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Weather Report

  • Montana Can Expect Snow and Freezing Rain this Weekend

    Montana is getting into the snowfall season, with a winter weather advisory in effect until 5 pm Saturday evening.

    Montana Can Expect Snow and Freezing Rain this Weekend
  • Lake Effect Snow Still Hitting Upstate New York

    Lake Effect is expected to continue into the evening in Upstate New York with another two to three inches of fresh powder to top off the multiple feet the area has already received.

    Lake Effect Snow Still Hitting Upstate New York
  • Potential for Up to 3 Feet of Fresh Snow in Utah

    In the Rockies, Colorado can expect to add on to its impressive early season snow depths as a winter storm warning has been issued for areas including Steamboat and Vail.

    Potential for Up to 3 Feet of Fresh Snow in Utah
  • Pacific Northwest Braces for Snow as Winter Kicks Into High Gear

    The Pacific Northwest is finally getting ready to join in the winter fun.

    Pacific Northwest Braces for Snow as Winter Kicks Into High Gear

Fresh Stories

  • Qualify the Need for Serration

    Qualify the Need for Serration

    By: Nick LeFort

    Serrations on a knife blade have long been considered a blessing and a curse. Knowing the limitations of serrated blades makes it easier to minimize the cursing.

  • Pack Like a Pro: JT Holmes films his flights

    Pack Like a Pro: JT Holmes films his flights

    By: Billy Brown

    California-based JT Holmes spends his winters in the Lake Tahoe area, skiing his home turf at Squaw Valley Ski Resort. When he’s not on skis, the multi-talented athlete can be found pushing the limits of human flight, whether in a wingsuit, on skis, or a combination of the two.

  • First Looks at New Gore-Tex C-Knit Backer Technology

    First Looks at New Gore-Tex C-Knit Backer Technology

    By: Aaron Bible

    Being touted as a true innovation for hikers, trekkers and free riders, C-Knit backer technology provides a softer, silkier feel as the third-layer of three-layer Gore-Tex laminates.

  • MSR WindBoiler: The new standard for efficient backpacking stoves

    MSR WindBoiler: The new standard for efficient backpacking stoves

    By: Craig Rowe

    The WindBoiler resists wind influences and boils water quickly thanks to its primary air fueling system. And because the radiant burner is fully enclosed, the captured exhaust augments the pace at which the pot is heated.

  • Pack Like a Pro: Kayaker Chris Gragtmans Shares His Tips

    Pack Like a Pro: Kayaker Chris Gragtmans Shares His Tips

    By: Aaron Bible

    Professional kayaker, author and motivational speaker Chris Gragtmans manages the Pro Team for Dagger Kayaks from his home in Asheville, North Carolina. Here he shares his thoughts on his sports, and the gear he uses.

  • Black Diamond to Cease Telemark Boot Production

    Black Diamond to Cease Telemark Boot Production

    By: Craig Dostie

    The decline of interest in telemark skiing continues to make the news. Are telemark equipment companies leaving free-heel behind?

  • GoPole Extends Your Camera’s Potential

    GoPole Extends Your Camera’s Potential

    By: Dan Nelson

    The new GoPole tools move your camera out beyond the end of your arm, giving you the chance to shoot from angles few photographers can match, especially in aquatic situations.

Fresh Tests

  • Saucony Cortana 4

    88

    2014

    Running > Road Running Shoes

    Saucony Cortana 4

    The Saucony Cortana 4 is a low-ramp lightweight shoe with a heaping helping of cushion from heel to toe.&n...

  • Fischer Ranger 106 TI Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    86

    2014

    Skiing > Skis

    Fischer Ranger 106 TI Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    Fischer's Ranger 106 TI loves wrangling packed snow.

  • Nordica Helldorado Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    96

    2014

    Skiing > Skis

    Nordica Helldorado Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    The Helldorado is your wingman for kicking big mountain butt and taking names this year.

  • Rossignol Soul 7 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    93

    2014

    Skiing > Skis

    Rossignol Soul 7 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    Rossi's Soul 7 brings dreamy float to the powder, but can pack a punch in the hardpack too.

  • Atomic Vantage Ritual Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    92

    2014

    Skiing > Skis

    Atomic Vantage Ritual Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    Atomic's Vantage Ritual has a distinct 'advantage' in terms of big mountain versatility.

  • Armada Invictus Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    76

    2014

    Skiing > Skis

    Armada Invictus Men's Skis - 2014/2015

    Armada's Invictus conquers when it comes to float and sluff-ability.