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GJ Week In Review: Moab 240, Smokeless Fire Pit, Vape Pack

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A recap of top stories for the week of Oct. 15 – 21, 2017.

1) Suzuki’s Off-Road Samurai Gets High-Tech Reboot

Suzuki teased an off-road concept ahead of its Tokyo Motor Show unveiling this month. And it looks like a (post) modern twist on an old favorite.

2) Courtney Dauwalter Wins Moab Ultra: 238 Miles On Foot

Courtney Dauwalter finished the Moab 240 in two days, 9 hours, and 59 minutes. She was faster than any of the men in the pack, beating the second-place finisher by more than 10 hours.

3) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from The North Face, G3, and Victorinox Swiss Army.

4) Best Kid Bike Ever? Strider 14x Adds (and Removes) Pedals

Add-on pedals and refined ergonomics make a new children’s bike from Strider stand out. Our preschool-age tester gives his first-look review.


5) Poison Ivy: Spot the Plant, Treat the Rash

Leaves of three, let it be. Poison ivy is easy to spot, especially in fall. Here are some pointers to identify (and treat) poison ivy all year around.

6) Best Women’s Flannels 2017: A Shirt for Every Budget

Today’s flannel includes shirts made with an array of fabrics and budgets, upgraded technical features, and even heavy-duty flannel jackets.

7) Drive, Camp Anywhere: Top Vehicles From Overland Expo

There are a HUGE variety of vehicles that can take you on your next adventure, and you’re sure to see a few of each type at the annual Overland Expo East. Our editor breaks down the various overland options from the show.

8) Rechargeable ‘Smokeless’ Fire: BioLite FirePit First Look

Crank up the dial to get a campfire raging in just minutes. Or, turn it down to keep a mellow fire nearly smokeless. BioLite brings off-grid power to the FirePit.

9) Aging Pro Skier Finds Fountain Of Youth In Japan

Mike Douglas, creator of the D-spin (backflip 720), wants to push his skiing ability by continuing to nail tricks, in spite of being nearly twice the age of his competition.

10) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings of the Week

Our weekly column finds the best deals from across the web to save you money on outdoors gear. Check out the deals from Pelican, Topo Designs, Osprey, UST, and more.

11) Lone Climber Summits World’s 4th Highest Unclimbed Peak

Failing anchors, rockfall, and precarious ice: The fourth tallest (previously) unclimbed peak has been summited.

12) UTMB Winner Sets New John Muir Trail Speed Record

If you thought that outrageous mountain running records were the sole domain of Kilian Jornet then you need to think again.

13) Watch Olympic Skier Bobby Brown Shred Alyeska

Flowy skiing and jaw-dropping tricks from Bobby Brown, and feature-film quality cinematics set in Alyeska, Alaska will evoke equal parts awe and stoke.

14) Chug, Puff, Hike: Hydration Pack has Vape Port

Add a little high to your next elevation adventure. This hydration pack includes a special port for vaping on trail.

15) Raw Snowboard Edit: Travis Rice’s Best Tricks From Latest Film

Travis Rice turns some of the most dangerous snowy peaks into playgrounds. Sit back, relax, and wonder how in the world these stunts are possible.

16) Bike Tour For Better: ‘Packing It Out’ 2017 Film Trailer

Check out the teaser to our Packing It Out film ‘Leave It Better’ coming Oct. 25.

17) First Look: Black Diamond’s Lightest Climbing Harness Yet

Super strong, feather light: The Vision is Black Diamond’s lightest harness yet. We put it to the test alpine climbing in the Cascades for this review.

Black Diamond Vision Alpine Ice Climbing Harness Review

18) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

19) Hot New Products From Overland Expo East 2017

Winnebago overlander, adventure trucks, and the biggest rooftop tent: In an impressive field of overland equipment, these products really caught my eye at Overland Expo East 2017.

20) Pro Cyclist On Brink Of Quitting: ‘It Does Limit Your Life’

Social sacrifice, athletic plateau, and an endless amount of training time are needed to be a professional athlete. Rose Osbourne opens up about when the sacrifice is not worth it anymore.

21) One Month Later: Still No Suspect in Mountain Biker Murder

On Sept. 14, Tim Watkins left for a bike ride through the wooded trails near his Monument, Colo., home. More than a month later, police have no answers as to why he was shot and killed that day.

22) Heavy Duty, Ultra-Breathable: Tactical Kilt Review

Long before fitness trackers, energy gels, and three-layer waterproof membranes, people ventured into the outdoors to become tough, not have have fun. And they wore kilts.

tactical kilt

23) Survival Skills from Bear Grylls Academy

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy teaches survival skills like starting a primitive fire, trapping animals and building a primitive shelter.

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