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Gear Of Year, Drone Regs, New-School Puffy: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories, week of December 19 – 26, 2015.


1) GearJunkie ‘Top Gear’ Of The Year 2015

Of the hundreds of products GearJunkie staff and testers put through the paces in 2015, these products stood out as some of the best.

2) Today: FAA Requires ‘Drone’ Registration

Own a drone? New regulations and registration requirements from the FAA take effect today. Here’s what you need to know.

3) Minnesota: Land Of 10,000 Adventures

From ice climbing to kayaking, a new video by Explore Minnesota highlights the adventure mecca that is the North Star State.

4) New-School Warmth: Waterproof Columbia ‘Puffy’ Coming 2016

New for 2016, Columbia introduces an insulated jacket waterproofed from the outside with its new OutDry Extreme fabric.

5) Next Wave Of Outdoor Retail?

Repair Lair’s mission is to help customers ‘spend less on gear and more on beer.’ We can get behind that.


6) Backpack Turns Into Bivy Sack

Combining a backpack and a bivy sack, the Freestyle BivyPack makes sure that you never leave the house without a shelter again.

7) A Canon, A Fruitcake, And A Yeti Cooler

‘Tis the season to shoot a Yeti cooler with a fruitcake out of a canon.

8) 9 Hours On Screens: Group Helps Teens Get Outdoors

Most teens spend nine hours a day looking at screens. What can change that sobering statistic? The new Campus Ambassador Program from Outdoor Nation offers some solutions.

9) 24 LEDs: Taillight Aims For Ultimate Bike Visibility

New taillight’s 24 LEDs pump out 100 lumens that enhance the visibility of cyclists on dark nights.


10) World’s Best Winter Mitts

When it’s too cold for gloves, a good pair of mitts is crucial to enjoying any winter activity.

11) Big Sound: FUGOO Sport XL Bluetooth Speaker Review

Need a plus-size portable speaker? After months of testing, we were happy to find that Fugoo didn’t drift from its super durable roots.

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