Category archives for Steve Casimiro

By Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal It’s so cute! A year or so ago, Coleman brought out the very clever Quad Lantern, a beefy car-camping light that featured four snap-off panels so you could break it into more portable, usable illumination. Now comes the Micro-Quad ($34.99), which repackages the same innovation in a Lilliputian size.…

By Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal If you’re a casual runner, you don’t buy shoes that often—once a year, maybe twice—and so you probably don’t stick your foot in that many models. But over the course of 12 months, I probably test 60 pairs of shoes, and what I’ve learned is that each guides…

  By Mary Anne Potts While fuel costs soared and the economy gasped, 2010 has actually been a great year for outdoor recreation. Good ol' camping may be more popular than ever, as reported by CNN, and national parks, such as Yellowstone, are breaking attendence records. Which means: There is no guilt in investing in…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeA few years ago, an outdoor apparel manufacturer was showing me a line of tops for men and women. All the chickie pieces had hoods available, but none of the men’s. “We can’t sell hoodies to guys in outdoor shops,” he said, which…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life Fall is the perfect season for just about anything outdoors—the gremlins are back in school, the air is cool—except for that bedeviling darkness that comes a little bit earlier every day. Bike lights keep the night at bay, and of course they’ve…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeI long for the day when environmentally conscious products like The North Face Tree Hugger 32 backpack ($149) are the exception and not the rule, when instead of saying, “Oh my gosh, it’s made of wool,” we say something like, “Ew, can you…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeSpend enough time studying hiking shoe specifications and you’ll notice that on paper they’re all pretty much alike. Rubber tread, squishy EVA midsole, no-slip laces, some kind of frame, exo-skeleton, or wrap-around that pulls everything nice and snug. But from those similar raw…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeTry as you might, you will never blend in in the souks of Marrakesh, nor will your Nikon or Canon DSLR nor the fancy adventure camera bag you bought to protect your gear. Despite your best intentions, nothing screams “rob me” in a…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life When your phone has a GPS built into it, who carries a compass these days? But what about when the battery dies or you drop it in the drink and the fog rolls in and south looks like north? Short of carrying…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life With 1.7 million iPhone 4s sold in three days, you don’t need me nudging you toward the Apple store. If anything, I should be trying to pull you back, since I don’t have mine yet and supplies are short. But I want…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor ofThe Adventure Life One of the cardinal rules of s'mores is that you don't promise what you can't deliver. All the fixin's were laid out and ready to go—dark chocolate, cinnamon graham crackers, marshmallows—and I started to build the fire. But the wood was so damp it…

 By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life  For years, my buddies and I used to joke about “Oakleyvision”—how the world seemed so much sharper and brighter when you slipped on pair of Oakley sunglasses. Back in the day, sport sunglasses from other manufacturers didn’t seem up to quite the…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life  To understand the power of the perfect cycling jacket, you need to know that I am not a morning athlete. Once I’ve had a few espressos and the sun’s climbed closer to its zenith than its morning horizon, I start to think…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life  The runaway camera of 2009 was the Olympus E-P1. Its drop-dead gorgeous retro styling took the photo world by storm, and we at National Geographic Adventure named it one of the best products of the year in our awards issue. But however…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life When it comes to surfing, cold water has little to recommend it. Other than the plus of heralding the typically larger waves of winter, it also means thicker, more restrictive wetsuits, the addition of booties and hoods, and—sometimes—creepy, bitey swimming things. But…

   A new wave of smartphone apps is changing the way we get around. Text by Steve Casimiro; Photograph by Joshua Scott After a long day of shooting in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, I was heading back into Durango, starving. Where to go and how to get there? My buddy’s car didn’t have GPS, so…

Text and video by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro. There are heaps of video sharing services, but for practical purposes it comes down to two, YouTube and Vimeo, and there’s a clear choice between them. 1. YouTube If you want access to bazillions of viewers and are willing to sacrifice resolution, uploading to YouTube is…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Brunton’s Solo 3.4 battery reboots almost anything that powers off USB—cameras, PDAs, GPS units—and charges via wall outlet, vehicle port, or sunlight. The 5.2-ouncer cranks out 5.5 volts (it fueled my iPhone nine times before drying up) and, best of all, fits in the palm of your hand…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro; Photograph by Joshua Scott One strikingly clear night, I looked through the eyepiece of the Meade ETX-LS telescope, watched as the four stars of the Orion Trapezium cluster came into resolution, and then listened as the soothing and familiar voice of Sandy Wood, famous for the StarDate segments…

ALL-IN-ONE> Icebreaker’s 150-weight Velocity Zip has all the perks of wool—odor control, temperature regulation—plus one more: unparalleled comfort. The tissue-thin jersey is lighter than a T-shirt and as soft as cotton. Your go-to piece for swing-season hikes and rides ($85). DATA BANK> With an oversize rectangular screen, the Timex Expedition WS4 gives the altimeter watch a…

Not even a year ago, there were those who questioned the hoopla over the iPhone. And here we are now, secure in the knowledge that Apple’s micro-Mac isn’t just a radical new phone, it’s a revolution in computing, communication, entertainment, and connectivity. If you disagree, well, you probably don’t own one. And that’s not meant…

Can a tiny projector bring back the old-school slide show? Absolutely. The incredible shrinking of gadgetry has enabled everyone to indulge his or her inner photographer/videographer/iReporter. But showing off your goods can get tricky—especially when it involves gathering a crowd around a screen the size of a postage stamp. Now comes the portable projector. In…

Text and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Traffic is slow, but spirits are high in Salt Lake City at the gear hoedown known as Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, a.k.a. Winter OR. There's something about bookending a trade show with ski or boarding sessions in the Wasatch that gives the winter show a happy…

Mourners at a candlelight vigil in Sparwood, B.C., which lost eight young men to slides. By West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Seven Canadian snowmobilers are dead and one is missing and presumed dead after a series of avalanches hit their group in the backcountry near Fernie, British Columbia, Sunday. Also on Sunday, a snowmobiler died…