Saturday, July 26, 2014

CANADA GOOSE FALL Outerwear Fall 2014


There's a reason Canada Goose is the 'it' winter wear label for street to slopes cold weather protection: the designs are exceptional, the performance features top notch, the fabrics/textiles technically enhanced and proprietary ---and bonus points from us, the company uses ethically sourced goose down -which as we learned…is very tough to do.


First thing we noticed…COLOR COLOR COLOR. A good thing if you want to be seen on a snowy landscape…and in saturated tones that manage to be a 21ST CENTURY palette shade we'd wear…

CANYON SHELL-3L Technical Shell Collection-men/women versions-simplified clean lines and a slim fit-versatile just below hip and mid length jackets . FEATURES:  waterproof/windproof/breathable hardshell via Tri-Durance HSTM proprietary fabric with unique 4 way stretch, fully taped seams-and that includes the top of the line YKK® AcquaGuard® water repellent, 2 way locking zippered pockets. Layer over basics/mid-layers in cold cold temps-the longer length keeps cores fully covered.

hip length-drop tail longer hem, 3 way adjustable helmet compatible fixed hood, suede tricot lined inside collar -no chafing/warm, adjustable drawcord hem, adjustable cuffs, interior media pocket, outer hand warming pockets w/ 2 way locking zips-and interior mesh panel for venting, reflective pops under sleeve+back hood,  pictured here-Pacific Blue Canyon Shell. Men sizes XS-3XL
No worries-in black to-as well as red, amber (burnt orange) and military green -men and women get a deep arctic dusk.

Jade Green Canyon Shell--we would wear this running -hiking too. Thermal Experience Index (TEI)  rated 5º/-5ºC

Summer Light Canyon Shell-Ladies color- slight tapered silhouette flattering SIZES 2XS-2XL 
COASTAL SHELL mid thigh length-women's lower pockets have velcro closures
ARTIC-TECH® Fabric outerwear selections- extreme Arctic Program COLLECTION-for extreme conditions-water resistant, durable and warm.

Thigh length-Shelburne Parka-in 12 colors. Ultimate in warmth! TEI -10º/-20ºC center front 2 way locking YKK® zip with storm flap snaps close, brushed tricot lined chin guard-inside the collar, 2 fleece lined front pockets, interior pockets-one right inside w/ security zip, left drop in w/ media port, interior carry straps, recessed heavy duty ribbed knit cuffs, 2 back vents snap close-or leave unsnapped for big striders or when sitting down, 2 way adjustable hood-fur is removable-625 fill power white duck down
interior carry straps...

FREESTYLE VEST-Women(18 colors!!!) and MEN (16 colors) and VANIER VEST-down vest… youth sizes too…625 fill white duck down-pictured in Summer Yellow-features elasticized interior loop for headphone cord, storm flap over center from blocking YKK® locking zip, interior tricot lined collar, reflective tape on back, hip length drop tail hem for coverage, 2 fleece lined pockets w/ zip closures, interior drop in pocket +interior stretch mesh pocket. 9 color options sizes XS-XL BONUS-machine wash cold water in a front loader, dry low.

SELKIRK PARKA -men's pictured in graphite-hip length military style jacket with flap pockets-removable 2 way adjustable  hood,  slim fit-city-to back country okay-the 2 lower pockets are fleece lined, brushed tricot lined chin guard-inside the collar-warmth, interior drawcord adjusts waist, center front 2 way locking YKK® zip secured with military button closed storm flap, heavy duty ribbed knit cuffs keep cold out! TEI rated -10º/-20º C

HURON BOMBER woman-TEI 0º/-15ºC-inspired by the CHILLIWACK Bomber™  center front 2 way locking YKK® zip w/ leather double welt with interior insulated windguard, heavy duty ribbed knit cuffs keep cold out, fleece lined hand warmer pockets, interior carrying shoulder straps (handy), utility pocket-left sleeve,

HyBridge Collection

HyBridge® Lite Coat-in red-women's core insulated warmth with side and underarm,  stretch Tensile-Tech fabric inserts-multi-stretch, water resistant and breathable, back adjustable integrated hood has 3M® reflective tape pops, stretch Lycra® hood edge and cuff binding with thumbholes, abrasion resistant Feather-Light10D  fabric allows for aspects of the down fill to show through, center front 2 way locking YKK® zip, mid-length, brushed tricot lined chin guard-inside the collar, 2 lower hand pockets w/ YKK® reverse coil zips+zipper pulls, internal mesh pocket, self packable into left pocket, 



PEAK DESIGN New Ways to Carry A Camera

The photography community is once again loving this launch by Peak Design (Kickstarter granted them a “Staff Pick” and the campaign is already over $245k with over 3,000 backers in little over a 2 weeks)

For the 411 on the Slide and Clutch — new gear, including specs, MSRPs, and hardware.

