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7 Pants, 2 Wheels, 1 Handsome Dude

Bike to Work in These 7 Pants

Commuting cyclists require a specific type of pant. These seven are designed to handle the wind, rain, grime and out-of-control cabbies.

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Moving on up

Kit: Sophomore Year

A year’s worth of college puts you on a separate plane than the eager fresh faces that’ve just been let off the parental leash for the first time in their lives. There’s a wisdom that comes with knowing the ropes — like avoiding classes that meet more than twice a week, or where to find grease at any godforsaken hour. You’ve also made friends (some probably for life) and finally have a say over where you live and who you live with. Craft a smart plan, lean on your parents, and with a little bit of luck your new home might actually be a house. You’ve earned the extra space, now make it your own.

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The Beauty of Bare Minimum

Kit: Ultralight Backpacking

Obsessive weight-trimmers with less than 10 pounds strapped to their backs are considered “ultralight” hikers, a term as ubiquitous and unregulated in the hiking retail market as “organic” and “grass fed” are in the food industry. But trust us: the following gear truly is ultralight, perfect for those faithful to the church of long trails and little gear.

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Be the country gentleman

Land Rover Series 1 Kit

Driving the iconic, century-old Land Rover Series 1 warrants a look that is 100 percent country — so you’d be best suited for some rugged but still classy gear that’s ready for the great outdoors. We’ve put together a kit that will have you looking almost as safari-slick as Robert Redford in Out of Africa. Almost.

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Today in Gear: February 10, 2014

Today in Gear, we find glasses for the modern detective, a kitchen scale that connects to your phone, a clothing line inspired by a great magazine and more.

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Some junk for your trunk

Stocking Stuffers: Motorin’ Merch

True enthusiasts know that for the best driving experience you need very little accoutrement, if any at all. But a) everyone loves getting gifts and b) most times, some extra swag comes in handy. You could do the same thing you’ve done every year and get a gift card for the corner gas station, but…

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Father Christmas, Meet Mother Nature

Stocking Stuffers: Just Add Nature

Editor’s Note: The stockings are hung by the chimney with care…now what the hell are you gonna put in there? Ah, stocking stuffers — the little things, the extras, the last minute goodies, the fun gifts. They’re as enjoyable to give as they are to receive. Thing is, there’s an endless supply of stocking-size gifts…

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Today in Gear: November 15, 2013

LifeStraw Go This thing quite literally saves lives. Dispersed to victims of massive humanitarian disasters over the last 8 years, LifeStraw products have provided extremely unfortunate people one simple necessity: clean drinking water. The same tech found in those larger applications is available in a convenient water bottle form, even for those of us lucky…

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That wetsuit ain't for show

Setting Sail: A Journey to the Channel Islands

When I first received the invite for a Wilderness Collective trip I had many reactions, which were, in no particular order: “I haven’t camped since I was six” and “I hope the people don’t suck” and “it’ll be nice to go on a pleasant, Instagram-worthy tour off the coast aboard a yacht in order to roast marshmallows on an island”. Our destination would be the Channel Islands archipelago, eight land masses situated over 30 miles seaward from the shores of California’s coast. The multi-faceted trip would not, in fact, be about yachts and butler service. I didn’t know that yet.

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Today in Gear: August 9, 2013

Cocoon Slim Backpack Backpacks hold a lot of stuff and they stay out of the way, leaving your hands free. Thing is, compartments that are actually cavernous holdalls turn ‘packs into bulky messes. SLIM is so named for a reason: all loaded up, this pack is only 3.5 inches thick. The back compartment is for…

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Stock up for Woodstock

Kit: Music Festival

Ah, the music festival. Concert after concert under the hot sun, huge fields of camping fans, available yet astronomically priced food, and port-a-potties stretching to the horizon combine for a strange breed of “roughing it” with large doses of civilization mixed in. Prepare properly and you’re in for the weekend of a lifetime; shirk the prep and you’ll be poor and plenty grumpy come Sunday night. Here are ten pieces of gear — appropriately fitting the chaotic and not at all fashionable atmosphere you’ll come to know and love — to get your music festival experience on track for “Epic!” status. We’ll leave the collapsible peace pipe to you.

