A Little Stoke from Japan

Skidoos and Throwbacks and Japow oh my!

VIDEO: The Matt Cummins Documentary


P.S. RIP Tacoma Northwest Snowboards

Star Wars takes over Mammoth

Yup, The Force Awakens drops today and like the rest of the world I’m nerd hyped. Star Wars and shred? I’m OK with that. Let the wookie jib.

Timeline Films “La Liste” Trailer

Sure, it’s skiing not skiboarding, but gottdamn that climbing sequence on the opening face!  The ridge travese at 1:48 in is pretty solid too.  Also can I get a shout out to Youtube commenters?! “Fast as all hell…nice air in there too…but steep? Those lines didn’t appear to be overly steep.”  The internet:  where everyone has a 14″ cock, makes a million dollars per year and dates supermodels.


REVIEW: Peak Design CapturePOV Mount

Finally got out into the great outdoors this weekend to give the Peak Design CapturePOV Mount a shakedown, bringing it out to a ‘secret’ river somewhere near Mt. Adams to fling some feathers and down some bourbon.



When I first got the package in the mail I thought damn, this is far heftier than expected.  I guess since they launched with a Kickstarter and the product is made in China I was just expecting another round of junk kicked out by crowdfunding, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  The CapturePOV Mount is made of aluminum and glass reinforced nylon and feels substantial and every bit as rugged as you’d hope something would that you are trusting with your $400 first world adventure recorder (it’s worth noting that their CapturePRO intended for SLRs is 100% aluminum and is likely burly enough to take down a small animal when used as a throwing device).  It was also very apparent from the get go that Peak Design has put a lot of thought into the details – from the packaging to the product everything was very well done and gave off a feel of quality.



Package contents image from the PD website



In use the Peak Design CapturePOV exceeded expectations.  After a quick looksee at the instructions (I know I know, my man card was immediately revoked) to make sure I was using everything properly the PD was on my strap and capturing footage.  Getting started is easy – you mount your camera to the provided mounting plate, click it into the clip and then secure the clip by using the thumbscrew.  To remove your camera unscrew the thumb screw and click the red button.  One thing I really liked was the included J-arm as it allows you to adjust not just where your camera is aimed vertically but also laterally – and with the screen on the GoPro Silver it took all of 2 seconds to adjust aim on the move as needed.

One of my initial concerns with the CapturePOV was that it’s heft was going to overpower my shoulder straps but it appears as if the Peak Design crew already considered that.  Inside the package is a ‘stabilizer pad’ (seen lower left in the above photo) that you use as a backing for the capturePOV and helps add structure behind the clip in the case your backpack straps are more UL daypack and less overnight/multiday.



Another thing I wondered upfront (and the personal jury is still out on) is how the angle would be capturing snowboarding as by nature the capturePOV is always going to be offset to one side (though I guess you could mount on the sternum strap….).  It could be that it captures better on your lead shoulder vs. your rear, or it could be that it doesn’t make a difference.  The below video of flyfishing gives you a feel for the angle it captures in a typical mounting location.  You can definitely tell it’s offset, but I think with the angle the GoPro provides you can offset the offset by slightly pointing your camera’s lens towards your body centerline.


The only potential issue I noted during my time using the CapturePOV was that the screws that tighten the clip to the stabilizer pad or direct to the backpack strap seemed to come loose often.  They never were loose enough to lose the clip, but I also checked every hour or so as I lost a prior POV camera on a drunken urban snow mission a few years back.  Had I not who knows.  Worth keeping an eye on if you pick one up.

Overall I’m impressed with the Peak Design CapturePOV and think it’s a worthwhile piece of kit for if you find yourself taking your GoPro or other small camera into the backcountry often.  It’s worth the price of admission alone for splitting as it removes that additional layer of straps that the GoPro chest harness adds.  When you’ve already got a beacon and a backpack wrapped around you who needs another layer (though it does bring up the issue of electronics/beacon proximity interference…hmm…).  Anyways, check ’em out!



