Gear for Trekking Nepal

After a two-week trek in Nepal earlier this year, Gear Junkie steps back to examine the clothing and equipment that worked en route to Base…

SteriPEN AdventurerOpti

Purify your water with UV light. The AdventurerOpti zaps viruses, bacteria and other microscopic bad boys to make questionable drinking water clean.

Heated Boots Fail To Impress

Columbia’s heated boots, powered by lithium-polymer batteries, are touted to provide the “warmth of a furnace.” Our test found this to be far from the…

Alleghenies Fly Fishing

Wrap-up from day two of the “Choose-Your-Alleghenies-Adventure” sweepstakes trip! Fly Fishing on the Little Juniata River.

Free USGS Topo Maps

Your guide to the free downloading of 1:24,000-scale USGS topo maps. Go forth taxpayer! Enter into the public domain. And download at will.

Columbia Heated Boots

Heated boots have long been a Holy Grail. Columbia continues on the quest with its heated men’s and women’s boot models.

Wenger Nomad Compass Watch

You’ll be the best-looking navigator in the city with Wenger’s high-end Nomad Compass, a $375 timepiece enclosed in a stainless steel case with black and…

Review: Leki Trekking Poles

Leki’s ergonomic hand grips, like what’s found on the Thermolite AERGON Antishock model, help set the trekking poles apart from the competition.

Ribz Frontpack

In the world of backpacks, there is a niche category of products that positions compartments and pouches over the chest. The RIBZ Frontpack is a…

Rand McNally fabMAP

Take a microfiber lens cloth and print a map on it. That’s essentially what Rand McNally did with its fabMAP products, a cartographical collection featuring…

Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra

Waterproof-breathable boots are nothing new in the outdoors industry. But Hi-Tec has partnered with a U.K.-based defense company on its latest leather boots to incorporate…

Gear Review — Buddy-Board

“Is your life worth 30 seconds?” That’s the question posed by Buddy-Board LLC on the packaging of its namesake product, a dry-erase board made for…

SteriPEN JourneyLCD Review

I spent part of last evening zapping helpless microorganisms swimming in tepid water. But it’s ok, the little suckers were trying to make me sick.…

MSNBC — Big Game Fishing

I rarely write about fishing. But Forbes approached me last month wanting a story on a niche within the fishing world — so-called big game…

SPOT Satellite Messenger

I blogged on this last week in my OR Show wrap-up, but the PLB-like device deserves a bit more attention. Indeed, the SPOT Satellite Messenger…

$800 Fishing Waders

Before today, I had no idea that $800 fishing waders were in the realm of the possible. But Simms Fishing Products of Bozeman, Mont., can…

Hikin’ the Ice Age Trail

Check out my story in today’s (Friday, Oct. 27) New York Times on the Ice Age Trail, a National Scenic Trail established by Congress in…

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