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REVIEW: Catalyst Waterproof Phone Case

Waterproof cases are all the rage, because I mean they’re waterproof right?  It all started with Otterbox and then slowly transitioned to Lifeproof in my everyday life. We drop things. It’s a fact of life unfortunately. I personally, like to...

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REVIEW: Farm to Feet Hiking Socks

Farm to Feet is an All-American company with the single goal of creating the world’s best wool socks by exclusively using American materials, manufacturers and workers. Farm to Feet goes a step further by sourcing all of it’s point-of-view displays...

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REVIEW: Allen Sports Atocha Folding Bike

Functionality  ★★★★ There are three key questions when judging the functionality of a folding bike: how much does it weight, how small does it pack down to, and is it easily ridable? Weighing in at just 29 lbs, the Atocha isn’t the most radical lightweight...

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Review: Osprey WAYPOINT 80 Travel Pack

Two weeks in Spain and we took mostly public transportation while there. We tested it on environments like getting on trains, bus stations, train stations, hotel to hotel and using a taxis. We traveled around mostly city terrain. Barcelona, Seville,...

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REVIEW: Orsden Slope Jacket

Orsden is new on the scene and we had a chance to test out their debut Slope Jacket. The name “Orsden” comes from a French mythological snow bear. “Our mythical snow bear possesses a unique combination of toughness and playfulness...

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Is a Crossover Kayak For You?

Every sport goes through trends and innovations. Sometimes it’s revolutionary: mountain bikes first appeared on the scene in Marin County and created a completely new sport. Big wall gear opened up a whole new climbing world when Warren Harding climbed El...

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REVIEW: Merrell Men’s Solo

The Merrell Solo shoes are outstanding! They held up and performed great on a 10 mile hike in the rugged West Maui Mountains. Five stars for fit, durability, traction, stability, and overall. Crazy terrain, multiple climates, incline/decline, and they perform great....

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Ask Gearographer: What Do Women Want?

Dear Gearographer, Why can’t my girlfriend tell me what she wants? If I ask where she wants to go to dinner she says, “I don’t care.” If I ask what she wants for Christmas she says “I don’t care.” I’m...

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Review: MSR FreeLite 2 Tent

Functionality  ★★★★ My first impression of the MSR FreeLite tent was how small and packable it was. Weighing in at just 2 lbs 2 oz (although I think that’s an optimistic measurement), it fit seamlessly in my pack. We were off...

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Ask Gearographer: I am not an I.T. guy

Ask Gearographer: I am not an I.T. Guy Dear Gearogapher, I have recently moved back in with my parents and I don’t know how much more I can take; I have become their new “IT” department. “Fix my phone,” they...

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How to Keep Warm for Winter Kayaking

Most kayakers hang their boats up for the winter. That’s a mistake. Winter is often the best paddling season: no crowds, lots of water in many regions of the country, and a rarified rugged environment. But not surprisingly, winter paddling...