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Know Your Stats: Deciphering Wearable Metrics

Just like they’re different in style, wearables vary in which metrics they measure: heart rate, calories burned and blood pressure are just a few metrics vital to determining fitness. Prospective buyers need to ask themselves two questions: will you actually wear it? And will you understand it? More data means nothing if you don’t know what it means or how it’s measured. Take a look at our breakdown of the different metrics and which wearables utilize each.

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Another Way to Get a Bogey

This Is Footgolf

Footgolf rose out of the zeitgeist of man’s two primary proclivities — to turn everything into a competition and to kick things. With low start-up costs and high revenue yield, the sport may be golf’s golden goal.

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The most interesting wearable in fitness

With Athos, Has the Personal Trainer Met Its Match?

Athos is a startup that’s just a few months away from bringing to market one of the most interesting wearables yet: compression clothing capable of monitoring how hard your muscles are working, on top of heart rate, heart rate variability and breathing patterns.

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Because you can

How To Make a Beer Can Camp Stove

A good camper is self-reliant and packs the skill set necessary to do cool shit when cool shit’s called for — like making stoves out of cans. Here’s how.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: September 18, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the fastest cyclist on Earth, game-changing avalanche technology, weather-proof Converse kicks and more.

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Pick Your Heated Poison

Tested: Trangia Backpacking Stove, Three Ways

For hikers, cyclists, and backpackers, a Trangia spirit (alcohol) burning stove is a proven option for any number of different overnight excursions. But even so, the variety of sizes, materials and accessories within Trangia’s product line is burdening for anyone in the market, or simply in consideration of an upgrade. We put three different versions through their paces.

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The Little CampStove that Could

Talk Shop: A Look Inside the BioLite Burn Lab

The clean energy stove company BioLite is built on more than just a trendy charging device. We paid their Brooklyn HQ a visit to see firsthand what they’re all about.

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Wearable Replacement? There are apps for that

Who Needs Wearables? These Smartphones and Apps Might Be All You Need

The ostensible benefit of smart watches and health trackers, as far as health goes, is that they allow you to monitor your calories, heart rate, and step count with previously unmatched accuracy. Truth is, a number of upcoming smartphones paired with worthy fitness tracking apps make fitness-tracking wearables redundant.

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Advice from My Second Time Around

How to Run a Faster Marathon

Sequels tend to suck (Caddyshack II, I’m looking at you), and when they’ve got 26.2 miles of pavement in them, the suck-potential goes exponentially up. After my second marathon, I came up with some advice to my former self, who was still prepping for his first. You can listen in.

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Barefoot Except for the Shoe

10 Best Barefoot Running Shoes

The musculoskeletal therapist says it’s all good. The running ancestors give the the nod. And calves like grapefruits can’t be wrong. Embrace footwear devolution with these barefoot running shoes.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: September 11, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: underground weightlifting in Cuba, the world’s oldest horse race, a limited-run pack from Mountainsmith and more.

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11 States, 15 Hikes

15 Best Hikes of the South

We found the 15 best day hikes near major cities in the South.

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Hiking the Sleepy Cow

Photo Essay: Hiking Seoul’s Woo-Myun Mountain

Nearly one in three Koreans hike on a monthly basis — some consider it an “addiction” — where weekends at trailheads are backlogged with eager hikers dressed in brightly colored mountaineering gear. But several paces in, trails unfurl a multitude of unique sights to Westerners accustomed to sweeping landscapes. On a recent hike at Seoul’s Woo-Myun Mountain we discovered a few for ourselves.

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Rediscover your sunroof

Tested: Whispbar Rack System

During a month of hauling kayaks atop a Volvo XC90, the Whispbar proved truly innovative and escaped many of the pitfalls found in other carrying racks.

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Slightly Less than Roughing It

Car Camping Done Right

Car camping is all about possibilities, whether it’s in the Adirondacks out East, the lakes of the Midwest or the empty spaces of the BLA land out West. Getting to a campsite on four wheels means you can take along a mountain bike, kayaks, hardcover pulp fiction and a cooler of microbrews. This is the camping you remember from childhood, replete with great, cushy gear — a hissing propane lantern, creaky camp chairs and someone strumming a guitar.

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When the Dogs are Barking

Buying Guide: Orthotic Insoles

The insoles that come with those $100 running shoes are useless slabs of flaccid foam. Do yourself a favor: throw them away right out of the box and get some proper, supportive corrective orthotics. We tested these five off-the-shelf insoles in a variety of outdoor activities.

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Pat's Backcountry Beverages Supplies Passable Camp Beer and Excellent Soda

For Happy Hour in the Backcountry, Just Add Water

Leave it to an Alaskan to invent a new way to drink alcohol outdoors. Pat Tatera, the founder of Pat’s Backcountry Beverages, developed a system for carrying concentrated forms of both alcohol and soda into the wild for hikers to make their own carbonated beverages in minutes with the help of stream water and small carbonation pouches.

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The history and fundamentals of a burgeoning extreme sport

Primer: The Winds and Waves of Kiteboarding

Sailors rely on wind. Surfers need waves. The best kiteboarders require both. We’ve put together a beginner’s guide to the exciting, fast-growing sport.

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No Service, No Problem

Adventurer or Assassin, GoTenna Takes Peer-to-Peer Communication Off the Grid

What do hikers, disaster survivors and Walter White have in common? They all need to communicate without a cell tower. The goTenna is a portable long-wave radio emitter (the walkie talkie of 2014) that allows users to text and share GPS information without cell service.

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5-time Kiteboarding World Champ

30 Minutes With: Aaron Hadlow

By the age of 20, professional kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow won the PKRA World Tour 5 times. Nobody was on his level — but that was in 2008. Now the sport’s most decorated athlete has returned. We talked to him about the future of kiteboarding and how he could’ve been balling next to Wayne Rooney.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: September 4, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: new replay technology in pro tennis, Rapha’s new cyclocross shoes, the battle of man versus internet and more.

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Big Ambitions, Small Boats

Stowable Boats for the (Adventurous) City Slicker

Boats, kayaks and canoes are large and unwieldy, but these five will fit in your apartment.

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Racing's Up-and-Comer Series Appeals to both fans and drivers

Red Bull Global Rallycross: The Best Racing You’ve Never Seen

Though you’ve probably never heard about it, Red Bull Global Rallycross is arguably motorsports’ best kept secret, and its most promising up-and-comer. With its short, simple races, colorful drivers, insanely powerful cars, and racetracks made of dirt, asphalt and even water, it’s easy to see why.

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Shaming Your Old Man's Pop-Up

Seven Off-Road Trailers For Your Next Adventure

If you’re worried your 4×4 doesn’t have enough room for your essential gear and creature comforts on a weekend off-road getaway, there’s no need to trade up to a custom overlanding vehicle — all you have to do is hitch up a trailer. We’ve picked our seven favorite off-road capable trailers that range from stripped-down simplicity to excessive luxury.

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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

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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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 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.