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Mtb Rebirth, Jurek Shoe, ‘Mentalist’ Running: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories for the week of July 17 – 23, 2016.


1) A Little Too Visionary? The 1963 Scout Camper

One of the original SUVs, the International Scout may have been ahead of its time. The forthcoming International Scout Encyclopedia looks at the history, mechanics, and mystery of that iconic 4×4.

2) Gore-Tex & Beyond: Waterproof/Breathable Fabric Explained

A mainstay of outdoors apparel, waterproof/breathable fabrics fend off moisture but are not perfect. This brief tutorial explains the technology and uses of waterproof-breathable fabrics.

3) Ultra Champion Gunning For Appalachian Trail Record

Famed ultra-runner Karl Meltzer is headed to the Appalachian Trail in an attempt to set a new supported record. At 48, will he have what it takes to break Scott Jurek’s record?

Meltzer trains for his second attempt at the Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record / Red Bull Media House
Meltzer trains for his second attempt at the Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record / Red Bull Media House

4) Trail Runner Suspended For Doping In UTMB

One of Europe’s premier trail races ejected a highly-ranked runner after a positive test for a banned substance.

5) ‘Sweaty’ Cornfields Cause U.S. Heat Wave

Really, it is SO HOT THE CORN IS SWEATING! This is what it means to you, my fellow sweaty camper.

6) India Plants 50 Million Trees In One Day

The monumental effort by more than 800,000 volunteers shatters a previous record of trees planted in a single day.

7) 10 Top-Selling 2-Person Tents: Which To Buy In 2016

Buying a tent? There’s a good chance one of these popular two-person models will be on your shortlist. Which tent to choose? We break down the best in this handy guide.


8) Make Your Own Mountain: DIY ‘3D Printed’ Mt Rainier

A college student grabbed a vector file and fired up a laser cutter to make a scale model of Mt. Rainier.

9) You Can Run In Scott Jurek’s Shoes (Literally)

Want to capture a little Scott Jurek magic on your next run? Each pair of commemorative Brooks Jurek Cascadia shoes contains a little bit of rubber from shoes worn on his record-setting 2015 run.

10) Ski Jump Makes ‘World’s Steepest Slip And Slide’

In the winter, ski jumps take serious skills to master. In the summer with a water landing, they just take a swimsuit and a little courage.

11) Brand Loyalty: PR Stunt Pits Everyman Against Wilderness

How long can a newbie survive in the woods? One creative agency decided to send a desk jockey into the Oregon wilderness armed with a few pieces of gear – and no food – to find out.

lee kimball liviving off the brands

12) EDC to FKT: 36 Outdoors Acronyms You Need To Know

Get to know your KN from your LBS with our handy outdoor-world acronym guide.

13) Sleight Of Mind: Use ‘Mentalism’ To Run Faster Races

Pick a card, any card – and win a race while you’re at it. Famed ‘mentalist’ Oz Pearlman tells us how to pysch out the competition at your next event.

14) Stanley Bets On ‘Burly’ With 2017 Bottle, Drinkw\are Line

Drinkware juggernaut Stanley is going all-in with super-tough ‘Masters Series’ bottles and mugs in 2017. We got a sneak peek at Stanley’s next big thing.

15) Classic MTB Brand Reboot: Ellsworth Bicycles Is Back

Ellsworth Bikes is back in the hands of its founder and we got to play with the new Epiphany and upcoming Rogue 60. Get ready to drool.

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16) 7 Days In The Desert: ‘Gobi March’ Race Report

Run, walk, and slog 155 miles across the scorching heat of the Gobi Desert in the self-supported ‘Gobi March.’

17) Lil’ Bug Out Shelter: Versatile, Ultralight, Floorless

This modular camping shelter allows for multiple configurations for ‘roughing it’ feel, for any season. It can even be used with a wood stove.

18) Beyond The Gear: 9 Questions With Andrew Skurka

Long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka tells us about his cat Oden, his favorite gear, his next big adventure, and his stint as a camp counselor in our exclusive interview series, Beyond The Gear.


19) Pokemon Go: The GearJunkie Analysis

Found a Pokemon lately? Yeah, us neither.

20) ‘Perfect’ Hardrock 100 Ultra Race Ends In Tie

The Hardrock 100 captures the growth and popularity of ultrarunning while maintaining a low-tech, self-sufficient, old-school charm. The epic mountain race ended Saturday in a tie.

21) Outdoors Dream Job? Meet Your ‘Epic Occupation’

If you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life. Maybe that old quote is an oversimplification, but these 20 Epic Occupations will keep you excited for the daily grind.

22) Condom Company Makes ‘Feel-Everything’ Track Suit

You just can’t make this stuff up.

skynffel condom suit jumper

23) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

A tiny knife to a new type of belay device, this is our weekly look at emerging products from the world of outdoor gear design.

24) Outdoor Industry’s Message: Public Lands Are Sacred

The Outdoor Industry Association today penned a letter about the possible transfer of federal lands to states to the chairman of the Republican National Convention. Read it now.

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