Keeping Dry in ourCaste's Bags
Michael Quinones and Matt Davis met almost a decade ago in Newport Beach; both as new implants. "He and a group of friends had moved from the San Bernardino area out to Orange County just as I had moved up from San Diego. We were 21 or so, and...
Rainy Days 2016: Gear for Unpredictable Weather
Whether it's dropping your phone into a puddle or getting stuck in the rain mid-ride, bad weather woes are universal (albeit trivial). The right gear, however, can change all that. True rain protection extends beyond a jacket or umbrella, and most...
Carry Bag Waterproof Laptop Sleeve
While a sudden downpour can result in wet feet or a bad hair day, it can also destroy one of your most expensive possessions: your laptop. Rains' "Cary Bag" is a clean, simple and classic laptop sleeve (made for a 13" Macbook or similar) that features...
Leica X-U Camera
Makers of dream cameras, Leica knows that some of the best shots are taken on the move or in less than perfect conditions. Their X-U digital camera comes wrapped in an anti-slip rubber exterior and is water-, dust- and shock-proof, so it can take on...
Evo Xplorer iPhone Case
Tech21's most robust design yet, the Evo Xplorer iPhone 6 and 6s case, protects from water, dust, dirt and more. With over six feet of drop-protection, built-in screen protection and secured yet accessible ports, phones are safe from all the elements...
All-Weather Top-Spiral Pad
With Rite in the Rain’s all-weather notebooks, your notes, doodles or million dollar ideas won’t get washed away in a sudden downpour. Their pocket top-spiral pad comes with 100 lined pages and is compact enough to fit inside a shirt or jacket pocket...
Annalise Two-in-One Parka
Available in all-black or a pink and gray colorblock, Parka London's Annalise two-in-one parka can change from stately to sporty in one zip. The lower section detaches off at the waist to create a cropped jacket for when the weather changes, and it...
Opening Ceremony and Fossil join forces for this cat umbrella that steers clear of becoming too cutesy by way of its brown and black colorway—with just hints of pink, white and yellow. Made from 100% polyester and featuring a maple handle, this rainy...
Evo Xplorer iPhone Case
London-headquartered protective device case-makers Tech21 release their most robust design yet: the Evo Xplorer, a waterproof (max 9.9 feet for up to an hour) Apple iPhone 6 and 6s case, further sealed off from other elements like dust and dirt...
Waterproof Chelsea Boot
Portland-based Bogs got their start making heavy duty boots made for the farm and agriculture industry, but their casual line also packs a punch. This seemingly benign Chelsea boot, for example, is made from 100% waterproof leather, fights odors with...
Sugoi's Waterproof and Reflective Zap Fabric
Like so many successful companies, SUGOI was born from necessity. The brand was founded by David Hollands and Carol Prantner—Hollands was an endurance athlete trying to find better bike shorts, while Prantner worked in the fashion industry. Hollands...
Road Testing GORE® Technical Clothing
Ever since Bob Gore, son of Bill and Vieve Gore, began using "a remarkably versatile new polymer" that we all now know as GORE®, the landscape of technical clothing has grown so extensively that it allows people to perform to the maximum, in all...
From Sea to Sky with the Olympus Stylus TG-4
by Sasha Barkans The rugged and intuitive Olympus Stylus TG-4 is the newest addition to Olympus’ Stylus Tough amphibious (and ambitious) line of compact cameras. While smartphones are increasingly utilized for photography on the trail and in the mountains...
Aztech Mountain's Team Reversible Fleece
The changing of seasons means recalibrating daily wardrobe essentials. While those akin to flexing their fashion muscles welcome the cooler temperatures of fall, spring is often another story. Here in NYC, spring is the time when temperatures rise...
Finisterre Waterproof Duffle Bag
Drawing on premium materials and the latest waterproof construction techniques, the Waterproof Duffle from UK-based cold-water surf company Finisterre is built to last. The 40-liter capacity bag offers enough space for weekend getwaways and works as...
Design Ingenuity from New Zealand: Alchemy Equipment
The concept of alchemy likely conjures images of robe-wearing bearded outcasts toiling away in a cluttered workshop over illuminati-esque texts as they attempt (fruitlessly) to transfigure the everyday into the extraordinary. Building on the alchemic...
Sailing with Giants: TUDOR Heritage Black Bay
Nestled in the shadow of the newly erected One World Trade Center on the shores of the Hudson River, lies the home of the often overlooked community of NYC sailors. The city is home to prime sailing conditions for much of the year and from late...
Go-Comb's credit card-sized fine-tooth combs are handy, to say the least. Designed to fit in your wallet, this little guy will do a lot when you need to spiff up on the go. The unisex, stainless steel grooming tool will just as easily smooth out a...
Alite + Boreas Commuter Backpack
The strongest collaborations draw from the strengths of each involved party—and the new roll-top pack from Alite and Boreas is a shining example. Both San Francisco-based companies know the value of a sturdy yet stylish, multipurpose pack. Alite...
Ultraolive Taped Seam Dry Bag
There's nothing worse than needing to pack a pair of dirty running shoes or workout clothes into a (semi) clean suitcase of clothes—especially after a rainy day jog. And traveling is stressful enough without having to worry about the fate of your...
Adventure-Proof Power from Brunton
With roots in developing navigation tools going all the way back to 1984, Boulder, CO-based Brunton has applied its sensible and utility-driven approach to design toward creating tools for the modern-day adventurer. Whether seeking solace in the...
Modern Farmer's Vibrant Muck Boot
The Original Muck Boot Company has been making durable, weather-proof boots since 1999, supplying farmers, gardeners and hunters with an effective footing outdoors. It only makes sense then that they would partner with CH favorite Modern Farmer...
Waterproof Coach Jacket
Known for impeccably-crafted varsity jackets, East London's House of Billiam proves its widespread design talent for retro outerwear with the customizable Coach Jacket—a sporty coat inspired by the American football coach.
Summer Beauty Essentials
Whether you're taking a day trip to the local beach or leaving a frigid, air-conditioned office to hit a happy hour, keep your cosmetics bag light by packing just the essentials (like a lip balm with SPF). Here are a list of tried-and-true functional...