ETA deliveries----soon!

Easy to screw  onto bottom of a camera….CLUTCH is great for lighter weight lenses/smaller SLRs on its own or attach the camera to a tripod…comes with extra clips…but also sold separate. Nice to have the option to slide camera off a tripod…and have it ready to click away-securely.

btw those clips can be use to attach camera to any strap. A lot easier to use---attaching a camera to a strap used to be a pain.. 

Packaging is great with illustrated picture instructions…simple to follow and intuitive. The strap of the Sling really easily adjusts with one hand---and yet holds securely. One side is smooth --the other more textured so one has choices.A  pro photographer pal of ours was concerned about the stretchy clips fraying (hence extra are enclosed) but would take a lot of friction to wear them down imo.

Really an impressive way to carry cameras---very well thought out and better than every camera strap we can think of---and cheaper too!!!!!

 We even got the link to the video- separately from a pro photographer pal in New Zealand…so good news travel fast and far. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Quicksilver Travis Rice Polar Pillow Jacket-upper left (details below)…on right +middle=DC Snowboarding jackets/pants/boots featuring Travis Rice Signature Model snowboard boot in middle black w/ red pop-most techy of DC's boots-Boa closure w/ H3 Collar Reel-w/ Boa black aces, SuperFabric™for durability+performance, anatomical 3D tongue shape, Aerotech Ventilation System™ moisture wicking for dryer/warmer feet, internal ankle harness w/ locking system, snow performance insole, Unilite+rubber outsole-durable, lightweight and shock absorbing, =comfort+durable, and shorter Peary SPT middle-lower right for snowboard park-more like the flex/soft boots we learned in- back in 1990-w/ Cordura tongue +collar (padded w/ foam), reinforced toe cap+heel counter, welted construction, stacked EVA midsole, all terrain rubber outsole, quilt stitching detail, internal tongue gussets, metal eyelets and hooks. Jacket on right part of new City Series--Tick is made of EXOTECH 10- 10/10k with 3M Thinsulate lining body +sleeve-60 grams, critically taped seams, hidden hood in collar, internal waist adjuster, media pocket -the outer pockets and metal zips are def. street inspired... wear this after a day on the slopes too. Ollie pants are Exotex 10 also w/ printed brushed taffeta lining w/ warming brushed mesh seat +knees, …w/ lift ticket holder, snapped bottom leg gusset and internal waist adjusters---with trim fit
Durable outerwear with street style ---the first attribute a must, the second ---very desirable---and combining that technical know how, delivered at approachable price points ===retail success.

AND all present in DC Snowboarding, Quicksilver and Roxy apparel/accessories/gear for next season.

DC Snowboarding (DEFY CONVENTION) is impressive-like every single detail that we would want in snowboarding apparel and footwear is delivered by a company we know more from the skateboarding shoe world.

Torstein collection is top of the line-EXOTEX 15 (15k/15k waterproof/breathable)  critically taped seams-80grams insulating body, 60g in sleeves/hood mesh lined venting, powder skirt, single line adjustable hod system, internal media+mesh stash pockets, 2 way center zip…lined w/ quilted taffeta hood has a nice print.

Matching Relay 15 5 pocket shell pants Exotex 15 (15k/15k)taffeta lining w/ warming brushed mesh seat-knees, zip bottom leg gusset, drawcord shoelace belt, coated taffeta boot gaiter, internal waist adjusters, mesh lined ventings, critically taped seams, jacket to pant attachment system, lift ticket holder, in bunch of colors including 100% polyester Denim twill.
epaulet detail-attention

Carhartt meets Snowboarding-DC's take on casual jacket beefed up with Exotex 10, critically taped seams, engineered brushed mesh+printed brushed taffeta lining, with city friendly details like CF denim button closure, metallic hand pocket zippers, internal media pocket=Tick pictured in White Pepper..other color-if they ever deliver this in blck we expect to see on our fellow subway riders.

