gearjunkie week in review

Gore-Tex Tour, Arrowhead 135, Gonzo Grill: GearJunkie Week In Review

A recap of top stories for the week of Feb. 19 – 25, 2017.

gearjunkie week in review

1) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Outdoor gear deals that are too good to pass up. Click at your own risk! Deals from: Chrome, LifeStraw, REI, The North Face, Goal Zero, and more.

2) Witness The Greatest Expedition Of Our Time

Mike Horn is nearing completion of what may be the most monumental adventure ever. And he’s Instagramming the whole thing.

3) Watch: First Female Ascent Of 5.14c In Red River Gorge

Every single weekend of her college life, Michaela Kiersch drove seven hours south to Red River Gorge, Kentucky for a shot at her 5.14c project.

4) The Challenge Of ‘Arrowhead’ Ultra: 135 Miles Over Snow

Among the toughest winter endurance events, the Arrowhead 135 pits competitors against a namesake 135-mile course in northern Minnesota. This year marked the 13th running of the bike/ski/trek winter ultra.

arrowhead 135 fat bike racers

5) Teaser: US Team Attempts Grand Canyon Rafting Record

An upcoming documentary captures the USA Rafting team’s attempt to run the Grand Canyon in a custom rig built for the record.

6) Opinel Knife Reclaims Century-Old Submerged Wood

100-year-old wood reclaimed from a Maine lake forms the handle of this knife from L.L Bean and Opinel.

7) Vail Resorts Buys Stowe Mountain, Expands East

The Colorado-based resort company will acquire Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort for $50 million.

8) The Great Indoors: Gore-Tex’s ‘Virtual Outdoors’ Gear Lab

From rainstorms to sun, high humidity, and blustery winds, an enclosed facility on the East Coast simulates weather anywhere on Earth.

gore tex testing

9) Following OR, Major Bike Trade Shows Shun Utah

In protest, three major trade shows will not consider Utah for upcoming events.

10) Big Wall Warmth: Arc’teryx Proton AR Hoody Review

Arc’teryx’s ‘active insulation’ helps mountain athletes regulate body temps in varying conditions, like our tester’s two-day solo aid climb in Zion National Park.

11) First Look: Eureka Gonzo Grill Aims For All-In-One Cooking

Pancakes for breakfast. Steak and veggies for dinner. The Gonzo aims to be a single cook set that can cook everything so we had to try it out.

12) Minimalist Camp Gives Outward Bound A New Look

Staffers formerly crammed into 10-to-a-room dormitories. Then Outward Bound went modern and minimalist with an ambitious cabin project last summer.

outward bound cabins colorado

13) First Look: Polartec ‘Naked’ Jacket By Rab

Alpha Direct is made of post-consumer recycled polyester. In its naked form, it is essentially a synthetic fleece on steroids and it works alone or layered under a shell.

14) Booby Trap Impales Runner’s Foot On N.C. Trail

Pinnacle Park in North Carolina closed after 60 hidden spikes were found littering a trail system, leaving one runner injured.

15) Winner Takes All: Skiers Vs. Snowboarders Vs. Fatbikes

Fatbikes dueling skis, dueling snowboards? It’s finally going to happen.

16) Cubed Coffee: Jiva Camping Coffee Review

A mini brick of coffee that fits in your pocket sounds great for hikers, but how does it taste? We tried it.

jiva coffee cube drop

17) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From roll-up kayaks to the world’s lightest socks, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

18) This California Neuroscientist Shoots ‘Mind-Blowing’ Photos

These trippy landscape photos defy most people’s imaginations. But not if you’re a neuroscientist nicknamed ‘The Light Ninja.’

19) Ultimate Visibility: ‘Torch’ Cycling Jacket Shines At Night

Shine bright on dark rides wearing an ultra-high-vis jacket with lights and all-over reflectivity.

Showers Pass Hi Vis Torch Jacket

20) Are You Addicted To Exercise? Take This Quiz

Is your exercise routine a healthy habit or a symptom of a potentially fatal disorder?

21) Hermit, Mountain Man, And Unwitting ‘Climate Researcher’

With no goals of proving anything, or even knowledge that the climate was changing, he started collecting data about snowpack to pass the time in his isolated part of the world.