The Raleigh Vest allows for full range of motion and provides excellent core warmth. Two vital components of a proper spring blizzard cleanup outfit or in my case, enjoying spring snowboarding outfit.
What you see above is just one of the many fine pieces that you’ll find at a discount over on the Carhartt WIP site. If you’re not familiar with the Work in Progress division of Carhartt I humbly suggest you change that straight away. You’ll find familiar looking pieces from Carhartt’s past have been slimmed down and toughened up in the right places. Currently the deals department is really on point. There’s a whole lot to go through, especially since most items still have full size runs but here’s what you really consider picking up.
Not just A chore coat, THE Chore Coat.
A wise man from Peru,VT once said “extra pockets, extra beers”.
No it ain’t a hoodie, it’s the Active Jacket and it’s a no excuses piece. As in, “I know it’s hailing but the wood needs chopping, grab the Active Jacket or perhaps more appropriately, “I know it’s drizzling but I need my fresh pressed juice honey.”
No snarky comments here, these pants fit absolutely perfectly. Slim, not skinny with a straight leg. At $45 a pair you should consider grabbing a few while you can.
Just because you play golf, doesn’t mean you have to dress like an asshole. However if that’s your thing, the Duck Polo does come in “go fuck yourself Orange” or Cadmium Heather as Carhartt calls it.
Ok, it’s not on sale but it’s too cool to ignore. If you’ve got $50 to blow, this is a good way to do so.
Make sure to browse the rest of the WIP site and try not to fall down the “camo” rabbit hole. Odds are that you’ll just look like a jackass wearing it around whatever trendy neighborhood you live in.
Welcome To Vail!
In 1982 a group of friends, passionate about riding a surfboard-shaped plank of wood down a steep snow-covered hill, decided they wanted to know who was the best at this new winter activity. Thirty-one years later one of those friends is standing in front of me with his wife, one of his three sons and a big ol’ grin on his face. You’d be happy too if the sport you helped grow from backyard pastime to international obsession finally had a venue that was perfect for its most prestigious competition. Yes, Jake Burton Carpenter has done right by snowboarding and if you think otherwise then you’re a fool.
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When I was just a little grom I would always get excited when I got my hands on the new Burton catalog. I’d sit down and carefully flip through all the pages reading about what new technology they’d come up with for that year(remember Super Fly Core II?) and all the new outerwear I’d seen pros rocking the season before. I suppose now that I’m an old man(by industry standards) I shouldn’t get as excited as I do for their website launch each year. I suppose I should be jaded like many of my friends who dismiss the new technology as unnecessary and the graphics as unimaginative. Many of them say Burton has lost touch with it’s roots and become too commercial. Bullshit. All you have to do is take a good look at the product for this year to see that now more than ever(and for the past 4-5 years in my opinion) Burton is doing an exceptional job of representing core snowboarding values while turning out killer product. This is not to say that I don’t have my issues with some of their choices(U.S. Open moving to Vail for example) but I can tell you that the gear I have is on a quality level all it’s own. So here, in the dogs days of summer, in the middle of this “heat wave” as Southern Californians call it(no humidity so who cares) I thought I’d put together a piece with the hard goods you should be most excited about putting to good use on the mountain this season. Burton says 2013 is an iconic year, I’d like think that’ll be the case. After all, scientists say that it’s gonna be a La Nina winter and getting skunked on a good season two years in a row, that’s just unheard of. Cheers.
These days you’re lucky to get one quality jacket for under $400. Patagonia is offering 3 jackets in 1 for $375. The Great Horn Parka is a bargain and having tried one on recently I can tell you the fit is perfect. The clean and simple look of the coat will keep you incognito on the slopes, while the technical features will keep you warm and happy. Click the pic or visit your Patagonia retailer to get yours.
The FIS has made the formal decision to
continue screwing snowboarders keep TTR out of the Olympic qualification process. It comes as no surprise as the FIS nor the IOC gives a shit about snowboarders rights or even acknowledging it as a sport. To them it’s just another sources for them to draw ad revenue from. While I support my many friends who are professional riders (many of them veteran Olympians) I don’t support the Olympics. They’re a sham. A sad example of how something that is so good in theory has been dragged through the mud by greedy assholes hiding behind closed doors. Don’t just take my word for it though, read what Terje has to say right HERE.
Snowboarding is about having fun with your Frends and few people in snowboarding are constantly having as much fun as these guys. If you’ve got some time check out more videos filmed with a fancy new HD camera on Frendsvision. The site just got a facelift and the new product is up too, it’s Ahmazing.
Mystery District’s, Ghostland, is a fun watch and it sure is right nice of them to put the whole thing online for free. Great looking film(plugged my laptop into the flat screen, looks sharp) as well as a nice creative touch with all the old B-Movie footage. If you don’t have the time to watch the whole thing make sure to check out Nice Life family member, Evan Williams at the 22:11 mark. While Ghostland may not be the most progressive video out there it’s is a reminder that snowboarding is about having fun which all of these guys clearly are.
Iron Clad Lou by Hum, 90’s garage rock at it’s best. I’d forgotten how much I liked this band until I watched The Art Of Flight yesterday. Great use of the song in one of my favorite parts of the film. I don’t know if Curt Morgan’s intention was to nod to older snowboard films that had used Hum but if so, pretty cool of him to do so.
I’ll be spending the next three nights camping at Crowley Lake and the next 4 days snowboarding at Mammoth. There ain’t no cellular service to be had at Crowley Lake so I’ll upload photos when I can. A super post will be up midweek with a complete write up. Until then, stay livin that Nice Life!
Oh man. I’m gonna have to dig through the vault of tapes from when I lived in Reno. This is no joke. These people are all over Reno. Ah the memories.