MANUAL-Mad for plaid EXOTEX DWR weather toughens up a flannel with that DWR coating, shirting buttons and closures…Spring day jacket for riders…or staple for urban outings. Lumberjack hipster.
The ROXY TORAH BRIGHT COLLECTION-premium outerwear/accessories line. High fashion style delivered with tricked out fetures-the T.B. Influencer Jacket made of DRYFLIGHT 12 (15k waterproof/breathable) , taffeta lined, 3M Thinsulate® insulation w/ critically taped seams, 3 way adjustable hood, helmet compatible fixed hood, micro fiber chin guard, YKK® Metaluxe® zipper, media pocket, sleeve pass pocket, mesh lined venting, removable taffeta powder skirt, w/ lycra stretch panel finger warming tuck away system lift ticket holder, key clip, snap away powder skirt system AND cool looking too-w/  tailored fit! Comes in solid colors too…like the matching Torah Bright Refined Pant in solid Ocean Depths Blue-mad eof DRYFLIGHT 10 (10k waterproof/breathable) w/ fully taped seams, taffeta lining w/ brushed tricot seat/pant, removable soft-shell waist gaiter with velcro closure---no shown but like wide waistband yoga pants-flattering+comfy made of 14% elastane (nice detail), jacket to pant attachment, mesh line venting, zipped bottom leg gusset, taffeta boot gaiters w/ lycra stretch panel keeps it down+snow out, cuff saver system, lift ticket holder . Beanie and Torah Bright Rockferry Goggle  made w/ primo Christian Dalioz  SunOptics® made in ITALY. 100% UV blocking, spherical lens double , triple foam frame for comfort-and condensation banished, anti fog and anti scratch coated, distortion free viewing.

ROXY (women's line-guy's is Quicksilver)…impressively showed winning snowboard/winter apparel with feminine flair and rugged tough too with the climate controlling/anti-microbial treated DWR DRIFLIGHT-signature innovative fabric…moisture wicking and rated for breathability. A great combo. 

Divided into five main outerwear collection collection- Roxy show a few highlights at this preview-including Torah Bright's line pictured above…and the Premium line with fashion forward design and advanced outerwear techy fabrics and details…delivering terrific price/value for serious and casual riders.

BONUS POINTS-ratings for warmth---AAA, AA or A takes out the guesswork…Also applies to Quiksilver.

 CORDUROY From Steeps to Streets Collection KJ Tribe Jacket retro tailored fit burly tough DRYFLIGHT 15 (15k) w/ engineered sherpa lining and taffeta+3M Thinsulate Type M for warmth, critically taped seams, 3 way adjustable hood, helmet compatible, fixed taffeta powder skirt w/ lycra stretch panel, jacket to pant attachment, snap away powder skirt, media pocket, internal goggle pocket, lens cleaner, finger warmer wrist gaiter, sleeve pass pocket, mesh lined venting, YKK® Metaluxe´zips,  multicolor drawcord at hood
trend on-camo with leather details---

Ridegmont Jacket ---grrr on! DRYFLIGHT15 (15K) stretchy waterproof warmth w/ 3M Thinsulate insulation  engineered brushed tricot taffeta lining, fully taped seams, 3 way adjustable hood, helmet compatible/fixed hood, knit collar w/ micro fiber chin guard, YKK® Metaluxe zips…tailored fit. 

can see the taffeta powder skirt with lycra stretch panel-snap away powder skirt system, jacket to pant attachment system, plus finger warming tuck away system, media pocket, lift ticket holder +key clip
cozy enough to sleep in from the CORDUROY From Steeps to Streets Collection-low profile puffy made from waterproof DRYFLIGHT10 w/ 3M Thinsulate insulation . The faux fur hood is removable, and inside-a fixed powder skirt, w/ snap away powder skirt system, media pocket, internal lycra wrist gaiters, sleeve pass pocket, mesh line venting+jacket to pant system-in Rhubarb-with brass snap pockets secured with zippers-pretty roomy. Warmest solution to polar vortexes rated AAA
plenty of cozy knits too-washable.

