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Catch more fish, fish more spots, and get some exercise — the Old Town Predator PDL fishing kayak has plenty of upside. We took it up and down the largest reservoir in Kansas to see just how well it performs.

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The Truss and Suspension add functions while reducing weight from Gerber’s ‘best-selling’ predecessor.

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One company turns cork into a weatherproof coat. Another product can be traced to the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Center. These six outdoor innovations have wacky histories.

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The 46-year-old woman literally finished applying a “Women Who Behave Rarely Make History” bumper sticker before fighting the wild animal to the death.

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Columbia Conspiracy III hiking shoe

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Best Ultralight Backpacks of 2018

What’s the best ultralight backpack? We interviewed thru-hikers and put several models to the test ourselves to find some of the top lightweight backpacks for hikers.

NordicTrack Does Dumbbells: Select-A-Weight Review

Two dumbbells, 30 weight settings. NordicTrack takes a swing at the adjustable weight market with a design aimed at improving reliability and ease of use, while staying affordable.

First Look: SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger

The SPOT X can send and receive messages through satellites from nearly anywhere in the world. We got a beta version in our hands for this first look at the SPOT’s newest satellite communicator.

Best Folding Knives Under $50

Not too pricy, not too cheap, the $50 mark has largely been abandoned in the folding knife market. But we’ve got three you should look at.

Snow Flotation: Black Diamond GlideLite 127 First Look

No edges, non-traditional bindings, no ski boots: The Black Diamond GlideLite is a different way to get around in snowy conditions. We tested them during a late Colorado storm to review how the short and wide skis work.

Nikon Spur Optic Review: Field and Hunt Tested

Nikon strengthens its line of sport optics for outdoor enthusiasts with the introduction of the Spur Reflex Sight. We took it turkey hunting for this review.

Spyderco H1 Fish Hunter Knife Review: A Saltwater Solution

The Spyderco H1 Fish Hunter knife is built specifically for adventurous free diving and spearfishing in saltwater. We took it to southern Baja on a spearfishing trip to see how it stacks up in this review.

Fast & Clean: Katadyn BeFree 3L Gravity Filter First Look

Katadyn’s newest gravity filter is easy to set up, filters water quickly, and collapses so you hardly notice it in your pack. We tested it in rocky mountain streams for this first look review.

Swing Light: Salamandra Kevlar-Carbon Ice Axe Review

Despite an impressively light weight, Elite Climb’s carbon and kevlar Salamandra ice axes proved durable and strong in our rigorous testing.

Stealth Fisherman: Flycraft Inflatable Driftboat Review

The trailerless, portable, inflatable Flycraft Stealth Fisherman weighs just 100 pounds fully-rigged for two anglers. We floated several rivers for this review.

Adventure Racer Tests 5 Favorite Day Packs

From epic days on the mountain to hopping an international flight, the right day pack will keep you organized, geared up, and happy.

Inside-Out Climbing Pack: Mammut Neon Smart Review

Organize gear exactly how you want: The Mammut Neon Smart’s clever design literally opens up more options than traditional backpacks. We tested the sport climbing pack over four months to find out how it performs.

‘Eco-Friendly’ Marmot Eclipse Rain Jacket Put to Test

Marmot does away with the shortcomings of potentially toxic DWR treatments with the introduction of the Eclipse Rain Jacket. Instead, it introduces EvoDry technology to make water bead on the surface.

Foot-Mapped Custom Insoles: Superfeet ME3D Review

Superfeet worked with HP to create fully custom, supportive, and flexible insoles. After getting my feet scanned and gait measured, I tested the ME3D insoles on hikes and trail runs.

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Heading into the week like 💃🏻. - Big thanks to @russ_dav for the killer paddling and @che_che_elsey for the pic.

Summer is here and that means backpacking season is in full swing! - We want to know, what’s your must-have piece of gear for hitting the trail? - Big thanks to @jeffcarlsonphoto for the great pic and adventure inspiration.

2 friends, 5 days, and 100-degree heat. What could possibly go wrong? - Our buddies @paddyroc and @laurentaylorsteele teamed up @columbia1938 for a brutal desert hike and some epic gear testing. - And the results are surprisingly hilarious. - Check it out and never forget the importance of bringing a funny friend and your sense of humor when hitting the trail.

In 1983, Mike Taggett, the founder of @chumsusa, was embarking upon his third year as a boatman with Martin Litton’s Grand Canyon Dories in the Grand Canyon. A GCD trip down the Colorado was 18-22 days back then, and Litton ran his operation with beautiful, painted wooden dories – fast, responsive, and easy to right in the event of a flip. - Spring of 1983 marked the end of a tremendous snow season, resulting in high and fast runoff from the Colorado mountains. Lake Powell was at capacity with the risk of overflowing, forcing the opening of the spillways from Glen Canyon. Downriver water ran at more than double its normal flow, measuring 40,000 cfs and above – rates that had never been seen before. - - Most big rapids had washed out, creating large whirlpools and eddies, but Crystal Rapid had turned into a huge reversing wall of water, known as a hydraulic jump. And by the time Mike's trip got to Lava Falls, it was running at almost 100,000 cfs! The current ran fast all the way to shore, and it was hard just making it into the eddies for some of the camps. Throughout the trip, the Park Service dropped notes from helicopters with high water warnings and river closure notices. - Passengers had no idea why the guides were a bit jittery, as most of the rapids weren’t big, but the water was fast. Not many can say they experienced those epic days on the Colorado in 1983, and Taggett is lucky to own a piece of history on that river that will likely never be repeated. - —— Awesome story and image from @oars_rafting and Rudy Petschek. If you’re looking for a splashy summer adventure check them out.

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