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Spring Hiking on the Front Range

Are you having a hard time making the transition from winter to spring? It’s hard to let go of the skis and bring out the bike but we brought you some great ways to make it a bit easier on yourself. Exploring what the Front Range has to offer will remind you of why you are so proud to live in Colorado. Get out and enjoy it!

St. Mary’s Glacier

Photo Cred: summitpost.org

Photo Cred: summitpost.org

There is going to be snow here all year round so you can strap your board or skis on your back and get some turns in if you’re not quite ready to let go of snow. Or, you can just enjoy a leisurely 1.5 mile round trip hike and take in the spring time wildflowers that cover the area. After your hike, you should consider visiting the Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs while you’re up that way. You’ll be thankful you remembered your hat because chances are you’ll be left a bit chilly, as the area tends to be a bit breezy.

Red Rocks Park

Photo Cred: redrocksonline.com

Photo Cred: redrocksonline.com

Red Rocks is surrounded by miles of trails. Many music lovers tend to forget this and dismiss it as a great hiking spot. While you’re daydreaming of summer time shows, wear your galaxy leggings to bring some of the party with you to the venue. It has killer views on any trail you choose and due to its lower elevation will often not be a muddy mess that you may find on other trails surrounding the front range.

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Another great low elevation option, these miles of trails are beautifully maintained and are ready for your first mountain bike ride of the season. You can travel from Laporte across the Fort Collins back range on the interconnecting trail systems. Open to hikers as well, it is a great place to stretch your legs, as long as it hasn’t recently rained. These trails can get a lil’ messy when wet.

Spring Time Soup

Are you feeling the shoulder season slump? It’s too muddy to get on the trails and there is still snow in the high country but not enough to shred on. What are you going to do with yourself on these Colorado spring days? Check out how Akinz spends our soupy spring days.

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Frisbee in City Park, Fort Collins, CO Photo cred: Craig Okraska

Ultimate Frisbee or Frolf

Most of the parks in town will be dry enough to get your Frisbee on. Grab a few of your friends and drag them out of their winter lairs to roll around in the grass with you. It has been a long and cold winter. It’s a good way to get the heart pumping and enjoy some time with friends that you have missed all winter season.

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Caitlin Yong in our Ride More tee, Photo credit: Justin Malpica

Take Out Your Skate(board)

After a great season of powder turns, pull out your old deck and take a spin around the neighborhood. Hit up the skate park and remember how to use that old piece of wood. If you’re lucky, you’ll run into a few old skate buddies that will help you get back on board!

Denver Botanical Gardens

Photo Cred: denver.org

Photo Cred: denver.org

The gardens are a great place to spend a spring day. It allows you to soak up some of that early sunshine and you won’t be the only Coloradan struttin’ around with wintery white legs. Don’t forget that your skin hasn’t seen too much sun in the recent months and remember to bring your shades and hat to avoid looking like a lobster by the day’s end.

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It may be soupy and muddy on the Front Range but it won’t be in Fruita or Moab! Put that bike rack back on and pack your car full of friends to save on gas money. Hit it and get those legs back into shape so they feel great for hiking, running and riding trails all summer long. The desert is a great place to be with friends no matter what it is. Did I hear outdoor sunset yoga? Or head over to Joshua Tree or Shelf Road for some early season climbing without getting scorched by the sun.

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Caitlin Yong climbing in Joshua Tree

American Handmade for You, From Us at Akinz

USA Made and Handcrafted, Just For You!

We are the best friend that you have been looking for.

We are low maintenance, do our best to make you look good and we are loyal to the end. Akinz has stayed loyal to their commitment to provide handcrafted products from the beginning. Whether it was Lindsay, Wil, Logan or Suzanne- we enjoy letting you know who made your beanies. We value quality products made by us, with love, for you.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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Look for our handmade symbol on our beanies and various accessories. These select items have been made, with fine attention to detail, by the hands of the Akinz shop crew. With the help of our vintage knitting machine in our shop, we take pride in crafting Coloradoan knitted items to keep you stylin’ and warm while boarding, biking and bar hopping. And holding true to our desire to provide high quality goods, you will still find shop employees (like Coleen below) behind the counter hand crocheting beanies and headbands for your wearing pleasure.

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You have requested that you want your Akinz gear locally sourced and we listened! Our new line of leggings are made here in the good ole’ US-of-A and select styles are stitched right in our Fort Collins store and workshop.

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Our shirts and hoodies are screen printed in-house. Take pride in reppin’ the message that you “Live to Ride. Ride to Live” and knowing that a teal haired tattooed American pressed it with love in socially responsible working conditions. Not having to outsource our products results in better prices for you!

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Come visit us at our store in Old Town! You can see first hand how much attention and care are put into our beanies and screen-pressed shirts.

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Black Friday Weekend Deals

Our deals last all weekend so you can have fun during the day and shop online at night. Happy shopping!! Details below.

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November 27th – 29th Online Only:

— Add one of our holiday cards to your cart with your order and use code: BFHOLIDAYCARD to get a free card to give with your gift!

