Ruphus

Wooden bicycles and fenders from the Portland-based design and build shop

Founded this past September as a creative outlet for the smaller ideas that would otherwise go untouched by designer Matt Rafael at his home and interior design/build company Raphael Design, Ruphus utilizes Rafael’s 20 plus years of design experience to produce a modest range of furniture and bicycle-oriented products. While the innovative wooden Woodsman bicycle is immediately attention-grabbing (much like the design direction previously seen …

Kletterwerks

Thirty-five years after closing the influential climbing brand is reborn by the founder's son

The story behind Kletterwerks is a long and adventurous one. Named for a rough German translation of “climbing factory,” the handmade backpack brand was founded by experienced outdoorsman Dana Gleason in 1975. Built entirely in Bozeman, Montana, Kletterwerks was about innovation, introducing multiple designs and supplying packs to the region’s most serious climbers. Despite gaining momentum in the process of improving the industry as a …

The Beer Wrench

Fix a flat and open a beer at the same time with Budnitz Bicycles' new titanium tool

Combining a trifecta of our own personal passions—minimalist design, bicycles and beer—is the newly released Beer Wrench from Budnitz Bicycles. The pocket-sized tool features a 15mm wrench to remove axle bolts on one end, and a bottle opener on the other, and secures to most bicycles’ water bottle cage mount with two easily removable thumb-screws. Made by the company that put super simple, titanium bicycles …

Tiny World Terrariums

Create your own miniature world full of beautiful flora and fake fauna with this step-by-step guide

From their Victorian-era genesis to waves of popularity in the ’70s and in recent years, terrariums have taken on a variety of mossy forms. Leading their most recent charge was the uniquely charming, Brooklyn-based Twig Terrariums, whose uncanny ability to build miniature worlds complete with perfectly manicured landscapes and quirky characters breathed new life into the household standby. Twig creators Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow …

MTN Approach

Foldable ski and skin combination eliminates splitboards from the backcountry equation

While splitboards continue to grow in popularity, the technology involved has generally remained stagnant, leaving riders on a compromised board lacking the performance they often need in the backcountry. As a solution, two snowboard industry veterans have come up with MTN Approach, a foldable skin and ski combination that easily fits into a backpack at the end of the ascent. While you’ve still got to …