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First Look: SRAM RED eTap HRD Wireless Road Component Group Review

First Look: SRAM RED eTap HRD Wireless Road Component Group Review

Scott Boulbol

E-shifting has gone to a new level and after 600 miles of testing, our naysaying expert may be a convert.

First Look: Wenzel’s Shenanigan Teepee

First Look: Wenzel’s Shenanigan Teepee

Kassondra Cloos

If you regularly go camping with a group, the Shenanigan is a must-have for fair-weather outings.

The Hottest SkiMo Gear Picks for 2017/2018

The Hottest SkiMo Gear Picks for 2017/2018

Matt Hart

This season’s most anticipated light-and-fast backcountry ski gear.

New Fall/Winter Running Gear You Should Check Out

New Fall/Winter Running Gear You Should Check Out

Cory Smith

Our first impressions of three new running products from Nathan, CamelBak and Adidas Terrex.

First Look: Aukey AC-LC2 ActionCam Review

First Look: Aukey AC-LC2 ActionCam Review

Robert Annis

Aukey’s action cam offers GoPro-like footage at a more affordable price.

Cotopaxi’s Libre Sweater Doesn’t Stink

Cotopaxi’s Libre Sweater Doesn’t Stink

Kassondra Cloos

Made from Bolivian llama wool, this alpine sweater is ideal for multi-day trips.

First Look: Our Favorite New Gear from Interbike 2017

First Look: Our Favorite New Gear from Interbike 2017

Marie Malinowski

From e-bikes to Bluetooth pumps and screaming alarm locks, Interbike delivers a taste of what’s to come.

First Look: Sterling Evolution Helix 9.5 DryXP Review

First Look: Sterling Evolution Helix 9.5 DryXP Review

Seiji Ishii

Sterling now meets the UIAA standards for water-repellent rope.

First Look: Eddie Bauer's New EverTherm Down Jacket Review

First Look: Eddie Bauer's New EverTherm Down Jacket Review

M.T. Elliott

This jacket uses thin sheets of down for sleek insulation without the cold spots and clumping of a traditional quilted midlayer making it a not-so-puffy down jacket.

First Look: Red Paddle Company Ride MSL SUP Review

First Look: Red Paddle Company Ride MSL SUP Review

Seiji Ishii

Monocoque Structural Laminate technology produces a stiffer and lighter inflatable SUP.

The Aer Fit Pack 2 is Ideal For Runners

The Aer Fit Pack 2 is Ideal For Runners

Cory Smith

This bag's strong materials and smart compartments make it a great option for managing your running kit and more.

First Look: Garmin fēnix 5X Sapphire Multisport GPS Watch Review

First Look: Garmin fēnix 5X Sapphire Multisport GPS Watch Review

Matt Hart

With the fēnix 5X your long search for the perfect adventure watch may finally be over

First Look: Salomon Sonic RA Road Shoes Review

First Look: Salomon Sonic RA Road Shoes Review

Cory Smith

Salomon’s Sonic road shoe series gets a complete revamp in 2018 that you're going to want to check out.

First Look: KEEN Terradora Waterproof Boots for Women

First Look: KEEN Terradora Waterproof Boots for Women

Kim Fuller

For the ladies: Our tester took a pair of these boots on an adventure to Vancouver Island and fell in love with them.

You’re Gonna Want It: The Latest Best Bike Gear

You’re Gonna Want It: The Latest Best Bike Gear

Robert Annis

Niner’s hardtail gets updated, Lauf’s unique forks gets an equally cool frame, a bikepacking beef up, navigating rock gardens, and a new Kickstarter campaign you might want to check out.

Field Test: Backpacking Gear - Boots, Headlamps & More

Field Test: Backpacking Gear - Boots, Headlamps & More

Seiji Ishii

We joined Vasque, OtterBox, Ledlenser and Leatherman for a few days on the Pacific Coast to check out their latest and greatest.

Optimal Apparel for Anglers: Performance Pants and Shorts

Optimal Apparel for Anglers: Performance Pants and Shorts

Dan Nelson

Whether wearing waders, or simply wet-wading, anglers need to consider the performance of the pants they wear.

First Look: Thule Raceway Platform 9003Pro 2 Trunk Rack Review

First Look: Thule Raceway Platform 9003Pro 2 Trunk Rack Review

Scott Bulbol

This trunk-mounted platform rack functions like a hitch-mounted unit, with upright mounting and bar clamps instead of straps.

Edelrid Pushes Eco-Friendly Rope Manufacturing to New Heights

Edelrid Pushes Eco-Friendly Rope Manufacturing to New Heights

Seiji Ishii

Upcycled ropes and PFC-free dry treatment become Bluesign approved

Power & Accuracy: Orvis Blends the Impossible

Power & Accuracy: Orvis Blends the Impossible

Dan Nelson

Carbon walls of the new Helios 3 series shatters the old conundrum of choosing a fly rod.

First Look: goTenna Mesh Review

First Look: goTenna Mesh Review

Kraig Becker

The goTenna Mesh improves on the original in every way. This off-grid communication device adds meshing capabilities, extending range and usefulness as a communications device in the backcountry.

First Look: POC Octal X Helmet Review

First Look: POC Octal X Helmet Review

Robert Annis

Light, incredibly airy and offering plenty of protection, the Octal X should be on the short list for any rider needing one helmet for multiple cycling disciplines.

New App Calculates Race-Day Fueling & Hydration

New App Calculates Race-Day Fueling & Hydration

Cory Smith

Web-based Fuel The Core provides evidence-based nutrition for running, cycling and triathlons.

First Look: RoofNest Sparrow

First Look: RoofNest Sparrow

Matt Hart

Check out a rooftop tent for a removable and cheaper taste of #vanlife.


Racing Flats: The Best Shoes To Run Fast In

Racing Flats: The Best Shoes To Run Fast In

Cory Smith

All flats are not the same. We check out and evaluate seven different pairs of flats for anyone keen to go faster.

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