Old Fashioned Standards – The Custom Jacket Process

Old Fashioned Standards is a company that specializes in high quality products and custom craftsmanship. All of our goods are made from cotton cloth impregnated with a very specific mixture of wax and oil that is historically referred to as oil cloth. The process of applying the unique mixture transforms the basic cotton cloth into a wind and water repelling, high abrasion resistant antique looking cloth. We are dedicated to providing you with high quality goods that will last you a life time! We are dedicated to producing all of our products vegan’

Killer process video by Mike Babz showcasing a jacket design and construction. Really feeling what OFS is doing, especially in the hat game. Much respect to craftspeople and their trade!

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.

Cool Companies Episode 1: Captain Fin

‘The first episode of Cool Companies explores the inner-workings of Captain Fin. Captain Fin started in a garage is Oceanside, California, by Mitch Abshire, focused on “designing unique surfboard fins that feature performance based templates and art designed by the most talented of surfers and artists.” Now out of the garage and in to an 8,000 square foot warehouse (but still in Oceanside), Captain Fin has expanded in to making wetsuits, clothing, as well as a few awesome collaboration projects including a Captain Fin X Vans Shoe line.’

Salsa Cycles – Why Bikepack

Salsa Cycles Why Bikepack short film shares the story of a fall bikepacking trip and the motivations of one of the riders. Shot on the beautiful Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Trails in northern Wisconsin in Fall 2013′

So on point! Planning my first bikepack mission for the spring, can’t wait (and can’t believe its taken me so long to tackle this aspect of cycling).


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.

Matix Denim: Ditch Days

‘Matix Denim now carries a LIFETIME GUARANTEE against manufacturing defects in regards to buttons, rivets, zippers, belt loops or seams. Matix Denim is built for daily use and abuse , from the garage to the streets, out on your next adventure, quality Denim built with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE.’

Turkey and Chase Stopnik take Matix Denim thru their daily routine in this edit, looks about right to me.