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.
A Sandbox for Adults
Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley are the tallest dunes in America, reaching peaks of 750 feet. GP contributor Will McGough took off his shoes and played in the sand.
Pool Hopping in Sweden, 26 Times
The Ö Till Ö run/swim race in Sweden is 46 miles long. That’s an impressive distance — especially when you consider that 6 miles are in the water and the remaining 40 miles take racers over the rocky terrain of 26 islands off the coast of Stockholm.
Massage on a Budget
Right up there with kettlebells and battle ropes, foam rollers are ubiquitous at gyms but nevertheless require a bit of explanation if you want to incorporate them into your fitness and recovery routine. We spoke with an expert to find out five easy exercises you can do at home or in the office.
More Shoe, More to Love
Is “maximalist” the next big thing in running? There’s certainly a lot to love. GP puts rubber to the pavement to see how seven different options stack up.
Outbound from California
Wondering what it’s like to set out on a 5,000 mile bike tour of America? GP contributor Will Eginton shares his thoughts from the first leg of the trip.
Upgrade Your Skivvies
Made from lightweight, wicking, breathable fabrics like merino wool, polypropylene and a host of proprietary fabrics, sports underwear designed for active guys keeps you cool and dry without bunching up when you move.
Business suit, leisure suit, tri suit
The apparel you choose in a race is important from a performance and comfort standpoint, too: while you can change clothes at each transition, a tri suit can take you from swim to bike to run to post-race pizza and beer.
Hot, primordial ooze
One of the most diverse islands on the planet, Hawaii Island plays host to all but two of the world’s ecosystems, including active volcanoes. GP contributor Will McGough summits Kilauea Crater for a firsthand look inside the Devil’s Kitchen.
Bikes versus Bars
Most people will attempt their first triathlon on a road bike before investing in a triathlon-specific rig; it’s only at full Ironman races that the transition racks are filled with superbikes. But instead of a triathlon bike, riders can get some of the benefits they afford by outfitting their road bikes with clip-on aero bars. In this Want This, Get This, we look at the advantages of going whole hog with entry-level Cervélo triathlon bike versus spending less on the relatively new Switch Aero System by Redshift.
The Best Running Pack of 2014
Rarely does one pack meet the demands of all its intended uses. The Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 ($150), which launches on August 15, exceeds them.
Grit, Gravel and Rubber
The Almonzo 100 is a gravel bike race that takes place each year over 100 miles of the gently rolling gravel roads of Fillmore County in Southeastern Minnesota. Pretty standard — except for the lack of entry fee, aid station, or support team. The only things the racers have are themselves, two tires and 100 miles of gravel to crush.
Blue Collar Biking
Not counting inflatable helmets and leather wine carriers, gravel grinders are the coolest new thing in cycling. These are 10 of the best in America.
Rides for the latest off-road discipline
In the last few years, bike makers have introduced gravel-specific models that have the toughness of a mountain bike, the geometry of a road bike and the clearance for big tires.
Be handy, man
In this how-to we review the basics of bike maintenance: how to fix a flat, how to adjust shifting and how to clean your bike chain.
Take the back road to paradise
Gravel racing has a spirit of adventure and the chip-on-the-shoulder toughness of a Leadville ultra. Here’s the specialized bike gear you’ll need to ride a gravel grinder.
Gravel Racing Pioneer
Rebecca Rusch quit her day job to pursue her love of competition. It worked out, and today she’s a professional cyclist with sponsors like Red Bull and Specialized.
An Unlikely Expat
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.
The Party Circuit for Cyclists
The best gran fondos recall 100 years of Italian cycling tradition with routes that trace the most famous mountain passes and historic races in cycling history. And then there’s the hallmark of each event: the post-ride celebration, with plentiful food and wine. These five from around the world are the most worthy of your bucket list.
Laid Back Cycling
Century ride? How about a ride to the ice cream shop. One of these cruiser bikes is your summer chariot.
Watching Pedalers and Panoramas from a support car
We took our espresso stateside this year, catching the Giro d’Italia on television and showing up in person for the 2014 Tour of California, where we shot this video while riding along in a support car.
Topo's New Multisport Shoe
If you’re looking for a shoe to replace your current lightweight hikers or to conquer your next obstacle race, the Topo Oterro is a good bet. Plus, it isn’t shaped like a cloven hoof.
Work Hard AND Smart
In sports and fitness, training plans and pounding the pavement can take you a long way. But sometimes it takes more than a blue collar work ethic: it helps to have bits of wisdom from seasoned vets, deep scientific insight and cleverly-designed products. Since kicking off Limits, we’ve scraped together knowledge about everything from the effect of caffeine on endurance to importance of VO2 max testing. We still fall down at stoplights occasionally, no amount of wisdom can prevent that. Here’s what we’ve learned.
A Beautiful Grind on Ancient Rocks
Going “Rim to Rim to Rim” is a double-crossing of the Grand Canyon, covering 42.4 miles and 22,000 feet of vertical, and it’s a rite of passage for ultra runners. GP contributor Ben Clark reports on his epic there-and-back-again run.
A Big, Bad Watch Gets Bigger and Badder
We get our hands on the Ambit2 from Suunto, the best watch in the business for serious outdoor adventurers looking to track all of their data over an entire weekend trip.
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.
The Bear Essentials
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.
You Can Give a man a fish...
GP contributor Will McGough goes fishing in Borneo and reels in a dose of humility.