GJ Week In Review: Glowing Coat, Super Knife, Secret Fishing Hole

A recap of top stories for the week of August 6 – 12, 2017.


1) World’s Longest Mountain Bike Route To Get 400 More Miles

From Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is the longest continuous off-pavement bike route in the world. It’s about to get longer with a proposed 400 additional miles of trail.

2) Maverick Biker Backflips Over The Peloton

Polish mountain biker Szymon Godziek jumped over the peloton of the Tour de Pologne, a professional stage race through Poland

3) Race Day Optimized: Niner Air 9 RDO Race Bike Review


Niner builds the Air 9 RDO as a flagship racing hardtail. We put it to the test to find out if it reaches what Niner calls “ultra-refined heights.”

4) Travel Cancun: Ditch The Beach Party, Go Mountain Biking

Ditch your tanning oil and margarita mix for some one-of-a-kind mountain biking complete with underground swimming holes, spider monkeys, and secret ruins.

5) Cycling Apparel Maker Rapha Sells To Walmart Heirs For £200 Million

Rapha, a high-end maker of cycling apparel, sold to an investment branch of the Walmart family, RZC investments.

6) Fisherman Files Federal Request To Reveal Secret Fishing Spot

A fisherman in eastern Ontario went to extreme measures to try and find a secret fishing spot he saw on a YouTube video. He filed a federal request for information.

7) In The Spotlight: Kelty Brand Profile

Look at any campground in America and you’re likely to find a Kelty pack, sleeping bag, or tent. The ubiquitous brand has helped keep campers comfortable in the outdoors for more than 60 years.

8) When All Goes Wrong: How Flexibility Can Save Your Trip

When things don’t go as planned, a flexible state of mind boosts the odds of a positive experience.

9) Watch: Aaron Gwin’s Insane UCI MTB Win On Rain Slicked Course

Aaron Gwin shows just how good he is, winning the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup Canada by more than a second on an absolutely soaked course.

10) Photos: Filson Campaign Celebrates Wildland Firefighters

Filson USFS smokejumpers firefighter photography

Filson recently collaborated with the US Forest Service. The products are eye-catching, and photographer Cole Barash’s look at wildland firefighters pulls back the curtain on a remarkable profession.

11) Bear Attack Survivor Recounts Harrowing Ordeal

Last year, a grizzly bear attacked Todd Orr twice in one day. Now he shares the rest of the story.

12) The Best Wetsuits To ‘Swim, Run, Repeat’

Swim. Run. Repeat. That’s the recipe for the surprisingly addictive challenge of swimrun. We tested four purpose built wetsuits designed for this burgeoning new sport.

13) Pick The Right Camp Chair For Overland Or Car Camping

Overland Chair Debate Best Camp Seat
Is it possible to have too many friends around the camp fire? Not at the Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival. Photo via Bryon Dorr

Searching for the perfect seat around the campfire? From classic soccer game sideline camp chairs to luxurious wooden thrones, we give the low-down on the great camp chair debate.

14) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Our weekly column finds the best deals from across the web to save you money on outdoors gear. Check out the deals from The North Face, Patagonia, Duluth Pack, Marmot, Eagle Creek, and Eagle’s Nest.

15) The Best Gear That Costs Almost Nothing: Ziploc Bags

Reasons to use Ziploc

Good old-fashioned simplicity is often the most attractive solution.

16) First Time In US, Adventure Racing Worlds Are ‘Cowboy Tough’

Racers from 59 teams will cross 450 miles of rugged ranchlands, mountains, and canyons in the first Adventure Racing World Championship hosted in the United States.

17) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

18) Osprey Launches Sport-Specific Duffles

Stow shoes, boots, helmet, hydration and more with Osprey’s trail- and snow-focused duffle bags.

19) Solar-Charged Waterproof Jacket ‘Glows Like Kryptonite’


‘When you can make your jacket glow like a ball of kryptonite, you know there’s some bats#*t crazy tech going on.’

20) Super Steel Knife: Bark River Bravo LT in 3V

The combination of thinner stock, superior steel, and amazing grind make the Bravo 1 LT in 3V my favorite fixed blade on the market.

21) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price: That’s our goal each Monday. Check out the bargains from Black Diamond, Eureka, and Gregory, and save on gear for your next adventure.

22) Behold, The $500 Carbon Fiber Camp Chair

GCI built this $500 carbon fiber chair for glamping, overlanding, and (probably) yachts.