Six Outdoor Essentials

Equipment can break. Your body can wear down. These six items have helped Gear Junkie endure and work through bad breaks, gear malfunctions and pain.

Rolf Prima Bling Wheels

At $700, the new P-Town wheels are exotic creatures that borrow from high-end race design (but are made for fixies and singlespeed bikes). Gear Junkie…

LIVESTRONG Indoor Cycle

Strengthen your body — and the fight against cancer — with the LIVESTRONG LS28IC Special Edition Indoor Cycle. A large portion of the cost will…

22-Gram Backpacking Knife

A freakishly light and affordable backpacking knife, the 22 GRAM from Baladeo aims to please even the staunchest go-light backpackers.

‘Off-Leash’ Dog Collar

The Release N Run collar has a tiny retractable leash hidden inside. It was designed for people who frequent dog parks and natural areas where…

Ice Safety Kit

Make that next frozen-water crossing a little less dangerous. Our tester braved semi-frozen lakes and streams to review the Ice Safety Kit this winter, and…

Twin Cities ‘SPOT Treasure Hunt’

Attention Gear Junkie readers in Minnesota: Presenting. . . ‘Gear Junkie’s LIVE New Year’s Day Treasure Hunt!’ Your goal is to find the hidden orange…

Hybrid ‘Beast’ Bike

“If the Batman was a non-fictional person, he’d have a Beast in his garage for sure.” That’s a tagline for the Beast, a gargantuan and…

Salomon ‘BBR’ Ski

Promising a radical shift in alpine-ski design — as well as cues gleaned from the world of water sports! — Salomon will unveil its BBR…

SPOT Adventures Treasure Hunt

Win a SPOT device and a Suunto watch this week by going online and “hunting” out the correct adventure post on SpotAdventures.com. Click for details!

Test: Studded Bike Tires

Who you calling a stud? The person who can ride all winter long and keep it upright with studded winter tires! Our writer tested the…

Water-Carrying ‘Vest’ Pack

Need to run or hike fast with water and little else? A hydration vest is a good option. In this column, Gear Junkie tests the…

Trip Report: Hornby Island, B.C.

Hornby Island, a dot of land in British Columbia’s inside passage, was the venue this fall for a solo trail run adventure. Gear Junkie recounts…

CrossVegas 2010

CrossVegas is one of the nation’s most unique bike races. This fall, the Gear Junkie crew was in attendance, and T.C. Worley, a contributing writer…

‘SSCXWC’ Cyclocross Bike

The limited-edition SSCXWC from Raleigh is the “first ever production carbon singlespeed racing cyclocross frameset.” Short version: It’s fast and light, and ready for the…

Review: Smith Vantage Helmet

T.C. Worley tests out the sleek Smith Vantage snow helmet, a premium hard hat that’s touted to have the lowest profile of any helmet on…

Leather Work Gloves for Skiing

A trend of leather work gloves on the ski slopes has trickled down to a commercial product, the Tough Guy Glove from FlyLow, which costs…

Bear Grylls Gear

We reviewed Gerber’s Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife last month. In February, the company will unveil a complete line of “Bear”-branded products. Gear Junkie offers a…

Winter Running: Unorthodox Advice

Gear Junkie is a big fan of winter running. These 10 tips reveal techniques and gear suggestions gleaned from years of running on the snow…

Ridge Rest ‘Solar’ Camp Pad

Bombproof and inexpensive — and with a new heat-reflecting aluminized surface! — Cascade Designs’ Ridge Rest Solar camp pad offers a smart sleep option any…

GPS-Enhanced Goggles

With an in-goggle LCD “dashboard” that displays speed and descent data via an integrated GPS device, the Transcend goggles offer fighter-jet-pilot style readouts in realtime…

Contest: ‘Knives and a Kayak!’

Continuing in the sprit of the season, as a part of our ‘SPOT the Holiday’ promotion we’re giving away an Old Town Kayak and six…

Nat Geo ‘WPER’ Photo Contest

National Geographic Traveler Magazine contest to send one budding adventure photographer to the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race this winter! Submit your best shot for a…

Line’s Travelling (Ski) Circus

Rough, low-budget, grassroots, and chock full of young skiers pushing limits with no pretense and little concern for anything other than fun. That’s a Line’s…

Blacksmith-Made Hatchet Test

Chop it! Gear Junkie tests a high-end Gränsfors Bruks hatchet, which was made in Sweden by a blacksmith, against a cheap axe produced for Coghlan’s.

Chairlift Art for a Cause

The Canyons ski resort in Utah recently dismantled its historic 42-year-old Golden Eagle chairlift. Artists descended to recreate the chairs for a unique “chairitable” cause.

IKEA Bike

In a generous act, the Swedish retail giant gave 12,400 employees a new bike this month. But shield your eyes, dear gear junkies, for the…

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