WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: Oslo
There are certain characteristics that justly typify most Scandinavian capitals. From Reykjavik to Helsinki, the region is home to cities that place a high value on public services, design, transportation and livability. Oslo checks all these boxes...
Photo Essay: From Fjord to Farm in Norway
On a recent visit to Norway, we toured the country from Oslo to the home of Jarlsberg to the western fjord lands, stopping at dairy farms along the way. After a remarkably sunny day in Oslo at the Snøhetta-designed Operahuset, we headed for the country...
Inside the Uniquely Norwegian Home of Jarlsberg Cheese
Year after year, Norway consistently tops “Best of” lists in a wide variety of categories. From healthcare to education, the fjord-laden Nordic nation of just over five million people often scores top honors thanks to rich natural resources and...
S-CLASS CABRIOLET S63
Test Drive: 2017 Mercedes-AMG S-Class Cabriolet S63
There's plenty of anticipation and excitement surrounding the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet series. S-Class is the hallmark of the German automaker’s fleet—where luxury, performance and highly considered design all meet. It's the family of cars that...
2017 SMART FORTWO CABRIOLET
Test Drive: 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet
If the best things come in small packages, then Smart’s 2017 ForTwo Cabriolet is the automobile incarnate of the idiom. Measuring at just over eight and half feet in length, the latest from Germany's compact experts packs a surprising punch. While...
Db Equipment Ski and Snowboard Bags
Despite all the advancements in ski and snowboard technology over the years, there’s been little progress in how we travel with this often cumbersome gear. The experience of lugging ski and snowboard gear around the world will never be easy, but...
Sustainability at Olas Verdes
It’s somewhere between the oddly low organic-juice-bar-to-streetlight-ratio and the packs of chickens that freely roam the streets of Nosara that it hits visitors: eating local isn’t a buzzy concept here, it’s a way of life. Long before tourists schlepped...
SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
CRITICAL SLIDE SOCIETY
Wearable Sun Protection
There’s no faster way to throw shade on a warm weather vacation (or the first few hot days of spring) than with sunburn. It takes only 15 minutes of direct sunlight exposure for skin damage to begin occurring, so protection is a must. While sunscreen...
Olas Verdes: Costa Rica’s Greenest Boutique Surf Hotel
If the quip “The journey is the destination” typifies your approach to travel then set your sights on Playa Guiones, Costa Rica. The humble but growing beach town is a two-and-a-half hour drive over mostly washboard dirt roads from the nearest international...
Indoek's Inaugural City Guide Zine
It’s been said that Los Angeles isn’t a city so much as a collection of small towns or neighborhoods that run more or less continuously from one to the next. Just ask any Angeleno to point you to the center of town and you’ll get a range of destinations...
Timbuk2 + Blue Bottle’s Sabbatical Travel Kit
If the recent buyouts of Intelligentsia and Stumptown are any indication, the growing popularity of craft coffee shows no signs of slowing down. While single origin pour-overs are now commonplace in many coffeeshops, sometimes when you’re off the...
Test Ride: Giant’s Propel Advanced 2
Despite all of the technicality of cycling—whether it’s counting the grams of a new pair of pedals or nerding out over the latest carbon crank arms—the simplistic joy of riding a bike as fast as possible remains at the core of the sport. Perhaps no...
BANG AND OLUFSEN
Rapha + Bang & Olufsen: BeoPlay H6
Combining cycling and headphones doesn’t immediately sound like the safest or most practical idea, but when London-based cycling accessories- and apparel-maker Rapha and Danish audio technology pioneers Bang & Olufsen team up, it’s bound to be a...
Buy and Sell Sneakers on Slang
Sneakers started as a utilitarian answer to the need for performance shoes in athletics, and over the last 60-odd years, they have transformed from functional footwear to status symbol to even art pieces. Sneakers are a culture with nuance, rich...
Juban Carries on the Mural of Izakaya Ten
While izakayas—or Japanese pubs that serve snacks to accompany beer, sake and shōchū—are plentiful in Japan, they're a rare find outside the country. For a long time, Izakaya Ten was the NYC go-to for authentic but approachable Japanese bar experience...
MADE IN USA
Topo Designs + Salomon Collection
For most outdoor brands, the chief objective of their products is to heighten the outdoor experience—whether that means keeping you dry in a sudden downpour or making a piece of gear that's so faithful it becomes an adventure companion. Colorado...
Palace Skateboards + Adidas Originals Spring 2015
London's Palace Skateboards has quickly grown from a core skateboard company into a global streetwear phenomenon. Drawing on a '90s vibe that is uniquely London and notably grimy, Palace embodies a time, place and attitude—and their collaborations...
When the digital world closes in, it's only natural to seek an analog oasis. Online shopping never includes the smells, sights and chance encounters that can make a shopping experience special. Calliope, Michael and Caroline Ventura's new West Village...
Three Fresh Cycling Kits for Spring
With road riding season upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere, we're eagerly assembling our gear for everything from Saturday centuries to weekday laps in the park. As much as one's kit is a matter of function, it's also an avenue of expression...
Vintage Bikes, Gravel and Wine in Water Bottles: Eroica California
Leave your Lycra at home, forget about carbon fiber, stop meticulously counting the grams of your new crankset and prepare for a healthy dose of fatigue. At the inaugural Eroica California ride—part of the Italy-based Eroica series of non-competitive...
RED HOOK CRIT
Timbuk2 Red Hook Crit Travel Backpack
Every year the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn are blocked off and track bikes take over. But this isn't just a ride where the weekend warrior can show up, it's the Red Hook Crit and it's arguably the most prestigious event of its kind. Combining urban...
Two New Camp Stoves from Snow Peak
Spending time outside is always made a little better with a few comforts from home. A hot meal and a fresh cup of coffee at the base of a climb or deep in the wilderness is a welcomed luxury. Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak has two new compact and...
FUTURE MAPPING COMPANY
Future Mapping Company Berlin
Though maps began as utility-minded reference tools, they've always had artistic elements. From elaborate compass roses and sea monsters that lurk near remote coastlines to carefully selected color palettes, the aesthetics of maps sometimes even trump...
HEADS UP DISPLAY
Recon Instruments: Jet Smart Glasses
Wearable technology presents no shortage of possibilities, applications, innovations and, of course, challenges. Though Google has put Glass on hold (for now), other more specialized tech-enabled eyewear concepts are becoming very real consumer products...
Keeping Outerwear Alive with Gear Aid
As jacket season tentatively draws to an end here in the Northern Hemisphere, we're taking stock of the wear and tear on this season's gear. Even the most durable materials take a few hits after an active season, but it's no reason to retire them...