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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…

Gear Review: POC Am Sunglasses Could Be Perfect

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >>The Poc Sports Am might be the perfect sunglass. Just this week, two people have stopped me, said, “whoa, who makes those?” Then they grabbed the Ams off my face and tried…

Gear Review: Ona Union Street, the Clark Kent of Camera Bags

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 are times when you don’t want to walk around in the world wearing a pack that screams, “I’m a photographer.” Times, for example, like, whenever you leave the house. Not…

Gear Review: Lightweight Backcountry Cooking With GSI Halulite Minimalist

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> Anybody who’s ever seen my backcountry pantry knows I’m not a foodie. Trader Joe’s Pop-Tarts and organic ramen, that’s about the extent of it. After decades of backpacking trips where I’ll inhale anything remotely…

Travel Tech: Handmade iPad Case Marries Analog and Digital (Perfect For Valentine’s Day)

Valentine's Day edition Dodocase seen here; photograph courtesy Dodocase By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> When I first slipped my iPad into the hardback Dodocase ($60), I fully expected to remove it after a few days or a week of…

Steve Casimiro’s 2011 Gear Forecast – Technical Fabrics, Avalanche Packs, Lighter Footwear, and Pastel Colors

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> After five days in Utah at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in search of the best new products from 800 brands and 18,000 attendees, I returned home with a swag count of two pairs…

Gear Review: Thule’s Sleek New Carry-On Suitcase

By Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure JournalWhen a brand steps outside its traditional product offerings to bring you something new and different, consumers beware. All too often, slapping a logo onto a backpack or camp chair or Frisbee simply means a manufacturer is trying to squeeze more profit out of its brand, typically by licensing the…

Gear Review: New Balance Minimus Takes a Step Toward Barefoot

By Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal So, there’s this trend in running where you ditch your shoes and run barefoot. You might have heard of it: It’s called barefoot running. The barefoot or minimalist footwear movement is to running what fast and light was to backpacking a few years ago: It’s hot, sexy, and ambiguous…

Gear Review: Coleman’s Micro-Quad LED Lantern–Bright, Portable, And So Cute

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.…