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Gear Review: Revo Stern Sunglasses Make Life Look Better

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >>  Earlier this summer I was at the beach, raving to my son about the clarity of the water. “The kelp,” I said, “it’s so golden. And the blue…I can’t remember when I’ve seen…

Gear Review: Outdoor Research SoDo Shirt – The Only “Safari Shirt” You Need

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >>  There’s a reason why what I call the "safari shirt" hasn’t changed substantively since Hemingway was shooting elephants in it: The lessons learned from a hundred or more years of use…

Gear Reviews: Hand Planes Make the Amazing Pursuit of Bodysurfing Even Better

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >> I’m all fired up on handplanes. The beach below my house, Salt Creek, is madness in the summer and long stretches of it are blackballed from board surfing. A perfect alternative…

Presenting the Gear of the Year: Must-Have Outdoor Gear and Tech

  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…

Gear Review: A Sleek, Swanky Hoodie For Men

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…

Gear Review: The North Face’s Eco-Friendly Backpack

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…

Gear Review: Tecnica Tarantula Trail Runner’s Superious Snug, Smooth Fit

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…

Gear Review: Finally, A Camera Bag That Doesn’t Say “Rob Me”

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…

Gear Review: The Improved Casio Pathfinder PAW5000-1 GPS Watch

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…

Gear Review: Soto Pocket Torch, For S’mores, Survival, and More

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…