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‘People Walker,’ Rescue Fine, Value Fatbike: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories for the week of Dec. 18 – 24.


1) Want To Try The Van Life? Remember These Tips

A little forethought and planning make Van Life so much easier. These three tips will help you find the road to vagabond bliss.

2) Hiker For Hire: LA-Based ‘People Walker’ Is Real Service

Meet the ‘People Walker,’ a pro who gets paid to take people for walks.

3) First Look: Columbia ‘Star Wars’ Parka

We got a first look at Columbia’s Star Wars replica parka. Call us nerds. Call us super-fans. Just don’t call us cold.

4) Climb This Tiny Home

It’s just 28 feet long and less than 15 feet high, but this might be the most unusual climbing wall you ever see.


5) Source To Sea: Women Canoe 3,902 Miles

Two women broke a long-distance, cross-country canoeing record to inspire others.

6) Worth Fighting For: BWCA Wilderness Area

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a unique wilderness, and one of our favorite places on the planet. This is why sportsmen will fight to protect it, always.

7) Rescue Fine: Steamboat Springs Warns Backcountry Skiers

Need a rescue? There’s a fine for that.


8) The Gift Of Warmth: Icebreaker Holiday Gift Guide

Don’t let your loved ones go cold this winter. These 10 Icebreaker merino wool products are sure to keep you (and them) cozy this season.

9) Overland: Don’t Overload Your Roof Rack

Roof Racks add versatility and space to your rig. These tips will help you maximize your roof rack usage.

10) ‘Mountain Bikes As Art’

A portfolio of mountain biking posters blends passion for the trail with art.


11) Topo Work Pants: Burly, Made In USA

Topo Designs makes pants as tough as its American-made backpacks, but is the premium price worth it versus other USA-made competition?

12) Oh Canada! 13 Parks To See For Free In 2017

These 13 parks are so spectacular (and free in 2017), they’ll have you packing your tent and camera.

13) So Much For Reindeer, Santa Uses A Drone

‘On Dasher, on Prancer, on Donner and… Drone-y? A small crew built a custom drone to lift a snowboarding Santa.

14) Review: Sierra Designs Airy ‘Divine Light’ Tent

The new Sierra Designs Divine Light is a welterweight backpacking shelter that gives big livable space.


15) Last-Minute Gifts For The Adventurer

Grab one of these 8 last-minute outdoors gifts from a store today to give to the adventure-lover in your life.

16) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From uber-warm boots to an expanding Colorado-made tyrol pack, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

17) This Power Plant Is So Green You Can Ski It

Shred pow, climb some vert, and go for a hike, all atop hundreds of tons of burning garbage.


18) Secret Tech: Saucony Winter-Running Shoe Review

We took Saucony’s RAZOR ICE+ shoes, with Vibram’s secret slip-resistant Arctic Ice sole, for a stroll… and a sprint.

19) Fezzari: A Custom Carbon Fatbike Under $2K

I found a race-ready, carbon fatbike for under $2,000. The only catch: It was from a brand I’d never seen before.

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