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Camper Gifts, Adventure Dads & Socks With Sandals: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories, week of December 5 – 12, 2015.


1) 4,000 Rescues: SPOT Device Hits Milestone

SPOT devices are an integral part of the current day outdoors landscape, initiating nearly two rescues a day, according to the company.

2) Cyclist Ignores Barrier, Gets Hit By Train Doing 90, Survives

So, you really think you can ride faster than a train?

3) Jacket Integrates Avalanche Airbag System

A new avalanche safety device integrates an ABS Airbag worn in a harness-like vest into a waterproof-breathable jacket that can also carry a shovel and probe.

4) Adventure Dad: Balancing Fatherhood, Outdoors Pursuits

Adventurer Ken Hoeve shares a few rules for balancing fatherhood and family with an outdoors lifestyle.


5) ‘Windshirt’ Jacket A Secret Weapon For Warmth

Tested for two months in the BWCA, our reviewer finds the durable, versatile windshirt made in Ely, Minnesota, to be a perfect companion for cold weather in the Frozen North.

6) 16 Lenses: Futuristic Camera Promises Next-Level Capture

This pocket-size camera uses 16 lenses to produce 52-megapixel images that the brand hopes will rival the quality of professional DSLR rigs.

7) Holy Vertigo! MacAskill Shreds The Rooftops Of Gran Canaria

Hopping from rooftop to rooftop in the the color-washed Canary Islands, McAskill shows us all again why he’s the king of trials riding in this vertigo-inducing edit.

8) Cruise Ship Allegedly Destroys 1,000-Year-Old Coral Reef

A video shows the Pullmantur ‘Zenith,’ owned by Royal Caribbean, dragging anchor chain over a vast swath of reef in the Grand Cayman, destroying in hours what it took nature thousands of years to create.

9) There’s Still Time! Zappos’ Last-Minute Gifts

Haven’t bought your Christmas gifts yet? No worries, this last minute gift guide has you covered.

10) Dream Job: Apply Now To Be The Next Ansel Adams

Know a talented landscape photographer with experience in large format, black and white imaging? Here’s a potential dream job.

11) Gifts To Make Any Camper Happy

These 25 gift ideas are sure to put a smile on the face of any camper.

12) Join The ‘Socko’ Revolution

Fashion faux pas or footwear fad? The ‘Socko’ has taken the outdoors world by storm.

13) TNF Founder Douglas Tompkins, 1943 – 2015

Tompkins left behind a vast legacy of environmental conservation.

Doug Tompkins

14) Arc’teryx Drops Into Ski Market With Boot, Air Bag

Known for its jackets and climbing gear, this week Arc’teryx takes a leap further into the backcountry category with an avalanche backpack and a ski boot.

15) Watch: The Woman Beating The Best Male Skiers

Angel Collinson isn’t just hanging with the big boys, she’s blowing them away. Watch this video and to see one of the best skiers on the planet rip some scary big lines.

16) ‘Mountain Academy’ Is Online Avalanche Classroom

If you ski in the backcountry, avalanche education is mandatory. Salomon and Atomic this week launched online courses aimed to educate those who venture into avalanche terrain.

17) A Ski Video Without Snow

We can’t decide how much of this Candide Thovex video (an ad for Audi) is actual skiing, and how much is camera trickery, but it’s certainly amusing.

18) Surfers: This Video Will Give You Goosebumps

The World Surf League hit this promo video out of the park, launching its slogan ‘you can’t script this.’

19) Extreme Test: Gear For AR World Championships

Nothing punishes gear like adventure racing, and this race is the pinnacle event of the year. This is the gear that excelled over seven rough days in the Brazilian jungle.


20) The Dreamlike Skiing Of Bella Coola, British Columbia

Let this brief video carry you away to one of the most fabled lands in all of skiing. For skiers, these mountains are hallowed ground high on the list of must-do adventures.

21) Illegal Adventure: Amazing Instagrams Of Urban Explorers

If you like dazzling photography from dizzying heights and illicit adventures, you’ll want to follow every one of these Instagrammers.

22) ‘UberSki’ Taxi Service Launches In Salt Lake City

Uber has expanded its ride-sharing service with cars outfitted with ski and snowboard racks in Utah’s Wasatch.

23) ‘TreePod’ Is The Treehouse You Simply Hang

No hammer or nails needed, just hang it in any tree and get to play.

24) Keychain Carabiner Made Of Zinc Is Artsy EDC

This not-for-climbing carabiner is made of a unique material, a Zinc alloy metal with a shiny black face.

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