Accessorize This: A Guide to Summer Accesories

It’s summertime, and here at Urban Adventurer we’re lightening our load and showing off our favorite summer accessories. As your summer accessory guru, I’m gonna walk you through some of our favorite items to make sure you stay funky, fly, and ready to rock all summer long.

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Herschel Eighteen Waist Pack | $44.95

Okay, go ahead and make fun of my obsession with this fanny pack, luckily in my early 20′s I’ve given up trying to be “cool,” and am finally embracing my inner nerd, which I suggest you all do.

The Herschel Eighteen Waist Pack is the Rolls Royce of fanny packs, and I’m not afraid to say it. Cotton canvas material, three main pockets, leather reinforced buckles and zippers, and it comes in the hippest colors around, it’s no wonder this pack is a concert goers best friend. It’s got room for your essentials AKA wallet, keys, & cell phone (the royal trinity, as I call it), freeing up your hands to fist-pump, high-five, wave at a friend, hug, dance, you name it! Next concert you go to, look for that guy or girl rocking out with their trusty Eighteen Waist Pack, but just try not to throw off their groove.

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Burton The Kit | $24.95

Burton’s The Kit is that trusty little friends that’s always got what you need. With a crush-proof PVC casing, this small case packs a punch and is perfect for carrying those things we always need but always seem to forget. The Kit’s small design lets it fit easily anywhere in your bag or pocket, and, depending on what you fill it with, may come in handy during times of desperation.

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Y+X Portable Battery Charger for Smartphone | $31.50

Nothing kills a summer beach day like a dead iPod, so you better bring along a backup Y+X Portable Battery Charger to make sure the music never stops! This USB-friendly battery pack holds two full iPhone charges within it, so it’s ready when you need it! So whether you’re truckin’ down to El Paso or putting out a fire on the mountain, a little backup sure never hurt!

Did I miss any must-have summer accessories?! Let me know! Be sure get outside and enjoy your summer days with friends, family, music, and of course, your favorite bag and accessory from Urban Adventurer!!

***This weekend only take 15% off all accessories with promocode: AccessorizeThis

 

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A Weekend Away with a Stowaway

It’s travel season folks, and this year I’m making sure my weekends are gonna be jam packed with adventure. Like all travel enthusiasts, I need a bag that can keep it together. It’s got to be big enough to hold the essentials- a change of clothes, Frisbee, snorkel, extra blanket, and, of course, a good book. But it also still has to be compact enough to fit wherever I go.

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Navali Stowaway Weekender | $124.95

Most duffel bags make me feel like I’m about to hit the gym, which I probably should be doing, but I’m heading out of town. I need a versatile weekend getaway bag that can be suited for all occasions, luckily I stumbled upon the Navali Stowaway Weekender Bag.

It’s about time I found this bag. The two side flapped pockets holds all my electronics and the huge 22oz main compartment leaves a nice open space to cram in all my clothes, accessories and gadgets. The Stowaway packs in everything I need it to and once I zipped it up, it snugly fit in both my trunk and the overhead storage bin on the plane.

Now that's one stuffed Stowaway!

This bag kicks ass, and I don’t say that often or lightly. The leather trim and tough cotton-canvas material have made the Stowaway one of the most durable bags I’ve used in my travels. In addition to its durability, everyone has been throwing me compliments everywhere I take it. “I’ve been looking for a bag like that” is quite often the most common phrase I hear whenever I bust out my weekender.

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I told you it was a tough bag, even Lily couldn't ruin the leather straps!

Be sure to look good on your next weekend vacation and pick up a Navali Stowaway Weekender bag! Now ON SALE at 15% off for $106.24, this weekend only! Going anywhere fun this summer? Tell us about it, we’re dying to know the places our bags go once they leave us!

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Mom’s Favorite Tote Bag

I know, we’re a little behind this year for Mother’s Day, but that’s not stopping us from offering our favorite “motherly” tote bag from Knomo on sale! It’s the Berkely Rubi 15″ in Ivory, and it’s the perfect tote for spring brunch and summer picnics- all of Mom’s favorite activities!

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Knomo Berkeley Rubi 15" Tote | Now only $299

Normally it’s $325, but because we love our customers (and our moms), we’re offering it for only $299!! The Rubi 15″ Tote has everything from a quilted 13″ laptop pouch to a removable strap. Did I mention it has enough organizational pockets to satisfy even the most organized of mothers?

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Quilted Laptop Sleeve holds 13" laptops, crossword puzzles, magazines, or whatever else Mom needs!

