Monday, February 28, 2011

Review: Weekend Snowboard's Heikki Sorsa 155

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I was fortunate enough (thanks people at Weekend) to get my hands on the Heikki Sorsa "Adventure Island" 155 from Weekend snowboards, so that in turn, I could give you guys an honest review of it. So here it goes.

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This board is fun as heck, "no doubt...no doubt in my mind." (first person to comment where that quote is from will get some free stickers). The Adventure Island 155 is the all around, swiss army-like board in Heikki's arsenal of pro models available from Weekend. Where ever you want to go, this board will take you there, and then some....groomers, park, powder, rails...your ass is covered (in some Bond Talma's, I hope).

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The graphics are killer, done up by the notorious Sean Barnhart. One thing I really like about this board (which really plays no role in the performance side of the board) is the texture of the top sheet. Back when I was in high school, a buddy of mine got a Division 23 Marc Morisset and it had the same type of textured feeling top sheet. So, yeah, just feeling this board out of the plastic brought back some good 'ol memories.

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In closing, I'd like to say that this board slays the slopes of 7 Springs and I'm positive it'll get you through whatever situations you find yourself in at your local mountain. Head on over to the weekend site to check out what they have to say, read up on all of the technical info, and they also have a nifty little online shop where you can actually purchase said model if you feel so inclined. DEW IT!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Review: Bond Outerwear

Bond is an outerwear company any snowboarder should actually want to support. Every piece of outerwear they put out is combed over to ensure that they're doing everything possible to be as sustainable as possible. All of their outer shells and inner liners use a blend of recycled PET (made from plastic bottles and containers) and virgin polyester that is completely recyclable. Both the PET and polyester have been used before and can be used again. Thumbs up in my book. All snaps, buttons, and zipper pulls are made from recycled plastic pellets used in heavy industry. Bond use a top down sustainability model, and are a carbon neutral company. All of these practices add up to equal one company that has the environment in mind. I like to think that snowboarders would want to support a company that's attempting to sustain the environment that they/we thrive in.

The jacket I had the pleasure to check out is the National in the Aruba Bruce Illest colorway.

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This jacket is solid from top to bottom. It features 10k waterproofing, 10k breathability, and fully taped seams...all staples when you're out cruising in the elements.

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There are hood aperture adjustments that are accessible from within the chest pockets, under pocket flap glove holders, and 14" pit zips to cool you off when you need it.

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The collar has a snow dam to keep out, you guessed it, snow, when your forehead deep in pow (or when you bail and are ragdolling down the hill). Bond's "phantom thumbderwear,' "damp-ass eliminator," and a goggle wipe/snotrag on the right hand gaitor are also features you're going to find on the National jacket for '11.

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To top things off, you'll find that there's a media stash sleeve inside the chest pocket and a "waste management pocket" to prevent you from tossing your candy wrappers onto the mountain. Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but, the Bond National is rock solid from top to bottom.

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The pants I got to go with the above jacket are the Bond Talma's in Ash.

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Again, these pants have 10k waterproofing and breathability and are fully seam sealed. Also, they feature 40gm's of recycled poly tactical insulation to keep you toasty as needed.

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But, when you don't need it you can unzip the "14" taint getting hot inseam vents." The cargo pockets and hand warmer pockets are nice and roomy so you can store whatever it is you need to store without it getting too crowded in there. Both cargo pockets also have the under flap glove holder straps to boot too.

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To top things off the Talma's feature zippered accordion gussets, Bond's no-scuff pant jack up system, and the damp ass eliminator system.

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If you're looking to stay warm and dry on the hill, all the while keeping a clean conscious in regards to doing something positive for the environment...look no further than Bond's National jacket and Talma pant. Or, check out any of their other styles Bond has to offer. They have something to float just about everyone's boat.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: Toy Machine 'Brainwash'

I remember going into Revolutions skate shop back in the day looking for a new skate video. The only new video they had was Toy Machine's Welcome to Hell. At that time, I knew Toy Machine was Templeton's company, and I liked the way their ads looked in the magazines...that's pretty much it. Little did I know that Welcome to Hell would become an all time favorite of mine and spawn a love for all things Toy Machine from that point on. Fast forward to now...there's been quite a few Toy Machine videos since then, and every one has kicked serious ass...Brain Wash is no different. It features the entire team (Ed Templeton, Billy Marks, Matt Bennett, Leo Romero, Austin Stephens, Johnny Layton, Diego Bucchieri, Nick Trapasso) and introduces the new ams Collin Provost, Daniel Lutheran and Jordan Taylor. The skating is gnar as one would expect from a Toy Machine video. I was left yearning for
more footage from Templeton, Stephens, and Diego, but hey, people in hell want ice water. I have faith that Ed Templeton can dish out one more full length part still (if not more). The music in the video fits properly. It has a different feel to it than previous videos though, but I like it none the less. There's no blank spaces without music, from beginning until end it's cut from one song to another with no breaks in between. It works and I like it. If you haven't already, go out and pick Brain Wash up, it rules...'nuff said.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First and Last: Diego Buccheri

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first pet...
A CAT NAMED "PECHI"

first car...
TOYOTA CAMRY 1994

first time someone called you "The Butcher"...
1998, JAKE PHELPS

first trick you learned...
TIC-TAC

first skateboarder you looked up to...
TONY HAWK

first contest you won...
AM CONTEST, WHEN I WAS 16, IN ARGENTINA.

first person to call when you win the lottery...
MY WIFE MABEL

first cover...
GOSSIP MAGAZINE(ARGENTINEAN MAGAZINE) IN 1994.
IN THE USA, SLAP MAGAZINE 1998

first skate park you ever skated...
MUNRO BOWLS IN ARGENTINA, WHEN I WAS 11.

first skateboard...
SOME SHITTY BOARD WITH GLUE AND SAND ON TOP, INSTEAD OF GRIPTAPE

first time you saw Ed naked...
SOMETIME AROUND 2002

first concert...
LOS BRUJOS

first thing you do in the morning...
TURN ON MY ESPRESSO MACHINE AND MAKE COFFE

first ad in a magazine...
I HAD A BUNCH IN ARGENTINA, BUT MY FIRST AMERICAN AD WAS THE INDY AD DOING KICKFLIP BS TAIL DOWN HUBBA

first big purchase...
MY APPARTMENT IN LONG BEACH

first sponsor...
METRO

first job...
WEAT PASTING BILLBOARDS


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last thing you ate...
DUCK WITH RICE

last person you called...
MY FIEND NACHO

last time you cut your hair with one of those comb/blade things...
A FEW WEEKS AGO, JUST TO TRIM THE SIDEBURNS

last text you sent...
MEET YOU AT THE SPOT

last thing you do before going to bed...
BRUSH MY TEETH

last time you said "last time"...
LAST WEEK WHEN I TRIED TO SKATE A SHITTY SPOT IN TOWN. ILL PROBABLY GO BACK.

last concert...
OASIS

last skate park...
BRUSQUITAS, IN MAR DEL PLATA (BEACH TOWN 4 HOUR AGO FROM BUENOS AIRES)

last time you skated Wallenberg...
8 YEARS

last time you saw Ed naked...
BRAINWASH TOUR

last movie you watched...
STARWARS ALL OF THEM

last close call...
DONT REMEMBER


last trick you filmed...
FS SMITHGRIND

last big purchase...
MACBOOK PRO


last thing that surprised you...
LEO ROMERO SKATING