GJ Week in Review: AT Record, VW Bus, Future Surfing

A recap of top stories for the week of Aug. 27 – Sept. 2, 2017.

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1) Arc’teryx Recalls 4,000+ Pairs Of SkiMo Boots

The flaw can result in damage to the boot and is a potential fall hazard.

2) Durable-Waterproof: Hyperlite ‘Dyneema’ Jacket Weighs 5 Oz.

Made in the USA of an exotic, super-tough material hybrid, Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s ‘The Shell’ jacket promises to turn heads.

3) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from Arc’teryx, Patagonia, and Grand Trunk.

4) Simpler Straps: Nite Ize Reinvents The Tie-Down

No more pinched fingers, tough adjustments, or twisted straps. Those are goals with a new Nite Ize product line.

5) Brand Profile: ‘Watershed’ Duffel Made In The USA

The brand Watershed began building waterproof duffels in the 1990’s. Today, the brand still makes waterproof bags in the USA.

6) Bass Pro Shops Provides 80 Boats For Hurricane Relief

In response to Hurricane Harvey, Bass Pro Shops is providing 80 Tracker boats to government agencies and rescue organizations along with more than $40,000 in relief supplies.

7) Midwest Family Roadtrip: 4 Kid-Friendly Outdoor Destinations

Join the founder of GearJunkie on a meandering mid-continent summer road trip to four adventurous destinations a modest drive from most Midwestern homes.

8) REI Labor Day Sale: What GJ Editors Want to Buy

REI’s Labor Day sale is here and we want to help you navigate the sea of deals. Check out what our editors recommend adding to your gear closet.

9) Gunshots Fired At Utah Rock Climbers

Utah Police are investigating after two climbers reported bullets ‘whizzing by’ as they scaled the rock face in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

10) Too Many Deaths: CO Officials Launch Mountain Safety Program

Seven people have died in the Elk Mountains this year. Pitkin County officials have seen enough.

11) People Are Crazy For The New VW Bus: Here’s Why

News of the iconic ‘Hippie Van’s’ Millennial facelift crushed the Internet last week. Here’s what you need to know.

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12) Future Of Surf? We Ride NLand’s On-Demand Ocean

Perfect surfable waves every 2 minutes, all day long… that is the reality at NLand, a one-of-a-kind venue outside of Austin, Texas.

13) All Or Nothing: Woman Tackles 5,000 Miles By Bike

Abby Taylor joined the Packing It Out movement on a whim. Now, she’s biked more than 3,000 miles across the United States by bicycle “off the couch.”

14) 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 Petzl, REI, Black Diamond, and more.

15) Pop (Way) Up: Apparel Store Hands Out Gear On Cliff Face

37.5 opened the ‘World’s Most Remote Pop-Up’ on Eldorado Canyon’s Bastille Wall, 300 feet above the deck.

16) Pro Cycling Team Aims To ‘Crowd-Fund’ $2 Million Budget

After a new team partner backed out of a commitment, the professional cycling team Cannondale–Drapac found itself with a serious budget shortfall. Now, it’s ramping a crowd-funding campaign to keep the team alive.

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) Stranded, Arctic Rowers End Expedition With 11 World Records

An international crew of rowers paddled 600 miles in nine days, reaching the farthest northern point by rowboat. They set 11 world records before ending the expedition early, stranded on a remote island.

19) AT Crushed: ‘Stringbean’ Sets Fastest Speed Record

Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy set a new record on the Appalachian Trail today, beating both unsupported and supported times. He hiked the 2,190-mile route in a fastest known time (FKT) of 45 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes.

Appalachian Trail Unsupported And Supported Speed Record FKT Set Joe "String Bean" McConaughy

20) ‘Bullet Ant’ Blade: Big Utility in a Small Package

The $80 ESEE Izula-II takes its name from one of the fiercest insects in the jungles of Peru. We put it to the test in this review.

21) Epic Wedding: Ski Lift Slackline Hero Gets Married

Mickey Wilson, a pro slackliner who shimmied atop a ski-lift cable to rescue a hanging man in A-Basin last winter, married Purple McMullen-Laird in a similarly suspenseful, and spectacular, way.

22) Outdoor Hazards: Flash Flood

Hell in high water, floods are a leading cause of death in the outdoors. Here are some pointers to play it safe.

23) Video: #RVLife Maintenance Tips

RV Maintenance: Check these nine tips off your list to keep recreational vehicles rolling smooth.

24) Top Tips For Running The UTMB: An Expert’s Guide

The UTMB is among ultra-running’s storied races. We spoke with running legend Eric Lacroix for five tips to complete the UTMB.

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