Sunday, April 13, 2014

All I've been doing as of late is working. Working, reading comic books, and being a husband/father. My wife's been out of commission having had surgery on her left foot so I've been picking up the slack. 

I've subscribed to the Marvel Unlimited service and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Read tons of comics digitally and it's $69 for a year subscription. I've been reading a minimum of $40 worth of comics a day. If only new releases were the available the same day as they hit the shelf (there's about a 6 month delay from when a new issue is released in shops as to when it hits Marvel Unlimited). But still, for someone with limited funds, this is the most cost effective way to read Marvel comics digitally. I have a feeling that in the future, for an additional fee, the user will be offered same day releases. I'll be first in line. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: 32 Boots JP Walker boot

I'm going to make this as short and sweet as possible. 
I wanted a boot this year that was soft.
I work a lot. I'm a family man...a husband, father of two young girls. I don't get to ride my snowboard as much as I used to (or as much as I wish I could). So, by the time I'm breaking my boots in, the season is just about over and all of the foot aches and pains were for nothing really. So for this year I decided to go with the softest boot 32 had to offer and went with the JP Walker model. 

I feel I made a great choice. Straight out of the box, these boots were pretty much ready to go. They almost felt like a pair of skate shoes, comfort wise. So for me, getting to ride about once a week (weekend warrior) these were as good as it gets. I couldn't be happier with them. 

If I was capable of going riding say, 2-3-4 times a week then yeah, these boots might have been blown out and overly soggy. But for me, and the type of riding I do at this point in my life, bar none, these were a perfect fit for me. If you're in the same boat as me, go for this boot. I'm positive you'll be smiling ear to ear. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review: Airblaster AB/BC jacket and Sissy pant (and a bitchin' Granpa Cap too)

This year I again was privelidged enough to continue my little relationship with Airblaster. Being that when it does eventually get cold here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, I'm always wishing I went with a jacket that was insulated, I decided to go with the AB/BC (Airblaster/Brandon Cocard) jacket. 

It features 80g of insulation, which is more than enough for my needs. I can layer down and/or unzip the mesh lined pit vents when it's warmer out. The jacket has a tailored long fit which is something new for me. It took some time for me to get used to it surprisingly. When I sit down in my car or on the chair lift it felt a little strange at first, having the bottom portion of the jacket under my butt. No negative aspects to it though, it was just something I wasn't akin to. The longer length of the jacket, coupled with the removable powder skirt works in unison to keep any unwanted elements from making their way up and under the jacket. Brandon Cocard designed this jacket with 10k of waterproofing,10k of breathability, and fully taped seams. So unless you get caught in a monsoon I'm quite certain you're going to be staying dry. Last weekend I was riding for hours at Hidden Valley in the pouring rain and beneath my Airblaster gear I was as dry as the Tattoine desert. I love the Lycra wrist gators, don't know what I'd do without them now that I've been using them for two seasons. The double strength cuff closures use Velcro as well as snaps to stay where you put them, well played Airblaster...well played indeed. The last feature I'll compliment this fine piece of outerwear on is it's generous use of pockets. There's your run of the mill hand warmer pockets, an internal pocket with a media cord port, upper chest slash style pockets, and last but not least there's a handy dandy candy pocket on the lower right front of the jacket. Brandon and Airblaster did a fine job on the AB/BC jacket and I'm enjoying the fruits of their labor quite nicely. 

The pants I'm donning this season are the Nick Dirks designed Sissy pant. 

I'm really digging the night spruce color way I went with. It goes well with the jet black AB/BC jacket on top of them. The pants have a skinny fit to them which I'm growing fond of. They're not skin tight like a pair of leggings by any means. But rather a pair of your favorite jeans with the benefits you'd come to expect in a pair of snowboard pants. They feature 10k waterproofing, 10k breathability, and fully taped seams. As I said, hours riding in the rain and dry as a bone. They're constructed of a stretch twill fabric which seems to be extremely durable. Hidden mesh lined vents in the legs for when you're in need of letting off some steam. The waist features Velcro adjusters to dial in the fit if you choose not to wear a belt. The heels of the pant have rip stopper panels increasing the durability where it's needed most. Before I'm actually on the hill riding with boots on, whatever type of shoes I'm wearing on any given day seem to result in me stepping on about a half an inch of the heel of my pants. These rip stopper panels are a much needed commodity in a pair of snowboard pants for myself. In summary, the Sissy pant from Airblaster will be like your favorite pair of jeans, but in the form of a snowboard pant. 

Finally, I wanted to mention my Airblaster animal print Grandpa Cap. 

A full review isn't really necessary as it's just a put it on your head and that's that. I just really like it a lot. I've gotten more compliments on this hat than on any other hat I've ever worn. Some people like to ask me, "why would you buy a hat that looks like that?" Why? Because I like it, it's different, and it's awesome. 
They all jealous. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Go figure.

After being on a family vacation for a week (Carnival Cruise, which was very nice and very much needed), and then it took all of last week to get adjusted to the daily grind, I headed up to 7 Springs yesterday to check out the goings on of the US Open Qualifiers. 

I didn't last too long there. I got some free stuff at the tents that I really didn't need then decided to hop back in my car and drive down to Hidden Valley to get my shred on. 

I did in fact "get my shred on." I actually hit some jumps and slid some boxes. Which, for my 35 year old decaying body is quite the feat. Not that I did anything spectacular...and I'm sure I looked like a breaching whale. But whatever, I have fun and that's what it's all about right, having fun? When I starting riding it was a little foggy and kinda raining on and off. By the time I has enough, I couldn't see 10 feet in front of me, it was pouring, and I was soaked. I make the drive home, and a few hours later it's snowing. I wake up this morning to find that my daughter's school is cancelled and this is what it looks like outside. 

Go figure. 
I'm hoping it looks like this come this weekend when I can go ride again. But as per usual, it'll be 45 degrees and rain. And I'll probably still go try to ride in it. It's all about having fun right?