GJ Week In Review: Bears Ears, Next-Gen Ski Binding, Tandem Hammock

A recap of top stories for the week of Dec. 3–9, 2017.

1) Watch: RV Trip to an Alaskan Skiing Dreamland

Sleep on the side of the road, sled to the bottom of a mountain, boot pack up, and ski down. Repeat.

2) Spiders Drink Nanotubes, Spin Kevlar-Strength Web

After drinking carbon nanotubes, lab spiders spun silk capable of holding a person. Sweet dreams.

3) New Material: Columbia’s ‘Most-Tech’ Ski Jacket Ever Made

Columbia partnered with world cup skiers to build the best jacket with the latest technologies. Meet the Outdry Ex Mogul Jacket.

4) Monday Bargains: Three Steals to Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from Columbia, Chaco, and Mountain Hardwear.

5) Columbia Strikes Back with Performance Star Wars Jackets

Columbia Sportswear celebrates the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with a limited run of winter jackets inspired by the Empire Strikes Back.

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6) Film Shows Horrifying Reality of Big Wave Surfing

It’s not all beautiful barrels and riding cleanly out of waves. Bones break, muscles tear, and even worse things happen when surfers take on the biggest waves in the world.

7) Tribes Sue Trump Over Bears Ears

President Trump’s decision to gut the Bears Ears National Monument by 85% won’t pass without a fight.

8) Your Whole Camp Kitchen in a Box

Dubbed an all-in-one kitchen system, the EatOut combines a kitchen utensil rack, main storage, two gas stoves, and three tables, all in a compact box.

9) Lyft Now Offers ‘Ski Rack’ To The Slopes

The rideshare company offers the new service to help you avoid ski resort parking and car rentals on your ski vacation.

10) Watch Kilian Jornet Scale Exposed Ridge Like A Mountain Goat

If you don’t like heights, just look away.

11) Meet Lamborghini’s ‘Super Sport-Utility Vehicle’

Grab the kids from soccer and head out to win the Cannonball Run: This Lamborghini SUV has a V8 engine, top speed of 190 mph, and seating for five.

12) REI Staff: What They’d Give

REI staffers spend their days learning, talking, and dreaming about gear – and getting outside to use it. So, what gifts do they give? Glad you asked.

13) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings of the Week

Our weekly column finds the best deals from across the web to save you money on outdoors gear. Check out the deals from Smartwool, Gregory, Mountain Hardwear, Osprey, and more.

14) Evening Movie: Candide Thovex (And Many More) in Ski Feature Film

Sit back, relax, and enjoy 46 minutes of incredible skiing in THIS IS HOME by The Faction Collective.

15) Patagonia Leads Bears Ears Coalition, Sues Trump Administration

‘It is as if he took a whole person, slashed it, and left us with a couple of limbs.’

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16) 15 Under $15: Amazon Camping Gear Guide

We utilized Amazon’s Outdoor section to showcase camping gear that is under $15 that will help you enjoy a day outdoors and a night sleeping under the stars.

17) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

Our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

18) Better Together: ENO Fuse Tandem Hammock System Review

Hang two hammocks side by side from just two trees. In our review of ENO’s Fuse Tandem hammock spreader bar, we found it to be lightweight, versatile, affordable, and awesome.

19) Meet the Next Generation of Ski Bindings

The Salomon S/Lab Shift MNC functions as both an alpine and tech ski binding. And it works with pin-tech boots and traditional alpine ski boots alike. Hitting the market in 2018, this ‘multi-norm compatible’ binding is like nothing you’ve seen before.

20) Watch: Perfect Ski Turns in Glorious HD and Slo-Mo

A legend, a current pro, and a rising star absolutely fly down groomed runs in France. In the video, they articulate the sensation of a perfect ski turn.

21) Pitch on a Ledge: MSR Advance Pro 4-Season Tent Review

The MSR Advance Pro 2 is lightweight, has a small footprint, bomber construction, and a single climber can pitch it standing in one spot. We review this highly desirable tent for the hardcore alpinist or mountaineer.

22) ‘Lost World’: 100 Hours Paddling Mexico’s Forgotten River

You can cram a lot of adventure into very little time. Take, for example, this whirlwind trip to Chiapas, Mexico. We paddled La Venta, a world-class river in a world forgotten by time.

23) Gifts for the Outdoors Person in Your Life

Consider yourself a Gear Junkie? Then look away. This guide is for the non-outdoorsy person shopping for YOU.

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