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Dec 31, 2019

This podcast episode was originally recorded on February 19, 2019. Since Untapped is a part of our current giveaway we wanted to bring this episode back from the archives. We've cleaned up the audio a bit and hope that you enjoy the episode with co-founder Ted King talking about his journey in building Untapped.

Josh sits down with UnTapped co-founder Ted King. UnTapped makes maple-based energy products. Though you might not think it, that sweet succulent syrup is actually packed with nutrition containing amino acids, electrolytes, antioxidants, as well as being low glycemic source of energy. But why maple syrup? Before King became the maple guru he is now, he was (and still very much is) a professional bike racer, having ridden in just about every race you can think of. Being the only athlete from New England competing in these races, he would often get greeted to new places with quarts of maple syrup by fans to feed his maple obsession. After being fed up for far too long with the rough effects of energy products on the market, Ted resorted to downing maple syrup and in turn discovering the perfect alternative for the processed products he was used to. Since then, UnTapped has blown up and we’re lucky enough to get a front-row seat to the story behind the syrup.

Dec 24, 2019

Josh sits down with California Cowboy founder Drew Clark. California Cowboy makes Innovative versions of short sleeve button downs and apres ski shirts. They exist to help you celebrate the togetherness of being outside and have even built some handy functions into the designs of their apparel that seriously capture that spirit. Clark grew up surfing and skiing quite a bit but, was a lot  better at socializing and that’s partially where he originally got the inspiration to launch a brand like California Cowboy. He loved the aesthetic and style of vintage surf and ski, wanted to create a brand and product line that focused on bringing people together to focus on the outdoors. With over 15 years in the apparel industry, it’s no surprise that California Cowboy is already starting to become a household name.

Dec 17, 2019

Josh sits down with Caliper Foods co-founder Jeremy Goldstein. Caliper Foods makes an odorless and tasteless cannabinoid powder supplement that can be added to your beverages and meal. Caliper got its start in NYC in 2014 by Jeremy and his co founder Justin Singer. Justin’s Grandmother asked him to get her some type of cannabis product to help her with specific ailments (not exactly your typical origin story). Take a listen, as we dive down how grandmas salvation turned into a monumentally game-changing CBD product.

Dec 10, 2019

Josh sits down with MountainFLOW founder Peter Arlein. Though it may not be something you think about frequently, the wax on your skis and snowboards doesn’t last forever and commonly ends up in snowpack, and eventually rivers and lakes. MountainFLOW makes plant-based 100% biodegradable ski and snowboard wax with the aim at creating a less impactful wax. They first launched with an anti-stick backcountry spray to keep snow from caking on your skis but, their eco-wax quickly followed suit. When Arlein got into the ski wax game he knew he wanted to take a sustainable approach but, he wasn’t quite sure what that looked like. In this episode we dive a little deeper into how Peter fine-tuned plant-based wax as an environmentally conscious option and what actually goes into the wax your ironing onto your skis.

Dec 3, 2019

Josh sits down with Gilson Snow co-founder Nicholas Gilson. Gilson Snow is a brand that by now you’re likely familiar with. They’ve recently hit their sixth year. That’s six years of growth, building, and a whole lotta shredding (not to mention bringing their soft edge tech to the ski-verse). We’re thrilled to have watched Gilson grow and are honored to have Nick Gilson back on the show for a catch up and a bit of a reflection since we last had a chance to chat!

Nov 26, 2019

This podcast episode was originally recorded on Sept 29, 2017. Since Gilson Snow is a part of our current Ski + Snowboard giveaway we wanted to bring this episode back from the archives. We've cleaned up the audio a bit and hope that you enjoy the episode with Founder Nick Gilson talking about his journey in building Gilson Snow.

Josh sits down with Gilson Snow co-founder Nick Gilson. Nick Gilson came up with his first prototype snowboard when he was 14-years-old but, it wouldn’t be until about a decade later, in Nashville of all places, that his journey to creating the fastest growing snowboard company would truly begin. Gilson has grown from it’s humble beginnings of being ran out of a functional donkey stable and offering snowboards to creating arguably one of the most revolutionary shapes for skis and snowboards of recent years. In this episode of the ReddyYeti Podcast Nick, walks us through the ups, down, and all-arounds of what he and his team have gone through to build this huge up-and-coming company.

Nov 19, 2019

Josh sits down with Neverquit Apparel founder Leo Chen. Neverquit Apparel are the makers of the most comfortable socks that are designed to last. In a lot of ways Leo didn’t find the sock business, the sock business found him. Neverquit was born out of necessity when Chen found himself searching for the most comfortable socks to remedy having to put up with horrible uncomfortable shoes. It’s safe to say, his search wasn’t exactly fruitful, and with that he took up the prerogative to fill that gap in the sock world and create the perfect sock.

