Gear Stoke

We love gear. Good quality gear. Without the proper tools you can't succeed while working in the outdoors. Everything from how you get there, what you eat, where you sleep and the essentials you need to make the production a success.  Here's some more products we love to use while having fun and producing commercials/ad campaigns in the outdoors.

*Note to readers.*  If it's not on this page than we didn't like it.  All gear is not created equal.

Dakine High Roller bag

The DAKINE High Roller bag is the king of snowboard/ski bags. I've used this bag for 20 plus trips across North/South America.  I've dragged it down stairs, put it on trains, trucks and subways. It's got all the right pockets and space for everything you need to make a trip stress free.  It's tough, water resistant and you can even take a nap on it.  I also once saw one run over by a car and it came out just fine.  Bomber!    www.dakine.com

The DAKINE High Roller bag is the king of snowboard/ski bags. I've used this bag for 20 plus trips across North/South America.  I've dragged it down stairs, put it on trains, trucks and subways. It's got all the right pockets and space for everything you need to make a trip stress free.  It's tough, water resistant and you can even take a nap on it.  I also once saw one run over by a car and it came out just fine.  Bomber!   www.dakine.com

FORSAKE Hiker boot.

Good solid shoes are essential once you get the snowboard/ski boots off your feet.  These waterproof Hiking boots have that sneaker vibe but can hang in the snow.  www.forsake.com

Good solid shoes are essential once you get the snowboard/ski boots off your feet.  These waterproof Hiking boots have that sneaker vibe but can hang in the snow. www.forsake.com

Deeluxe XV splitboard boot.

These are splitboard specific snowboard boots. Yes! Finally! All the right flex in all the right places. Speed lacing to make sure they lace up perfectly for your foot.  A nice sticky Vibram sole makes them that much better for climbing around on rocks. Amazing waterproof material systems means you can keep those feet dry all day while skinning around the mountains.  Extras include a power strap to tighten the boot and crampon compatibility.  Designed by pro-snowboarder Xavier Delerue.   www.deeluxe.com

These are splitboard specific snowboard boots. Yes! Finally! All the right flex in all the right places. Speed lacing to make sure they lace up perfectly for your foot.  A nice sticky Vibram sole makes them that much better for climbing around on rocks. Amazing waterproof material systems means you can keep those feet dry all day while skinning around the mountains.  Extras include a power strap to tighten the boot and crampon compatibility.  Designed by pro-snowboarder Xavier Delerue.  www.deeluxe.com

Jelly Belly SPORT BEANS

Jelly Belly I love you! Who doesn't love these things? I've loved taking awesome little snacks up to the mountain, camping and while on location producing commercials/films. Enter the adult/athlete version of my favourite candy.  SPORT BEANS!!!  Carbs, Electrolytes and Vitamins. Never feel guilty again about eating these in the backcountry again.  wwwjellybelly.com

Jelly Belly I love you! Who doesn't love these things? I've loved taking awesome little snacks up to the mountain, camping and while on location producing commercials/films. Enter the adult/athlete version of my favourite candy.  SPORT BEANS!!!  Carbs, Electrolytes and Vitamins. Never feel guilty again about eating these in the backcountry again. wwwjellybelly.com

Camelbak Bootlegger Water Reservoir.

Camelbak Bootlegger.  This little water hydration system has been a daily in my gear kit lately. It's perfect for riding around the resort or hiking in the mountains.  It fits perfectly under your jacket and is super light-weight.  The winterized tube makes sure all that awesome water keeps flowing. Holds 1.5 litres of whatever you want.  Why stop riding to go in for water?  Ride all day long.  www.camelbak.com

Camelbak Bootlegger.  This little water hydration system has been a daily in my gear kit lately. It's perfect for riding around the resort or hiking in the mountains.  It fits perfectly under your jacket and is super light-weight.  The winterized tube makes sure all that awesome water keeps flowing. Holds 1.5 litres of whatever you want.  Why stop riding to go in for water?  Ride all day long. www.camelbak.com

BlackStrap face mask.

