We are incredibly excited to welcome Jacob Pebley to the Portland Gear sports team. This is our first official athletic endorsement, and we’re thrilled to have Jacob be that guy. At Portland Gear we’re about creating regional pride through product that embodies and represents a community and culture. With Jacob being a Pacific Northwest native, the alignment between the two was a natural fit. His success will be greatly enjoyed by all of those in the area as we’re excited to root on a hometown kid and see him along his path to his next Olympics.
After a successful collegiate career at the University of California, Jacob qualified for the 2016 Olympic Team and finished 5th in the 200 backstroke in Rio. A Corvallis native, has a strong community following in his home state and has led swim clinics in the communities of Eugene and Corvallis.
Before his 5th place finish in the 200-meter backstroke in Rio, Jacob won his first national title in the 200-meter back at the 2015 Phillips 66 National Championships. He followed that performance with gold in the 200-meter back and silver in the 400-medley relay at the 2015 World University Games. Jacob currently lives in Berkeley with his fiancé Nikki and trains with the Cal Bear Pro Team.
“Partnering with Portland Gear is a dream come true,” said Jacob. “They are an up and coming company that is just beginning to take off. I feel they have a similar trajectory as me, and after meeting Marcus in person, I knew we shared a similar drive and motivation to succeed. Their products embody the Oregon lifestyle I have carried with me down in the Bay Area where I train. I feel that together we can do some amazing things for the Oregon community as we approach the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
Jacob’s time of 1:55.56 in the 200-meter back is currently one of the top times in the world for 2017. This June, Jacob will compete for a spot on the US World Championship Team in Budapest, Hungary.
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Come hang out with us this Thursday from 7-8:30! We invited Jessi Duley in for our monthly Gear and Beer lecture series where a local business owner gets to share their story over a beer. She will share knowledge about BurnCycle and answer questions. We will also be dropping a collaboration collection including a white P tee, black muscle tank, and black suede P cap.
This is a free, all ages event! Text 503-437-4439 to RSVP!
TEDxPortland is an independently organized TED event. It was an incredible opportunity to be a co sponsor this year. TEDxPortland has a history of building community in Portland while sharing knowledge to make this the best place. With many notable speakers and performers, this year was rich in content. We left inspired and informed, and look forward to many more years.
If you were unable to make it to the event check in their archive to be inspired by individuals such as Colin O'Brady, PHAME, Thor Drake, Emma Mcilroy, and many others!
When the opportunity came to do a custom TedxPortland cap we jumped on it immediately. Being huge fans of Ted talks, this was an opportunity we knew we couldn't miss out on. These caps are full custom and are being sold in store, at the Sentinel hotel, and at TedxPortland this weekend!
We will also be selling the TedxPortland 5 panel caps in addition to being a part of some giveaways for the VERY limited (175 pairs) Nike Spectrum Huarache. Keep checking the social media for more information!
We have partnered with OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital with our Hero Hats. For every hat sold, we donate 3 to patients and their families at the hospital. It was such an incredible opportunity to donate more than 500 hats this week. We hope to continue to be able to bring a little bit of joy through our Hero Hats. Thank you for your support! Get one here!
Last week Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh, and Pat Connaughton came in for an autograph signing. People lined up around the block to meet their favorite Blazer player. With Meyers repeatedly changing the music to country (everyone else objected), Noah writing on Pat with sharpies, and Pat retaliating - it was definitely a night to remember!
Our 2017 spring collection is launching this weekend! Catch the first look here.
Last night we invited Matt Milletto, co owner of Water Avenue Coffee, to speak at our monthly Gear & Beer lecture series. Matt spoke about his experience in the coffee industry and gave some insight on what it's like to run a coffee business in Portland. Check out our Portland Gear coffee blend by Water Avenue here!
Didn't get to snap a photo of your favorite player as they ran by after the game? What about that autograph you were hoping to get? Well, we have good news. We are are excited to invite the best fans in the league down for an autograph signing with Meyers Leonard, Pat Connaughton, and Noah Vonleh. Come hang out at Portland Gear with some of your favorite Portland basketball players, get autographs and photos, and make memories that will last a life time. More info here!
Friday, March 31st at 6:00pm