The soft interior and smooth exterior are guaranteed to make her friends jealous, so be sure to get a Rubi 15″ Tote for Mom today! Choose overnight delivery before 3pm on 5/10 and receive guaranteed Saturday delivery! Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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5 Favorite Party Accessories for Cinco De Mayo

Some people say Memorial Day is the start to summer, but here at Urban Advenutrer we’re feeling the heat early in Vermont, so we decided kick summer into gear with Cinco Di Mayo! Barbeques, beaches, and parties are on our radar for this weekend, and we thought we’d celebrate by showing off 5 of our favorite party items to start your summer, all on sale this weekend!!

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Burton Beeracuda | $16.97

Burton Beeracuda

Locked and loaded, but mostly loaded, the Burton Beeracuda over the shoulder beverage holder was recently declassified by the government, the blueprint given to civilians. Full of technologically complex features like the ability to hold five cans at once and the application of gravity to hold it securely to your shoulder. Koozie up front keeps one additional piece of ammo within immediate range of your muzzle.

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Burton Lil Buddy with Speakers | $79.95

Burton Lil’ Buddy

You’ll always have a friend with the Burton Lil Buddy. Just load ‘er up, crank up the stereo with included removable speakers, and hit the street with a grip of your favorite ice cold beverages. The standard size 3.5mm headphone jack means it plays everything from your uncle’s old 8-track to your fancy new iPod. Whether lurking at the beach, behind the corner store, or the resort parking lot, your Lil Buddy will always be full of good times and bright ideas. With room for a 12-pack plus ice, and accessory pockets for all necessities, disturbing the peace has never been cooler.

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Timbuk2 Beer candy Bottle Opener | $5.62

Timbuk2 Beer Candy Bottle Opener

Gone are the days of inaccessible brews. The Beer Candy bottle opener is made of tougher than tough anodized aluminum and secures right to any bag strap to keep you prepared. Timbuk2 is not responsible for lapses in judgment, break-ups, make-ups, and dance-offs that may occur as a result of Beer Candy usage.

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Timbuk2 Beerdaleer | $7.50

Timbuk2 Beerdaleer Strapable Koozie

Beer hats are out, the Beerdaleer is in. We know you want to have your beer, and drink it too, but in some social settings that’s just impossible. Not anymore! Now you never have to set your beer down and fret about someone stealing a swig and backwashing into your suds, the Beerdaleer will keep safe, secure, and on your person at all times.

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Y+X Portable Battery Charger for Smartphone | $31.50

Y+X Portable Battery Charger for Smartphone

Nothing kills a party faster than than a dead iPod, so you better bring along a backup Portable Charger to make sure the music never stops! Just plug it in and you’re fully charged in an hour! Crank up the tunes and before you know it, it’s like you’re playing in the band, everyone’s dancing in the streets and the party’s not fading away. So whether you’re truckin’ down to El Paso or putting out a fire on the mountain, a little backup battery can always steer you in the right direction!

Have a fun, safe, and adventurous Cinco De Mayo from your friends at Urbanadventurer!

 

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Battle of the Backpacks: Round 2

We know you couldn’t get enough of our last Battle of the Backpacks Review, so we’re back again to bring you round 2! Why review one bag when we have so many styles, options, colors, and brands available here at Urban Adventurer?!  I love all types of messenger bags, briefcases, and travel bags, but there’s nothing like a good ole backpack to keep your essentials secure and your hands free. I know we’re all busy, so let’s get to it and see what some of our favorite brands have in store!

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Kelty Vintage Captain Backpack | $80.00

First up is the Kelty Vintage Backpack. Sporting a vintage design with modern features, this bag was my favorite from the start. Although not quite as large as the other two backpacks, this pack stood out to me for its simplicity in design and durable, yet lightweight material.

  • Pack includes one large main pocket and one smaller front-side pocket
  • Large interior organizing pockets and padded laptop sleeve in main compartment make it easy to separate smaller and larger items
  • Heavily-padded shoulder straps make it ideal for any hike or outdoor activity
  • Waist buckles make it more secure for climbing and hiking.

The only problem I had with the backpack is the size, but that all depends on what your using it for! Going on a day hike? The Kelty Captain is what you’re looking for, but if that turns into a week-long camping trip you might want something a little bigger to carry your gear. Lets go see what our other two contenders have in store! Next up is the Burton Tinder Pack.

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Burton Tinder Backpack | $59.95

The Burton Tinder Pack is a lot like the Captain, particularly in its hybrid mix of old school style and modern features. Much bigger than the Kelty, the Tinder Pack is definietly made to be outside. With enough room to fit all your gear, this bag’s a perfect casual, comfortable bag.

  • Large main compartment and front flap over style give original design and old school feel
  • Rucksack style drawstring on top ensure your gear stays inside
  • No organizational pockets make it hard to separate large and small items
  • Secret padded laptop sleeve to the side of the bag is awesome

I loved the Tinder pack for its style and feel, but in terms of practicality it’s hard to organize your items. If you’re a grab what you got and hit the road kind of person, this bag is the one for you. If you like to place everything in a neat, structured manner, than the Jansport Boost backpack might be right up your alley.

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Jansport Boost Backpack | $74.99

Steering away from the vintage revolution of the 2010′s, the Jansport Boost Backpack gives what you need and doesn’t beat around the bush. Loaded with modern features and pockets upon pockets, the Jansport Boost rocks, and here’s why:

  • Not 1, not 2, but 3 huge main pockets, not to mention the padded laptop sleeve that’s big enough to hold a 17″ Macbook.
  • Front pocket loaded with organizational compartments for pens, cell phones and other tech accessories.
  • Extra bottom pocket perfect for last minute items and small sunglasses pocket on top is just super clutch.
  • Mesh side pockets easy for storing water bottles and other small items.

While this bag not may not be as trendy or stylish as the previous two, the Jansport Boost is all about functionality and space, I mean its freakin’ huge! It held everything I had with room to spare, making it perfect for almost any activity imaginable!

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Kelty Captain, Jansport Boost or Burton Timber? You decide!

Stay tuned for all new bag reviews, lifestyle stories, action/adventure, fashion/fun and more from your friends at Urban Adventurer! Leave a comment and tell us about your favorite backpack!!

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I’d Rather Be…

Spring’s coming slowly here in Vermont, to say the least. As I sit back and watch the ground thaw at a painful pace, I can’t help but imagine the fun activities to be had- fishing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, or anything outdoors. Spring’s nice in Vermont, but I’m thinking of a place where the summer sun doesn’t go down. I think this week I’d rather be in Chugach National Park, Alaska.

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Prince William Sound, Chugach National Park, AK. Photo Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

As an action sports junkie myself, I couldn’t think of anywhere other than the final frontier to take my fictional wild vacation. After being cooped up all winter, it’s finally time to get those legs moving up a mountain, through a forest, or straight to the beach. Chugach National Park has every environment you can imagine from tropical rainforests to mammoth glaciers to dazzling rivers and streams. Located on the southern coast of Alaska, it is loaded with all types of wildlife and areas to explore.

Good morning Alaska! Photo Courtesy of Alaskatravel.com

Kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, spelunking, fishing – I know its not your typical idea of relaxation, but I’m kinda of a weird guy. My vacations are seldom relaxing in the conventional sense, there’s just too much to explore in a new place! If you’re like me and seek out the adventure, then Alaska is the place to be. I’m around people all the time, so sometimes its nice sharing an outdoor hotel with birds, fishes, foxes, moose, and bears (but hopefully not too many bears!)

 

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Oh hey there, Mr. Otter! Photo Courtesy of uaa.alaska.edu

Where’s your “rather be” vacation destination? Not as crazy as me, that’s probably a good thing! Adventure’s what you make of it, so long as your exploring new sites, scenes, people, and moments! Also, make sure you have a sturdy, functional bag to accompany you on your next adventure, so check out what we have here at Urbanadventurer.com!

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JanSport’s Spring ’13 Collection has Arrived!

The time has come for Jansport's latest spring collection!

Well it’s finally happening. Snow’s melting, birds are chirping and here at Urban Adventurer we’re gearing up for our favorite time of year: Spring. Once the sun shines through the winter clouds and temperatures get above 45 degrees, you can bet it’s time to get outside for some mountain biking, vegetable gardening, fresh river fishing, hiking, camping, ultimate frisbee-ing, or BBQ-ing! We’re psyched for Spring if you couldn’t already tell, and you’ll be too once you check out the new Spring styles that just came in from JanSport!

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Jansport Big Student Classic Daypack - $44.95

JanSport Big Student Backpack - $44.95

There’s no doubt that with the JanSport Big Student Classic Daypack, you’ll be too cool for school. This large capacity pack with two main compartments will easily hold all your spring essentials (shades, sandals, books, swim trunks, you name it!)  It also has a front pocket with an organizer to store gadgets, gizmos, music players, yo-yos, and any other small trinkets you take on your journey. Other features include an upper zippered accessory pocket, a lower front zippered stash pocket, and a web ergo handle with reinforced hold on the top of the pack. This bag is a classic for a reason.

