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Tips for Understanding Waterproof Ratings

by Jim O'Leary | Sep 13, 2019

Not Waterproof Just because an item is built for the outdoors does not mean it's built to be waterproof. Primarily this is done for items that aren't meant to be worn as outerwear, like layering pieces or casual clothes. But sometimes outerwear isn't designed to be waterproof, either for enhanced ...

6 Best Rain Jacket for Outdoor Adventures

by Jim O'Leary | Aug 23, 2019

Picture the perfect day outdoors. It's sunny, clear, and comfortable, of course. But the weather doesn't always deliver that exact scenario. So we've gathered some of the best rain jackets of 2019 for you to shield yourself from the worst weather. Because even if you're the type who will cancel ...

Sun Protection, It's for Everyone!

by Suzie Dundas | Aug 7, 2019

Did you know that sun-protective clothing is very much a thing? And if you aren’t wearing it during your time outdoors, you may be putting your skin (and health) at risk.You may be wondering “what the heck is UPF clothing, and why do I need it? Isn’t my clothing good ...

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Day Hike Essentials: A Packing Guide

by Jim O'Leary | Jun 20, 2019

 Hiking is, without a doubt, the most popular form of outdoor recreation. And for good reason! Hikes exist all over the world, and all over the country, so no matter where you are you can find a trail that suits your ability level and interest. The most basic hikes ...

Choosing the Right Trail Runners: Part 2

by Suzie Dundas | Jun 14, 2019

When we last left off, we discussed some of the finer points in choosing trail running shoes based on their characteristics and fit, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you're planning on hitting the trails often, you're also going to be worried about other features too. So, ...

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Sporty Dads

by Suzie Dundas | Jun 7, 2019

Father’s Day isn’t too far off, and there’s no better way to thank Dad than by spoiling him with some new outdoor gear. Sure, he’ll say all he wants is to spend time with his family – but a new pair of trail runners wouldn’t hurt, either. Whether the dad ...

Choosing the Right Trail Runners: Part 1

by Suzie Dundas | Jun 5, 2019

If you get a little out of breath by just hearing the words “trail runners,” don’t worry. Trail runners have plenty of uses beyond actual running. These stiff soled, grippy athletic shoes are popular with hikers, joggers, and sometimes even mountain bikers who aren’t ready to spring for clip-in shoes. ...

Backpack Buying Guide: Choosing Your Bag Style

by Jim O'Leary | May 17, 2019

A backpack is a simple thing, two straps and it goes on your back. Right? Unfortunately not. While they may look similar, backpacks can vary significantly depending on what they’re built to do and who they’re designed to fit. Which is why the backpack you send a kid to school ...

10 Best Mother's Day Gifts

by Suzie Dundas | May 3, 2019

Mother’s Day is May 12, and while your mom may say all she wants is for you to call, you can do a bit better than that. Whether your mom gave you your first trail name or whether her idea of spending time outside is walking through a neighborhood park, ...

Ski Binding Basics: Choosing the Right Gear

by Jim O'Leary | Apr 19, 2019

If you’ve been skiing before, you realize your bindings are important. The way they transfer your energy down to the ski’s edges, and hold your feet in place while turning, is a fundamental task that is the only thing making skiing possible. But they’re also what makes skiing safer, by ...

Buyers Guide: Choosing the Right Insulation

by Suzie Dundas | Apr 5, 2019

Most skiers and snowboarders know (okay, pretty much every skier and snowboarder knows) that insulation is essential to staying warm. Insulation works by both trapping your body heat against your core and creating a barrier to keep cold air off your skin.But what some people don’t know is that there ...

5 Best Freestlye Snowboards of 2019

by Jim O'Leary | Mar 11, 2019

If the part of the mountain you’re most interested in is the terrain park, then you’ll be best served by riding one of these Best Freestyle Men’s Snowboards. What makes a snowboard a great freestyle board is agility, whether you’re double corking in a half pipe, or trying to boardslide ...