Coldsmoke Introduces Shadow eVent Anorak

Waterproof, breathable, perfectly minimal, and made in America for adventuring in the city and out


Is it just us or do seasons these days seem to just go on endlessly, then abruptly end overnight? Frequent, sizable temperature swings are commonplace, and weather in general is getting wetter by the day. So, since keeping our (gear) closet seasonally appropriate is all but impossible, we’re increasingly gravitating towards apparel and outwear designed to work across seasons, like the new Shadow eVent Anorak from Los Angeles-based technical apparel brand Coldsmoke.


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Made Stateside of waterproof eVent 3L shadow ripstop nylon—a bio-mimicking material composed of millions of tiny pores that allow excess heat and moisture to vent directly to the jacket’s exterior—with a moisture wicking Polartec silkweight mesh liner, the minimalist pullover is engineered to keep you dry, inside and out.


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The tech specs are grea, sure, but we wouldn’t be here writing about this sucker if it weren’t aesthetically superior too. The simple silhouette is enhanced with a side-zip for ease of entry, origami-inspired three-snap adjustable cuffs, hand warmer pockets, and a sizable kangaroo pocket for added storage. Ergonomically placed seams allow for full mobility too.


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While we haven’t held the Shadow eVent Anorak in hand personally, we are familiar with other technical offerings from Coldsmoke, so consider the sleek pullover vouched for.


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For our local customers over the years who braved the one way streets and alleys of Venice Beach, sprinted up our stairs to try on gear while keeping an eye out for rabid meter maids, and tossed an exchange or two over our gate, this one’s for you: “Coldsmoke Supply” is open for business!

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At our new flagship store you can try on our full line of limited-run technical garments, and experience a selection of unique and adventurous goods created by our favorite brands from the USA and around the world.


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We chose all our goods on the criteria that they make you feel like you’ve made an unexpected discovery. And everything we offer—from our burliest outerwear to our scented candles—we use and love before we share them with you.

At Coldsmoke Supply you’ll find axes from Hults Bruk, handmade in the same Swedish forge since the 1600’s, eyewear from revered Japanese makers Native Sons,  Australian apothecary products from Grown Alchemist, classic candle-lanterns and survival gear crafted in Seattle by UCO since 1971, sustainably harvested incense from Incausa, masculine scented candles from P.F. Candle Co. and American-made Bags and accessories by Colfax Design Works, among many others.


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We wanted to create a space that imparted the elevated yet masculine vibe of the Coldsmoke gear you know and love. And we wanted it to feel really comfortable, like walking into a living room you wish was your own. Coldsmoke designers and Venice locals, Liam and Ceara, took inspiration for the store from the quintessential California blending of refined indoor and elemental outdoor spaces, combining airy and rustic textures of bleached birch wood, and burnt cedar in the Japanese technique called shou sugi ban, and added earthy natural tones of strap leather furniture from local makers Milwood Design.


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Coldsmoke Supply is set to host community events including panel discussions, art exhibits, and workshops in the coming months. Sign up for our newsletter to keep in touch and stay in the loop.


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Located at 222 Main Street, Venice CA, 90291, Coldsmoke Supply is open Monday-Saturday 11-6, and Sunday 12-5.




When Trevor Olsen and best buddy Brandon Baker told us about a trip they were planning into the Alaskan backcountry just as the seasons turned, we jumped at the chance to get our new Alpha-lite Pullover, Alpha-lite Bomber, eVent Shadow Anorak, and MA-1 jackets on their backs where they could be put to the test in a most unpredictable and demanding environment.

Gear in hand, Trevor and Brandon waisted no time, going straight from the airport to the trailhead of the Gold Mint Hut trail in Hatcher Pass where they hiked nine miles up-valley and sheltered through a night of snow in the pass’s iconic red hut. The next day they hoofed it nine miles further into a neighboring valley where wet boots were rewarded with breathtaking expanses.

From Hatcher Pass, they drove four hours north to Denali and hiked deep into the park, spending their last days camping at Wonder Lake, famous for its views of Mt. Denali, which rises  20,000 ft into the sky. Despite its size, and because of relentless cloud cover, Mt. Denali only shows itself to 20-30% of park visitors, and it kept itself hidden until Trevor and Brandon’s last morning in the park when they woke at sunrise to clear crisp clear skies and a glorious Mt. Denali, looming above them, blanketed in fresh snow.
















































In this revealing short film, Tom Elliott and Simon Reichel, the duo known as A Common Future — explore the characters and culture of cold water surfing in Britain’s industrial north. Hardy locals brave freezing water and toxic waste to ride breakers along the smokestack dotted coastline they call home. “For the past few decades the factories have pumped vile stuff into that river mouth. In the words of the locals, if you go on the wrong day, the water fizzes,” says Elliot.   A spot called The Gare at the mouth of the river Tees churns out world-class walls in deep winter when you come out with icicles hanging off your face.

