Tag archives for steve casimiro

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,…

Anti-Fog Sunglasses for Mountain Biking, Trail Running

Has anybody else found this summer to be hot and humid? Oh, right —pretty much everyone. Hottest year on record and all that. But that humidity…oof. Not being what you’d call a morning athlete, most of my mountain bike rides this summer have started somewhere between 11 and 2. (As my wife likes to say…

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…

Stylish Sunglasses That Are Made of Veggies

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” This quote seems very Oscar Wilde, but it’s attributed to author Harry Winston, who absolutely would have approved of the new women’s Sidney shades from Smith Optics. They’re seen here in the anything-but-wallflower “red tortoise,” the least-shy of Smith’s three color options. More than half of the…

A Shirt Jacket to Last Generations

When I was 11, my family bought a rattletrap cabin and 2.5 areas in the woods of Pennsylvania — at auction, for just $3,300. The price should give you a clue how much work was involved making the place even remotely livable, and most of the pictures we have of that era show my dad…

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…