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Rescue Drones, Bike Corps, Chainsaw Test: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories for the past week, Jan 16 – 22, 2016.

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1) Little-Known Heroes: 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps

Meet some of the toughest men ever to ride a bike.

2) Life-Size Lego Trailer Is One For The Record Books

Lighting, plumbing, and 215,158 Legos went into this teardrop trailer replica.

3) Skier Allegedly Pushes Snowboarder Off Chairlift

The snowboarder fell 20 to 25 feet after mentioning ‘tits deep powder shots’ to a skier on the chairlift.

4) Beer Poster Charts Progress Through Brews

Sample a beer, and scratch it off the poster. That’s the premise of this unique design for beer lovers.


5) Exploring Winter ‘Checkpoints’ In Frozen North

Follow the Geocaching Vlogger’s videos of his 1,4000 mile winter road trip for the Checkpoint MN scavenger hunt.

6) Google Builds Immersive Guide To Mont Blanc

The remarkable, interactive guide surrounds users with 360º video, photography, and sound from the iconic mountain destination.

7) A Quality Chainsaw Is Tough To Test

Though I’m not a lumberjack, I jumped at the chance to review Stihl’s MS 271 Farm Boss chainsaw.

8) Cotopaxi Tikal: A Waterproof Shell That ‘Gives Back’

Cotopaxi is a relatively new player in the outerwear game with goals to help fight poverty around the world. Our tester reviews the Tikal, a lightweight, waterproof-breathable shell that makes for a versatile, affordable layer.

9) War Vets Tackle Demons, On Horseback

‘Heroes and Horses,’ founded by a former Navy SEAL, is a program that pushes veterans to tackle their demons, find a new purpose, and test their strength in the wild.


10) Microsoft ‘Band 2’ Blends GPS With Smartwatch

In our review, the Microsoft Band 2 is an accurate, all-around fitness tracker (with smartwatch capabilities) looking to find its place in the crowded fitness watch market.

11) Drones: Future Tool Of Outdoors Search And Rescue?

Advancements in drone technology allows the flying machines to access remote and dangerous places. Will they become the newest tool for Search And Rescue operations?

12) Win Outdoors Goods On Massive Scavenger Hunt

Hit the road to explore the frozen state of Minnesota this winter and you can win copious gear in the Checkpoint MN scavenger hunt.

13) 6 Unexpected Ways To Use Gear Ties

We love Gear Ties. These simple little twist-to-tie straps have more uses than you’d ever imagine.

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14) Predictions: Viral Stories Of The Web 2016

The stunts will be bigger, the technology more extreme!

15) Repurposed Textile Mill A Factory For ‘Hyperlite’ Gear

Domestic manufacturing is exemplified in Biddeford, Maine, where a revived industrial space serves as the headquarters and production facility for Hyperlite Mountain Gear, an outdoor-equipment innovator recognized this month with an industry award.

16) Opinion: Copper Mountain Is The Best Ski Area On I-70

The I-70 corridor in Colorado boasts incredible skiing, with seven resorts packed within an hour drive. They’re all pretty awesome, but my favorite is Copper Mountain.

17)  ‘Survival Wallet’ Holds Credit Cards, Blade, Tiny Gear

The Jackfish comes loaded with survival tools like a knife, waterproof match, and screwdrivers — and it can carry your credit cards, too.

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18) Amphibious Feet: Xtratuf Rubber Boots Review

Xtratuf boots are ideal for ‘amphibious’ pursuits like cool weather canoe portaging or fishing when water contact is inevitable.

19) CamelBak To Ammo: Update On A Gear Giant

Among the world’s largest and most diverse outdoor-gear companies, and fresh off the acquisition of CamelBak, we get an update on Vista Outdoor’s ambitions from CEO Mark DeYoung.

20) Micro Camper Is A ‘Front Porch’ For Your Campsite

You’ll do some real ‘camping’ with this new entry to the trailer market, which comes with an outdoors kitchen and integrates the user closely with the surrounding environment.

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