Review: Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle

A long day at the trails requires that you bring along a good supply of water to keep yourself hydrated. I used to just jam a couple simple plastic water bottles in my bag and call it good. That's all fine and dandy on a nice cool fall day, but try that around here during the summer and you may as well bring along a tea bag to accompany the hot water you're going to be left with.

At some point I wised up and decided to pick up one of those plastic insulated water coolers that you find pretty much everywhere. It did a decent job of keeping the water cool, but on really hot days I found myself having to load it up with ice so that it would stay cold throughout the day. I didn't mind doing that, but what I did mind was that the damn thing was constantly leaking. Nothing like getting to the trails and opening your bag only to find that everything in it is completely soaked. Hell, most of the time I didn't even make it all the way to the trails before discovering that it was leaking. The cold water running out of my bag and down my back usually alerted me of that. After having that happen countless times I decided that enough was enough.

I'm not even sure how I first came across Hydro Flask, but I do know that I wasn't immediately sold on it when I did. Sure it looked nice, but would it really keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12 like they said? I was definitely skeptical but I decided to give it a go after reading through some reviews. Turns out that it was one of the best purchases that I've ever made. Click through to find out why! (more...)

Review: POWS “Welcome Back To Jefferson State!” DVD

I'm not going to bore you with a long drawn out review here. I'm going to get right to the point in just the same way that the POWS "Welcome Back to Jefferson State!" does.

There's a trend these days for trails videos to be overly artsy and have way too much b-roll digging footage in them. If that's what you're into then that's your prerogative. As for myself, I just want to see trails getting roasted. I've done enough digging, stacking, and packing in my lifetime to know damn well what it looks like. Luckily for myself and anyone else who shares my viewpoint, "Welcome Back to Jefferson State!" DVD doesn't have any of those cliche trails video attributes. Hit play and it gets straight to the action. Honestly, I wouldn't have expected anything less from the POWS.

It's broken into sections with Cory Walters, Marcus O'Brien, Aaron Day, GJ, and Jeremy Kaiser each having their own, and two mix sections thrown in for good measure. Each of these dudes have their own distinct style but three common traits exist between all of them. They ride hard, party even harder, and none of them are scared to throw down some stunts on some big ass jumps. Those facts combined with a soundtrack comprised of Slayer, The B-52's, Gypsyhawk, The Black Keys, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Roky Erickson, and CCR make for a kick ass video that's a damn fun watch. Actually it makes me think of what an FBM trails video would have looked like had they made one back in the day. You know when they were more "fire, beer, mayhem" and less "friendship, brotherhood, memories."

With "Welcome Back to Jefferson State!" you get 35 minutes of no bullshit trails riding. It has a solid soundtrack, a solid crew, and none of the filler we've come to expect with most trails videos these days. It's definitely a video that you'll want to add to your collection. Be prepared though, you will see some dicks when you watch it!

"Welcome Back to Jefferson State!" is available now through the Can You Dig It Store. Get up on it!

Review: G-Form Knee Pads

I still have the memory of my first experience with soft shell pads burned into my head. I believe the year was 2001, and Fox had just come out with their Radius pads. I remember first seeing them in a magazine photo with Joe Rich wearing them, and of course I had to have them! Fast forward a bit to the Woodward CFB contest, and there before me in the pro shop was just what I had been searching for. I couldn't get the money out of my wallet fast enough! Gone would be the days of scraped up knees or even worse, wearing bulky hard shell pads. I slipped these beauties on and made my way back to Cloud 9 where the rest of my crew were having a foam pit session. I figured I'd go ahead and join, so I took some Taj-esque power pedals at the lip and cranked out a 360 turndown that would have impressed Mr. Rich himself. What happened next still gives me chills to this day. I landed perfectly with both wheels simultaneously touching the foam. All that momentum I had built up from those power pedals came to an abrupt hault, and then it happened. The DREADED knee to the stem! In my best Radioactive Man voice I screamed out "My knee! The pads do nothing!" They literally did absolutely nothing to cushion the impact. I pulled them down and not only was my knee already developing a nice knot, but it had also split open and was bleeding. The Fox pads had let me down in my time of need.  (more...)

