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Ready for the Roaring 20's?

Are you ready for the roaring 20's? As 2019 ends we start putting the years in perspective and realize… Holy crap it’s not the 10’s anymore! Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad and we got cold wet with the ALS ice bucket challenge. As the decade comes to an end we fast forward a couple of years and you’ve gotten yourself a shiny Veital Designs replacement lid in your Nalgene! Haven't you yet?

The old roar

In the old 20's Coca Cola was still being made with real coca leafs and Walgreens was selling booze on the low while opening more stores than a young W. Buffet shopping around Omaha. Undoubtedly times have changed. Our new 20's bring an unprecedented rate of change in innovation and technology. Our computers are slimmer and our phones too. Cars are electric and the use of geotags on social media have re-popularized America's best national parks. Keep them clean folks!

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The Nighthawk Lid posing pretty (partially thanks to geotags) shhhh.

Jokes aside, it’s times like these when the Veital way recommends a good look in the accountability mirror. The start of a new decade gives us a chance to evaluate the last one in preparation for the next. Matt and Eli have been keeping it OG writing their goals for the coming year here at Veital Designs. Nevertheless, what a great time it is to remind you to #embracethebalance. Take the time to write SMART goals that are both personal, and professional. Find your balance.

The sound of the decade

Fortunately for the candid follower of Veital Designs the new 20's are just another opportunity to roar. We raise to the occasion and -hold steady- embrace the nuances of life and feel the balance, embrace it. Veital Designs is a replacement water bottle lid, and so much more. Follow us in this journey starting fresh in the roaring 20's and let's go after more outdoor adventure. Let's play the game with grace and kill the work week while shredding the weekend like it's supposed to. Let's #embracethebalance. Are you ready for the roaring 20's?

We've heard that writing your goals down makes you more inclined to fulfill your goals so we'd love to see some of your goals in the comments. Maybe we have some in common and get to share an outdoor experience!

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water bottle replacement lid

Christmas is back, Santa Brought Veital!

Where is Veital?

2019 is coming to an end so we put our sights on the prize, water bottle replacement caps! Oh and 2020 of course. If you wondered why you haven’t heard from us in a while we want to say we’re back, like Mike Tyson after biting an ear off, back for more! The last few months have been full of activity at Veital so we wanted to give you the inside scoop from the team. Life is a beautiful rollercoaster of challenges waiting to be unlocked and experienced and at Veital we have a tendency to embrace them, embrace the balance, as we like to say. In recent months, Matt has been challenged to find his balance between work and life. Left Hand Engineering, Matt’s consultancy and daytime job, has experienced lots of changes and Matt has found himself taking on more responsibilities.

Embracing the Balance

In the process of finding that balance Matt’s passion project, the aluminum pupil, the protector of fluids, Veital Designs took a seat on the bench while higher priority items were checked off the list. This shift however brought an opportunity to channel the energy, embrace the balance, find a way to continue pushing the passion project while still performing with Left Hand Engineering, and of course continue shredding gnarl on the weekends. Matt is a one man team on many playing fields but a crucial part of finding the balance is to recognize your strengths and weaknesses. That’s why, recognizing his lack of marketing savvy, early this year Matt brought in the help of Jason.

Seizing the Opportunity

One of the things we wanted to improve at the beginning of this year was packaging. We want to create an experience that carries the elements of precision and quality materials along with the feel of the replacement water bottle cap. Jason is the man behind the new packaging. Jason took the time to design a sustainable package that fitted well with the shape and feel of the lids, and created graphics to go along and educate you on how to use our replacement water bottle caps for the Nalgene water bottle and other wide mouth water bottles.

Let's see some before and after pics of our packaging:

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Old Packaging
water bottle replacement lid
New Packaging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aside from packaging Jason helped create the Veital Designs point of purchase displays for when we’re on the road, and made this super cool stickers as well! Since then, getting to market became the new focus! Enter Eli, the latest addition to the team. Eli's been taking strides in defining our image and presence in the market. He's getting a grasp of the outdoor pursuits market to do a better job at getting Veital to you, to give you a little footing in finding the balance, help you embrace it.

Committing to Great

Veital Designs is all about embracing the balance. The  balance of a working professional and a passionate outdoorsman. The equilibrium of working hard and being financially stable, with having fun and experiencing life to the fullest. The balance between durability and ruggedness, with precision and finesse. We created this water bottle replacement cap to help you come into balance. Furthermore, we created this product because we are passionate outdoors people ourselves. We value high quality materials, made in the US products, designed with functionality in mind, durable till the very end.

