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Glove Review: Patagonia R3 Gloves

October 23, 2013

To be honest, I hate gloves. Cumbersome comes to mind. Disconnected. Uncomfortable. For years I refused. And when I did wear them, the only thing I wanted to do was shake my hands feverishly like some kind of inspired spirit fingers performance – trying desperately to free myself from them. Oh, and did I mention that getting them on was no easier than getting them off? A real pain those goddamn gloves were. But when you start surfing in the winter, or the fall for that matter, they become more important. Because unless you’re some sort of Ice Man, like Arnold in that shitty Batman movie, your fingers are gonna freeze. So I caved and bought a pair, some 3mm gloves made by Matuse, or maybe they were made by O’neil. Anyhow. They kept my fingers from freezeing. For awhile. Then everything went to shit. The seams split and I wore a hole right through the palm, and they eventually let so much water in that I may as well have not beer wearing them.

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My second set was similar. They might have lasted a little longer, or perhaps I just didn’t care about cold fingers that fall. But they fell apart, and so did my third and fourth pair of paw warmers. Disgruntled I was. “Why the hell can’t someone make a pair of mitts that won’t fall apart so fast?!” “Dude,” a friend replied, “gloves are only good for three months, tops!” Bullshit! I’ve owned wetsuits for longer than I’ve owned cars, longer than I dated my high school girlfriend. So if that shit can stick together so well, why can’t they get their glove glue together?!

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Enter the R3. Now you gotta know I was skeptical of these gloves – with that fuzzy white wool on the inside and the rubber cement covered seams. Karissa had owned an earlier iteration of the R3 and they had, like my friend suggested, lasted her just two or three months… tops. But these looked better, well built if you will. And so here I sit, some six months into ownership, wearing a pair of gloves which appear entirely unaffected by the use and abuse they’ve received. They’ve survived sunset sessions in spring, early mornings in May, evenings in August and now October, which is all kinds of cold. And the entire time these gloves have not only kept my fingers from freezing, but provided additional grabability and are easier to get on and off than anything else I’ve owned. 4/5 as far as I’m concerned. We’ll see how the work this winter!

You can pick up your own pair of Patagonia R3 Gloves, here.

Justin Coffey is known to enjoy small waves, strong drinks, motorcycles and misbehaving. He’s also the guy that runs Peanut Butter Coast.

Events, Skate

The Retreat x Lopez Island, WA

July 13, 2013

On August 17, Skatelite Brings The Retreat Skateboard & BMX Festival to Washington’s Lopez Island. “Skate, Ride and Rub Elbows with more than 15 of World’s Top Skate & BMX Pros.”

The Retreat doubles as an expression session + vacation for legendary and groundbreaking skaters & BMX riders. Giving athletes a place to kickback and let loose after the frenzy of the competition season. The event is free to the public and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to skate, ride and rub elbows with the pros that built and are defining the future of their sports.

To date, athletes confirmed for the event include: Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Paul Rodriguez, Lincoln Ueda, Manny Santiago, Jett and Jagger Eaton, Mat Hoffman, Ryan Nyquist, Dennis McCoy,
Chad Kagy, Zack Warden, Simon Tabron and Steve McCann, with more to come.

More info here.

Retro Stoke Harvester

Shwood Sunglasses – Made in Oregon

December 2, 2012

 

It’s just the beginning of the month, and exciting things are already happening. The first in a line of new products to be sold on Stoke Harvester, is Shwood sunglasses. Shwood is an Oregon based business… “born from the limb of a Madrone tree, a rusty pair of cabinet hinges, and lenses from the corner store.”

Each pair of shades is manufactured in Shwood’s Portland workshop, using a variety of different tree trunks. The Canby comes in zebrawood, cherry, and East Indian rosewood. The Florence is crafted from santos mahogany, with maple inlays. The Haystack is available in rosewood / walnut burl.

Hardwoods, to go with your cold coffee.

 

A few weeks ago, we posted Shwood’s video; Scrap Surf.  The 3:45 reel is a collaboration with Joe Blecha and Kahana Kalama of Aloha Sunday. Shwood’s other videos include the Makers Series… which pays homage to Portland’s community of experimental creators.

Check out our line of Shwood sunglasses here.

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