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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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Father Christmas, Meet Mother Nature

Stocking Stuffers: Just Add Nature

Editor’s Note: The stockings are hung by the chimney with care…now what the hell are you gonna put in there? Ah, stocking stuffers — the little things, the extras, the last minute goodies, the fun gifts. They’re as enjoyable to give as they are to receive. Thing is, there’s an endless supply of stocking-size gifts…

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Today in Gear: July 12, 2013

Gerber GDC Hook Knife First off, we want to make clear that we appreciate all of our readers and hope each of you well in all your endeavors. That said, any of you who are incarcerated and shiv-happy shouldn’t get any smart ideas about this little guy. It’s a compact tool made to dangle off…

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Today in Gear: March 29, 2013

SwingTip Why the hell are you hooking left every time you pick up a five iron? Where before you’d have to listen to your buddy’s pretentious rant about what his personal coach told him, with the SwingTip (which clips onto your club securely and sends real-time feedback to your smartphone) you can analyze your swing…

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Better, faster, stronger

Grip-N-Go: 5 Best Multi-Tools

You’re not the guy who has a frequent buyer card at Sears, so you can’t always find the perfect tool in your less-than-organized garage. Perhaps a versatile multi-tool would be your best ally. Multi-tools have been around for twenty years, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Today’s multi-tools are better than ever, with innovative designs that are only limited by the imagination. If you’re wondering what all-around multi-tool to purchase, we have five of the best full-sized multi-tools on the market today.

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Jump starting your adventure kit

Gerber GO Bag

Whether it’s for your bug-out bag or your hiking kit, the fundamental survival items — knife, flashlight, multitool, your bag itself — make up 98% of what you’ll use and anchor your camp/hike/escape. The Gerber GO Bag ($274) gives you the whole kit and caboodle. Not only does it provide a laundry list of quality,…

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Hatchet Job

Gerber Gator Combo Axe

When you need to do a hatchet job, best to have a hatchet at hand; however, sometimes the job requires you cut like a knife. For both occasions, the Gerber Combo Axe solves your tool dilemma, saving you from using the wrong cutter by storing a knife inside the axe handle. Both are outfitted with…

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Cuts like a knife, and an axe, and…

Gerber Apocalypse Kit

Like Edward Scissorhands set loose in a cutlery shop, the Gerber Apocalypse Survival Kit ($349) delivers a bevy of bladed goodness. Consisting of seven tools, including Machete, Camp Axe II, Machete Pro, Parang (our favorite), LMF II Infantry, DMF Folder and Epic, the Apocalypse Survival Kit makes the guy holding his Swiss Army Knife look…

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It's G.O.O.D.

Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T. Tool

Last year, the Gerber Crucial Multi-tool was so popular amongst our readers that we featured it not once, but twice. Revamped and updated, Gerber introduces the new and improved Crucial F.A.S.T. ($59) for 2011. The F.A.S.T. (Forward Action Spring Technology) blade features a combo edge blade and fires open with a snap like your standard…

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The Darkness, Everybody

Gerber Mini Covert Automatic

When it comes to your every day carry, the choices for the ideal pocketknife are endless. However, if you’re looking an EDC with a sleek all-black tactical edge, consider the Gerber Mini Covert Automatic ($125). Featuring a black lightweight hard anodized aluminum handle and a S30V partially serrated stainless steel blade, the Mini Covert is…

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Grin and Bear it

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit

When would you use the terms “convenient shopping” and “survival kit” in the same sentence? Here’s your opportunity to exercise both when you purchase the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit ($50), an all-in-one save your bacon toolbag with the Man vs. Wild fearless host’s moniker emblazoned it, which provides 15 essential survival pieces in…

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Just the thicket

Gerber Gator Machete Pro

If the original Gerber machete hasn’t sufficed your jungle-swathing needs, Gerber has answered your roar with the new Gator Machete Pro (available soon). The Pro is a multi-purpose implement that works as an axe, brush thinner, knife, machete, or garage-talk conversation piece. It features a 10.5″ blade made of corrosion resistant steel, slip-resistant Gator Grip,…

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That's a Knife

Gerber Gator Machete

Plan on blazing trails or just cleaning up the yard anytime soon? Then consider packing the Gerber Gator Machete ($19). Measuring 25.7 inches long and weighing a light 18oz, it’s slightly bigger than that Swiss Army on your key chain. Overall the business parts amount to a 15 inch fine edge blade on one side,…

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Just Add Water

Gerber Rivermate

The only thing that mixes worse than Lindsey Lohan and alcohol is water and rope. Anyone who has ever paddled a boat can attest to the fact that a seemingly docile line floating in an inch or two of water at the bottom of your raft can become a veryserious problem if you take a…

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MacGyver in Your Pocket

Gerber Crucial Tool

Though the same can’t be said of me, my father has always been a consummate knife connoisseur. He has constantly preached to me about Gerber knives and the quality that backs them. Upon handling their Crucial multitool for a few minutes, I saw the light (that was reflecting off the blade).

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Pocket Friendly Problem Solver

Gerber Crucial Multitool

By Gear Patrol Reader Matt Alan Admittedly, I’m one of those knife and pocket-tool junkies. Now, I don’t walk around with a fanny pack or a bunch of crap clipped to my belt, just a trusty knife or multitool (or two) in my pocket. Although I probably don’t really “need” one on my person at…