Christmas is back and Santa brought Veital with. We’re here to stay! Veital water bottle replacement caps are made to last. We’re building a brand that resembles that principle all around. Stay connected and follow us on the path of most resistance. Let’s collectively build the strength to find the balance and maintain it. Let’s #embracethebalance.

For extra goodies check out our friends at Yellow Wood Gear in Milwaukee. Or the guys at Becker Supply Co. in Indianapolis. We'd only trust our gear to those guys!


3X3 Hike on Seoraksan

 

3x3 14 hours on seoraksan

Onset of an adventure

We were living abroad in Seoul, South Korea when we went on this adventure in middle October to hike Seoraksan. Our trip began just before midnight in Seoul where we boarded a bus with dozens of other excited hikers. Our trip consisted mostly of foreign teachers living and working in the city and was arranged for non-native folks. 4 hours later, we arrived at our destination, Seoraksan The third tallest mountain located north-east of Seoul and just west of Sokcho and the East Sea.

We started our hike just after 2 am and unsurprisingly there were already dozens of other buses dropping off hundreds of other Korean hikers, well prepared with the latest hiking boots, poles, packs, and lights. Rolling up in shorts, hoodies, and a bunch of granola bars stuffed in our bags, we felt a little ill-equipped but we pushed on. What followed was a steady climb to the peak and a descent of about 12 hours through a twisting canyon filled with beautiful fall colors. There was a hostile too and another whole story there but the part that remains with me was how kind and generous the Korean people were along this hike. Numerous times we were offered freshly cut fruits and veggies, Makgeolli and soju and Jeju chocolates.

Sharing the bounty

While trying to find some provisions near a mountaintop shop, I was invited to join a group of Korean hikers at their table to enjoy some homemade kimbap. My Korean is very poor but one of the hikers did speak some English and asked about our hike. After a while of struggling through conversation about how beautiful this all was, we all got back on the trail.

3x3 14 hours on seoraksan

Moments like these, and these are not the only moments of incredible kindness we experienced while living abroad that we come back to in my everyday. Trips and places will always be memorable but the people and those interactions are what made the trip.

3x3 14 hours on seoraksan

Caught Off Guard

We knew it would be a long hike but none of our crew realized it would be 14 hours. Still worth it! Still recommend!

 

Calories:

Dr. You granola bars, Kimbap, Makgeolli, Soju, kimbap triangles, Some real tasty bbq at the hostile!

 

20:20 Hindsight:

We really lucked out with very good weather. Another teacher had completed the hike the week before and reached the top in a snow storm so def check the weather prior and  B E   P R E P A R E D.

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Whistler Adventure Mountains Downhill skiing Veital Designs.

3X3: Whistler, Eh?

Whistler Adventure Mountains Downhill skiing Veital Designs.

Here we go, eh?

5:20am Fly to Seattle drive Whistler: the trip is ago. Did anyone else know that Boeing has it’s own runway? Thinking again, it makes sense that they do. What a funny concept: ‘build a commercial jet airliner and when it’s complete you FLY it to its new destination.’
Once we were past Vancouver, we headed up the Sea to Sky highway. I’ve done quite a bit of driving in my 27 laps around the sun, but I have to say this was my favorite to date. Cascading mountains that fall into the ocean are quite the site to see.
During the trip, the 1 st three days were filled with 8 dudes in a two-bedroom condo. Accommodations were tight, but we made the best of it. One of the 8 was battling the flu. Thankfully, he was back to skiing shape by day two. Perfect, rolling 8 dudes deep.

 

Veital Designs 3x3 Adventure journal Whistler Group

The stakes get high

All of us skiers (and snowboarders) were of the same skill level. This made everything we did a challenge. Each guy wanted to show each other up. Competition is funny like that, it brought out the best of all our abilities.
One of the best moments of trip was a cornice we found lookers right of the Symphony Express. The Symphony Amphitheater faced east. This meant that any winds from the west would blow over the ridge line. Somehow, we found some untouched parts of this ridge and made the best of it. Lunch afterwards.

Veital Designs 3x3 Adventure journal Bird in the Hand

Unfortunately, we didn’t have any fresh snow on the trip; which was a total bummer. We took the next best thing: Blue Bird Days. I’ve said it once and will continue to say it. Pictures do not do a justice.

 

Veital Designs 3x3 Adventure journal USA vs Canada

Does pleather breath? Not sure, ask @Ecarpenter

Caught Off Guard

Beer ain’t cheap in Canada.
Not sure if you can buy in the US and transport over, but it may be worth it if you’re ballin’ on a budget. Then again, Kokanee is pretty good.

