Gear

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Find out why it takes two years for some packs to go from idea to retail It takes a long, long time for a product to go from idea to retail. We asked Nathan Kuder, Black Diamond's category director for packs,
A few of our picks for the year Keen Pyrenees(1.1 kg, 2.4 lbs; $190; keencanada.ca) Keen seems to have left its funky style behind with this traditional leather hiking boot. The sleek and nicely tanned full-grain leather upper (backed by...
There's a lot that happens to your shoes before they hit the shelves Looking at a finished piece of gear, it's not always obvious just how many steps are required to actually construct it. Keen's outdoor category director Blaine Conrad...
Some great gear finds that won't break the bank MEC Watchtower Jacket ($45) A warm, functional fleece for less than $50? Definitely a steal. The Watchtower is simple-it only has one Napoleon-style pocket, a cinch waist and a full-length zip-but...
Winter gear you can't live without POC Cornea ($165) We wear a lot of eye-catching stuff, but nothing has ever received as many positive comments as these goggles. And yet that's not what makes the Cornea special. By attaching the lenses...
Read these tales of ice and snow on those winter nights that are just too cold to venture outdoors Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis By John Baldwin Self-published. $40 The ultimate guide to skiing in the back country of B.C.'s Coast Range from...
These fashionable jackets are both enviro- and human-friendly We think it's great that gear makers are much more environmentally aware. But if you really want to change the world, the products have to work too. Here are four new offerings...
What you need to consider when buying eco-friendly gear Buying sustainably means considering a product's lifespan from cradle to cradle—from the raw material used to build it, through the construction and delivery process, to how it is eventually disposed of. This...
Some of our picks for the best apps to have in the wild An iPhone application (or "app") is a little program that has been created with a specific task in mind—info sharing, mapping, communicating, finance, list making, or just fun...
1. Figure out what you need in a bike. What trails do you ride now and what kind of trails do you want to ride? How important is weight? 2. New or used? Used bikes can save you lots of money...
You want a bike that will go wherever you want. Choose from our trail-tested models 1. Norco Fluid 4 ($1,940; 33 lbs) Of the bikes we tested, this ride rates as the best bang for your buck. Clipped into the Fluid, we...
An essential list for your day hike Sponsored feature from Coast Mountain Sports A day hike is a short trek that gets you out and back within one day. Even the quickest day hike has a list of necessary gear, so print...
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