manager, swears by the Superfeet insoles. Whether you need low volume support or the comfort of a warm, wooly cushion, Superfeet has the perfect insole for you. And, if you need something to put those Superfeet in, check out the Salomon S-Lab Pro Skate Boots. This is the ultimate present-gold medal tech and priceless comfort! So, I didn’t actually talk to Joel about his favorites (and I didn’t want to bug him on his day off), but after almost 20 years, I feel like I can choose for him. I’m going to have to go with Craft Storm Tights (since that is the first clothing piece he points out when customers are looking for tights or pants). They are warm, flexible tights that work well for running, biking, and skiing in colder weather. And, let’s throw in the Airtrim filter. Joel swears by this on chilly days to protect his lungs and even aid in keeping his extremities toasty warm. Daryl and Chris stage an air guitar-ski battle to decide once and for all Evos or Twin Skins. Chris, of course likes Rex Blue Wax, the big one-600gr. “Your ski fanatic will appreciate it. Plus, it’s big!” And, his other pick is the perennial favorite, the Evo Skis. “Anywhere. Anytime. Yeah, even on grass!” As for me, I had a tough time choosing something from the clothing department-we have so many great pieces this year! The Swix Menali Jacket is may be our only ski jacket with a fun pattern, but it is all function with warm insulation, sleek side stretch panels, and taller neck with soft, brushed lining. I also love the men’s Swix Blizzard top. It’s as if his favorite cozy sweatshirt got a Euro upgrade! Shipping for delivery by Christmas is still in full effect, so, if you are behind on your holiday purchasing, don’t despair. Whether the names on your nice list are skiers or not, New Moon has something fun for each and everyone! Happy Holidays!