 

Calories:

(Post Mountain) Village Sushi. Make your reservations 6 weeks in advance. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see Mark Abren and Michelle Parker (Pro skiers)

 

20:20 Hindsight:

We flew into Seattle and drove north to Canada. This added 5 hours (+a border crossing) both ways. I’m all about direct flights. I’d fly into Vancouver next time.

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Veital Designs Jackson Hole 3x3 downhill skiing

3X3 Goin' to Jackson Hole Wyoming

Veital Designs Jackson Hole 3x3 downhill skiing

Jackson Hole Wyoming. The birth place of the Galande Quaff. Cowboy Country. And Rad Skiing. All things that
make it top of the bucket list for skiing. College kids I knew from my alma mater  were on a trip there and I decided to tag along for some cheap skiing fun. It was my first time to Jackson, and I was stoked to be going.
As most flat-landers are accustomed to, ski-trip dates out west are set in stone weeks in advance. Because
of this, we get what we get when it comes to weather. Unfortunately, on this trip, Jackson received 17
inches on Sunday and Monday. By the time I arrived on the slopes Wednesday, the mountain was skied
out. Total bummer, but that’s what you get. Regardless of the snow conditions, there was much to
check out. We skied hard all 3 days and developed a great understanding of the resort.

Veital Designs Jackson Hole 3x3 downhill skiing Corbets from Tram

The Challenge

For anyone who hasn’t been atop Corbets, it’s the real deal. Whomever makes that leap deserves a
round of applause. We all see pictures online, but until you’re peaking over the edge, it’s hard to
stomach how gnarly it is.

Matt Skiing

The mountain is made up of many small, medium, and hella large cliffs blended with trees throughout.
These trees have a great spacing about them. Not too clumped together. Perfect for making fast
bounding turns in deep snow. Jackson is gnarly. Not for the faint of heart. I see why this place is so
magical on a powder day.
As a Midwest skier that grew up skiing Summit County, I’ve never really experienced an inversion. My
last day at Jackson was just that. Crazy cool. I took the Tram up from cloudy dull weather, into the
clouds, then above.

Warmer air traps cooler air in the valley below and you get this.

Veital Designs Jackson Hole 3x3 downhill skiing Inversion Pic

Cooling down from the Jackson Hole

The town of Jackson is special (different from the Teton Village). It reminds me of a cowboy outpost that
has grown into a small town. Sure, it’s supported by tourists and the resorts around it, but is has
character unlike any other ski town I’ve been to. It feels like a real place where real people make a living
rather than a bunch of restaurants and t-shirt shops at the base of a mountain. Be sure to stop at the
Cowboy Bar, if you’re in the area.

 

 

Caught Off Guard:

Jackson Hole Mountain resort is about 25 minutes from the town of Jackson, WY.
Most people commute back to Jackson after skiing. The town is awesome. Be sure to stop at the Cowboy Bar, if you’re in the area.

 

Calories:

The Mangy Moose. By far the best Après Ski environment I’ve ever been apart of. They’re at
the base of Jackson (Skier’s Right of the Tram). Great beers, great food, and live music every evening.
Prices aren’t bad either.

 

20:20 Hindsight:

When you see flights for $280 round trip out of Milwaukee to Jackson, book them. I
waited a few extra days after my plans changed a bit and I ended up paying $330 for a one way into
Jackson. If I see prices like that again, I’m pulling the trigger.

 

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Anvil Takes Colorado

3/16/2017 - 3/21/2017

Although we are only a few months in I have filled, for what in years past would be, an entire year's quota for travel. I wrapped up 2016, and subsequently brought in 2017, with a trip to Tazania to visit my sister, Madi (IG: @coolbeanmadi), who has been studying and working in East Africa for just under a year. A few weeks after getting home from that trip, I hopped on a plane for a quick three day trip to Naples, FL for some late Winter sunshine therapy. While there, we stayed with a friends grandma, and although we may have brought the average age down significantly - the old folks brought the party.

That leads me to the next trip which, was very shortly thereafter the trip to Florida. The plan was to regroup with seven of my college amigos for another long weekend of skiing, snowboarding and general mountain Tom-Foolery. Unfortunately, we were not able to reunite the entire band, but we were able to find a group of four to tackle the Rockies.

Anvil's team

The crew was rendezvousing from all over the country. We had John (IG: @theronjoberts) coming from Houston, Andrew (IG: @aschuch6) lugging camera gear all the way from Pheonix, Nathan (IG: @n8_schwenk) flying in from Knoxville, and myself from Indianapolis. The four of us had met at Purdue, all graduating between 2014-2015, and were trying our best to make a habit of this yearly trip. We had a group of eight last year in Park City, and if this participation trend continues, losing half the team each year, this is going to be a short lived tradition. Despite the decline in numbers, there was absolutely no decline in stoke for the getaway.

