#EverydayTropical: Momentum X SurfShop Carve Giveaway

Photo: surfbang.com

Photo: surfbang.com

It might be hinting at colder weather given the time of year, but if you live the tropical life, be it geographically or mentally, you know Summer is never really over. It can be Southern California wherever you are if you want it to be. It’s snowing in NYC? No worries. Get out of the cold, throw on a pair of boardshorts, pour a margarita, and sit on your private living room beach enjoying the classic surf culture documented in the Endless Summer.

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Camp Well: Fleece-Lined Face Warmers. Handmade in CA

I’m a fan of “early” season camping. I put early in quotation marks as early to me is not early to some seasoned outdoorsman, but that’s neither here nor there. So I went camping this season in early May. The days were in the 80s (plenty warm), but the nights… the nights sunk to the 20s with wind whipping through the Pingree Park valley like a goddamn flood of hyper-threat violent shakes, hell-bent on destroying any mortal creation in its way. While our tent and gear withstood the barrage nature decided we needed (Birdie included), the one thing I wish I had was a legit face warmer.

Enter: The Face Warmer

Handmade in California, I came across these fleece-lined, velcro-attached by happenstance one day. Got one right off, and now wear it once the temps dip on camping trips and/or cooler bike rides through Denver. Works well for blustery hikes and going incognito.(I recommend not wearing this into a bank, convenience store, or anywhere the person behind the counter is already skiddish about being robbed…)

Anyway, I’ve found this useful thus far for camping. I assume they would be nice for chillier bike ride, but seeing as how it’s 100 in Denver, I have yet to test.

These are now available in a number of colors and patterns at Camp Well ($15).


Camp Well: First Launch

Camp Well is open. Sort of. It’s fully functional. It’s stocked with some early items from Topo Designs, Gether Clothing, Wintercheck Factory, and Form Function Form. There are a few URL glitches I am working out, currently, but it’s being taken care of.

Products from Hella and Woodworks are on their way as well. Think slingshots and bandanas.

Thanks to those who made the opening day (May 31) a great one! Check out the store, let me know what you think, and I look forward to seeing you all around the (metaphoric and vicarious) campfire.


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Brunch with Topo Designs and Living in Denver

Topo in Topo. Bagception

Saturday turned out to be one of the most productive and inspiring days in recent history. I awoke when the sun hit my face, mulled about the house for a minute or two, played with bird in the back yard, and hung out with the lady friend. When noontime came, and I rode my bike clear across the city to meet up with Mark, my friend and one of the brain trusts behind Topo Designs.  It’s pretty rad having one of the best new brands around living basically next door.

We chatted for a few hours over French Toast and mimosas, real manly like, about product, shops, ideas, the future, Australia, Fancy Tiger, Left Field, and destroying. After settling up, we rode to his casa.  I had promised a friend I would pick him up a Klettersack in the duck camo colorway (pictured).  I got to peep Mark’s house, too, which was rad as he has done some killer remodeling. So, yes, dinner parties will be had.

One thing that Denver really has going for it is the community vibe and everyone working well together. Whatever industry it is, everyone pretty much has everyone else’s back. Don’t know too many other places like that. Plus, we have ghost pepper vodka at Sputnik… and $5 mimosa carafes. Sort of hard to beat that.

Onward, 5280,


Hiking: Up Eldorado Canyon with gear from Topo Designs

Outside Eldorado

Colorado is heating up. Personally, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I tend to say that about every season, though, so this won’t be the first time you’ll hear that phrase out of my mouth. But with the weather warming, it becomes harder to stay indoors and not take advantage of the plethora of outdoor activities the Centennial state has to offer. To kick off this year’s hiking season, Kimberly and I headed west, just outside of Denver, to an area that in my 29 years in this state, I had yet to see: Eldorado Canyon.

The morning started early for us, as it tends to do, so we had ample time to pack what we thought we would need for a morning on the trail. The Topo Designs Daypack, made with love in Colorado, was stuffed with 4 water bottles, a package of beef jerky, the DSLR, travel water bowl for the pup, an apple, our phones, keys and a few other this–and-thats. Everything fit with ease. We grabbed the dog, the leash and the sunglasses and we were out the door and on the trail by 9:30.

The canyon is of unspeakable beauty, as is the case with many of the hiking areas throughout Colorado, and it never ceases to amaze how the views of and from the hills can still be so striking – as if seeing them for the first time. We headed up the Towhee trail, in tow of a pulling Birdie (the pup for future reference), equipped with a comfortably-fitting pack, and in the company of a chorus of bird calls, a babbling brook and smells of blooming wildflowers and fresh pine.

The view back out over the plains

Navigating our way to the top we stumbled upon purple butterflies that Bird favored for chasing, a hawk out for a mid-morning soar (we watched for a good 10 minutes and did not see a single flap of his wings), and one guy with a beer…and perfectly gelled hair…wearing black jeans and a tucked in t-shirt…just out for a hike(?). That was a nice deviation from the typical, “I got my walking poles out and am geared to the nines,” Colorado hiker. We reached our destination and hung out on top of the hill for a bit, looking back out over the plains. After a bit of a rest atop the perfect sunning rock, we trekked back down.

On the march back to the car, I commented that it’s sort of unfair how hiking works: The backpack is heavy going up the hill and substantially lighter coming down as the sustenance is consumed and water bottles emptied. Not that the Topo Daypack was ever uncomfortable at any point– the opposite actually. It was just a “No Shit, Sherlock” moment I had.

Looking out into the canyon. Topo Designs Daypack.

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