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Bikes still make an impact on the earth. Learn how to green your ride Sure, sweat-propelled activities are better for the environment than motorized ones, but that doesn't mean that our bikes, surfboards and skis don't have an impact on the...
One of the coolest water shoes out there With the Gnarkosi, Teva set out to make a shoe for wakeskating—basically skateboarding on water—and succeeded in building one the coolest water shoes on the block. Picture a skate shoe full of...
A pack for the everyday traveller The main pocket of the pack is split by a divider. The pocket closest to your back doubles as a sleeve for a hydration bladder, with a separate side-zip access. We also used this...
This book will help hikers of all levels get a better grasp on the outdoors If Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within does nothing else, it will inspire you to get off the couch and go hiking. The latest book from...
This ultra light jacket is made from the lightest material the North Face has ever used in it's Summit Series Essentially weightless (three ounces), basically translucent and compressible into a coin purse-sized pocket, the water-resistant Verto immediately convinced us that...
A backpack made for photographers Naming all the attributes of the Dakine Sequence photography pack would take too long—the manufacturer seems to have thought of everything. This is the ultimate pack for outdoor photographers, especially those who ski and snowboard. There...
Sea kayaking is picking up speed. Here's how to do it right In the July/August 2010 issue of explore, Conor Mihell reported about the Hurricane Riders, a group of extreme sea kayakers in B.C. Using full-length sea kayaks, these guys rip...
What to bring backpacking to make your trip as comfortable as possible Backpacking is typically an overnight or multi-day hiking trip where all food and equipment necessary to travel on foot during the day and camp overnight is carried. - Trekking poles -...
How companies are combining gear and casual wear "Climbers do yoga," says CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-Op. "Active people in the wilderness, they live in urban environments, they run, they cycle. We always said, 'We'll give you this part of your...
Ryan Stuart explains why soft shells are best for winter layering A reader asked me my strategy for layering for ski touring. Here's what I replied: In the winter my jacket strategy is a softshell 90 percent of the time. I throw...
Gear and gadgets to keep you warm and dry this winter Sanyo eneloop Kairo KIR SL2 ($70; sanyo.com) Do the math: A $1 disposable, chemical handwarmer lasts about as long as the $70 battery powered Kairo, but the Kairo can be recharged...
Everything you need to stay warm outside this winter Sponsored feature from Atmosphere - Fitted base layer top - Fitted base layer pants - Midweight Merino wool socks - Sweater - Vest - Waterproof, thermal gloves or mitts - Goggles - Insulated pants - Insulated jacket - Waterproof, insulated hiking...
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