Friday, February 3, 2012

Ride China

新年快乐! Happy year of the dragon!

I'll be honest, I didn't have high expectations for the snow scene in China. I doubt many people from America would. However, back in December, I had the opportunity to ride two local Beijing mountains - Nanshan and Huaibei and was pleasantly surprised. In January, I also took a trip to Yabuli in Heilongjiang.

My quick feel on it? Well, many aspects are not comparable to the longer running and more developed resorts we're used to stateside, but there's definitely a growing scene here and the people seem cool. While service is not always the greatest, the rentals weren't too shabby and the resorts try to make it easy for people to get into the sport.

More posts to come about the different resorts and the overall experience of riding in China, but for now I'll leave you with this. While there are many things I would like them to improve, and although I wish there were more snowfall (mostly manmade around Beijing), there's something awesome to be said about being able to ride in the shadow of the Great Wall of China...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Stickered up my Hero with Ride Qi die-cuts

Along with a few other custom-designed die-cuts. Any photos from you guys?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Quick shill! Thanks for the review Ray!

I was just browsing through my Tweetdeck earlier today and noticed a tweet that linked to the following review by Ray. A fellow Sierra Snowboard forum member, he first caught wind of our α masks in the thread Stefan (Forsnowboarding) started to mention the free mask contest he was running. Ray ended up purchasing six masks over three orders and wrote a great review for them, here's an excerpt below. For the full review please click here, Ride Qi Alpha Facemask Review.

I used the Ride Qi α Facemask during a two week snowboarding trip in Utah. I wore the mask in windy, 9 degree, weather as well as on 40 degree bluebird days. The mask performed well in any condition. It does let a fair amount of wind through the breathable material, but not enough to make it uncomfortable. The breathability actually keeps the material dry and is a welcome change to the suffocation you feel when wearing a balaclava or bandana.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ride Qi Alpha Facemask Silent Film

Filmed and edited this video over the holidays (hence the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree). We Tweeted about it and mentioned it on Facebook. But just in case you didn't come across it, here it is below. And no, it's not Hitler. It's a silent film. Toothbrush mustache was inspired by Chaplin. Didn't do any video editing in years so it took a little longer than I expected. Thanks to everyone that helped out! So for those of you looking for more views of the mask or want to see how the elastic ear bands work, check the movie!

Ride Qi Alpha Facemask Silent Film from Jonlin Pei on Vimeo.

By the way, if you want to win some schwag, check the previous entry.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010! Win some schwag!

Happy New Year everyone! So you are probably sitting at your computer right now hungover wishing you hadn't drank so much so you could go our riding right? No worries, let's make this little computing session productive. How about some free schwag from Hoon including an Alpha mask?

A few weeks ago Hoon and I talked briefly about Ride Qi and the Alpha mask. Also dropped some other tidbits such as the correct pronunciation of our name =T. Head on over to Sierra Snowboard's Media section to read the interview!

So how do you win the schwag? Easy just give a shoutout! From Hoon himself: "The best "promotion" or shout-out of Ride Qi will win a free Alpha facemask plus stickers and maybe some other stuff from the Hoon closet. Get out there and promote Ride Qi, then report back in the comments section of this article. We'll choose a winner on 1/31/10."

Easy! Get on FB, Twitter or your favorite forum!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

First Ride Qi Advert

Credit: Elmo, 2° Events

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Heads-Up Displays in Goggles

I want HUDs everywhere, in my glasses walking down the street, in my cycling eye wear and especially in my snowboarding goggles. While contact lenses with HUDs are still far off, it looks as though snowboarders will have access to HUDs as soon as next year via the Recon Instrument Goggle. It's not all that promising though. The mock-ups on the site look horrid but as long as the hardware is there, some enterprising interface designer will probably make it work.

It's been discussed in the past in various threads on the Sierra forums, wouldn't it be sick if we had radars showing where our buddies are, conditions, congestions and of course mountain maps as a HUD unit that you can attach to your goggles? Then in the future perhaps the goggles could analyze conditions warning of avalanche dangers, or even on an approach tell you how far back you need to be and how much speed you need on take-off.

A lot of riders are purists who don't really care for tech on the slopes (other than avalanche beacons and transceivers for the backcountry) but they could easily just ignore it if it was actually available. Sign me up!