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.

Raised by Wolves Fall/Winter 2013

Outs to MTL’s Raised By Wolves for this f/w 2013 lookbook, shot by the gram superstar trashhand and being acclaimed across the blogscene as one of the best of the season (and I concur). Hitting many notable landmarks in the city (many of which will only be recognizable to locals) the style of the shoot syncs perfectly with the brand’s feel… MTL is beautiful urban decay that I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it shot better (alongside pristine classic and modern architecture as well). More of the extensive LB after the jump.

Rapha Fall/Winter 2013 Training & Racing Lookbook

Following on the heels of the City Riding lookbook, this racing/training collection from Rapha should just be called ‘take my money already.’ Still the choice kit for dentists and lawyers (along with Assos perhaps), there’s no denying how rad the collection is, even if it is out budgetary reach for most, myself included. Understated and the highest tech, Rapha nailed the market opening when everything else was over coloured and logo’d. This lookbook was shot in Norway and is mind-blowingly beautiful… just as you’d expect from a brand that never skimps on presentation.

Woolrich x West America – Capsule Collection

Here is a look at a very exciting collaborative venture between two good ol’ American brands, Woolrich and West America. I am sure the most of you (if not all) are aware of Woolrich, but maybe not so much West America: the brand is made up of two respected builders in their own right, James Crowe (Crow Metal Co.) and Jordan Hufnagel (Hufnagel Cycles).

The two brands joined forces to produce this 4-piece capsule collection designed specifically for motorcycle riding, and even more specifically for a 12 month ride to Patagonia that both James and Jordan are just embarking upon. The collection itself consists of a great product mix; a waxed cotton motorcycle jacket (both brown and black), waxed cotton and wool vest, poncho/blanket roll up with a waxed outer, and finally a 6-panel hat made of deadstock camo wool made in the early 90′s. All the items in the collection are made in the USA and are limited to 100 units of each, making for a rather limited edition offering. The collection will be made available on the Woolrich website, the West America online shop as well as select stores starting the beginning of next month (Nov.1). Make sure to also follow both Jordan and James on their adventure to Patagonia on Woolrich’s IG (@woolrichinc) and on their website, wearewestamerica.com. All I can say is I am both jealous and outright stoked for these guys, rubber side down boys!

Rapha – City Riding Fall/Winter 2013

Love or hate Rapha, you can’t deny their influence upon cycling culture over the past few years: establishing a high-end niche based upon performance and presentation, the brand has produced some of the best cycling media the sport has ever seen, focusing on lifestyle and as a natural extension of riding. It works for me: I’m a cycling obsessive through and through (the proof is in the grams), and while for the most part the product hits on a too-premium pricepoint for my budget I love the core brand ethos and dedication to well-made, thoughtfully considered goods with a presentation to match. This lookbook was shot in Antwerp and Berlin, and nails it… peep more of the City Line over at Rapha online.

Patagonia Legacy Collection – Lookbook

 

As the camping craze continues on in fashion these days its always good to pay respects to the pioneers of the outdoors movements and who better than Patagonia to cover that base. Patagonia is the epitome of an outdoors brand, with their quality/functional products and environmental initiatives, they do it all right in my eyes. Over the years the brand has grown but the Legacy Collection seen here pays hommage to the small collection of items that really started it all for the brand. The lookbook is shot by none other than the #vanlife man himself, Foster Huntington on a Westcoast road trip to claim a Jeep Comanche (hell yes). The shots are absolutely brilliant, perfectly painting the road trip picture, all in all great collection and presentation.

Muttonhead – ‘Propr Sport’ S/S 2013 Editorial

Muttonhead have teamed up with Montreal photographer Spencer Edwards of Propr Postur, for this editorial shoot for the spring/summer 2013 collection. Titled ‘Propr Sport’ the shoot features the new items from the Mutt’s SS13 ‘Good Sport’ collection. Great looks for both guys and girls and some really nice shots, great team efforts all around.

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