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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: July 24, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: better looking running gear, a protective baseball hat, photos from Challenge Roth and more.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: July 17, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: A bike crash mystery, an app for mountain athletes, a boxing business primer, and more.

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Street Smarts

Every Mile Accounted For: The 5 Best Bike Computers

Turn your bike into the ultimate machine for exercise, travel and competition with these five computers.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: July 10, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: an interview with Lance, bespoke baseball bats, self-driving minesweepers, and more.

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Smarter Helmet, Smarter Cyclist

Tested: LifeBEAM Smart Helmet

The LifeBeam Smart helmet is the first bicycle helmet with a built-in heart rate monitor. We tried it out to see how it stacked up against today’s great field of cranium-savers.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: July 3, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: a $20,000 bicycle, survival kits, nightlife after the Tour de France, and more.

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Bounding and Booming

Sound and Fury: The Best Sports Headphones

We put dozens of headphones through their paces on long runs, bike rides and bodyweight exercises to find the ten best sports headphones.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: June 26, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: A new bike helmet from Giro, a Slovenian ultra swimmer, the most refreshing drink on Earth, and more.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: June 19, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: an adventure road bike from GT, electronic shifting from mountain bikes, beast-shaped kettlebells and more.

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An Unlikely Expat

A Visit to Thule’s U.S. Headquarters in Seymour, CT

If you’re into the outdoors and own a car, chances are you own or have owned a Thule product for hauling your skis, bikes, kayaks and other outdoor gear. Nearly 80 percent of the company’s products for the U.S. market are made in the states, many of them at their Seymour, CT facility. We dropped in for a visit.

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Hands-free hydration

Fluid Dynamics: Hydration Packs for Running

Running without water is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. These five hydration packs are among the best on the market, each with unique features that sets it apart from the field.

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Chris Burkard's Gear

Kit: A Photographer in Oregon’s Wilderness

Photographer Chris Burkard explains his kit for capturing nature in the Oregon wilderness.

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Essentials for a quicky with mother nature

Kit: The Perfect Day Pack

Most day hikes require a peanut butter sandwich, a water bottle and maybe some bug spray. But for the weekend warrior who wants to crush in one day what most people stroll in three, there are a few indispensables. Here are our favorite necessities and extravagances for spending a day burning through some miles on the trail.

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Spidey senses are tingling

Time on Our Hands: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite + Rock

When it comes to high-end mechanical watches, racers, pilots, and divers are all spoiled for choice. Unfortunately, skiers can’t say the same. One brand though, has been giving them a taste of what could be. Launched by two Danes in 2002, Linde Werdelin went straight after the skiing niche by introducing mechanical timepieces with digital clip-on devices meant for the snow. But today, the technology that made the brand stand out faces major questions. We tried out the SpidoLite Titanium Red ($11,900) and the brand’s latest Rock digital device on the slopes.

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Gear for the jungle and the reef

Kit: Underwater and Underground in Belize

Packing for a tropical getaway usually only involves deciding what color swim trunks to pack. But when your plans include jungle hiking, cave exploration and scuba diving, things get a little more complicated. The key is versatility — you need gear that works underground or underwater just as well as it does topside. For our week in Belize we made sure everything we took did more than just one thing well. This saved space in our luggage and let us be nimble yet well prepared. Here’s a sampling of what we took.

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Gear for the diehard winter rider

Kit: Fat Bike Racing

Fat bikes can effortlessly glide over snowy conditions like a set of snowshoes, and they’re cushy enough for riding in frigid temps without shattering your frozen tuchus. But the bike can only take you so far. Staying warm and dry — and returning home with all your fingers and toes — requires the right set of gear for when the weather decides to take a serious turn for the worse. These winter fat biking essentials will help you battle the worst Mother Nature can throw your way.

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Adventure-ready multifunction watches

Multifunction Tool Watches for the 21st Century

Mechanical diver’s and pilot’s watches may have been indispensable instruments for explorers in decades past, but nowadays, state-of-the-art wristwatches have shifted toward lightweight, battery-powered and largely digital pieces. These are wrist-top computers, designed for wear during mountaineering, skiing, sailing, surfing and flying. We rounded up six of the best for your next adventures.

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Live From Salt Lake City

Best of Outdoor Retailer, Winter 2014

We like to get our hands on new gear early, and short of theft and corporate espionage one of the best ways to do that is by checking out Outdoor Retailer, a biannual product show for retailers, manufacturers and other industry pros. We were on hand at the Winter Market 2014 show at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, where every brand with a stake in the great outdoors showed off their future cold-weather wares. Of everything we touched, tasted and saw, this gear stood out most.

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Heads-Up on the Hill

Tested: Oakley Airwave 1.5

In 2012, Oakley partnered with Recon Instruments, maker of groundbreaking Heads-up Display (HUD) technology, to create the Airwave goggle and bring data and entertainment right into the wearer’s field of view, a la Minority Report. The second generation Oakley Airwave 1.5 ($649) launched at the end of 2013 with improvements across the board. We got our hands on a pair to test while shredding pow in Revelstoke, BC.

