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A Ski for All Snowshoers

It was a world-record gathering of ‘Hoksters’ with 75 people arriving to learn about or to test 'Hoks,'  a product some call a sliding snowshoe, others a grippy ski. This short, wide ski has a permanent climbing skin covering half its length for grip going up and to control speed coming down.

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Hyper Light and Hyper White

My old pack was perfect…when I bought it. Its main drawback over the years was the opacity of its dark green and black fabric. That is when I was introduced to the Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Porter Pack...

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A Tale of Two 'Mids'

A review of two pyramid-styled tents: The Mega Light from Black Diamond and the Ultamid 4 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. The Mega Light gets the nod for best value -- it's a quality product at an affordable price. The Ultamid gets kudos for being the best product, but the added space, increased strength, and reduced weight will cost you.

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Rise of the 'Mids'

In the outdoor world where needed equipment is usually strapped to your back, less is often more. Such is the case with floorless tents that rise from a wide base to a narrow apex and are generally referred to as pyramids, megamids or ‘mids'. Read our biased report about why these tents rule.

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Getting Outdoors as a New Parent

Sarah Shaffer says that "Being new to the world of parenting brought many challenges and joys. One thing I had to learn to adjust to was how to be both a mother, and still keep some of my identity as an outdoor enthusiast."  Learn how she is maintaining that identity and introducing her 'squirt' to the outdoors.
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The Thinning (and Fattening) of AT Ski Gear

All at the same time AT gear is getting lighter and heavier; skinnier and fatter -- it all depends on whether you want to far and fast, or steep and fast. While there are dozens of new skis hitting the market, even bigger things are afoot with bindings, boots, and skins...
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New Gear - 2015/16

An occasional leap year; then many incremental steps. That’s what hikers, climbers, skiers, snowhoers, and runners are likely to see each year at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. Here's a recap of some leaps and steps noticed this year.
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Backcountry Skis for 2015

People who think that testing ski equipment is an easy, posh job know nothing.  Testing this gear is brutal work. Andy Dappen reveals the impossibility of the task set before him at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City as he tried to evaluate this year's AT skis.

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Backcountry Skis for 2015

People who think that testing ski equipment is an easy, posh job know nothing.  Testing this gear is brutal work. Andy Dappen reveals the impossibility of the task set before him at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City as he tried to evaluate this year's AT skis.

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Gear of the Year - 2014 Edition

We all have items in our equipment arsenals that have earned our admiration. We've shared our thoughts on some of the best products we tested this year. Now it's your turns. Add to the conversation by sharing your thoughts on the best products you used this year.