week in review 05-20-17

GJ Week In Review: OR Denver, Rock Climbing Shoes, Most Miles Biked

A recap of top stories for the week of May 14 – May 20, 2017.

week in review 05-20-17

1) Off-Road Test: The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is ready to rock crawl right from the showroom floor. Our contributor took it for a desert test drive for this review.

2) Higher Than Ever: Everest Trash Cleanup Scales New Heights

Workers removed more than four and a half tons of garbage from Mt. Everest in an international campaign launched this month.

3) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from ExOfficio, Icebreaker, and maloja.

4) Tentsile Mesh: Three-Point Hammock For Hot Weather

Tentsile’s tree tents and trampoline hammocks sure do look good in Instagram photos. But if you’re looking for a place to chill on a hot day, mesh is a must.

5) In The Spotlight: Jack Wolfskin Brand Profile

Jack Wolfskin is a massive retailer that has been building quality outdoors apparel and gear for adventures in the outdoors for 36 years.

Jack Wolfskin Brand Profile

6) The Longest Ride: Woman Bikes 86,500 Miles In One Year

Amanda Coker, 24, just broke the world record for most miles ridden by bicycle in one year. In fact, she crushed it.

7) Future Bike: Stronger-Than-Steel Fiber Enters Frame Builds

A new composite stronger than steel, but so light it floats on water could revolutionize bike frames.

8) Full Squish: Loving Cannondale’s ‘Bad Habit’ Mountain Bike

The Cannondale Bad Habit 1: Just as addictive as it sounds.

9) Merrell’s ‘Skeleton-Inspired Lugs’ Grip Slick Trails

The Agility Peak Flex trail running shoes excel in rocky, slick, or muddy trails. We tested them more than 100 miles for this initial review.

Merrell agility peak flex trail running shoe review

10) Photos: 5Point Festival Is Hub Of Van Life

Dozens of vans in one place made the 5Point Film Festival a hub of the trending culture known as Van Life.

11) Report: Denver One Of Three Finalists For Outdoor Retailer

According to ‘multiple sources,’ Denver is on the shortlist to host Outdoor Retailer, along with two other cities.

12) Learn To Slackline With YogaSlackers Beginner Kit

The eLine Slackline kit from YogaSlackers aims at beginners by ditching the ratchet in exchange for a simple friction setup.

13) Camp Out On 200-Acre ‘Glampsites’

An all-inclusive, Airbnb-style camping service that puts campers on vast swaths of private land will expand across the U.S. this year.

14) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Outdoor gear deals that are too good to pass up. Click at your own risk! Check out deals from: Outdoor Research, REI, MSR, Petzl, Swiss Army, and more.

15) Ad For ’96 Suzuki Vitara Is Best Thing You’ll Watch This Week

We don’t want to give anything away, so just watch and enjoy.

16) $450 Rugged Camera: Five Upgrades And One Surprise

Shockproof, waterproof, crushproof, freezeproof: the list goes on for Olympus’s TG-5 camera. And the price isn’t bad either.

olympus tough camera

17) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

Our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

18) National Monuments: A Sober Discussion

What would actually happen if Trump rescinded a national monument?

19) The 10 Best New Rock Climbing Shoes: Review

Want the best climbing shoes you can buy? Months of testing 2017’s new rock climbing shoes from La Sportiva, Evolv, Butora, Fiveten, and Tenaya went into this review.

10 best rock climbing shoes review

20) Denver to Host ‘Outdoor Retailer Snow Show’ Under Pending Deal

Emerald Expositions, the company that owns the Outdoor Retailer (OR) conventions, reached purchased the Snow Industries Association (SIA) Snow Show for $16.7 million.

21) This VW Bus Is Powered By The Sun

Our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.