The reality of living in a city is that you end up with much more sidewalk than trail under your feet. Nevertheless, I like how the Mojito combines SCARPA’s climbing DNA with Vibram’s Spyder sole to help me comfortably cover miles of either. They’re perfect for the modern gentleman who approaches more coffee shops than base camps.
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say
track : Englishman In New York
artist : Sting
album : … Nothing Like The Sun
Arc’teryx took some time introducing down into their lineup, but when they did, they did it right. At just 8.6 ounces, the Cerium LT is the lightest piece in their down collection, using a strategic combination of natural and synthetic insulation in different regions to achieve an optimal warmth-to-weight ratio. It has quickly become my go-to winter jacket, and the Nighthawk colour looks just as perfect on the slope as in the city.
I’ve been doing triathlons for years, and while I’m a decent swimmer / cyclist, I’ve never actually loved the running. And so, it sometimes takes a bit of convincing to get me out there … especially for longer training runs … especially when it’s cold outside. Being quite tall, I’ve always had trouble finding running pants that were long enough, but then I discovered that 2XU Compression Tights are available in tall sizes (tall sizes!) and they’re awesome. When you’re fighting every excuse imaginable to not go out winter-running, the extra coverage definitely helps.
I’m not a lumberjack (and that’s OK, too) but a few summers ago, we bought a hundred-year-old restored farmhouse which came with a big stone fireplace. A week after we moved in, a truck pulled up and an older gentleman named Ted (who, I assume, is a lumberjack) dropped off a whole bunch of firewood in our driveway. And so, I got myself the Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe that boasts a virtually unbreakable design, with a blade said to bite three times deeper, and a hollow FiberComp handle that’s lightweight yet stronger than steel.
For years I’ve wanted to try surfing, but I’ve never lived close enough to any decent waves. A few months ago, I finally had a chance to take my first lessons … I was awful … and I loved it. Now I’m totally hooked, and consequently have fallen in love with Swami’s Surf Company – their boards are beyond beautiful. I’m going to need two, please … one for the waves, and one for the wall.
Love, love, love these illustrations by Bill Rebholz in a recent issue of GQ. I’d like make a special request that if there’s ever an animated telling of my life, this definitely needs to be my wardrobe.
After many triathlons – and not loving that whole part between T2 and the finish line – I decided to give natural running a try. I started transitioning toward more minimal shoes a few years ago, and now I think I’m ready for the SKORA PHASE R02. Weighing in at just 200g, these zero-drop shoes have asymmetrical lacing, laminated reflective overlays, and they’re not bad to look at either.
I’m certainly not one to get a new road bike every year, but when the opportunity came up this summer to upgrade my Cervélo S1 (love how this company stands behind its gear) to a matte-black S5, I just couldn’t pass it up. First unveiled for the 2011 Tour de France, this all-carbon frame weighs less than a kilo and rides as beautifully as it looks.