In recent years you've probably noticed that everyone is wearing some kind of face wear these days.  This is a good one!  Full face UV protection and a proper fit.  It won't bunch up under your helmet either. It's really comfortable on your skin too.  Breathable material that won't freeze which is key on powder days.  BlackStrap products are doing it right.  www.bsbrand.com

In recent years you've probably noticed that everyone is wearing some kind of face wear these days.  This is a good one!  Full face UV protection and a proper fit.  It won't bunch up under your helmet either. It's really comfortable on your skin too.  Breathable material that won't freeze which is key on powder days.  BlackStrap products are doing it right. www.bsbrand.com

Dakine Crossfire glove.

Dakine makes some of the best gloves/mitts in the industry.  So many models to choose from and they have a great warranty. The Crossfire model is the perfect glove to use on set while working. I love the nimble feel in the fingers and the lightweight material. If your setting up cameras on set, driving a snowmobile or skinning to a location this glove is the one for the job.   Side note*   Don't let this be the ONLY glove you bring out into the field. Always bring two pairs depending on how cold it is.  www.dakine.com

Dakine makes some of the best gloves/mitts in the industry.  So many models to choose from and they have a great warranty. The Crossfire model is the perfect glove to use on set while working. I love the nimble feel in the fingers and the lightweight material. If your setting up cameras on set, driving a snowmobile or skinning to a location this glove is the one for the job. Side note* Don't let this be the ONLY glove you bring out into the field. Always bring two pairs depending on how cold it is. www.dakine.com

Adventure Medical Kit.

This is a no brainer.  Always be prepared. These medical kits are lightweight and packed with the essentials. It's a good idea that more than one person in your group is carrying kits like this in case of an incident.  www.adventuremedicalkits.com

This is a no brainer.  Always be prepared. These medical kits are lightweight and packed with the essentials. It's a good idea that more than one person in your group is carrying kits like this in case of an incident. www.adventuremedicalkits.com

Gear Aid ARC LED light and charger

The Gear Aid ARC light.  So handy.  I've used this thing at campsites, job locations, on set and on the road.  It has multi light and colour settings which allow you to light certain situations while filming as well.  It's also a powerbank and is great to have during productions to keep smaller devices charged like GOPRO cameras and Smartphones.   www.gearaid.com

The Gear Aid ARC light.  So handy.  I've used this thing at campsites, job locations, on set and on the road.  It has multi light and colour settings which allow you to light certain situations while filming as well.  It's also a powerbank and is great to have during productions to keep smaller devices charged like GOPRO cameras and Smartphones.  www.gearaid.com

Pit Viper Glasses

As they say.  "Demand Respect and Authority" with these Pit Viper sunglasses.  The right set of shades for those intense on set situations.  Perfect for Directors,Producers,Ski actors,Make-up Artists,Key Grips,PA's,Craft Services,Art Directors,Photographers,Cinematographers and Drivers. Did I mention that these ones are Polarized?  www.pitvipersunglasses.com

As they say.  "Demand Respect and Authority" with these Pit Viper sunglasses.  The right set of shades for those intense on set situations.  Perfect for Directors,Producers,Ski actors,Make-up Artists,Key Grips,PA's,Craft Services,Art Directors,Photographers,Cinematographers and Drivers. Did I mention that these ones are Polarized? www.pitvipersunglasses.com

Lago Snowboards OPEN ROAD

We love it when we produce commercials/ads with ski resorts, snowmobiles and helicopters.This means we can most likely get to move around on boards like this. I had the pleasure of riding this snowboard all last winter.  If I wasn't using my splitboard I was on this bad A#$ board. It's got a super floaty shape that keeps you on top for the deep, deep days. A nice flex pattern gives it a wicked pop for those ollies and jumps.  I rode this board in Canada and Utah.  It took some shots to the base from rocks that you can't even notice. This thing is tough! We met Scotty Lago while working on the film Art of Flight.  He takes board building seriously.  Best board for your buck. Trust me.  www.lagosnowboards.com

We love it when we produce commercials/ads with ski resorts, snowmobiles and helicopters.This means we can most likely get to move around on boards like this. I had the pleasure of riding this snowboard all last winter.  If I wasn't using my splitboard I was on this bad A#$ board. It's got a super floaty shape that keeps you on top for the deep, deep days. A nice flex pattern gives it a wicked pop for those ollies and jumps.  I rode this board in Canada and Utah.  It took some shots to the base from rocks that you can't even notice. This thing is tough! We met Scotty Lago while working on the film Art of Flight.  He takes board building seriously.  Best board for your buck. Trust me. www.lagosnowboards.com

ABOM heated goggles.

