Sale, swap outfits folks for outside adventures
Jen Taylor is ready for Mesa County to come alive with fashion.
Well, fashion and function.
The 2010 MOG Outdoor Gear Sale and the first COPMOBA Bike Swap will be Saturday, April 10. MOG stands for Manufacturers of Outdoor Gear and COPMOBA stands for Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association.
One of the reasons for holding an annual outdoor gear and apparel sale in April is to give local and national manufacturers a chance to clean warehouses or stores and, as an added bonus, it gives outdoor enthusiasts access to gear at discounted prices.
“I like to bring people in during the spring because the desert is alive,” said Taylor, founder of MOG Fest, spokeswoman for Mountain Khakis and former owner of Mountain Sprouts.
Mountain Khakis, based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is one of two dozen gear and apparel manufacturers expected to have booths at MOG Fest.
The sale is not only a chance for people to purchase apparel needed for outdoor activities, it’s an opportunity to purchase everyday casual clothing that is doubly durable and comfortable, Taylor said. Changing weather conditions or terrain make all different sorts of gear necessary for outdoor activities.
“The less you’re thinking about what you’re wearing or wish you were wearing, you’re all the more likely to play longer,” Taylor said.
Mike Steele, 56, is an example of Taylor’s clothing philosophy.
Outdoor apparel isn’t only for mountain peaks or trout streams, said the mountain biker, backcountry skier and fly fisherman.
“I’m wearing these because I’m always wearing these,” he said recently while wearing a pair of Mountain Khakis.
And few people know more about the importance of outdoor gear than Ann Driggers, 40, whose Outdoor Junkie blog can be found on GJSentinel.com.
Driggers watched her friend Seth Anderson — co-founder of outdoor apparel manufacturer LOKI — suffer serious injuries in a Grand Mesa avalanche on March 17 and she wrote about the incident on her blog. What Driggers distinctly remembers from that day is how she used gear in her backpack and the backpack itself to help her friend until rescue personnel arrived.
True, Driggers said, skis and ski boots are important. But “gear is almost more important,” Driggers said. “Different conditions require different fabrics and weights.”
Any questions people may have about fabric or practicality can be answered by the manufacturers themselves at MOG Fest. In addition, this year the sale will pair people looking for gear with people looking to sell gear, especially mountain bikes.
Previous years, people have asked Taylor if they could bring gear for a swap, and because of the demand, COPMOBA will stage MOG Fest’s first bike swap.
A portion of the proceeds from the bike swap will be used by COPMOBA to continue maintenance and construction of mountain bike trails in Mesa County.