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  • Review: SUKcinct

    I was a little intimidated by stand-up-kayaking—it seemed hard, and a little weird. But after trying the SUKcinct by Harry Richards Designs, I realized that anyone could enjoy SUKing. At first, I was a bit skeptical that…
  • Review: Denim Klassik

    I stopped wearing jeans years ago. But the Denim Klassik pants from Kuhl have brought them back into my wardrobe. They have the look of traditional jeans, but the fit and function of pants more suited to activity. The…
  • Review: GeoPress 24oz

    The Grayl GeoPress 24oz is a major improvement in the world of water filtration. Simply fill, press, and drink for the easiest and fastest purified water, at up to five liters per minute. The GeoPress removes waterborne…
  • Review: Canyon Shorts

    Cute in their simplicity, the Canyon Shorts from Pearl Izumi provide great comfort while in the saddle. The fabric is light, durable, and breathable, with a wide-stretch waistband that fits snug. The detachable chamois is…
  • Review: Nocs Pro Binoculars

    Bigger isn't always better, but since I discovered the excellent and affordable Nocs Provisions Standard Issue compact binocular, I've wanted a larger pair from the same company. I must not have been the only admirer,…
  • Review: Thermarest Z Lite

    These days, lots of sleeping pads are marketed to make them sound like the next NASA project destined for outer space. Xtreme-thermal this, r-value that, yada yada. Well if you ever want to come back down to Earth for a…
  • Review: Copper Spur HV UL3

    When it comes to bikepacking tents, there aren't a whole lot out there. Fortunately, Big Agnes seems to have taken every detail into consideration with their Copper Spur HV UL3 Bikepack. The tent has bikepacking-specific…
  • Review: Greenbelly Mud Meal

    After a morning workout, you need calories—but not a big, heavy meal to weigh you down for the workday ahead. Which is where Greenbelly's Mud Meal comes in. This protein-packed powder makes a satisfying post-exercise shake…
  • Review: C3 Connect Dog Collar

    It seems that every other time I take the dog for a walk, I either can't find his leash, or I forget it altogether—the latter necessitating a hasty retreat, lest Raleigh and I suffer under the lash of Bozeman's increasingly…
  • Review: iLive Massage Gun

    Tight muscles after a long day skiing? Work out the kinks with the iLive Portable Cordless Massage Gun, a handy, affordable device that'll make every post-exercise evening a little less painful. Four different attachments…
  • Review: Kühl AirKühl Hoody

    Whether you're looking for sun protection on a hot summer day or a comfy baselayer for the winter months, the Kühl AirKühl Hoody has you covered. Its fabric is designed like a window shade, with alternating bands of…
  • Review: Nathan Sunrise

    Nathan now makes sunglasses, and they are awesome. Designed for people on the go, the Sunrise sunglasses with tortoise-shell frames are super comfy with outstanding clarity and style at an affordable price. Nathan’s…
  • Review: NomadiQ Grill

    I think we can all agree: the best part of car-camping is the food. The smell of juicy meat & veggies on an open flame; digging in after a long day outside; washing it all down with an ice-cold beer from the cooler...…
  • Review: Walker 20 Cooler

    The Orca Walker 20 is great for a trip to the river, a camping excursion, or just carrying groceries that need to stay cool—it's the size I need when I've been asked to "pick up some cold ones." It'll hold 20 cans or 20…
  • Review: Good To-Go

    Long gone are the days of substandard backcountry cuisine. And good riddance, we say—we're not primadonnas, but why eat gruel if you don't have to? Loads of options exist, and one of our favorites is Good To-Go, which makes…
  • Review: FLPSDE Bottle

    The word "essential" gets thrown around a lot these days, often to promote comfort items that are not, in fact, essential. What is essential are food and water—both of which can be carried in the FLPSDE dual-chamber water-…
  • Review: Omnia Oven

    The Omnia Stovetop Oven offers a logical solution to a common problem in camp cooking. If you’ve ever used a camp stove, you know that the heat distribution is frustratingly uneven, with a scorching-hot flame in the center…

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