I recall meeting up with the man who started up Skullcandy a few years ago. Skullcandy’s logo borrowed heavily from Skull Skates but they wound up disrupting the earphone market. Last fall, Skullcandy got bought by another company for $197 million. The headphone market is definitely a big deal! Today I received an email about a new company that has come up with another take on headphones. They are called Unit 1. Take a peek at what they look like.While most folks on the snow would appreciate this unique helmet/headset combo, there’s no doubt there is a fit for skating. But, remember to be careful. You gotta be able to hear the cars too!The wireless headphones dock in and out of the helmet for separate use (so great for anyone with iOS jack issues). The unit has a super simple one button and dial control that work with thick gloves. Thismeans you can pause, skip tracks and take calls without having to fiddle about Indigogo campaign is in full effect.
Each year I visit Munich to attend ISPO. There are a ton of amazing skate products along with numerous great people. I always make it a point to get to the ISPO innovation area. This year, a backpack caught my eye. It’s from a Canadian expat who now lives in Denmark. His name is Adrian Solgaard and his company, Solgaard, is creating some pretty interesting products.This man is secretly Canadian. Adrian and I immediately hit it off and I was pretty damn impressed with his backpack that he was showcasing at his booth. Seems like I’m not the only one – the company raised over 1.2 million dollars on Kickstarter. What is fascinating about this backpack is that it literally has every conceivable thing a skater could want. 1. It has a proprietary lock – you can lock this bag to a fence or table. This is a crucial feature because sometimes you fear your bag is going to get lifted if you are at skatepark. 2. It has a phenomenal speaker – and you can play music for up to 96 hours 3. As crucial as the lock is a solar charger. You can charge your phone up to 6 times. 4. There are hidden pockets to hide your cash or secret phone numbers! There are more features, but these four alone make the pack a skater’s perfect backpack. Of course, true skateboard backpacks also include straps to hold the board. While this could be something that Solgaard could add to future products, I am not sure how much it would help things. The backpack is truly exceptional. Kudos to Adrian and his entire team! If you are interested, you can purchase one here.
Our associate editor Daniel Fedkenheuer has compiled a list of some fantastic gift ideas…all under $30. Happy holidays to all our readers and advertisers. I’ll be compiling my own list next week.Sk8ology – Click Carabiner Skate Tool – $12.99When you pack your car to the brim with boards and ramps, sometimes losing your keys and skate tool in the process is inevitable. For this, the world’s only skateboard tool designed to clip to your belt loops and bags is the perfect way to keep your essentials on hand.Available at: http://store.sk8ology.com Death Digital – Death Grip 2.0 VX Handle – $30This smartphone/GoPro handle combines the best of old and new school filming styles by fusing the classic feel of shooting VX footage with the ability to record on modern HD devices. It also features a shoe mount for external lighting options and a universal mount for additional attachments.Available at: http://www.deathdigital.com Lifeblood Skateboards – Lifeblood Slam Repair Kit – $19.95Every holiday season, my parents would slip a tooth brush into my stocking as a more sensible gift amidst the mounds of sugary candy. This all in one first aid kit has the same effect for the piles of presents otherwise consisting of new boards and shoes. Available at: http://socalskateshop.com Monster Paint – Clear Spray On Griptape – $18For those looking to decorate the top plys of their decks and still see their creations, this awesome spray-on allows you to apply grip where you need it most. Each can holds enough to cover 5-6 40” longboards with two coats and takes just five minutes to dry.Available at: http://longboardsusa.com Andale Bearings – Marc Johnson Pro Rated Notepad Bearings – $29.95This box set comes complete with a notepad and pencil featuring art from Marc Johnson for your ever ending trick list and a fresh set of Pro Rated bearings and spacers to keep your ride smooth through the cold. Available at: http://socalskateshop.com The Board Pillow – $29.99For the groms on your shopping list who brave the cold to keep skating through the winter season, this pillow gives them something to warm up with as they continue to eat, sleep, skate. The washable covers feature graphics of everyone from Sean Malto to Christian Hosoi to Daewon Song.Available at: http://theboardpillow.com Shorty’s – Complete Finishing Kit: Tech Pack – $26.99This all in one kit is perfect for putting the finishing touches on a brand new setup. Equipping you with everything you need from grip tape to bearings and spacers to riser pads to anti-vibration silencers to a whole bunch of stickers, this pack has it all.Available at: http://www.skatewarehouse.com/Independent – Genuine Parts Tool Kit – $24.95In relation to the last item, this second kit from Independent holds all the tools you need to assemble your setup and then some. In it, you can find a double sided wrench, a socket driver, a driver with attachments for flat, phillips and allen keys and extra hardware, axle nuts and kingpin bolts.Available at: http://www.nhsfunfactory.com The Original Grip Gum – $5.99One of the greatest burdens I face on the East Coast when it finally warms up enough to hit the streets is the mess of sand and road salt left behind from the snow storms that cakes onto my grip tape. This cleaner removes the debris from your deck and keep it grippy.Available at: http://www.skatewarehouse.com Powell Peralta – 2016 Holiday Ornaments 4PK – $21.00To round out this list, the undoubtedly most festive item is this 4 pack of Powell Peralta Holiday ornaments to add some stoke to the mess of snowmen and Santa Clauses on your tree. Available at: http://powell-peralta.com/powell-peralta