When Osiris brought back their BMX program I took some notice of their shoes for the first time in a while. I guess I’ve always felt like if a company didn’t have a BMX team, I couldn’t see myself riding their product. Kyle Carlson, the Team Manager for Osiris now, had asked if I was into any of their Spring 2009 line. After trying out mid-tops for the first time on my last pair of shoes, I figured I’d give theirs (Chino Mids) a shot. When they showed up I was stoked to see an extra pair of their Diablo’s in the box also. So, here is what I thought! First, a look at the shoes in this video I pulled together…
It’s kind of funny how from time to time I will find this need to do things I was never even asked to do. In this case, I happened to be able to get myself a pair of the new Orchid’s a few days before anyone else. Thanks to Derek Adams for doing that, so this is how I will return the favor. First of all, I don’t know why I wanted these shoes so bad in the first place. I have been wearing Etnies for close to 9 years now. I guess I’ve always wanted to try out some mid tops and these just caught my attention. So, check this out for those of you looking for some new shoes…
The other day while checking out Twitter (shameless plug), I saw Chris Zeppieri talking about the new AOTC video being done. I had been hearing really good things about it and asked when it would be available. Expecting to have to wait a week or two longer he just happened to be able to give me a rough copy to check out, which wasn’t rough at all actually. This is what I thought…
I’ve been looking forward to FUTU for a long time… ever since I heard they were doing a sequel, because I enjoyed the first BMXFU video. I expected more of the same in FUTU, but I was wrong.
REVIEW BY: BRETT ROHLFING
I got much much more.
Everything was better! The packaging, the menu, the camera quality, filming quality and riding quality… all improved. I got more when it comes to length as well. FUTU is probably twice the running time of the first. Some did stay the same, such as the song choices being smart. Never overpowering the riding or standing out too much, but always fitting the style and adding to the fun feel. Also the outtakes and random clips from TV shows made appearances just as in the first, showing that while the level of riding was serious, chances are they don’t take themselves too seriously.
The traditional summary of who is in the dvd and what their section consists of is a format this review cannot follow due to the length of the dvd (over 1 hour). I will whoever run down some people that stood out the most for having unique style, something that has always been synonymous with BMXFU in my mind.
Chris Orbell- Starts off the disc and has the most manuals in a part I’ve ever seen, often with a few tricks throw in the middle of them.
Jake Montgomery- His clips with front brakes are some excellent, one or 2 I don’t think I’ve seen done like that before.
John Murphy- rocket everything
Josh Cameron- A style thought lost years ago, he keeps the gyro alive with manly park moves like bar fuf bar on subrails and everything else that people would go for before everyone’s brakes and pegs came off and bars got huge.
The Come Up section- Some flatland guy kills it all set to a song I had expected to be used with TCU long ago. Jake Seeley also produced, as always.
Steve Bureau- SkateFu! His style fits perfectly with the crew, smooth, tech and a little more creative than I’ve ever seen my local skaters get.
Andrew White- Hangovers are as easy as feebles for him it seems and does them everywhere on anything.
Shaun Swain- Dude is wild! Nose to feeble on a tiny ledge to no footed can can? Hop Nothings? Also a frequent use of strange no footed riding across things using his arms to hold his weight over the bike.
Lee Denis- I guess hang tens are easy now, or that’s what you’d think when watch Lee. Also a bad of tricks both up and down rails and some savage rail to ledge moves towards the end that stand out.
Charlie Crumlish- I saved him for the end because he was the stand out of the dvd by far. Charlie has always had a different entertaining style but this time it’s on a whole different level. I can’t explain it without typing out every trick in detail, which still wouldn’t do it justice. The whole dvd is great, but his part is worth the cost alone.
That’s about the amount of sections most dvds have, but in this case it’s probably less than half. Everyone else not mentioned still laid down dialed stuff, I just wanted to point out the more unique styles.
