Down Revolution, Private 14er, Crotch Pot Cooking: GJ Week In Review

A recap of top stories for the week of August 13 – 19, 2017.


1) ‘Life Saving’ Feature On 7,000 Jackets Could Endanger Lives

An unknown Kickstarter brand sold 7,000 jackets touted as potentially lifesaving. But the SafeAnchor ‘life saver’ feature lacks testing and could put lives at risk.

2) Meet The Skin-On-Frame Canoe Cleaning Midwestern Rivers

With a thin, translucent skin and weighing barely more than a loaded backpack, the Wilderness Traveler exemplifies what it meant to ‘be out on the water.’

3) Down Revolution: Eddie Bauer To Launch ‘Down Fabric’

Thindown wants to revolutionize your down jacket. And from early testing of the Eddie Bauer Evertherm Jacket, we think it could shake up the world of down insulation.

4) In The Spotlight: Five Ten Brand Profile

From it’s launch of the ‘Five Tennie’ in 1985, Five Ten grew into a leader in climbing and cycling footwear. Today, its sticky rubber is found on climber’s feet the world over.

5) Zipper Free: Sierra Designs Cloud Sleeping Bag Review

Without any zipper to close off the 40-degree, rain-soaked chill outside, I slept comfortably, nestled cocoon-like in Sierra Designs’ cleverly tricked out mummy sleeping bag.

6) Relax Anywhere With ENO Nomad Hammock Stand

With ENO’s Nomad Hammock Stand you don’t need trees, suspended bliss can happen anywhere. Hang a hammock at the beach, in the yard, or even in the living room.

7) ‘Crotch Pot’ Cooks Your Food With Body Heat

No, this isn’t a joke. The Crotch Pot is a real thing, and some hikers use it to heat up meals on the trail.

8) Private 14er: Mountain Property Sold For $105 Million

Towering 14,047 feet above the southern Colorado landscape, Culebra Peak is now the highest peak in the world—to be privately owned.

9) DIY Teardrop Kit: Build This Camper For Less Than $3,000

The Sprig is a wooden assemble-at-home pull-behind that weighs a scant 325 lbs. Weekend warriors rejoice, your next project has arrived.

10) Pac-Man Sandals: Chaco Launches ’80s Arcade Classic

Chaco launches a limited edition run of specially designed straps that pay homage to the original footless superhero.

11) British Columbia Ends Trophy Hunting For Grizzlies

Effective November 30, 2017, trophy hunting for grizzly bears in the province of British Columbia will end.

12) BYOH: Georgia Park A Monument to #HammockLife

BYOH (bring your own hammock) and enjoy a hang in this purpose-built Georgia park.

13) 3,000 Miles Across America: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Despite media coverage that has America divided and at each other’s throats, in 3,000 miles of cycling across mostly rural areas, we’ve found that most people are delightful to talk to and itching to help.

14) Ultralight Titanium Tool Digs Perfect Poo Holes

The forests are full of people, and people are full of poo. Address a gross problem with Vargo’s 1.2-ounce Titanium Dig Dig Tool.

15) TNF Donates $1 Million To Public Lands In Climbing Campaign

The ‘Walls Are Meant For Climbing’ campaign from The North Face aims to make climbing accessible to everyone.

16) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

17) Outdoor Hazards: Viewing The Total Eclipse

The total eclipse is coming to America. Are you ready?

18) How To Choose An EDC Knife

You carry it every day. It serves many purposes. The EDC knife is always on your side. Chose wisely.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.