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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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Review: Fiskars Leaf Rake

Coming off the purchase of the very well designed digging shovel I was curious to look at what else Fiskars was putting out. They have a lot more than you think! We had recently broken the handle of our only rake about a third of the way off, so what better reason to buy another orange handled tool! (Editors note: We broke it the rest of the way off making a splint to hold this assholes leg together.)

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Review: Cold Steel Two Handed Katana Machete

When I was growing up ninjas were the end all be all epitome of coolness. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shinobi, and Ninja Gaiden were just a few of the things inspiring us to want to learn the stealthy lethal techniques of the ninja. Just like so many things in America, overcapitalization ran something that we once held as so cool straight into the ground. I think Surf Ninjas was pretty much the final straw for me. I kind of feel sorry for my mom having to deal with my ninja phase. Somehow she didn’t loose her mind having to tell me every day…

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Review: Fox Reflex Gel Glove

Gloves… Some people have to ride with them other people can’t stand anything but raw dogging their grips. Personally in the summer my hands sweat like crazy, so gloves are a necessity to hold on through a section. Yet when building said sections I have found that I desire more comfort for long days of digging. Here is where the Fox Reflex Gel Gloves come into play.

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