QUIKSILVER..leather details-in a waxed denim looking waxed twill -Premium Collection-Frontier inspiration- DREAMING Jacket DRYFLIGHT 15 (15k) interior engineered close cell mesh and brushed tricot lining w/ 3M Thinsulate Insulation-completely waterproof w/ fully taped seams, mesh lined venting, 2 way adjustable hood fixed hood, jacket-pant attachment, micro fiber chin guard, media pocket, sleeve pass pocket, goggle pocket w/ lens cleaner, internal lycra wrist gaiters w/ thumbholes for great fit, key clip---in Caviar.
QUIKSILVER's trendy silhouettes, edgy trims, hip good looks and functionality has the big name outerwear company doing double takes…at the price/value equation of their apparel.

Standout: The TRAVIS RICE collaboration of gear and wear plus the eye catching graphics by visual artist Mike Parillo -who also snowboards.
TRAVIS tough-DRYFLIGHT 15 used for stretchy waterproof, breathable performance with reinforced stitching that won't quit. Rodger That Jacket  engineered taffeta w/ brushed tricot lining w/ 3M Thinsulate Insulation-completely waterproof w/ fully taped seams, mesh lined venting, 2 way adjustable hood fixed hood, jacket-pant attachment, micro fiber chin guard, media pocket, sleeve pass pocket, goggle pocket w/ lens cleaner, internal lycra wrist gaiters w/ thumbholes for great fit, key clip and YKK® AcquaGuard® Vision® zippers
like the sleeve details…velcro closure and lycra thumbhole…peak out…keeps warmth in/snow out

have to haul it somehow-TRAVIS RICE PLATINUM PACK 600D Ripstop nylon-padded was it belt, probe+shovel handle, fleece lined goggle pocket, zip close main compartment , hydration pocket, neoprene radio pocket _and another one on waist belt, molded shoulder straps, adjustable sternum strap-24L capacity. And it looks cool
UP TOP on mannequin left-Travis Rice POLAR PILLOW JACKET=DRYFLIGHT 15 with engineered printed taffeta lining…with 400 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Type TQ™ for AAA rated warmth!

Other details-mesh lined venting, 2 way adjustable fixed hood, jacket to pant attachment, microfiber chin guard, media and google w/ lens cleaner- pockets, fixed taffeta powder skirt w/ lycra stretch panel, internal lycra wrist gaiters with thumbholes, key clip and YKK® Acquaguard® Vision® zippers-2 zipper outer pockets are roomy. A toasty option for cold temps anywhere.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014


color block frames=fun. SUNGYL LYRIC sunglasses-the view is crystal clear and accurate---noticeably so-Scott Opt/View Lense--that are 100% UV blocking

Multi-faceted Scott Sports-makes footwear/apparel/gear for many sports-not just the winter kind.

Focusing on the goggles at this event-we couldn't help but notice how advanced goggles have gotten since we rocked our first pair of Scott ski goggles, back in the late '80s.

SCOTT LCG (Lens Change Goggles) available now: lenses changing made easy-seriously so via Scott Change Slider System. Can do this on the chair lift up…just slide out…and bonus-no need to fingerprint mess up the lens…just the rim. 6 color options-with no slip silicone strap ---helmet compatible. $250

Scott Opt/View double lenses-sides slide  out…there's a side bar for that
The LCG's feature Scott Fit Technology system---allows for adjustments of the lens to concave against lower face for the perfect seal….there is a tiny dial that does this---on bottom of the frame---as are the location of air in/out-take vents to prevent clammy condensation and fogging (ACS Air Control System). SO cool.

the goggle lenses come in an ergonomic low profile, molded-protective case can slip into a jacket pocket…SMART
A comfort fit is further enhanced with 2 layers of foam sandwiching a layer of fleece for sweat retention and cushioning. Plus lenses are NO Fog™ permanently- via a coating,

New for the season-the SCOTT LINX ($160)…with distortion free spherical Opt/View double lenses, and like the LCG---a No Fog™ Anti-fog permanent treatment…the Scott Fit system for customized shape and 3 layer molded face foam for comfort, and ACS™ Air control system to deal with condensation and fog.

also interchangeable lenses---these pop out---and replacement lens are sold separately Scott Skeleton Construction -maximum field of vision, stabile frame and distortion free view
same Scott Fit System feature---can see the dials on frames-one on each side…and the triple foam too, no slip silicone strap with adjustable buckle can do with one hand, and helmet compatible fit.

