Category archives for Steve Casimiro

Our Favorite Retro Lantern

See more gear reviews in our Elements Gear Guide >> Upon seeing the Barebones Canyon Lantern for the first time, music fans of a certain age might find themselves singing a Cowboy Junkies lyric: “We are miners, hard rock miners … .” In fact, they might find themselves having a hard time not singing it: The…

Our Favorite New Cycling Sneaker

See more gear reviews in our Elements Gear Guide >> The modern obsession with sneakers eluded me until I started paying closer attention to New Balance. Granted, the Massachusetts company has been making shoes for more than 100 years, but for at least the last decade and a half it’s been designing shoes that seem to…

Spring’s Best New Road Running Shoe

See more products in our Spring Essentials gear guide. The Adidas Ultra Boost road running shoe is among the best of spring’s new models—an extremely comfortable, extremely nuanced runner so perfectly engineered and built that you can pull it out of the box, slip it on, and bang off ten miles of training without an…

The Ideal Spring Gloves

Many years ago, I was having one last coffee in the Paradise Inn on Mount Rainier before heading up to ski the mountain when I connected with a friend who was involved with product design at Marmot. She was touring the West on a borrowed motorcycle, and I still remember her excitement over discovering how…

The Hand Hatchet

How much handle do you really need? Gränsfor’s hand hatchet has a 9.5-inch shaft, weighs 1.3 pounds, and can take down small trees if circumstances demand you build an emergency cabin or suspension bridge across a wild gorge. It’s small enough to fit under your car seat, big enough to get the job done. $109…

New Running Apparel by Nike Has Ghostly Style

The Nike 2014 Hyperfuse apparel line has a “ghostly aesthetic,” and whether it makes you feel weightless like Casper or not, it looks very modern, very sexy, and very approachable. The transparent color-blocked nylon shell of the Tech Windrunner jacket is water- and wind-resistant and has taped seams. $150 • BUY Read more from Steve…

Could This Wool Pullover Help the Mongolian Plateau?

No outdoor brand has been as progressive as Patagonia in its efforts to clean up and preserve the planet while owning up to the built-in hypocrisy that comes from selling stuff at the same time. On one hand, it wants you to buy its products, on the other it knows that consuming more doesn’t really…

Skip the Sleeping Bag for a Versatile Comforter/Blanket

Is this a new era in sleeping comfort? Big-wall climber Andy Kirkpatrick has been using a synthetically insulated blanket, not a sleeping bag, for some of his biggest assaults, including a seven-day winter climb of the Eiger. And now comes a new brand, Rumpl, that makes just that — synthetic blankets. Rumpls are, in a…

Minipresso Portable Espresso Maker

Starbucks Via might have revolutionized backcountry coffee consumption, but when it comes right down to it, it’s still…Starbucks. And it’s still coffee, not that rich, aromatic elixir of the gods known as espresso. But a new, ingenious little device coming out early next year could brighten those dark desperate hours when you’re craving something more…

iPhone App Gives You Full Camera Control

The iPhone camera gets better with each new version of Apple’s iOS operating system, as well as its phones, of course, but it’s still a far cry from offering the creativity and control of a real camera. That leaves the door open for apps like Manual, which lets you have greater input on ISO, shutter…