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 2100 cubic inches/31 liters
  • Weight: 1 pound, 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 17.25 x 13 x 10.125 inches
  • Fabric: 600D Poly or 11W Corduroy

Jansport Elefunk Messenger Bag - $54.99

JanSport Elefunk Messenger Bag - $54.95

There’s no better time than Spring to get a lil’ funky. Whether you’re biking to work or zip-lining through the trees, the JanSport Elefunk Messenger Bag is as durable as they come, not to mention it’s packed with features and side pockets to keep you organized on-the-fly.  Your laptop, file folders, power cords, battery pack, cell phone, MP3 player, pens, keys, glasses, water bottle, and everything else you need will be right where you need it! Nail your next presentation then hit your next jump with the stylish JanSport Elefunk Messenger Bag!

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 1750.2 cubic inches/28.68 litres
  • Weight: 1 pound, 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 13 x 16 x 5.5 inches
  • Fabric: 600 Denier Polyester, 420 Denier Velocity Nylon
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Jansport Flare Daypack - $59.95

JanSport Flare Daypack – $59.95

A collaboration of vintage design and modern bag technology, The Flare Daypack features an easy access front zippered table sleeve, a front utility pocket with an organizer and a versatile easy access padded sleeve that is designed to fit a 3L hydration system or 15″ laptop. This bag also has ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps, two large main compartments, a custom carabineer key clip, a side water bottle pocket, dual webbing gear loops, and a web haul handle, the perfect companion for your next outing in the woods!

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 1465cubic inches/26 liters
  • Weight: 1 pound, 11 ounces
  • Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 5 inches
  • Fabric: 305 Polyester Dobby
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Jansport Boost Backpack - $74.99

JanSport Boost Backpack - $74.99

Perfect for toting larger (17”) laptops with its two large main compartments, the JanSport Boost easily stores large items such as books, binders, six-packs, calculators, whatever you’ve got! It has a fully padded laptop sleeve and a front organizer compartment with utility pockets as well as a cord management pocket. Ergonomically designed, the JanSport Boost backpack has AirCore shoulder straps and a padded back panel to help prevent aches, pains, and strains. Perfect for school, work, or play!

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 2300 cubic inches/38 liters
  • Weight: 1 pound, 14 ounces
  • Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 11 inches
  • Fabric: 600 Denier Polyster, 300 Denier Polyster Hex Weave, Polyester Ballistic
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Hope you like spring 'cause summer is coming in hot!

Let us know which JanSport bag is right for you and we’re sure to give you the best deal possible! Check us out on Facebook and urbanadventurer.com to stay up to date on all of our new products this season! Happy adventuring folks!

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Product Review: Y+X B30 Portable Battery Chargers

Since we first introduced the Y+X B30 Portable Battery Chargers here at Urban Adventurer, we’ve received a ton of questions from our loyal fans asking more about these batteries. In our last blog, we took the B30 Battery Charger on a test run at Sugarbush Mountain for a day of snowboarding to show what it can do, but today we’re going to get a little more technical. How many charges does it hold? How long can it last? How exactly does it work? Where can I use it? All these questions will be answered today as we explore the ins and outs of the Y+X B30 Portable Battery Charger to see what sets it apart from other smartphone batteries.

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Y+X B30 Portable battery Charger for Smartphone (Yellow/Orange)

Design
The first thing I noticed was the slim, fashionable design of these batteries. I noticed there weren’t many variations in styles or colors out there apart from the boxy black batteries that only hold one charge. Once I stumbled upon the yellow/orange and green colors, I was already hooked on the B30 Battery Charger, not to mention the slim design lets it fit easily in my bag or pocket. What was even cooler was the LED Flashlight on the black and white B30L series, which would certainly come in handy for late night backpacking through the woods, or finding the fuse box during a power outage!

We test our B30 battery chargers by taking them snowboarding

Durability
After a major snowstorm hit us here in the northeast, I took the B30 battery Charger with me to Sugarbush Mountain for a fun day of shredding the gnar. Check out the Surviving Nemo in Style blog post to see how well the B30 Battery Charger held up in the snow storm! Needless to say, it was definitely tougher than me, I know I came home with more bumps and bruises than my phone charger did!