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This summer we got a chance to visit woodworker and organic farmer Collins D. Heavener, at his studio and farm on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Many people fantasize about living off the land and honing their artistic craft in a rural paradise, but few share Collins’ talent and drive to work their dreams into reality.

CS: What brought you to Martha’s Vineyard and what’s kept you there?

Collins Heavener: I first washed ashore following a lady friend. But ultimately it was landscape, the people, my friends, the farm–the fact that, by some miracle, I’ve been able to make a living for myself doing two of favorite things–farming and furniture making. That keeps me.

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CS: Your favorite kind of wood and why?

CH: I can’t choose a favorite child. Though, Claro Walnut has been making decent grades lately.

CS: What’s the first piece of art you can remember making?

CH: I remember drawing a lot as a kid. Mostly copying the graphics of my favorite skateboards from the latest CCS mag. I’d fill reams of paper with colored pencil drawings with those.

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CS: Favorite artists/ Greatest influences?

CH: My greatest influences have by far always been my friends. I mean, there are some pretty incredible people in this world that I and many other people admire, revere, worship, whatever. But for me it’s been the shitheads I grew up skating with in Southern Vermont who influenced me the most. Some of their parents were carpenters and they’d help us build ramps and other stuff to skate. I’d lurk around their wood shops in total awe of the tools and piles of wood shavings. That was the genesis of my interest in woodworking. One of those shithead friends of mine, Israel Lund, is still one of my favorite artists.

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CS: Favorite, and least favorite thing about being a farmer?

CH: I love getting to interact with the people who cook and eat our produce. I manage the wholesale accounts and farmers market for our farm so I look forward to making the rounds with my chefs and seeing what they’re cooking up. The market is always a blast, I have a bunch of regulars and friends coming out to say hi, seeing what’s the best stuff coming out of the ground each week. I really like the contrast of the solitude you have in the field and the zoo that is the West Tisbury Farmers Market.

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Wearing: MA-1 Bomber, Topographic T-shirt , Fidlock Shorts



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Words and tunes by Rory McAuliffe. Shots by Walker Cole

Featuring the upcoming Womens’ MA-1, and Alpha-lite Pullover

Here are some things that happened on the trip. 7 large people 9 surfboards one un-roadtested 3,000 dollar van. Stopped in Encinitas for plantain burritos. Crossed the border late afternoon and suited up as soon as we got to Gaviotas. Got yelled at for taking wine glasses down to beach. 4-7 ft swell. House was decorated inside almost entirely of white marble.

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Got delicious tacos at K23 taco surf. Had delicious seafood and margaritas in puerto Nuevo, sat next to the possible future mayor of Baja at a little restaurant there with ivy covered windows. Did some barefoot bouldering while waiting for the tide to be right. Lots of home cooked meals.

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The highway one between the border and Gaviotas was beautiful and the coastline was rugged, big cliffs and turquoise and white water. Guys sitting in the beds of pick up trucks in Mexico laughed at the 55mph top speed of the van as they sped by.

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When we heard our friends Jamie and Taylor were headed down to Costa Rica during the rainy season we thought it would be the perfect occasion to test out our eVent waterproof and super breathable rain jackets and our new Fidlock travel shorts.

Words by Jamie:

For years now I’ve dreamt about surfing Pavones, one of the longest left hand point breaks in the world. So for my birthday we flew to Central Costa Rica, rented a car and adventured down south to the Costa Rica, Panama border.  We took a weeks time, surfing and finding unique accommodations along the way.  A true sense of freedom.  We surfed in warm water with macaws flying overhead.  Fact: macaws fly in pairs and mate for life, if one dies the other will too shortly after.  It was very romantic.

After a few days of driving, we finally made it to Pavones.  The waves were fun and the next few days consisted of nothing but surfing, eating, exploring the jungle, lounging in our bungalow and of course, more surfing.  It was a beautiful birthday to remember.

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After a winter of record rains, it’s the perfect time of year to wander the So-Cal mountains in search of once-in-a-decade swimming holes and waterfalls.

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So a few weeks ago we drove north to Ojai’s Matilija valley, one of our favorite places on earth and spent the day scrambling through the deep gorges.

