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Holiday Gifts, Lightsabers, Wood-Fired Hot Tub: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories, week of December 12 – 19, 2015.


1) Ten Defining Moments In The Outdoors, 2015

These are the events that captured the world’s attention and defined the year 2015 in the outdoors.

2) Kelly Slater Just Built The World’s Best Artificial Wave

Kelly Slater’s team just built an artificial wave, and it looks incredible. Its glassy barrels roll all day. Watch this video and get stoked.

3) Holiday Shopping (with beer)

A guide for the creative beer lover and shopper.

4) The Trail To Kazbegi: Ultimate Bikepacking Adventure

Four like-minded adventurers head into one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges with nothing but their mountain bikes and enough food to survive for 10 days. This 15-minute film is a must-watch for adventure lovers.

5) The Lightsaber Is The Ultimate Outdoors Accessory

With the largest cinematic release of the year coming to the big screen this week, we examine the lightsaber — without a doubt the finest outdoors implement a person could want.

Ralston Saber

6) 13 Winter Fly Fishing Destinations

Need a break from ripping groomers or snowy hikes? Take a breather with a fly fishing trip to these wintery destinations.

7) The Wood-Fired Hot Tub That’s Also A Boat

Motor slowly around your favorite body of water while luxuriating in a wood-fired hot tub. Meet the HotTug, a floating hot tub that takes soaking to the next level.

8) Gear Lust: 19 Gifts For Outdoorsy People

No need for a holiday wish list. We’ve chosen 19 products that will be sure to please anyone who loves the outdoors.

9) Fans Call The Trick, Skier Does Them On The Spot

Freestyle skier Vincent Gagnier reaches deep into his well of tricks to appease the wishes of his fans in this fun video.

10) Book Chronicles Seven Decades Of Smokejumping

A review of Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith’s ‘Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters’.

stargazing atacama

11) 10 South American Adventure Travel Gems

You’re gonna need a bigger bucket. You’ve probably never heard of these South American treasures, but now that you have, they should go on your to-do travel list.

12) Use This Arrowhead Pendant To Hunt & Fish

You can use this multi-purpose jewelry to tighten a nut or hunt for dinner.

13) Pitch This Tent Indoors To Stay Warm This Winter

For those who REALLY scrimp on the thermostat, this ‘indoors tent’ adds a degree of warmth in your bed, inside your house.

14) Transformer Backpack Is Also A Hammock

More than meets the eye! This backpack also folds out into a hammock.

15) Device Adds WiFi, ‘Smart Car’ Features To Any Auto

Turn your old car or truck into a ‘smart car’ with Vinli. Just plug it in and you’ve got a WiFi hotspot to roam the country.


16) Breathable Hype: The North Face HyperAir GTX

Can a new type of Gore-Tex fabric revolutionize shell jackets? We test the HyperAir GTX Jacket from The North Face to find out.

17) Drone Patrol: Rogue Aerial Vehicles Chased, Caught In Nets

To put the kibosh on illegal drone operation, the city of Tokyo has equipped some of its flyers with a net. A controller can fly into position and scoop an offending drone from the air.

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