Gear Review: Segway Ninebot Max Scooter

The biggest selling point for me on this electric scooter is that the Segway Max goes 40% further (roughly 12 miles more) than the Segway Ninebot ES4 on a full charge, which was already leading the market on range. It also has bigger (10”), softer, self healing tires that make the ride insanely better than the terribly hard wheels on the ES4 or Xiaomi. This came as a surprise for me as I didn’t realize that the Max’s new tires would be so much more comfortable to ride.

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Local: Tacoma's New Juice Shop - Gather Juice Co.

Gather Juice Co just opened a few blocks from our home base here in Tacoma, WA and we wanted to take a minute and welcome them to the neighborhood. Gather is currently serving cold pressed juices and smoothies made right here on 6th Ave in Tacoma. They plan to grow the menu in the next few weeks by adding acai bowls (our favorite), salads and a lot more healthy food options for Tacoma. If you haven’t already popped in and checked out the beautiful space, we highly recommend it! Check out a few photos we snapped of the shop below.

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Gear Review: Adidas Terrex Fast GTX Surround Hiking Shoe

Now, normally I’m not a hiking shoe kinda guy. I prefer boots. I like my heavy duty Zamberlan 1025 Tofane NW GTX hiking boots, but I’m not stuck on a heavy duty boot. I also like my lightweight Adidas Fast X hiking boots. So if I like my boots, than why did I decide to try a hiking shoe?

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Gear Review: Segway ES4 Scooter

The Segway ES4 was the first electric scooter I have owned. In fact, to be honest, as lifelong skateboarder with a bit of grudge against scooters, I believe this is the first scooter of any kind that I have owned. So why did I get one? Well, after having a blast rallying around both Lime and Bird scooters back on the mainland, I decided while living on Maui during the first half of 2019 that an electric scooter would be a great way to get around the island without having to buy a second vehicle. After doing my research, and a few test drives of other scooters, I decided on the Segway Ninebot ES4 because it had the best range and most power of any folding electric scooter on the market (at the time).

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Local: Grow Mobile Yoga - A Tacoma On-Site Yoga Service

The Grow Mobile Yoga idea was simple, make yoga more accessible for people by bringing classes into the places where people are already going (workplaces, schools, gyms, care facilities, etc.) This would not only measurably improve the health and overall wellness of the people she worked with, but it would be a great way to create new great paying jobs for other yoga teachers in the area.

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Watch: The Detourist Guide To Travel - Maui | Episode 1

So after years of traveling to different parts of the world I’ve finally began creating the video series I’ve been envisioning since our very first trip abroad. To be honest, I’m not sure why it’s taken so long to put together a show like this, but all excuses aside, I’m pretty pumped that it’s all coming together finally. Now it’s worth mentioning, in case you forgot the name of this site, that I’m an amateur. This is a work in progress, and I’m no cinematographer, but I’m giving a solid shot anyways and I hope you can ride with me as I figure it all out. So without further adieu, today is the day that I bring to you the very first installment of our show The Detourist Guide To Travel. Enjoy!

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Gear Review: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

In 2015 I picked up the Sony a6000 from Amazon. It came with the standard kit lens, and with it I also bought the the Sony 10-18mm. Previously, I had been using a Canon T2i and while I didn’t have any major complaints with the T2i (other than being old), I decided to see what all the fuss was about with these new Sony mirrorless cameras.

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Gear Review: Zamberlan 1025 Tofane NW GTX Hiking Boot

The Zamberlan 1025 Tofane NW Gore-Tex Hiking Boot is a big, burly, badass hiking boot. They’re built with a beautiful hazelnut colored full-grain leather upper thats complimented on the inside with a Gore-Tex lining that provides amazing waterproofing. The soles of the Tofane boot are made with Norwegian welt construction, meaning the Vibram soles are stitched to the upper instead of glued, ensured maximum durability, as well as giving you the added bonus of being able to easily replace the sole down the road.

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Gear Review: REI Half Dome 2 Plus

If you’re currently looking for a tent and you haven’t already stumbled upon the REI Half Dome Tent Models, then it is clear that you live so far under a rock that it’s almost impossible for you to have found me here. If you have already seen the Half Domes then you already know there are many different models and variations. The exact tent model I’m reviewing today is the REI Half Dome 2 Plus.