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The overgrown trails, steep boulder strewn ravines, and frequent swimming holes made this the perfect terrain to test our new Fidlock shorts.

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After hours of boulder hopping and creek crossings we were rewarded with an epic double-tiered waterfall.

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We outfitted #coldstoked winner Kellen Mohr and friends for a once-in-a-lifetime RV adventure through Japan’s  empire of powder. Words and #35mm photographs by Kellen Mohr. Video by Chris Naum


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Coldsmoke jackets safely stowed in our luggage, Chris and I boarded our flight to Tokyo with visions of bottomless powder, steaming ramen, and endless dry beers dancing in our heads as the California sun began to ooze over the Pacific. Who-knows-how-many-hours later, after lugging our ski bags through airports and on and off buses on the other side of the same ocean, we arrived in Rusutsu on the northern island of Hokkaido to see our friend Makenzie pull up in the van of our dreams, ready to whisk us to our waiting friends in the small cabin perched above Lake Tōya that would serve as our base camp for the next week.








Days blurred together as we settled into a routine. Wake up, make breakfast, scramble around the cabin as the six of us gathered our gear for the day ahead, ski down the pump track we built down to the van, head for the hills, stop at a Seico Mart to grab a days worth of rice balls, cans of hot coffee, weird pastries, and tallboys, pull off the road to hit the infamous avalanche barriers that stand guard above Japan’s mountain passes, cruise into the lot at Kiroro Resort, acquire backcountry passes, and lap what the resort aptly calls the “Powder Zone” before beating a hasty retreat to a steaming onsen.








Other days we elected to earn our turns, tumbling out of the van at a trailhead and skinning up through fairytale forests with the promise of deep stashes and powder slashes just around the corner. Before we knew it, a week had passed and we were trading the cabin in for a decidedly Japan-sized RV. Everything is smaller over there with the exception of the snowpack! The snow showed no signs of letting up at Kiroro, so we headed back, parked the RV in the base lot, and continued to pillage the Powder Zone.






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All too soon, we were dropping the RV off, saying goodbyes to the rest of the group, and Chris and I were headed to bask in the neon glow of Tokyo before our flight back to the US of A. We spent a sleepless 36 hours soaking in the sensory smorgasbord of Tokyo – from the eerily still imperial palace gardens to the hustle and bustle of Shibuya Crossing, the coziness of micro-restaurants tucked away in gas-lit alleys to the trolley-dodging chaos of the Tsukiji fish market, we roamed far and wide before boarding our flight home from the land of the rising sun.










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Recently we linked up with photographer Ryan Struck, who brings “earn-your-turn” credentials and a talented eye to the task of capturing cold water surf stoke.

Ryan says, “The ‘Snow Surf’ series shows the coldest highs a surfer from the East Coast experiences. The water is mind numbing, quite literally after your first duck dive. I’ve definitely felt dazed shooting from the water after getting pounded by a big set, it really adds a different element to this pursuit of happiness.

Iceland, Alaska, and Norway are all the rage these days. Beyond the newly circulating surf photos people have been surfing in the snow and cold for decades. The Northeast is a beautiful and oft grumpy surf locale, the locs aren’t surfing for photos or marketing campaigns- they don’t want you shooting their waves at all. I respect that. Everyone pictured are friends of mine, we break bread and they trust I won’t blow their spot up when its firing. The surf community in the Northeast is a tight group and I’m ever inspired by their passion for wave riding, even in the snow.”


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Noisy neighbors? Restless mind? Anxiety?  Press play on this recording of sub-zero reverberations titled “White Noise Sounds of Frozen Arctic Ocean with Polar Icebreaker Idling – Creating Delta Waves”.  A strangely satisfying 10-hour recording of distant howling wind, falling snow, and groaning ice. According to the video’s accompanying description, it was designed for “relaxation, meditation, study and sleep.” Vice calls it the “year’s best best ambient album.” We use it to channel arctic inspiration into next winter’s designs.


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Venice Beach stalwarts COLDSMOKE and General Admission recently teamed up on an exclusive editorial for winter 2016-2017. The lush imagery features a wide array of winter essentials culled from a bevy of major labels including adidas, Brain Dead, Norse Projects, Wings+Horns, New Balance, Rone and more. What’s more, the editorial showcases forthcoming items from COLDSMOKE such as the brand’s highly sought after C_Change fishtail parka, the Cruiser jacket, and the Polartec Windbloc sweatpants.

Select pieces in the editorial are for sale at General Admission.



