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GearJunkie Week In Review: ‘Best In Show,’ 2017 Multitools, Whitewater Craft

A recap of stories for the weeks of Jan. 7 – 21, 2016.

January 21st, 2017

American-Made Gear: Sandal-Maker Takes 2017 Prize

A resurgence in the domestic manufacturing of outdoors gear has prompted an industry award.

January 20th, 2017

SOG Belt Buckle Hides Blade, Fold-Open Multitool

SOG’s latest multi-tools come in some wild new forms, from ‘baton’ to belt buckle.

January 20th, 2017

Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From hammocks to new-school helmets, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

January 19th, 2017
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NPS May Send Pack Of Wolves To Isle Royale

A new National Park Service plan wants to introduce up to 30 wolves to Isle Royale, a national park in Lake Superior. This topic is open for public comment until March 15.

January 19th, 2017

Speed Record Attempt Of Grand Canyon In Custom Boat

A giant, custom-made raft was piloted down the Grand Canyon last week. Its crew pushed for more than 39 hours straight set on breaking a record.

January 18th, 2017

15 Ways To Find Adventure, For The Local Or Traveler

Whether you’re traveling for work, moving to a new city, or just want to change up your local routine, these 15 methods are sure to spice up your ideas for adventure.

January 18th, 2017

Trend: Hatchet-Throwing Leagues On The Rise

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January 18th, 2017


First Look: Stylish & Tech Women’s Down Jacket

‘One jacket to get you through the winter, on the ski hill and off.’ – That’s the promise behind the down-insulated Durrance from Stio.

An Unlikely Knife: Tiny ‘Morakniv Eldris’

Morakniv recently created a fixed blade knife so small that you may mistake it for an April fool’s joke. But it packs a ton of performance into a tiny package.

No Trees, No Problem: ENO Roadie Hammock Stand Review

Great news dirtbags, Hammock Life no longer requires trees.

First Look: Patagonia’s ‘Permeable’ Nano-Air Light

The super-breathable Patagonia Nano-Air Light builds on the success of one of the brand’s flagship jackets.

First Look: Saucony RAZOR ICE+ Winter Running Shoes

Are you a winter runner? We test a new gaiter-equipped, ground-gripping shoe that Saucony touts can ‘make ice obsolete.’

Secret Tech: Saucony Winter-Running Shoe Review

We took Saucony’s RAZOR ICE+ shoes, with Vibram’s secret slip-resistant Arctic Ice sole, for a stroll… and a sprint.

Toughest Climbing Pack: Dyneema 2400 Porter Reviewed

Made from fabric that is ‘stronger than steel,’ the Hyperlite Dyneema 2400 Porter is light, streamlined, and just about perfect – except for the price.

First Look: Yaktrax Summit ‘Traction Device’ For Ice

These new spike-equipped Yaktrax Summit ‘devices’ are made for flat ice and steep hillsides.

Kwaiken: EDC Gem From German Giant

This unique blade puts the German giant Boker on the North American map.

9 Best Men’s Short Sleeping Bags

Nine sleeping bags were put through months of testing and countless nights outside for this review. Here are the best men’s short sleeping bags for camping and backpacking you can buy.

First Look: Columbia ‘Star Wars’ Parka

We got a first look at Columbia’s Star Wars replica parka. Call us nerds. Call us super-fans. Just don’t call us cold.

Beef Stew, Camp Meals Vs. Dog Food: Surprising Results

We taste tested four popular camping meals against dog food. And we were surprised at the results.

Top Of Its Class: Petzl SITTA Review

A climbing harness with zero foam padding, super strong Spectra fibers, and near weightlessness. Meet the Petzl SITTA.

Lezyne Pressure Drive: The Best Little Bike Pump We’ve Tested

Hand-pumps are essential for cyclists. But which is the best? We’ve found a favorite with the Lezyne Pressure Drive.

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Great photo and winter camping tips from @tyfo2_0! ・・・ "Winter camping in full effect. Oddly enough the only time I get cold winter camping is when I'm shooting these photos. Even a 30 second exposure last forever. Tip: find yourself an insulated sleeping pad for comfy nights like this at Galena Peak in Forest Falls, CA."

The mountains are calling. - PC: @mel.cream - - #adventureboldly #gearjunkielife

Have you tried Fjallraven's line of tents? We put them to the test and we're impressed at their weight, sturdy construction and easy set up. What are your thoughts? - PC: @joelbear - #adventureboldly #gearjunkielife

"Paddling the 277-mile length of the Colorado River’s Grand Canyon is a lifetime goal for whitewater enthusiasts. Last week, an elite team tried to complete the whole stretch in one go. - - In a magnificent 48-foot craft a crew including members of the U.S. Whitewater Rafting Team set out from Lee’s Ferry, Ariz., late at night on January 13th. - - What unfurled ahead was a dark river, currents rushing around 20,000 cfs, cliffs towering above. Through the night they rowed, eight men who’d spent a year training and designing a one-of-a-kind craft." Read the rest here: https://gearjunkie.com/grand-canyon-raft-speed-record-attempt - #adventureboldly #gearjunkielife - PC: The talented Forest Woodward

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