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Can A Single Knife Handle Every Bushcraft Job?

This new Vulture Equipment Works Cholera is described as an, “all mountain” blade. A knife you can use for everything from making a fire to butchering game. We beat on it everywhere from the beaches of Maui to the forests of British Columbia to find out if that claim is true.


Can Inflatable Poles Make Better Tents?

Replacing their rigid predecessors, inflatable poles offer advantages like ease of setup — you just pump them up — and increased strength. Disadvantages are weight and complication. Worth it? We spent a week living in an inflatable tent to find out.


My Quest To Find The Perfect Air Conditioner

I grew up in an old house without an air conditioner. During the summer, it would get so hot and humid that the doors would swell, and you couldn’t close them. So when it was finally time for me to buy my very own AC unit, it felt like a luxury. And I treated it as such.


Garmin Fenix 2 Watch Review: Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Many

The Fenix 2 is the watch Garmin has made to appeal to active people who might end up doing… well, just about anything outdoors. It’s not just for runners, just for swimmers, just for snowboarders, or just for hikers, it’s for people who want a single watch to track their complete athletic lifestyle. The good news is that the Fenix 2 is truly fantastic for almost all of those things. Almost.


Moshi SenseCover Review: Answer Your iPhone Without Opening Its Case

If there’s one thing that can divide iPhone users, it’s the debate over whether to hide their precious handset inside a fancy case. Some prefer the feel of a naked iPhone in their hand, while others don’t trust themselves carrying it around unprotected.


Moto X (2014) Review: Still The Android Phone For Everyone

The original Moto X, which debuted last year, was a different breed of smartphone. Rather than trying to build a beast with the best screen and the most horsepower, Motorola focused on the user experience above all else. The result was a phone that was so intelligent and comfortable to use that it almost didn’t matter that it was out-gunned in a lot of ways. Well, the 2014 model is here. Not only does it retain that same sublime user experience, it comes out guns blazing.


Moto 360 Smartwatch Review: The Best Might Not Be Enough

Early this year when Google first announced Android Wear, it teased us with the Moto 360. It was by far the best-looking smartwatch we’d ever seen. Many months later it’s here at last. It’s the best Android Wear device yet, but with the Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it’s no longer clear if that’s good enough.


Acer Chromebook 13 Review: With Great Power Comes An Iffy Screen

Nvidia’s Tegra K1 is an absolute blast in an Android tablet, and now the Acer Chromebook 13 is slapping it in a laptop body too. The result isn’t perfect, but it’s a promising look at where Chromebooks could go.


Moto 360 Battery Life Test: So Far, Not As Bad As You Heard

Battery life is generally the slowest thing to test on a gadget, and it’s almost always the toughest to get right. There’s just no way to rush it, and there are just so many variables regarding how people use a particular gadget that it’s always one of those “your mileage may vary” type of situations. Last week, some very early reviews of the Moto 360 smartwatch lambasted its weak battery performance. It’s possible they may have jumped the gun.


Tamagotchi 2014 Review: My Pocket Friend Left Me Before I Could Kill Him

Remember Tamagotchis? Of course you do. They taught you about responsibility. They taught you about friendship. But most importantly, they taught you that friends don’t leave friends in rooms filled with their own feces. Now, it’s time to reopen those old, grief-stricken wounds. The Tamagotchi is back — and it is still hungry.


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