2017 Gear, Outdoor Awards, Volcano Grill: GearJunkie Week In Review

A recap of top stories for the week of July 24 – 30, 2016.

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1) First Look: Upcoming 2017 Outdoors Gear

The Outdoor Retailer trade show, held next week in Utah, is a mecca of gear. Here we give an exclusive peek at the most interesting new products coming to market for 2017.

2) Rock Climbing North Dakota? Great Plains Get Guide

Pancake-flat for most of its expanse, and blessed with rich earth and waving grains, North Dakota is the antithesis of alpine.

3) Forge To Fine Art: Blacksmith Aaron Cergol

Aaron Cergol crafts axes, hammers, and knives on a restored forge. In this original video, GearJunkie travels to Milwaukee where a young master blacksmith creates works of art from hot steel.


4) Beyond The Gear: 9 Questions With Eric Larsen

Famed polar explorer Eric Larsen divulges on favorite gear, not being good at anything, and almost getting eaten by polar bears.

5) Rack-Brand Yakima Enters Rooftop Tent Game

Until now, most rooftop tents were made by niche brands or were difficult to purchase in the U.S.

6) Ultra-Marathons: The 15 Stages Of Suffering

Each ultra-marathon is a unique journey into an abyss of pain and uncertainty. But when running more than 26 miles in one go, you can expect to touch on these ‘stages of suffering.’

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7) European ‘OutDoor Show’ Best Gear Awards

Europe just announced its OutDoor product awards. Check out the industry’s most celebrated and anticipated outdoor gear.

8) Bike From Maine to Florida: 3,000-Mile ‘Greenway’ Linked

Twenty-five years after its inception, the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway just connected the missing link in its grand plan.

9) Bike Frames: Carbon, Steel And Aluminum, Explained

Carbon, Titanium, Aluminum, or Steel? When it comes to bike frames, the debate rages on. Here’s what you need to know.

10) Light & Fast: 14 Ultralight Backpacking Tips

For backpackers, going ultralight is easier (and less expensive) than you might expect.

11) Mountain Towns Need More Rock ‘N’ Roll

Some bluegrass is fine, but at some point, enough’s enough. Mountain towns need more screaming guitar licks, thumping back-beats, and yes, more cowbell. Mountain towns need more rock ‘n’ roll!

12) Volcano Grill Review: A Versatile Outdoor Cooker

Barbecue, fry, smoke, griddle, and bake… this volcano-shape grill is an adaptable option for culinary types in the outdoors.


13) Tommy Caldwell Schools Jared Leto In Stunning Documentary

Watch: The renowned actor’s documentary series kicks off with the death-defying life of Tommy Caldwell. Hint: It’s darned good.

14) You’ve Never Seen A Hunting Film Like This

With the memory of a good, lost friend deep in their minds, two men fly deep into the Yukon to seek bull moose and something more.