Flame Lantern, Card-Axe, ‘Arrowhead 135’ Race: GearJunkie Week In Review

A recap of top stories for the past week, Jan 24 – 30, 2016.

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1) Super-Mom Crushes 135-Mile Winter Bike Race

Just seven weeks after giving birth to a daughter, this super-mom rode the Arrowhead 135, one of the toughest winter bike races on the planet.

2) ‘Outdoor Product Design’ Now University Degree

This Utah State bachelor of science degree is tailor-made for outdoor enthusiasts, product designers, and general gear junkies looking to begin a career in the outdoors industry.

3) Free, Off-Grid Weather Reports With InReach Explorer

If you have a Delorme InReach Explorer you can get a customized weather forecast almost anywhere on the planet.

4) Powerful & Hands-Free: New ‘Strip’ Lighting

New style of lighting strip holds five powerful LEDs on a flexible rod of spring steel producing up to 800 lumens of night-piercing light.

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5) ‘Credit Card Axe’ Zip-Ties To Shaft

No, this credit card sized axe isn’t exactly practical. But yes, it is still awesome.

6) ‘Hoverboards’ Under Investigation By Product Safety Commission

Videos of the two-wheel toys known as ‘hoverboards’ catching fire and bucking off riders have flooded the Internet. Now the Consumer Products Safety Commission has taken notice.

7) Kershaw G10 Cryo Knife Review

The Kershaw Cryo is an inexpensive, assist-opening EDC knife designed by a renowned knife maker.

8) Candle Power: LED Lantern Runs On Flame

‘What if you could light up a room with just one candle?’ That question is posed by Lumir, a Korea-based company with a simple solution for illuminating dark places with a tiny flame.

9) Urban Snowboarding In New York City

When 26 inches of snow fell on NYC, a snowboarder hits the streets to get some powder turns.

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10) Arrowhead 135: Gear Breakdown For Extreme Winter Race

With a 135-mile course and temps below zero, the Arrowhead 135 is among the most difficult endurance events on Earth. We delve into the gear of the Arrowhead with a three-time course champ.

11) Patagonia R1 Hoody: Three Weeks, No Stink With Polygiene

Synthetic insulation is great, except for the stink factor. Our reviewer spent weeks in the Patagonia R1 Hoody to see how the anti-stink agent Polygiene performs against funk.

12) Riksgränsen: The Swedish Home Of Freeskiing

Get a history lesson on Swedish freeskiing while watching Henrik Windstedt and Leo Ahrens ski laps at the world’s most northern resort.

13) Man Tasers Moose To Free It From Ropes

This is why you shouldn’t lure animals near homes with food or attractants, says Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

14) Scholarship Aims To Grow Women’s Biking

The Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship advances the skills of a select group of female bike shop employees and owners. Can it increase women’s cycling participation?

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15) Electronic Recovery: A Shocking Option For Outdoors Athletes

Electronic stimulation helps muscles recover faster. That’s the theory behind the Marc Pro Plus, a recovery machine we test in this review.

16) Shorts Made For Winter? Startup Brand Sees A Market

You know that guy who eschews pants and wears shorts no matter the temp outdoors? These are for him.

17) Boundary Waters Expedition: Gear Update From The Field

After 124 days straight in the wilderness, these five camping products have proven their utility time and again.

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18) 2,660 Miles: Backpacking Full ‘Pacific Crest Trail’

Follow life-long friends, Colin and Casey, as they hike the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.

19) Ride All Winter Long: Chrome Cold-Weather Cycling Kit

Sure, biking in the winter is tough. But you can laugh into the teeth of the wind when you dress right. Three products from Chrome help dominate the winter chill.