FYI: All Scott lenses are 100% UV blocking ---and the choices include impact tough- lenses for natural, low, variable, flat, extreme sunny…etc conditions.

DAKINE is another acclaimed brand that back in the day, had it's name on practically all of our windsurfing stuff. NOW-it offers rather extensive products including haulers for sport/lifestyle (very well priced too), techy apparel for winter sports, and accessories like glove/mittens/hats/socks/base layers for head to toe warmth.

style and function in a 10k/10k waterproof breathable men's 2L Mansfield jacket in slate-other colors available now... with Primaloft Sport insulation, YKK® zippers, 2 way center front zipper, w/ chin flap zipper cover, fully taped seams, attached powder skirt, hook inside cuff for gloves, plenty interior/exterior pockets, draw cord system in front pocket, regular hood…$280 

2L Gore-Tex® Plain Weave/Primaloft One insulation- hardcore Balkan Jacket in Rust $395. Tafetta brushed Tricot lining, YKK AcquaGuard Water Resistant zippers, helmet compatible hood with bonded brim, 2 way center zipper, sleeve pass pocket, Draw cord system, wrist gaiters, Napoleon pocket for phone/MP3 with tether, fully taped seams, full inner storm flap, attached powder skirt, with hook system and stow away straps, plenty of other interior/exterior pockets. Top of the line…for serious backcountry jaunts!

removable shoulder strap, side compartment for laundry-wet stuff, easy access main compartment…nice looking urban friendly design too. DLX Travel
We featured this color-army green (Taiga)…in a color trend report we did for Fall 2014. Orange pops and back trim…the duffel and roller bags pack a lot.and are part of the DLX travel bags-performance and function minded details.
DLX Carry On 46L $275 -expandable main compartment, split level design, fleece lined iPad sleeve, plenty of interior pockets, retractable handle and replaceable urethane wheels, lockable zipper cars, molded bottom and bottle opener(!), storable front accessory strap. There is a larger DLX Roller 80L $310
Men's heritage packs  pay homage to Dakine's roots---love the retro logo patch…but of course have 21st century tech pockets (laptop sleeves), multiple wear options and plenty of access points…to adjust to varying conditions.

Vagabond-38L zip off lid can be used as hip pack-2 for 1, quick access pocket and padded laptop sleeve  17",  side compression straps, and side access $150

Duffel leather tab , retro logo patch, ethnic webbing-cool looking bag with removable shoulder straps and stowage backpack straps.
Sportsman print- LID $70 -pack has zipped side compartments and compressible web straps …-padded sleeve for up to 15" laptops
New Skate Packs…include the Sportsmen LID 26L…with a padded laptop sleeve, skateboard carry straps, zippered side pockets, and adjustable sternum strap.
Men's -back to school Street packs-Parkdale Collection- $45 365 Pack 21L-with non-padded laptop sleeve but padded plenty sizes/prints/colors including Range print
Urban lifestyle selections ---include---for women highlighted the available now Cascade Collection…$35-$55
left-Dover 18L -in neat Patchwork Camo-laptop/notebook sleeve 15", metal hardware, rope pulls, multiple pockets-side toggles, polyester lining, exterior front slip pocket,roll top closure $55. On right Maple 16L in Slate $50-padded sleeve 15" and iPad sleeve, stowable backpack straps, metal hardware, top zippered closure with metal slider, top flap lid w/ button magnet closure, rope pulls and toggle detail, adjustable and removable cross body shoulder strap, polyester lined.

Hemlock 18L easy carry tote…like the outside flap oversized pocket+zipper one -handy for cards/phones, interior zip pocket too, rope pulls and ogle detail, polyester lined- $35

great ethnic prints…Lizzie on left-10L has padded laptop sleeve 15" -padded iPad sleeve, metal hardware, magnetic closure, fold over flap with metal zipper+slider, exterior pockets and polyester ez clean lining $45

plenty of prints and colors...