Nov 12, 2019

Josh sits down with Standard Luggage founder Ryan Chong. Standard Luggage is a travel gear brand that makes ultimate travel gear designed to answer all your typical travel issues (aka no more exploding packs and luggage) In 2014 Ryan spent a good bit of time traveling throughout Asia. Only armed with a hiking backpack, he made due with lugging his belongings from hostel to hostel but had to deal with his pack constantly feeling like it was bursting at the seams. If he needs something from his pack, he essentially had to unpack everything and repack it up just to find the item he was looking for-- a bit of a rough experience logistics wise. Fast forward two years later, Canada starts charging checked bag fees. That was the final straw. He needed something that he could use as a sufficient carry-on and he needed it NOW. His solution?... A backpack specifically designed for air travel, to bypass checked bag fees and keep all of your belongings easily accessible. Now you can save your cash for souvenirs (or, I don’t know, maybe another couple cocktails on the plane).

Nov 5, 2019

Josh sits down with Allett Wallets co-owner Adam Muscat. Allett makes Ultra Thin Wallets and leather accessories. You may have heard of them already as they happen be the pioneers of the ultra thin wallet trend, which they introduced in 1995. Surprisingly enough, Adam and his co-owner and sister, Bridget Muscat got their entrepreneurial spirit from being involved in their parents pasta manufacturing business. They grew up helping out out making organic noodles, going to trade shows, and sitting in on business meetings helping spark their passion for business. So, how does one go from pasta to wallets? It wouldn't be until a fateful plane ride that Adam and his father would find themselves sitting next to the original founders of Allett Wallets. One thing led to another and three months later they bought Allett and have building it since to the leather carry good titan it’s slowly rising to be.

Oct 29, 2019

Josh sits down with Ridgemont Outfitters co-founder Stacy Lowery. Outdoor lifestyle footwear and accessories brand that’s inspired by action sports. Lowery’s experience in the outdoor sport industry has been quite evolutionary, starting as a skater and designer and increasingly getting more into the outdoorsy side of action sports. After gathering gear for a trip abroad, he found that the options on the market weren’t exactly what he was looking for and, with that in mind, he got to work designing something closer to what he was looking for. It wasn’t long until he found the perfect mix of style and functionality to spark what would snowball into Ridgemont Outfitters.

Oct 22, 2019

This podcast episode was originally recorded on Sept 4, 2018. Since Two Wheel Gear is a part of our current bike gear giveaway we wanted to bring this episode back from the archives. We've cleaned up the audio a bit and hope that you enjoy the episode with Owner Reid Hemsing talking about his journey in building Two Wheel Gear.

Josh sits down with Two Wheel Gear owner Reid Hemsing. Two Wheel Gear makes bike bags and packs for the everyday commuter. Although Two Wheel Gear, founded by Ken MacLean and Craig Coulombe originally got its start in 1999, Reid Hemsing, owner and president of Two Wheel Gear has successfully brought this rising star of a company into the 21st century. With more and more bike commuters searching for a practical, stylish, functional bag, Two Wheel Gear’s revitalization has sent it soaring but, what comes next, you’ll have to tune in to find out. 

Oct 15, 2019

Josh sits down with NW Alpine brand manager Cameron Larson. NW Alpine makes technical apparel for women and men climbers, mountaineers, and anyone in an alpine environment. Their products are not only of the highest technical quality but are made responsibly, and they pay a living responsible wage to all their employees. Infact, they’re one of the few brands that’s focusing on making gear IN house and in the US. Longtime climber and NW Alpine founder, Bill Amos created NW Alpine during the 2008 recession after becoming absolutely fed up with the state of the outdoor apparel industry. Climbing heritage brands were producing great things but geared towards lifestyle, losing a lot of unique features that were being robbed from climbers (just fashionable enough to sell on a rack at a retail store). It’s not everyday that you find a climbing brand that got its start due to the ripple effects of a financial recession, so we’re thrilled at the chance to dig deep into the fine details of how NW Alpine got started and snowballed into this climbing apparel behemoth

Oct 8, 2019

Josh sits down with Priority Bicycles CMO/co-founder Connor Swegle. Priority Bicycles was started to make biking simple and low maintenance with their belt drive bicycles. Connor and his fellow co-founder Dave Weiner have known each other since college, their paths staying relatively parallel, only diverging when their careers took them in different directions. Years went by, life happened, their jobs got super stressful, and they found themselves wanting to switch things up. After they both took the plunge to quit jobs they hated, Dave was absolutely fixated on getting back into the bike industry and that was all the inspiration Connor needed to join him. Together they made it a priority to spread the joy of getting on and riding bikes. But, how do you make something like that possible? After taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, they realized they just needed to take the work aspect out of biking. With that, they created a low maintenance bike that’s great for everyday riders, and set a reasonable price. This entire package hadn’t existed yet...so they made it and Priority Bicycles was born.

