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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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Today in Gear: February 17, 2014

Today in gear, we discuss Nokia’s latest flagship for Verizon, new American made overnighters, a minimalist desk with an expandable work area and more.

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A look beyond the usual suspects

10 Modern Takes on the Commuter Bag

Once you’ve got your bike, which you should by now, the next step is to pick up the appropriate accessories. For commuters, second only to a helmet is a suitable bag that holds the necessities and, beyond that, meets specific, personal work- or looks-related criteria. The next thing to consider is the style of bag — backpack, messenger or something else entirely? We’ve got all of the above, with a preference toward backpacks.

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Pack it in

The 10 Best Backpacks for Every Adventure

From easy day hikes to multi-day treks, a good pack on your back can make carrying a load a joy (relatively speaking), especially if you draw the short straw and have to carry the extra beer on a five day expedition through Zion National Park. The perfect pack is a simple one: it carries everything you need and nothing you don’t. In practice, this is much harder than it seems and involves careful planning and design. Beware of the old trap. If you have the space, you’ll try to fill it with something. Whether you’re throwing gear together for a short hike to your favorite fly fishing spot or taking a month-long stroll down the Continental Divide, less is more. With that in mind, we’ve picked the best backpacks to put a few miles on this season. Features like load distributing-straps, rainflys and easy access to hydration all made the cut. Heavy materials, unneeded space, and dead weight? Not so much.

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For The Ski Bum In Denial

Kit: Summer Skiing

Every year for Memorial Day a few die-hard friends and I skip the barbecues to indulge our powder habit one last time. Summer skiing is our way of throwing a middle finger to the sun before our precious snow melts for another year. The festivities begin with early morning hikes above the treeline and finish with goggle-tanned, smiling faces telling stories of epic wipeouts and slushy runs around the campfire. Here’s the gear we used to tackle the last runs of the year.

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Travelocity

Osprey Meridian 22

Do any amount of traveling and see the poor luggage choices people make. Too big, too small, nondescript, completely impractical… they run the gamut. Preferring our travel light and agile, but prepared, this traveler prefers a bag provides key travel functions, flexibility and bombproof construction.We recently went in-depth with the excellent Osprey Meridian 22 ($300)…

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Light On Your Feet, By Way of a Pack

Osprey Kestrel 68 Backpack

Next to your boots, a backpack is the one other piece of gear you’ll either loathe or love at the end of a multi-day backcountry trip. That’s because the way it fits makes itself known on every inch of trail you hike with it. The way it carries your gear and how easily you can…

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The Hydration Pack. Evolved.

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Hydration packs have been around a few decades now and every backpack company makes them. They revolutionized the way we carry our water while hiking, mountain biking, ultra-running and even fighting wars. But after breaking new ground, hydration packs haven’t changed much. Sure, they come in different sizes and configurations for different sports but I…

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Osprey Stratos 18

The Osprey Stratos 18 is a daypack perfect for quick hikes, mountain bike rides or cross country skis runs. It’s also perfect just to toss some gear into and take to the gym – doing double duty as a daypack and an extension pack with it’s stretch side pockets that carry extra gear. The 2/3…

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Osprey V-22 Tiltrotor

The Osprey V22 from Boeing may be one of the most incredible looking and functioning aircrafts you never come in contact with. Its ability to function like a heavy-duty turboprop at high-speeds and high altitudes, then tilt its nacale Rolls-Royce Allison turbshafts to land and hover like a helicopter, then fold its wings back into…