Travis Rice “The Fourth Phase” Teaser


Travis Rice and the Red Bull Media House crew just dropped the teaser for their 40th birthday gift to me.  Start saving your money now kiddos, I can down beers like a champ and we’ll all roll to this to celebrate.


Sneak Peek: Peak Design Shell and Capture POV Clip

Had some goodness from Peak Design recently find it’s way into my mailbox. Will do a review on the gear once I get a chance to use it, but wanted to throw up a quick post as I’d never heard of them prior to last week and they make some pretty nice looking stuff I know some of you would dig (looking at you Rusty Old Camera)

Peak Design Shell

You know that whole “Fuck, it’s dumping, do I really want to drag my dSLR out” feeling?  The Peak Design Shell is designed to help if you’re like me and don’t have a pro level, fully sealed camera. I’ve yet to put it through it’s paces to see if it stays out of your way when you need it to but on first touch I’d say it’s better made than some of my outerwear.


Peak Design CapturePOV

The CapturePOV is another interesting piece of kit from the Peak Design crew that demonstrates they’ve put some thought into the little problems you experience as you snap pics in the great outdoors.  The CapturePOV essentially takes the place of the GoPro chest mount, opting to use something you’re likely already wearing as the mount instead of yet another piece of webbing mounted to you.  I’m interested to see if the offset nature of the product still gives a decent POV.



Also, while on their site be sure to check out their entire Peak Design Clip line of products.  I really think the Capture Pro is the real deal as I really hate carrying around my Lowe chest bag and think a Capture Pro + Shell combo would be killer.

It’s Coming

Yeah, I know I said I was done with winter buuuut….I lied.  The first time you see that report on the news still gets me giddy.



REI wins the internet today

Using a play that feels vaguely reminiscent of the Patagonia “Don’t buy this shirt” campaign, REI announced yesterday that they will be closed for Black Friday and have effectively won the internet for the day.  A quick Googling of ‘REI Black Friday’ shows that they are receiving a ton of press from outlets that have likely never mentioned them in the past – CNN, USA Today, Forbes, Time, etc. etc.  Full copy of the email they sent out is below.  While I can certainly appreciate the gesture (even if I really think it’s unauthentic and an obvious move for press) it made me realize that the management of REI are the last remaining folks that actually believe that REI still employees folks that spend time outdoors/know anything about outdoor gear anymore.

This Black Friday the co-op is doing something different. We’re closing all 143 of our stores. Instead of reporting to work, we’re paying our employees to do what we love most—be outside.

We want you to be the first to hear—not just what we’re doing, but why.

We’re passionate about bringing you great gear, but we’re even more passionate about the experiences it unlocks for all of us. Perhaps John Muir said it best back in 1901: “thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home.”

We think Black Friday is the perfect day to remind people of this essential truth.

And don’t worry, you’ll still enjoy great deals on great gear all holiday season long. But on this one day, we’re going to #OptOutside and we want you to join us.

The Lost Art of Cheap Recreation

My buddy sent me an article from The Art of Manliness this morning.  Maybe it’s just because I was sitting at Juan Pelota Cafe this morning and watching a steady ant march of spandexed guys and gals getting off their $2000+ bikes to enjoy $5 coffees but I thought it was a good read and worth sharing.

First, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, since 2003 the amount of time Americans spend either attending or hosting social events has declined by 30%. And the drop is even steeper amongst the younger generation; those aged 15 to 24 are spending 40% less time hosting and attending social events than they did a decade ago. At the same time, the number of hours we spend both attending and participating in sports, culture, and arts-related events has held steady.

Yet even though we’re hosting and attending less get-togethers and parties, while participating in and watching recreational activities at the same rate, the portion of our personal consumption we spend on leisure pursuits has gone up 30% over the last four and half decades. In terms of dollars (adjusted for inflation), in 1970 the average American spent $850 on recreation each year, while today each person spends $2500. In other words, despite the fact that the overall time we spend on social/physical/cultural recreation is down, we’re spending 3X as much money on it than we did 45 years ago.

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