Mega-Drone, Ultimate Camper, ‘Gear Of The Year’ Awards: Week In Review

A recap of top stories for the week of Dec. 25 – 31.


1) This Bill Could Make Outdoor Expenses Tax Deductible

If passed, the PHIT Act would transform your gear from a pricey purchase to a write off.

2) GearJunkie ‘Top Gear’ Of The Year 2016

Of the hundreds of products GearJunkie put through the paces in 2016, these products stood out as some of the best.

3) Patriot Camper: The ‘Worst-Case-Scenario’ Mobile

Being stranded in the jungle would be a bummer, but if you were driving around in this, it would definitely be less of a bummer, and you probably wouldn’t get stranded at all.


4) Five Reasons 2016 Didn’t Suck

Contrary to what many people choose to remember, there was a lot to celebrate in 2016.

5) MTB Trails Revitalize ‘Forgotten Region’

In northern Minnesota, a small town experiences a renaissance thanks to an infusion of tourism dollars from dirt-pedaling fanatics on two wheels.

6) New Drone Can Hoist 500 Pounds

A new commercial drone that can lift nearly 500 pounds opens a new horizon for unmanned flying machines.


7) ‘Bears Ears’ Designated As National Monument

President Barack Obama today declared a 1.35 million acre swath of iconic Utah desert wilderness as the new Bears Ears National Monument.

8) Excerpt: How Aluminum Revolutionized The Canoe

Before kevlar and royalex, there was a surge in the manufacture and performance of American-made canoes. All thanks to a ‘new’ watercraft material.

9) Meet The ‘World Cyclist’ Biking Every Country

With 141 countries complete and 52 to go, this cyclist continues his quest to ride through every country in the world nearly a decade after he began.

Approaching a tunnel in Hamat, Lebanon
Approaching a tunnel in Hamat, Lebanon

10) Tiny Home TV Icon Won’t Give Up Pro Skier Roots

Zack Giffin went big on skis, then went tiny on housing. Now, he hosts a national TV show.

11) Year In Review: Our Top Stories From 2016

More than 1,000 articles graced our homepage in 2016. These were the most viewed and shared from the past year.

12) Stunning Nature Video Will Leave You In Awe

Enter a world of star-filled skies, foggy morning light, and roaming wild animals.


13) First Look: Yaktrax Summit ‘Traction Device’ For Ice

These new spike-equipped Yaktrax Summit ‘devices’ are made for flat ice and steep hillsides.

14) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

A trip-organizing tarp to a bike-trailer cooler, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

15) Love At First Send: Butora Acro Climbing Shoe Review

The Acro rock climbing shoes from Butora have become my new favorite shoe for hard boulder problems and short, steep sport climbing routes. Here’s why.


16) GoPro ‘Year In Review’ A Wild Ride Through Sports

From snorkeling with whale sharks to wingsuit flying, GoPro shows why the POV camera is still a cinematographic game-changer.