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Campmor ‘Gear Experts’ Pick Best Gifts

We asked product experts at stalwart gear company Campmor to choose 15 top gear picks for the 2015 holiday season.

Friday, November 27th, 2015
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The Ice Beard Cometh!

Like icicles from the eve, beardcicles will build upon themselves so long as there’s moisture and a face full of cold.

Friday, November 27th, 2015
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Alex Honnold Tells His Story In ‘Alone On The Wall’

Famed soloist Alex ‘No Big Deal’ Honnold shines through, writing in no more grandiose tones than if he were putting together a cookbook.

Friday, November 27th, 2015
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Great Outdoors Gear Deals This Black Friday

Even if you #optout for Black Friday to enjoy time in the outdoors, it’s easy to snag deals on gear online. Behold the best Black Friday deals of 2015.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
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Gifts For Dad: Camp Stoves to ‘Pouch Beer’

We’ve got gift ideas for the outdoorsy guy with a newborn, teenager, adult child, or even one on the way.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
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Riding ‘Mongol Derby,’ The Longest Horse Race On The Planet

Ride semi-wild horses 1,000 km through the wilds of Mongolia in a race that will test even the strongest of athletes. Our correspondent was there as support for the toughest horse race on earth.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015


Waterproof, Inflatable Adventure Backpack

Dubbed an ‘ultimate water adventure pack,’ the Klymit Splash 25 is the lovechild of a waterproof dry bag and a daypack.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Superior Hatchet: Hults Bruk ‘Almike’ Review

Made by hand by Swedish blacksmiths, the Hults Bruk hatchet is functional craftsmanship at its finest.

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Family Tent: The Nemo ‘Bungalow’ Review

The Nemo Bungalow stands out as one of the most family-friendly tents around. A family of four puts this car-camping and canoeing tent to the test in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for review.

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

SOG Mini Aegis: Quality Knife Off ‘Big Box’ Shelf

Shopping at a big box store, this knife is a gem among a sea of garbage.

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Unorthodox Gear: Would You Pedal An ‘Oval’ Chainring?

Generally, the gears on a bike are round, but is that the best shape? Probably not, says our editor. Oval-shape chainrings offer advantages for road and mountain bikers.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The Pickup Truck Of Bikes: Yuba Spicy Curry

This electric-assist ‘cargo bike’ can haul as much as you can fit in the trunk of a small car.

Monday, November 9th, 2015

First Look: Vibram Wrap-On ‘Winter Furoshiki’ Footwear

No laces, no tongue, a shearling wool interior, and an innovative wrap-on design… the Winter Furoshiki footwear from Vibram stands out as perhaps the most innovative “boots” of the year.

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The ‘Orange Screw’ Is Ultimate Tent Stake

Sold as the ‘ultimate ground anchor,’ the Orange Screw can hold hundreds of pounds when threaded deep into dirt.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

BWCA Dispatch: ‘Silky Big Boy’ Folding Camp Saw

During a year in the wilderness, the Silky Big Boy saw is one of Dave and Amy Freeman’s most important tools.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Extra Cush All-Terrain: Hoka ‘Tor’ Boot Reviewed

These ‘fat tire boots’ are big and cushioned, but they still roll fast. We review the Hoka Tor Ultra hiking boots.

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Deep Freeze: Coolers & Dry Ice

Dry ice gives far more freezing power per pound than regular ice. Here we offer tips to using dry ice while camping, fishing, and in the outdoors.

Camper ‘Telescopes’ Sideways For Three Times The Space

A wild concept, these tow-behind campers expand to three times their original width to create a spacious living space inside.

‘Modular’ Sleeping: Kammok Thylacine Sleeping Bag

Three sleeping bags in one. That’s the promise of the new Thylacine sleeping bag from Kammok. This review finds its modular sleeping bag system is a success.

BWCA Dispatch: 50-Night Sleeping Bag Test

After 50 days of sleeping in the Sea To Summit Talus Ts II our reviewer has found her favorite sleeping bag.


$5,000 Reward For Stolen Custom Tandem Bike

Keep your eyes open for this tandem — its return could net you $5,000 and reunite the owner with an item of significant sentimental value.

Review: ‘Lumen Beast’ Bike Light Has Integrated Display

The Fenix BC30R has a new killer feature good enough to push it to the top of the pile in this fall’s light comparison tests.

Titanium Bike Lock: Ultra-Light ‘TiGr Mini’ Review

The new titanium TiGr Mini bike lock weighs less than a pound and will deter thieves. We put it to the test against a hacksaw blade.

Bike Safe: Tips To Ride At Night

As the hours of daylight get shorter, it’s time for bike commuters to increase visibility and safety.


Overkill! Check out this 90,000 Lumen Flashlight

This homemade ‘flashlight’ makes your car headlights look puny. Is this the world’s brightest flashlight?

Could New Rocket Carry Space Tourists Safely?

Jeff Bezos’ ‘New Shepard’ space vehicle successfully flew to space before landing safely back at its launch site in West Texas.

Camera Kit: Dakine ‘Reload’ Backpack Review

Battle-hardened shooters looking to carry a ‘run and gun’ camera setup into the wilds should consider the Reload from Dakine.

Apps & Gadgets For 2015-16 Snow Season 

From realtime traffic tracking apps to ‘smart’ bindings, these tech apps and gadgets are perfect for a day on the slopes.


$5,000 Reward For Stolen Custom Tandem Bike

Keep your eyes open for this tandem — its return could net you $5,000 and reunite the owner with an item of significant sentimental value.

States ‘Opting Out’ Of Black Friday With Free Park Days

A few states will open up parks for free on Friday to encourage outdoor recreation on the day after Thanksgiving.

Term ‘Lumbersexual’ Is Oxford ‘Word Of The Year’ Finalist

From obscurity to Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘word of the year’ finalist, the term lumbersexual has had a wild ride.

Magic Compass, Everest Update, Llama Wool Jacket: GearJunkie Week In Review

A recap of top stories, week of Nov. 1 – 7, 2015.

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