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For The Ladies – Bohdi Sandal by Chaco

Friday, August 19th, 2022

The Bodhi is a new women’s sandal from Chaco.

It features their LUVSEAT PU midsole paired with an outsole made of non-marking ChacoGrip rubber compound with 3mm lugs.

Offered in Black, Porcelain Blue, and Rhubarb in sizes 5-12.


The Big Gear Show 22 – Aku

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Aku showed me a Pilgrim variant that hasn’t received much attention outside of Europe.

The Pilgrim TSC is offered in versions with and without a GORE-TEX lining.

Features include reinforcement for fast-roping as well as padding at the ankle.

The sole is the Vibram Curcuma which is anti-static as well as heat and POL resistant. Additionally, the sole is puncture resistant. It’s also about 20 grams lighter per pair than the Pilgrim DS.

Offered in sizes 7-13.5.


Salomon Celebrates 75 Years

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Outdoor brand marks 75th anniversary with 4-part YouTube series highlighting the company’s innovative history across winter sports, running, outdoors and action sports

OGDEN, Utah — Salomon, a leader in the world of outdoor sports, celebrates 75 years with festivities in the brand’s hometown and a launch of a 4-part YouTube series honoring the brand’s rich history. The series reflects on the contributions it has made to winter sports, running, hiking and action sports since it rose from humble beginnings in Annecy’s historic old town.

“Since Salomon was founded in a small workshop in the heart of Annecy in 1947, it has been reinventing products and sports while helping its consumers find the best version of themselves through outdoor experiences,” says Salomon President and CEO, Franco Fogliato, who joined the company in November 2021. “The town of Annecy and the outdoor communities around it have shaped Salomon into the company that it is today.”

75 Years of History Established in the French Alps
Salomon started as a family wood saw and ski edge shop in 1947 and has grown into a globally recognized outdoor brand with more than 1600 employees worldwide, including approximately 750 at its global headquarters—the 33,500 square-meter Annecy Design Center. Known as the ADC, it is home to engineers, designers, and athletes, and is located just five kilometers from the original Salomon family shop. The company currently conducts business in 91 countries across Europe, North America and Asia via its 190 Salomon-branded stores and thousands of global retail partners, and online via its website and e-tail partners. Today, Salomon is the worldwide leader in winter sports equipment sales (consisting of alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding) and the global leader in the sport of trail running.

“Georges Salomon was fond of saying ‘I’m fascinated by what I will do tomorrow’ so while this 75th anniversary gives us a chance to look back on what we have done, we are extremely excited about what the next chapter of Salomon will hold here in Annecy and globally,” Fogliato adds. “Today, Salomon is focused on maintaining our leadership in trail running and winter sports, and reaching new, younger outdoor sports participants who have found the brand through hiking, running and our SportStyle footwear.”

YouTube Series Explores Salomon’s 75 years of Innovation

As part of its look back at 75 years in the outdoor world, Salomon has released a four-part YouTube series that examines the major chapters in the brand’s history. The first episode examines Salomon’s 75 years of innovation in winter sports, which includes ski industry-altering creations like the 747 binding, the 1080 ski and the S/LAB Shift binding. The second episode covers the company’s exploits in the Freedom Actions Sports Era of the 2000s, which includes board sports, inline skating and wingsuit flying. In episode 3, viewers see how Salomon ignites communities with activations like Ski Cross, the Jib Academy, Salomon TV and Adventure Racing in the early 2000s. The fourth and final episode dives into how Salomon’s risk-taking mentality helped build the sport of trail running from its early days and how the brand has become the global leader in the sport today.

The series includes interviews with current and former employees as well as legendary Salomon athletes, who have always been an integral part of the brand’s DNA and continue to play a huge roll in product development. Many of the historic moments in the YouTube series were captured along the way by Salomon TV, which got its start in 2007 as Salomon Freeski TV and has influenced how brands develop content around their athletes and sports. The franchise has evolved to cover every sport in the Salomon portfolio and addressed topics like the environment and politics through the lens of sports and athletes. In its 16 years of existence, Salomon TV episodes have won numerous film festival awards and racked up more than 114 million views and more than 5 million viewing hours. 

