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Today in Gear: August 21, 2013

J. Crew Discovered J.Crew has made huge strides in recent years in the collaboration arena, and their curatorial abilities are top notch. Now there’s a separate online shop focused on both. A monthly revue of items promised to be unique and desirable as only the most discerning of shoppers can appreciate — each with its…

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Now We're Cooking Without Gas

Kit: Charcoal Grilling

Though gas claims to be the zenith of direct-heat cooking, outdoor maestros the world over still rely on those little black briquettes. What do they know that we don’t? Well, charcoal has always been lauded for the flavor it imparts and the fact that it doesn’t require replaceable tanks — not to mention that it’s completely portable.

Since we’ve already outlined the grills you should be looking at this summer, it’s about time we throw together some grilling essentials to accompany your coal-filled, sizzle-causin’ steed. The point is to enjoy it as much as (or a little more than) the millions of men have before you.

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Attacking the mountain in style

Kit: Ultimate Mountain Challenge

The Ultimate Mountain Challenge at the GoPro Summer Mountain Games is one of the most unique multi-sport events in the world. You’ll navigate white water, race up and down the ski slopes of Vail Mountain Resort on your mountain bike and in your running shoes, and finish with a grueling road bike time trial up to 9,500 feet in Vail Pass. Of course, it’s also the perfect excuse to update aging gear and even splurge on a great bike or even a paddle board. Here’s a look at the gear that got us through the race.

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Steep Climbs and Singletrack on Two Wheels

Tested: Hitting the Singletrack On The Yeti SB95

Somewhere in between grinding steep climbs and effortlessly floating hairpin singletrack downhill, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter the dreaded “endo”. The end-over handlebars is a rite of passage for any mountain biker as he works up the ranks from cruising novice to dirt demon. At least, that’s what I thought before taking a spin on the new Yeti SB95 ($4,800 as tested) on a recent trip to Vail Mountain, CO.

limits-promo-logoThis review is part of a new original GP series, LIMITS, dedicated to exploring the physical and mental borderlands of human capability. And beyond.