By Max Fischer, Corinne Iozzio, and Susannah F. LockePosted 04.16.2012 at 9:50 am 0 Comments
This month's roundup of The Goods includes hiking boots with sliding plates in the heels, a lightbulb with a speaker in it (or a speaker with a lightbulb in it? We're still not sure), a blast-chilling fridge that cools a beer in five minutes, and much more.
The best way to enjoy a national park, in my opinion, involves little more than a tent, hiking boots and a hydration pack — the only gadgetry I bring is a digital camera. This Luddite sensibility is not shared by many of my fellow park-goers, of course. As The New York Times reported this weekend, modern technology has gotten some national park visitors in trouble, meaning added work and added risk for rescue crews and park rangers.
With Labor Day approaching, it's worth keeping in mind that technology, while great, cannot always save us. In national parks, it might actually make things worse.
Introducing a backpack even hiking haters could love
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.05.2008 at 11:59 am 4 Comments
On a scale of outdoor bravado, I fall closer to Disney's River Country then Sean Penn's Into the Wild. But, I wasn't about to let a lack of Eagle Scout skills keep from enjoying and evaluating a new backpack from Skull Candy. So this past Memorial Day, I took my own urban hike through downtown San Francisco from barbecue to beachfront.
The Link Hydro Pack features two key components intended for the enjoyment by "mountain bikers, hikers and snow enthusiasts," but easily altered to enhance a weekend of burgers, beaches and perhaps a few cold brews: speakers and a ½ gallon hydration pack.
Appropriate usage of the hydration pack requires no direction or formal training. More tactful and subtle then the beer helmet yet equally potent, our chosen form of hydration remained chilled after several hours in the sun.