May 16, 2018

Full-Suspension vs. Hardtail Mountain Bikes

Mountain biking on a sunlit trail

If you’re shopping for a new mountain bike, you’ll inevitably face a big choice: full-suspension or hardtail? A full-suspension mountain bike features both a suspension fork up front and a rear shock, whereas a hardtail bike has only a suspension fork. The type of suspension a mountain bike has will affect the bike’s control, traction […]

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May 14, 2018

9 Ways You’re Camping Wrong Without Even Realizing It

Two people camping

After figuring out how to set camp up in under 20 minutes, cook things in the backcountry that actually taste good and manage avoiding blisters while hucking a large pack around, we all feel like backpacking experts. However, there are a few things that can evade even the most skilled backpackers. Check this list and […]

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May 7, 2018

Dust, Sun and Singletrack

Beezley Hills Preserve

Far from overcast Seattle, east of the Columbia River, sits the community of Ephrata, Washington. And just outside the small town, twenty miles of singletrack at Beezley Hills Preserve beckon, making Ephrata an unexpected mountain biking destination in eastern Washington. The land was once used as pastureland for grazing horses by rancher Frank Beezley, the […]

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April 24, 2018

Everything You Need for Your First Backpacking Trip

Backpacking for the first time can feel daunting. What tent should you get? How many pairs of socks should you bring? Which water filter is the best for the job? We have quite a bit of backpacking experience, and thought we should tell you what we’ve learned the hard way. We know that gearing up […]

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April 16, 2018

The Best Rain Jackets of 2018

It’s hard to live a life outside without encountering rain. That’s why a good rain jacket (or two) is an important part of every outdoorsperson’s closet. To pick the right jacket you’ll want to make sure it is seam sealed with a waterproof and breathable fabric,and a quality hood. But the rest is up to […]

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April 13, 2018

What Does Moisture-Wicking Mean?

woman zipping up a base layer

It’s pretty much impossible to shop for outdoor clothing without running into the phrase “moisture wicking.” Brands are forever telling you their apparel is made of this moisture-wicking stuff, so it must be important. But what exactly do they mean? A moisture-wicking fabric has two jobs: one is quickly moving (wicking) sweat to the fabric’s […]

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April 6, 2018

How to Pick the Most Breathable Fabrics

runners on a trail

If you’re looking for the most breathable fabric, you’re probably trying to keep your cool in the heat. But there’s more to staying cool than having breathable fabric. If you’re going to be even a little bit active, then you’re really on a quest to find the coolest fabric. We’ll start the discussion with the […]

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March 16, 2018

The Best Men’s Underwear of 2018

Men's underwear

The last thing you want when you’re miles from nowhere is underperforming underwear. Your underwear should keep up with your active pursuits, delivering comfort and performance in hard-charging activities, extreme conditions and far-flung travel destinations. Unless you want to exfoliate a layer of sensitive skin to chafing, endure swamp-like misery in hot weather or risk […]

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March 16, 2018

The Best Men’s Underwear of 2018

Men's underwear

The last thing you want when you’re miles from nowhere is underperforming underwear. Your underwear should keep up with your active pursuits, delivering comfort and performance in hard-charging activities, extreme conditions and far-flung travel destinations. Unless you want to exfoliate a layer of sensitive skin to chafing, endure swamp-like misery in hot weather or risk […]

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