Style Guide: 2014 Women’s Summer Fashion v.1

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Women’s Summer Fashion

It feels great to shed some layers after piling them on throughout winter.  Spring is a transitional season to freshen up a wardrobe and change the pace of life.  This is the first Women’s Style Guide of many installments; enjoy some of our favorite pieces that rolled out recently.

Volcom BOb Marley Hoodie Sweater1. Volcom Bob Marley Hoodie Sweater

Volcom created another perfect piece for those chili summer night with the Bob Marley Hoodie Sweater.  With a loose weave and a heavy drape the hoodie feels like a cocoon of comfort.  Having slightly more length in the arms and an oversized hood with drawstring closures the hoodie is a perfect add on piece.  [PURCHASE]

Ashbury Pychedelic Sunglasses2. Ashbury Psychedelic Sunglasses

If you want Hand Crafted Acetate Frame styling with 100% UVA & UVB Protection look no further than the Ashbury Psychedelic Sunglasses.  Ashbury‘s state of the art Stainless Steel Optic Hinges open and close like a well oiled machine – smooth.  If there’s one thing you should know about the Psychedelic Sunglasses it’s the Carl Zeiss CR-39 Lenses…  [PURCHASE]

Sapient Tiem Spirit Watch3. Sapient Time Spirit Watch

One thing that keeps a professional punctual is a great time piece like the Sapient Time Spirit Watch.  The elegantly legible face features hands powered by Miyota 3 Hand Japanese Quartz Movement.  The Sapient‘s 39mm Wide Case and Non-Scratchable Crystal Glass is held gently against the wrist with a 18mm Wide Silicone Band.  [PURCHASE]

Reef4. Reef Deckhand Shoes

Be the hit of the boat party by looking great and being the most comfortable on the Mattress-Inspired Quilted PU Foam Footbed of the Reef Deckhand Shoes.  The durable Vulcanized Construction and Hemp/Cotton Canvas blend ensures that these shoes can take a beating.  Look great and be comfortable, it’s that simple and that’s what Reef is all about.  [PURCHASE]

Burton Lorimer Denim5. Burton Lorimer Jeans

It feels good finding denim like the Burton Lorimer Jeans.  These Slim Fit jeans run a 33″ Inseasm with a a 12.5″ Leg Opening – they can be paired up with heels, flats, and skateshoes.  Squating is a problem of the past because Burton wove a 98% Cotton 2% Spandex Blend into the Lorimer’s.  The Dark Rinse looks great with everything, especially a smile.     [PURCHASE]

Burton Newport Hat6. Burton Newport Hat

Burton will put their touch on anything and turn it to gold.  That’s exactly what happen when they made their 100% Paper Straw rendition of the Classic Fedora hat with an upturned brim; the paper straw hat turned to gold.  A Polka Dot Fabric Hatband is a bold touch of class and simply put, the Burton Newport Hat is flawless. [PURCHASE]

Hurley Suarez Shirt

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Hurley LogoHurley is brining sexy back, way back, with a heritage piece that speaks of a rich ancestry in surf culture the Hurley Suarez Shirt. Who is the Suarez named after?  Could it be Felipe, Diego, Pelayo, or Hugo Suarez?  What really matters is that the Suarez fit is perfect, it has a great fabric blend, and the graphic is awesome.

With a Regular Fit the Hurley Suarez will be a hit at the beach or backyard BBQ.  The shirt sports a 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester blend along with reverse Push Through Floral Print and hula girls, waves, ukuleles, palm trees, volcanos, and surfboards throughout.  Detailed with Pearl Buttons, a locker loop, and a patch pocket sets the Hurley Suarez on another level.

Get the Hurley Suarez before they’re all gone!  [PURCHASE]


Matix Eli Solid Shirt

Matix Eli Solid Shirt

Matix LogoMatix holds true to it’s Los Angles, California roots by creating lifestyle clothing for individuals who submerge themselves in surf and skate culture.  With true craftsmanship and inspiration from the greatest generation’s workwear styling the Matix Eli Solid Shirt is a piece that you can wear for a lifetime.

