Category Archives: Mountain Biking

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Danny Macaskill’s Done It Again

by Vince Hempsall, October 4, 2014

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Freestyle and freeride mountain bike sensation Danny Macaskill’s latest video showcases the Isle of Skye and it’s sick: the epic landscape shots and amazing tricks along precarious ridge lines make it one of the best mountain bike shorts ever.  However, one of the best parts of the film is towards the end where we see […]

Farewell to my Lucy Lawless

by Vince Hempsall, September 18, 2014


A week ago I sold my 1988 Ford Ranger pick-up truck to a friend because the maintenance required on her was getting beyond my limited mechanic skills. It was a hard decision though as Lucy and I had been through some amazing adventures together. I bought her 7 years ago and named her Lucy Lawless […]

Sol Mountain Lodge’s Other Backcountry Season

by Vince Hempsall, September 14, 2014


The Backcountry Ski Canada crew are at the Sol Mountain Lodge in the beautiful Monashee mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia, to take part in their season, which is in full swing right now. Before you begin to wonder just how this is possible in the middle of September, let us clarify that it’s the midst […]

Backcountry Lodge + Mountain Biking = Luxury

by Vince Hempsall, September 14, 2014


For many of us backcountry skiers, the off season is spent whiling away the hours flipping through back issues of ski porn mags, attending the occasional CrossFit class and dreaming of the white stuff. But for others, the summer and autumn months are an opportunity to take part in another sport that has us climbing […]

Review of the Chrome Kursk Pro & Storm Kursk Bike Sneakers

by Vince Hempsall, August 9, 2013


My Grandfather said there are two things in life you spend good money on – a bed and a pair of shoes, because if you’re not on your feet, you’re lying down. Of course, I highly doubt my grandfather would ever be caught rocking a pair of Kursk sneakers because a) he doesn’t bike and […]

Review of the Chrome Buran Messenger Bag

by Vince Hempsall, June 18, 2013


There was one point while reading the “manifesto” of Chrome Industries when I couldn’t help but scoff. “Chrome is not about fashion” the all caps prose read, “We make gear that protects people and their things from the elements without looking like you came from the mountains. Tools for living the city (sic).” Well, I […]

Review of the Five Ten Freerider Danny MacAskill Shoe

by Vince Hempsall, September 7, 2012


Since his sleeper hit debut on YouTube in 2009, Scottish freerider Danny MacAskill has become a household name. If by some rare chance you haven’t heard of him, then you obviously are not one of the 31 million people who have seen his Inspired Bicycles’ video where he rides a chainlink fence and pops inverted aerials off […]

Review of The North Face Downieville Colab Shorts and Wrencher Jersey

by Vince Hempsall, May 7, 2012


In the past few years The North Face has been tiptoeing into the mountain bike clothing market to cater to the off-season whims of their pro ski athletes, such as Sage Cattabriga-Alosa. Then, at last year’s Interbike Show in Las Vegas, the company jumped in with both feet by announcing a partnership with Pro-Tec and […]