Burton’s District Series

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Mage Design created three new backpack styles for Burton’s 2012 “District Series”, including the “Bruce”, “Traction” and “Profanity”. These key designs were designed with on an off mountain expeditions in mind, therefore allocating for laptop, camera and fleece-lined sunglass/goggles compartments.

Packs featured below in “Trench Green Wax”.
See more here, on Burton’s website.

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By:      09:36      

Dear upcoming season….

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Since the season is over and the resorts here in California are shut down, I thought it would be appropriate to take a few minutes to dream of new adventures for the next winter. The dudes behind Hypermountain dropped this little 10min powder gem just to get those thoughts going……..mission accomplished.

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Le Reve – The last frontier of climbing

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“It was exactly what I was looking for – a route that would demand a new levels of dedication, physical strength, and mental fortitude from me. It was of course frustrating, ego-crushing, and difficult throughout, but in the end it was a dream come true. I named the route ‘Le Reve’, meaning ‘The Dream’ in French.” – Jonathan Siegrist

Le Reve – Jonathan Siegrist from MAXIM DYNAMIC ROPES on Vimeo.

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By:      11:25      

Leap – Modular Alpine Pod

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Ever wanted a self-sufficient, ecological, comfortable pod shelter designed to resist extreme stress of high altitude, entirely prefabricated and assembled off-site and  just dropped on your favorite mountain? Then the Leap modular Alpine Pod might just be the thing you’re looking for. After an intense hike/climb, you might want to acclimate at a couple thousand feet and enjoy the beautiful view before returning down to civilization and madness. For concepts and more info check out Leap

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By:      16:12      

Flight of the Frenchies

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This is a teaser for the upcoming documentary of the Skyliners, and their incredible exploration into the world of free flight.Tancrède, Julien, Seb and Antoine are pioneers in ‘highlining’ – a vertiginous combination of climbing, slackline and tightrope walking.These guys travelled from their home in Chamonix to a training ground in the Verdon gorge, testing the limits.
They rigged highlines on the skyscrapers of Paris, and finally came to the spectacular cliffs and fjords of Norway.

I Believe I can Fly ( flight of the frenchies). Trailer from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

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By:      08:28      

Reindeer Pavillion

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The recently completed “Norwegian wild reindeer centre pavilion” in Dorve, Norway by Oslo-based design office Snøhetta has been shortlisted by the world architecture festival for an award in the display category. The 90 square meter observation pavilion is positioned within the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella national park, the remaining home to wild reindeer herds. The structure provides transient visitors with covered panoramic view of the prominent mountain range.

Images by Klaas Van Ommeren

Reminiscent of rock forms slowly eroded by wind and water processes, the southern facade creates outdoor seating warmed by the sun’s rays. It is constructed with Norwegian shipbuilding techniques in conjunction with advanced fabrication processes and machines, individual 10 inch square wooden beams were milled and assembled with pegs to produce the waving effect. A rigid rectangular frame with rusted steel seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape while the saturated pine tar treatment of the exterior planks announces it’s presence to mountain hikers……….but who cleans those windows?

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By:      09:14      

MARCH LA.B Process

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Producing an high-end  timepiece can be a grueling process, 2 years of work and hard labor. The process is surely not limited to the design and creative aspect, the final product only happens with the dedication of numerous people from engineers, factory manager, seamstresses, prototypist, quality expert, watchmaker….. Myself and “El Presidente” Mr Alain Marhic himself visited Switzerland 2 weeks ago to round up production issues before the summer break and I am always bewildered by the number of person and hands  it takes to make a timepiece happen….

Visiting a factory is a good reminder of the dedication of all those artisans to quality and impeccable production, we are grateful to work with such talented crafstman.

Here are a couple of photos of our trip and of the people and personalities behind the fantastic swiss made label…..

Enjoy.

All photos by the ever talented Dimitri Coste…..

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