Tuck it in or leave it out with a perfect length that accommodates both preferences.  A slim fit falls smoothly from the shoulders and the 100% soft vintage wash cotton gentle hugs the midsection with comfortable room to breath.  Contrasting buttons, hem detailing, and collar finishes will make any man feel like a king.  Know that the garments you wear should be as perfect as you are.  [PURCHASE]


Style Guide: 2014 Men’s Spring Fashion

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Men’s Spring Fashion

It feels great to shed some layers after piling them on throughout winter.  Spring is a transitional season to freshen up a wardrobe and change the pace of life.  This is the first Style Guide of many installments; enjoy some of our favorite pieces that rolled out recently.

1 dc-duster-ls-shirt-indigo-11-zoom1. DC Duster Shirt

There are articles of clothing that stand the test of time, one of them is the oxford shirt.  The DC Duster Shirt has a timeless design with a modern approach.  Unlike your father’s casual dress shirts the DC Duster has a slim fit that looks great tucked in or out.  This 100% cotton beauty has a rich indigo color with perfectly contrasting buttons and a button down collar.  It’ll be the most versatile shirt in your collection that you can dress up with a blazer for a date and wear with jeans getting beers with the boys.  [PURCHASE]

1 - volcom-killingit-cap-khki-13-zoom2. Volcom Killing It Cap

Everyone and there mothers know that 5 panel hats are what the cool kids are wearing.  The design has slowly been emerging from the 80’s and the one size fits all adjustable Volcom Killing It Cap is at the forefront of the fight.  The 100% cotton khaki color looks great with a mounted heat embossed leather logo patch.   The best thing about the Volcom Killing it Cap is the fit; it’s flawless – it’s not to deep and not too shallow.  [PURCHASE]

1 - matix-gripper-twill-pants-rust-13-zoom3. Matix Gripper Pants

The slim straight fit of the 5 pocket Matix Gripper Pants is relaxed enough to offer room in thighs and knees while having a slim leg opening that looks great with any footwear.  The detailing of the 98% cotton 2% elastane twill fabric matches the intricate Matix logo placement on the buttons, pockets, and rivets.  Of all the skate lifestyle brands making pants Matix is ahead of the pack with the Gripper Pants by far.  [PURCHASE]

1 - poler-field-pack-grn-13-zoom4. Poler Field Backpack

The simple design of the Poler Field Pack combined with it’s versatility make the bag appealing. The camo colorway’s 1000D Campdura fabric is as abrasion resistant as they come and it’s perfect for urban adventures or deep forest hiking.  The internal soft 420D nylon fabic protectively sports a padded laptop sleeve and whopping of 14.5L of volume.  With fully adjustable shoulder straps (duh), exaggerated zipper, and a drawstring top access flap this Field Pack has a heritage look that stays connected to style were every it ends up.  [PURCHASE]

1-northface-bernalchukka-sh-minkbrwn-brtshkhki-14-1-zoom5. The North Face Bernal Chukka Boots

Trudge through anything on earth with the The North Face Bernal Chukka Boots.  The waterproof full grain leather upper is rugged enough for trekking through wooded trerrain yet refined with simple lines for the city life.  The lightly padded gusseted tongue provides comfort along with the Vibram CHRISTY sole.  The Bernal has a vintage american look that will look great on your feet now and in 20 years.  [PURCHASE]

1 - electric-fw01-nato-watch-whtolv-13-zoom6. Electic FW01 Nato Watch

With a complete rebranding Electric takes a tick into timepieces.  The Electic FW01 Nato Watch is a classic field watch with modern twists and 3 hand Japanese quartz movement.  High contrast between the hands and dial make for easy time telling and the second hand’s lighting bolt shape is a well thought through touch.  The 40mm face is a great size for making a subtle statement to those looking to notice details above and below the water (Water Resistant to 600 ft.).  [PURCHASE]

