Category: Gear Junkie

Official Trailer: Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter”

69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment features some of Miller’s favorite locations

LOVING THE PURE JOYS OF WINTER is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller, who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This fall, Face of Winter — the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen — will bring new and veteran athletes together to pay tribute to the man who started it all.

Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations, from Engleberg to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more. Watch as world-class athletes like Jessie Diggins, Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan and others carve down the faces of remote mountain ranges and pursue the thrills of a life lived in high places.

Follow along and celebrate a life lived in high places at warrenmiller.com.


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Official Trailer: Ode to Muir – The High Sierra

New film from Teton Gravity Research stars professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect our Winters Jeremy Jones

TETON GRAVITY’S NEWEST FILM ODE TO MUIR pairs professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones with two-time Olympian Elena Hight as they embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Their journey balances the challenges of winter camping, grueling climbs up the Sierra’s biggest mountains, and aesthetic first descents with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world and those who first traveled it generations ago, and sharing perspectives gleaned from what it truly means to explore a great American Wilderness.

Get more information, including tour dates and tickets, at tetongravity.com/films/ode-to-muir.

 

 

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Video: REEL ROCK 12 Trailer

Tickets now available for climbing’s biggest film festival

REEL ROCK has been following the world’s most exciting climbers, documenting their gripping tales and groundbreaking sends. REEL ROCK 12 brings you stories from the edge, featuring big names and breakout stars. Starring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage; and introducing Maureen Beck, a one-handed crusher who’s gonna knock your socks off.

2017 LINE-UP

Above the Sea
Legendary climber Chris Sharma returns to the island of Mallorca where he discovers an untouched, sweeping wall. If he can endure numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea and finally link the moves, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.

Break on Through
In modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a …

Gear We Love: ENO Upcycled Dog Collar & Leash

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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, ENO’s dog collar and leash are made from leftover materials used in making hammock straps. Utilizing what was a 5-7% loss, the company has reduced their carbon footprint while making a durable and comfortable product for dogs.

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“It’s always nice to reuse and repurpose materials that ordinarily would be discarded,” said ENO general manager Lane Nakaji. “And we love dogs.”

Two brothers who originally sold products out of their van started ENO in 1999. Today ENO hammocks are available in nearly 750 outdoor specialty stores across the nation including REI. For more information on the upcycled dog collars, leashes and hammocks, check out www.enonation.com.

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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 brands into the spotlight.

This month, I tested one of the more unusual new players. The brand, Skora Inc. of Portland, Ore., offers shoes unlike anything seen a few years back.

Skora (www.skorarunning.com) has just two shoe models, including the futuristic Base and the fashion-oriented Form, the latter which is a lace-up shoe made with goat leather.

Both are expensive ($125 and up) and hold a “zero-drop” midsole design as a hallmark. That means there is no rise in the shoe from the toes to the heel area, something the footwear industry now regularly promotes as offering a “more natural” running experience.

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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 I’d seen. But this month, while riding a new bike from Jamis called the Commuter 4, I could see the connection.

The shifting on this city bike does not involve traditional gears. Instead, something called the NuVinci N360 transmission adds and subtracts resistance as you pedal for power and speed.

As the company explains it, the NuVinci N360, which is made by Fallbrook Technologies, is neither a derailleur system nor an internally-geared drivetrain. It is a unique system that uses a set of large ball bearings inside a rear-wheel hub.

No gear cassette is required to “change gears.” Instead the internal bearings rotate off each other in …

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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 in the “fat” genre with its Pugsley frame.

Wide rims, extra-large tires, and weirdly-dimensioned frames to make it all fit together define a fat bike, a cycling subcategory that’s garnered a serious following now in 2012.

Bike shops report selling out of fat-bike stock. Brand managers at Surly and Salsa Cycles, another fat-bike maker, have told me demand this year has overwhelmed supply.

What is the appeal? From improved traction on dirt to flotation when riding through snow, the obese tires let a bike roll where it has not rolled before.

The wide rubber — 4+ inches across, or …

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Omnijore Dog Harness System



I
f 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 Omnijore Joring System, $149.95, comes with a dog harness, a tow line, and a belt for the human to wear for “dog-powered” sports like ski-joring and canicross.

Indeed, beyond dog sledding there exists a whole sphere of dog-pulling sports. The Omnijore system was made to be a one-size-fits-all kit to equip dogs and their owners looking to get into the wonderful world of “Run free and pull.”

For years, custom dog harnesses have been available from small shops. Ruff Wear (www.ruffwear.com) brings the niche product to a bigger commercial level. You pick between a small, medium or large kit, …

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