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It's never too cold

Kit: Winter Running

It’s not like getting up for that pre-work run was easy during the summer or fall. Now it’s pitch black, relentlessly cold and the streets are covered with ice, snow and salt. But a brisk jog before sunrise is a one-way ticket to a fulfilling day, not to mention a long winter of staying fit despite a dining regimen of braised short ribs and mashed potatoes. The right gear will keep you warm, dry and, most importantly, stable when the ground beneath you isn’t.

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SOS for Less

Want This, Get This: Breitling Emergency or SPOT Messenger Gen3

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series Want This, Get This presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we offer two very different ways to save your skin.

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Putting a Solar-Powered Purifier through its paces

Tested: SteriPEN Freedom Solar

Our attitude about drinking water is better safe than sorry, particularly when traveling outside the United States in places where water is known to be contaminated. We sent our correspondent to Costa Rica for the final installment of The Road to La Ruta armed with the SteriPEN Freedom Solar ($105). While the water in Costa Rica is generally safe to drink, the CDC warns of hepatitis A and typhoid — and we didn’t want that coming back to HQ.

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Own Your Wilderness Overnight

Kit: Multi-Day Hiking

It doesn’t take much to pack for a day hike: throw on a coat, pull on your boots and tuck a beanie in your back pocket in case the weather turns chilly. But if you’re heading into the woods for more than a stroll, a little preparation goes a long way, whether it be technical fabrics to combat inclement weather, a portable stove to heat your three square, or dominos to entertain companions after the sun sets. We’ve got a selection of gear to get you started on your next multi-day hiking adventure.

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You axed for it

Get To Da Choppa: 5 Great Axes for the Field, Not the Mantle

We don’t mean to split hairs here, but some axes are just simply better than others. You won’t find any designer jobs on this list; those are for your mantle. No, these are utilitarian axes that cut right to the chase, because there are trees to be chopped, timber to be split. Whether you’re a rugged outdoorsman, a weekend cabin dweller, a Middle-Earth dwarf or just a guy who has to clear some branches, these are the five best axes you’ll find.

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May the Force Be With You

Fitbit Force

Fitbit’s newly announced Force ($130) is one of the most advanced activity trackers released to date, greatly improving on the company’s earlier Flex product in particular. But its ultimate appeal and success with consumers may rely just as much on the Smart-Watch-like features that have come along for the ride.

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What's old is new

Tested: Topo Designs x Howler Brothers Klettersack

Retro gear is retro for a reason: modern outdoor gear design performs better than its forebears in almost all respects. But we still have a soft spot for the leather, wool, canvas alpine designs of the 1950s and ‘60s — you know, before things got all sleek and neon. After seeing two Gear Patrol favorite brands, Topo Designs and Howler Brothers, collaborate to design a classic climbing pack, the Klettersack ($189), we decided to go all Reinhold Messner and take it to the mountains to see how a retro style pack works in the environment that inspired it.

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Drink it all in

GP100: Vapur MicroFilter

Stagnant pools and sludgy streams are bacterial hotbeds that, when sipped from, can quickly turn the manliest of men into a quivering disaster. The Vapur MicroFilter ($53) employs hollow fiber technology to filter water through 0.2-micron openings working instantly to eliminate Salmonella, E. Coli and Cholera as well as the pesky protozoa behind Giardiasis and Crypto, resulting in a 99% pure mouthful of water. Now that’s refreshing.

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Pressurized hydration

Tested: Geigerrig Rig 500

It doesn’t take a degree in developmental psychology to know that guys have an enduring attachment to backpacks. Messenger bags, tote bags, duffels — all great, but backpacks are hands-free, versatile and have more sophisticated storage options for gear and the lunch mom packed…or whatever. Faced with a quick international trip or a tough physical challenge, we’ve usually got a backpack in tow, and at the 20th anniversary of the Vermont 50 ultarmarathon, we leaned on the Geigerrig Rig 500 ($130) for our hydration and storage needs during an all-day run.

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Power to the people

Tested: Stages Power X9

Power was the single metric I was looking to improve during the lead-up to La Ruta. I became power savvy by establishing my baseline watts at lactate threshold and VO2 Max during the F.U.E.L. testing we covered in Part II and then had the next six months to train against these numbers to improve fitness and manage nutrition on long rides. Yet I still had just one gap in my arsenal of gear: a power meter for my mountain bike. The Stages Power X9 ($700) is both new and affordable relative to other power meters, so I decided to give it a test run.

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Gear worth its weight in...

Kit: Fool’s Gold 100

Competing in endurance mountain bike racing requires a significant amount of time on the bike. There are days when you eat your breakfast and lunch on the go, get on your bike before the sun comes up and even get lost in the woods trying to find six hours worth of trails. We all settle into distinct collections of gear to make the bike our home, but for us, this kit offers the perfect blend of performance, durability and comfort.