Oct 1, 2019

Josh sits down with Zoic founder Paul Wyandt. Zoic is a relaxed fit cycling clothing company that mainly focuses on mountain bike clothing providing loose-fit, technical performance clothing for anyone who wants to be comfy on the bike, and not wear spandex for cycling. After growing for several years and successful of creating this comfy-fit category of bike clothing, Paul came in and started working with Zoic and a sister brand to keep them alive and thriving. Eventually he saw an opportunity to fully take the helm of the operation and is now aiming to take this brand to another level.

Sep 24, 2019

Josh sits down with STAG Rack co-founder Joey Bridges. STAG Rack makes removable roof racks for your car to carry your skis, bike, and/or snowboard to wherever the adventure takes you. You may have heard of STAG rack before from a previous interview with co-founder Levi Lewandowski, where we got a chance to get a better look at how the idea for STAG Rack came about. This time around, Joey is stepping up to give us an update and some improvements made to their initial design. Join us as we sit down and dissect where STAG Rack is now and where they’re headed into the future! 

Sep 17, 2019

Josh sits down with ABLE CBD co-founders Krista Treid & Bill Ekeler. Able is a CBD vertically integrated CBD and hemp organization making products meant to relieve stress, inflammation, help with sleep and improve your overall quality of life. Krista and BIll built this budding CBD as a differentiator in the hemp industry by being a vertically driven company that is involved from the farming of hemp to their own health products, including the actual legislation involved in growing and producing hemp based products. Bill and Krista originally got started by looking at this for a wellness option to help improve the quality of life for close friends and family members, though the didn’t expect to become one of the Leading CBD companies in the industry. We’re psyched to get the chance to sit down and discuss how ABLE has helped set the stage of where the CBD industry is heading and what’s in store for the bright future of this company.

Sep 10, 2019

This podcast episode was originally recorded on August 21, 2017. Since Butora is a part of our current climbing giveaway we wanted to bring this episode back from the archives. We've cleaned up the audio a bit and hope that you enjoy the episode with co-owner Bradley Hilbert talking about how and why he started Butora.

Josh sits down with Butora Co-Owner Bradley Hilbert. Bradley was bitten by the travel bug long before he was bitten by the climbing bug once he moved to South Korea. It would be halfway around the world when he would meet up with his partners and the founder of what is now known as Butora. In this episode of the ReddyYeti Podcast we follow along as Brad shares his journey with us and gives us a play-by-play of one of the most revolutionary and comfortable climbing shoes we’ve seen in awhile.

Sep 3, 2019

Josh sits down with Rhino Skin Solutions founder Justin Brown. Rhino Skin Solutions makes functional skin care products for athletes including skin repair, muscle and joint recovery, small wound care, hydrating spray, and antiperspirant for hands and feet. Brown is a long time rock climber and is extremely passionate about the sport. He’s been lucky enough to watch the sport evolve and grow over the years, especially the performance aspect. It’s no surprise that shredding your skin comes with the territory of climbing and while there were a couple products he had his eye on, the price and quality just wasn’t what he wanted and, with a little encouragement from the climbing community, he got to work batching his own. It wasn’t long before his fellow climbers were coming to him for skin care products that blew his competitors out of the water for half the price.

Aug 27, 2019

Josh sits down with Gnarly Nutrition founder Eli Kerr & CPO Shannon O’Grady. Gnarly makes sports nutrition that focuses on making natural, effective products that taste delicious (and they’ve pull it off in spades). Gnarly was originally created with the goal of creating clean, natural supplements that focus on providing everything you need to elevate your performance without sacrificing taste. Though there are plenty of supplement options out there, few truly hold true to these values, which gave Eli the extra push to develop Gnarly Nutrition. With an array of supplements to help you out pre, during and post-exercise, Gnarly is trying to bridge the gap between functionality and taste of their supplements to create natural products that people look forward to using.

