October 29, 2019

Understanding Headlamp Brightness

The Problem Headlamp packaging has a lot of tough-to-decipher numbers and icons, but there are two specs that really matter: lumens and run time. Most headlamps have between 25 and 500 lumens, which measure how much light is emitted (aka brightness). Run time (also referred to as burn time) is how long the light will […]

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October 16, 2019

Trail Mix: Adventure Pup

Hiking with a dog

You have good gear—why shouldn’t your doggo? Whether you’re in the market for a new leash or your fluffer’s first pack, find the perfect addition to Fido’s kit among these nine staff picks.  Wolfgang Man & Beast LokiWolf Collar Looking to upgrade your pooch’s necklace? Made in partnership with Loki the Wolfdog (of Instagram fame), […]

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October 4, 2019

Tested: The Best Hiking Sandals of 2020

There was a time when sandals were reserved for the beach or the public shower. Blessedly, those days are long gone. Outdoor-oriented companies have taken the same core DNA of your standard flip-flops and leveled it up with features like a beefier sole, more secure webbing, greater arch support or some combination of all three. […]

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October 1, 2019

Liquid Assets

Outdoor Drinkware

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Every outdoor get-together is better with a drink in hand, so here’s our favorite outdoor drinkware for car campouts, trailhead tailgates, beach parties and backyard barbecues. What did it take to make our list? Beautiful design, bombproof construction and, above all, seamless […]

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September 20, 2019

Get Ready To Wear Hemp

Move over, cotton: Hemp is here to challenge your throne. Now that hemp is no longer considered an illicit drug, fabric manufacturers are figuring out how to turn this notoriously scratchy fiber into soft, ultracomfy clothing. It’s showing up in T-shirts, shorts, fleeces, jackets, hats and even shoes. Even better? Hemp’s sustainability scorecard makes it […]

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September 17, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Go Backpacking Out Your Front Door

Urban Backpacking

July 28, 2019, mile 8.92: I am inside my tent’s vestibule in the front yard of my ex-roommate’s single-story, beige house in the semi-industrial part of Seattle called Georgetown. The thin tent fly separates me from the morning chill, though it does little to drown out the sound of cars flying up the on-ramp to […]

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August 15, 2019

The future of backpacks looks more sustainable

Chances are, you already own plenty of sustainably made clothing and electronics built with rechargeable batteries instead of landfill-polluting alkaline—but your backpack probably doesn’t deserve a merit badge for environmentalism. It’s not your fault. Packs have tended to lag behind other gear categories, where the outdoor industry has embraced sustainability and shoppers now routinely find […]

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August 13, 2019

Roll Your Backpacking Gear Into Bikepacking

Bikepacking

Calling all bike-curious backpackers: This one’s for you. With a few small additions and some packing know-how, you can push your backpacking setup into bicycle service. Follow these tips to get started.  Gear and Storage When you hit the trail on foot, you carry your stuff on your back. Not so when you do the […]

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July 5, 2019

Tidy Up Your Gear Storage

Use a rod to hang jackets, packs and other gear.

I’m just your average hiker/backpacker/dabbling cyclist/SUP enthusiast/occasional car camper. Sound familiar? If you’ve caught the multisport bug like I have, then you probably have enough gear to not only tackle any activity, but to outfit your friends, too. You also probably have a gear closet, garage, shed or storage area that could benefit from some […]

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