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Ficouture Nanga Sleeping Bag
Quality, functionality and beautiful design being their unspoken top priorities, Japanese brand Ficouture is interested in blurring that line between home, work, outdoor and play. Themed collections revolve around a different location each year...
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Tentsile Tree Tents
Try to name a few common headaches of sleeping in a tent and they'll likely all point to one problem: the ground. Rocky surfaces make it tough to pick a suitable spot while runoff from rain can seep in from below—and don’t forget about snakes and...
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BioLite's Portable BaseLantern
Portable energy brand BioLite (perhaps best known for their CampStove and its continued developments) is no stranger to Kickstarter. Two years ago, they successfully funded and delivered upon a campaign that raised over a million dollars for their...
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A Beautiful Speedometer for Bikes
Shout-out to designers who are also obsessed with cycling because their work frequently results in something new and clever, like the arresting Omata One. Mounted onto a bike, the speedometer's unique analog face informs of the four most relevant...
DESIGN
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...
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Tepui Tents' Gear Bags
With their line of rooftop tents, Santa Cruz-based company Tepui have made it easy to fulfill childhood dreams of sleeping in a treehouse-like setting—casual car campers can even directly rent one of their rugged models for a memorable weekend...
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Transit Laptop Bag
New to Mission Workshop’s line-up of sleek, travel-ready bags is the Transit Series Laptop Bag: a versatile, weatherproof briefcase meant to take you from work to the weekend. Designed with a series of straps, pockets and handles to keep gear securely...
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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Summer Dreaming
While half the world is enduring the grey skies and blustery winds of winter, the other half is living it up in glorious sunshine. That said, all of us are approaching the holiday season. So whether your next poolside hangout is on vacation, around...
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Filson Factory Tour
Filson's continued growth is a testament to the lasting power of quality goods, attention to detail and never taking shortcuts. Since 1897, the Seattle-based brand has outfitted explorers and pioneers with equipment and apparel necessary for survival...
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Camera Swagg
Photographers know the burden of carrying around two or more cameras in order to never miss that perfect moment. Lightening the load is Oklahoma-based Matthew Swaggart, whose sturdy, handmade leather multi-camera harness (dubbed the "MoneyMaker") lets...
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Bowndling Hiking Apparel and Backpacks
"We believe hiking deserves better clothing," says the all-women team from young, UK-based label Bowndling, which launched November of 2014. The outdoors industry seems reluctant to merge function with fashion for fear of detracting from tech specs...
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Nordic Skiing: The Basics
As the Nordic World Championship draws to a close in Falun, Sweden, you don't have to have a designated Nordic center in your backyard to strap on your skis. Cross-country skiing is a versatile sport for the transitional seasons. From the traditional...
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Mountain Maneuverability with Snowfoot
There's no getting in the way of a skier or snowboarder on the hunt for untracked, deep snow. While the lengths some riders go to for a fresh covering might seem ridiculous to an outsider, alpine touring veterans know that the journey up is all part...
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Smith Overtake Road Cycling Helmet
Though best known for making goggles and other sport-specific eyewear, Smith Optics has long explored other product segments for outdoor enthusiasts. Most notably: helmets. The new Overtake helmet is their first foray into competitive road cycling...
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Westerlind: Online Shopping for the Outdoors
Since 2007, Swedish entrepreneur and outdoor enthusiast Andrea Westerlind has been seeking out the most effective, timeless wilderness gear from all corners of the globe. A third generation member of a Swedish fashion house, Westerlind began working...
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Smartphone Light Meter
This light meter plugs directly into your iPhone, bringing a new world of possibility to the professional photographer. Boasting highly accurate readings, Lumu also connects to a companion app that gives ideal parameters for your photos so you can...
STYLE
d'emploi Holiday 2014 Collection
As we've seen in the past, waxed cotton is the material of choice for Brooklyn's d'emploi. Thankfully, that preference continues in their latest drop, geared toward holiday travel and defending against wet fall and early winter weather. Building...
DESIGN
Retro Longboard from Modern Surfboards
Surfing is an aesthetically focused pursuit. Whether it's the fluidity of a bottom-turn, the seemingly effortless arc of a well-executed cutback or simply the length of one's boardshorts, surfers have always been a style-centric bunch. After all...
DESIGN
Rapha + Giro Cyclocross Shoe
While there's still some summer left in the northern hemisphere, cyclists are already gearing up for the fall cyclocross season. The sport mixes elements of road racing with mountain biking and, just to make things interesting, throws in a load of...
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The RugRat from TheTentLab
For those looking to get the most out of camping, it's essential to not skimp on your shelter. While cheap tents will get you through a few weekends here and there, going the extra mile and shelling out for a premium tent will not only make for a...
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Gore-Tex's Surround Technology
Staying dry inside and out is one of the core challenges designers and materials scientists face when creating apparel and footwear for performance in the elements. Oftentimes, breathability is sacrificed for greater waterproofing or vice versa—except...
DESIGN
EAST Surf Co. Wax Tool
Any surfer worth their salt knows the importance of a proper layer of wax on their deck. After a few sessions, the sticky bumps that once held your traction through turns soon feel slick like a freshly mopped floor. Meaning, it's either time to...
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Three Rooftop Tents for Summer Adventures
For those looking to hit the road for summertime adventures, there's no better piece of gear than a rooftop tent. Mounting onto a vehicle's roof rack, these longtime safari favorites are finding their way more and more into the casual consumer market...
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Fast Tire Repairs with Patchnride
If you're turning the pedals a lot, you're bound to get a flat. While knowing how to change your own tire is required knowledge for any dedicated cyclist, it can be a real pain—especially with high-performance racing tires. The Patchnride permanently...
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Finisterre Cold Water Surf Knife
Designed for those hitting frigid waves around the world, Cornwall-based cold water surf brand Finisterre appeals to the function-minded surfer. Their latest offering is the world's first knife designed specifically for surfers in cold climates...
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