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Thursday, August 28th
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Pouches For The Pack

Backcountry Cuisine: 5 Best Dehydrated Meals

Dehydrated meals are the camping food industry’s apex predator. They’re lightweight, simple to make and sold at every outdoor retailer; all that’s required is hot water. But history’s taught us that convenience and quality usually have inverse relationships. We tasted five of the industry’s top brands to see whether an easy, delicious fireside meal was a marketing ploy or a reality.

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12 States, 15 Hikes

15 Best Day Hikes in the Midwest

By J. TRAVIS SMITH

With the Appalachians to the east and Rockies to the west, the relatively flat American Midwest doesn’t call to mind a hiking destination. But that’s dead wrong. Instead of coastlines there are lakeshores. Instead of continuous mountain ranges, there’s rolling loess higher than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. In the north, terrain varies from the Badlands of the Dakotas and the Pictured Rocks of Lake Superior; in the south are lush forests nestled between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Rethink the flyover states and hit the trailheads of the American Midwest — these fifteen are your starting points.

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British author and adventurer

30 Minutes With: Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys has bicycled around the world; embarked on polar expeditions; completed a self-supported, thousand-mile walk through the Empty Quarter Desert; rowed the Atlantic; crossed India coast-to-coast on foot and backpacked and packrafted across Iceland, among other expeditions. This is a man who knows a thing or two about adventure.

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A microadventure in massive canyons

Photo Essay: Slot Canyoneering in Zion

GP contributor Chris Burkard and friends explore the canyons of Zion National Park’s Birch Hollow, Orderville Canyon and the Narrows on a day-long microadventure.

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The two-pound wilderness bed

Tested: Kammok Roo

Hammocks are supposed to call to mind carefree days of swinging lazily in the shade of coconut trees, while gentle tropical breezes toss sea-green waves onto sugar-white sand beaches. We tested the Kammok Roo to see if the lightweight hammock delivers on this age-old promise.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: August 28, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: Cannondale sponsors Slipstream, Garmin introduces an updated power meter, an app brings pick-up sports to the teammate-less masses and more.

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The Bear Essentials

An Everyman’s Guide to Survival Gear

From the Archives: You never know when things might take a turn for the worse. Match up to your skill level and ensure you’ve got the right basic survival gear with our survey.

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Today in Gear: August 28, 2014

Today in Gear: Cole Haan’s exclusive shoes for Mr. Porter, Bad Seed Chili Granola, the first permanently sealed waterproof camera and more.

Wednesday, August 27th
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Is a dedicated TV streaming device irrelevant? It depends

Tested: Slingbox M1

It’s easy to think that the ground made up by “TV Anywhere” streaming services from television providers as well as on demand resources like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO have made owning a dedicated device like the Slingbox M1 irrelevant. But is that really the case? After spending a few days testing the newest member of the Slingbox family, the realistic answer is: it depends.

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The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph

Breaking Down Roger Federer’s First New Racket in 10 Years

The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph is Roger Federer’s new on-court weapon, and the first racket change he’s made in 10 years.

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Is High-Tech High Fashion the Future of Wearables?

Fashion Brands Bank on Wearables, Starting at the U.S. Open

By J. TRAVIS SMITH

Buff male models and scrawny U.S. Open ball boys strolled silently around Ralph Lauren HQ on Monday, standing on platforms and lifting their arms and turning slowly when asked; they were showing off the latest wearable fitness technology, though it was hard to tell. The smart accessories weren’t big-screened watches, blocky chest straps or pinned-on step counters: they were their shirts.

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Like Post Secret for Adults

Decrypted: Navigating Anonymous Social Media Networks

Within the past year, two anonymous social apps, Secret and Whisper, have launched and secured millions of dollars in funding while racking up thousands of new users per day. The question is, should you be using them?

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Follow Your Fears

“Spending It Well”, with a Dirt Bike and a Parachute

A dirt bike. A parachute. And no fear. That’s what it takes to execute a novel idea in extreme sports. “If everything doesn’t go perfectly to plan then, you know, I’ll move on to the next life”, says Brad O’Neal. The Pro Motox Rider is planning to hit a massive skyward ramp, at 80 mph, without a prayer of landing.

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The Desks of Gear Patrol

From the Archives: Some desks at Gear Patrol are dirty, some are disorganized and some are perfectly manicured. All of them showcase at least a small part of who we are and what we’re passionate about.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: August 27, 2014

Today in Gear: Blue Microphones’ new Mo-Fi headphones, Shwood Acetate & Stone Fifty/Fifty sunglasses, the Timbuk2 x Red Hook Crit Travel Backpack, a modular kayak and more.