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I Got To Be A Mountain Hardwear Designer For A Day

Mountain Hardwear designs some of the most technically-advanced outdoors apparel and gear on the planet. I just got to spend a day working alongside their designers. This is what their process is like.


Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Duo Review: The Coziest Two-Person Sleeping Bag Yet 

Thanks to its shoe-style, zipper-free design, this new Backcountry Bed Duo from Sierra Designs packs bed-level comfort for two into a bag that’s small and light enough to actually fit in a backpack. If you want to cuddle outside, this is the bag for you. Sadly, it’s not as good as it could be.


With This Tractor Controller, Anyone Can Be A Virtual Farmer

Admit it: You’ve always dreamed of being a farmer. Sim Farm’s pixelated corn fields didn’t quite cut it; Farmville promised action but delivered an endless series of mindless chores. Despair not, would-be agronomist: Soon, you’ll be able to plow fields, sow seeds and whack weeds with the best of them, all from the mud and bug-free comfort of your living room.


Samsung's Next Smartwatch Will Pack A Round Screen And Rotating Bezel

Amidst all the Apple Watch hype, it’s easy to forget that Samsung’s aleady worked its way through two generations of smartwatch, and is prepping to launch a third. And according to a new Samsung software development kit, the next Gear will have a circular display, and rotating bezel to control it with. Digital crown what now?


This Helmet Protects You From Your GoPro

Last year, former Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher fell while skiing and suffered a traumatic brain injury even though he was wearing a helmet. The culprit? Some sources blame his helmet-mounted GoPro. Now, Sweet Protection has designed the first snow helmet capable of protecting you from your action camera.


The Incredible, Tactical Undergarments Designed For The Avengers Cast 

Ever consider what keeps Iron Man from overheating inside his suit? Or protects Cap’s abs when he’s punched in the chest plate? We got an exclusive look at the specialised athletic undergarments the actors wear — which sounds pervy, until you hear about all the tech that went into making these things.


Why Hammocks Suck

I’m writing this with a sore back and exhausted from not getting enough sleep over the weekend. Hammocks lure you in with the romantic appeal of above-the-ground, free swinging sleep, then pounce on you with a poorly insulated, biomechanically painful design.


Meet The Crazy Climber Who Made His Own Carbon Fibre Ice Axes

If you want to climb ice, you’re going to need a pair of ice axes. The state-of-the-art is this carbon pair from Black Diamond, which will run you a cool $US340 per axe. Or, you could just make your own, like this guy did, saving himself over 500 grams in the process.


The Super-Materials Revolutionising Helmet Design Right Now

Modern bicycle, ski, snowboard, skate and motorcycle helmet construction hasn’t changed significantly since the adoption of styrofoam impact absorption in the 1960s. Finally, new materials and construction methods are improving safety, in some cases absorbing 30 per cent more energy than their styrofoam equivalents. And you can buy helmets made from them today.


What I Learned At The Biggest Gun Show In Vegas

The annual Las Vegas Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show is the biggest gun show in America, attracting 33,000 people each year. And Sarah Palin. I was about the only visitor not wearing a pistol, but I did manage to find some neat new stuff.


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