Dear Santa: I Need Some Gear!

Words Kaz Yamamura
Date Nov 14, 2014

Dear Santa
We’ve been thinking about some of the stuff we’d like to see in our stocking this year – and we’re going to take turns giving you a look at our lists. This might help you make a list of your own or to pick something up for the rider in your life.

Kaz isn’t looking to swap some stuff out on his bike, he’s looking to swap stuff on his corpse; eyewear, a jacket, pads and some shoes for his photographic adventures as a bonus.

Riding Glasses
The brown pow has turned to wet brown mush at this time of year-and when it flies in your face, it sucks. Getting mud in your eye while going high speeds is never a good thing. Goggles definitely help but when I’m up for a pedal-y ride, they aren’t ideal. They are big, clumsy, and there’s no ideal place to rest them when standing around. Glasses on the other hand, are compact and fit nicely in the air vents of most helmets. I’ve had good experiences with Smith regarding fit-a lot of glasses don’t fit me due to my Asian nose. So maybe Smith Approach? Ryders Strider looks nice too. I’ll make the job easier for you and let you decide.

Bright colours? Check. Fits on my nose? Check. The Smith Approach may be what I’m looking for.

Waterproof Jacket
Okay, maybe I’ll sound like a princess with this one. Yes, I have a jacket. Yes, it’s waterproof. Yes, I like it, and wear it. So why another? The reason is that my current jacket is too dark. Getting in front of the lens, my black jacket blended in with the dark Shore backgrounds. It’s hard trying to find a background that makes black pop in dark conditions. And thanks to daylight savings time, it’s dark when I ride home-not ideal to ride on the road at night with a dark jacket. So I’m asking for a brighter jacket, perhaps an Acre Orion in Hi-vis orange? Or something from 7mesh?

Acre isn’t kidding when they call this “Hi-Vis Orange”. Not only would it be useful for wet weather rides, it’ll also be a good jacket for commuting with its bright colour. The fact that it’s also designed for riding and packs up nicely is a bonus.

Elbow Pads
“I don’t wear pads/I only wear a neck brace.” Replace neck brace with kneepads and that’s me. But I wasn’t always one with the kneepad. Back when I first started riding I didn’t wear any pads (don’t ask me why-I don’t know either). When some friends and I rode Incline to Ned’s on Seymour for my first time, I borrowed my friend’s kneepads. The 1st lap went great; riding Morgan’s Chromag Monk set up for trail riding gave me quite the adrenaline rush. On the second lap however, I turned the knob to my personal 11 and went down Incline faster than the first lap. Feeling confident, I hopped from ledge to ledge-until my front wheel hit a loose rock, sending me knee-first into another rock. My knee was very sore, and even with the kneepads it swelled quite a bit. The next day I bought my own pair of kneepads.

RaceFace Ambush elbow pads look like a good way to reduce the abuse on my elbow.

I learned my lesson with elbows the hard way, in Whistler. Another “feeling confident about the last lap” lap, I clipped a tree with my bars-and went down onto the gravel. Piece of elbow skin peeling off, blood trickling down to my fingers, I made it down to the bottom of the trail and headed for the hospital. Stitched and bandaged up, I went back to where we were staying. The next day my elbow was oozing with pus. The next day as well. And the next week. It took about a month until it stopped oozing and healed, although there is still a big scar. I still feel anxious riding with an exposed elbow, so Santa, won’t you get me some elbow pads?

Hiking Shoes
I’ve had quite a few comments about my footwear choice during shoots. “You need hiking boots”, “Woah, Nike 6.0’s”, “Ugh my shoes are wet”. So I’m asking for some North Shore forest-appropriate hiking shoes. Gore-tex, Vibram, you name it, give me all the goodies. The Mammut Brecon boots might just be what I’m looking for, with Gore-Tex, Vibram sole and some decent ankle protection.

Gor-Tex membrane and Vibram sole makes the Mammut Brecon boots ideal for tackling wet forests.

Thanks for looking over my list Santa! Remember that time I held the door open for old man Johnny? That qualifies me for the “good kids” list right? PS I left you some vegetarian cookies…because if Cam is vegetarian, you must be too right? 😉

Kaz isn’t going for carbon in his stocking this year, but his wishlist is just as expensive.

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cxt3000  - Nov. 15, 2014, 1:05 a.m.

I think if you start early, your wish can be processed. If you wait till a week before christmas, there's just too much of wishes that poor santa and his elves just can't process anymore.
So.. Dear santa, I've been a good boy and bought the 2015 scott gambler 730. I've also bought all but one upgrade. So please bring me the boxxer charger damper. Thanks a lot 😉


djball  - Nov. 14, 2014, 9:16 p.m.

Xmas should move to November 1st, the day after Halloween so that we don't have to put up with all the fucking nonsense for two long dark months! Ack!


Kieran  - Nov. 14, 2014, 8:44 p.m.

A jacket for $445?The world has gone mad!


djball  - Nov. 14, 2014, 9:20 p.m.

Hey, a single bag of good groceries is $200 get a grip 😉


Bavaria 2.0  - Nov. 16, 2014, 8:03 p.m.

And a 1g sack is still only $10 in WA > Sweet.


jaymo  - Nov. 14, 2014, 10:12 a.m.

Does 7mesh even sell any products yet? Longest product release in the history of mountain biking…..


Red Bully  - Nov. 14, 2014, 4:23 p.m.

And Acre is sold out of all size of that orange jacket. Horray for advertising!


A guy that works for Acre  - Nov. 21, 2014, 12:51 p.m.

All other sizes in the Black and Charcoal are available now. Orange will be back in stock soon.


Poo Stance  - Nov. 14, 2014, 8:26 p.m.

Likely go well with DVO product


Michael Chen  - Nov. 14, 2014, 9:02 a.m.

Technically coal is carbon 😉
There's your excuse to be naughty


DrewM  - Nov. 14, 2014, 7:19 a.m.

I appreciate that you waited until after Remembrance Day to start posting Christmas content…

If you wait until after Dec 1st next year I will beer you.


Kaz Yamamura  - Nov. 14, 2014, 9:48 a.m.

We've got one of these each week, if we start today we'll be done the week before Christmas.
But don't worry, the first thing I did on November 12 was put up my Christmas lights 🙂


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