week in review 3-17-17

GJ Week In Review: Space Beer, Royal Robbins, Handmade Bikes

A recap of top stories for the week of March 12 – 18, 2017.

week in review 3-17-17

1) Radical New Device Measures All Motion For Cyclists

Years in the making, a startup company sees its ‘wearable motion measurement tool’ as the next big thing for biking (and beyond).

2) In The Spotlight: Scarpa Brand Profile

Ski boots to trail-running shoes, SCARPA pushes the envelope on mountain footwear.

3) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from Chaco, Smartwool, and SOG.

4) ‘The Oatmeal’ Cartoon Rallies To Save American Grizzlies

Read, laugh, sign (and help repopulate American grizzly bears).

grizzly bear comic

5) Students Learn ‘Tiny Home’ Construction At Yestermorrow School

Learn about and contribute to a sustainable future through a variety of hands-on building classes, including constructing your ideal tiny home.

6) Best In Show: Year’s Hottest Handmade Bikes

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show wrapped up in Salt Lake City this week. Here are the top picks.

7) First Look: Patagonia 2017 ‘Hyper Puff’ Parka

Hyperpuff or hyperbole? New for 2017, Patagonia’s accordion-style insulation lofts outward to create a unique synthetic puffy piece.

8) Royal Robbins, Climbing Pioneer, Dies At 82

Royal Robbins, climbing legend and the American pioneer of ‘clean climbing,’ has died at age 82.

9) Crash-Proof: ‘Indestructible’ Drone Springs Back To Shape

Hover, crash, repeat. This drone bounces back again and again with no damage.

indestructible drone

10) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Outdoor gear deals that are too good to pass up. Click at your own risk! Deals from: Gerber, Osprey, Eddie Bauer, Keen, and more.

11) Taste Test: ‘Gourmet’ Beef Jerky Comes In Sriracha

With flavors like Sriracha, honey dijon, and sweet jalapeno, this beef jerky packs some serious flavor.

12) First Look: REI ‘Magma’ Down Jacket

An approachable price and quality construction (and materials) make the Magma a solid bang for your buck.

13) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From a sensor-equipped Suunto to an ‘exercise mace,’ our weekly peek at emerging products examines the cutting-edge of gear.

14) Fastest Folding Bike? Brompton NYC Review

Unfold it, then pedal quickly to 25mph. This hinge-equipped city bike is among the speediest ever built.

15) Thirsty Thursday: Good News, There Will Be Beer On Mars

The ‘King of Beers’ prepares to expand its reign to the Red Planet.

16) Review: The North Face ‘First Fully-Waterproof Softshell Rain Jacket’

The evolution of the raincoat continues. This week, The North Face launched its first-ever ‘softshell rain jacket.’

Northface Apex Flex GTX Rain Jacket Review

17) Historic Donation Creates 5 New National Parks In Chile

Following the largest land donation in history, Chile will expand its national park network by an area three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks combined.

18) Pedals Over Pills: Studying Cycling And ADHD In Schools

A program that provides bikes and gear to schools hopes to understand cycling’s effects on ADHD.

19) Survival Gear: 10 Items To Survive

The right gear in your backpack can literally save your life. But what survival gear to bring?

20) GoPro: ‘We Failed To Align With Smartphone’

Massive staff layoffs, a drone recall, and a lowering stock price… GoPro certainly has had its setbacks. But for 2017, Founder and CEO Nick Woodman has a new plan.

21) Behind Mike Horn’s Unprecedented Antarctic Crossing

Sailing, skiing, running, and literally crashing through ice, Mike Horn gives us a peek at his record-setting adventure.

mike horn antarctica