Brand Spotlight: LightHeart Gear

When I first called Judy “HeartFire” Gross, she kindly asked me to call her back in fifteen minutes so that she could get her current project cut and “off the table.” I understood the urgency. Her business is growing. Judy admits to being camera shy and not owning a TV among other things. She’s very much the people’s backpacker—a mainstay topic on the lightweight forums, training for a marathon at 60, and way too busy for interviews. She’s got over 4,000 miles logged on trails from coast to coast, and she’s using that accumulated wisdom to make some of the most practical gear on the market. Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: LightHeart Gear”

Fanny Packs that Don’t Suck: Urban

Title Image by Ben Filio Photography

This has been a long time coming. Smaller. Lighter. Less. Minimalistic. In a culture where more has always been more: we’re ready to down size.

Phone. Keys. Wallet–Urban essentials et al. Here are three bags you can be proud to hang off your rump. Or wear as a satchel.  Whatever.  You’ll rock it when you’re ready.  Continue reading “Fanny Packs that Don’t Suck: Urban”

Review: Clothing Arts Cubed Travel Jacket

Clothing Arts, of Brooklyn, New York, has created what they believe is the solution to all your weatherproof and travel needs.  The Cubed Travel Jacket has been designed to be the Alfa and Omega of waterproof hard shells: to be at home on the trail as it is at the office, and to be honest, it certain looks like it.   Continue reading “Review: Clothing Arts Cubed Travel Jacket”

Brand Spotlight: EVERGOODS

Originally posted on Carryology.

EVERGOODS.  An honest intention, no?  One might think it were by design to have a namesake so intriguing. It makes sense that Jack Barley, the co-founder of GORUCK, and Kevin Dee, a master designer and the genius behind some of Patagonia’s most beloved projects, would want to capture the curiosity of the masses as they are so boldly poised to strike out on their own.  Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: EVERGOODS”