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GJ Week In Review: Avalanche, REI Used Gear, ‘Toolbox’ Minivan

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From backcountry emergencies to backyard projects, the Survival Axe Elite probably has a tool to see you through.

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Robot ‘Charges’ To Test Your Bear Spray Skills

I hear a noise and turn. In an instant, I notice a bear charging. Fumbling for my bear I take aim and mash the firing button—too late! Thank God, it was just a robot.

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REI End Of Summer Sale: Our Favorite Deals

Today, REI launched its End of Summer Sale. It’s a great chance to nab quality gear at a bargain. These are some of our editors’ favorite deals from the sale. Note, take an extra 25% off listed sale price through Oct. 16!

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Three weeks before a 50K race, I started wearing the North Face Ultra Vertical. I put this comfortable trail running shoe to the test on just about every surface for this review.

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Sleep on the Lake: Floating Tent Pitches on the Water

Who needs a waterbed when you can inflate a whole tent right on the water’s surface?

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Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

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Boy Scouts Will Allow Girls: One Girl Scout’s Perspective

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Review: A Serious Sleeping Bag For Kid Backpackers

The Feathered Friends Flicker Nano sleeping bag gives kids a high-end option on a level similar to top down adult offerings.

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.

First Look: Thermo-Mold The Tecnica Forge Trekking Boot

The Tecnica Forge will be the first thermo-moldable hiking boot when it hits the market Spring 2018. But its innovations don’t stop there.

Titanium Frame ‘EXO’ Pack A Top Choice For Hunting

What’s the best backpack for hunting? For our contributor, the EXO Mountain Gear 3500 gets high marks.

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.

‘Bullet Ant’ Blade: Big Utility in a Small Package

The $80 ESEE Izula-II takes its name from one of the fiercest insects in the jungles of Peru. We put it to the test in this review.

Blue Light Special: $10 Kershaw Hotwire Tested

The Hotwire is Kershaw’s cheapest knife. We test the Walmart exclusive to see what $10 gets you.

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.

‘Geo Cables’ Give TNF Trail Runners Snug, Comfy Fit: Review

Three weeks before a 50K race, I started wearing the North Face Ultra Vertical. I put this comfortable trail running shoe to the test on just about every surface for this review.

Going The Distance: Arc’teryx Introduces Norvan Running Vest

Arc’teryx listened to its ultrarunners, single day peak baggers, and minimalist adventurers. The Norvan Running Vest is a pack just for them.

Race Day Optimized: Niner Air 9 RDO Race Bike Review

Niner builds the Air 9 RDO as a flagship racing hardtail. We put it to the test to find out if it reaches what Niner calls “ultra-refined heights.”

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.

Low-Profile Lid: ‘Hyban’ Bike Helmet Review

Looking to avoid the ‘dome’ look? Our quest for passable aesthetics in the category of the bike helmet continues with ABUS.

Zipper Free: Sierra Designs Cloud Sleeping Bag Review

Without any zipper to close off the 40-degree, rain-soaked chill outside, I slept comfortably, nestled cocoon-like in Sierra Designs’ cleverly tricked out mummy sleeping bag.

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