Gear Review — Buddy-Board

“Is your life worth 30 seconds?” That’s the question posed by Buddy-Board LLC on the packaging of its namesake product, a dry-erase board made for…

Giro Sports Glasses

Helmet maker Giro Sport Design has jumped into the sport-eyewear category, and innovation goes by the name of the patent-pending Pop Top system in the…

Fresh Bath Travel Wipes

Fresh Bath Travel Wipes are a “sponge-bath solution for the adventure set.” Clean your dirtbag body dreads to toes with these aloe vera/potassium sorbate-infused towelettes,…

Cargo Box on a Small Car

My goal was singular and precise: To outfit a small stationwagon with maximum equipment-carrying capacity. This included a rack, bike mounts and a cargo box…

‘Green’ Gear Roundup

Going green is not a new phenomenon in the world of outdoors gear. But today’s eco-friendly gear is a far cry from the hemp hoodies…

The Jimi Wallet

After riding a self-proclaimed “Frankenbike” around the streets of San Francisco for several years, Mike O’Neill designed a new take on the stodgy old “Costanza”…

Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat

Function definitely trumps form for this outdoors hat, a wide-brimmed cap with 360 degrees of solar coverage and some sort of Asian peasant aesthetic thing…

iPod and iPhone Trail Maps

I think this is a cool idea. Saw reference to it on GoBlog this morning. Podpro.ca now offers download-able trail maps for your iPod or…

Holiday Season Gear

Of all seasons, the holidays are the easiest time of year to drop cash on gear and goodies for the great outdoors. Here’s a quick…

Book Review — “White Heat”

Novelist and Pulitzer-Prize nominee Wayne Johnson has written a book about skiing. “White Heat” debuted last week, and it covers the lifestyle that is skiing…

REI’s “Rx in a Box”

Procuring a pair of prescription sunglasses no longer needs to involve a trip to the eye doctor. With its new “Rx in a Box” program,…

King Lines, the movie

This movie — “King Lines: Chris Sharma’s Search for the Planet’s Greatest Climbs” — is a trippy, forearms-tingling feast for the eyes. (Yes, I did…

Bike for Life, the book

In his book, “Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100” (Avalon Press, $16.95), my SoCal buddy and fellow fitness/outdoors writer Roy Wallack lays out…

Aerobie’s AeroPress

Unbeknownst to me, Aerobie, Inc. — maker of those ring-shape discs that fly about a mile — also dabbles in coffee. Indeed, the AeroPress is…

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