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GJ Week In Review: Hiking Tights, Ropeless Climbing, Crazy Multi-Tools

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A recap of top stories for the week of March 19 – 25, 2017.

week in review 3-25-17

1) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from Diamondback, Vortex, and Alite.

2) Nine Multi-Tools That Push The Design Envelope

For those wanting to spoon oatmeal one moment and repair a horse-drawn carriage the next, this list of mold-bending multi-tools is for you.

3) Paddling & Fishing A ‘Ribbon Of Life’ Through Texas

Running through the middle-of-nowhere Texas, this waterway has some of the most pristine fishing in the Lone Star State. Meet the Devils River.

4) Fill, Drink, Repeat: LifeStraw Go Review

The LifeStraw Go is a bottle that carries and filters your water. Fill it up in a stream, and drink with confidence. We put it to the test for this review.

Lifestraw GO review

5) This Shirt Comes Pre-Stained With (Fake) Blood, Sweat, Dirt

Meet the shirt ‘designed for situations where you know you’re going to look like crap.’

6) Women-Only MTB Clinics Ramp Up Across U.S.

About 5,000 women are anticipated this year to take part in a new series of mountain biking clinics held across North America.

7) First Look: ‘Outdry Extreme’ Waterproof Running Shoes

Waterproof on the outside, the Caldorado II Outdry Extreme stands alone as the first trail running shoe with a permanent beading surface.

8) No Ropes, Add Sauna: The Latest Trend In Climbing Gyms

A new Minneapolis climbing gym will have 20,000 feet of climbing space, a yoga studio, free weights. But it doesn’t have a single rope.

bouldering trend on rise Minneapolis Bouldering Project

9) REI Magma Sleeping Bag: A Top Value In Down

REI upgrades its classic sleeping bag with one of the best warmth-to-weight-to-price bags on the market today.

10) ‘Canoecopia’ Expo: New Paddling Gear For 2017

We combed the largest paddle-sports expo in the country to find some of the most exciting new canoe, kayak, and SUP products for 2017.

11) Next Level Blade Knowledge

Up your knife knowledge and learn about heat treatment, blade geometry, and finish.

12) Real Hikers Wear Tights: Fjallraven’s Abisko Trekkers Reviewed

Hikers take note: Tights offer a better option than pants for tackling miles on the trail.

fjallraven hiking pants

13) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Outdoor gear deals that are too good to pass up. Click at your own risk! Deals from: Under Armour, DeWALT, 5.10, and more.

14) The Fat Bikes That Toured 1,200 Miles

A 60-year-old English couple just toured the Andes, through Colombia and Ecuador, two purpose-built Surly Moonlanders.

15) Lael Wilcox Scorches First-Ever FKT For ‘Baja Divide’

The newly christened 1,500-mile route from Southern California into Mexico has a champion: Her name Lael Wilcox.

16) Watch: A Freeride Journey To The Albanian Alps

The short film ‘When The Mountains Were Wild’ tells a fantastic story of adventure in the untracked mountains of Albania.

17) Stink Test: One Ski Bum, One Week, One Pairs Of Boxers

Polygiene treated Patagonia put to the test under the nastiest of conditions.

18) Running With Your Dog: 10 Rules

After running thousands of collective miles dogs, we offer these tips to get the most out of training with a pooch leashed at your side.

10 rules of running with your dog

19) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From a Leatherman pocketknife to skulls for your fire, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the cutting-edge of gear.

20) Grand Canyon Raft Speed Record Attempt: Full Video

In January, a team of whitewater rafters attempted to break the speed record through the Grand Canyon. The film ‘The Time Travelers’ beautifully documents the dramatic effort. Watch it now!

21) Stone Brewery Releases ‘Toilet-To-Tap’ Sewer Water Beer

Flush it down the toilet, then fire it down the hatch. Stone Brewery’s latest IPA uses treated wastewater.

22) Class Pass: A Gym Membership For The Noncommittal

For those who want fitness classes with variety, Class Pass is a way to hit multiple gyms and save money.

23) Buffalo Plaid And Pickups: Woolrich Decks-Out Campers

Just 100 pop-up campers will get the Woolrich treatment to bring a slice of luxury to the outdoors.

Woolrich Special Edition Flat Bed camper woods

24) This Man Paints America’s Iconic Ski Maps: Video

Meet the man who hand paints the green trees, white chutes, and rocky cliffs of iconic ski resort maps.

25) Watch This Fabric Transform From Shirt To Puffy

Imagine a light shirt that automatically puffs out into a jacket when the temperatures drop. The textile lab Othermaterials is working on a fabric to do just that.

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