JB Classics Meets Kid Robot

The folks over at JB Classics Lab recently teamed up with the super-imagintive designers at Kid Robot– the results? Naturally, this limited edition sneaker shown here and a Kid Robot x Tilt hoodie (those Kid Robot hoodies are flying off the shelves like hot cakes)! The shoe is made from 100% Nubuck leather and boasts all the details we’ve come to know and love from JB like a sexy golden interior, robot prints on the back, tongue and insole. Limited to a rumored 500 pairs worldwide, these puppies are for sale through the Kid Robot website for $220 and will be gone in no time.

Winter X-Games Best Tricks: Aspen

At the center of my weekend in Aspen, which was filled with every sort of sensory overload imaginable, was the competition itself. This was the 11th Winter X Games, and it was the most innovative and impressive to date. Attendance records were shattered– there were a reported 31,200 people at Saturday night’s snowboard superpipe qualifying round alone. The name of the game at Winter X is high speed, big air, crazy crashes, style, power, finesse, and infinite combinations of these elements. The evolution of this competition over the years has been a pleasure to watch. Where it was before somewhat marginalized and unknown to the world at large, it is now mainstreamed and respected, lending its ideas to other vaunted competitions like the Olympics. Because I know many of you weren’t able to view the X Games (whether in person or on T.V.), I’ve decided to compile my picks for ‘best trick.’ After the jump, you will see a small slice of what makes the X Games the juicy and delicious pie it is. Enjoy…

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Alice Wang: Peer Pressure

We started quite the debate last June when we blogged about Alice Wang’s Audio Sticks– her personal vision of what the future for sellable-audio might hold, in this case she experimented with USB flash memory keys decorated in album art. Her latest project addresses another big phenomena that comes up in everybody’s life: Peer Pressure. She says not everyone has the potential or enthusiasm to act through life just to impress others. Can products be designed to create these similarities for you? She created a line of products with this in mind, like double sided headphones for when you’re worried about other people hearing music you’re listening to, you can play your music inwards, and something else (popular songs) outwards. She also designed a mobile phone application that makes you look popular in public by sending you text messages, a keyboard that makes it ‘sound like’ you’re typing fast, and my favorite– a printer that only prints out positive emails for your co-workers to accidently find. Her concepts always bring up life issues in neat and digestible ways– nice work Alice!

New Tree, New Flavors

Chocolate is at the beginning of a new age. One of the companies at the forefront of flavor and functionality is New Tree. New Tree is the maker of some of my favorite chocolate bars including Vigor, a pick-me-up dark chocolate infused with coffee and Renew, a dark chocolate with black currant cassis. New Tree has announced the release of three new flavors: Sexy, Blush and Cocoon. Sexy is a dark chocolate that displays a mastery of ginger, and has an added kick of guarana extract. Blush is a dark chocolate with cherries, full of antioxidants. Cocoon is a milk chocolate with cinnamon enhanced by soy extracts for balance. You would never know that chocolate that tastes this good actually has something very good for you, besides the known health benefits of dark chocolate. With New Tree, your chocolate habit has a great excuse!

Airforce Nutrisoda

The first question I asked when we met the guys from Airforce Nutrisoda, was "why Airforce?" Then, we learned the story about how once upon a time, a very smart man got fed up with getting sick on planes, and developed their first product, Immune. The concept blossomed from there. What impressed me even more than the functional flavors (my favorite is Radiance, which includes pomegranate and blackberry) is all the great work Airforce Nutrisoda is doing for the world at large. In fact, we’ll be setting them up with some of our favorite charities we'll be working with in the next couple of months. Airforce Nutrisoda may have their claim as "The Original Health Spa in a Can" "“ but their sodas taste so good with your favorite vodka, that they can also be the cocktail that clears your conscience.

Belly Up Aspen: Talib Kweli

Friday nights in Aspen can be pretty hopping, but during the Winter X Games, the vibe becomes truly electric. Belly Up is, in an of itself, one of the best intimate music venues anywhere, and the fact that it’s in Aspen puts it even higher on my list of favorite places to watch a show. On Friday night, a lucky set of invitees (myself included) were treated by Mountain Dew to a stellar night of hip hop. Professional athletes, industry people, and their friends were graced with an open bar (Gran Patrón Platinum included) while we watched energetic and inspired sets by Zion I and Talib Kweli. Both acts definitely capitalized on the energy of the crowd, as the night concluded with a no holds barred dance party on the stage with Talib Kweli. Belly Up has played host to a wealth of talented performers over the years, and that’s not going to change– it’s a great venue, and lets face it, it’s in a beautiful town.

Red Bull Illume: Aspen

From January 25th to February 4th, the Little Nell run on Aspen Mountain is the place to go to see the creme de la creme of action sports photography. Red Bull Illume is a photography contest that puts the top 50 photographers’ works on exhibit in a larger than life, on-mountain display. The judges for the competition include esteemed photo editors from some of the world’s top magazines, and they have been charged with choosing the best of the best– those photos which best capture “the spirt, the grit, the edgy perfection” of action and adventure sports. The stakes are big, as the winner of the competition will win a ‘photo shoot of a lifetime trip’ with an athlete of their choice. The exhibit is certainly one to behold in person, and you will surely get your exercise for the day by hiking high above Aspen to the numerous illuminated displays. If you can’t make it to Aspen to see Illume in person, you should at least go online to view the top 50 and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

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