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      Steve Prefontaine. If you don’t know Pre, it means you probably don’t run long distances, weren’t alive in the 1970’s, or have never set foot on the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Eugene’s Hayward Field is considered hallowed ground by pro and amateur runners alike, and has hosted more Olympic Combined Trials than any other track in the country.

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      5 Most Hated College Basketball Players of All Time

      5 Most Hated College Basketball Players of All Time

      The 5 Most Hated College Basketball Players of All Time

      With the big dance starting this week, March Madness is about to get crazy. This year, college basketball has been filled with upsets and surprises. To get you excited for the upcoming NCAA tournament, we highlighted the five most hated college basketball players of all time because why the &%$# not. We hope this blog post helps your decision process when you go to sit down and fill out those brackets.

      And the winners are...

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      #5 - Steve Wojciechowski

      A point guard/shooting guard at Duke from 1994 - 1998. He is remembered for starting the fad where you slap the floor while squatting in a defensive stance after a made bucket. His nickname, “Wojo”, makes you want to hate him even more. His small frame and average stature makes us common folk believe that we could have performed just as well as he did. Call it jealousy, if you may. Wojciechowski will always be remembered as a scrappy, obnoxious guard who pissed a lot of people off. Shocker.

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      #4 - Allen Iverson

      A point guard at Georgetown from 1994 - 1996. Also known as A.I., Iverson turned many heads by bringing his streetball style of play into the NCAA, which angered many traditional basketball fans who were not used to watching his flashy skill set. While in college, he was involved in an infamous bowling alley brawl in Hampton, VA, which jeopardized his public image in the college basketball world. In addition, Iverson was often criticized as being a shoot first guard who did not pass the ball very often. This selfish perception about his game followed him throughout his entire career.

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      #3 - Tyler Hansbrough

      A Power forward/Center at North Carolina 2005 - 2009. Hansbrough was given the name “Psycho T” for being an actual psychopath on the court. His intensity pissed a lot of people off, which was often his goal. His accolades, including ACC Rookie of the Year in 2006, ACC Player of the Year in 2008 and winning an NCAA Championship in 2009 angered many Hansbrough critics. He was also disliked for being a HUGE trash talker on the court, which inevitably resulted in his fame as a hated ball player.

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      #2 - Chris Webber

      A Power forward/Center at Michigan from 1991 - 1993. As a member of the notorious “Fab Five”, Webber can be viewed as a college basketball disruptor by sporting black socks and baggy shorts while bringing a hip hop flavor to the NCAA. He is well-known for his trash talking and infamous post-dunk celebrations at the crowd and opposing players. In the 1993 NCAA basketball championship against North Carolina, Webber famously attempted to call a timeout with 11 seconds left when Michigan had none to use, resulting in a technical foul. North Carolina was up two points when this happened and ended up winning the game. Webber still receives ridicule about that play today. He was a first team All-American selection and Naismith College Player of the Year as a player, but was stripped of these awards after accepting over $200,000 from a booster during his time at Michigan. After this incident, Webber’s connection with University of Michigan deteriorated and alumni/students were furious with the program.

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      #1 - Christian Laettner

      You guessed it. A Power forward/ Center at Duke from 1988 - 1992. Laettner made four Final Four appearances and won two NCAA championships, earning an NCAA tournament record of most points scored (407). His preppy boy look and on-court success angered opponents, often making him an easy target for fans, players, and coaches. In the 1992 NCAA tournament East Regional Final, Laettner purposefully stepped on Kentucky’s Aminu Timberlake, and was not ejected. He is an easy choice for #1 on this list because he, unlike everyone else in this ranking, has an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about him titled “I Hate Christian Laettner”, so it just seems fitting to put him at this spot. In addition, there are “I Still Hate Laettner” shirts floating around for purchase to this day. Duke has produced many hated college basketball players, including current player Grayson Allen, and former sharp shooter JJ Reddick. However, Laettner will always be Duke’s most iconic college basketball villain.

      We think that about covers it, but if we missed your favorite player to hate let us know! In the meantime, submit your 2018 NCAA Brackets to Cowbucker Bracketology for a chance to win $500 in Cowbucker gear!

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      Hats Off to the Butte

      Hats Off to the Butte

      Hats Off to the Butte!

       

      Find yourself sitting around watching the latest Netflix original while you wonder when you’re going to get up the energy to get the remote to answer the “are you still watching?” pop-up? Okay, maybe Netflix isn’t you’re jam so you’ve just permanently locked yourself in the library? I suppose it’s even possible you’re just sitting at your computer screen researching when Oregon’s weather is supposed to finally warm up?

      All possibilities of what you’ve probably done in the past week, but have you been trying to get out on your feet and not be a bum for once? Even if you answer is no, listen up.

