Friday, February 27, 2015

Father Nature Outdoors Camping Blanket

I'm going to say it, Spring is just around the corner.  And with that comes thoughts and plans of outdoor pursuits. New parks to explore, beaches to visit, lakes to jump in, and trees to climb.  I hope to do a lot of camping in 2015 or at least a couple more outings than last year.  It's time to upgrade my gear and be smart about what I really need.  

It's true, I'm a fair weather camper and I don't need -30 degree F mummy bags or your latest and greatest sleep systems.  Nor do I care too much about weighing gear to the 0.00001 oz. so that my pack is light as a feather.  

Perfect, because the Father Nature Outdoor Camping blanket weighs a little over 2 lbs. and can pack tight at the bottom of my bag.  I wont have to worry about overheating during the summer or getting too cold at night.  

Check out their infographic to see how it works, here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beer Review (43): Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Beer Review (43): Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

BreweryBrooklyn Brewery Beer: Russian Imperial Stout | Beer Advocate Score: 93 Abv: 10.0%

Don't be fooled by the title, Russian Imperial Stout actually originates back to the British, those crafty geniuses!  So why is it called a Russian Imperial Stout then?   Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, ruling Russia from 1762-1796, was very fond of the murky, bubbly and intoxicating brew.  She was very proud that she could drink just as much of it as any Englishman!  My kinda woman!  The high alcohol content was necessary to avoid freezing over when being transported over the cold seas many, many years ago.  Check out this article over at BBC.  A little more history about it's origin and ties to Russia, here.

Brooklyn Brewery puts their own spin on the Russian Imperial Stout, and it is might tasty.  Pours black as midnight and is smooth and creamy.  Full of chocolate flavor and a hint of milky sweetness to it.  Sip slow and enjoy, this beer will fill you up and leave you a little dizzy in a good way.  Delicious.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cycling #RoundUp: Winter and Night Riding

Cycling #RoundUp: Winter and Night Riding

Be seen and heard during your next adventure aboard your trusty steed.  A couple great gadgets here to alert drivers of your presence on the road. The Proviz jacket has amazing reflective qualities at night, check out the link below to see it in action.  Not too steeply priced for a waterproof cycling shell either.

1. Japanese Brass Bell - $19.90
2. Fly6 Rear Light and Camera - $249.00
3. Proviz Cycling Jacket - $139.99
4. Defeet High-Vis Socks - $17.00
5. Defeet High-Vis Glove Liners - $15.00
6. Cateye Front Light - $17.25
7. Nite Ize SpokeLit - $8.00

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fatbike Trials Riding in Southern California

A fun little Fat Bike trials video to get your Tuesday morning going! I love the angles from the Killer Shot swivel cam.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cycling Gear: Fly 6 HD Rear Camera and Light

Cycling Gear: Fly 6  HD Rear Camera and LightCycling Gear: Fly 6  HD Rear Camera and Light\
Cycling Gear: Fly 6  HD Rear Camera and Light

Commuting in the city can sometimes be a treacherous ordeal.  Distracted drivers, taxi cabs, mindless pedestrians and even other bikers pose a huge threat to your safety.  I've read way too many horror stories and had my fair share of close calls and near misses.  More than half of the time it was the driver's fault.  A team in Australia developed an impressive rear camera and safety light, The Fly6,  attaches to your seat post and captures license plates, other bikers, and all of the threats on your tail end.  720p, HD, and Bluetooth all packed into this tiny device. Now that the rear light has been fully funded on Kickstarter, they're working on the front light as well.

Videos made with the Fly6

Price: $249

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feathr Wallpaper Designs to Drool Over

Feathr is taking interiors by storm and offering unique designs to liven up your home.  Stop accumulating crap to fill your house up with and start decorating with A R T.

What it is: Artist-designed wallpapers to spruce up any space!  300 artists and over 750 designs.:
Where to buy:  Check out  for info

More samples after the jump!

Friday, February 13, 2015

How to Dress Like a Peaky Blinder

How to Dress Like a Peaky Blinder
Set in post-WWI Birmingham, England, Peaky Blinders is a gritty gangster drama.  If it doesn't sound like your kind of genre, you can watch/listen for the epic soundtrack alone.  Nick Cave and the Bad Seed's, "Right Red Hand" starts playing and you know it's gonna be crazy.  Then we have PJ Harvey, The Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, The Kills, Tom Waits and more all setting the tone and capturing the essence of the story perfectly.  Lots of great story lines, deep, dark and all carried along by a thumping soundtrack.

Cillian Murphy is the lead character playing (masterfully might I add) Mr. Thomas Shelby.  Its an all-star cast with a few unknowns tossed in.  Look for Tom Hardy in the second season!

Boots - New York Cap Toe
Jacket - Harris Tweed Slim Fit
Vest - Harris Tweed Slim Fit
Shirt - Round Collar by Carven Paris

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Arctic Swell - Surfing the Ends of the Earth

In keeping the icy theme going here on the blog, here's another epic video of photographer Chris Burkard and Professional Surfers Patrick Millin, Brett Barley, and Chadd Konig braving sub-zero temperatures in the Arctic Circle to get the perfect shot of an amazing ride.  

Another amazing surf-themed video that'll give you goosebumps. here

What sports are you into during the colder months?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ice Climbing Frozen Niagara Falls

As a kid my family rented an RV and we meandered our way through NY state for about 3 weeks one summer.  It was fun, horrifying, smelly, memorable and adventurous.  We made our way to Niagra Falls and stood at the top staring at the almost unbelievable volume of water being swept over the edge every second.  The roar of the falls was deafening.  It made me very nervous.  It was extremely humbling to be in the presence of such a fierce force of mother nature.

Here we have Will Gadd's ascent of the frozen sections of the world's largest flowing falls.  Tucked between the borders of Canada and the United States, Niagra Falls  is actually 3 different waterfalls coming together at the end of the Niagra Gorge.  The falls holds the title of having the largest flow rate of any other waterfall.

More than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow,[4] and almost four million cubic feet (110,000 m3) on average. -Wikipedia

Whoa, that's a whole heckuva lot of water. Prepare to be astonished by this video!