Toaster Shades at Rails from the Crypt

Toaster Shades at Rails from the Crypt

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This year’s Rails from the Crypt at Nashoba Valley in Westford was like an extended episode of America’s Got Talent. Guys of all ages were shredding it!! Toaster Shade’s very own Tristan Noone is going to start my training ASAP and get me in there to take it home for the ladies next year. Game on! This probably just means that they are making it look way too easy. There were slasher film murderers and zombies flying all over the place and I just thought if they can do it, so can I!

Hats were flying off heads left and right as everyone tried to either nail the trick they’ve been working on or just try to make it all the way down the rail before eating shit or, hopefully, not eat no shit at all. I can’t tell you how many people I watched eat shit with a big smile on their face. As you may know, there is not much snow to be had at the moment, so there was a mud pit forming at the end of each run. Some guys slid right through and others got it splattered right onto their face. They didn’t seem to mind so much. Next year they could have a prize for both least and most muddy!

Nashoba’s own Steve Mahon is well known as the hardest working man in America. He was nonstop, making sure there was enough snow and providing fresh snow. Him and Tristan worked together to get a pair of toaster shades to one of the lucky winners. You can see Justin Melansan dressed as Jason in the picture above after he won a killer new pair of hand painted toaster shades. Looking good, Justin! We hope you like them. Winners included most consistent, best trick, and best costume for both skiing and snowboarding.

All together great day with great weather and great people. Looking forward to seeing everyone there again next year!

Toaster Shades hit Mount Osceola

Toaster Shades hit Mount Osceola

Hi everyone. I am Nicole Nigro and the newest member of the Toaster Shades team. With a passion for Toaster Shades, writing, and my buddies Tristan and Mike, I will bring you many social media marketing posts in numerous forms. I plan to take toaster shades on all of my life journeys and share them with the world, one human at a time – starting with you! I love bagging peaks and being in the woods, as well as, traveling the different cities of the world, so I hope to have something for everyone in the Toaster Shades community. For now, I give you Toaster Shades hit Mount Osceola in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

It was a crisp, cool morning around 6am when I peeled my ass out of bed. It is always good to get up nice and early before you head into the Whites. Living in Nashua makes it only an hour and a half for me drive to the Sandwich Range in Lincoln, but if you are further, wake up earlier. While mapping out your hike, it is just as important to map out the time it will take. It took us two and a half hours to climb up 3.2 miles to the summit of Mt Osceola from Tripoli Road trail head.  I usually do 45 minutes per mile on the way up and 30 minutes her mile on the way back down, as a rule of thumb. Then add in the amount of time you intent to spend at the peak. For our Mt Osceola excursion, we wanted to spend some time up there. We brought a total of 10 beers between the four of us, so, yeah, we were down to settle into this peak and take in the fall foliage for a while.

I have been bagging mad peaks since I got home from living in Ireland four months ago, so I was ready to rock up this mountain quickly and then run back down it. If you are a normal human, like my buddies, you will want to stop along the way and take your time skivvying up the side of Osceola. Always bring a good amount of food while you are hiking in the Whites. Candy is always really good, Cliff/Power Bars, and definitely a sandwich. We all had a good laugh the Bread Tray trails being in the Sandwich Range while we were dreaming of the sandwiches in our bags and foaming at the mouth about 2 hours into our hike.

You have some options on how to climb up and how many peaks you want to hit in one hike. We parked on Tripoli Road, climbed 3.2 miles up, hung out, and came back down the same way. If we wanted to, we could have gone just one mile further past Mt Osceola and hit East Osceola Mountain, another 4,000 footer to check off the list. Instead of dragging my friends along during their first time in the Whites, I decided I would do East Osceola another time. You also have the option to bring two cars and drop one at the beginning of Greely Pond Road and the other at Tripoli road and hike 7 miles through to the other car. Easily google your travel instructions and you will find endless information on the hike to come. I would definitely recommend this hike and if you have not been into the White Mountains yet, you will want to hurry. It is soon to start snowing in the Whites, which will not stop me for a second. Actually, I’m looking forward to it. However, if you don’t plan to buy crampons and brave the elements, I would suggest making some plans for a trip during the coming springtime. I mentioned that it was my friend’s first time in the White Mountains and she has already been hitting me up to head in again. It is addicting because it is just that soul quenching. Hope to see you all there with your toaster shades on and spreading the love!