Tool Review: Razor-Back Fiberglass Handle Transfer Shovel

The other day I was walking through Home Depot picking up some stuff for the house when I just so happened to look down the tool isle. We currently have five times more shovels than people to use them, so I really wasn't planning on doing any tool shopping. That was until something caught my eye. Nowhere in site were the red Husky fiberglass shovels that I've become accustomed to seeing. Instead they had been replaced with shovels from a brand called Razor-Back. At first glance I thought it was just a rebranding of the Husky shovels that they used to carry, but upon closer inspection I found that there was one change beyond just the aesthetics. Unfortunately it wasn't a change for the better! (more...)

Tool Review: Fiskars Brush Axe

I’m sure by now you all are aware of the affinity I have for my katana machete. It’s my go to tool for cutting things back, clearing the way for new lines, or anything else that requires having the shit chopped out of it. If it were up to me everybody at the trails would be armed with one. That way when the time arose for some serious clearing we’d all be able to work together on it. Ol’ Jakey Jake had other ideas though. Rather than purchasing a tool we already had, he decided to try out something different. We'd been having good luck with tools from Fiskars so he decided to give their Brush Axe a try. We're lucky we're all still alive! Read on to find out why!  (more...)
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Review: True Temper 26″ Leaf Rake

I'm a huge fan of using plastic leaf rakes to dial in lips and landings. Years ago Shawn Shoener showed me the black art of doing so. I've seriously watched him not only dial in the shapes of jumps with a leaf rake but also somehow pack them in with one. He's definitely the Jedi Master of using these things and though I'll never be on his level, I have gotten pretty good with using them. One day I happened to be in a Lowes and decided to check out what their tool selection looked like. Home Depot's dominate where I live so a visit to Lowes is a pretty rare thing. While perusing the tool aisle this True Temper 26" Leaf Rake caught my eye. Something about the design of the head reminded me of Cobra's logo! I pulled it down and it seemed pretty dialed, so I figured I'd give it a go. The $15 price tag also helped aid in that decision! So how did this bad boy perform? Read on to find out. (more...)

Review: Compression “Septembre” DVD

From the moment I saw the first trailer for Compression's "Septembre" DVD I knew something special was in the works. This may shock, amaze, or just plain disgust you, but I'm not really that into full length trails videos. Don't get me wrong, there's some awesome ones that have come out, but there's also been quite a few that have turned out to be pretty boring and repetitive. I'm really happy that "Septembre" ended up being in the awesome category. (more...)
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Review: Ames Fiberglass Handle Digging & Transfer Shovels

I think it's safe to say that you can find at least one of these Ames Fiberglass Handle Shovels at the majority of trails here in the states. They're available at any Home Depot and they are cheap. That's the reason we bought them when we first started our trails. They were a third the cost of other shovels and had a five year warranty. We figured that we would just return them when they did break and get new ones. Well, warranties are a funny thing and open to the interpretation of whoever you are dealing with. I've had some Home Depot employees simply tell me to go grab another shovel, and some say that it's a manufacturers warranty and that I would have to send it back to the company. With enough pestering even the most stubborn employees would cave in an give me a new one. That's all fine and dandy if you want to waste your time returning shovels, but I myself would rather be digging or riding.  (more...)

Review: Vinyl “LP” DVD

I may be a little bit biased here, but I got to say that Vinyl's new "LP" DVD is fucking awesome! I think lately BMX videos have become rather stagnant and repetitive, and "LP" is just what we needed to buck that trend. It's definitely a trails heavy video which is exactly what I was hoping for, but it also has a good bit of park and street mixed in. (more...)
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Review: Human Creations EnergyFlux Rechargeable Hand Warmer / External Battery

I think the best presents are the ones that you don't even know exist until you get them but they become something you can't imagine being without. That's just how the EnergyFlux Rechargeable Hand Warm / External Battery was for me. I had never heard of it or even knew there was such a thing until I unwrapped it on Christmas morning.  (more...)