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Gear We Love: ENO Upcycled Dog Collar & Leash

Gear We Love: ENO Upcycled Dog Collar & Leash

GEAR WE LOVE: ENO Upcycled Dog Collar & Leash by Eagles Nest Outfitters Longtime ASJ supporter Eagle’s Nest Outfitters, the company known for high quality backpacking hammocks, is now making dog collars and leashes from upcycled webbing. A true repurposing story,...
The Gear Junkie — Skora Running Shoes

The Gear Junkie — Skora Running Shoes

Nike, New Balance, Saucony, Asics. . . the big boys used to be the only option when you stepped into a store in search of running shoes. No longer. These days, a mega-trend of footwear that is more minimal and “barefoot style” has pushed dozens of new...
NuVinci Bike Transmission

NuVinci Bike Transmission

With a simple twist of the wrist, the promotional materials read, you can shift this bike in a way that’s “as easy as adjusting the volume on a radio.” As bike-industry marketing speak goes, the “radio” analogy was about as weird as...
Fat Bike Trend

Fat Bike Trend

It was a frozen day in 2006 when I first swung a leg over the frame of a fat bike. Back then these large-tire bikes were made only by custom frame-builders who liked to pedal in snow and a single Minnesota brand, Surly Bikes, which mass-produced the first notable bike...
Omnijore Dog Harness System

Omnijore Dog Harness System

If my dog had a mantra it might be “Run free and pull!” He’s a brute, a 100-pound Weimaraner with a big chest and a propensity to get ahead on the leash and tug. A new kit from dog-gear company Ruff Wear was made for energetic dogs like mine. The...
‘Performance’ Cotton Underwear

‘Performance’ Cotton Underwear

Cotton underwear. Seriously, that is the topic of this week’s column. But these boxer shorts, made by Longworth Industries Inc. of North Carolina, are not knitted with your run-of-the-mill white fluff. Marketed as “performance underwear,” the...
Dog Gear 2011

Dog Gear 2011

My dog is a bit of a brute. At 100 pounds and more athletic than most humans could ever dream to be, Rodney the Weimaraner has a ripped physique and an impressive bark to match. He runs on heel or pulls on command, a hook-up for power on skis in the wintertime and a...
Knife with Light and Whistle

Knife with Light and Whistle

A blade, a light, and a whistle — that’s the formula for the Core Lite, a hybrid “survival tool” made by Adventure Medical Kits of Oakland, Calif. The company, known for its first-aid kits, also has a line of survival products, and the Core...
Packable Camp Pad

Packable Camp Pad

As a thin barrier between your sleeping body and the cold, hard ground, a camp pad has an important job. It must insulate first and foremost, keeping you warm above the earth’s chill. Comfort comes in at a close second place for pads — the thin mattresses...
‘Cold-Prep’ Camp Food

‘Cold-Prep’ Camp Food

The quest for camping food that is simple to make just moved a notch. With its new Chicken Salad product, Mountain House offers campers and backpackers a freeze-dried meal that requires nothing more than cold water and a short wait. Until now, most all freeze-dried...
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