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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.

June 15th, 2018
Gerber Suspension-NXT Truss multi-tools

Better ‘Suspension’: Gerber Updates Classic Multitool

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

June 15th, 2018
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6 Unlikely ‘Boosts’ to Outdoor Innovation

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.

June 15th, 2018
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World’s Toughest Grandma Fights Off, Strangles Rabid Bobcat

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.

June 15th, 2018
Columbia Conspiracy III hiking shoe

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Fresh Cut: Inside ‘Naked and Afraid’ Survivalist’s Knifemaking Book

Primitive survival expert Laura Zerra got her 82 days of fame on the reality TV show “Naked and Afraid.” Now she’s releasing a book about how to make a knife in real life.

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‘Vintage Electric’ Makes Bike Commuting a Breeze

The electric bicycle is increasingly gaining traction in the U.S. And after riding a Vintage Electric e-bike for the last month, I know why.

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Carbon-Handled ‘Sebenza 21’ Knife Is a Razor-Sharp Gem

Chris Reeve’s small Sebenza 21 Insingo in carbon fiber is the best custom knife you can buy without selling your Subie. Find out why in this review.

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.

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.

Big Knives on a Budget: 3 ‘Choppers’ Tested

We put three big, burly knives to a head-to-head test to find out which was the best chopping value. Kershaw, Steel Will, and Schrade head to the starting line in this chop-off for glory.

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.

The Garmin Descent Mk1 Is Perfect for Spearfishing: Here’s Why

The Garmin Descent Mk1 is a fully capable GPS-enhanced dive computer with the added functionality of Fenix 5’s everyday lifestyle activity tracking.

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.

Review: Orvis Built the Pro Wading Jacket for Fishing Guides

The Orvis Pro Wading Jacket is a waterproof/breathable shell designed for serious anglers braving nasty weather. I took it fishing in Montana for this review.

BCA Float 27 Speed Avalanche Airbag Reviewed

The new BCA Float 2.0 system is lighter and more useful than previous versions. We skied with the BCA Float 27 Speed pack during an avalanche course for this review.

No Frills Pack: Thule AllTrail 35 First Look

Minimal features and an unassuming profile – Thule shoots for a single-quiver pack with the All Trail 35. I tested it hiking and scrambling.

Review: Rudy Project ‘Protera’ MTB Helmet Made for Dirt

We got dirty with Rudy Project’s first trail-specific bike helmet, the Protera, for this review. Rudy Project’s Protera is well ventilated, light, comfortable, and safe. But it does have some flaws.

‘Vintage Electric’ Makes Bike Commuting a Breeze

The electric bicycle is increasingly gaining traction in the U.S. And after riding a Vintage Electric e-bike for the last month, I know why.

Light, Durable 9.4 Is Black Diamond’s Thinnest Single Rope Yet

Black Diamond’s smallest diameter single climbing rope, the 9.4, proved effective and tactile on hard sport climbing and towering multi-pitch climbs.

Tough Shoe for Tough Workouts: Altra HIIT XT Review

Altra breaks into the fitness world with the HITT XT – a tough, stable, and comfortable cross-training shoe. We wore the Altra HIIT XT through two months of workouts (and counting) during our review.

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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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