Review // Snow Peak “Starter Kit”

imageThis set is killer… that is all you need to know, but… I will elaborate.

My entire goal in searching for the best portable camp stove was to find one that would allow me to ride to local destinations and make some bad ass coffee all while enjoying sun rises/sets out in nature. Life gets crazy and little outings like this are refreshing. I didn’t want an outdoor coffee setup that required much thinking. Just grab and go.

Snow Peak’s “Starter Kit” is hands down the best option for anyone looking for a very compact, lightweight, functional, and well-designed camp stove combo. Being Titanium, the set heats and cools in minutes. Everything fits right inside the Trek 700 titanium cookset: Fuel, the GigaPower Auto backpacking stove (no matches or lighters required), and a titanium spork.

After picking this up I thought I needed a camp mug to go along with it. At the time I didn’t realized just how fast titanium heats and cools. Using an Aero Press with reverse Aero Press coffee brewing style; I heated the water, poured into the press, stirred the ground coffee beans to infuse with the piping hot water, capped with the Aero Press filter, and by the time I did all that the Trek 700 was cool enough to handle and use as my camp mug… BINGO!! Coffee outside success!! With that said, if you prefer a single cup pour over then you will obviously need a camp mug BUT, you won’t have to carry an Aero Press around.

I’ve only had this set for about a week and couldn’t be more pleased. Snow Peak’s goods are Japanese made, high quality, and have focus on attention to detail (much like my Fuji X-E2).

Go to Snow Peak and check out all of their goods. Their apparel and gear are amazing. Very impressed.

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ADIDAS for The 5th Floor

5th x Adidas

SICK!!!!

“We are hugely excited to announce a new partnership between adidas and The 5th Floor.

This season, both the London and New York teams will be training and competing in a range of specially designed adidas products.

The key racing pieces for the team will be custom-made skin suits, jerseys, bibs, caps and overshoes – all using our green-fluro colour way, shield logo and of course, the iconic adidas 3 stripes.” – The 5th Floor

Go to The 5th Floor and find out more about this exciting combo! Pumped for Adidas to have such a rad team under their wing, as well as, The 5th for having a bangin’ company backing them!! Cheers to you both.

RIDE  x CREATE

Rocky Mountain Bicycles // The Black Canyon Trail

The Black Canyon Trail from Rocky Mountain Bicycles on Vimeo.

I just got more pumped than I should be this early on a Tuesday morning. This video by Brian Vernor is SO killer!!

The vibe, the bikes, the Porcelain Rocket gear, the shredding, the camping, the everything!! Getting me pumped to get out and get lost this weekend.

Head over to Limberlost and check out a full breakdown of the Rocky Mountain Bicycles “Sherpa” loaded with the gear used in this film.

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I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

RIDE x CREATE

Chris Stuart Reviewed Our Fat Bike!

DSC_1462_1024x1024“With its stock build, it’s a bike that one could commute to work on or meet up with friends at a local pub. It comes as a single speed setup but can be easily converted to a geared, go-anywhere machine. A few component upgrades made my single-speed Megalith a trail ready bike. Overall, if you’re looking for an entry level fat bike that has the capabilities of becoming a trail shredder, you can’t overlook Megalith” – Chris Stuart

Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Go to State Bicycle’s Blog and check out the rest of this review. Pumped to see our machine put to such good use.

Chas Christiansen: One Obsession

All the rad. All the levels! Via bike or board, exploring a city under your own power, intermingling with the city itself, is the only way to do it. In. love with this!

“What started off as a way to pay the rent in San Francisco, soon turned into a new way of life for Chas Christiansen. Messenger cycling opened up a world of opportunity and introduced Chas to an international community of like-minded people. Taking his bike everywhere that he goes, travelling the globe in search of new people, cultures and experiences.”

Ride x Create

Testing Testing… // Outdoor Coffee Set Up

imageAmped on getting out and getting caffeinated. As you know I love to go out and explore via those two wheeled speed machines. What better way to do that than to bring along a portable coffee lab. This is my first test run and everything worked out just fine! BUT… The MSR WhisperLite isn’t all that conducive to compact traveling.  Don’t get me wrong… it’s an amazing stove, I’ve had it for 13 years, but it’s time to dive deep into Snow Peak’s goodness.

I picked up the Snow Peak “Starter Kit” as it appeared to be the best option and I found it local. I’ve already ran the kit through its paces and have got to say WOW!! SUPER quick, simple, compact. I’ll be using it exclusively next weekend at Fall Creek Falls Tennessee State Park. Photos and review to come shortly after.

Ride x Caffinate

Vertical House Records // Record Store Day

imageI had a few brief minutes to pop in and say hello to Andy and Ashley. I did my best to capture some profile shots of them in action on this Record Store Day. Amped to see everyone out. Bummed I didn’t get to stay longer.

If you’re in the North Alabama area definitely swing by Vertical House Records today. I promise you won’t be disappointed you did. imageimageimage