Aug 20, 2019

Josh sits down with Megalith Climbing founder Ben Browning. Megalith Climbing makes climbing holds AND customizable panels so you can turn your home, office, or even home-office into a climbing gym with their classy designs. Browning, originally grew up in Washington and while he has always had a fiery entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the outdoors, it wasn’t until he made the move from Washington to Utah that he got seriously got into the climbing scene. Noticing some barriers with getting into the sport, he wanted to create a way for people to easily bypass those barriers, whether it was not being able to afford a monthly pass or having the time to practice. What better way to make climbing more accessible than turning your abode into a gym? With his extensive background in engineering, coming up with a design for something that’s easily installable, decorative, simple, and with clean look wasn’t difficult at all. For many climbers, a well made and installed climbing wall can be considered art. Megalith is what happens when the lines of art, passion, and fitness become blurred in the best way possible.

Aug 13, 2019

This podcast episode was originally recorded on Oct 4, 2016. Since Weigh My Rack is a part of our current climbing gear giveaway we wanted to bring this episode back from the archives. We've cleaned up the audio a bit and hope that you enjoy the episode with co-founders Allison Dennis & Andreas Unterschuetz talking about how and why they started Weigh My Rack.

 

Josh sits down with Alison Dennis and Andreas Unterschuetz to talk about their website Weigh My Rack. Weigh My Rack is website where you can compare climbing gear to help climbers find the exact gear that they are looking for by providing specs, reviews, and the history and evolution of various brands. By laying out all the options that are on the market, Weigh My Rack helps its users find gear based off specific needs and preferences with just a few clicks. After Alison and Andreas got fed up with their corporate jobs they decided to hit the road and fully committed to building this invaluable tool to help climbers find the gear they’re looking for. Now they travel and adventure while building their business and helping to remove the stress of gear hunting

Aug 6, 2019

Josh sits down with Hiker Hunger co-founder Emily Vincunas. Hiker Hunger is a small, Boston-based, outdoor company making hiking gear for hikers and made by hikers. After graduating from college Vincunas, and her co-founder Rory McGonigle didn’t know what they wanted to do career-wise, so they did what any other outdoorsy person would do...they went hiking! On their hikes, they’d spend time reflecting, and it would be on one of these very hikes that they’d decided to start their first business venture, creating a subscription-based service that allows people to order/create care packages to send to thru-hikers on the trail (including healthy eating options). After a year of slaving away, they ended up shifting their focus on creating products. The more they hiked, the more they figured out what they liked and what they didn’t like. So what prompted such an abrupt change in their business model? You’ll have to tune in to find out!

Jul 30, 2019

Josh sits down with Lever Gear founder Mike Scully. Lever Gear makes small everyday carry tools will make you prepared in your everyday life to tackle whatever problems might pop up. Their flagship product is a credit card-sized multi-tool with 40 different functions on it that even has a money clip attachment. Scully had always been interested in developing products throughout his 15 years as a product consultant in San Francisco. He’s helped a lot of companies but, always had the desire to make his own products, and eventually came up with a simple idea for a smart tool with a TON of uses. Sometimes you just get the feeling that something is ‘right,’ and Scully took that feeling and let it carry him to success. Since then Lever Gear has developed a couple more products with many more on the way to help people in their daily lives!

Jul 23, 2019

Josh sits down with Swayy Hammocks founder Seth Hill. Swayy Hammocks makes insulated hammocks designed to conquer a serious issue in the hammock camping community, CBS, better known as Cold Butt Syndrome. If you’ve ever slept in a hammock, chances are you’ve experienced this and have fought to prevent this and luckily Swayy has found the perfect solution. Instead of having to lug around a sleeping bag, hammock, straps, pod, and a ton of other gear, Swayy has developed an all-in-one sleep system that does it all so when you get inside and snuggle up in the great outdoors you won’t have to deal with that nasty CBS… So how did Hill develop this game-breaking idea? You’ll just have to tune in to find out!

Jul 16, 2019

Josh sits down with HandyShower founder Zdzisław Iwanejko and Zuzanna Iwanejko. HandyShower is a 3-in-1 portable, efficient, and lightweight personal hygiene device designed with water conservation in mind. Did you know that ⅙ of humankind do not have access to running water and basic sanitation? HandyShower was created for the very reason of tackling this issue while offering a product that is designed to be more effective at conserving water.  Zdzisław, is an engineer specializing in fiber optic sensors originally created the first prototype of what we now know as HandyShower, as a means to make washing your car easier however, it wasn’t until Zuzanna got involved and help shape the scope of HandyShower and the good it can (and does!) provide the world. We are absolutely head over heels with HandyShower and are expecting great things from this rising company!

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