Watches, Stories, & Gear: Huckberry and Peak Design Upgrade Travel Bag Collection with X-Pac, Kristin Harila Completes 14 Peaks Challenge in Record-Breaking Fashion, Polar Pro’s Slate II Memory Card Case, & More

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The Huckberry x Peak Design Collection Gets The X-Pac Treatment

Via Huckberry x Peak Design

When camera bag and accessory outfit Peak Design joins forces with the gear experts at Huckberry, cool things are bound to happen which often lead us to adding yet another utility bag to an ever-growing collection. You get the best of both worlds when these two brands link up. Between the nifty features that make Peak Design products seamless to use, and the keen eye for tough and good looking gear that’s always present among their online store curation, this ongoing collaborative collection has a lot to offer. Their latest turns the toughness factor up a notch, taking familiar silhouettes and wrapping them up in X-Pac.

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X-Pac is a fabric that has slowly made its way into a slew of products across the entire utility bag industry, and for good reason. X-Pac is remarkably durable and anchored by an impressive strength-to-weight ratio. With fabric features that include 210 Denier Nylon and DWR coating, any bag made out of X-Pac is going to be 100% waterproof.

Via Huckberry x Peak Design

The new collection comes in all shapes and sizes, from the 65L Travel Duffel Bag and the 30L Travel Backpack, to the office-beloved Tech Pouch, all of which have the signature Coyote exterior shade. For more information on the Huckberry x Peak Design X-Pac collection, head on over here.

Kristin Harila Completes Record Breaking 14 Peaks Challenge

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The last time we checked in on Kristin Harila, a budding mountaineer, rising star in the alpine world and Bremont ambassador, she had completed Phase 1 of the Bremont 14 Peaks Challenge. Despite reaching 12 summits of the 14 with Cho Oyu and Shishapangma standing in her way of completing the challenge, logistical issues preventing her from entering China and a faltering relationship with her sherpa team led to the eventual end of the challenge bid.

Since then, Kristin Harila has embarked on a follow-up attempt with an entirely new sherpa in Seven Summit Treks led by Tenjin Sherpa. Leading the new bid off with the two mountains that left Harila short the year before, they had summited 12 peaks coming into this past week.. ., this time alongside the 8K expedition team led by Lama Sherpa. Leading with whatever mountains. This week, Kristin Harila, Lama Sherpa and team summited Broad Peak and K2 breaking the record for the fastest time to summit all 14 peaks which is 3 months and 1 day. The previous record was held by Nims Purja, who completed the same task in 6 months. The previous record before that was an astonishing 8 years.

With the advent of new technology, lighter gear, and following the two-for-one (twofer) approach, we’re seeing incredible feats achieved in the Himalayas. It seems that it’ll only be a matter of time until someone else is gunning for the record (maybe Nims, again?) But until then, Harila remains as the record holder and we’re sure she’s standing on top of the world.

Upgrade Your Memory Card Storage Solution With The Polar Pro Slate II 

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If you spend enough time on Instagram, then you know that the algorithm eventually sneaks something in your timeline that stops your scroll dead in its tracks. For us camera nerds, that means a myriad of accessories, from camera bags to portable lighting systems, we didn’t know we needed. Enter the Polar Pro Slate II, a sleek and indestructible carry case for your precious SD cards.

The Slate II is built on a foundation of durable features that make the case weatherproof, shockproof and crushproof. The case is solidified by an anodized aluminum casing that comes in three nature inspired colorways – Mountain, Desert and Forest. The top enclosure is lined with a silicone gasket that tightens via a screw-down ribbed knob and prevents any sort of moisture or dust from entering the case. The Slate II comes with a dual-sided setup that offers various thermoplastic SD trays that accommodate different combinations of SD, Micro SD, CFExpress A and CFExpress B cards.

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We spend an inordinate amount of time on research and money to buy the best gear to keep our cameras, lenses and lighting equipment safe and sound, so why not do the same for our SD cards, which is equally as important. Although $50 is slightly up market from the likes of Pelican SD card cases and other competing brands, it’s still a small price to pay to keep you organized and for peace of mind when you’re shooting in the elements.

Fact Checking Oppenheimer

Via Slate

Oppenheimer made its much anticipated debut in theaters last weekend, raking in almost 100 million dollars and with the help of Barbie (both films now known as Barbenheimer), the two movies have single handedly brought back the Summer blockbuster. Strung together by a strong cast and led by the cinematic eye of Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer has shed a very bright spotlight on one of more significant points in modern day world history. But just how accurate is the film? The folks over at Slate breakdown the movie and its historical validity, here.


Backdrop and Porsche Collaborate on Home Paint Colors

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From Frozen Berry and Papaya Metallic, to the more traditional Guards Red and Alpine White, Porsche takes their colors very seriously. In fact, the world of automotive color theory is solely dedicated to giving these inanimate objects life and to look really, really fast. Drawing inspiration from the fashion, architectural and industry trends, the Color and Trim Style Designers at Porsche are tasked with inventing the perfect tone and shade that toes the line between striking and timeless.

To mark 75 years of making iconic design and brilliant engineering, Porsche is continuing the celebration by partnering up with premium paint maker, Backdrop, to release a collection of paint colors that are found on the luxury sports cars themselves. The four colors include Irish Green, Ruby Star, Riviera Blue and Speed Yellow and a gallon will set you back $75.

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