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KEEN's lightweight, fast NXIS—pronounced "Nex-is"—stands for "no terrain is the same." NXIS combines all the stability and comfort of the brand’s legendary, multi-award-winning hiker, the Targhee, with the flexibility, lightness and support of a trail runner. Whether you begin your...
Sad story: if you have ever lost outdoor gear, someone else probably found it. They might have even wanted to return it to you but couldn’t. How would they? Maybe your precious gear went to a thrift store, their...
For outdoor activities where your pockets won’t be enough to fit your essentials, a comfortable daypack is crucial to enjoying your time outside. But between padded hip belts, adjustable torso lengths and mesh back panels, deciding on one can be...
When Waterton resident Christie Low went for a short family walk around town on April 1st, she was unpleasantly surprised to find two tick bites on her torso—and a tick still attached to one bite! “Because we weren’t hiking or on...
Speaking from experience, ankle sprains are the worst. Not only is spraining your ankle super painful, but the time you must take off from hiking and other sports to recover can be extremely frustrating. (Not to mention the armpit...
Over the past year, I've watched as British Columbia has been hit with an unprecedented amount of weather extremes: record-breaking temperatures, devastating forest fires, extreme flooding and an Arctic outflow that blanketed the province with sub-zero temperatures and snowstorms. Here in...
The short answer is yes! Heavy and awkwardly packed items can pull on or poke your body in uncomfortable ways after only a few minutes on the trail. Stashing items like bear spray and water in your backpack creates a...
With spring upon us, sunny days becoming more frequent and the days getting longer, you may be itching to get outdoors. Personally, I can’t wait to go kayaking and canoeing in the Okanagan with my dad. If you’re also hoping...
Tired of spending your hard-earned dollars on big-brand gear? Thankfully, you can find amazing products made (that's right, made) right here in Canada. Shopping locally for your outdoor apparel and equipment comes with a myriad of amazing benefits. You'll get...
Think about the clothes you're wearing. Where were they made? Who made them? For how long do you intend on owning them? Big questions that aren't always asked by many. Rene Gauthier is asking these questions. He is the CEO of a...
Venture Solar Water Bottle Lantern Remember that old camping hack where you strap your head lamp to a jug of water to make a make-shift lantern? Well, now you can simply use the new, and much lighter, SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer)...
We love the Christmas-morning feeling, and our members do too. Everything inside the gear box is hand-picked by Explore’s editor, David Webb. When members open their boxes, they have no idea what they’re getting—only that it’s going to be good...
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