These are battery powered heated goggles.... and yes they work.  We got to use them for a good chunk of the season in all types of weather.  A one touch button starts a heated layer in the lens that will get rid of foggy lenses while hiking and in places like the Snowbird tram in Utah where we used them mostly.  They have a polycarbonate lens so you can just wipe them out if you bail in the snow.  Hit the button and "flash dry" that moisture out.  They fit in most helmets and you can charge them with a USB cord in the car on the way to the mountain.  Pretty impressive!  www.abom.com

These are battery powered heated goggles.... and yes they work.  We got to use them for a good chunk of the season in all types of weather.  A one touch button starts a heated layer in the lens that will get rid of foggy lenses while hiking and in places like the Snowbird tram in Utah where we used them mostly.  They have a polycarbonate lens so you can just wipe them out if you bail in the snow.  Hit the button and "flash dry" that moisture out.  They fit in most helmets and you can charge them with a USB cord in the car on the way to the mountain.  Pretty impressive! www.abom.com

LUCI light by MPOWERD.

Super compact and waterproof.  Put this blow up solar powered light in the sun for awhile and have light all night when you need it.  These came in really handy on set when we were in the backcountry using cabins with no power. Why use batteries or gas? Affordable and tough.  www.mpowerd.com

Super compact and waterproof.  Put this blow up solar powered light in the sun for awhile and have light all night when you need it.  These came in really handy on set when we were in the backcountry using cabins with no power. Why use batteries or gas? Affordable and tough. www.mpowerd.com

Eclipse Commercials???

The total Eclipse of the sun of 2017 has come and gone but you can be sure it's not the last you have heard or seen of it. I'm positive that come holiday season and during major sporting events you'll see a barrage of different ad campaigns showing or involving the 2017 Eclipse in some way or another. So many people saw the Eclipse and were emotionally changed by it. Then there are the millions of people that wish they saw it around the world that will also be touched by it's visual beauty. We headed to Bend, Oregon to get a front row view of the show.  We weren't on an official production job but here are some quirky things we saw. I definitely will be keeping my eyes peeled for commercials.  It was too amazing not to use as an ad idea! 

  

Eclipse burger anyone????

Eclipse burger anyone????

Locals getting extra gas.... It wasn't really a huge issue where I was but people didn't take chances.

Locals getting extra gas.... It wasn't really a huge issue where I was but people didn't take chances.

??? Didn't catch this one.

??? Didn't catch this one.

Don't forget the gear.

Don't forget the gear.

Glasses... and all the extras.

Glasses... and all the extras.

We got pulled into buying one of these.

We got pulled into buying one of these.

Get what possibly could be your last sandwich here.

Get what possibly could be your last sandwich here.

Style out!!

Style out!!

Keep those beverages cool out there.

Keep those beverages cool out there.

These were selling like hotcakes.

These were selling like hotcakes.

Street slanging.

Street slanging.

1$ ???  Are you sure those work ok?

1$ ???  Are you sure those work ok?

Eclipse beer in Oregon.... of course.

Eclipse beer in Oregon.... of course.

Glasses were for sale everywhere.  So were the edibles.  It's legal here.

Glasses were for sale everywhere.  So were the edibles.  It's legal here.

The hustle was real.

The hustle was real.

Guitars and Eclipse gear in one stop shop.

Guitars and Eclipse gear in one stop shop.

Totally!

Totally!

Best deal in town.

Best deal in town.

My friends were stoked!

My friends were stoked!

It got this dark..... so cool.

It got this dark..... so cool.

Amazed! Such an experience.

Amazed! Such an experience.

Places we love to work.

There are thousands of places to ski and snowboard on the planet.  So many choices. They all hold their own special magic.  Here’s a list of the places on this globe that I’ve been lucky enough to visit once, twice and even more.  We've also created some sort of media at each of these locations.  Feature films, ad campaigns, photos and the list goes on.....

