The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

On the Oregon coast we are not known for our sunny days.  It rains the majority of the year.  Oregonians are used to this.  A tell tale sign of a tourist is someone with an umbrella.  Rain gear most of the time consists of a hooded sweatshirt, which when going about one’s daily routine suffices just splendidly!  Another staple of Oregon culture is our affection for outdoor activity.  With beautiful natural playgrounds like The Gorge, Bend, Mt. Hood, and of course our Pacific Coast line it’s hard to let the constant threat of rain stop you from partaking in hiking, fishing, kayaking, and all the other things we Oregonians enjoy so much!  I don’t know if you have ever gone hiking in a hooded sweatshirt, but I have and even I, a native Oregonian (webbed toes and all) have decided a rain coat is very much a necessity.  When shopping for a rain coat I came across the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket.  It was suggested to me by many of my coworkers, and I see people wearing it everywhere.  I was already interested because I know Patagonia is a very environmentally conscious company, so I went for it and bought a Torrentshell.  I have never worn a jacket so much, I love it!  It keeps me dry without being bulky and obtrusive, and it has a flattering cut.  My favorite part is a built in pocket that you can shove the whole coat into and pack it easily (it’s the little things).  So if you live in a rainy environment, and are too stubborn to let it keep you indoors I highly suggest you get a Torrentshell Jacket.

Minds In The Water: Surf Film Review

Minds In The Water: Surf Film Review

Pro Surfer.  Make that Pro “Free” Surfer.  Dave Rastovich lives the dream.  It’s easy to be envious.  Here’s a guy who seems to have it all.  For some, that would be enough, so it’s wonderful to see him giving back by helping us realize, as surfers, just how blessed we are to be close to nature and how important it is for us to look after, not destroy the ocean and its creatures. Dolphins, whales, and sharks are being systematically killed by the thousands each year by selfish irresponsible people who seem to have a total disregard for the impact they are ironically placing on their own well-being and the well-being of future generations.

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Minds in the Water does have great surfing, but with a more meaningful message.  One man can make a difference if he has the strength to move others.  Good on ya “Rasta”.

One of a Kind Cleanline Gear by Aaron Toledo

From the beginning Cleanline has had deep roots in Northwest culture and surf.  We have been drinking micro brews and wearing flannel as long as anyone, and when designing our private label gear we try and get graphics Lewis and Clark would be stoked to rock.  All this beer and rain creates a wonderful environment for the cultivation of art.  We are truly lucky to have so many talented people walk through our lives who share our passion.  Our latest Cleanline original pieces come from tattoo artist out of Astoria, Oregon.  Aaron Toledo, owner and artist at Keepsake Tattoo has been tattooing in the northwest since 2002 and is an avid sailor and surfer.  His passion for the sea and the northwest bleeds into his art with beauty and soul.  Rocky coast lines and crashing waves surrounded by majestic fir trees are just a few things you can expect to see in the work Aaron has done for us.  Get your piece of the Northwest today, with our Cleanline Owl Longboard or any of our Cleanline Eagle Apparel by Aaron.

Patagonia Big Wave Self-Inflation Vest

Patagonia has just announced their new Big Wave Self-Inflation Vest.  A vest designed specifically for surfing the biggest waves on the planet.  Input from big wave surfer Kohl Christensen and a team of researchers at Patagonia are ensuring this is the best big wave vest out there.  Check out the video below.  Currently there isn’t any word on when these will be available for sale, but we should have them as soon as they are over at our Patagonia Wetsuits page.