A Look At: The Helly Hansen Kordel Leather Shoe


Price as Reviewed: $100 at Helly Hansen 

It’s comfortable, stylish, and well, it’s a sneaker — so that counts for quite a bit. Thanks to the myriad of navy tones and the white and red flourishes, the Kordel leather shoe is somewhat playful without looking juvenile; I can wear it with a dress shirt and jeans, then attend a media event with my dignity and style intact. It fits comfortably, with enough height and cushioning to feel as if you”re wearing a usually thick pair of socks.


Score: 8/1020150730_130928While I do worry about the (off) white along the outsole, I’m pretty sure it will take a while (and a few miles of walking in NYC) to truly render the Kordel dirt, worn and otherwise no longer worthy of being worn. And in case you were wondering: yes, I can skateboard with it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. After all, isn’t that why you have canvas and rubber shoes rather than the Kordel leather and suede?


  • Charming pair of lifestyle shoes
  • Comfortable
  • Craftmanship


  • Might not be in high vitality after a month of wear

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Review: Audiophiles, Meet The Bourgeois


Many high-end closed-back headphones have debuted — with equally high prices — in the hopes of being the “it” pair of stylish, technological and acoustically rich headphones. Over the course of the past year or so, I’ve taken a look at offerings in the same category from the likes of Sennheiser, Master & Dynamic and harman/kardon, to name a few.

But never Bower & Wilkins — the makers of the audio systems in Maseratis. So, how does the flagship P7 fair?

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router Review: A Better Portal

20150723_142029No matter the speed of your ISP (internet service provider), it all boils down to the wireless router you have installed. Well, it turns out that FiOS Quantum in NYC comes with a mediocre dual-band router, and as a result, was not only resulting in high pings for my League of Legends sessions, but made working and watching HD and 4K content an unsavory process. Enter, Netgear’s R7000 smart router — dubbed Nighthawk or “the Batmobile router” — with enough specs to deliver high speeds throughout a three-level home.

Let’s continue, shall we?

Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Growler Review: Amber Stainless Steel Wins

20150722_161756There are times (I’m sure) where one enjoys an excellent beverage, but can’t finish it. To make matters worse, there isn’t a place to store your carbonated or otherwise perishable drink without it losing all of its charm. Well, a vacuum-sealed, insulated grolwer should do the trick. Be it for beer, soda, kombucha or anything drinkable, I don’t see why Klean Kanteen’s growler isn’t honorable enough to contain it.

After all, you’re thirsty, aren’t you?

The Priority Classic Bicycle Review: A Class Act

20150722_123848The bicycle is seeing a degree of adoption higher than ever before, and this can be attributed to two things: people realize they need exercise, and more importantly the environmental benefits. In New York City, riding a bicycle on the streets can be daunting at first, but with a little practice, a few close calls paired with the betterment of one’s judgement on the road and you’ll have plenty of fun getting from Chelsea Market to LaFayette in no time at all.

Razer x Gunnar Cerberus Review: When Green And Yellow Look Good

20150714_113656Yes, these are just glasses — but they’re not. The Gunnar eye strain-prevention lens is something of a worshipped apparatus of mine, having already reviewed a pair. Actually I’ve looked at twothree, or four, in fact five different pairs. Each and every time I say just about the same thing: that the lens really does eliminate some of the eye strain and discomfort associated with mid to long-use of a screen.

Now all there is to talk about is styling. It turns out that one of the main representatives of gaming hardware — Razer — decided to get in to the fun and design two pairs with Gunnar Optiks; the one seen here being the Cerberus.

Côte&Ciel Isar Review: Hello, Modern Backpack Design

20150702_152545In Paris exists a designer bag company named Côte&Ciel. Its fashion mark is through bags and accessories that illustrate functional, futuristic designs that can also be durable enough for travel.

The Isar backpack is one such example: it’s a duffle bag fused with a traditional rucksack, and comes in a variety of materials: leather, canvas, and Eco Yarn (a smooth, environmentally-friendly and water-resistant fabric). It turns out, the Isar also has a few tricks, including the concealed pouch seen above (can you spot the zipper?).

So, is it a great backpack to carry in New York City — or anywhere for that matter?

Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones Review: ‘Tis Dashing

20150701_152422Based out of Manhattan exists a luxury audio company — it goes by the name of Master & Dynamic. Their flagship, the MH40 is designed to be a “modern thinking cap”: warm, enriching sound whilst being comfortable and encapsulated. At this price point, the MH40 fits snugly into expected build quality, sound, and style — but comes only as a wired pair of headphones.

Can I (or M&D rather) convince those who rather enjoy wireless headphones to stay true to the better quality that is usually in store for a wired pair — for around the same premium — and consider giving the MH40 a listen?

Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.