Review: Poler Orange Label Ruck & Roll

Originally posted on Carryology.

It’s good to see Poler Stuff focusing on their outdoor travel line and flexing their trail muscles in the Orange Label.  These larger volume bags offer well padded hip belts and shoulder straps and more organizational options, making them a much better answer to day length outdoor adventures than Poler Stuff’s other offerings.  The cavernous main compartments and features like the padded laptop sleeves and internal stretch mesh pockets also make them viable as carry-ons and travel bags. Continue reading “Review: Poler Orange Label Ruck & Roll”

The Best in Outdoor Crowd Funding

One of the missions of Ace-Outside is to shed light on smaller brands run by the fearless people who have refused to quit chasing their dreams. That, above all else, is most inspiring to us as writers, artists, and people. Small brands are the manifestation of everything you’ve ever wanted to achieve. They are the tangible evidence of the unwavering belief in yourself: the real product of your imagination. Continue reading “The Best in Outdoor Crowd Funding”

Brand Spotlight: Superior Wilderness Designs

There is no higher dignity in the backpacking world than using products that you yourself have made on the long trails. Backpackers by trade are a resourceful bunch—and they need to be, moving between resupply points with unexpected gear failures through some of the last great lengths of wilderness. Teach a man to fish, right?

That’s exactly where Brandon McIntyre of Superior Wilderness Designs comes from. Raised in a costume shop, McIntyre was never a stranger to sewing machines, so when he started backpacking in his youth, he put the two together early on and hasn’t looked back since. The Romeo, Michigan based 26-year-old started selling ultra-lightweight packs just last year, but don’t let his tenure fool you—he’s come a long way from altering Halloween costumes.  Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: Superior Wilderness Designs”

The Bug-Out Bag: What to Include and How to Get Started

Originally posted on Carryology.

Whether you worry about an earthquake, tsunami, extended power outage, or civil unrest, there are plenty of reasons to have a go-bag ready to get you through the uncertainty of the next 72 hours.  There are two huge geologic threats in the PNW that could disrupt my routine at any given moment: Mt Rainier and the New Meridian Fault.  Three if we begin to think about the massive infrastructure failures that could develop in the aftermath of either.  Long story short, it’s worthwhile to think about what you’re going to do in the event that you need to take care of yourself.  Continue reading “The Bug-Out Bag: What to Include and How to Get Started”

Brand Spotlight: Kovacs Company

Title image by Geo Jenkins

Anthony Kovacs fires up the heater in his studio. “Sorry about the cold,” he says as I zip up my puffy. Pittsburgh in the winter can be brutal—especially in this building: a cold, hollow warehouse that used to house an electrical switch manufacturing plant, tucked next to the Ohio River just down the street from the correction center. But for Kovacs, this is a sanctuary. Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: Kovacs Company”

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”