Congratulations to Pacific Northwest native Mason Strehl, this season’s #coldstoked photo contest winner! What can we say that his photos don’t already. Fantastic shots of fun times in beautiful places.

As for the prize, we’re outfitting Mason on his upcoming adventure from Bellingham Washington up to Fairbanks Alaska. The kit includes the MA-1, The Cruiser Jacket, and Aurora Down Jacket.

You’ll be able to follow along with Mason via our instagram feed. And don’t forget to tag your own adventures #coldstoked for your chance to win.

We asked Mason to select twelve shots from his portfolio and tell us a little about each. Check out the stories and splendor below:

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This photo is from a mid-summer camping trip around the Mt. Baker wilderness. After a beautiful sunset and a clear, starry night we awoke enveloped in clouds. Instead of heading out we built a fire and made some coffee and just enjoyed the cool, wet weather. It’s definitely something you have to get used to living in Washington.


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This photo is from one of my many “suicide trips” of the summer. I left town the day before around 11pm and drove 3 hours to the Maple loop trailhead. I took a quick hour long nap once I got there and started hiking to reach the pass by sunrise. I continued along the loop and snapped a picture of Heather Lake, then headed down to the lake and swam out to that island in the freezing cold water. After that I was thoroughly chilled and I headed home getting back around noon – not bad for 13 hours out of town.


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When I lived in Oregon, I used to spend days just driving the coast and hiking and camping all up and down it. This was before Instagram started blowing spots up, and there was nothing cliche about going and shooting anywhere. I actually stumbled upon Samuel H. Boardman State park completely by accident and captured it as I discovered it over the day.


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After a night of camping with some really good people. Dylan Furst (@Fursty) , John Winfield (@johnwingfield) , Bridget Smith (@wanderingalaskan) and I were headed out camping and we got an invite from Andrew Kearns (@andrewtkearns) to spend the night with him and Tina Niemitalo (@tinaniemitalo) out at a spot he knew about. We were joined by Bex Fairleigh (@youngbex) and we spent the night around a fire cooking and laughing and getting to know each other. The next morning we woke up to one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever seen and I captured Andrew capturing a portrait of Bex amid the morning light.


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Mt. Baker wilderness has quickly become my favorite place since moving out to Washington. I’ve spent way too much time just out and about wandering the colorful fields and forrest. This particular trip I headed out and got lost with one of my favorite dogs Millie the Golden (@millethegolden). This was caught just as the evening sun came down getting ready to set.


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This photo is from the hands down best sunset I’ve seen in my life. Another Mt. Baker adventure with friends, we reached Artist Point just before sunset and ran around like madmen shooting and staring in awe at the light and cloud display nature was putting on for us.


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Another “suicide trip”. This one was pretty insane, I left after work and drove to Whistler and met with one of my photography and videography idols Aaron Leyland. He told me about a hidden cabin back in the mountains, and as I didn’t have anywhere to stay for the night I headed out to find it. I eventually found the road and drove as far up as my car would take me. When I couldn’t drive up anymore I got out and walked with my gear in snow and heavy winds. I didn’t reach the cabin till around 10pm, and I was completely soaked through. I started a fire in the cozy cabin and a local cruised up in his old Land Cruiser and joined me for the night. He was nice enough to give me a lift back to my car in the morning.


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This photo is from the same trip as the one above, just on the way home. I got a bit tired driving back and decided to pull off the road just outside Squamish and take a quick nap. I snapped this before I went to sleep.


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Another trip out to BC. This shot came during a 24 hour trip up to Garibaldi Provincial Park. I took off at around 5pm and shot up and stayed the night in the Garibaldi Lake trailhead. I got up at 5am and hiked the 18km trail in just a few hours, but managed to catch a few good shots on the way. My engine actually ended up blowing up on the way home from this trip so the rest of the day consisted of a long tow truck ride and a strong drink.


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Me and Dylan Furst decided to head out for a day of hiking in the rain out in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and after a long day of wet and cold adventuring we settled into our camp site for the night. This was the view I woke up to.


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This photo was one of my more recent shots from a trip to Alaska. I traveled up to Fairbanks with Megan Evanson (@megan_evanson) for a week and we decided to head to Summit County for the day. We spent the day exploring frozen river beds, icy canyons, and some very cold mountains, all in a brisk -30º F.



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One of my personal favorites, this shot came during a recent trip to the Olympic Peninsula. It was my first time out there, and some friends showed me the good spots. This suspended tree is definitely one of those spots, and as I love to hammock, I decided to throw one up directly underneath it. More camp coffee was made, and more hangs with friends were had.