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Auto-Crossbow, Dream Job, Electrospun Jacket: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories for the week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2017.

1) Patagonia Will Fix Your Old Stuff, Sell It, And Pay You

The brand known for its commitment to sell less of what you don’t need is going a step further with a new marketplace for used apparel.

2) Action Works: Bill To Sell 3 Million Acres Of Public Land Dropped

A bill to sell 3.3 million acres of public land will likely die today thanks to protests and public comment.

3) Get Paid To Road Trip With Cotopaxi’s ‘Dream Job’

See every major U.S. city, drive more than 25,000 miles, attend dozens of adventure races, and pet the Cotopaxi llamas.

4) Teen Sleeps Outdoors In Hammock… For 18 Months

Henry Adams, age 17, has slept in a hammock outside his home in Minnesota every night for almost two years.

5) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Outdoor gear deals that are too good to pass up. Click at your own risk!

6) Impractical But Cool: Full Auto Crossbow Is Born

Mash together an electric drill, some thick rubber bands, and a quiver of arrows for full-auto shooting fun.

7) Watch: Telluride Avalanche Makes A Spectacle

Visitors and residents took advantage of the opportunity to watch the massive avalanche from a safe perspective in downtown Telluride.

8) ‘All In’ Multitool Hides In Bike Crank

The All In Multitool works for most trailside repairs and fits inside the crank of a mountain bike.

9) First Look: Outdoor Research ‘Skyward’ Ski Jacket

Air-permeable fabric and massive vents in the Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket help backcountry skiers stay dry while earning turns.

10) Cheapest Ride To Space? $75,000 By Balloon

Looking for the cheapest way to get into orbit? This helium-powered balloon is already taking reservations for ‘space tourism.’

11) First Look: ‘Continuum’ Is New Breed Of Made-For-Winter Bike

A new kind of winter bike? Look close and you’ll notice this one has no chain, no gears, and its tires come set with hundreds of tiny spikes.

12) Two-Wheel Stoke: New Road Bike Gear For 2017

Here’s a peek at what’s hot and new in the world of cranks, spokes, and beautiful builds.

13) King Of Cool: Ducati’s Scrambler Desert Sled

Inspired by the famous American rides of the ’60s and ’70s, the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled bike was built for ‘impassable desert roads.’

14) Fleeting Beauty: Photo Project Captures Arctic Melting

Timo Lieber displays beautiful unseen images of arctic ice melting in his new exhibit, THAW.

15) Super Friction: Edelrid ‘Mega Jul’ Belay Device Review

Durable and multifunctional, Edelrid’s Mega Jul belay device makes belaying rock climbers safer and more efficient.

16) First Ascent Of Infamous ‘Nipple Route’ Thwarted By Love

This video about a feud between baby climbers, and its unexpected resolution, is as silly as it is hilarious.

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17) Snow Show Rundown: Top Ski Picks For 2017

The skis that got more buzz than a beehive at SIA 2017.

18) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

Foldable canoes to 3D-printed insoles, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

19) Canyon Bikes Coming To America

Bike nuts rejoice: German-engineered Canyon Bikes will soon be available to U.S. customers directly from the manufacturer.

20) Tiny Home Meets Tug Boat In Camper Conversion

This couple’s custom conversions turn cargo vans into campers, using tricks from boat design.

21) Cooler Wars: YETI Reaches Settlement With Rival RTIC

Both cooler brands are based in Texas and have similar products. But after a battle in court, one side is backing down.

22) Sustainable Warmth: Merino Jacket An ‘Active Insulator’

Outerwear is a hotbed for innovation. Icebreaker hops in with a new kind of ‘active’ jacket made mostly of wool.

23) The End Of Lead? Federal Gov’t Order Bans Sinkers, Ammo

Lead-based ammunition and fishing tackle is highly effective. It is also, however, highly toxic. A federal order would vastly reduce its use for hunting and fishing.

24) New York Plans Longest Multi-Use State Trail In America

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the state would complete the largest state multi-use trail network in the nation by 2020.

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