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Spring into Savings with Auclair Gloves

Auclair Performace Gloves have been a mainstay in Canada, sponsoring winter athletes since the 1970s. Auclair works directly with skiers like cross country ski champion Alex Harvey, getting their feedback on products throughout their off-season training and during in-season preparation for world-class competition. These insights allow Auclair to push research and development to new heights.

One of their sponsored athletes, mogul gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury says this about Auclair gloves, “I’ve been called the most accomplised mogul skier of all time, but that doesn’t matter. There’s always someone raising the bar. The point is to keep excelling, keep getting better, in all respects of your life. Auclair gets that, and keeps making gloves to match…Auclair has that winning attitude. They never stop trying to improve what they do.”

New Moon is proud to be part of Auclair’s mission of “Born to Perform,” whether you are taking first in your age group or taking your first ski. Auclair gloves “performed” tremendously at the American Birkebeiner this year. If you haven’t yet experienced Auclair’s state-of -the-art technology, protection, and comfort, now is the right time1! We are offering a variety of Auclair gloves and mitts at 40% off!

    First up is the Pinery! Whether you prefer a glove, split mitt, or glove, the weight and features of the Pinery will keep your hands covered. and cool graphics set them apart from the rest of your gloves. The Pinery is a midweight model with 70g of Thinsulate and thermal foam to keep your hands at just the right temperature. The wind-resistant layer on the back of the hand is laminated to the Lycra shell, so there’s no bunching or uneven protection. The lining is soft and brushed, not only providing supreme comfort, but allowing moisture to wick away from your hands, keeping them dry and warm. Other features include a nylon knit cuff with a bound hem, silicone fingertip grippers and palm/thumb reinforcement. Plus, you can’t beat the cool snowflake sublimated graphics! At only $36 or $37.50, it’s a great time to get on board with Auclair.

We’ve also got a lighter-weight model called the Capreol. The Capreol is being offered at an amazingly affordable $15! It has 40g of Thinsulate for a touch of warmth as well as a soft, brushed lining, acrylic knit cuff and reinforced index finger and thumb. Simple, solid lightweight protection.

Finally, we still have Gatineau models available in both gloves and split mitts. These are also midweight with 70g of insulation, similar to the Pinery but with different graphics.

Auclair athlete and Canadian skiing phenom, Alex Harvey.

Check out all of our gloves, as well as other sale items online here. Award-winning cross country skier, Alex Harvey says it best, “Auclair has been there every step of the way-they get it like few others.” New Moon hopes to be there for all your spring skiing needs. Give us a call if you have any questions, and take advantage of the sale while supplies last!

 

 

Dress for XC Success – Layering

Once you’ve gotten your xc equipment fitted perfectly, the next thing to dial in is your clothing. Customers ask me all the time, “What temperature range is this piece of clothing for?” There is so much more than temperature range to dressing for success when it comes to cross country skiing. The key to comfort is layering.

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Casual Christmas Countdown

If you’ve been to New Moon’s website or to the shop, you know we carry cross country ski apparel. We carefully curate the best and most appropriate pieces from the Nordic world’s foremost xc outfitters-Bjorn Daehlie, Swix, Salomon, Rossignol, Toko, and more. But what you may not have realized is that New Moon has some fun casual pieces too for both skiers and nonskiers alike. Whether you are going out on the town or staying in by the fire, these tops will fit right into your athletic lifestyle.

 

Ladies’ Craft Fuseknit Wrap Neck in Zen Melange.
Men’s Craft Fuseknit Zip Neck in Maritime.

Let’s start with Craft – their new line of Fuseknit baselayer is as functional as Craft’s other versions, but it has more coverage, is more opaque, and comes in some really cool colors, so they work casually and for athletic endeavors. This year, New Moon is carrying 2 ladies’ pieces, a zip neck in a beautiful lavender and a wrap shawl neck in a vibrant aqua as well as one men’s piece in a deep blue zip neck. Fuseknit pieces are knitted as a single tube so they are exceptionally smooth and chafe-free. 