1 - ashbury-griffin-spanky-sngls-brwntortbrwn-zoom7. Ashbury Griffin Sunglasses

The James Dean cool Ashbury Griffin Sunglasses are a show stopper.  The hand crafted acetate frames cradle the Carl Zeiss CR-39 Lens and provide 100% UVA & UVB protection.  Adjustable nose bridges ensure a proper fit and the stainless steel optical hinges are bombproof.  Look better than you already do and get the Griffins.  [PURCHASE]

1 - stance-sockmonkey-socks-brwn-12-zoom8. Stance Sock Monkey Socks

If there’s one thing that gives confidence in a day it’s the comfort of good socks.  The Stance Sock Monkey Socks will be the best socks in the drawer.  A 80% combed cotton, 12% polyester, and 8% spandex never felt better.  Great socks make a difference and with a deep heel pocket and elastic arch support the Monkey will keep your feet smiling.  [PURCHASE]

Top 5 Sleeping Bags

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Top 5 Sleeping Bags

What goes into picking out the Top 5 Sleeping Bags?  A lot of sleep.  This great assortment of bags spans a wide range of needs, designs, and of course budgets.  There’s a lot of hype surrounding camping gear these days and we cut through the mud by selected the Top 5 Sleeping Bags that you’ll want most.  Take your time, snuggle in, and browse through the randomly ordered list.


Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag

Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag

The Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag snuggles into Big Agnes‘ classic series of down bags that offer extreme warmth, tight compressibility, and big comfort.  The Lost Ranger 15’s built in pillow pocket holds a fleece perfectly and the integrated full pad sleeve allows for any 20″ rectangular sleeping pad to be slipped into place – imagine staying on your sleeping pad all night and not slipping off! [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  15° F
Weight:  2 lbs. 14 oz.
Insulation Type:  DownTek – Water Repellant Down – 650 Fill – 14.5 oz.



Eureka Cimarron 15 Sleeping Bag

Eureka Cimarron 15 Sleeping Bag

Fleece Pillow Pocket, yep that’s right – head resting doesn’t get any more comfortable than that.  Eureka‘s ThermaShield synthetic insulation combined with a full zipper draft tube are a few things that attributes to the Cimarron 15’s successful warmth.  The Eureka Cimarron 15 Sleeping Bag is the perfect sleeping bag for under $100.  It weighs slightly more than the rest of the bags on this list, but for the price point it can’t be beat.  [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  15° F
Weight:  4 lbs. 1 oz.
Insulation Type:  ThermaShield Synthetic – 2 lbs. 10 oz.




Kelty SB 35 Sleeping Bag

Kelty SB 35 Sleeping Bag

Simply put the Kelty SB 35 Sleeping Bag is a show stopper.  As an active part of the Kelty TraiLogic Collection the SB 35 Sleeping Bag stays dry 10 times longer, stays warmer by retaining 170% more loft, and dries 33% faster with the incredible 800-fill DriDown insulation.  The Kelty SB 35 Sleeping Bag is one of the lightest sleeping bags on the market – it’s a must have for hiking in to a spot.  [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  32° F
Weight:  1 lbs. 9 oz.
Insulation Type:  DriDown – Hydrophobic Down – 800 Fill – 11 oz.




