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The Gifts You Really Wanted: New Gear and Fear for a New Year

The holidays are over. The family is back home (thankfully). The leftovers are tucked neatly in the way back of the fridge (better get rid of those). Once again, it's officially life as we know it. One problem: All the fanfare, the twinkling lights, the booze, the wrapping paper ... and you still haven't gotten what you wanted. Hopefully what you did get was a couple of Christmas cards with checks or bills in them,...
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5 “Big Gifts” For the Outdoor Lover

Growing up, the patriarchs of my family made a Christmas tradition of the “big gift." Similar to Ralphie’s father saving the Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle until after all the other presents were accounted for, my grandfather and father would save the biggest gift for last. Sometimes they’d tell me to open a certain gift last; other times they’d hide the gift in a distant corner of house or car, revealing...
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Review: Baffin Scott, a Great Apres Ski Shoe

For the past several years, I've been looking for the ideal apres ski shoe - essentially a I've warm, waterproof shoe that I could get on and off easily without dunking my foot in cold, muddy ski-parking swamp (I prefer standing outside my hatch when I'm changing in and out of my snowboard gear). I've found it in the Baffin Scott clog after testing a sample last winter. The insulated shoes are rated down -4...
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Recon Instruments Skydiving GPS Goggles

  Recon Instruments has already revolutionized the way we track vert, distance and other measures on the ski slopes, now it's leaping off the mountain. Recon's new Flight HUD goggles use the sensor and GPS hardware from its ski goggles to provide a direct-to-eye read-out of forward speed, glide ratio and altitude for informational purposes. The system is designed for skydivers, BASE jumpers and wingsuiters. As in its ski system, the information appears on a...
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Grill Gadgets and Essentials

For me, grilling is a year-round affair. Whether it's a blizzardy, 0-degree night in January or a warm, humid afternoon in June, dinner (and lunch) tastes better when served sizzling and smoking off the grill. There may be no better time than the early fall, though. Mid-summer may be the most popular grill season, but cool sunny days, Saturday and Sunday afternoons filled with football games, and exploding colors make autumn an ideal time to...
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The World Outside GoPro: 5 Action Cam Alternatives

GoPro cameras, and their footage, have become a ubiquitous part of outdoor and action sports of all types and levels. While a handful of competitors like Drift and Contour have served as alternatives, GoPro has ruled the roost. Competition doesn't appear to be capitulating, however. A recent visit to the Outdoor Retailer show revealed more 1080p action cam alternatives than ever. Sony HDR-AS15 Action Cam Sony fully detailed its new HDR-AS15 Action Cam this week....
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Form Follows Function: Multi-Tools in Strange Packages

Multi-tools don't need to look the same. They need to get the job done. These multi-tools don't really look like multi-tools at all. But they do look like they get the job done. Like a boss. Wenger HypeX We've covered Wenger HypeX in the past, and the "toolery" certainly fits the bill here. A series of multi-tools built into necklaces, HypeX has earned itself the "Wenger" name (that's one of the two big Swiss Army...
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They Don't Look Like Bike Shoes...But Do They Look Worse?

I'm all for outdoor gear designed to look a little more casual, except when it ends up looking worse than regular outdoor gear. And that's how I'd classify the Task Collection from DZR Shoes. Designed "with performance attributes for cycling but without the ‘I am a cyclist appearance,’ the shoes attempt to bring a more casual look to cycling shoes. Instead, they look like a weird cross between casual loafers and full-on bike shoes. It's...
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Incog Bike Tool Slides Away In Your Handlebars

If you hate carrying bike tools around in your backpack or bike bag, maybe it's time to invest in the Incog bike tool. The innovative tool packs a selection of hex wrenches and screwdriver bits right into your handlebars. It's a flexible, elastic-based tool, so it fits both straight MTB bars and curved roadie bars. Pop open the other end of the handlebar, store the separate tire repair kit in there, and you're ready for...
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An Ultralight Washing Machine For Your Campground Laundry

Staying clean and camping don't really mix. Everything you touch - your tent, firewood, the ground, the picnic table, the vault toilet door - is covered in dirt, grime, grit and unthinkable microscopic predators. Couple that with a complete lack of running water, and you're bound to be grungy for the better part of the trip. If you're like me, you forget about it, take a wet-nap bath every now and again, and smoke the...
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