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Staff Picks: Kevin O’Brien, Account Manager, Brand Partnerships

Running shoes, a cast iron skillet, a hybrid bike and more.

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I value simplicity; I know who — and what — makes me happy and keep them close. From exploration to exercise, each piece on this list is a staple of my lifestyle that can be linked via a single thread: It all serves as a simple escape from the routine, and each item speaks to my overlapping passions. My advice to you: Find that list of what and cut out the rest. Stick to the gear that serves a bigger purpose.

New Balance VAZEE Prism v2

As a son of Boston, New Balance reminds me of home. And as an avid runner, these shoes are lightweight performance perfection.

Buy Now: $68

Nixon Ranger 40 Leather

This affordable wrist candy is beyond durable. The dirt, grime and blood stains on the leather strap add a layer of age that can’t ever be replaced.

Buy Now: $126

Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack

My go-to pack for treks around the city and weekend getaways. At 18 liters, there’s more than enough space to stuff that extra pair of socks.

Buy Now: $50

Lodge 13.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet

Versatile beyond belief. From eggs to enchiladas, this behemoth is my one essential in the kitchen.

Buy Now: $47

TREK FX 2 Disc

Smooth as butter, this hybrid has become a weekend necessity in a city where cars are a nuisance and the subway should be avoided when possible.

Buy Now: $535


The majority of time spent on my phone is spent on Skyscanner. Flexible destinations and dates are perfect for those who just want to adventure with no real plan.

Download Now: Free

Wave Hill Membership

New York City has its perks, and this is one of them. Situated in the city’s most underrated neighborhood, Wave Hill is the outdoor escape every urban dweller needs.

Buy Now: $50

Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer 4 Pack

Over ice with a slice of lime. The perfect hot-weather refresher.

Buy Now: $12

Eclipse Polar Ice Sugarfree Gum 18 Pack

Fresh breath and minty stimulation. You’d be hard pressed not to find a piece in my mouth at any given moment.

Buy Now: $7

The Grail

Porsche 911 Turbo 1989

All black and too pretty to keep in the garage.

Buy Now: $380,000

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