May 24, 2018

Video: Why my Santa Cruz Nomad climbs like crap

Bikes like the Nomad have a massive sweet spot with climbing prowess and descending abilities. But one can target it as well to descend very, very well.
May 24, 2018

10 Best Hikes Near Chicago

Sunset view from the shore of Lake Michigan

Although the Chicago metro area is a bit limited by geography, a short drive to the outskirts of the city to visit a state park or conservation area or a longer drive across the state line to visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore provides hikers with options. The scenic midwestern landscape and easy-going terrain is […]

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May 24, 2018

Wolf Tooth ReMote BellTower unveiled

ReMote BellTower allows Spurcycle Bells to be mounted directly to special Wolf Tooth ReMote handlebar clamps.
May 24, 2018

DIY Van Life: Build Your Own Kitchen and Storage

People preparing food in a van retrofitted with a kitchen.

[Editor's note: This story is part of our van life collection—articles that offer do-it-yourself projects, tips and hacks for retrofitting your adventure mobile for life on the road. Be sure to check out how to create a sleeping platform for your van.] A nomadic lifestyle offers freedom and spontaneity, but it’s much more enjoyable when […]

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May 24, 2018

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2018

Backpackers along the South Rim

A pack that comfortably fits your body’s specific shape and size can make all the difference between a joyful journey or a suffering slog in the backcountry.  There are two essential considerations in finding the right fit: Your torso length. A snug grip on your hips. Many packs come in multiple sizes, including gender- and […]

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May 23, 2018

Mammoth Mountain and Snow Summit Bike Parks in CA to open May 26th

Summer shred is upon us; Mammoth Mountain & Snow Summit open this Friday, May 26
May 23, 2018

veloToze MTB shoe covers review

Like all their shoe covers, the veloToze is packable and lightweight. And since this is an MTB version, it’s also designed to put up with the demands of rough trails and gravel roads.
May 22, 2018

The REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Wins Coveted Backpacker Hall of Fame Award

On the 25th Anniversary of Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, the team behind the recommendations and evaluations you've come to depend on are announcing the Hall of Fame Awards. The REI Co-op Half Dome 2+ will be forever enshrined in this place of honor as one of the best tents around. “When the Half Dome 2 […]

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May 22, 2018

PUB 934 XC race wheels review

PUB’s go-to cross-country 29er wheelset features DT Swiss 350 hubs and asymmetric beadless rims with 28mm inner and 34mm outer widths.