Category Archives: technology

Finisterre Cold Water Surf



Even though they’re based across the Atlantic in St Agnes, Cornwall on the southeast tip of England, this is a brand (lifestyle) that looks right at home on 84/85. Without scribing our own involvement and past in cold water surf on the west coast, safe to say we the undertaking decently well, and the necessary gear that comes with it. Finisterre puts the whole package together: hi-functioning gear with a transparent production path, gorgeous documentation of their adventures, and a dynamic website that shows off all aspects of a dynamic brand. Really stoked to have stumbled upon these guys (via the beast) and will definitely be checking back in regularly.

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear – 1600 Series Packs













I am all for these new ‘heritage style’ bag companies, as I really appreciate the aesthetic and classic look they have, but I find they generally lack the technical aspects that a new pack can offer. Insert Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a company that produces ultra light-weight outdoors gear, including backpacks, shelters and accessories. I am specifically interested in their more day-to-day packs, the 1600 series, made up of the Metro, Summit and the Stuff Packs (seen above in this order). They all feature a roll top design, done in their ultra light weight Cuben fiber material that is 10 times stronger than steel by weight and fully waterproof. I really like the Metro Pack and with all the features and the fact that its waterproof I might consider trying one of these out.

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Poler – Collaborations Spring/Summer 2013

We have ben tracking the moves of Poler from the start back when we first caught wind of the line in late summer of last year. Since then the line has absolutely blown the f*ck up, with their new school take on classic camp styles. Here is a look at the line’s future collaborations from their spring/summer 2013 collection.  They have joined forces with Vancouver-based Lifetime, one of our favs Brixton, my new favorite sock company Stance and finally Goal Zero for a solar powered battery charger. Damn this line is one fire right now, looking forward to seeing what else they are cooking up on the camp stove.

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Tilak

Tilak is a Czech outerwear line producing some of the best looking technical jackets I’ve seen in a minute. Designed in conjunction with Acronym at their Munich studio, the pieces are then manufactured in the Czech town of  Šumperk. A mix of Gore-Tex, Ventile and Windstopper, Tilak produces a focused range of mountain, hiking, and city-focused product, well-styled as a secondary benefit, high functioning as the primary goal. Such rad looking pieces, click through for more.

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Rab Mountaineering

Founded in 1981 in Sheffiled UK, Rab Carrington’s eponymous technical outdoorswear and accessories line is designed to meet the needs of a new breed of lightweight alpinist using techniques pioneered by Rab himself. This equipment had to be designed for the most extreme conditions in the world.’

I came across the Rab line digging through quality local independent outdoors retailers and really liked what i saw: great fits, inadvertently stlyish colorways, and a total commitment to high function. From what I saw in real life the gloves, waterproof pieces and shoftshells would all be perfect for my westcoast routines, and come in at a comparable pricepoint to upper-end North Face or Patagonia. Hit the jump to check more of my online selections from Rab and check their site for more.

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Acronym Spring/Summer 2012

Technical garment specialist Acronym are back at it for the spring/summer 2012 season with this highly impressive collection. Not only do I really really the collection itself but the label really nails it with their presentations. The video for s/s 12 fully breaks down the collection pieces by piece as well as how they integrate together. I highly recommend watching video in entirety, its some advanced styles for sure. Read through for a few more looks.

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ISAORA Spring/Summer 2012

Here is the spring/summer 2012 collection from NYC’s ISAORA, a line we’ve been highlighting with for a couple seasons now, perhaps the best when it comes to meshing a true high-fashion aesthetic with technical fabrics and performance. This s/s collection is inspired by ‘the origins of science and the ancient practice of alchemy,’ with a colour palate built on ‘mineral tones and elements of the period table.’ Super cohesive execution, and you know the pieces are manufactured right and built to last… more after the jump.

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