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A Brutally Honest Certified Helmet Buyers Guide

Over the last few years there has been a quite a noticeable increase in helmet use at the trails. In the early to mid 2000s it was pretty rare to see someone rocking a helmet. These days it’s the exact opposite. I don’t think head injuries were something that was on the radar of most people back then. Mike Aitken’s crash in 2007 opened a lot of people’s eyes as to the dangers of head injuries. I had just been chatting with Mike in Vegas a couple weeks beforehand and then came news that he had crashed and was fighting…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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