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DESIGN
Interview: Davis Smith of Cotopaxi
The desire to see the world, step outside one's own boundaries and see how others live is human nature. Davis Smith, founder and CEO of socially conscious outdoor company Cotopaxi, spent much of his childhood outside his native US in developing countries...
DESIGN
Carbon Steel Utility Knives from Civilware
Wandering through the wilderness, far from civilization, has both inherent benefits and risks. The more remote you get, the more you'll want gear that's sure to perform no matter what you come up against. Inspired by his own experience in the desert...
TRAVEL
r180° Panorama Camera Backpack
Great design solves problems. For wandering photographers—whether hiking in the mountains or exploring a new city on foot—the on-again-off-again issue of accessing camera gear from backpacks always lingers. California-based Mindshift Gear caught...
DESIGN
Esbit: Elegant Cookware for the Outdoors
Longtime backpackers will no doubt recognize the name Esbit. The German company's fuel tablets and pocket stoves have been an outdoor, survival and military mainstay since its first iteration in 1936. While the brand's fuel blocks and compact stoves...
STYLE
Three Versatile Quick-Drying Shorts
The best days of summer are the ones when spontaneity takes over: a brunch in the city might turn into a bike ride to the beach or a pickup game of football. No matter where the day takes you, being well-equipped for whatever comes your way is essential...
TRAVEL
Amok's Draumr, the Tent-Hammock Hybrid
There's no better time to hit the outdoors for a bit of peace and quiet than the early stages of summer. Tourist hotspots aren't yet (completely) overrun and the warm weather still has novelty on its side. If you're trying to catch your share of...
TRAVEL
The Meriwether Tent from Shelter Co. Supply
With temperatures rising and the sun staying up into the evening hours in the Northern Hemisphere, the time is right to head to get back to nature. If seeking the most tech-savvy ultralight alpine gear isn't your vibe, there's the Meriwether tent...
TRAVEL
Alite Meadow Mat
San Francisco-based Alite Designs adds to its line of simple, attractive gear for outdoor-loving urbanites with their new Meadow Mat. Waterproof, lightweight and washable, the mat protects behinds and belongings from ground moisture and rolls up...
STYLE
2014 Ski Clothing
Though the calendar might suggest warmer temperatures, here in NYC and from the Alps to the Rockies, the snow continues to fall. After testing outerwear and base layer pieces across a full range of conditions–from frigid blustery days at high elevations...
TRAVEL
Alpine Climbing with Patagonia
At 12,000 feet above sea level, with a cold wind perpetually whipping and the alpine sun intensified by the reflective snowfields below, the old adage "the clothes don't make the man (or rather, person)" couldn't be less true. Technical, carefully...
STYLE
Olivers Apparel
Balancing versatility with simplicity, San Francisco-based Olivers Apparel sets out to inject a bit of sophistication in the fit and styling of men's athletic apparel. Their very first offering, the All Over Short combines the athletic capability...
DESIGN
DPS Skis
With spring right around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, hitting the mountains in search of snow might not be at the top of everyone's To-Do list, yet some of the best and most consistent conditions of the year can be found as the season winds...
DESIGN
polychromeLAB
Born out of a partnership between a designer with a passion for the outdoors and a research team at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, polychromeLAB is a groundbreaking new material designed to increase the wearer's body heat and, when reversed...
DESIGN
Mola Headlamp by Snow Peak
Aside from increasing luminosity and battery life, there is seemingly little room for innovation in headlamp design—the essential utility piece for camping, backpacking and adventures of the like. Leave it to Japan's purveyor of intelligent outdoor...
STYLE
Missoula Pants by Causwell
There's nothing quite like hitting the mountain in state-of-the-art Gore-Tex technical outerwear, but when it comes to rough and tumble durability, these moisture-wicking wonders often fall short. The Missoula Pants from Salt Lake City-based Causwell...
TECH
GoBe by Light & Motion
For gear enthusiasts, there's a fine line between staying updated on what's new and cluttering your precious storage space. The GoBe light system from Monterrey, California-based Light & Motion presents a multi-functional light system with a fraction...
DESIGN
Off Piste: Westcomb
Commonplace in innovative markets like the tech industry, the term "early adopter" is generally used to describe influential individuals doing just as it sounds; taking a leap of faith with a new product or technology. While often attributed to...
STYLE
Smith Optics Archive Collection
In 1965 Robert Smith—an orthodontist by day and hardcore skier whenever he could get out of the office—changed the goggle game forever when he invented the first double-paned, foam-insulated lens. His new lens protected the inner layer from cold...
CULTURE
California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties
Some 60 years ago the Golden State saw a golden era for surfing and climbing. Offering a spot-on retrospective look at the period of innovation spanning from 1948 to late 1958, newly published "California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties" is full...
DESIGN
NW Alpine
Bill Amos was working as a climbing instructor, substitute teacher and ski patroller when he became frustrated with the quality and utility of commercially available climbing apparel. As outdoor companies began catering to a more diverse audience...
DESIGN
2014 Snowboard Setup
CH HQ is in NYC, but we're big fans of hitting the slopes. Whether it's riding the local toe rope in Minnesota or exploring some side country in California, having the right gear can make all the difference. While early season snow conditions run...
TRAVEL
Off Piste: Wilderness Collective
Just over a year ago, Steve Dubbeldam founded Wilderness Collective, an adventure-based service offering men unique experiences to leave their day-to-day lives behind and step into the unknown. Lasting a few short days, the trips—while brief in duration...
DESIGN
Interview: Kharma Vella of Poler
by Tariq Dixon Poler is the self-proclaimed maker of “the world’s highest standard of stuff.” Founded in 2010 by longtime buddies Benji Wagner and Kharma Vella, Poler makes stylish and well-priced wares for the everyday outdoor enthusiast. With...
TRAVEL
Ticla
Part of the joy of outdoor gear is nerding out over technical details like waterproofing and making sure everything is ultra-lightweight down to the gram. However, when your outdoor excursions don't involve weeklong trips in the backcountry or summiting...
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