Here at Under Solen HQ we’re getting revved up for Outdoor Retailer, so we figured we’d keep track of all the cool and happening events in one ultimate guide. Keep checking back as we’ll be updating leading up to the show. And if you’ve got something that should be on here, track us down at @undersolen or leave a comment on this post.
Keep reading to get the full guide!
We love our Mountain Khakis, and we have always thought the rugged, toughness has made them uber hawt, but now the Urban Dictionary has made it official — these pants are MountainSexual.
It’s no new news to the folks at Mountain Khakis® that their premier collection of hips-down apparel has an air of sex appeal. So when Urban Dictionary, the ever-popular user-created slang dictionary, touted Mountain Khakis® as a prime example of the term MountainSexual, the folks at MK weren’t surprised…
Per Urban Dictionary’s definition, “Similar to metrosexual but one who lives in the mountains or otherwise pursues the outdoors adventure lifestyle. Kind of a cleaned-up granola, a Woodsy GQ kinda guy with a splash of bohemian. Knows that he doesn’t have to look or smell like a dirtbag to enjoy climbing, hiking, cycling, skiing (all forms), snowshoeing, etc. Probably reads Men’s Journal, Outside, Outside’s Go, National Geographic Adventure, even Wallpaper* and Dwell. Brands: Patagonia, Keen, Kuhl, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Mountain Khakis. Strong environmental ethic. Drives a well-maintained truck, performance SUV, or cross-over when absolutely necessary but walks or rides a bicycle whenever possible. Works out gym but primarily to be in shape for outdoor pursuits. Shuns chain stores and shops in outdoor specialty stores such as The Trailhead in Buena Vista, Colorado. ‘For such an outdoorsy guy, that dude sure has great style.’”
To see the entire collection of MountainSexual Mountain Khakis® go to www.mountainkhakis.com
Thanks to the folks at Gadling for brightening up this cold, winter afternoon with a cheery post about Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market. We love Amsterdam’s flowers!
Amsterdam’s Singel canal, which in the Middle Ages encircled the city as a moat, is home to the world’s only floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt. The stalls sit like large, partially-enclosed pontoon boats up against the street, and from the inside, they appear to be regular shops across the road from the touristy cheese and trinket traps. As you can see above, you’ll never notice the stalls are floating, so don’t worry about seasickness.
Need some help with some last minute baubles this season? With the holidays in full swing (and being the incredible procrastinator that I am), I’m trolling the blogosphere for a few fun DIY gifts to give. This morning I stumbled across this one from the good folks at Photojojo:
Another holiday morning after:
You come to wearing a lampshade, mistletoe strewn everywhere, lying on a four-foot-high pile of empty airplane-size liquor bottles.
You’ll never remember that party, but at least you can remember the aftermath.
Turn those baby booze bottles to bauble: fill them with photos and hang them on your tree.
Last week we wrote about Copenhagen’s commitment to providing bikes for conference delegates to ride. But it’s not just the UN conference that’s making the city embrace cycling, bike culture has been a big deal in the Danish capital for quite some time now. Danes believe in the power of cycling so much, that the city of Copenhagen wants 50% of the population to be commuting by bike in the metropolitan area by 2015. That would be a 40% increase from today’s numbers.
What’s the environmental impact of commuting by bike? In the U.S. alone, we could save 462 million gallons of gas a year by increasing the number of bicycle trips by just half a percentage point: from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.
But back to Copenhagen. How exactly do you inspire a whole city to commit to two wheels? Come up with a sleek design for bike share cycles, providing everyone in the city with access to two wheeled adventures. Earlier this year there was a contest to do just that, and this week the winner was announced. The winning designs — called My Loop and Open Bike — are so cool, we figured we’d feature them here to give you a visual of what cycling in Copenhagen will look like in the very near future.
Images via: Below the Clouds (our favorite Swedish design blog!!)
As the world gathers in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference, we’re following along by covering all sorts of aspects of the issue and the conference. You can read all of our climate related posts here.