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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.


The Cosiest 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.


Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: The Best-Performing Android Smartwatch Yet

Sony’s been trying the smartwatch thing for years, but the original SmartWatch and the SmartWatch 2 both…what’s the word I’m looking for here? Sucked? Yeah. But the SmartWatch 3 has solid performance and two nifty features you won’t find on any other Android Wear. It’s the first with built-in GPS and a screen you can read without backlighting.


23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear

Spend money on the big-ticket camping items that ensure your comfort and safety. Don’t spend money on all the little stuff that can often be better handled by supplies you already own.


Why Your Next Tent Might Be A Cube

The next generation of ultralight backpacking tents is adopting vertical walls and square shapes to maximise living space while shedding weight. Here’s how they work and what these new tents mean for your next camping trip.


The Ultimate Photographer's Backpack?

This new Aperture from Boreas offers all-round protection for your camera gear in an internal frame backpack suitable for long-distance outdoors adventure. It promises to be more versatile and more comfortable than anything else out there.


Hunting Ducks From A Folding Kayak

The folding Oru Kayak goes from flatpack to floating in just minutes. Tough enough for the real world? We took it down the Colorado River, armed with a shotgun, to find out.


A Basic Guide To Cheap Outdoors Gear For Broke Adventurers

On a budget but still want to be comfortable and safe on your outdoors adventures? Here’s a guide to what you need to spend money on, what you don’t and how to find effective clothing, tools, boots, bags and whatnot on a budget.


This Gear Took Us Around The World

What clothes, computer, ice axe, and backpack does a photographer and writer for an adventure travel site fall back on when he’s going to be going up against the unpredictability of nature, while travelling unsupported around the world? This is the best of the best, the stuff I took with me to adventure around the globe, and how it performed.