• Grind Favorites: Our picks for late-summer camping

    Summer may be coming to a close, but that's no excuse to forgo some quality outdoor camping time while the weather's still warm. And just to ensure you've got all the camping gear required, we've highlighted some of our favorite items to help keep you in the Great Outdoors.

    First we have the Napsack by Poler, which kills two birds with one stone by combining a sleeping bag with a hooded coat, making it so you never have to leave your warm bed. It comes in two colors, hunter orange and standard black, and is well worth $130 smackers.

    To keep all your beverages ice cold, check out Poler's insulated, flexible, soft-sided cooler that can keep a six-pack cold for several hours. It has other uses, as well, including as padding for camera equipment or as a reflector for emergencies. At $25 a pop, there's no reason not to bring this little multi-purpose gem on your next trip.

    If you prefer sleeping under the stars as opposed to within a tent, the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest hammock is roomy enough for two--even if you both weigh 200 pounds. With 13 colors to choose from, the DoubleNest is made of durable, breathable nylon and triple-interlocked stitching, and it can fasten to trees, posts, and pretty much anything you can find. It's also trek friendly with a built-in stuff sack that packs up small and light. It costs anywhere from $50 to $75, depending on where you purchase it.

    If luxury camping is more your thing, consider the Kelty Dream Eazy Air Bed. It's stretch-resistant and sturdy, as it's made of puncture-resistant thermoplastic polyurethane. It also includes a rechargeable 6v pump that plugs into a car lighter, and it rolls up neatly in storage bag once you're awake. Its price tag is about $110.

    Patagonia's Synchilla Snap will keep you warm while you're camping. The sweater is made of recycled double-layered fleece and comes in both men's and women's styles. With so many colors and prints to choose from, it may be hard to walk away with just one, despite its price tag of just under $120.

    Finally, you'll need something to pack all your goodies in, and the North Face Recon Backpack is a great option. It's endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association and has ample space for all your gear, including your laptop. Its features include mesh pockets, bottle pockets, and FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps that have foam for added comfort. It comes in eight colors and will run you just under $100.
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  • Quiksilver releases women's fall line

    Quiksilver recently released its women's fall line, and its theme is decidedly nautical. "It's all about this idea of the surfer in the city," said head designer John Moore in a Quiksilver promotional video.

    To get inspiration for the line, Moore and his team of designers headed to the Northeast, where they explored New York, Maine, and Rhode Island and their beach cultures. The eventually honed in on vintage nautical flags and sweaters, which became the backbone of a line that includes button-ups, sweater ponchos, canvas poncho jackets, fleeces, lighthouse Ts, shirt dresses, nautical flag sweaters, and more.

    Artist Serena Mitnik-Miller also teamed up with the Quiksilver design team to create her version of the nautical flag. She designed a whimsical print that was used for the line's Greenwich Geo tank and Greenwich Geo striped dress, which is a super soft, drape-like jersey that looks as good as it feels.

    In a sense, the collection gives a nod to times gone by and yet looks forward to fall's changing leaves and crisp, chilly mornings.

    Check out Moore in the video below as he describes the design process in his own words.

    All video and screen shots courtesy Quiksilver
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  • Supermodel Kate Upton helps launch Skullcandy's new ad campaign

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    Uber-famous supermodel Kate Upton seems to be everywhere lately, and men around the world are rejoicing.

    Case in point: headset and earbuds maker Skullcandy recently launched their newest ad campaign, dubbed "Model Mondays," which will star Upton and fellow models Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Stam, and Chanel Iman. All of the ladies will be designing their own aviator headphones, and Skullcandy will feature each model on their website every week of September.

    To check out some photos of the ladies click on photo gallery above.
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  • Behind the lens with Brian Lima

    It's no easy task to catch a glimpse inside the mind of an artist--although they are deeply passionate and very creative, they can be complicated. Nevertheless, I recently got the chance to grab a brief look inside the mind of photographer Brian Lima, who specializes in music photography. (He recently documented the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, for example.)

    Lima picked up photography in college as an elective, and then found himself as a photo assistant at weddings. He was later able to parlay that into gigs capturing rock stars and other natural wonders of the world.

    Here's a sampling of what we talked about:

    Hey Brian, let's get started, shall we...

    What got you started in photography and what inspires you today?

    When I was going to college at Arizona State University I needed to pick an art elective, and by love
    of images and the encouragement of my roommate who took the class previously, I figured I would give photography a try. As soon as I developed my first roll of film and then went into the darkroom and watched my first image appear on the printing paper, I was hooked for life. I fell in love with the magic of photography.

