MY RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY: DIRECTOR VALERIA IVANOVA

PHOTOGRAPHY / MY NEWS / 2009-06-18

A bit of my recent photography. I’m sorry. I’m late, very late. More to come, of course. For now, please  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: GARMIN OREGON TOUCHSCREEN GPS PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / CYCLING / PREVIEWS / 2009-05-29

Presented to the public for the first time at the Friedrichshafen Outdoor 2008 show, the new Garmin Oregon GPS switches from buttons and thumbwheels to a touchscreen user interface.  + 

BACKPACKS TO CARRY A FOLDED BROMPTON: MY DIY RUCKSACK

CYCLING / INDUSTRIAL DESIGN / TRAVEL / ESSAYS / 2008-12-06 / 16 COMMENTS

An ultralight, ultratough, ultracompact, do-it-yourself backpack that carries a folded Brompton bike anywhere or rides under its frame.  + 

BIKE FRIDAY TIKIT VS BROMPTON COMPARISON REVIEW

CYCLING / TRANSPORTATION / TRAVEL / REVIEWS / 2008-12-06 / 39 COMMENTS

When it comes to 16-inch folding bikes, 2 models stand out: the Brompton and the Bike Friday Tikit. Both cost almost the same. Both position themselves in the high-quality range. Which one to choose?  + 

TAKE-ALONG TOOLS TO FIELD-REPAIR A BROMPTON FOLDING BIKE

CYCLING / TRANSPORTATION / TRAVEL / ESSAYS / 2008-10-28 / 2 COMMENTS

Bikes come unglued. Parts go loose. Brakes need adjustment. Tires puncture. To hush a minor rattle or fix a major showstopper while on the road, you’ll need a set of tools. OK, but which bike tools to choose for the not-so-standard Brompton folder?  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: PACIFIC OUTDOOR LTW FRONT FENDER PANNIERS PREVIEW

CYCLING / TRANSPORTATION / PREVIEWS / 2008-10-24

Lightweight waterproof bike panniers from… Pacific Outdoor! The makers of sleeping pads and other backpacking items introduce a whole new line of bike-specific products. The LTW Front Fender achieves an impressive weight to volume ratio.  + 

SAVE YOURSELF, THE POLAR BEARS AND THE PLANET. RIDE. DON’T DRIVE.

CINEMA / ENVIRONMENT / INSTALLATION ART / LINKS / 2008-10-15

Human-made global warming kills. The mankind, the animals, the planet. Josh HARRIS, Tim GODSALL and the Ogilvy agency reach out to the passers-by in a striking, effective, minimal, symbolical way. And they suggest solutions. Actions.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: RAB SUMMIT SUPERLITE BIVI & SUMMIT MOUNTAIN BIVI PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / PREVIEWS / 2008-09-12 / 9 COMMENTS

Actually, these are tents, not bivies. A couple of super rare, bombproof, compact, single-wall shelters using the very breathable eVENT fabric. Optimized for high-altitude winds, snow and cold.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: RAB DRILLIUM EVENT RAIN PANTS PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / PREVIEWS / 2008-09-04 / 2 COMMENTS

A rare, half-zipped, lightweight, eVENT rain pant from Rab. A crucial item for serious rain, mud and wind.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: RAB MOMENTUM EVENT RAIN JACKET PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / TRAVEL / PREVIEWS / 2008-09-01

Very light, full-featured rain jacket made of the eVENT waterproof / breathable fabric: the new Rab Momentum answers the needs of lightweight backpackers still contemplating the leap into minimalism.  + 

MY BROMPTON P3L SPECS AND MODS

CYCLING / TRANSPORTATION / TRAVEL / ESSAYS / 2008-08-26 / 12 COMMENTS

My personal transportation device. A modified Brompton P3L folding bike. Customized for speed. Optimized for intermodal transport and cramped storage spaces. Day and night. Sun and rain.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: MSR 1,3 L TITANIUM QUICK 1 POT PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / PREVIEWS / 2008-08-16

An intermediately sized, 1,3 L (44 fl oz) lightweight titanium pot that might be just perfect for snow melting during fast and light winter backpacking trips.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: ESBIT TITANIUM SOLID FUEL STOVE PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / PREVIEWS / 2008-08-07

Exactly the same as the BackpackingLight.com’s FireLite Titanium Esbit Wing Stove, the Esbit Titanium Solid Fuel Stove will be distributed by Esbit starting January 2009. OK, there is a difference: the logo.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: ESBIT 720 ML TITANIUM POT WITH LID PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / PREVIEWS / 2008-08-06 / 2 COMMENTS

Esbit, the renowned producer of hexamine solid fuel tablets, readies a 720 ml solo titanium pot with a lid for the ultralight backpacking chefs that apply the “cook in a cup” haute cuisine methods. Available beginning 2009.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: MONTANE SLIPSTREAM WINDSHIRT PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / CYCLING / PREVIEWS / 2008-08-05

Scheduled for spring 2009: a rare, ultralight windshirt made of Pertex Quantum. The Montane Slipstream will continue to brave the wind and the common misunderstanding of the product’s use.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: THERM-A-REST PROLITE SLEEPING PAD PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / CYCLING / PREVIEWS / 2008-08-04 / 2 COMMENTS

For spring 2009, Cascade Designs renames their 3-season lightweight Therm-a-Rest, the current “ProLite 3” self-inflating sleeping pad, to just “Prolite”, and updates the mattress to reduce its weight.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: THERM-A-REST NEOAIR SLEEPING PAD PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / CYCLING / PREVIEWS / 2008-08-02 / 4 COMMENTS

Against all common backpacking wisdom, Therm-a-Rest creates an air mattress without foam or high-loft insulation. The new sleeping pad achieves an R-value of 2,5, a very light weight and a super compact roll.  + 

OUTDOOR TRADE SHOWS: PLACES, DATES AND OVERVIEWS

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / MY NEWS / REVIEWS / 2008-08-01

The outdoor sports industry has its own trade shows. These events gather manufacturers, retailers and press (me included) to have a look at new gear and discuss new trends. I list and briefly describe and compare the major trade fairs.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: THE NORTH FACE E RACE BOA HYDRATION BACKPACK PREVIEW

RUNNING / PREVIEWS / 2008-07-26

Built around the 1,5 L (48 oz) Nalgene water reservoir that’s got a clever magnetic bite valve, this running-specific backpack hugs the upper torso with a sternum-centered harness and geeks out with a remote-controlled wire compression system.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: THE NORTH FACE HYDROGEN WIND-RESISTANT VEST PREVIEW

RUNNING / PREVIEWS / 2008-07-25

A super-minimal, ultralight, wind-resistant vest for outdoor runners. If you like to run fast, stay cool and remain dry, this surprising piece from The North Face may be just for you. Reduce to the bare essentials.  + 

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