NorCal surfer Kai Lenny puts a series of iPhones through a “surf test” to see just how well they hold up. The iPhone 7’s new water capabilities seem to win the day. Maybe it’s finally time to upgrade. . .”Sorry bro, I’m not talking to you, I’m on a call.”
GoPro founder Nick Woodman unpacked a drone load of product today (including the company’s long-awaited financial hail mary, the Karma drone) during a press conference at Squaw Valley Resort, California. In addition to the drone, the list includes a new line of Hero5 cameras, and a cloud-based software package designed to make accessing GoPro’s huge files much easier.
“With these new products, we’re delivering on our promise to make it easy to capture and share engaging stories,” said Woodman. “HERO5’s ability to auto-upload photos and videos to a GoPro Plus account dramatically simplifies mobile, on-the-go editing, sharing and enjoyment. This is a game-changing experience that we will continue to build upon.” Woodman adds, “We’re stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization into a backpack for $799. It’s so easy to use, a beginner can have fun straight away.”
While we’re personally sick and tired of our neighbors continually flying their drones over our house (net gun?), this GoPro Karma will certainly integrate well with GoPro’s line of cameras and looks to be great for RC hobbiests. The move to the cloud is a step in the right direction as GoPro looks to move their business past hardware an into digital services. For the official word from GoPro, please follow the jump.
Lately, we’ve been on the “more Boa, less laces” program when it comes to snowboard boots, yet Vans’ Pat Moore Infuse boot appears to have the best of both retention systems: Boa and lace. And that’s only the beginning of the adjustments that are possible with this boot.
“I use all of the customizable features of the Infuse as my season evolves,” Moore says. “This last season, I set up a new pair by heat molding the liners and using the Boa and lace system to wear the boots at a medium flex to ride park and street. Switching to backcountry, I put in the tongue stiffeners and crank the Boa down to add support for powder riding. Then, when it’s time for spring slush conditions, I take the tongue stiffeners out for a loose boot to just mess around and have fun in.”
And really, who doesn’t need a good tongue stiffener every now and again. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
Speaking of OG. Jamie Lynn has been working on a binding for Mervin Manufacturing’s Bent Metal Binding Works.
Working closely with the BMBW engineering and design team headed up by long time Mervin employee and on snow ripper Paul Ferrel, Jamie’s art, design and performance input on the Transfer model was instrumental. The all terrain Transfer features a medium flex high back with an asymmetrical wing for full support, light form ankle and toe straps, forged aluminum buckles, the revolutionary Cube forward lean adjuster and of course our signature Flex Control Drive Plate ablaze with Jamie art.
For the official word from Bent Metal, please follow the jump.
Byrd, makers of quality hair products for board sporting heads, has just launched a new shampoo and conditioner set that promises to keep your hair looking healthy and sleek in and out of the water.
Chances are your hair is weather-beaten and dull after a summer of surf, sand and salt. Don’t worry, BYRD had you in mind when they developed their new purifying shampoo (MSRP $22) and lightweight conditioner (MSRP $24). The shampoo gently cleanses while the conditioner adds strength, shine and beachy volume. The pair features a blend of sea kelp, green tea and aloe vera extracts to regulate moisture and protect against UV/environmental damage. Daily use keeps your hair healthy, hydrated and tangle-free. Made in California with BYRD’s vacation-inspired salty coconut scent. 16 oz. 100% recyclable aluminum bottle. Sulfate-free, Paraben-free.
Pretend you care about your hair and do this up proper. For more info and to buy some, click the link.
Big mountain snowboarding legend Jussi Oksanen’s water bottle company Mizu has teamed up with our favorite action wedding ring company Qalo to create new custom bottles that show your commitment to anything or one you’re committed too. The insulated stainless steel bottles come in three colors and two sizes (20 and 27 ounce).
The bottles come with the words “I am committed to” and you fill in the rest up to 12 characters. They are available starting at $37.95 and will arrive in about seven days. Pretty cool deal, for real. And, if you wear a wedding ring pick up a couple rings while you’re at it. They are that rad.
Stylish skateboarders have worshipped Dylan Rieder’s minimal footwear designs for years. Now, HUF has the latest incarnation of sleek, stylish footwear for the discerning skaters in some summer shades.
Created under the ethos of ‘less is more,’ the streamlined construction of the Dylan Slip On lends itself effortlessly to a vulcanized platform. The shoe embodies clean and sophisticated design, ideal in any environment and the perfect representation of Dylan’s unique perspective. The pig-suede lining of the slip-on accentuates a luxurious feel, as the HYDRO-SNUFF construction with Ortholite keeps feet cool, comfortable and dry. Constructed using only the finest Italian and full-grain leathers, the Dylan Slip On elevates the standard of functional skateboarding footwear.
Skaters who also run or ride bikes know of the addictive nature of an app called Strava. Well, now skateboarders can track their own action on a similar app called Syrmo.
With the addition of some tech that mounts underneath your truck (including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer) Syrmo will record the motion of your skateboard and save it on a smartphone app for logging, sharing, comparing and review.
So far, we haven’t seen any action trackers that work well enough to be useful, but maybe this is the one. We look forward to trying it.
If you love Star Wars and like cool wallets, backpacks, and especially watches then Nixon has it all for you. Seriously. No one has taken Star Wars product to a finer destination that Nixon with their Dark Side/Light Side collection. Click the link and you’ll see what we mean.
Yes, Dave Lee and the Signal Snowboards crew are kicking off a sixth season of their Youtube hit show, Every Third Thursday. And this time it’s about “shape shifting” and welcoming Billy Anderson to Signal as their new brand director.
Shape Shifting in a slightly new direction this year we tackle new board concepts, new collaborations and the opportunity to build a few boards that ultimately have the potential to make it to the production line and in our case Signal’s new Snowboard Subscription. Sure, some board builds this year may be too far out there for the public, but after five years and 53 concept boards it’s time to dig deep and come up with a new season that inspires, entertains and has a lot of fun along the way!