McKenzie River

by Elliot Wilkinson-Ray November 30, 2015

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face. -John Donne

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A Kitsbow posse descended upon Oregon in early November when most leaves had fallen and the nights were frigid and damp. Yet, the McKenzie River region was strikingly calm and vacant and once we had a few miles under our belt the weather was just right for a good long ride.  Above Colby Pastore descends an abrasive technical volcanic rock section.

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Being largely accustomed to the hardpack cracked earth summer conditions of California, the lush mossy spring-board of the dark river valley felt like sculpted playground.

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 A perspective of an Obsessive in the Kitsbow Leather Glove.

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To build a fire….in an Icon Shirt.

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Side hits for days; Colby has a panache for fun lines.

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  Charlie’s creative use of the remainder of the nights fire.

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Garrett with a partial hit while splitting wood in the Fog Icon shirt.

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Garrett demonstrating proper layering for a cold November morning.

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As the afternoon light waned, the forest got challengingly dark but the cavernous McKenzie River was often shining bright off to our side.

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A good designer is out there getting dirty watching his product behave in the wild during all conditions.

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That loam. Above Colby is wearing our recently launched Monaco Jersey. Which has been our go-to piece during fall in California as temps drop and long sleeves are nice to have for the entire ride.

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Garrett wearing the Men’s Tech Jacket, made from an innovative rugged soft-shell from Polartec.

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 Colby calls himself a one trick pony, but he’s damn good at it.

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#loose

 

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Our last day we rode in Bend and here Aaron is riding in his Alpha during a brief snow flurry.

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Lower Whoops in Bend is a great trail to practice small to medium size jumps and feel like a rockstar.

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