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How Much Weight Can A Bench Press Bar Lift Before It Gets Bent Out Of Shape?

Video: It’s a lot of freaking weight. The stress test on this cheap Olympic bar reveals that the straight metal bar can lift an immeasurable amount of weight before it buckles and permanently bends itself out of shape. When it’s just lifting normal plates and the like, Beyond the Press counted nearly 680kg of weight without the bar breaking.

Why Your Old Exercise Routine May Suddenly Stop Making You Lose Weight

A new gym-goer finds an exercise routine, sticks with it and the kilograms start coming off at a regular clip — until something changes. Not the person; they’re still exercising as hard as ever, sometimes harder, but the weight loss has stopped. What happened?

Why The Calorie Is Broken

Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. The calorie is broken — and this is why.

Surefire 2211X WristLight Review: A Real Headlamp Alternative?

Last year, Surefire released an innovative new line of “WristLights.” But, at $US800, they were way too expensive for most people. This new 2211X costs just $299 and is just as bright. How’s it work?

Slingfin 2Lite Review: Everest Tent Tech For The Backpacker

A new American company that makes the strongest tents on Everest has just launched this new line for backpackers. They’re as light as anything else out there, but much stronger, much more livable and, believe it or not, cheaper too. We took one up the highest mountain in the lower 48.

REI Traverse Pack Review: Just The Right Price

Meet my new favourite backpack. At 48 litres, the REI Traverse is just the right size for shorter trips, secures its load so tight that it’s silent, makes room for oddly-shaped equipment and provides ample airflow across your back. All that for just $250.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger Review: The Perfect Camera Bag?

Peak Design changed the way photographers carried their cameras with the introduction of an innovative clip. Now, they’re taking on camera bags. We tested their Everyday Messenger to see how it performs.

Petzl Tikka RXP Review: The First Smart Headlamp

With the ability to automatically switch between spot and flood depending on where you’re looking and also automatically adjust light output according to the distance that needs illuminating, this smart headlamp from Petzl is the first of its kind. Is it worth its $149 asking price?

Shimano XTR Di2 Review: Can Electronic Shifters Make Bicycles Faster?

Shimano is bringing its electronically-actuated Di2 shifter technology to mountain bikes, claiming increased reliability, faster shift speeds and improved man-machine interface. Can it really make riding a bicycle easier? We spent a day on the trail to find out.

Can A Cube-Like Shape Really Make A Better Tent?

Earlier this year we told you about a new generation of tents that are ditching the traditional domes and triangles for an all-new shape: cubes. And man, you guys found some flaws in that idea. Will the roof pool rain or the sides collapse in high wind? We took one backpacking in Yosemite to find out.

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