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Happy Ears: The Best Ear Plugs We’ve Tried

by The Editors on May 9, 2022

One of the best parts of travel is blasting your hippocampus with a solid stream of new sights, smells, and sounds. Sometimes, however, the sounds can get in the way of properly adjusting to life off the jet in a new time zone. Those times call for the cone of silence. And we’ve found no better way to do that than with Happy Ears ear plugs. They block sound at night, and keep every last drop of the ocean out of our ears while surfing. At only about $17 a pair, it’s not that big of a deal if you happen to lose one (we haven’t yet).

The reason we’re talking about this now is that the Malmo, Sweden based Happy Ears company has just launched a line of new plugs made entirely from post consumer ocean plastics.

Introducing Happy Ears OP; The first reusable earplugs made of ocean plastics! Sourced from post consumer ocean plastics in the North Pacific and North Atlantic oceans, Happy Ears OP offer the exact same fit and functionality as our Original earplug. Happy Ears OP packaging is made of paper with water based ink making it both recyclable and compostable. So long foam earplugs!

Happy Ears come in three sizes. Order a “discovery pack” for $35, which includes a pair of each size, and then once you find your size, you can order more. We’ve tried a bunch of different ear plugs, and for all-around use in and out of the water (and at concert venues) nothing compares.

[Link: Happy Ears]

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Tony Alva’s New Merge4 Socks

by The Editors on February 24, 2022

Merge4 has released a rad new collection of three crew socks from skateboarding legend Tony Alva.

Along with the classic Alva logo, each pair of Tony Alva socks is constructed with textile technology that supports an action based lifestyle, including moisture wicking soles, light compression to encourage circulation, and elastic arch support to cushion every movement. “Tony Alva gives us old men hope,” joked Santa Cruz Bicycles Founder and MERGE4 Board Member since the sock brand’s inception, Rob Roskopp.

The MERGE4 X Tony Alva collection socks are available to purchase at www.MERGE4.com and through select retailers. For all the details, please follow the jump.

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Jamie Thomas + OTIS = Overkill

by The Editors on February 16, 2022

We all need some good sunnies, and who better to drive your style than Jamie Thomas. That’s why OTIS has signed him up with a “multi-year partnership.”

“My idea of a perfect collaboration is two forces coming together to create a delicate mixture of quality, style, purpose and passion,” continues Jamie. “I feel that we accomplished that with Overkill and I’m pleased to present the first of hopefully many collections to come.”

And yes, they look good, and will be available at retail March 1, 2022. Please follow the jump for the new collection and the official word from OTIS.

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Jackass Forever: The Merge4 Sock Collection

by The Editors on January 20, 2022

Merge4, the sock brand from Santa Cruz, California is releasing a set of socks celebrating the release of Jackass Forever.

The Jackass collection includes three brand new sock designs featuring iconic Jackass graphics: ‘International’, ‘Scattered’, and Skull’ – each constructed with light compression, padded soles, and a seamless toe and heel. And there may be more to come!  “MERGE4’s Jackass socks are the only socks you want to be caught in, no matter if you’re cheatin’, lyin’ or kickin’ ass haha!” said Jackass star, WeeMan.

Get the while they’re available. Three pair for $62. Click the link.

[Link: Merge4]

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Ray Barbee + Vans + Leica = Photo Bomb

by The Editors on December 7, 2021

Thanks to a collaboration between Vans, Leica, and Ray Barbee you can get a checkerboard Leica digital camera for only $1695 or so while supplies last (only 800 were made) according to a story on Design Milk.

The limited-edition Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee stands out aesthetically (the design as a whole not only reps Vans iconic pattern, but also has a mod-ska vibe to it), but the camera specs remains indistinguishable from its serially produced predecessor. . . Built around a large Micro Four Thirds sensor and fast zoom lens with a full-frame-equivalent range of 24 – 75 mm, the digital camera would make for one capable street photography camera, one perhaps too high end and precious for bringing along for skating adventures, even if its capable of recording in 4K video in 24, 25, or 30 fps as well as recording in 4K photo capture modes.

