The 4 Best Christmas Gifts for Kids in 2017

The 4 Best Christmas Gifts for Kids in 2017

Let’s face it… buying the right gifts for your kids might be one of the most difficult things about Christmas. Of course, you trying to find them the gifts that they will love. As a parent, however, you want to get your child a gift that will be good for them also. We completely understand, and we are here to save the day with some of the best Christmas gifts that kids and parents will both be stoked about! Seeing as everyone has a different budget for holiday gifts, we made sure to feature 4 gifts at 4 different price points. Don’t waste your time waiting in lines at toy stores or at the mall; read our list of the 4 Best Christmas Gifts for Kids in 2017.

 

$: Kendama – Buy It Here

The Kendama is an extremely addictive wooden skill toy that comes from Japan. This toy is great for young and old alike as it strengthens hand eye coordination, balance, and reflex. The trick possibilities are endless for both the beginner and the seasoned master.

The Kendama consists of the “Ken” (handle), connected by a string to the “Tama” (ball). The Kendama tricks are done by variations of juggling the ball in the 3 cups, spiking the ball with the Ken spike, and doing both in new creative ways. Much like scootering or skateboarding, mastering the Kendama takes practice, focus, patience, and creativity.

We love that the Kendama is a simple, productive, interactive toy that strengthens mental and physical skills while you play. In today’s world of flashing lights, computers, and tech-savvy toys, the Kendama stands out with its simple design and creative new ways to have fun.

 

$$: Lucky Crew™ 2018 Complete Scooter – Buy It Here

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If your child is already scooter obsessed or just starting out riding, this scooter will be one of their best Christmas gifts ever. The 2018 Crew™ is Lucky’s most affordable scooter and unlike the 2017 version, this scooter features their all new Chromoly Kink Bar and 110mm wheels for freestyle riding! The Crew™ is also fully upgradable as it is compatible with Lucky’s entire aftermarket lineup. With abundant options, this scooter is perfect to grow with any young riders size and abilities.

**Available in: White-Red, White-Blue, Graphite-Green, Graphite-Orange, and Blackout

 

$$$: A Week of Evolve Skateboard/Scooter Camp – Enroll Here

Buy a kid a skateboard or scooter and they will ride for a day. Teach a kid how to skateboard or scooter and they will ride for life! Give the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas by signing your child up for one of our unforgettable weeks of summer camp. We offer drop-off programs in municipalities across the country as well as programs with bus transportation in most major Canadian cities. Summer 2018 sessions are already open for registration on our website. Visit our website for more information about our camp programs: http://www.evolvecamps.com/

 

$$$$: ION Electric Skateboard – Buy It Here

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Set your fun meter to “cruise” with this electric skateboard made to get you anywhere in the coolest way possible. The ION Skateboard is a perfect blend of the classic, retro skateboards of the 70s and the technology of today to create the best skateboard of all time. The lithium battery made by LG gives you up to 10kms of uninterrupted riding freedom at a speed of 18km/h. A handheld remote control allows you to direct the skateboard anywhere you want to take it.

The Best Snow Goggles For Ontario

The Best Snow Goggles For Ontario

As we all know, skiers and snowboarders like us take our style very seriously. From the most essential hardgoods to some very useless softgoods, we make sure to wear what makes us feel the best while shredding. 

Depending how where and how you ski/ride, goggles can be a necessary accessory as they seriously impact your visibility on the slopes. Not only are they an important element for a great day on the slopes, goggles come in an impressive range of lens colours and styles; allowing each person to find the perfect goggles for their local hill.

While some snow goggle lenses work best for bright “blue bird” days, we don’t tend to get a ton of those here in Ontario. As a result, you are going to want to choose something more suited to the grey skies that we are used to seeing. If you aren’t sure where to start, here’s a countdown of the best snow goggles for Ontario skiers and snowboarders.

 

#5) Pink/Rose Lenses

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Top Pick: Bolle Volt Goggle with Vermillion Lens

Pink lenses, or rose lenses, are ideal for low-to-mid light. Pink snow goggles are also appropriate for partly cloudy days, or overcast days with low light. They’re also a good choice for skiing during dusk or dawn. Be careful about wearing pink lenses during sunny days, as they are not dark enough to filter out bright light.

 

#4) Violet/Purple Lenses

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Top Pick: Dragon Alliance NFXS Goggle in Purple Ion/Yellow Lens

Violet lenses, or purple-tinted goggles, contrast greens and blues while maintaining a somewhat natural perception of color. These lenses also enhance detail, allowing you to better see bumps, moguls, ice patches, and bare spots, while successfully appraising jump landings, too. Violet lenses are best for low-to-moderate light conditions.

