GearJunkie Week In review

GJ Week In Review: Space Beer, Aspen Deal, Sea to Summit

A recap of top stories for the week of April 9 – 15, 2017.

GearJunkie Week In review

1) Aspen Skiing Acquires Steamboat, Winter Park Owners For $1.5 Billion

Aspen Skiing Company LLC and KSL Capital Partners LLC have agreed to buy Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc., owners of six ski resorts across North America.

2) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from Five Ten, Smith, and Mountain Hardwear.

3) Hike, Climb, Run: 5 Adventures In Bears Ears

Perhaps the most controversial public lands area in America, Bears Ears National Monument offers some outstanding outdoor activities for all ages and abilities.

4) Eat This Water Bottle, Quench Your Thirst

Thirsty? Pop this edible water balloon into your mouth and ‘drink’ the whole thing — no plastic, no waste.

ooho edible water bottle

5) Sit Back, Relax, And Watch 20 Minutes Of Canoe Building

This dugout canoe starts as the trunk of a tree. From there, builders scrape, chop, and shape a beautiful and functional canoe by hand.

6) In The Spotlight: Sea To Summit Brand Profile

Clever camp cookware, cozy sleeping pads, and super light hammocks: the brand Sea to Summit builds the gear that makes camping, hiking, and being outdoors better.

7) ‘Adventure Resort’ Includes Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Would you like to spend your vacation tired, wet, dirty, and possibly terrified? If so, this might be your perfect getaway.

8) South African Rooftop Brand Introduces Hard-Top ‘Stealth’

Eezi-Awn’s new Stealth rooftop tent is a first from this high-end maker.

9) Train Hard, Fight Hard: Tips To Climb Big Mountains

Holly Budge is a big mountain expedition leader who’s notched summits on Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu, and more. She shares seven tips to push your limits on high altitude summits.

10) Buy A Knife, Support A Park

Victorinox Swiss Army will donate $25,000 to the National Park Foundation. You can support the effort by purchasing one of two Swiss Army Knife models.

11) Birth Of A Brand: Scaling Everest From ‘Sea To Summit’

Tim Macartney-Snape went from the Bay of Bengal to the summit of Mount Everest in 1990. Afterward, the gear brand Sea to Summit was born. This is his story.

12) One Month Only: Trade In Old GoPro, Save On Upgrade

‘Dented, dinged, destroyed? No problem.’ GoPro will give you up to $100 for your old camera and ship you a new Hero5.

13) Camperbox Is Pre-Fab Sleep Platform For Van Or Truck

With six pieces and under one minute assembly, the Camperbox converts any medium-sized vehicle into a minimalist camper.

14) Colo. University To Offer ‘Outdoors MBA’

Ready to take your outdoors career to the next level? Western States University will soon launch a Masters of Business Administration program aimed at the outdoors industry.

15) Concept SUV Is Multi-Tool On Wheels

A removable dashboard boombox, heating and cooling boxes for warming up gear or keeping snacks fresh, and door handles that double as water bottles: Toyota’s millennial-inspired crossover concept isn’t hardcore, it’s ‘casualcore.’

16) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Outdoor gear deals that are too good to pass up. Click at your own risk! Deals from: YETI, Patagonia, Big Agnes, Headsweats, and more.

17) No Hood, No Zipper: Feathered Friends Vireo Sleeping Bag

Feathered Friends Vireo is a minimally featured sleeping bag for gram counters. It weighs less than a pound.

18) For High Altitude Newbies: Three tips

Tagged a few 14ers but ready to go higher? Jessica R Hamel headed to the top to Orizaba and came back with these insights.

19) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From foldable fat bikes to Porsche running shoes, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

20) Going Fast: Oregon Parks Announce 1,000 Extra Campsites For Eclipse

A sign of things to come? Oregon state parks will open an additional 1,000 campsites for the summer 2017 total solar eclipse.

21) Space Beer Has Landed!

Nope, not beer IN space, but beer FROM space.

22) First Look: SCARPA Maestrale RS 2017 AT Ski Boot

Over many years, skiers testing the Scarpa Maestrale found it a worthy backcountry ski boot. For 2017-18, it gets a whole lot better.

23) Outdoorsy Artwork Celebrates & Supports National Parks

Hang one of these gems up in your living room and remind yourself of your favorite National Parks.

everglades national park poster

24) Elon Musk: Tesla Will Unveil Pickup By 2019

The automotive world is atwitter after the Tesla Motors CEO took to social media to announce an upcoming electric pickup truck.

25) Rubber Ski? Pirelli Tires, Blossom Skis Launch Unique Collab

When a Formula One tire company and handmade high-performance ski company join forces, a ski is born with vibration-reducing rubber infused into the core.