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Dual USB- ports allow for charging up to two devices at the same time

Functionality
The Y+X Battery Charger‘s dual USB- ports allow you to charge two devices simultaneously, much unlike most other portable batteries that only let you charge one phone at a time. Just plug your smartphone, tablet, or any USB- friendly device into the charger, press the button on top, and that’s it! The 4 lights indicate how much power is left in the battery, and they hold about two full smartphone charges within them. The Y+X Battery Charger really came through for me last week when my phone died right when I left my house. I plugged my phone in and in about an hour and half it was fully charged up! The Y+X Battery Charger also holds its charge for 9 months just in case you need to stow that power away for a long hike or backpack trip across Europe!

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Versatility
The B30 Portable battery Chargers can go anywhere! They are travel safe and can be used on any plane, bus, boat, rickshaw, zip-line, pack mule, gondola, or any other mode of transportation you need to get to your next adventure. Now only $39.95 at Urbanadventuer.com! SPECIAL PROMOTION: This weekend only get ALL Y+X Portable Battery Chargers at 15% off from April 4-8, 2013!! Get yours today!!

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Surviving Nemo in Style with the B30 Rechargeable Battery

As the northeast got pummeled over the weekend by Superstorm Nemo (What’s with all these superstorms anyway? What happened to a good ole fashioned blizzard?), millions of people got to cozy up by the fire, snuggle with a good book and wait patiently for the storm to pass. This may seem like rational behavior (and it most certainly is) for most people, but us Vermonters do things a little differently. So when old Nemo started making its way towards our neck of the woods, my Vermonters and I packed the car, snow-suited up and headed for the hills to do what we do best: shred the gnar.

Dead Ipods are no problem with the Y+X rechargeable battery- fully dead to fully charged in 45 minutes!! Can't stop, won't stop, can't stop the beat!

Alright, now for my second favorite part of the day: the drive to the mountain.  In this case, the journey is to Warren, Vermont: home of Sugarbush Resort. With blue skies ahead, fresh coffee, and a speedy iPod charge, thanks to Urban Adventurer’s new Y+X B30 rechargeable battery, it’s now the time to kill some time. After popping in my Allman Brothers Live at the Filmore East ’71, (yea that’s right, my car still rocks out to CDs) my buddies and I begin to discuss our plans for the day. Powder, freshies, fluffies, pow pow, gnar, danks, whatever you want to call it, it’s all about the snow, and we are ready to face it head on.

Alas, the heavens have opened. Let there be snow!!

Hallelujah! We’ve made it!! With my iPod as charged up as my adrenaline, there’s not a moment to spare. I pop on my camel pack and throw in some necessities: an extra neck warmer, hand & toe warmers, a couple tall-boy Heady Toppers (don’t tell ski patrol!) and the new Y+X B30 battery to charge up my tunes on the fly. One last bit of waiting in line until the chair hits the back of my knees and we have liftoff!!

Weaving, carving, sliding, and flying down the main trail, I’m in a trance. It’s hard to describe the feeling; no thoughts, no worries, and no plans to make, focused entirely on the board beneath me and control over my legs and body. Life in the moment can take you places you’ve never been before, and it sure isn’t easy coming back down to reality right after jumping off a 20 foot cliff into powder, falling on your face and laughing with all your friends who just fell in the same spot. Yea, I guess it doesn’t make too much sense throwing one’s body down a mountain at high speeds, but in my experience, I’ve found some of the best things in life don’t really make much sense at all.

The Y+X battery is definitely a bare necessity when touring the back country, forget about your worries and your strife!

Time flies by and before you know it the second to last run. (skiers/snowboarders never announce a last run, its bad luck) My Ipod finally died at the end of the trail, so I plugged it back into my B30 battery to give it one last charge as I headed up the ski lift. I hopped off the lift and checked the battery, and it was a little more than halfway charged!! In a span of 10 minutes, I couldn’t believe it! The Band’s “Don’t Do it” from the Last Waltz blares to my rescue and I slice down the snow like a hot knife through butter.

I made it to base camp, success! Now its time to kick off my boots, grab a pint, and spark a conversation with fellow adrenaline junky I’ve yet to meet. I find strangers always have the best stories to tell, maybe its ’cause I haven’t heard them before! Tell us about your Superstorm Nemo survival story, extra points if you survived with style!! I know with good tunes pumping all day thanks to my B30 Rechargeable Battery Pack I felt on top of the world!! Cheers!

Great day of riding: no injuries, no rain, lots of pow. Check.

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Holiday Home Stretch

Happy Holidays!!!

We know, we know, we promised you an update on the final holiday sales. Well, we have a couple:

  • Starting today (12/10) all orders will ship via two-day
  • 10% off all products and items. Use code: “LASTMINUTEGIFT”
  • Be sure to search our site thoroughly. We have individual product sales throughout our entire store!
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