Bonus has another 30 minutes of leftovers, which are definitely not scrap. Also Shaun Swain has a bonus part and there is a tripod shot trails edit that totally doesn’t fit the vibe of the video at all.
My only wish was that they had made a 20-30minute highlight video of the best clips in the video to have something to pop in quick before a session to get pumped. Other than that I loved it.
So go buy it at The Come Up store right now!
As you are pretty sure BMXunion has never really been a Press Release kind of site. However, I usually get 2 or 3 a week in my inbox talking about something going on. I don’t know if you guys remember all the other sites talking about Jack Links new beef jerky sticks called Matador. You know, the stuff that Dennis Enarson is sponsored by now? Well, I happened to have a chance to try it out…
I don’t know if you guys know but I am a connoisseur of beef jerky! I love the stuff. That is why I really didn’t plan on getting all worked up about the press releases until I actually tried the stuff. Which now, I have clearly.
So, right off the bat, I figured it was going to be similar to the Jack Links stuff you can already get in the bag, except in a snack stick form. I won’t lie, it’s just as tasty. I ended up eating two to be honest.
Like I said before though, I am also real stoked on the fact that they are sponsoring Dennis, he’s a real good kid and I think he fits well with the brand. I can’t imagine he eats very healthy though. I mean Rockstar, that candy sponsor, and this. I wouldn’t buy food either haha.
I say next time you are at the gas station getting your slushy on to grab one of these guys too. Definitely goes well with a slushy.
Oh, and another thing I am stoked on about Jack Links….
Best commercials.. EVER.
With so many independent videos either out or coming out soon (futu, it do, banned 3, Fresh fish and more) it’s easy for them to get lost in the shuffle since they don’t have much of an advertising budget. I hadn’t seen much press on Brian Histand’s “Yo Guy” dvd so I decided to get a copy and give it a look.
The DVD art has to be tedious to make, it’s all handwritten with about 75 “yo”’s on the top half and 75-100 “guy”s on the bottom half of the DVD. That same raw approach to the art is echoed through the entire making of the DVD. From the rough around the edges Menu to the use of tiny (1 chip?) handy cams there is no mistaking that this is a local scene video made with heart and not a large budget.
The Intro is a mix of falls and some solid tricks, pretty much your average.
Dan Bob kicks the video off with a montage of quite painful looking crashes. After he gets those out of the way everything is smooth and Dan brings barspins and nose manuals out all over. It ends with a rail that shouldn’t be possible, but you’ll have to see what makes it so for yourself.
A guy known only as E-Wip follows, and his similarity to Chase Dehart is apparent from the start, but as the part progresses it starts to display that he is not just some Dehart clone. He does pedal/crank arm stuff and some drops that set him apart from Chase and has really clean looking barspins. What was odd to me was his banger, which did not seem as good as a lot of his other clips… maybe I’m missing something.
The friends section, referred to as “guys” section in this had a good variety of styles and terrains. The only big name to appear is J.J Palmere, the rest are local shedders.
Having seen Brian’s web videos I already was looking forward to seeing both his part and Dave Krone’s. Sadly Dave seems to have hurt his knee while filming so his part is short. At least the clips he logged before the accident were solid. I wish they had used a more upbeat song but I guess the somewhat somber sound of the song was to portray the sadness of getting cut short with such a painful injury.
Brian Histand follows his pal and it does not disappoint! This part is by far the best yet. He has such a good mix of tricks, from tech jibs to drops and even some Jim C. type unusual moves. It’s very refreshing and I wouldn’t be surprised if a company approached him for a flow deal after seeing this. How he holds on to his banger I have no idea.
I was sure that was the ender of the video, but not quite. Tim Coyne is actually the man that brings up the caboose with a fury of freecoaster feats. Many freecoaster riders are criticized for not putting their hub to proper use or for riding “too slow”. Tim is guilty of neither, keeping the speed up and going backwards frequently. I got the feeling that he was really going for it to put down a solid part. He has a few moments were you think he’s about to eat it, but every time he pulls it and rolls away fine.
