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Topo Designs: Made in USA

November 26, 2014

A large part of Topo Designs is their ideas around simplicity and the sense of connectedness with the things we own. Being outdoors is a very spiritual thing, and the guys at Topo enjoy the quietness and calm that is ever present in nature. They wanted to compliment that idea by creating things that worked very well but weren’t unnecessarily complicated or overshadowed by the latest technology so the outdoor experience was undisturbed and took center stage. Topo wants you to take off our bag or coat for a rest on the trail and feel like you’re removing a little piece of who you are, and not a piece of gadgetry that just didn’t meld into that natural environment.

A big part of that inherent connectedness also relies on how and where Topo makes their products. They hold their home base in Colorado, close to their heart. In Colorado, Topo Designs work with their friends and neighbors to make their products, and every time they use them… they carry a little piece of that community around with them. Mark Hansen likes comparing the idea with the amazing new world of food here in the US. We’ve seen such a rise of interest and engagement within the organic and local food movement lately, and it’s incredible. You can now go to just about any grocery store and buy local, organic, high quality food, or run to any number of farmers markets on the weekend and meet the people who are producing it.

Topo asked; why should what we wear and what we carry be any different? The homegrown company loves the idea of being able to translate that movement to the outdoor world with high quality gear and clothing that is produced locally by and with their neighbors. People can stop by the Topo Designs shop, meet everyone in person, and hopefully feel a little sense of a bigger community every time they use a Topo product.

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Gear Review: TOPO Designs Hip Pack

July 26, 2013

When Topo Designs unveiled their Hip Pack, I got all sorts of excited. I’ve never been a fan of the traditional fanny pack, but this thing was different. I saw photos of people wandering the world with the bag slung over their shoulder, and I imagined what my life might be like if I had one as well. I began to think of all the things this bag could do… hold my jacket so I didn’t have to, secure my belongings when I run out the door; rushing off to my next adventure. I was tired of losing my cell phone, keys or my favorite chapstick when I tossed my other bags on the floor of the van and this seemed like the solution.

Honestly I think my husband was tired of me making a mess, because when I sent him a link to Topo’s teal and red Hip Pack, he immediately ordered me one! As soon as it arrived, I tested it’s ability to carry some of my stuff, the essentials first… my makeup bag, glasses, sunglasses, money clip, cell phone, keys, Moleskin, chapstick, Opinel picnic knife… and there was still room! So I added the book I’ve been trying to read, our waterproof camera, my extra pair of earrings (a girl can never have too many!), my flask (bourbon please!), and guess what? There was still room for more sutff! This bag is awesome!

 

I bring it to work and with me on the weekends, and have fallen in love with both its looks and utility. Hell, I’ve even started wearing it on my hip, not just slung over my shoulder! So if you’re looking for a bag that can carry all sorts of stuff, that is rough and tumble yet stylish and cute, pick up a Hip Pack!

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This review originally appeared on The Peanut Butter Coast

Gear, Reviews

Review: Topo Designs Daypack

May 11, 2013

Over the years, I’ve bought a lot of backpacks. Everything from full-frame mountaineering packs to overly complicated carryalls. Some of them have had sternum straps and hydration hoses and stretchy side compartments where you’re supposed to put a water bottle – among other accouterments. Honestly, though, I like the simple shit. Something that’s comfortable to carry, easy to access and made in America. I suppose that’s why I’m so taken with the Topo Designs Daypack; a 22-liter backpack made in Colorado from 1000d Cordura. Lined with a coated pack cloth, Topo’s Daypack features natural leather lash tabs, YKK zippers and shoulder straps reinforced with seatbelt webbing.

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I’ve been using this bag for more than six months now. Along with my Topo Designs Duffel, I took it with me to Mexico, Israel and Amsterdam. I’ve packed it full of camera equipment, a 5mm Matuse wetsuit, my MacBook and all kinds of other stuff. The YKK zippers and paracord pulls keep things secure, and the shoulder straps are strong enough I’ve carried shit I probably shouldn’t have. Damn thing has never let me down. It’s at home underneath an airplane seat, or bouncing around in the bed of a pickup truck. It’s the perfect pack. And for just $144, it’s better than anything you’ll buy at REI.

 

Buy your own Topo Daypack.

This review originally appeared on The Peanut Butter Coast

Retro Stoke Harvester

Stoke Harvester Holiday Guide

December 6, 2012

I know the holidays haven’t been the same since Sears stopped production of their Christmas Catalog. You’ve been longing for dog eared pages, filled with perfectly curated collections of your favorite toys. Fear not! I’m here to help. Behold the Stoke Harvester Holiday Guide. I mixed things up a bit, to ensure holiday cheer regardless of budget. There’s items for the wall-street wallet, broke-brah wallet, and every billfold in-between. There’s some inside stuff, outside stuff, and sideways stuff.

In no specific order… let’s begin.

 



Invasion From Planet C – Special Edition DVD
Mike Black’s masterpiece, brings GnarGnar and Casanova to Earth in search of waves. Planet C has run dry, and Galaxy 5723’s governing forces suspect Santa Barbara has stoke to be mined. Don’t buy this movie if you want thrusters, Slater, or Pipeline. You won’t find any of those. What you will find is the best damn sci-fi surf movie ever made… with logs, chest-high peelers, and a van that runs on farts. Trailer here.