— FREE SHIPPING on ALL Orders – No Code Necessary

— 25% OFF all orders of $50 or more. Use code: BFDISCOUNT

Soak up the Last Summer

Nights are getting cooler and mornings have that tiny bit of frost in the air that lets you know that Winter is coming, but during the daylight hours, it’s still summertime. Soak it up in our summer to fall transition lookbook.

Pics by Craig Okraska of thechromatic.co.

akinz-co-flag-tank-hatVintage Print Colorado Flag Tank || Navy Colorado Flag Snapback

akinz-frisbee-city-park-script-teeAkinz Script Tee

Akinz_shenanakinz-sunglasses-horsetoothShenanakinz Polarized Wayfarers

Akinz_pineapple-pullover-verse-hooded-cowlPink Pineapple Pullover || Verse Hooded Cowl

Akinz_fireside-hoodie-dress Fireside Hoodie Dress

akinz-script-tee-horsetooth Akinz Script Tee

Akinz_sunnies-horsetooth Shenanakinz Polarized Wayfarers

Fort Collins – Land of Bikes, Beer & more beer

Chances are if you’ve visited Fort Collins or live locally, you’ve spent a day riding bikes, going on brewery tours and hanging out by the Cache la Poudre river. So we thought we’d create our 2nd summer mini lookbook as an homage to the two things that make the Fort Collins community run… bikes & beer.

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Take a spin down the Poudre bike trail to New Belgium brewing, then continue on to another local fave with the best patio in town, Odell Brewing, and then take a detour back to Old Town Fort Collins, where you can come visit the people who make your tees and beanies, yours truly. See you soon!

Shop the lookbook: Chambray Flat Bill Hat | Colorblock Pocket Tee | Mountain Patch Hat | Dappled Snapback Hat | The Essentials Tee (Bikes & Beer)

New Summer Hats

Summer is on its way and we’ve got some new summer hats to shield your beautiful face from summer rays or to cover up summer hair.

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1. Akinz Mountain Patch Hat
Available in black with a minty seafoam green patch or olive green & black mesh with a tan patch. Fully adjustable flat bill snapback.
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2. Chambray Snapback
Available in blue or grey chambray with bronze Akinz tag and adjustable flat bill snapback.
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3. Colorado Patch Hat
Curved bill snapback in navy blue or black with embroidered wings Colorado Flag patch & adjustable snapback.
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4. Dappled Mesh Snapback
Show a little flair with the hat that never shows wear or tear. Bleached out splatter pattern and adjustable mesh snapback.
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Grab your fave hat now before summer is in full swing.

SIA wrap-up

So it’s been a couple weeks since the Snowsports Industries of America show ended, but it has taken us that long to catch up and process after the whirlwind of a show!  This was our 2nd year at SIA so we kinda knew what to expect this time around, but it is always insane.   Load in only took about 500 trips between the 2 of us thru the service elevator since the convention center won’t let you use a dolly (weirdest rule ever) so we were a little tired after move-in day.

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But even though we’d been there before, getting that badge with your name and Exhibiting Member at the bottom was still pretty exciting. IMG_3308

The first day of the show was wrapped up with lots of beers (happy hour starts at 5pm on the show floor) then on to pickle vodka at Red Square.

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Cutest product of the weekend?  The tiniest size of the Burton learn to ride snowboard boots for all those up and coming groms.

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Product I wanted to steal from the show floor?  Jess Kimura’s Capita board from next year… I mean… lightning bolts and flying kittens.  IMG_3343

Day 3’s happy hour was filled with a little game of LCR at the Burton LTR booth that I didn’t win but I did get LTR dice.    IMG_3348

Megan and me sporting the cowl neck hoodie dresses.

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And of course no SIA show is complete without a little snow.

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INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!! Win $1,000 Gift Card!

Help us reach 1,000 followers on Instagram and win a $1,000 gift card!!

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Help us reach 1,000 followers and win $1,000 shopping spree to Akinz!

Here’s how:
1. Follow us on Instagram (@akinzboardwear)
2. Tag 3 friends in the comments of our giveaway.
3. Regram our giveaway and tag us for an extra entry.

When we reach 1,000 followers, we’ll give away the gift card!!

Good luck!

Details:  Must be a US resident to enter to win.  Gift card must be redeemed in one purchase.

We <3 Handmade

We have met a lot of people recently who were not aware of the handcrafted elements that make our clothing so special. Well, it all started when Suzanne decided to start printing tees herself on the kitchen floor of her studio apt back in 2005. Almost a decade later, with the addition of a storefront and some better equipment, the idea of In-House manufacturing is stronger than ever. Yes we take the time to print up every shirt just for you right in the back of our shop. We make all of our beanies and headbands in house as well. Countless hours have been spent crocheting and knitting but it has been a very cool experience pioneering our own production process that we take so much pride in. We are very excited for the release of our ’14/’15 line this fall and we have some goodies in there so be on the lookout. Viva La Handmade Revolution! photo
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