GJ Week In Review: Ibex Closes, ‘Biner Recall, Gear of the Year

A recap of top stories for the week of Nov. 27–Dec. 2, 2017.

1) Top Picks: GearJunkie ‘Gear of Year’ 2017

Of the hundreds of products GearJunkie put through the paces in 2017, these stood out as some of the best.

2) Mountain Biker Accidentally Shot by Deer Hunter

The 27-year-old mountain biker was struck by a bullet when riding near dusk in a heavily-wooded area open to hunting.

3) Watch Two Crazy Wingsuiters BASE Jump Into An Airborne Plane

Well, if this isn’t just batsh*t crazy, we don’t know what is. Watch these two guys fly into an airplane in the Swiss Alps. The bar, it seems, has been raised.

wingsuit airplane

4) No Ice Needed: Put A Refrigerator In Your Car

The Dometic CFX35W adds WiFi and a mobile app interface to an already popular line of 12-volt fridges.

5) Recall: Made-in-USA Carabiner Can ‘Break While In Use’

Climbers who own Omega Pacific carabiners should check them immediately.

6) USA-Made: Rare Deals on Cyber Monday

Some of our favorite, rarely-discounted, USA-made brands are on sale today! Snag a Cyber Monday deal on Hyperlite Gear, Topo, Duluth Pack, and more.

7) Watch: 40-Person Drift Trike Event is Real-Life Mario Kart

Forty riders, 20 switchbacks, 4 kilometers: In Red Bull’s Trike Strike, the riders drift with tractionless tires in what is perhaps the wackiest sporting event yet.

8) Avoid Hypothermia: Tips to Keep You Safe

Cold and wet, the body’s temperature can drop, leading to hypothermia. Here are some tips to stay safe this winter.

9) ‘Guerrilla Visitor Center’ Aims To Protect Bears Ears

A nearly $1 million project is underway to promote and protect Bears Ears National Monument. And it isn’t waiting for the federal government.

10) Watch: Palm Leaf Hut Built Completely From Scratch

Using nothing but sharp rocks and wilderness creativity, the host of Primitive Technology builds a formidable hut that fends off rain and provides a place to sleep.

11) Mountain Biking Corbet’s Couloir

Dropping into the famous Corbet’s Couloir of Jackson Hole on skis will make most folks pucker. Doing it on a mountain bike? Nah, you’re crazy, dog!

12) Citizen’s Sundial: The ProMaster Diver Watch

Tackle the great outdoors with solar charging and stainless steel.

13) Watch: Motocross through Secret Cornfield Track

Supercross champion Ryan Dungey hops, flips, and skids – seemingly out of nowhere – in this custom 10-acre cornfield track.

Watch: Motocross through Secret Cornfield Track

14) World’s Best Bucket? YETI Adds Muscle to the Pail

How many uses can a bucket bring? This video displays a wealth of scenarios – some classic, some new – for the ever-useful YETI LoadOut Bucket.

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) Upgrade Your Avalanche Safety: ORTOVOX Offers Cash for Old Beacons

‘Friends don’t let friends carry vintage beacons.’

17) Screaming Deals: Cyber Week Edition

Our weekly column finds the best deals from across the web to save you money on outdoors gear. Check out the deals from The North Face, Five Ten, Hydro Flask, Smith Optics, and more.

18) Meet the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The Sport, Rubicon, and Sahara push the Jeep legacy with more tech and the iconic Wrangler look.

2018 jeep wrangler

19) Leaked: Trump to Dismantle Bears Ears, Shrink Grand Staircase

Documents and leaked maps show the President will drastically reduce protected lands in Bear Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, breaking up both into smaller monuments.

20) Amazon Outfitter: Six Winter Camping Gear Essentials

Keep camping all winter long. This winter camping gear will keep you warm and comfy in the coldest weather.

21) Watch: Top Snowboarders Flood Peace Park Course

Pro snowboarder Danny Davis welcomes the sport’s top athletes to annihilate Grand Targhee Resort’s Peace Park.

22) Wool Woes: Merino Pioneer Ibex Closing Down

‘We will remember the many great times we have all had together and will be dreaming of what comes next.’ – Ibex CEO Ted Manning.

23) Outdoor Kids: The Best Adventure Family Gear

Here’s the gear to make getting outside with babies and toddlers fun. From hiking with toddlers to biking with babies, we’ve got you covered.

24) Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Outdoors Gifts Under $20

Fun and zany to downright practical, these 20 gifts under $20 are great options for stocking stuffers or those on a budget.

Ruffwear Best Dog Gifts
Image courtesy Ruffwear.

25) Group to Give Away More Than 9,000 Bikes in Minneapolis

Have a kid who needs a bike? Free Bikes 4 Kidz had a record year and will be giving away nearly 10,000 rides for free this weekend.

26) Cyber Monday: Top Gear Deals 2017

Cyber Monday is the day the Internet gives you its best deals of the year. These are our top gear picks, which we’ll update through the day.

27) Cyber Monday: Best Deals From REI

Our team of experts combed though the best Cyber Monday deals at REI. Gift buyers, get these deals today, as they won’t last long!