 

#3) Yellow/Gold Lenses

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Top Pick: Oakley A-Frame 2.0 Goggles with Fire Iridium Lens

Yellow or gold lenses are excellent for flat light, enhancing detail so that you can better ski moguls, eye jumps, and avoid rough spots. Yellow lenses are also optimal for snowy days, as the lens tint sharpens vision while filtering out the snow’s brightness. Because a yellow-colored goggle lens filters out blue light, this lens color can also be worn on sunny days, making it the best all-around snow goggle.

 

#2) Amber/Orange Lenses

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Top Pick: Dragon Alliance DX Goggles with Amber Lens

Amber goggle lenses, or orange goggle lenses, are appropriate for overcast conditions, though they can also be worn on partly cloudy or sunny days. Orange lenses aid skiers in distinguishing moguls, and also increase visual ability in fog. Consider a “copper”-colored lens for especially foggy, overcast conditions. Mid-tone amber goggle lenses, which reflect blue lights and increases shadow definition, make great snow goggles for all conditions.

 

#1) Photochromic Lenses

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Top Pick: POC Retina NXT Photo Lens

Photochromic snow goggle lenses, or photochromatic lenses, darken according to the condition. In flat light, photochromic snow goggles allow accurate perception of detail, but the lenses darken accordingly in bright light. The transition is smooth and provides for optimal visual accuracy in all conditions.

Funny Scooters You Can Buy Right Now

Funny Scooters You Can Buy Right Now

Finding and choosing the best pro scooter for your needs is not an easy job. You have to sort through so many different styles, brands, and types, until you eventually find the one that works for you. There is no one single scooter that is right for everyone.

However, there are definitely, DEFINITELY some scooters that are wrong for everyone; and just plain wrong in general. You know; those funny scooters that make you realize why everyone else in the world has such strong feelings towards us scooter riders.

These funny scooters usually feature some sort of “technological advancement” that their manufacturers (what the actual hell is going on at the Fuzion HQ???) was hoping would make their design unique. Well, they succeeded, along with succeeding to make all of us cringe really hard.

Without further ado, please enjoy our short list of some funny scooters, with strangest design features, that you can buy right now.

 

1) CityBirds Pigeon

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The CityBirds Pigeon Adult Urban Kick Scooter is a dream if you are a fan of industrial design. This Lithuanian-made award winner is the ideal scooter for the minimalist, eco-conscious urban commuter who wants to stylishly and conveniently make it to the office.

Unfortunately, that is not us, so riding this collapsable commuter coffin the way we would want to is just asking for trouble. On the bright side, it comes with a handy shoulder notch for when you are too embarrassed to ride it and decide to carry it. Also, it transforms quickly into a rolling cane in case you whack your ankle on the deck a little too hard with the deck.

 

2) Fuzion Quad

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The Fuzion Quad 4×4 Carving Scooter is a funny scooter because it is thrilled to boast its main benefit: stability. That is the least cool thing you could ever boast about in a scooter. Do you know what other ultra-lame product boasts it’s added stability? Bicycle training wheels! The stability of this scooter perfectly compliments the over-the-top dual brake, potentially making this the safest and therefore least fun scooter to ride ever.

 

3) SMJ Fuzion K2

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The SMJ Fuzion K2 is a relatively unknown scooter with some relatively unheard-of scooter features. The manufacturers couldn’t decide if they wanted it to be lightweight and practical, or heavy-duty and durable. This scooter turned out to be the worst of both worlds.

It is hard to narrow this scooter down to one thing about it that makes it so funny. Maybe it is the fact that it is almost entirely made of hard plastic. Maybe it is the unnecessarily bulky foot brake fixed above the back wheel. Oh wait, nevermind… it’s the carrying strap. 

 

4) Fuzion Zoom Tunes

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The Fuzion Zoom Tunes is said to be “unlike any other scooter”. However, the deck, wheels, fork, and many of the other components are no different than your average, cheap, trick scooter. What makes the Zoom Tunes so unique is the built in speaker installed to the centre of your handlebars that allow you to plug in your own music or find your favorite station to listen to while you are scootering. Now, if you aren’t laughing at that last sentence, then you must not be able to understand what is so inherently hilarious about this design.

 

5) Fuzion JumpX

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The Fuzion JumpX: the world’s first full suspension trick scooter, and hopefully also the last. Fuzion’s attempt at a hybrid between a scooter and a pogo stick, the JumpX claims to help you jump higher and further, while always ensuring a smooth landing.

In theory, this scooter sounds like it would really be quite fun to ride. In practice though, we would still rather have our real trick scooters that require some real effort to get off of the ground. It is possible that they are on to something here though…

 

 

Best Kids Skis for Winter 2018 – Buying Guide

Best Kids Skis – Winter 2018

Before you jump into buying new skis for your child, consider how many times you will ski this season. Kids grow fast and can outgrow their ski equipment within one ski season.

If your child will only be going skiing once or twice, just rent the skis for them at the resort. If you might only ski a few times this winter, think about buying gently used gear for your kids on a buy and sell website or at a ski swap. This “new to you” gear will serve your child just fine. You can then sell it or give it to a neighbour, relative or friend who’s kids are also learning to ski.

