Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest

Pacific Wild‘s Conservation Director, photographer, and longtime Great Bear Rainforest resident Ian McAllister is on Vancouver Island this week speaking to the making of his (incredible) new book Great Bear Wild. From the Victoria Facebook event page:

‘Globally renowned for its astonishing biodiversity, the Great Bear Rainforest is also one of the most endangered landscapes on the planet, where First Nations people fight for their way of life as massive energy projects threaten entire ecosystems.

McAllister’s new book Great Bear Wild, a stunning collection of photographs and personal narrative, is the product of twenty five years of McAllister’s research, exploration, and campaigning for the spectacular area he calls home.’

With dates on the Island and surrounding areas through November, go learn more and support this project in the same stoke. Dates and details on the Pacific Wild site.

Fuct SSDD Fall/Winter 2014

Been patiently waitin’ on the latest from the Fuct camp and here it is, the Fall/winter 2014 lookbook for Fuct’s SSDD line. The collection titled, Put your Money Where your Mouth is, is shot by Rick Rodney, same photographer as the last few SSDD lookbooks and he nailed it again on this one. The collection itself is pretty on point, but not really as cohesive as the previous, this one doesn’t look to have a real specific theme but I really don’t need that shit I just want to see some raw street styles and this fully encompasses that; house shoes and sweatpants with the snorkel, and flip flops and sock on the elevator in the telly (the Stuart at that).

84/85 Fall 2014 ‘Doing Things’

With fall making its presence known through brisk mornings and earlier, gradient-drenched evenings, it seems like the right time to officially post our debut collection for the fall 2014 season. The collection, titled Doing Things, features six pieces all 100% manufactured, designed and printed in Canada. The lookbook was shot on Vancouver Island by Mike Pepperdine and Brendan Bennett, documenting a typical evening on the coast, riding motos, beach fires, beers and wheelies.

We have a limited selection from the fall14 Doing Things collection still available in our online shop as well as select retailers. Click through to view entire the fall14 Doing Things lookbook.

Stay Wild Magazine – Kickstarter

Justin Morrison aka Scrappers is a man of many activities; drawing, painting, camping, surfing, moto riding and i am sure the list goes on. Born on Vancouver Island and now based in Portland, Scrappers is all about the adventure life and he wants to share and explore that with you, so much so he is looking to launch a free adventure/lifestyle mag called STAY WILD. To help get things off the ground he has started a Kickstarter page to raise money for the printing costs of the first issue. This looks like it is going to be a super rad publication, one I can fully support and if you feel the same head on over to the Kickstarter and throw down in the name of adventure…

Needles Spring/Summer 2014

Wow / damn / wow. Keizo Shimizu’s Needles (and sub labels) comes through with these amazing visuals for the s/s 2014 season. Styled impeccably, shot incredibly, etc etc – we expect a lot from the line which has impressed always in the past, but this lookbook may take the all-time cake… make sure to keep reading for the entire series.

Happy New Year

Another year full of memories and successes to build upon: we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who checks in on this site, to browse the catalog of our tastes and gauge our viewpoints – from the site redesign to the related items we’ve put in motion, 2013 was a great year for us from our home base on Vancouver Island, and we’ve got plenty more in store for 2014… so stay tuned! For now, off to some cabins in the woods, cold surf and no cell service.

All the best to you and yours, and we’ll see you soon – Kevin and Brendan, 84/85

Woolpower Presents: California

Swedish base layer specialists Woolpower have recently put together this photo series featuring Cold Splinters’ Jeff Thrope on an adventure through California’s Big Sur region. The photos are shot by Mikael Kennedy and have a great Autumn feel to them. About the products and Woolpower themselves;

“Ullfrotté Original is the material developed by Woolpower AB in Östersund in the early 1970’s in collaboration with the Swedish military, scientists, doctors and survival experts. The textile is highly wear resistant and consists of fine Merino wool, polyamide/polyester and air.

The material is knit so that one side is smooth, and the other has terry loops. The lofty terry loops, in combination with the crimp in the wool fibers, creates a knitwear capable of trapping a lot of air. Up to 80% of the material actually consists of air, which means that the material has an excellent capacity to trap body heat. The more air you can keep still around the body, the more heat you can retain.”

Great shoot and a super solid product, if you are interested in getting yourself some Woolpower products head on over to Westerlind and they will sort you out.