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Gear We Love: Issue 96

Gear We Love: Issue 96

Goodies for your active lifestyle 1. Tepui Ruggedized Kukanam Sky 3 Rooftop Tents Maybe you have seen these Tepui tents on car roof racks as you drive around town and wondered what rooftop camping is all about. We say don’t be surprised if you never want to camp on the ground again after trying a Tepui tent for the first time … it’s that comfortable. We tried ours for the first time at the Tepuifest in Hollister, an annual camping festival of Tepui owners hosted by the company. It takes less than ten minutes to set up and we slept like babies on the memory foam mattress while it rained all night. At 210 pounds the Ruggedized model is right at the limit for some car roof racks, so make sure you check the dynamic weight capacity of your roof racks in the manufacturers specs of your particular vehicle. The...
The Best of Gifts This Year: 2016 Gift Guide

The Best of Gifts This Year: 2016 Gift Guide

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season! HELINOX BEACH CHAIR The Helinox Beach Chair is a versatile camp chair for sticking your toes in the sand, keeping your backside out of the dirt, and keeping your eyes on the sunset. A super comfortable and supportive back and neck rest along with the simple shock cord poles make this the must-have chair for just about any occasion. Helinox.com BIG AGNES Q-CORE SLX AIR PAD The Q-Core SLX ups the ante on quilted comfort in the backcountry. Redesigned offset I-Beams create incredible multi-directional support and stability. The Q-Core SLX is lighter, tougher, easier to inflate/deflate, packs smaller, sleeps warmer … when it comes to superlight, 3-season comfort this pad stands alone. BigAgnes.com HYDRAPAK SEEKER The Seeker collapsible container is the ultimate, ultra-light, water storage solution for your next adventure. Perfect for camping, hiking or use as a filter bag. Its flat...
Gear We Love: Aug / Sept 2016

Gear We Love: Aug / Sept 2016

Goodies for your active lifestyle 1. Reflekt Rival Unsinkable Sunglasses Reflekt makes sporty sunglasses that are comfortable and good looking. What’s exciting is that these sunglasses will not sink in water. We are curious why no one has thought of this before because floating sunglasses are pretty much crucial in a lake or ocean environment. For anyone who has lost a pair of expensive sunglasses in the ocean we feel your pain – that’s why we recommend Reflekt Rival Unsinkables for all outdoor sports that involve water. Made with a high tech plastic called Vaporlite, these sunglasses are actually lighter than water and will bob to the surface immediately when immersed. Reflekt offers a unique warranty against loss or damage; simply register your pair upon purchase and your glasses will be replaced if you lose them. MSRP $139.00 reflektpolarized.com 2. Hydrapak 1L Stash Collapsible Water Bottle The Stash Bottle...
Gear We Love: June / July 2016

Gear We Love: June / July 2016

Goodies for your active lifestyle 1. GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacking Cooking Set We like this durable, non-stick super efficiently designed cooking set. The set includes two mugs with insulating sleeves, two bowls and an ingenious strainer lid. Also included are a frypan and a pot gripper, all designed to fit inside a carry bag that doubles as a sink basin. Coming in at just under 1lb 13oz, the Pinnacle cooking set is the ultimate in space saving ingenuity that comes fully equipped for the needs of two backpackers. MSRP $94.95 gsioutdoors.com 2. Spank OOZY 760 Trail Bar Sorry to get your mouth watering, but the OOZY is not that kind of trail bar. We’re talking mountain bike handlebars from Spank, a leading manufacturer of cycling components. Oh, your mouth IS watering? You must be a die-hard rider! Designed for cross country, trail, all mountain and enduro riding, the OOZY’s 760mm...
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Goodies for your active lifestyle Camelbak K.U.D.U. The K.U.D.U. enduro mountain bike pack was created for aggressive riding on tough terrain. Camelbak tasked a team of discerning mountain bikers to design a superior pack that would provide protection, cargo capacity and hydration all in one. The K.U.D.U. delivers it all, and remarkably very comfortably. Designed for extreme conditions where crashes are inevitable, the Impact Protector® back panel absorbs 94% of crash impact, keeping the rider safe and confident. The lightweight and flexible material sits comfortably inside a sleeve near the hydration reservoir, close to the rider’s body. K.U.D.U.’s design allows for plenty of cargo, and yet feels light and balanced, no matter how much gear you stuff into it. The innovative design includes a helmet hook, tool roll-up, armor carry straps and just the right number of compartments (i.e. not too many!). This pack is offered in a variety of...
Gear We Love: Oct/Nov 2015

