GJ Week In Review: Offroad Upgrades, Algae Shoes, Bouldering Therapy

A recap of top stories for the week of May 28 – June 3, 2017.

1) Jornet Speed-Climbs Everest, Twice In One Week

Without oxygen or fixed ropes, Kilian Jornet summited Everest for the second time in one week.

2) 9 Offroad Upgrades From 2017 Overland Expo

Can you say rooftop hammock? Our contributing editor scoured Overland Expo West to find upgrades that make overlanding as fun as it is rugged.

3) A First: Running Shoes Made From ‘Algae Foam’

By using algae instead of standard foam, producing these shoes helps the environment.

vivobarefoot bloom

4) In The Spotlight: Paul Components Brand Profile

Paul Component Engineering, based in Chico, Calif., is the oldest domestic bike part company in the nation.

5) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from Shimano, Topo Designs, and NRS.

6) Camp To Kitchen: Patagonia Provisions Becoming ‘Everyday Food’

Patagonia Provisions may look like backpacking food, but the tasty offerings are at home on the trail and the dining room table.

patagonia provisions savory grains mushroom

7) Utah Unveils ‘Search And Rescue Card’

Buy an annual subscription that covers the costs of non-medical rescue services. It’s like AAA with helicopters.

8) Kelty Wander Lost Tour: GearJunkie #VanLife Events

Love Van Life or want to learn how to start? Kelty and Gearjunkie’s ‘Wander Lost’ tour aims to inspire the mobile-adventurer in all of us.

Kelty Wander Lost Tour

9) 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: Primus, Black Diamond, REI, Altra, Smartwool, and more.

10) New Study: Treat Anxiety, Depression with… Bouldering

Researchers found the mental, physical, and social aspects of bouldering make it a prime candidate to help treat depression.

11) Jack Wolfskin: 9 Tips For Better Backpacking

With dozens of straps, buckles, zippers, and pockets on a good backpack, it can be easy to get lost on what it’s all for. We’re here to help.

12) Ride With Confidence: Lumos Light-Up Helmet Review

Sixty built-in LEDs, head- and taillights, turn signals, and automatic brake lights — the Lumos helmet radically changed how I feel riding at night.

light up lumos helmet review

13) This Swiss Army Knife Is Made From 24 Cups Of Coffee

Twenty-four recycled Nespresso coffee pods made the body of this Swiss Army Knife.

14) First Look: Zenbivy Sleeping System For ‘Side Sleepers’

The Zenbivy is a new take on the traditional sleeping bag intended to enhance comfort for side sleepers. We put it to the test for this review.

15) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

16) Spoke Shocks: Radical MTB Suspension Concept

One designer wants to increase shock absorption in mountain bikes by replacing standard spokes with shock-absorbing coils. Triple the shocks, triple the fun!

triple shock absorber

17) Rough Rubber: Michelin 2017 MTB Tire Review

Michelin unveils a fresh line of MTB tires for 2017. Our editor put the new rubber to the test along California race courses and Minnesota singletrack.

18) Real Threat? ‘New’ Deadly Tick-Borne Disease Sparks Worry

Everyone associates tick season with Lyme disease risk. Yet a potentially fatal virus spread by ticks is starting to make headlines. Here’s what you need to know about the POW virus.

19) Great Outdoor Films Streaming On Netflix Now

Netflix is a treasure trove of awesome outdoor films, some that we never even knew existed.