Marmot Trestles Sleeping Bag

Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag

With enough room to swim in the Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag is one of the roomiest of the bunch.  With a trapezodial foot box and large entry (full length zip on one side and 1/4 length zip on the other) this Marmot bag is easy to love.  If the Trestles 15 happens to get damp or wet the SpiraFil Synthetic Down will continue to regulate heat and keep the bag warm.  Although its compression size is a little large than most the price point is tough to beat on just a well rounded bag.  [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  15° F
Weight:  3 lbs. 14.25 oz.
Insulation Type:  SpiraFil – Synthetic Down



Mountain Harwear Pinole Sleeping Bag

Mountain Hardware – Pinole 20 Sleeping Bag

For a 20° F bag the Mountain Hardware Pinole 20 Sleeping Bag does wonders with warmth because of the offset quilted construction and tailored face gasket.  A trapezoidal footbox, ample shoulder and hip room provides everything you need for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars.  Every once and a while a sleeping bag fits just right, and the Mountain Hardware Pinole 20 Sleeping Bag is one of them at a price that amazing.   [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  20° F
Weight:  3 lb. 3 oz.
Insulation Type:  Thermal.Q – Synthetic Down


Best Chino Pants


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Burton Chino Pants

Over the last decade, Burton Snowboards has been pushing the envelope of casual clothing by designing softgoods with the snowsports enthusiast in mind.  Taking experience from creating some of the world’s best riding gear, Burton is doing what other snowboard brands wish they could; make great clothes that fit perfect, look great, and wear well.

Burton Chino Pants should be categorized as a khaki pant not as a chino.  Khaki pants have exposed seams, occasionally flap pockets, and tend to be less formal than a chino pant.  Chino pants have hidden seams, flat pockets, tapered legs, and are more formal than khaki pants.  The Burton Chino Pants have a mixture of ingredients from both the khaki and chino pant designs; they have exposed seams, back and hand flap pockets, and slightly tapered legs.

Why are they the best chino pants? Because lounging couldn’t be easier in the street fit and medium rise of the Burton Chino Pants.  Crafted with 100% cotton the chinos can be dressed down with a t-shirt or dressed up with a button down knit shirt.  The Burton Chino Pants can transition from a backyard bbq to a night on the town within seconds.


Team Skateboard Completes


The House Team Skateboard Gear

There is nothing better than getting the skate team together for a little session.  The Little Canada skate park is less than a mile away from The House Boardshop and the the crew is always willing to get some shots.

When you see someone killing it at the park you may wonder what they’re riding, but there is park etiquette;  generally you’ll never ask what other people are skating.  It’s weird.  That’s why you’ll see some of our team skateboard completes below.  Don’t be afraid though, if you ever see Joe and Justin Scherer, Danny Kern or Kenny Peterson at the park feel free to chat them up.  They won’t bite.


Kenny Peterson Complete

Kenny Peterson Skate Complete

Skateboard:  Darkstar Lunker Al 
Trucks:  Thunder
Wheels:  Darkstar Skull Street Formula
Bearings:  Independent Genuine
Hardware:  Independent Phillips
Grip Tape:  Mob


Joe Scherer Complete

Joe Scherer Skate Complete

Skateboard:  Superior I Heart
Trucks:  Krux Downlow LTD
Wheels:  Secret
Bearings:  Element Thriftwood
Hardware:  Diamond Rodrigues Hella Tight
Grip Tape:  Superior Checker


Justin Scherer Complete

Justin Scherer Skate Complete

Skateboard:  Enjoi Whitey Panada
Trucks:  Royal Four Low
Wheels:  Speed Demons Greaser
Bearings:  Loaded Jehu Precision
Hardware:  Speed Demons Allen 
Grip Tape:  Superior Spiral


Danny Kern Complete

Danny Kern Skate Complete

Skateboard:  Darkstar Anagram Al 
Trucks:  Krux Downlow LTD 
Wheels:  Plan B Paul Rodriguez
Bearings:  Shortys Black Panther
Hardware:  Shortys Phillips Lights
Grip Tape:  Mob

Hiking Essentials

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The 10 Hiking Essentials

The Ten Essentials is nothing new to hikers, backpackers and climbers. It’s a list of survival items agreed upon by hiking organizations that’s been around since 1930! The Ten Essentials paired with a little common sense will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the wilderness. Remember, this list isn’t just for extreme backcountry goers. Day hikers, regardless of the intended length of the hike, should also stash these items in their pack. So, here goes….