    I am always inspired; I am constantly looking at photographs and photography. My current favorites would have to include Jeff Lipsky; he shoots amazing fashion portraits and editorial imagery. Embry Ruckersis is another favorite of mine. He shoots action sports and editorial imagery. Mark Tucker is my favorite portrait photographer right now. Mario Testino is just a legend in the fashion realm and Danny Clinch, Jim Marshall, Autumn de Wilde, and Lauren Dukoff are just brilliant. They shoot a lot of music photography, which I also love to shoot.

    In simple words I would say, "I love the magic and imagination of photography. I love photography that makes you think or feel a certain emotion." We live in such a fast-paced, image-based world, that we often overlook imagery that is often force-fed to us. When an image holds my interest for more than 30 seconds, I'll often find out who took it and learn about that photographer. The constant learning that is involved in photography inspires me to no end.

    What is your favorite photo, and why?

    Out of the thousands and thousands images I have taken, my favorite has to be the one I call "The Fan." I was hired by a magazine to photograph Radiohead.

    I noticed, out of 4,000 general admissions, one guy who waited in line for hours, made himself front row, center stage and was just stoked to be there. He sort of towered over the fans around him.

    I hopped up on the gate to get this perspective of him with the crowd behind him. He just represents to me what it means to be a music fan.

    The people's faces all around him have their own thing going on.

    Do you have any favorite action sports shots or style shots?

    I am an avid surfer and have traveled with many friends on surfing trips. I have only done some surf photography and by no means consider myself at the level of some of the guys I admire in this niche of photography.

    Although I did travel to the Kingdom of Tonga with a high school surf team from San Diego, and it was the hardest photo assignment of my life. There was a huge swell the whole week and the waves were going off. Being behind the camera and not in the water was painful.

    This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for the kids. We scored some epic waves, and we took in a culture that most people would never have a chance to be a part of, so this made it unique and special for all of us. The guys who are actually shooting from within the lineup in the water are animals. These guys are taking beatings and are amazing swimmers, not to mention they are creating amazing images.

    Where do you want to see your photography take you in the future?

    Photography has taken me to many places around the world. New Zealand, Tonga, Thailand, Europe, just to name a few. So I've been lucky enough to travel and get paid to see amazing places. There are so many people and places I'd love to photograph and be a part of. Top on my list would have to be Patagonia in South America, and also Iceland. Professionally I'd like to shoot way more music photography. The bottom line is that I'm happiest when I'm creating images, so where "it" takes me sometimes isn't up to me. There really isn't a place I won't go for a good image. Well, almost...

    Any advice for someone who wants to pursue photography?

    This is a loaded question... My advice to anyone considering photography as a profession is to think outside the box, and be willing to hustle. Schools teach you a lot but don't teach you how to run a business as a photographer. Yes, I said the "B" word. The business of photography is not the art and craft of photography. I wish I had taken business courses or learned the business of photography early on. My advice to newbies is to listen to your gut. If school seems too expensive and isn't for you, then it's time to get your hustle on. Hit the pavement and assist, care cameras, do what it takes to learn the craft. "No" should be your second favorite word besides "Yes." You'll hear it often. Bottom line is that if you are passionate enough about photography you'll find a way to make it happen. It isn't and hasn't been an easy job, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

    To see more of Lima's work, click here.

    Lima's photos in order: Ice Cave in New Zealand; Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree, California; "The Fan" at Radiohead concert; surf photo from Tonga Trip; Brandon Boyd, Incubus

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  • Getting acquainted with Lifetime Collective

    Lifetime Collective is a label you need to know about right now--and although they have been around for ten years, it appears I have been living under a rock, as this is the first I have heard of them.

    But I'm pleased to have finally been introduced--better late than never, I'm told.

    The label was created in 2002 by Reid Stewart and Trevor Fleming, an "international brotherhood of free thinkers," in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to their website. Focused heavily on natural landscapes and the elements, the label exudes a sense of grit combined with softness and comfort that appeals to the tough guy or girl, and even the hardest to please.

    "Incorporating rich earth tones of burgundy and rust with vibrant shades of blue and green, each piece is built with a vista of autumn in mind," Lifetime Collective said in a release. In other words, the fall collection calls to the drifter in all of us.

    The brand carries both a men's and women's collection, and for this fall the collections include bonded cotton twill jackets, heather stripe jerseys, twill flannels, cargo pants, and classic chinos--it's "the ultimate foundation for the winter months ahead," Lifetime Collective said.

    The video below for the fall collection was filmed in Reykjavik, Iceland, and portrays a dream-like, passionate story, infused with the many sights, sounds, and colors of the icy tundra. The video is so beautiful and deep, you forget they are trying to sell clothes.

    To learn more about the brand and to get your own garments of this truly great find, click here.

    From this point forward, I will definitely be keeping a close eye on the label. That is a promise.

    Lifetime Collective FW12 from Salazar on Vimeo.
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