Brands to Know for Getting Around and out of Town

When it comes to stress, there is nothing like a getaway to soothe the nerves. No hotel, no taxis, just a tent and a backpack can suffice. Staying in town? We found the perfect e-moped for an urban staycation.


If you have ever stood on a board – whether surfing, snowboarding or skateboarding – you have probably heard of this Hawaiian brand founded in 1979. Dakine is famous for its fashionable and sturdy bags (one of them being the legendary party bucket) and is still pushing forward with new ideas for all outdoors and sports aficionados. On a journey through dense jungles, across vast oceans and atop snow-covered mountains, every traveler is thankful for a bag that never lets them down. For those of the backpacking persuasion, sports aficionados and the like, this brand is a great place to start planning your trip.


When springtime hits, we get an insatiable urge to rediscover the outdoors. On our journeys back to Mother Nature, bad equipment can really get in the way and even end up ruining the vacation. Nordisk has taken it upon itself to ensure that when you buy a tent you’re buying a shelter that provides the amenities you need without weighing you down. The brand was founded in 1901 and still produces high quality gear for adrenalin-driven nature lovers. They have classics like their super comfortable sleeping bags (first designed back in 1941) or their -super-light sleep mats. One of our favorite products is the old-school cotton tent that recalls Meryl Streep in Out of Africa.


The era of fuel-powered machines is slowly dying and electric vehicles are taking their place. Fighting for its well-earned place is Unu’s electric scooter. In all its retro glory, this moped of the future is firmly founded in the needs of urban commuters today. It has a reach of 50 kilometers per battery pack (with an additional battery slot and pack available), which you can take out and charge right at home, next to your smartphone. The design is simple and focused, and the sound virtually non-existent. So maybe this summer we can channel our inner Gregory Peck or Audrey Hepburn and scoot through the city just like in Roman Holiday.

Ali Rabbani
Creative director and stylist for film and print. He studied fashion in Vienna and has worked all over the world in styling, set and food design, as well as art direction for advertising and fashion shoots, videos and shows. See his work @iamrabbani

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