1. Navigation (map, compass, GPS)
2. Sunglasses and Sunscreen
3. Extra Food and Water
4. Extra Clothes
5. Headlamp/Flashlight
6. Repair Kit
7. First Aid Kit
8. Fire Starter and Matches
9. Knife
10. Emergency Shelter

Most visitor centers offer a hiking map with marked trails that are an essential guide to locate your desired route. Hiking books and online maps also provide detailed routes, level of difficulty and length of the hike. In addition to such maps, a compass is a vital tool that never fails should you become disoriented in the wilderness. Many GPS systems have a built-in compass, but an old-school compass is an indispensable tool that weighs next to nothing. It can’t hurt to toss one in your pack!

Sunglasses and Suncreen
Not all hikes ascend closer to the sun, but many do. As you ascend, the sun’s rays become shorter and stronger, while the air temp gets cooler. The trees also become smaller towards the top of the mountain and many times, hikes venture beyond tree line exposing you completely to the sun. UV protective sunglasses and sunscreen are crucial to protect your skin and eyes. A lightweight, long sleeve shirt and a hat are also a good idea to cover you from hours of sun exposure.

Extra Food and Water
In addition to what you THINK you will consume, it’s very important to bring extra nourishing snacks and water. Even a short half day hike can turn into an all day event. Food like trail mix, protein bars, nut or seed butters with fruit and even smoothie mixes will jump-start your energy and supply you with more then enough nutrition to safely complete your hike. Extra water can be heavy to carry, but with today’s supportive hiking packs, there’s no need to sacrifice a few extra pounds! Systems for treating water in the wilderness are also available these days if you’re planning any sort of overnight trek in the backcountry. As a rule of thumb, you should never feel thirsty on a hike. Drink up throughout the hike!

Extra Clothes
Your body temperature can rise and fall quite drastically depending on the incline, tree coverage, wind and humidity on your hike. A performance shirt that wick moisture will keep you dry, a rain jacket takes up little space and will be your best friend should the weather turn sour and a thin fleece is perfect for a breezy lunch at the summit.

Headlamps are nearly as common as hiking shoes these days. They’re hands-free, lightweight, compact and have a long battery life. An extended stay at the summit can lead some hiking at dusk under lots of trees, so a light isn’t a bad idea to have on hand. Also, setting up camp after the sun sets and middle of the night “bathroom” breaks are also much more pleasant with illumination.

Repair Kit
Because not all trips go as planned, a repair kit that includes duct tape and a sewing kit, is a lightweight addition to your pack that could make or break your experience. Duct tape has a thousand uses and can be a temporary fix for almost anything. An old trick is to wrap duct tape around the base of your water bottle multiple times to cut down on excess gear. A sewing kit can repair a tear in your pack, tent or sleeping bag.

First Aid Kit
Somewhat of a no-brainer, a first aid kit can truly be an invaluable lifesaver out in the wilderness. Pre-assembled first kits should cover all your bases – adhesive bandages, antiseptic cream,  sterile gauze pads (various sizes), medical tape, alcohol or iodine wipes, elastic bandages or wraps for sprains, latex gloves, painkillers and antihistamines. Whether you personalize your own kit or purchase a preassembled kit, never hit the trail without one!

Firestarter and Matches
Matches should either be waterproof or stored in a completely sealed container. Invest in some good quality matches that won’t break upon striking, rather than the free ones from the bar. A lighter isn’t a bad idea, but always have matches as a backup. Firestarter sounds a little more high tech than it should be. Anything that will sustain a flame for more than a few seconds will work. Candles, dry tinder, priming paste and even dryer lint are sufficient. Be sure to store your firestarter in a waterproof pouch, like a freezer bag.

A multi-tool knife with pliers and a knife blade should always accompany your hike or camping trip. A knife has countless purposes including food prep, gear repair and other emergency needs. It’s also fun to chisel away at a branch to make an epic marshmallow roasting stick.