The Credits are split into two songs, the first is the usual mix of outtakes and randomness, the 2nd song is leftover riding more than anything else.
Yo Guy also has some bonus features, split parts of leftover footage or second angles and a video showing the aftermath of the bloody menu screen photo. The music selection is all older tunes, mostly from the 80’s I believe.
As I mentioned at the start this is not a professional production. Many of the rolling shots were very shaky and when the sun hit the lens straight on you could see an unforgivable layer of grime coating it. There also seems to be a strange menu glitch: There is a choice to watch the whole video or watch chapters just like any other dvd, but if you select the full video choice you can’t skip through chapters; you must fast forward it like an old tape. If things like this bother you then watch out. If you just want to see a fun crew throw then go to Empirebmx.com or myspace.com/yoguy666 and get a copy!
When Mike Fiz had hit me up telling me about the new Presence video that was about to come out, I was pretty excited to get my copy of it to check out. I am a fan of Corey Dewey and Greg Flag, which both of the guys have parts in it. That was about enough of a reason to check it out anways. I’d say keep reading to see what I thought of the video if you want to know more.
To start this thing out, I should probably give you the line up. The video was filmed and edited by Jeremy Deme. I don’t think I have ever heard of this dude, but I will get into what he did a little further down. The video features riding from Eric Trepanier, Justin Kirnan, Mike (Fiz) Fiset, Corey Dewey, Greg Flag, and then a random mix part with a bunch of other dudes. If you follow BMX news on sites like The Come Up then some of those names are probably familiar to you. If not, well it’s time you get to know them.
I got a pretty positive vibe that all of these guys are real good friends, and have a lot of fun riding together. The videos that are a group of friends over a bunch of random parts from all over seem to go together better anyways. At least in my opinion videos do.
Like I said above, the filming and editing is by Jeremy Deme. I am not sure if I have ever seen any web edits or anything from him before, but I was impressed. The clips were all clean, the colors were good, and there really wasn’t too many shaky clips. The video wasn’t filmed in HD or anything, but definitely a higher quality camera. I personally feel that I could care less how awesome the riding in the video is, if the filming isn’t up to par I won’t like it. I am sure that goes for a lot of people too. As for the editing, it all went together well. The titles for each section was pretty cool. Nothing over the top, but nothing cheesy! I also was a fan of the lifestyle and scenery clips in between parts. What? I am into that stuff! Get off me. So it was all good in that part of the video.
The music was good. I was a little caught off guard that there wasn’t any rap in it though. There was a little bit of hardcore, and some real chill music in there though. I was actually really bummed they didn’t have the songs used in the credits! I wish I had some of the names of the songs for you guys, and for me to download.
The riding, what can I say… The video is 100% street. Not one skate park, not one set of trails. They ride the endless spots in Canada and the Brooklyn Banks. I am sure they rode more spots in the U.S, but I didn’t recognize anything really. I just know there was a lot of really good spots that I want to ride now. If you are a street rider, I think you would be real into this. If you are strictly a trails or park rider who lacks interest in street, this isn’t for you.
Random thought… I saw two cops and neither of them were on horses! I’m sure that is just some really bad U.S/Canada misconception.. but I was bummed.
Overall I thought the video was pretty good. I am not sure if it is just because I am craving warm weather to get out and just ride, or if I just am really just craving to ride street but the video made me want to go ride. Like I said before, if you are a street rider I think this video is worth checking out. If you aren’t into street, I wouldn’t advise it. The video runs for just about 30 minutes, and then there is a ton of bonus footage. The bonus includes crashes, scrap clips, some trips, a contest, and some other good stuff.
I give Canada 10 points for producing some real kick ass riders, and a sweet video.
You can pick up a copy of the video on Empire for $14.95.