 

Patagonia R3 Hooded Wetsuit
I know I’m going to catch some flack for picking the R3 over the R4, but this is my list… so deal with it. I’ve worn my fair share of suits. When I was working at Cheka-Looka, I was rocking one of the rental Hyper-flex suits. When I finally saved up enough cash, I bought an Xcel Drylock. A few years later when Stoke Harvester became a Patagonia dealer, I tried out one of their suits. I’ve never been so friggin warm.

You can find pros and cons in pretty much every suit on the market. Here are the most common ones when it comes to Patagonia.

1.) They are pricey. Patagonia’s hooded R3 suit is $575. That’s a nice chunk of change, but in my opinion worth every dollar. I don’t want to get out of the water because I’m cold. I want to get out because I’m tired, and I’ve met my quota for the day. The R3 keeps me warm, it’s flexible, and it comes with Patagonia’s warranty & customer service. Sold.?

2.) They are a pain in the ass to get out of. ?This is 100% true. My suit is a total pain in the ass to get out of. I deal with it. If a suit keeps be warm for 3 1/2 hours in 50 degree water, I am fine with it being a pain in the ass for 5 minutes. Would you trade your glass board in for a tuff-lite, just because it’s easier to carry from your car to the beach?

3.) They are too warm.?Yes, I’ve actually heard this complaint. In fact, a bunch of the guys who bought the R4 right when it launched, came back later and bought the R3 because they wanted something cooler. Note, they didn’t come back and buy a different company’s suit. They bought a thinner suit, by the same company! I wear the the R3 as a winter suit. I feel the R4 is overkill. I also have some extra meat on my bones. If you’re lean, you might be happier with the R4. Either way, Patagonia suits are the best on the market.


Almond 9.75″ Dee Fin

Before Greenough transitioned everyone to the dolphin, the D-fin was the standard. Here is your modified 60’s throwback fin. The Almond Dee is great for
Surf Thumps, and other swine shaped lumber.

 


Parafina – El Capitan T-shirt

My friend Carlos has a killer tumblr.?Stoke Harvester re-posts his stuff on?Pinterest?often. He recently used the images from his blog, as inspiration for a line of t-shirts. I like them. So does Thalia. Go buy one.

 

Dewey Weber – 9’0″ Performer
Dewey’s Performer is the most popular longboard of all time. He designed the board to meet the needs of every surfer, in all surf conditions. Its easy to paddle, impossible not to catch waves on, and it turns on a dime. Although it wasn’t originally designed to be a nose-rider, it does a pretty damn good job at it. The Performer comes standard with a Dewey Weber Hatchet fin.


The Surfer’s Journal
Twenty years in publication. Six times a year, for six bucks a piece. It’s the best surf publication out there. You won’t find endless board-short advertisements, in TSJ. You will find amazing stories, and beautiful photographs. Yvon Chouinard said “Let’s put it this way…my house is on fire, my wife runs in and grabs all the photo albums…I grab my collection of Surfer’s Journals.”


Stoke Harvester – PNW Blend Cold Water Wax
Here’s your stocking stuffer. Six bars of extra sticky goodness, to keep your booties glued to your board. Made in collaboration with The Peanut Butter Coast. 6 bars. 85 grams. 1 Stoke Harvester sticker with each order. If you’re a Seattle local you can save on shipping, and just swing by to pick up your sticky.

Topo Designs – Duffel Bag
You’re gonna need a bag to put all your new goodies in. Go Topo. Made in Colorado. Great quality. Good color options. It’s lined with nylon cloth to keep everything dry, and if you happen to be in Washington, it comes with inside pockets to store your I-502 snack packs. The duffel was recently reviewed by Justin Coffey, on PBC.


Shwood – Haystack Select Sunglasses
Alright… you’re not going to get much use out of these in the Pacific Northwest for a little while. That being said, when the sun does shine again, you’re going to look badass wearing these sun-goggles. Shwood is handcrafting wooden sunglasses out of Portland, Oregon . The Haystack Select ships with a wool pouch and a walnut / maple hard case.


Stoke Harvester – Gift Certificate
Not sure what to give your friend/family for Christmas ?Give them the gift of choice. Stoke Harvester gift certificates never expire, can be used with other discounts, and are way cooler than a one year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club. Both digital and snail-mail versions available.

Cheers,
– Shawn

Retro Stoke Harvester

Topo Designs: Made in Colorado

November 2, 2012


Stoke Harvester is proud to announce our new partnership with Topo Designs. Topo’s family is made up of fisherman, hunters, hikers, climbers, and other types of people your grandpa would be proud to drink coffee with. Each quality bag and accessory is built in Topo’s LEED certified shop… which is located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.


Topo Makes pretty kick-ass bags. Simple colorways, with well thought out designs. The Topo collection is minimal and precise. There are currently twelve bags/backpacks in the quiver. The Daypack functions as a work companion & pack mule for day hikes, while the Duffel packs a surplus for extended stays. The Sling bag is designed for two wheeled commuters…the cinch is your farmer’s market…the Dopp is…well, the Dopp is to put your toothbrush in. If you’re planning on going outside tomorrow, Topo most likely has a pocket for you to haul your stuff around in.


We still have a few items from Topo that need to be uploaded to the store. You can check out what we do have available, here.

Props to Justin at Peanut Butter Coast, for introducing us to Topo.

Built in the USA.

Retro Stoke Harvester

Stimulate

October 19, 2012


Looks like there’s all kinds of new stuff on Stoke Harvester.

Topo Designs, Almond Surfboards, Patagonia apparel and a few new fins.

Anyhow, after browsing around a bit I put together this lil’ collection of some of my favorite stuff.

Products:

– Justin Coffey

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