Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours frolicking through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of outdoor sports apparel and accessories at King Keyser in Hinsdale.
Shred fresh snow safely with an R.E.D. women’s pure helmet ($79.95), or boost drooping ski boots' self-esteem with an overnight-drying Happy Feet Dry n’ Warm boot dryer and warmer (starting at $24.95). A pair of men’s North Face Flex core shorts allows lower leg parts to feel the breeze ($30), a pair of women’s Sanuk yoga mat sandals protects paws from shards of glass or croutons ($26), and a Nike Border tennis shirt ($30) clothes Wimbledon-winning women.
In 1952, downhill pioneers Mr. and Mrs. Keyser—fresh from helping establish Vail, Colorado as one of the nation’s preeminent skiing destination—opened King Keyser to outfit Midwesterners with quality ski equipment and expert advice. The shop continues to carry on the couple's vision while also embracing innovations in the sport. They have stocked snowboard equipment since 1982 and currently carry a full supply of Burton boards and bindings, K2 boots, Giro helmets, and Anon goggles. Skiing gear is well represented as well, including Völkl skis, Lange boots, Look Nova bindings, and K2 poles.
When not busy equipping riders with proper equipment and rentals, staff members preserve personal gear with in-house maintenance services. The team stone-grinds and waxes skis to enhance glide, and they also provide complete tune-ups to keep snowboards’ motors from breaking down on long trips.