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Steripen Goes Ultralight And Reusable

  Steripen, which has been racking up awards for UV light purifiers like the AdventurerOpti, has launched a bigger, badder model. Actually, it's a smaller, friendlier model. The Freedom is the company's smallest and lightest UV purifier to date and is also its first rechargable model. Given the explosion of portable solar and crank chargers over the past few years, Freedom should be able to ensure that you always have access to clean water, no...
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Delorme Gets Serious About Two-Way Emergency Communications

  Last time I looked, the Delorme PN-60W + SPOT is still pretty busy earning industry awards. But there may soon be an even better solution out there, and it's also from Delorme. The inReach is a two-way satellite communication beacon that lets you both send and receive text messages. The SPOT lets you send out messages, but doesn't let you receive them, leaving the question of whether or not your pleas for help were...
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DVS Rico Sandbar Water Shoe

  Water shoes are a cool idea, but typically look horribly unfashionable. The DVS Rico Sandbar provides all the water-seeping ventilation of your typical water shoe, and it looks just like a standard skate shoe--albeit with a lot of holes poked in it. Looks like the perfect shoe to hit some beachside rails and ramps before taking a quick run into the surf. $48 from DVS. Via Adventure Journal
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Touring the Grand Canyon...By Jet Pack

  Jet pack master and all-around airborne psycho Yves Rossy recently added to his professional portfolio of insane stunts by flying over the Grand Canyon by way of jet pack. The Swiss "Jetman" took off in a helicopter on Tuesday morning, propellered up to 8,000 feet over the great gash's floor, leapt out of the chopper and flicked the ignition on his four-motor jet wing. From there, he hit speeds up to 190 mph and...
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Ski Gear Review: Smith I/O Goggles

If you're looking for an excellent pair of ski goggles for all your powder, groomer and slackcountry adventures, consider the Smith I/O goggles a go-to option. I put nearly two full seasons  on my Smith I/Os and am ready to report that they look good and perform seamlessly on the mountain.   Look I was attracted to the I/Os because I like rimless design in general. Something about rimless goggles and sunglasses just seems natural...
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The Best Websites For Gear Deals, Any and Every Day of the Year

  Gear is expensive. It doesn't necessarily last either. You could easily spend thousands and tens of thousands a year decorating every closet and cranny in your house with snowboards, skis, skins, bikes, kayaks, paddles, winter outerwear, spring outerwear, summer outerwear, fall outwear, hiking boots, hiking shoes, running shoes, climbing shoes...the list goes on and on. And if you really want to get out there, you probably shouldn't be working 20 hours of OT every...
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Review: Ortovox Merino Supersoft Long Sleeve Zipper

  The most comfortable base layer I've ever worn: If I had only one phrase, that's how I'd describe the Ortovox Merino Supersoft Long Sleeve Zipper. Luckily, I'm not limited to just one phrase and can go into a little more detail. The base layer is made of a blend of 57 percent merino wool and 43 percent Lenzing Modal natural fiber. The latter is a fiber made from beech wood cellulose. Wood fiber doesn't...
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How to Turn a Pump Filter into a Gravity Filter

  Deciding between a pump filter and a gravity filter can be a challenge; while pump filters are generally quicker, they take more effort, where a gravity filter is much more convenient-just set it up and let it rip. Most people that I know (including myself) tend to swing towards the pump filter, mainly because I'd rather just pump out the water I need when I'm at a source than have to wait while a...
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Bear Grylls' Gets More Knives

Earlier this year, Bear Grylls and Gerber teamed up to offer a survival knife. And it looks like that team-up is paying off, because the parties are preparing for a major expansion. Gerber and Grylls are about to have an entire gear family, with a line of folding knives, a machete, survival kit and multi-tool in the works for launch next year. I expect to get some more information about these at Outdoor Retailer later...
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DIY Winter Bike Tires--With Zip Ties

Fritz Rice was a victim of one of this winter' snowpocalypses, and being the intrepid biker he is, he wanted to keep riding through the frozen mess. His solution for maintaining traction? A box of zip ties. Ingenious. Via.      
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