Emergency Shelter
For campers, this won’t be necessary since a tent will already be on the gear list. For day hikers, however, packing an emergency space sack, a small tarp or even a large plastic garbage bag could be crucial for survival should an unexpected night occur in the wilderness. For a day hike through a highly visited state park, an emergency shelter probably won’t be necessary. Bur for hikes on less traveled trails lasting more than six hours, an emergency shelter should not be overlooked.

Now that you have the Ten Essentials dialed, it’s important to know how to use them properly. Play with your knife, study your topography map, research how to treat cuts and sprains and sample that trail mix! Above all, knowledge is the most important piece of gear.

2013 Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection


2013 Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection

Yeah, yeah, yeah there has been a lot of talk about Travis Rice lately.  He was the star of the Art of Flight that came out earlier this season, he was the man behind the Red Bull Supernatural event, and he dates a supermodel (well, she’s pretty close).  When you’re rising to the top of the sports world, and get asked to be on late night talk shows, the opportunities of life swing their doors wide open for you.  For 2013 Quiksilver will release the Travis Rice Collection and it’s nothing short of amazing.  Here’s a sneak peak into a full kit of goodies that Travis will be riding next season…


Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Symbol Jacket

Could the Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Symbol Jacket be the most sought after snowboard jacket of all time?  Yes.  The Quiksilver Travis Rice – Scott Serfas collaboration Serfas Stripe Print pattern is a mind blowing combination of fabric, life, and art.


Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Aspect Jacket

Everyone needs a puffy jacket.  Everyone needs more Travis Rice in their lives.  Everyone needs the Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Aspect Jacket.  This fabulous piece of clothing is the Chuck Norris of snowboard jackets.


Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Cityscape Base Layer

A guy walks into a bar wearing a Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Cityscape Base Layer after slaying pow all day and the girls flock to him because he looks so good.  No joke.


Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Shadow Pant

You’ll cast no shadows with this ray of light called the Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Shadow Pant.  The relaxed fit is big enough to sag without looking like an emo kid.


Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Square Mitt

It’s a tough decision trying to choose whether or not to wear gloves or mittens.  The Quiksilver Travis Rice Collection Square Mitt is the spork of the glove and mitten world.  Removable glove liners and a trigger finger mitt shell will keep your digits toasty all season long.


2013 Thirtytwo – 32 Sneak Peak


2013 Thirtytwo Sneak Peak

Can you believe you’re seeing a sneak peak of the 2013 Thirtytwo gear?  Below are our 2 favorite series/collaborations Thirtytwo is offering for the 2013 season; the Joe Sexton Signature Series and the Dirtytwo (Thirtytwo X DGK) Collection.  Both are on opposite ends of the style spectrum – they cater to Thirtytwo’s diverse range of riders.  If you’re hesh or thug Thirtytwo has something for you.  Think about combining the two.  Imagine a baggy Dirtytwo jacket and tight pants – it’s called EmoYo’.



2013 Thirtytwo Joe Sexton Signature Series

What’s every Midwest snowboard kid’s dream growing up?  To get sponsored and have a pro model.  Joe Sexton isn’t a kid any more, he’s a grown man sitting ontop of the snowboard industry.  Thirtytwo saw Joe’s potential marketability and gave him not only a pro model piece, but multiple pieces.   Here it is ladies and gentlemen the Joe Sexton Signature Series.



Thirtytwo DGK Collection

Bridging the gap between snowboarding and skateboarding isn’t done by wonder boy Shaun White, it’s done by Thirtytwo and it’s Thirtytwo DGK Collection.  For all the kids living in urban area with tons of rail, ledge, and drop options Thirtytwo desided to collaborate with skateboarding’s bad boys, Dirty Ghetto Kids.  If you like Aesop Rock, tagging bathroom mirrors, and Cab 270-Front Tail-Back Nose (Change Up)-Pretzel Out combos you’ll love everything Dirtytwo has to offer.