Winter Boots, Jeep Wrangler (2018), No-Wax Skis: GearJunkie Week In Review

A recap of top stories for the week of Oct. 29–Nov. 4, 2017.

1) Meet The Biggest, Baddest EarthRoamer Yet: The XV-HD

EarthRoamer builds the XV-HD on a Ford F-750 chassis to marine-grade standards. And as you’d expect, it has the price tag of a yacht.

2) Mind Blown: Watch Red Bull Rampage 2017 Winning Run

Backflips off cliffs? Canadian Kurt Sorge’s run down a cliff-strewn ridge in the Utah desert is beyond belief.

3) New Tradition: REI to #OptOutside for Third Straight Year

REI’s annual Black Friday shutdown will also launch a custom search engine sharing fans’ adventures.

4) Ultimate Midsize Adventure Truck: Chevy Colorado ZR2 AEV

Throw your climbing gear in the back, bike and kayaks on the rack, and some friends in the back seat. The ZR2 AEV concept truck is ready for adventure!

Climbing Community Remembers Mountaineering Legend Fred Beckey

5) Climbing Community Remembers Mountaineering Legend Fred Beckey

Fred Beckey, a prolific North American climber, author, and mountaineer, passed away Monday at 94. He left behind hundreds of first ascents and legions of admirers among the rock climbing community.

6) Budget Bushcraft: Cold Steel Finn Hawk vs. Mora Companion

High-end knife maker Cold Steel released the budget-minded Finn Hawk. So we put it to the test against the value standard, the Mora Companion.

7) GNARBOX Editor Lets You Leave Laptop at Home

More than just a fancy hard drive, GNARBOX packs sophisticated hardware and editing software system in a rugged, portable, wireless device that lets you edit photos and video anywhere.

8) Working for GearJunkie: Our 9-to-5

For an experiment, Victorinox Swiss Army asked to come along on a typical day at our HQ with an editor. Here’s how we roll.

9) Do-All Hardtail: 2018 Marin Pine Mountain 2 Review

Leveraging three decades of bike making, the 2018 Marin Pine Mountain 2 lives up to its own legend.

10) Best Women’s Winter Boots of 2017–2018

From women’s fashion boots to hiking boots, from snow boots to ice-gripping insulated boots, we’ve got you covered this winter.

11) Jeep Teases 2018 Wrangler

Safer, more fuel efficient, more capable: The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is coming.

12) Never Wax Skis Again? DPS Makes Bold Claim

DPS skis today announced a permanent, one-time application, base-penetrating formula that it claims will make ski wax obsolete. Meet Phantom, a product that could end the need to wax downhill skis and snowboards.

13) Gear College: University Degree Puts Focus on Products

Have a great idea for outdoor gear? Turn it into a reality with the 18-month master’s program at the University of Oregon.

14) Meet the World’s Lightest Hammock

Weighing a scant 4 ounces, the 8-foot Daylite hammock packs down smaller than your phone.

15) Two Avalanches, One Leatherman: The Ultimate Tool Tale

Ken Jones survived two avalanches, a broken pelvis, and a shattered femur while mountaineering in Transylvania. He partially credits his survival to a Leatherman multitool.

16) American-Made Workout Apparel Aims To Keep Women Safe

The burgeoning brand GRACEDBYGRIT manufactures women’s fitness apparel in the USA.

Salomon XA Elevate

17) First Run: Salomon XA Elevate Trail Shoes

The Salomon XA Elevate is a light, fast trail-running shoe with a modest stack height and protective but rigid ride for precise, fast singletrack running.

18) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

Our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

19) ESPN Wants to Know: What’s the Hardest Ski Resort?

What’s the hardest-to-ski resort in North America? ESPN wants to know (and we’re a little curious too).

20) Watch: Blissful Hike Across the Isle of Skye

Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of Scotland with this short film on the stunning Isle of Skye.

21) Icebreaker Acquired, to be Sister Brand of The North Face

The New Zealand brand rose to prominence over two decades designing base layers and merino shirts.