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Whether on a single or multi-day backcountry tour, accessing terrain is easier with one of this year’s best splitboards.

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Our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

November 16th, 2017

Battle Of The Beams: Headlamps vs. Flashlights

Handheld or head-mounted? Each lighting type has its advantages. Here we distill the ‘debate’ from a few angles in the dark.

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For the Outdoorsy Chef: A Camp Cooking Gift Guide

Whether checking items off your own list or filling the stocking of a camp chef, these camp cooking gift ideas are sure to please.

November 16th, 2017
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Beef Jerky Store Opens In Minneapolis, First In U.S.

Jack Link’s opened its first brick and mortar retail location in downtown Minneapolis. The ‘Wild Side’ store offers Sasquatch-themed merch, a $5,000 fur coat, and oh so much jerky.

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Bike On Water: Electric-Assist Foil Is Strange New Water Toy

New Zealand-based brand Manta5 introduces a new vessel that lets users take nice bike rides across the lake.

November 15th, 2017

Organizational Bliss: Mountain Hardwear ‘MultiPitch’ Climbing Pack

Climbing is a gear intensive sport. The Mountain Hardwear Station 40 has built-in panels, clip points, and daisy chains to keep it all organized at the crag.

November 15th, 2017

Screaming Deals: Gear Savings of the Week

Our weekly column finds the best deals from across the web to save you money on outdoors gear. Check out the deals from Primus, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and more.

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First Look: Black Diamond’s Ultralight ‘Vision’ Climbing Harness

Super strong, feather light: The Vision is Black Diamond’s light, minimal harness for alpinists. We put it to the test alpine climbing in the Cascades for this review.

Do-All Upland Game Boots: Danner Sharptail Year-Long Test

In late 2016 I was searching for a pair of do-it-all boots, fit to stand up to a variety of situations. My choice selection was the leather bound and waterproof Danner Sharptail.

The Pack Is Back: 10 Must-Have Fanny Packs

We’ve found the best adventure fanny packs. From fishing waist packs to hiking day packs to running fanny packs, we have it all.

Do-All Hardtail: 2018 Marin Pine Mountain 2 Review

Leveraging three decades of bike making, the 2018 Marin Pine Mountain 2 lives up to its own legend.

Pint-Size Fixed Blade: Cold Steel Pendleton Mini Review

The Cold Steel Mini Pendleton is a small fixed blade perfect as a kid’s first knife, but capable enough for adults.

Simple Security: Drawstring ‘Flak Sack’ Review

Yes, it’s a drawstring backpack. And yes, it’s tough enough to resist a slash. We put the Loc Tote Flak Sack to the test.

First Look: REI’s ‘Iconic’ Half Dome Tents Get 2018 Facelift

REI will roll out a new line of its flagship tents in 2018. We spent a few nights in Great Smoky Mountains National Park camped inside the updated Half Dome 2 Plus to see what’s new.

Best Kid Bike Ever? Strider 14x Adds (and Removes) Pedals

Add-on pedals and refined ergonomics make a new children’s bike from Strider stand out. Our preschool-age tester gives his first-look review.

Simple Steel: Cost-‘Efficient’ Knife Review

With the cost for a trusty, solid knife now pushing upward of $700, it’s hard for the price-conscious to find a good deal. Enter the Efficient by Spyderco.

Finnish Budget Hatchet: 14 Inches Of Cutting Power

The 14-inch Fiskars Hatchet brings small upgrades to a popular model. At under $30, it’s a reliable tool for the outdoors. We put it to the test for this review.

Zipperless Zipper: Waterproof ‘Dry Lock’ Handlebar Pack Review

Tug it, pull it, pry it, but Watershed’s unique pack closure won’t pop open. And it’s the key to the brand’s latest waterproof option: The McKenzie bikepacking bag.

Best Backpacks For Big Game Hunting

We tested and researched the best backpacks for hunting deer, elk, and big game. These top hunting packs shined through.

This Bouldering Pad is Made to Carry

Organic Climbing and Mystery Ranch Backpacks collaborate to build a bouldering pad you can carry far into the wilds.

Thrifty Climbing: Black Diamond Solution Harness Delivers on the Rock

Slender, lightweight, and super inexpensive: Black Diamond’s Solution harness offers a whole lot of bang for not a lot of buck.

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Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely high on our bucket list. What about you? - We love this picture from @daryllvispo and what he had to say about this experience, ・・・ “Camping under the Northern Lights was the highlight of my 2016! There are plenty of times that I could think when things just don't line up according to what we have planned. However, this night was a different story. We had no plans of seeing the Aurora since the night started with full cloud cover. But long behold, waking up in the middle of the night, Ms Aurora Grande was dancing across the entire sky. And that moment my friends, was just surreal.”

Looks like this brown bear had a successful summer and is ready for winter. 🐻😴 - Did you know bears don’t go into hibernation, but enter a similar state known as torpor? - Big thanks to @adventureon17 for the amazing picture!

It’s hard to believe places like this really exist! - @footloosefotography had us dreaming of packing a bag and circling the globe. Seriously, check out his profile for some otherworldly shots. - And let us know in the comments, where are dreaming of going? What’s on your travel bucket list?

Looks like this pup is ready for the weekend’s adventures! - What are your must-have pieces of gear? Any four-legged favorites? - And of course big thanks to @robinventures for the stellar photo and fun adventures 🐶😁🎉


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