      Just a short 15-minute drive from the University of Oregon, hidden in the dense woods of South Eugene is the gem of Lane County, Spencer Butte trail. It isn’t just another walk in the woods, it’s ones of those hikes that adds quality of life and adventure to people in the area. Measured as a short 2.2 mile loop, this hike is a must-do experience whether you are a student, resident or simply passing through. This hike has topped many Eugene must-do lists and is an experience that should be had by those of you who are debating how many more episodes you can binge on Netflix before you are actually mobile for the day.

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      Just recently, the Cowbucker team hosted better adventures with the Psi Alpha sorority chapter of Chi Omega from the University of Oregon. With an 11:00 Saturday morning start, dragging these girls out of bed wasn’t as hard as anticipated. Though cold and foggy, the Butte revealed its unrivaled beauty to the Cowbucker team and sorority women that came out. In just about an hour, with a few unscheduled photo stops and other moments to catch our breath we made it to the top.

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      With the summit of the Butte, though our view was blocked by that overhanging fog, it didn’t make it less amazing. Even with having done this hike multiple times, each time has brought a new adventure and memory--better ones than anything you could’ve gotten from sitting on the couch at home, I promise you that!

      Cowbucker: Kick-Ass Hats. Better Adventures. Wild Dad Hats

      Full of laughs and goofy moments with the women of Chi Omega, they worked the camera for the Cowbucker team and made the morning a fun filled one. Maybe our adventure is worthy of its own Netflix series?

      Okay, I know what you’re probably thinking. You’re right, wouldn’t be the most riveting series but has the thought of a hike at least made you want to get up from reading this screen and go adventure like we did? If yes, then what are you waiting for? If no, well, start reading this over again and reevaluate your decision to be a sack of potatoes for the day. “Mallow Out” with your favorite Cowbucker hat and make your way out and about to do something adventurous today, I promise you won’t regret it.

      Better Adventures: Glamping

      Better Adventures: Glamping

      Better Adventures through Glamping

       

      Love the outdoors but also value comfort? Enter glamping. Glamping is for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to be a more glamorous, more comfortable and an all around happier camper (ha). It can best be described as gear designed for a camping experience that prioritizes comfort over strictly survivalist function. Camping in general is a lot easier when you have a Bucker on your head, but if you are someone trying to experience the outdoors but pretty much throw all the rules out the window, this list is for you.

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      (pc: The man with a view @ahenry2352)

      Coleman Queen Airbed Cot

      A common complaint of camping is the lack of a good night’s sleep. However, with The Coleman Queen Airbed Cot, you can kiss sleeping on the bottom of a tent goodnight. You won’t need your Bucker to cover up any bed head after sleeping on this bad boy, although you’ll probably still want to wear it. Rather than an air mattress on the ground, this bed provides an elevated sleeping position with even extra room for storage underneath. Not to mention it is a pretty good bang for your buck being priced at only $149.99.  

        Coleman Xtreme 100qt Cooler

        Another slight drawback of a typical camping experience? Lack of storage for good, quality food and drink. The Coleman Xtreme Cooler is a great option for fitting any luxury camping provisions, including all the beer you plan on bringing. Totaling in at significantly less than what the Yeti equivalent costs, it is a great option for keeping food fresh for up to five days and stores 160 cans.

          Camp Chef Everest 2-Burner Camp Stove 

          Protein bars can only last you so long, but luckily this Camp Chef Everest 2-Burner Camp Stove can provide a taste of real food while you are still roughin’ it in the woods. The dual burners are optimal for multitasking, and with each one kicking out 20,000 British thermal units, this stove is sure to get the job done quickly. Weighing in at roughly 12 lbs., this portable burner competes fiercely with granolas bars and bananas.

            Visual Apex Projector Screen 120” 4K Portable Projector Screen

            After all this is glamping, so you do not need to justify every purchase.  We can find no immediate need for this next item, except for pure luxury. The Visual Apex Projector Screen provides everything you need to use it, including screen material, frame, carry bag and stakes. Easy to assemble and great for watching movies or football games during the day or night, this projector just became a glamping necessity.

              Intex Ultra Daybed Inflatable Lounge 

              Ditch the plastic folding chairs or hammocks and opt for this Intex Ultra Daybed Inflatable Lounge instead. Roughly about 75 in. x 20 in., this sofa is great for stargazing and lounging in the sun. Fits five people comfortably and is the perfect glamping addition. Grab your Bucker for sun protection and settle in for a nice midday snooze.

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              (pc: Master paddler and PNW adventurer @eric.t.ringer)
                Whether you are thinking of adding a few items to your current glamping list or are curating one for the first time, be sure to keep these luxury products in mind for your next adventure. And while portable projectors and queen-sized cots are nice, we all know the best glamping accessory in the game is a Bucker. And if all else fails, you can always tie your mom’s spare couch onto the back of the truck!
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                (pc: True patriot and "couch surfing" pioneer @lee.duda)