Gear We Love: Oct/Nov 2015

Goodies we highly recommend for your active lifestyle Tifosi Pro Launch The Tifosi Pro Launch boasts a frame interchange system that integrates full frame, half frame and/or shield eyewear in one complete kit. Tifosi’s unique Interchangeable Component System (ICS) makes it simple to fit your frame to your activity. Each frame type has a patent-pending notch system that fits into the universal arms. Pivot the arm up and onto the notches until it clicks into place. The Tifosi Pro kit is available in a wide variety of options, and each frame comes with an extra set of lenses so you’re always ready for whatever activity the day brings. All Tifosi Pro kits include a set of universal arms, a custom zippered case to hold all components in place, plus a cleaning bag. MSRP $99.95-149.95 • tifosioptics.com Harlot Bike Wear Angie Jersey This ultra-light technical mountain bike jersey is the perfect...
Gear We Love: Aug / Sept 2015

Gear We Love: Aug / Sept 2015

Goodies for your active lifestyle Scarpa Vapor V Climbing Shoe This highly technical shoe from Scarpa is perfect for the climbing gym or outdoor bouldering. The fit is more about putting power towards your toes than just squeezing your toes together so toe hooking feels natural and comfortable. As with any downturned bouldering shoe the fit is not right for slabby outdoor routes in Yosemite or Tuolumne, so if you climb outdoors and are looking for an all around shoe then the Scarpa Vapor V is not it. On the other hand if you are looking to focus on bouldering and powerful, steep routes this is a great climbing shoe. MSRP $159.00 • scarpa.com Club Ride Jewel Padded Underwear If you’re tired of being saddle sore and looking to buy some padded underwear for casual riding, then the Jewel inner short from Club Ride Apparel is flattering, feminine and, most...
Gear We Love: June / July 2015

Gear We Love: June / July 2015

Goodies for your active lifestyle Kaenon Jetty We challenge you to find anything wrong with Kaenon shades. It’s hard to imagine bathing your eyes in a warmer, softer glow. With the Kaenon Jetty, harsh outdoor glare is transformed into usable light with a variety of lens tints to choose from. The Jetty is a unisex frame that stays firmly and naturally on your face in all kinds of rugged outdoor conditions. With grey, copper, and brown lenses to choose from, Kaenon Jetty sunglasses are all about optical excellence and rugged performance. Whether sailing with friends, mountain biking, or jogging down the beach with your dog, Kaenon makes the right specs for all your outdoor adventures. MSRP $224 • kaenon.com Chaco Z/2 Unaweep Sandal Your trusty flip-flops have a time and a place, but if you need truly high performance summer footwear that’s equally at home on land or water, it...
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Top picks for comfort and convenience ThermaCELL ProFlex Heated Insoles Keep your tootsies cozy in cold weather with these battery-powered insoles. Super easy to use, you simply insert them in your own shoes or boots and select your desired heat setting with the remote control. The rechargable cushion-covered batteries are easy to slip in and out of their nook in the comfortably flexible insole, and the charge lasts up to five hours. Longer day out in the cold? Bring along an extra set of charged batteries (sold separately) to extend the warmth. MSRP $184.99 • www.thermacell.com   Good To-Go Gourmet Trail Meal We never thought we’d be describing a backpacker’s packet as “comfort food.” But that’s indeed what you get with this healthy gourmet-quality line of trail food conveniently dehydrated for anyone on the go to enjoy. Good To-Go meals are so much like what you’d make at home or enjoy...
Maca

Maca

I’m Roadshow Steve. I travel with the Adventure Sports Journal booth to events all around the state of California. I also help out with distribution. I’m a nomad, often on the road for days at a time. Sometimes it is difficult to adhere to a healthy diet. I lean heavily upon Isula Nature brand maca tablets. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) tablets are condensed from the root of an herbaceous plant that is native to high elevations in Peru. Maca is packed full of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. It is rich in calcium and potassium. It contains carbohydrates, iron, manganese, copper, zinc and an alphabet of vitamins. In terms of health benefits, it contains molecules that the world is only just learning about. I think of it more as a food than a supplement. Maca has become an element of my daily breakfast and lunch. I take...
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