Adidas Enters U.S. Outdoor Market

Athletics behemoth adidas AG is entering the U.S. outdoor marketplace with footwear, apparel, outerwear, and optics. Gear Junkie gets a Q&A with an adidas managing…

‘Birdseed’ Energy Bar

A compressed block of nuts and seeds — flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower — make Raw Crunch bars appear to be made for the birds. Gear…

Bite-Size Energy ‘Solids’

Sidewalk chalk or energy food? Gear Junkie tests “the strangest energy food he has yet to try,” Hammer Nutrition’s chalky, hard Perpetuem Solids.

12 Questions With Andrew Skurka

Back from his six-month “Alaska-Yukon Expedition,” ultra-light backpacking phenom Andrew Skurka sits down for a Q&A with Gear Junkie.

‘Best in Show’ awards (part II)

Part II of Gear Junkie’s “Best in Show” series highlights top products from the Outdoor Retailer trade show and includes touchscreen gloves, an alpine “smock”…

‘Best in Show’ awards (part I)

The twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, held in Salt Lake City, is an exhibition of the best outdoors equipment in the world. Gear Junkie offers…

OR Trade Show: 2011 Teaser

The Gear Junkie crew is off to Utah this week and the twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show. Here’s a quick visual tour of a few…

Six Outdoor Essentials

Equipment can break. Your body can wear down. These six items have helped Gear Junkie endure and work through bad breaks, gear malfunctions and pain.

22-Gram Backpacking Knife

A freakishly light and affordable backpacking knife, the 22 GRAM from Baladeo aims to please even the staunchest go-light backpackers.

‘Off-Leash’ Dog Collar

The Release N Run collar has a tiny retractable leash hidden inside. It was designed for people who frequent dog parks and natural areas where…

Water-Carrying ‘Vest’ Pack

Need to run or hike fast with water and little else? A hydration vest is a good option. In this column, Gear Junkie tests the…

Trip Report: Hornby Island, B.C.

Hornby Island, a dot of land in British Columbia’s inside passage, was the venue this fall for a solo trail run adventure. Gear Junkie recounts…

Bear Grylls Gear

We reviewed Gerber’s Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife last month. In February, the company will unveil a complete line of “Bear”-branded products. Gear Junkie offers a…

11-inch Camp Knife

SOG’s evolution of the 1838 “Bowie”-style knife includes an integrated sharpener and a polymer handle over-molded with a rubber grip. Writer T.C. Worley gives the…

‘Top 10’ Gear of 2010

Drum roll. . . GearJunkie’s annual ‘Top 10’ Gear picks award the best of the best outdoors equipment after a year of use and abuse…

Long-Distance Radios

Not your grandfather’s walkie-talkies. Motorola cites 35 miles as the maximum communication range for its new handheld Talkabout radios.

Oakley All-Metal Sunglasses

Oakley’s latest sunglasses are made of metal. A stout aerospace aluminum offers durability as well as performance features for moderate activity outdoors.

Review: Vasque Transistor

The Transistor FS shoe has no footbed and a low-to-the-ground design. Contributing writer T.C. Worley put them to the test this fall.

Bear Grylls Knife

Bear Grylls, he of the broadcast television hit “Man vs. Wild,” has designed a knife for Gerber. The “Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife” comes to market…

Review: ULTRA Headlamp

Overkill for the average hiker, but an essential tool in certain high-stakes nighttime scenarios, Petzl’s ULTRA headlamp is in the running as the brightest on…

External-Frame Backpacks

Clunky remnants of another era? Not so claim several backpack manufacturers who have brought external-frame models back to the retail floor.

Origins of Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knives are symbols of utility and smart design known the world over. Gear Junkie traveled to Switzerland this summer to investigate the history…

‘Best in Show’ awards’s inaugural “Best in Show” awards highlight a dozen innovative new products seen at the Outdoor Retailer trade show this month.

World’s Scariest Hikes

Shoulder a pack. Lace up your boots. Now, don’t look down. My recent article for Travel+Leisure covers 10 of the planet’s scariest hikes.

Gear Made in the USA

The outdoors industry has no shortage of goods that come from overseas. But a surprising number of brands tout products originated in the USA. Gear…

CamelBak Antidote

Hydration stalwart CamelBak touts a “redefinition” of the water reservoir with its to-be-released Antidote line.

Ultra-light Backpacking Tips

Gear Junkie offers a few bullet points from an ultra-light trip last summer in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

‘Weatherproof’ Socks

From Patagonia to winter bike commutes in Minneapolis, Gear Junkie reviewer T.C. Worley put Seirus’ “weatherproof” socks to the test.

Darn Tough Socks

Writer T.C. Worley tested Darn Tough’s Coolmax socks running and cycling this summer.

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