From an adventure racing dog to quality reviews to the “Rise Of The Lumbersexual,” GearJunkie readers flooded our pages in record numbers in 2014. These 10 stories topped the rest as our most popular of the year.
10 — Radio Device Allows Phone Use Off-Grid — Beartooth Radio claims its phone case will allow voice and text communication over your cell outside phone service coverage areas.
9 — The Coolest Camping Van You Can’t Buy In The USA — The Danbury Doubleback has been around for a couple years and its extending rear end seems like a wonderfully spacious, fuel efficient design. But if you live in the USA there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of it — because you can’t buy one.
8 — Crazy ‘Crevasse Falling’ Video — If you climb glaciers or even just love mountain craziness you’ve gotta watch this video.
7 — Stray Dog Joins Team, Completes Grueling Race — Motivated by love (and a meatball), a stray dog follows an adventure racing team through a daunting course in the Ecuadorian jungle.
6 — ‘Barefoot’ Cycling Shoe Promises Natural Cycling Action — A lot of people fell for our April Fools Day joke, including company insiders, that a “revolutionary collaboration between Shimano and Vibram combines protection, sensitivity.”
5 — 12 Good Boots: Find Your Perfect Hiking Footwear For Spring 2014 — As lovers of gear and reviewers first and foremost, it’s rewarding when a great review is well read. This story by site founder Stephen Regenold details 12 boot models for consumers on the hunt for the right footewear.
4 — Minus-13 Degrees. Minnesotans Go Surfing On Lake Superior — People obviously love to watch the shenanigans of those crazy Minnesotans, and this video IS crazy!
3 — These Spooky Trail Cam Photos Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine — October is a great month for spooky compilations, and these trail cam photos won over hundreds of thousands of readers.
2 — Man Flies Drone Through Fireworks, The Results Are Spectacular — The headline says it all. Published a couple days before July 4, this video gave the world a new perspective into fireworks displays.
1 — The Rise Of The Lumbersexual — By now, you’ve almost certainly heard this term. You’ve likely been called it. The story has been featured on everything from Cosmopolitan Magazine to NPR. Consider this our yearly contribution to fashion and culture. Are we sorry? Nah, but we still think it’s pretty funny.