In recent years, the brand has also made a number of sustainability commitments and achievements. By 2030, Salomon will reduce its carbon emissions by 30% and by 2025, 100% percent of its products will be designed with circular economy principles. These commitments have led to products like the Index.01 recyclable running shoe and a new ski touring range for winter 2022-23 which implements recycled materials.

A Call to Fans for their Favorite Salomon Memories
After revisiting 75 years of “Inventing Tomorrow” through this four-part YouTube series, Salomon is now asking members of its community to share their own favorite memory connected to Salomon—whether it’s a first pair of skis, a chance meeting with an athlete or a big trail race in Salomon shoes. To share a Salomon memory, post a photo or video on social media tagging @Salomon and using the hashtag #MySalomonStory. Salomon will feature the best posts in its content in the weeks ahead.

Combat Flip Flops Release Two New Styles

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Combat Flip Flops is releasing two new styles for men and women. Both the LT-22 and RBR are Lowtops which will run $64.99 and $59.99 respectively. Both models will be available in both Black and White.

The LT-22s. Classic style, modern performance, required durability. With Nyco laces, blended synthetic uppers, EVA insoles, and stickyAF rubber, these lowtops are built to roll as hard as you do.

Let’s face it. If you’ve got miles on your frame, a good set of slip on shoes makes every step better. The 2022 Combat Flip Flops RNRs combine stickyAF rubber, stitched outsoles, and padded fit for those with experienced style and grit.

Covered by the Combat Flip Flops Lifetime Warranty, these styles come in Men’s sizes 7–15 and Women’s sizes 5-11 (HALF SIZES GO DOWN IN SIZE).

Both styles are made in Bogota, Colombia and will be available in late August.

Find out more at www.combatflipflops.com/new.

Stuff I Like – Black Diamond Session Approach Shoes

Saturday, July 9th, 2022

I pick on my wife telling her that she wears the adult equivalent of toddler clothes around the house, but truth be told I’m doing the same thing.

Since COVID hit I’ve taken to wearing an ersatz uniform around the house and on short errands consisting of Vuori climbing pants, an Arc’teryx T-shirt and Black Diamond Session Approach Shoes*. If it’s raining, or I’m going for a hike, I stick with the Salewa Alpine Trainer Low. It’s not that I’m bouldering anymore, it’s really about comfort.

So why would I wear approach shoes? A couple of reasons. Although the soles are in fact sticky and offer sure footedness, these are really casual shoes. Plus, thanks to the stretch-fit heel they are slip-ons. That is the biggest factor.

The EVA mod-sole makes them comfy and I like the rubber toe rand. I’m now on my third pair since I started wearing them, so expect about a year’s worth of wear.

Offered in sizes 6-14 in several colors.


*If you’re curious about my underwear it’s Saxx boxer briefs and Point6 socks. If I like something, I buy six pair.

Naglev – Vulcano

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

The Vulcano from Italian boot maker Naglev is described as a speed hiker, combing the stability of a hiking boot with the agility of a trail runner.

The secret is apparently the rather prominent single piece of wrap-around Kevlar, even around the outsole. It also features integrated cable lacing, a wicking Lycra liner, a midsole and footbed that molds to your foot over time for a custom fit, and a natural rubber compound outsole.

The Vulcano uses European sizing and is available exclusively from Huckberry.


Monday, June 20th, 2022

Firebird has received the latest shipment of Airwalk VICs in MultiCam Arid and Black. They go on sale Public Sale on Sunday 26th at Noon MST (Phoenix time).

This drop is smaller than last one as they divided the pairs in 2 colors.

Size 6-13 are in stock and they will go fast.

Details at firebird-skydiving.myshopify.com/collections/the-vic

ORSM 22 – Adidas Five Ten

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

I have been a huge fan of Five Ten for years. It’s good to see that the brand is still alive under Adidas but I wish they’d go back to their roots and create some more outdoor styles beyond the biking styles they currently make.

However, some of these shoes can be used for other applications than intended like the Trailcross Mid Pro.

This non-waterproof, mid height boot can be used for maritime ops and incorporates D3O at the ankle to mitigate injuries.

Best of all, and features Five Ten’s famous stealth rubber sole compound?. Sticky, it will ensure you are surefooted on wet terrain.