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How Trekking Poles Can Make Your Hike Easier, Faster And Safer

You’ve seen people using them — walking with “ski poles” through the mountains — but what are they for? Trekking poles add stability, support and even speed. Here’s how.


Can A Tarp Outperform A Tent In Extreme Weather?

Without a floor or even its own support poles, can a tarp do as well as a tent in high winds, heavy snow and pouring rain? We think one can actually do better, at least if its this Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 we’re currently living out of it in Iceland.


Your Next Sleeping Bag Might Not Have A Zipper Or Even Be A Bag At All

Next generation sleeping bags are attempting to boost comfort while shedding weight by ditching the traditional mummy design for something more akin to your bed at home.


Adventure Tested: Jetboil MiniMo Backpacking Stove

Jetboil’s newly designed MiniMo is a lightweight, modular backpacking stove that not only excels at boiling water, but can now simmer and cook real food as well. We’ve been testing it in the Norwegian wilderness.


How To Find The Perfect Camp Stove

Now that campfires in many places are a thing of the past, it’s looking like camp and backpacking stoves are going to be the sole means we have to fry bacon and boil water for coffee. Here’s how to find the right one for you.


A New Method For Measuring Tent Space

How can you compare the interior volume and shape between two or more tents without setting them up side-by-side? Until now, you couldn’t, but a new system devised by New Hampshire-based Nemo Equipment aims to change that.


Samsung VR Hands On: Samsung's Answer To The Oculus Rift Is A VR Beast

Google Cardboard’s smartphone VR is a cool trick, but Samsung has just announced a rig that shows just how legit smartphone virtual reality can be. Gear VR is like an Oculus Rift with a brain you can fit in your pocket, and it’s pretty incredible.


A Ballistic Sleeping Bag That Promises Protection From A Tornado

They seem like a smart idea, but how many people do you really know with a safe room in their house? Probably none, because they’re expensive, and that includes those living in areas where storms can generate deadly tornados. So a Missouri-based inventor has come up with a cheaper way to stay safe during a twister — an oversized sleeping bag made from the same material as bulletproof vests.


Adventure Tested: Fieldsheer Adventure Tour Pants And Jacket

Can American budget bike gear brand Fieldsheer finally compete with premium Italian competitors like Alpinestars and Dainese? This Adventure Tour suit is the closest they have come yet.


Moto 360 Hands-On: The One We've Been Waiting For (Probably)

When Motorola first teased the Moto 360 back in June, it made us swoon. It was so damn pretty, even stalwart smartwatch refuseniks couldn’t help but want one. That was just a demo mode though. Today, I’ve finally set one up and spent some real time with it. Good news: We’re still just as excited about it.


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