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Yak Wool, Meb’s Tips, Bikepacking Kit: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories for the past week, March 5 – March 12, 2016.

GearJunkie Week In Review

1) We Tested Yak Wool, And It’s Awesome (but pricey)

Kora makes high-end outdoor apparel made from wool collected from molting yaks in the Himalayan Mountains.

2) Rubber Sole ‘Sticks’ To Ice: Vibram Arctic Grip Explained

Vibram’s Arctic Grip is a remarkable new sole material that clings to wet ice almost like metal spikes. Here are 9 things to know about the new outsole technology.

3) Bikepacking Camp Kit Put To Test

A floorless pyramid tent, mesh bug bivy, and ‘bathtub floor’ sleeping bag make up this 4lbs., 10oz. kit from NEMO made to carry on your bikepacking adventures.

4) Snowboarding Is Not Dead

Numbers may dwindle, winters may be warm, but the soul of snowsports is healthy and strong.

5) Jeep Just Unveiled 7 Concepts. All Are Freakin’ Badass

Every year, Jeep unveils a slew of wicked concept vehicles for the Easter Jeep Safari; this year’s concepts are off-the-charts cool.

6) Elevated Camping: Meet The Snow Peak ‘Sky Nest’

Snow Peak’s Sky Nest is a hammock-tent combo that offers a cozy (albeit pricey) night spent above ground.

7) Featherweight Flipper Knife: AG Russell Small Skorpion

At just 1.8 ounces, the AG Russell Skorpion is a modern folding knife with all the bells and whistles for just $65.

8) Angry Bird! Cyclists Chased By An Ostrich

Stop what you’re doing and take a moment to see one real world angry bird chase down cyclists in the funniest video you’ll see today.

9) Rugged ‘Adventure’ Cooler Holds Ice For Days

We beat up Stanley’s latest cooler, the Adventure 30, to ensure you won’t break it in everyday use.

10) Woman To Race 2,745 Miles After Beating Illness

In 2010, doctors rushed to save Bonnie Gagnon’s life. Six years later, she’s preparing for the hardest mountain bike race in North America.

11) Meb’s Tips For Performing Into Your 40s And Beyond

We spoke to the Olympic medalist and Boston Marathon champion, now 40, about how to train, avoid injury, and compete at a high level as the years roll by.

12) The Greatest Beer Event That You’ve Never Heard Of

Can you catch a beer mid-air and slam it, performing tricks along the way? We thought so. Welcome to Gelande Quaffing, the Winter Olympics version of the Beer Mile.

13) Portland’s Velo Cult Is Future Of Bike Retail

Velo Cult represents a new kind of ‘retail experience,’ combining a bike shop with a community hub containing a bar (coffee and beer), a stage, and a theater in the basement for events.

14) 8 Tips: How To Sleep Well At 30 Below Zero

Winter camping can be a comfortable experience, even when the mercury plummets.

15) Yakima Kills The Q Tower, Launches StreamLine

Say goodbye to the long-enduring rack design. Yakima this spring rolls out its biggest product launch in company history.

16) Review: $40 Camping Hammock, Straps Included

Serac provides a sturdy, budget-friendly hammock that will get you off the ground for less than $40, with tree straps included.

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