However, if your child is anything like us, then they are crazy about skiing and they would literally live at the hill if they could. For these über-shredders (or if you simply must have your young, beginner rocking the latest equipment), we have put together a list of some of the best kids skis available this winter. Enjoy!

 

Rossignol Terrain With Bindings – $149

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Rossignol is one of the best companies for kids skis and their Terrains are the perfect product for any child learning how to ski. These are easy enough to handle that people new to this activity will feel in control and won’t go overly fast. The construction is specifically designed for maneuverability as it has an Auto Turn Rocker to ensure your little one can tackle different types of snow and won’t be burdened with distracting vibrations. The adjustable binding system is perfect for any growing child, and the awesome design guarantees that they will want to use these skis for multiple seasons. If your child is already a strong skier, avoid these skis as they won’t give the performance skilled skiers desire.

 

Armada ARV/ARW 84 Junior Skis – $239

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The Armada ARV 84s suit a wide variety of skiers from absolute beginners to strong intermediates. As your child gets better, you won’t need to go out and get higher performing skis – these will work just fine. The ski profile is relatively standard which is perfect for people that like to stay on trail where it’s groomed. The only type of skier that won’t love these skis are the exceptionally skilled. If your child is a prodigy on the slopes you’ll probably want to go with the Volkl Mantra’s (see below). Any recreational skier will love what these skis offer, though.

 

K2 Poacher Junior With Fasttrak 2 Bindings – $249

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These skis come from a very reputable and well known company – K2. When you purchase from them you know you’re getting quality, durable and safe equipment. This applies to their Poachers which best suit children that already have a little skill. Your child doesn’t need to be a professional to wear them but at least an intermediate. They’ll probably be a little overwhelming for an absolute beginners. The all-terrain rocker and ski profile makes this product useful in all snow conditions from powder to hard packed. Lastly, the lightweight Aspen core is easy to maneuver and eats up vibrations.

 

Volkl Mantra Junior Skis – $209

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The Volkl Mantras are one of the year’s top picks for adult men this skis and the Mantra Jrs are also one of the best kids skis this season. Most importantly, these skis are made for advanced skiers; those children that can pretty much handle anything on the mountain. These skis are perfect for them due to their excellent performance in all snow conditions. The full rocker ski profile helps your child explore all trails (on and off) with ease and improves maneuverability. The full Sensor Woodcore also enhances responsiveness and energy transfer resulting in quick carves and cuts. Finally, they have a slick design that your child is absolutely going to love showing off. The price is also great for top of the line skis.

 

Best Scooter Accessories

Best Scooter Accessories

Here at Evolve, we are definitely big fans of scooters and all things related. With the holidays getting closer and closer, we are starting to think about what gifts to drop hints about to our loved ones.

Although we would all love that new Lucky TFox™ Signature Complete, we know that it isn’t likely going to turn up under the tree this year. Nevertheless, if you’re like us and you’ve already got your trusty sled that does the ‘trick’, here are some other ideas for things that you can ask for this holiday season.

We have decided to do some digging so that we could compile our list of the best scooter accessories available right now. These products are sure to stoke out any true scooter kid and help them shred their stuff even harder. Enjoy! 

 

AWS-10 HEX Park Tool – $10.00

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First and most importantly, this is an essential item for every scooter rider out there. The Park Tool Fold Up Hex Wrench Set is a combination of all the most common hex wrench sizes into one super handy fold-up tool. Also, the multi-position composite handle allows for a comfortable and lightweight design. This tool includes 1.5mm; 2mm; 2.5mm; 3mm; 4mm; 5mm; and 6mm hex wrenches made from Bondhus Protanium high torque industrial steel for long life.

 

Chilli Snowblades – $159.99

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Next is the new Chilli Snowblades! These attachments were developed together with FUNTEC and are made of high-quality carbon steel. As a result, they can withstand big jumps and still allow for smooth grinds. Our unique patented concave design allows you greater control over your scooter even at high speeds and without loss of grip when carving. These snowblades make an exceptional snow-scooter out of your ordinary street-scooter and they are also quick and easy to attach to any scooter.

 

Havoc Stubby Scooter Pegs – $29.99

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The NEW Havoc Stubby pegs are one of the best scooter accessories for the ‘minimalist’ rider as they are the perfect size for someone that doesn’t want a much larger grinding surface for the back of their deck but does need to reinforce it!

You’ll love these little nubs! 

 

Toomi Wall Mount Scooter Scooter Hanger – $19.99

Are you tired of damaging your walls? Are you sick of constantly stubbing your toes? Is your life just terrible? Well have we got the solution for you! The Toomi Wall Mount Scooter Hanger!!!

Check out the hilarious Youtube video for the Toomi Scooter Hanger!