Category archives for Gear

7 Ideas to Upgrade Your Car Camping Gear

Car camping can be a nightmare junk show of cold feet, bad food and a sore back, or it can be a comfy efficient, experience. The difference is in the gear you pack along with you. These four essentials and three  extra items should improve your time in camp. See our ten favorite camping spots in…

Can a Canoe Be a Work of Art? Why Not?

Centuries of frontiersman got by just fine with nothing more decorative than birch, but this is a different age, where the fashion is as fun as the function is important, and a collaboration between a couple Canadian brands is injecting life into a traditionally staid product category. Natasha Wittke has been hand painting canoe paddles…

Shorts for the Cooling Days of Fall

A couple years ago, my friend Kevin met me in Jackson Hole for a few days. He was wearing a wool Icebreaker t-shirt with an illustration of a fir tree on it. I saw a lot of that little line-drawn tree—his bags didn’t show up for days and he kept wearing what he’d worn on the…

The Return of Madden Equipment

Back when I was a ski patroller in Virginia, my carry was the Madden Mountaineering Patrol pack. Now, “ski patrol” + “Virginia” might sound like a punchline, and I’m not making any claims that it was dangerous or taxing or anything other than a fun way to spend time on the hill and get a…

A Windbreaker for Fall

I went to London expecting rain — a not-unreasonable assumption — and was cursed with the best weather of the year. Day after sogging day of relentlessly pleasant sunshine, light blue skies, and warm breezes. Finally, the clouds unparted, water fell from above, the temp dropped, and I was able to bust out the soft,…

A Running Belt for Keys, Phone, and More

When you get into a trail running groove, it feels like you’re flying, like you’re a perfect kinetic creature, with nothing of excess or without purpose. That is, unless you’re wearing a sloshing hydration pack or have a phone and keys jingling in a pocket. And while lots of companies have made body-hugging packs and…

A Workout Shirt with Sweat-Activated Ventilation—That Works

“The world’s only sweat-activated venting system. Exclusive FreeVent Pro active venting technology uses moisture-activated polymers in strategic sweat zones. The polymers expand to lift open critical airflow channels as the pace climbs, and then close when the body cools and sweat evaporates. Laser-cut patterns aid cooling process and are placed specifically where venting is most…

Awesome Travel Pillow

Is the secret to surviving long flights powerful sleeping potions? More experienced travelers than I argue so. But I’m not so sure. I’ve found that snoozing through an overnight from North America to Europe or Africa and waking up refreshed depends less on pharmaceuticals and more on positioning your body where and how it needs…

The Improved Carryon Suitcase

You might know Incase best for its presence on Apple store accessory shelves, and there’s a reason for that: The California brand has clearly and openly staked its aesthetic fortunes on Mac styling and coordination with products from Cupertino. This extends not just from sleek laptop cases like the ICON Sleeve with Tensaerlite ($70; incase.com),…

Gear for the Millennial Outdoor Adventurer

The bearded adventurer of today is not the bearded adventurer of yesterday. Backpacking is out, car camping is in. Standing in the Woodstock mud, out. Floating from tent to Coachella tent, in. So how does REI, the ubiquitous outdoor gear co-op, respond to a market that is changing seemingly by the day? When Urban Outfitters…