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”

Review: Greenroom136 Bootstrap

Malaysian manufacturer Greenroom136 has been in the urban carry game since 2011 making some really hardwearing 1000D backpacks, messengers, and travel accessories. While they’ve been busy refining their style over the last six years, my first hands-on experience with the brand was just recently when I got to test drive one of their small Bootstrap bags.

The Bootstrap is a classic and clean city messenger dialed for the active urban lifestyle. It’s worked well for me while running errands, working between meetings at the coffee shop, and while on the go—this has really proven to be a functional EDC messenger bag. Continue reading “Review: Greenroom136 Bootstrap”

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”

Knives We’re Digging

Damn, the Olympic Peninsula is wet. We were recently out on the Washington coast with no readily dry wood for (perceivably) miles because, you know, it’s a rain forest right next to an ocean. Trying to get a fire going there can be, well, trying. That’s not to say there isn’t any dry wood, but sometimes you’ve got to work for it. Hopefully you brought a trusty knife. Continue reading “Knives We’re Digging”

Review: Cnoc Outdoors Vertex Trekking Poles

Cnoc Outdoors is a Portland, OR company that just entered the market with the introduction of their Vertex poles.  The Vertex poles are a hybrid Z pole/flick lock style aluminum and carbon trekking pole that folds down to an impressive 14.5 inches.  This is a brand-new product, from a brand new company and we were pretty excited to see how the unique design translated to trail performance. Continue reading “Review: Cnoc Outdoors Vertex Trekking Poles”