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Gear for a 3-week Caribbean journey

Kit: Cuba

Packing for three weeks of travel could easily balloon into roller bags, laptop cases and fanny packs. If you’re staying in luxury hotels and somebody else is handling your gear, fine. Bring the sheepskin robe. But if you may have to spend full days carrying your luggage on your back, then you’re limited to the essentials. Here’s what I stuffed into my GORUCK GR2 for three weeks in Cuba.

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Today in Gear: March 18, 2013

Jack Rudy Co. Tonic Water You dropped a boatload of cash on the gin and vodka inhabitants of your liquor cabinet, so why are you mixing them with mass-produced swill? This tonic is small-batch made, blended with botanicals, cane sugar, and of course, quinine (suck it malaria). $22 (17 ounces) Snow Peak Lapel Torch Fifty-five…

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Tablecloth and candles not included

Snow Peak Ozen Solo Table

After a rough day of solo backpacking and exploration, nothing rejuvenates like a good meal. Unfortunately, going it alone out in the field doesn’t always lend to the best of creature comforts. The Snow Peak Ozen Solo Table ($50) provides a level surface on the ground or in your tent and should at least make…

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Zen lighting

Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern

The Japanese are known for minimalist design and intelligent engineering; Snow Peak embraces those values in its new Mini Hozuki Lantern ($40). Styled after a traditional Japanese paper lantern just like its larger sibling, the Hozuki Lantern, the mini Hozuki is an elegantly simple battery-powered camping light that weighs all of 2.4 ounces, lasts up…

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Art of the Grill

Snow Peak Baja Burner LI

Here’s a new twist on an old dictum: dissatisfaction is the mother of all invention. This illustrates well what set accomplished mountaineer Yukio Yamai on the path to a superior stove that could meet all his needs without unnecessary clunkiness. His Baja Burner LI ($160) is simplicity and humbleness made tangible. Composed of stainless steel,…

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Brunch. Anywhere.

Nau Luxe Cafe Kit

Camping requires plenty of tradeoffs, but your morning routine is one area where you shouldn’t have to sacrifice. Highly functional and highly stylish brand Nau felt your pain and collaborated with Snow Peak to create the Nau luxe cafe kit ($125). It’s a lightweight set that provides most of the comfort of a typical brunch…

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Flower Power

Design Spotlight: Snow Peak Tulip Lantern

A lamp that utilizes the forces of gravity? Sounds gimmicky. But don’t judge a bud (sorry) by its cover. Instead of using E=MC2 for power, the Snow Peak Tulip Lantern ($150) relies on gravity to determine its method of light distribution. Inspired by the natural shape of a tulip bulb, the operation is deceivingly simple….

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Zen and the Art of Carrying Whisky

Snow Peak Titanium Flask

Titanium, the wonder metal, is used for a variety of things, from surgical screws to watch cases to bicycle frames. It is known for its resistance to corrosion, its incredible strength to weight ratio and its bio-compatibility. It is also difficult to machine and fairly expensive. But forget all that. Titanium just looks cool, which…

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Ahead Lamp

Snow Peak SnowMiner

We’ve seen headlamps and we’ve seen hanging lanterns, but worthy combinations of the two? Not as many. Usually because of cumbersome operation. The Snow Peak SnowMiner ($50) headlamp solves that problem through its patent pending design, which involves a unique lens that quickly removes to transform the headlamp into a wide, 180 degree ambient light…

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For the weight weenie who has (almost) everything

Snow Peak Titanium Straw

Consider the humble straw. Jabbed into a juice box or fast food beverage, discarded without a thought, it is a useful but overlooked tool. How else would you get that last bit of chocolate malt out of the bottom of your glass? But plastic is a four-letter word these days and straws suddenly seem wasteful….

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Snow Might

Snow Peak Titanium iPhone 4 Case

Used on everything from the space shuttle (hat tip to you Atlantis) to golf clubs, titanium is an element that requires little explanation. It’s both lightweight and stronger than steel, and here in the form of the Snow Peak Titanium iPhone 4 Case ($120), totally bewitching. The ultra-thin case is made entirely in Japan using…

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Flat-top gorgeous

Snow Peak Li Baja Burner

Since 1958, outdoor gear company Snow Peak has created outdoor gear that strikes a near-perfect balance of beautiful design and purposeful construction. The Japanese company, based in Sanjo City (locally known as “hardware town”) is renowned for applying lofty standards to all their products while “inspiring” a passion for the outdoors. One of their latest…