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Toaster Shades & Estilo Skateboards at Skateboarding Street League

Toaster Shades & Estilo Skateboards at Skateboarding Street League


A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure to attend Skateboarding Street League at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey thanks to Estilo Skateboards. It was an honor to be there as both our companies do a lot to support the skateboard community as well as get to promote our brands, meet some pros and watch some watch some really difficult tricks get thrown. This was my second visit to SLS and although I feel last year’s was a bit more intense it was exciting to see Evan Smith who finished 3rd overall in previous years for the amateur division to compete with the pros on a more level playing field for his skill level.  We had the chance to hook up a Boston local pro, Jereme Rogers with some Toaster Shades as well as getting to meet one of my favorite skaters, Sean Malto, in person. IMG_9607Overall the tricks continue to progress and  push the level of technical skating which always increases our passion for the sport. We had a great view of the whole course from our seats so you never missed a trick. IMG_9621Chris Joslin, who is a young new skater to the scene truly stood out among the group.Luan Olivera, last year’s winner, was showing off his best flip in flip out tricks on the ledge but was unable to pull a win for a second year in a row. Evan Smith was certainly a crowd favorite
attempting the biggest gaps and a large 540 out of the quaterpipe he never seemed to stick.  Nyjah Houston and Chris Cole always dominate the pack but in the end Nyjah proved to be the best in the late minutes of the heat to celebrate another 1st finish at SLS.
After the event we stopped at a local pizza shop, Il Pomodoro, where 2 employees were asking about the brand so we got some pictures with them. Great pizza and garlic knots! We then skated the area which had lots of skateable, low ledges and found a nice stair set which we left our mark on. Happy to be involved in the sport and have the opportunity to work with other companies just as excited about skating as we are. Thanks Estilo Skateboards for the invite and if you haven’t seen the boards yet I suggest you check them out.IMG_9630

Blues, Brews, and Toaster Shades

Blues, Brews, and Toaster Shades

Blues N Brews

Next Stop on our summer tour is Nashoba Valley  Ski Area for the Blues N Brews Festival August 20th and 21st. This stop will be a chance for us to show you our newest line of sunglasses and latest custom artwork. We’re excited to hear some new blues music and try out new micro breweries. Hoping to find new artists and make some connections along the way. DJ Carter Allen from 100.7  WZLX will be in attendance along with Joe Louis Walker, Laurence Jones, Biscuit Miller & the Mix  and more. Get Tickets here  and come enjoy the summer with us.

 

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Breaking New Ground in New York

Breaking New Ground in New York

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We are excited to announce we will be setting up a booth at the Hudson Valley Expo August 8th from 1pm to 9pm. This is a new area for us to showcase our brand so we are hoping to gain more followers and meet lots more talented locals. We are always looking for new places to advertise our product, so contact us if you have other similar events you think would be beneficial to attend. Toaster Shades hopes you are enjoying your summer so have a safe and happy August. More events to come!

Toasters are back with even better designs

Toasters are back with even better designs

Have you seen the latest from Toaster Shades? We welcome you to our new site and direction of our movement.

 

We took a little time away from the business world and reconstructed our identity back to our roots. Our new mission is to develop a brand built around all the things that inspire us to search and explore the world while finding meaning in the things we do. Toaster Shades aren’t just sunglasses to us. They’re a memento of something we hold dear in ourselves that we wish to share and connect with people of similar interests. When you put these on, you get excited to show them off at your next public outing and when you start getting compliments from strangers, you’ll start to realize that we’re on that new ishhh. We at Toaster Shades hope you have as much fun showing off your new specs as we did making them. We want to keep you looking good for keeping us looking good on you. See what we did there. Its a cycle and we try to keep it flowing. We want to thank everyone for the continued support to keep our brand alive and hope to accomplish even better designs working with you in the future. Keep sending us your photos and any messages/ inquiries you might have about custom work. Happy to be back. Remember, don’t take life too seriously or you’ll never get out alive. Keep lookin’ fresh!

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