Welcome to Sports and Outdoors Staff Picks. Each week, we select our favorite pieces from the gear coming across our desks, in addition to mainstays in our kits. We show you glimpses into the gear we’re testing and what we’re stoked on. Have something you think we should check out? Or just want to say hi? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Mountain Featherbed Six Month Cardigan
I’ve been really into Japanese “outdoor lifestyle” brands lately, and Rocky Mountain Featherbed is one of the finest. The Six Month Cardigan is a pretty unique piece. While some might scoff at my desire to add a ~$300 down cardigan to my collection, it’s the epitome of a versatile layer that can just as easily be worn out to the bar as it can be layered under a shell for a day in the mountains.
— AJ Powell, Associate Staff Writer
Merrimack Canoes Traveler ’17
There’s this cabin I’m always fantasizing about: a tiny pine box plopped high on a hill overlooking a remote Minnesotan lake, yellow floatplane docked out front, no paved roads, maybe a few solar panels. Inside, this wood and kevlar canoe, which is handmade not far from my childhood home in Minnesota, dangles from the redwood rafters, with paddles and fishing nets and buffalo-checkered flannel spilling over the hull. My buddies and I would get cocky on whiskey and say, “Let’s lower ‘er down take ‘er for a spin.’ And we would. — Michael Finn, Editorial Apprentice
Grovemade Maple Pocket Knife
I already have a reliable pocket knife; it cost me about $17. It does its job (cutting things) incredibly well. So no, I don’t need another folding blade for my pocket and pack, but it’s hard not to be attracted to the simplicity displayed in the Higonokami design of Grovemade’s Maple Pocket Knife. The straight lines of the hand-sharpened steel blade are echoed and contrasted in the irregular patterns of the natural maple woodgrain.
— Tanner Bowden, Editorial Apprentice