Someone at Burton loves dead people. We’ve said before that it was because they were much easier to do deals with. But we’re not sure that’s the only reason. Over the past few decades the company has done collaborations with Andy Warhol (who is dead), Bob Marley (who is dead), and now they’re getting in the ring with Muhamad Ali (who is also dead) with the Ali x Burton The Greatest Snowboard.
When pioneers see eye-to-eye, it’s only fitting to step into the ring and celebrate with a knockout. Thus the Ali x Burton collaboration brings two legacies together with a limited release board in honor of the People’s Champion, the Greatest, Muhammad Ali.
Wonder if this boards floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee? Truthfully, we’ll never know. But we do begin to wonder how much longer it will be before they do a Hugh Hefner model.
Vans continues their 50th Anniversary celebration with the rerelease of Salman Agah’s first pro skate shoe.
Built with Vans’ proven ULTRACUSH HD sockliners for resilient cushioning and advanced comfort, the Salman Agah Reissue Pro combines Vans’ original waffle outsole with DURACAP reinforced underlays for premium durability. The legendary silhouette features contrast stitching across suede uppers, the original woven elephant tongue label, and the shoe’s defining rubber toe cap, deeply cherished by skateboarders today.
The Aaah reissue arrives in stores all around the world on November 19, 2016. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
Dragon has a cool new marketable goggle technology (and registered trademark) called Lumalens which reportedly offers “ultra high-definition optics across the entire spectrum of light conditions.”
Engineered to optimize and improve visibility in all environments, Dragon’s exclusive LUMALENS® Technology delivers enhanced color vividness, increased contrast and precise depth perception. By filtering out light attributed to haze and glare while letting in light that intensifies clarity and contrast, LUMALENS® achieves a new standard in lens performance.
Does it make you want to buy it? Dragon believes it will and we’ll be honest, it looks pretty good to us. [click to continue…]
The photo above is deceiving. According to a review on Surfline, Jim Heimann’sSurfing book, published by Taschen, measures 11.4 x 15.6 inches, weighs 15.6 pounds. That’s enough to make your legs go numb just holding it. But apparently, that’s not a worry.
The shear volume of visual content — along with crisp essays from Matt Warshaw, Steve Barilotti, Chris Dixon, Drew Kampion, Peter Westwick, and Peter Neushul — throughout the book ultimately make a powerful point that some other works of surf history have not: that the sport of surfing has never existed quite so far out on the fringe of American pop culture as the core often likes to think. Instead, surfing, since being hijacked from the Hawaiians, has been a quiet yet steady influencer of American culture for a century now, from its fashion to film, its music to art — even, I would argue, to its sexual revolution and evolution.
We’d like to say we’ll be adding it to our collection straightaway, but at $200 a copy we’ll just have to flip through someone else’s. We only spend that much on Taschen books that are filled with, you know, naked pictures.
The V56 Standard / Rowley is equipped with Vans’ Sturdy Stretch engineered fiber to achieve enhanced comfort with exceptional shape and stretch retention. The new denim silhouette features a reinforced crotch gusset to allow for increased range of movement and durability while also utilizing Silvadur™ anti-microbial protection to preserve garment freshness. Rowley’s V56 Standard denim is accompanied by his original GR Chino II pant style, available this season in four traditional colorways.
Sounds nice, but that’s not all. Follow the jump for all the official details.
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.