Snow Peak F/W 2014

Snow Peak is making some beautiful apparel these days, and of course they’re shooting it splendidly as well. Everyone loves their ti mugs and sporks but I would definitely be in to one of the made-in-Japan wool pieces, not a hard thing to add to your wardrobe. Their ongoing Dictionary series is a clinic on how a modern lifestyle brand should market itself, peep if you haven’t already.


Location: Remote Beach on North Vancouver Island
Volunteers: 18
Days: 4
Overall Weight Removed: 3080 Lbs

‘Marine debris is a chronic problem around the world that needs to be addressed immediately. Combing the Coast is a grassroots program unique to the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and is focused at monitoring and removing marine debris from Vancouver Island shorelines. By organizing volunteer missions such as this one, we are able to collect, analyze and then publicly illustrate the dire situation our oceans are currently facing. The solution is not in cleaning up after ourselves, but in motivating changes (both locally and globally) that stop the problem at it’s source. By removing this debris and creating this film, we hope to motivate you to help us create that change together. Please share this video with your family and friends and start a conversation about how we can make a change in our world’

Big, big props to Surfrider VI for this beach clean – we’ve been to this spot and many other remote locations on coastal Vancouver Island, and marine debris is a massive issue, from commercial fishing through single-use water bottles (the biggest evil of them all). These pristine stretches of coastline are all we have left, and hold so much meaning to people from all types of backgrounds, codes and creeds. Thankfully Surfrider is doing their part and much more, and hopefully documentation like this inspires people to do the same.

Manastash Spring/Summer 2014 Catalogue

We’ve been covering Manastash for a few years now and have always admired what the Washington State / Japan-focused label has produced – timelessly hippy and outdoors-centric, great colours and fits, with function thought through for real wear. Here’s a look at the Japanese catalogue for s/s 2014, lots of gold, especially on the women’s side of things, and bang-on art direction overall.

On another note, Manastash is now available at Without Walls, the new on-trend outdoors venture from Urban Outfitters. The model is very current and you gotta give it up for their cool hunters for jumping all over this style in the wake/fallout of faux-Americana/’heritage’ everything. A lot of really awesome brands on board which is great for WW and consumers – but I gotta question why (other than the obvious payout) many of these brands were willing to sacrifice their ‘credibility’ and core audience (aka not the Urban Outfitters clientele) to get on board with this corporate trendhop – it is the long play? What happens when the next thing comes along? Or is this aesthetic/’lifestyle’ going to stick with millennials? A lot of questions, but Manastash is one of the labels I wouldn’t have expected to join on, given their brand promise and ethos, which is hard to rectify against the necessary business dealings of a shareholder business like Without Walls.

Ten Speed Hero Spring/Summer 2014 Release

Ten Speed Hero is one of the best cycling brands to emerge from the new road culture, spurned in the mainstream by Rapha, but more in the fringes by lines like MASH, Cedar and TSH. There’s a real art-academia influence to TSH designs and presentation, a cerebral approach to the simplest of pleasures (simple, but on a fresh carbon whip with Campy nawmean). Lots of great stuff in this release, cop now before your favs are gone.