Notes: Hiking The Catskills With Six-Year-Olds

From gear to snacks, a guide to getting kids into nature

Taking off my hiking boots and Smartwool socks, I step barefoot into the rushing water, telling my six-year-old son to climb up on my back. The river is cold and swift, and there’s simply no easy way to ford it. We are in a wild section of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York, and the only viable camping spot is on the other side …

Highlights From Outdoor Retailer: Summer Market 2019

From apparel to kayaks and skateboards, our picks from the annual exhibition

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer: Summer Market, there was plenty of buzz around all kinds of gear. Whether it be the consensus shift toward sustainability or the CBD boom (the cannabinoid had its own wing this year), the 2019 show had a different feel. Brands—eager to appeal to new consumers, but to also show a sense of accountability—showed less than usual. For instance, The North …

Outerwear for Rainy Spring Days

Stay dry and protected in unpredictable weather

Wet, blustery, unpredictable weather is a shared predicament in many parts of the world—as are the woes that come with it. Here in NYC, the rain arrives in the spring, pays several visits through the summer and occurs sporadically until the precipitation ultimately turns to snow. In the warmer, but still wet months, having outerwear that’s breathable is essential—so many raincoats trap in heat, making …