GJ Week In Review: Wall Of Death, Euro Outdoor Show, Leatherman Rescue

A recap of top stories for the week of June 18 – 24, 2017.

1) Bear Kills Alaska Teen During Trail Race

The 16-year-old victim texted his family that he was being chased by the bear during the race.

2) Secret REI ‘Field Agents’ Test Next Year’s Gear

An anonymous pool of ‘field agents’ and members try new gear to help shape REI’s products. And if you’re a member, you’re eligible.

3) Future Gear: 2017/18 Winners At Euro ‘OutDoor’ Show

Get a peek at the award-winning products from one of the largest gear expos in the world, Outdoor Friedrichshafen in Germany.

4) Big, Burly, Budget: Ontario ‘RAT’ Knife Review

The Ontario RAT Model 1 folding knife packs a lot of utility into a budget-friendly package.

5) Tool Tales: A Leg-Saving Leatherman

It’s not every day a palm-sized tool is a lifesaver. But with extraordinary circumstances come incredible stories, and Kenneth Harris is no ordinary man.

6) Columbia 2018: Shiny ‘Sun Deflector’ Shirt Cools Wearer

Columbia aims to limit the sun’s oppressive power with Omni-Shade Sun Deflector technology. Thousands of small reflective dots not only prevent UV rays, but limit the sun’s heat.

Omni shade sun deflector sun protective clothing Columbia

7) In The Spotlight: Brooks-Range Brand Profile

Mountaineering gear, made by mountaineers. That’s the recipe behind Brooks-Range Mountaineering.

8) Fly Your Gear: Arc’teryx Launches External Frame Luggage

Arc’teryx touts the Rolling Duffel for outdoor athletes who carry their gear on the plane.

9) Put Your Wet Gear In A ‘Gili’ Bag And Let It Breathe

The Gili Bag is made from recycled material in Colorado and lets your wet gear breathe.

10) Party Tents Zip Together With Mattress Built In Floor

Festivals? Group Camping? ‘Polyslumbering?’ These tents zip together, and sport built-in air mattresses and sleeping pads.


11) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Outdoor gear deals that are too good to pass up. Click at your own risk! Check out deals from: MSR, Big Agnes, Exped, Snow Peak, Gramicci, and more.

12) Adventure Family Travels The World, Four Kids In Tow

This couple is raising their children outdoors while documenting human impact on nature. Meet Jack Wolfskin ambassadors Jens and Jana Steingässer.

13) 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 Smartwool, Enerplex, and Kershaw and save on gear for your next adventure.

14) Black Diamond’s First Climbing Shoe Will Be Knit

Black Diamond just announced a line of four new climbing shoes. One of them stands out with a fully-knit upper.

black diamond climbing shoes
The Momentum

15) Budding Challenge: Hiking The ‘New’ Greater Patagonian Trail

A team of filmmakers set out to document the Greater Patagonian Trail (GPT). Little did they know it would be the most challenging test they had ever encountered.

16) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

17) #VanLife Realities Instagram Doesn’t Show You

Lusting for #VanLife? Consider the rougher side of life on the road.

18) Automatic Beer Brewer Fits On The Countertop

Add ingredients, push start. This machine does the rest.

19) LA To Sin City: First All-Female Team Sets 340-Mile FKT

Planning their own route, the six runners of ‘Bird Strike’ became the first all-woman team to complete the grueling Speed Project race.

20) ‘Bicycle Wall Of Death’ For Sale On eBay

Finally, this incredibly sketchy marvel of backyard engineering can be yours!