Looks cool. The capsule also includes shoes. Maybe Vans will send the whole set you know, to test out.

[Link: Design Milk]

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Jones Launches Sustainable Outerwear

by The Editors on December 7, 2021

Turns out what the world needs now is another outerwear company that is focused on sustainability. You know, because there just aren’t enough outwear companies creating environmentally sensitive body coverings for snowboarders who care about the world around them. And Jones Snowboards is here to do it right where so many have failed before.

Jeremy Jones’ ultimate all-weather outerwear line that balances unmatched performance and durability with industry leading sustainable manufacturing and material standards.

How will this outerwear be different from other clothing companies? Jones doesn’t mention it. Why is it sustainable? Again, no mention. But it’s sustainable. And that’s good, right? Sure it is. For a closer look at the line, please click the link.

[Link: Jones Snowboards]

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The Crazy Chicken’s LA Art Collab

by The Editors on December 6, 2021

Fast-food joint El Polo Loco (a chain in which we’ve never dined) just announced a new capsule with some LA artists and makers. Some of them are skateboarders and surfers and maybe you’re a fan.

Loco Gifts & Gear . . . is a tangible celebration of what we like to call L.A. Mex culture – that one-of-a-kind intersection of time-honored Latino traditions and SoCal sensibility that makes L.A. such a vibrant, artistic, and special place.. . Each one a master of their craft and a unique contributor to the fabric of L.A. culture.

Check it out while we cruise over to Lola’s for lunch.

[Link: Loco Gifts & Gear]

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MERGE4 Drops Their Blondie Socks

by The Editors on December 1, 2021

MERGE4 is rocking the 80s in a collaboration with new wave titans Blondie.

MERGE4’s Blondie Sock Collection includes three striking sock designs, featuring artwork that captures their hit songs, iconic photography, and notable art style.  Each sock is constructed with MERGE4’s signature “Cult Weave” which prevents any graphics from being “blown out” or warped when the socks are worn and stretched. The socks feature a self-adjusting welt cuff, elastic arch support, a moisture-wicking sole and strategic plush cushioning for added comfort.

Have to be honest — the Debbie Harry pink and checkers would be our first choice. For all the details from MERGE4 please follow the jump.
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What gives them the gumption to make this claim? Almost 20 years in the business of making masks, tubulars, gaiters, and any other kind of face and neck covering someone down with winter has in their bottom drawer. NAROO designs to be one thing in particular, which is breathable. Then it combines that breathability with a bunch of other functions that can vary based on clime and need. For those of us who love the snow, we need something we can breathe in, something that as prevents foggy goggles, and something thermal that warms and humidifies the air.

For all the details, please follow the jump.

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Danny Fuller’s Liquid Horizon From Rizzoli

by The Editors on February 14, 2021

Dropped in on Danny Fuller once at Rocky Rights. First time on the North Shore. Been trying for a wave for an hour in perfectly warm, small surf. Finally got one. Popped up thinking “oh, this is deep.” Looked back to make sure and someone was already pulled in, grabbing rail, and blasting down the line. Got out of the way just in time. Apologized. He laughed, said “No worries,” and paddled back out to do it again. A friend said, “You know who that was, right? Danny Fuller.” Ah, of course. Liked him ever since.

The reason we bring this up is that Danny has a collection of photos coming out in a 208-page book from Rizzoli titled, Liquid Horizon: Meditations on the Surf and Sea.

Fuller’s nocturnal seascapes of the worlds most savage and beautiful waves, all captured exclusively by moonlight with slow exposures, share the soulful beauty of the ocean, in meditative, painterly studies of subtle changes of light and color. In the tradition of artists drawn to the sea for inspiration, Fuller expresses a surfer’s deep spiritual connection to the ocean and to the meaning of consequence in surfing. The sensual allure of blue mixed with the ominous presence of water, whose scale is epic, reminds us just how minuscule and insignificant we are relative to the powers of the sea.

The book, with a forward by Julian Schnabel and Gerry Lopez, drops February 16, 2021 and can be purchased for $55 from Rizzoli by clicking this link right here.

[Link: Hypebeast]

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