BD Recall, Shaped Zipper, Snowball Gun: GearJunkie Week In Review

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A recap of top stories for the past week, Jan. 30 – Feb. 6, 2016.

week in review

1) Black Diamond Issues Recall Of Carabiners, Runners

If you own carabiners or runners manufactured by Black Diamond in the last year or two, this recall likely affects you.

2) New Zipper From YKK ‘Forms Around Face’

The Fix A Zip zipper forms around the face for a comfortable closure. It comes to market first in the Shaper Jacket from Eider.

3) Review: ‘Chroma’ Drone Gives Stunning Aerial Footage

The world has changed for pro and amateur videographers—with the whirring blades of a drone signifying a new era. Here we review the Chroma, a solid mid-level drone option.

4) Eagles Trained To Take Down Drones

‘Guards From Above’ is a new service using birds of prey that, in the company’s words, ‘intercept hostile drones.’

5) Breathtaking Encounters With Rare White Moose

Filmed in Sweden over two years, this rare white moose video is something few people will see with their own eyes.

6) ‘Pump’ Real Espresso In Backcountry With Tiny Unit

The Minipresso is a human-powered machine that makes delicious espresso anywhere. We put it to the caffeinated test winter camping and hiking far from civilization.

7) Skier & Ivy Leaguer: ’12-Year-Plan’ At Dartmouth

He drives a junker ’91 Toyota purchased with a six-pack of beer, but this 22-year-old is simultaneously aiming for the Olympics and an Ivy League degree.

8) Got iPhone? Skier’s New Video Selfie Method

The ‘Centriphone’ technique attaches an iPhone to strings, which the user then spins around himself while the camera records.

9) ‘Manic Training’ A Workout Fit For Everest

High Intensity Interval Training is a booming trend in the fitness world. Here’s how Colorado-founded Manic Training helps Olympic competitors, mountaineers, traumatically injured athletes, and even stay-at-home parents, reach their summits.

10)‘Survival Jacket’ For Those Who Expect The Worst

If your next adventure requires this jacket, you may want to reconsider your plans. But when it all hits the fan, the Condition Black survival jacket has you covered.

11) G3 Boundary 100: A Do-All Backcountry Ski

The Boundary 100 ski from G3 is a versatile touring ski light enough to climb fast. But does it have enough beef to really charge downhill?

12) GearJunkie, QBP Build ‘Ultimate Winter Bike’

GearJunkie partnered with QBP to custom-build a perfect winter bike for urban riders.

13) Fat And Furious! Snow Bikes Go Steep And Deep

Pushing the limits of fat biking, the team from Rocky Mountain Bicycles forged into the backcountry to rip some epic pow lines in their new film 2 Fat 2 Furious.

14) Ouray Ice: Power And Skill At 2016 Ice Climbing Fest

Thirty-three climbers from around the world competed in the 2016 Ouray Ice Festival. Only one made it to the top. This video highlights the power, skill, and sketchy nature of mixed ice climbing.

15) Moto-SUP: Jet Propulsion Motor In Your Board

The internal electric motor of this SUP can push at up to 3.5 knots and it assists inflation for setup.

16) Winter Cycling Congress

An international ‘congress’ about biking in the winter? Yep, it started this week in Minneapolis, and GearJunkie is live at the event.

17) ‘Snowball Machine Gun’ Launches Playful Arms Race

This DIY, gas-powered thrower shoots 13 snowballs in half a second!

18) The Haute Route: A Classic Swiss Ski Traverse

Follow along as Mike Douglas and Alexis Godbout tour through Switzerland’s Urner Alps to explore a beautiful mountain range on skis.

19) ‘Arrowhead 135’ Ultra In Photos

In the 12th running of what has been cited as one of ‘The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges’, moderate temps created a different set of problems for Arrowhead Ultra racers than in past years—wet clothes and soft snow made for a challenging race.

20) GoPro, Periscope Team Up For Live Broadcasting

Live video on social media while you ski? The GoPro Hero 4 can now broadcast directly to Periscope for iPhone via Wi-Fi.

21) ‘Road To OR’ Film Captures 1,200-Mile Trip

Fat biking to climbing a major mountain peak… the ‘Road To OR’ video highlights a 1,200-mile road trip from GearJunkie headquarters to the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City last month.

22) Retro Fashion: Rent 1980s’ ‘Onesie’ For Your Ski Trip

GetOutfitted is a gear-rental company that ships direct to your home. Starting today, the company has retro options.

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.
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