Trending: Our Top Outdoor Stories This Week

A recap of popular stories this week, August 26 to September 1, 2018.

1) Karel Sabbe Smashes Appalachian Trail Record By 4 Days

Belgian dentist Karel Sabbe topped Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy’s overall time on the Appalachian Trail and now holds the supported thru-hike record. He crushed 2,189-mile trail in a blistering 41 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes.

2) Walmart Enters ‘Premium’ Gear Market With Brand Pushback

After acquiring the small outdoors retailer Moosejaw a year ago, Walmart formally entered the premium outdoors gear market this week. It launched a website with several high-end brands curated by Moosejaw.

But several of those brands, including Black Diamond, Deuter, and Katadyn, quickly bowed out of the Walmart sales program. Black Diamond was the first, sending a cease-and-desist order to Walmart on Tuesday. Other brands quickly followed.

3) REI Labor Day Sale

GearJunkies obviously love their bargains! We picked our favorite deals from REI’s Labor Day sale to help you chose new products for your adventures. We also found some amazing half-off bargains too good to ignore.

4) Airstream Adds 19-Foot ‘Sprinter’ Build to Lineup

Airstream on Friday launched its Interstate Nineteen camper. The smaller-motor coach is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 platform, giving Airstream lovers a smaller option. The new model can even be had in four-wheel drive.