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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.
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.
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.
Lodge 13.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
Versatile beyond belief. From eggs to enchiladas, this behemoth is my one essential in the kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer 4 Pack
Over ice with a slice of lime. The perfect hot-weather refresher.
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.
Porsche 911 Turbo 1989
All black and too pretty to keep in the garage.
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