Ladies’ Myrene Zip Top from Swix.
This is your next-level sweatshirt! The Swix Blizzard Top.

Swix and Craft both have a number of midlayers that are perfect for casual wear. The Swix men’s and ladies Myrene Zip tops are fun, but my favorites are the Salomon Discovery for the ladies, and the Craft Spark and Swix Blizzard tops for the guys. The Discovery is a simple, functional midlayer, but it isn’t shiny lycra like so many midlayers and features beautiful seaming and flattering lines. The soft coral color also can’t be beat. The Craft Spark top is a great weight and really looks on trend with the gray heathered stripe. And, the Swix Blizzard top takes the “sweatshirt” to the next level. Rich, soft, distressed fabric with fashionable microfiber overlays on the sleeves collar and shoulders-this one is my favorite for the guys!

The wool Ulvang Sweaters are of highest quality and are cozy and classy.
Bjorn Daehlie’s Half Zip Comfy is Alpine inspired and gorgeous.

If you need something a bit warmer for, say, football games or hot toddies around a firepit, take a look at Bjorn Daehlie’s Half Zip Comfy Sweaters for men and women. Taking a cue from the alpine fashion, these sweaters have the traditional knitted foundation with a lightly quilted front and contrasting shoulder fabric. Or, how about these rich, gorgeous women’s sweaters from Ulvang with Nordic print and high collars that can be worn up or down. Complete the ensemble with a matching winter hat.

 

The Right Nice Hoodie from Salomon is beautiful.

If you’d like something a bit sportier than the sweaters, we’ve got 2 great choices for the ladies. Craft’s Breakaway Jacket is a contemporary, lightweight “training jacket” with a cool, modern twist on the quilted front that looks great after a workout or at the office. Prefer a zip jacket with a hood? The Right Nice Hybrid Hoodie from Salomon is just beautiful! Lightweight, ribbed body is accentuated with graduated quilting on the front, shoulders, and hood. It comes in soft black and gorgeous waterfall.

Swix Ladies’ Menali Vest.

Maybe you need a vest to throw on over your snazzy new midlayer? The ladies Swix Menali Vest has a cool metallic sheen and is lightly quilted for a techie look, and the Salomon Drifter Vest for men may be understated, but is reversible black/grey and highly functional- filled with a thin layer of Primaloft insulation for chillier days.

Sparkly Choucas hats will brighten up every adventure!

Of course, we’ve got neck gaiters and Buffs to match as well as fuzzy, sparkly, and oversize hats for shopping, spectating, as well skiing.

So, stop by the shop or the web if you are gifting a friend or yourself with some awesome apparel this Christmas. Whether you are a skier or not, you’ll find clothing you’ll love waiting just for you at New Moon!

Product Spotlight – Twin Six

If you find yourself coming up dry for gift ideas for the cyclist in your life, Twin Six has got you covered this season.
Deep Woods
Saddle Up
We just received a shipment of fresh new designs in the form of shirts, jerseys, socks and water bottles. A broad range of styles are covered including the colorful, tranquil pattern of the Deep Woods (we love our evergreens up here), a nod to the hunting cyclist with the Saddle Up T-shirt, a seasonally appropriate long sleeve option in the Yule Tide, and the classically irreverent Anti-Team design makes a return.
Yule Tide
Anti-Team
Or, help support CAMBA with the Jesse LaLonde designed t-shirt and water bottle. 20% of the proceeds from these pieces go to CAMBA. Remember, What Would Santa Do?
These designs all carry the high quality level of other Twin Six pieces, meaning that you aren’t sacrificing comfort and functionality just to get some fresh looks. Stop by to check out the full lineup.
Six Stroke
Don’t just sit around, get to the shop or call us today! You’ve got a nerdy cyclist’s stocking to stuff, and one just may be your own! —Ian

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, & Cyber Monday Sales & Specials

Whether you like to shop on-line or in-store, New Moon has sales, deals, and deep discounts all weekend long that will make you more thankful than when you eat that late night leftover turkey sandwich Thanksgiving night.

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