After having grown my hair out quite nicely over the six to eight months prior to the trip, I wanted to make a little noise upon my arrival in CO. The plan: a mullet. Flying out on a Thursday around lunch, I worked the first part of the day from home. This led perfectly into me getting the cut just before heading out to the airport, which is exactly what I did. Desean, at my local Great Clips, cut the quaff to perfection (after I pulled up several pictures to illustrate what a mullet actually was), and I left the joint feeling unstoppable. I immediately maxed the speakers in the car playing the Top Gun soundtrack and jet off to the airport. Then I caught my Southwest flight (because who else lets you fly a snowboard bag for free), and was on my way to Denver.

An unexpected surprise

I was set to arrive a few hours before the other guys, and had scheduled a van into the mountains. The host of the Airbnb, suggested Home James (www.homejamestransportation.com) for our transportation needs, which certainly did not let us down. I sat outside the terminal on the sidewalk waiting for my ride in 75 degree weather... This was certainly not what I expected for a ski trip.

I get to the Airbnb, which I did not realize until I arrived, was in the Founder's Pointe Resort. The accommodations were very nice, we had a hot tub (which is absolutely essential) and were a short walk to the lifts. After settling dropping my gear off in the room, a bit famished, I set off into town to find food and a cold one. I hopped on the resort shuttle that met just outside of the Mountain Lodge at Fraser's Point, aka right across the road.

The shuttle driver recommended The Peak, and really did not give me much choice as he dropped me off at the front door. Feeling a bit defiant, and adventurous, I did not head his recommendation and walked to the next closest place - Randi's Irish Pub (https://randiswinterpark.com/). I was greeted by a friendly bar tender as I bellied up to the bar solo, still waiting on the amigos to arrive. I got myself a green brew, this was the day before St. Patty's, and a stew. The beer, stew and company that I was in, were superb.

Catching up

As I was eating I started chatting with the absolutely RAD, Maria (IG:_mfgv). Home girl had just gotten off the Appalachian Trail and was gearing up for the PCT in a month. Keep up with her and her travels via Instagram. When the dudes finally arrived, an hour or so later, we greeted each other with the typical bro hugs and catch-up pleasantries. We caught a couple more brews and ventured back to the condo... we had a couple big days ahead of us.

As I mentioned before, the weather in Winter Park was especially warm. We were seeing 50+ on the mountain, which made for very comfortable temperatures, but relatively sticky snow. That being said, the first day on the mountain was the coldest and had the best snow. They had opened the bowl at the top of the Panoramic Express lift up for the first time in over a week so, per the advice of a local, that is where we headed.

We were all knocking off the rust of not having ridden in a bit and took our time hitting things too hard, at least the other guys were. I on the other hand bombed a couple runs, sent it down Forget-Me-Not into the trees, overcooked a corner, and went down hard on my left wrist. Mind you, this was before lunch, on DAY 1, I am such an idiot. The rest of the day went on as planned, sort of. I spent lunch with ski patrol, who told me definitely don’t continue to snowboard, got a wire mesh brace from them, and immediately returned to do what they said not to.

Winding down in Colorado

That afternoon we took the same shuttle back into Fraser to the Safeway to get groceries for dinner. We whipped up an unbelievable amount of spaghetti, wolfed it down, and then, since it was St. Patty’s, returned to our local watering hole, Randi’s. We soaked in some live music, green beer and a bit of Jameson and ventured home exhausted from the day.

Day 2 was pretty well a repeat of day 1, minus anyone getting injured. Since we had groceries we were able to pack our lunch, and with the weather being as nice as it was - caught some sun as we ate outside at Lunch Rock, mid way up the mountain.

Day 3 was more of the same, with the introduction of a lot more drone flying from Schuch. The last few years the dude has slapped together awesome recap videos for us. I typically find myself binge watching the 3:30 minute video for a decent time after each trip. Link for this year’s video is below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ztLlzfe2Ec

Day 4 meant traveling back to real life. I caught lunch and a few beers at the airport before my flight left, direct to Indy (bless up). I strategically sat myself next to the cutest girl I saw with an open seat next to her, thanks Southwest, for the flight. Maddie, from IU, was heading home from Salt Lake after some absolutely bad assery of mountain biking and skiing. Biggest mistake of the trip - not getting her number. So if there is any chance she is reading this, or anyone knows who she is GIVE HER MY NUMBER (317) 997-5157.

Overall the trip was, of course, awesome. Stoked for next year!

#embracethebalance | #vivaveital

Adam "Anvil" Taylor

Co-Founder, Veital Designs, LLC.

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