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Gear Review: The North Face Basecamp Duffel Bag

Being that traveling is kinda my thing, bags are an absolute necessity. They have become a piece of my life that I really can’t live without. Since nearly every trip I go on is to a new place that I haven’t been to before, I usually find myself having different wants and needs from the luggage that I am going to bring with me. Over the last few years I have grown to love the process of preparing for a trip. It involves researching the place we’re going, deciding how we’re going to get around, finding the activities we might be interested in doing and then planning out the gear we’re going to want to bring accordingly. Once we get all that info then I begin investigating the bags best suited for the trip, comparing them with their competition and then finally trying them out on a trip.

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The Professional Amateur Defined

First and foremost, to be a professional means that a person makes their income from a specific activity or skill. It also typically means that they are pretty damn good at their craft compared to a person with little to no experience. To be a pro requires constant dedication, grit and stubborn determination to hone their skill or craft to a level beyond what the average person can fathom. It means that they have been through the fire, that they have failed over and over again, year after year, until they finally master the ability to do whatever it is that they do, competently and reliably. It also means in essence that they are no longer an amateur, since they are getting paid to do it. So what does it mean to be a professional amateur then? How can we both be professional and amateur at the same time? It would seem that these are conflicting and contradictory ideas, but we think there is a different way to look at it.

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Travel Tips: Travel Free With Airline Miles & Credit Card Reward Points

Several years ago I was browsing the wonderful world wide web searching for creative ways to travel for cheap when I stumbled upon a random blog and suddenly found myself winding deep down into a vortex of travel hacking sites. Now if you’re not familiar with travel hacking, don’t trip, I will break it down for you a bit below.

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Watch: GX1000's Roll Up Video

Skateboarding can be a strange and confusing thing to watch for the uninitiated sometimes. If you don’t follow skating and happen to know what is going in any given flip-in-flip-out-ledge-trick, than even the most difficult tricks will most definitely be lost on the viewer. And sure, sometimes a few large handrail grinds can keep the attention of some fair-weather fans of skating for a bit, but even that is lost on most. I give you all of this to say, the GX1000 video is not your typical skate video. It’s 35 + minutes of butt puckering, anxiety inducing, life-risking, pure insane skateboarding that will keep the attention of even the most uninterested skateboard video viewers. Gather your friends and press play and watch a long list of un-named skateboarders do some of the wildest shit you’ll ever see!

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Podcasts: The Nine Club With Chris Roberts

If you’re a frequent visitor of the site you probably know that skateboarding is a huge part of my life. I’ve skateboarded since I was 12 year old and I’m 31 currently. That’s just about 20 years of pushing around on a kids toy, but who’s counting! At this point, I’ve skateboarded for longer than I’ve done just about anything in my life, and that’s pretty damn cool if you ask me. Now that you have a little background on me, I can get into the Nine Club podcast.

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Gear Review: Adidas Pureboost

Every year before we take our annual multi month trip away from the great pacific northwest I snag myself a new pair of super comfortable shoes to wear while we’re away. For the last few years my go to shoes have been Nike’s with an Airmax or Lunarlon sole. From what I had experienced they were the most comfortable footbeds in the game. This last winter trip (Jan - Apr 2018) to Spain though I decided to switch it up and try out some Adidas Boosts and see if the hype was real. After far too much google research, youtube reviews and ridiculous side by side comparisons, I landed on the Adidas Pureboost.

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Gear Review: Patagonia Triolet Jacket

I’m going to be honest, for most of my life I had an embarrassingly poor choice in jackets for a native PNW dude. Skateboarding fashion dominated my style choices. I never cared about quality, fabrics or lifespan. I pretty much only cared about affordability and look. Several years ago though, that changed. I’m not sure if it’s being outdoors more, being exposed to more ideas or just getting older, but I began to pay more attention to things that mattered in a jacket like how long it lasted, what is was made for and how it was made. I’ve had the opportunity over the last few years to try out many different brands like Arcteryx, Craghoppers, Marmot and more. The reason I give you all of that background is to say that one of the best all around hard shell jackets I’ve found is the Patagonia Triolet Jacket.

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Shoots: Rains in Spain

For the first 3 months of 2018, Laura and I lived in southern Spain. While were there we did several shoots for the Danish clothing company Rains. While rain is not the first thing people think of when they think of the Costa Del Sol, we found ourselves in a heavy downpour and took advantage of the picture perfect weather for a street shoot in Malaga. Check out a few of my favorite images below.

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