MICA HELI, BC, Canada

This glorious place is located north of Revelstoke, BC, nestled up against the Eastern Rockies.  There is no road to the lodge and it is strictly fly-in and out.  Some of the steepest deepest lines I’ve ever had.  Pillow stacks the size of a “Giants” pancake breakfast that will have you bouncing down snow till the end of the day. 

RETALLACK, BC,Canada

This wild interior British Columbia operation is a renegade in my eyes, but in a good way.  They ride it all here. Amazing glades and a really down to earth staff. After choking on powder all day we were treated to a fire pit and beers at days end when our steamy and stoked snowcat came back down to the lodge.

Ride the Lighting! Retallack, BC, Canada CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Ride the Lighting! Retallack, BC, Canada CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

ISLAND LAKE LODGE ,BC, Canada

This place is one of the originals and I’m calling it Gangster cat-skiing. Its lodges, terrain and food are all time exceptional. Go here and ride lines you’ve seen in movies and magazines, while living the snow gangster lifestyle.

Island Lake Lodge.  CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Island Lake Lodge.  CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Canada

Ahhhh.. the Lake!  I’ve ridden here more than any other place in the world.  It’s my home mountain and always will be.  The steeps of Whitehorn and the perfect grooming make this place a go-to in all conditions. It’s always good! Best views in Canada.

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. CHASEWINTER

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. CHASEWINTER

EAGLE PASS HELI ,BC, Canada

Just outside of Revelstoke, this boutique heli operation has everything you need and they make sure you get the goods.  We love this place.  Filmed some amazing shots here. Must get back ASAP!

Eagle Pass Heli Skiing, BC, Canada. Rider: Simon Favier CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Eagle Pass Heli Skiing, BC, Canada. Rider: Simon Favier CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

SKOKI LODGE, Alberta, Canada

Canada’s oldest backcountry lodge is tucked in behind the Lake Louise ski area.  Take the time to ski out there and take in the history. The perfect winter cowboy location.

Skoki Lodge is fun! Alberta, Canada CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Skoki Lodge is fun! Alberta, Canada CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

UTAH, USA (Brighton and Snowbird)

The license plate reads “Greatest Snow on Earth”  It just might be.  Awesome lift access and long runs with a snowpack bigger than most in North America.  Brighton ski area has a ton of options with an amazing terrain park.  Just over in the next canyon is Snowbird ski area.  The access from the top of the Tram is world class and there’s tons of snow for everyone.

Snowbird, UTAH, USA. Skier: Claire Smallwood CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Snowbird, UTAH, USA. Skier: Claire Smallwood CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Brighton ski resort, UTAH, USA. Deep snow. Skier: Claire Smallwood

Brighton ski resort, UTAH, USA. Deep snow. Skier: Claire Smallwood

VALLE NEVADO, Chile, South America.

Fly straight down to Santiago, Chile from any where in North America in the summer and jump right into winter snowboarding and skiing.  Valle Nevado ski resort is just under 2 hours from the airport.  You can stay up at the resort or do day trips and explore the vibrant streets of Santiago by night.

Valle Nevado, Chile, South America, Rider: David Owen CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Valle Nevado, Chile, South America, Rider: David Owen CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

NEVADOS de CHILLAN, Chile, South America

Deep snow and deep snow.  That’s what this South American resort is all about.  It will take you back to a time when the powder just doesn’t get tracked out in one day.  I love this place.

Nevados de Chillan, Chile, South America CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Nevados de Chillan, Chile, South America CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

RK HELI SKIING, BC, Canada

I got to snowboard here on a beautiful spring day and had some amazing turns. They fly out of the Panorama, BC ski area base. It’s easy to get to from Banff, Alberta and the Calgary airport in just a day.

RK Heli, BC, Canada. Take me up to the snow! CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

RK Heli, BC, Canada. Take me up to the snow! CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

ICEFALL LODGE, BC, Canada

Icefall Lodge, BC, Canada. Big country and Big touring CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Icefall Lodge, BC, Canada. Big country and Big touring CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY