My apologies for the delay! Maybe one day I’ll finally realize that I need to start the whole process of picking these out well before the end of the year rolls around. I thought I’d be able to hammer it out right at the beginning of January, but between traveling and being busy with a bunch of other stuff, I never had the time to fully devote to sitting down and giving this the attention it deserves. So, here we are, damn near the end of February and we’re just now taking a look back on what I thought were the top 10 trails web edits of 2016. Feel free to agree, disagree or be ambivalent!
#10. Colorado Trails
Put together by Josh Wendt, Chris Kulhanek and Ted Van Orman, this edit gave you a look into the amazing trails scene they have going on in Colorado. I don’t know about you, but I watched this and immediately started thinking about how I could plan a trip out there to experience it for myself!
#9. 100% – Dirt Daze
In my opinion this edit slipped under the radar of a lot of people, including myself. It wasn’t until I went back and was looking through the past year’s edits that I really noticed how good it really was. Nicolas Paulmier isn’t a name that I’m familiar with, but he did a fantastic job of capturing and showcasing three of the most stylish dudes currently putting down laps in the SoCal trails scene. When you get down to it this is a promo for 100%’s gloves, but I got to say that they made three damn good choices when they decided to have Matt Cordova, Nathan Sykes and Larry Edgar be the ones to rep them.
#8. Deadseas Edit Two
This edit has a unique look and feel to it that I think can be attributed to the different perspective that producer Seth Huot brings to the table from his experience producing content for the snowboard industry. With the Tanner Trails as the location and Mike Sczezsny, Kurt Perkins, Cody Gessel, Jonsey Fedderson, Chris Flook and Chris Prior providing the riding talent, it would have been almost impossible for this edit to not have been something special.
#7. Villa Road – One Line with Inch
Holy shit, an edit that’s entirely slow-mo made it into my top ten! Before you start wondering, no I haven’t taken up hard drugs or am having some kind of mental breakdown, this one from Villa Road totally deserves to be on here. My reason is this you may ask. First off, it’s shot absolutely beautifully! I don’t think anyone would argue that it has a cinematic feel to it. Then there’s the riding! Andrew “Inch” Thomson makes riding a bike look damn good and thus is a perfect subject to make a slow-mo edit work. Not only does slow-mo allow you to pick up all the small nuances of his riding, but also of the trails themselves. It also didn’t hurt that they kept the length of the edit to a tasteful two minutes.
#6. Trail Makeover 2016
And here we have yet another holy shit moment; a digging edit also made it into the top ten! To be fair though, there’s also riding in it, but gorgeous shots of the Gate 23 Trails getting dialed in for the 2016 season are what dominate Gavin Mitchell’s “Trail Makeover 2016” edit. Whereas most digging edits I see leave me feeling like, “why am I watching this, I live this shit every day”, the way Gavin captured the progress at Gate 23 made me want to immediately stop what I was doing and head out to the woods for some shovel time.
#5. Matt Priest – The Dog Days
This is the feel good edit of the list! After being off of his bike for the better part of a year with a severely broken ankle, Matt makes a comeback and goes on an absolute tear shredding Woodyard. If one thing comes through in this edit, it’s that Matt is both grateful and extremely stoked to be riding again. It sucks he was out for so long, but god damn did it seem to light a renewed fire under his ass to shred as hard as possible!
#4. PA Woods 2016
I’ve always been a fan of the PA Woods videos and edits that Janis puts together. They’ve always done an incredible job of portraying not just the riding that’s going on in the woods of Eastern Pennsylvania, but also the overall vibe and feeling of being there. This edit is no different but I also think that it does a really great job of showcasing just how much fun and how tight the trails scene is.
#3. Jonny Mackellar – Welcome to Back Bone
Jonny Mackellar has quickly become one of my favorite riders to watch. His riding, while powerful and burly, is also stylish and calculated. He also looks like he’s having more fun in the woods than anyone else! It wasn’t surprising at all that Back Bone decided to add him to their prestigious roster. They had James Fox whip up this badass welcome to the team edit for him and it’s been in my stoke booster rotation ever since. I love how if starts off mellow with Neil Young and then kicks into overdrive with some Pentagram as Jonny really gets down to business!
#2. Villij Dayz
From the moment Gaz told me that they were planning on filming a new Mutiny edit with Robbo, Matt Roe and Dylan Lewis at Villij, I knew we were going to be in for something incredible. Mutiny’s video content is always on point, and Tom Cambridge kept that spotless track record going with the filming and production of “Villij Dayz.” We’ve all seen the magic that is Robbo and Roey riding Villij before, but having only seen Dylan Lewis ride Snakewoods, I was super interested to see how he adapted to a new spot. It apparently wasn’t much of a problem because he didn’t appear to have any problems firing out some of those signature upside down 360s on Villij’s legendary soil.
#1. Fortune Favours The Brave II
And then we have number one! I think there’s something to be said about an edit that literally puts a smile on your face every single time you watch it. After six months and countless times seeing Remy Archer’s “Fortune Favours The Brave II”, that’s exactly what it still does. Everything about this edit is just right for me. From the spots, to the riding, to the lighthearted and fun vibe, this is an edit that makes you appreciate riding trails and the camaraderie between friends that it brings. And let us not forget about those two amazing skits that cap it off at the end. Pure brilliance! I really hope Remy has another one of these in him!
Honorable Mention. Anthem II – Mike Aitken Declassified
I pretty much had a firm idea of what my top couple of pics were going to be, and then DIG went and dropped Mike Aitken’s Anthem Declassified edit to finish off their 12 Days of Aitken. Before I was even done watching it I already had in my mind that it was going to be the new number one on my list. I mean, it’s unseen Stew filmed footage of Mike Aitken, so how could it not? I probably watched it 10 times that first day it dropped, and every time I did I would notice some other unfathomable transfer or ungodly high boost at Posh that left me shaking my head in disbelief. The indelible impression that Mikey has left on BMX is not likely to ever be seen again. Just the fact that it’s been 10 years since that footage was shot, and to this day no one has ever even came close to riding Posh like that again speaks volumes. In that though lies the reason that I decided to leave it off of the top 10 list altogether. Yes, the edit absolutely incredible, but in the end it’s 10 year old footage and I want the edits on list to be a representation of what’s currently going on in the trails scene. I know some of you will vehemently disagree with the choice to leave it off, but that’s my take and stance on it.