October 17, 2018

10 Top Mountain Bike Rides Near Moab

Two mountain bikers enjoy the trails of Moab

Offering views of snowcapped peaks and sun-burnt canyons on flowing technical singletrack that weaves through otherworldly rock formations, Moab is a mountain biking paradise. The area is an excellent option for nearly year-round riding, with prime weather and trail conditions in the spring and fall. Even in the heat of the summer, riders can retreat […]

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October 12, 2018

New Ruffwear Jackets Get Two Paws Up

I am River. I have many important jobs. I’m the one who keeps the floors spotless, alerts my family if any intruders get too close to our house and makes sure my human gets enough exercise. I was also recently tasked with testing out two new jackets with my friend, Arrow. If I’m honest, the […]

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October 5, 2018

14 Epic Funny Outdoor Fails We Can All Relate To

We’ve all made mistakes in the great outdoors. It’s just part of the journey. Maybe it’s a trip over a rock, packing two left climbing shoes or hitting an icy patch on skis. Whatever it is, we’re big fans of looking back and laughing at our goofier trials and tribulations. That’s why we’ve collected the […]

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October 4, 2018

The Rigorous Testing Behind GORE® Gear

If you’ve been outside in the rain, you’re probably familiar with GORE®, best known for its waterproof, breathable and windproof GORE-TEX® fabrics. Many consider GORE the gold standard—not least for their Guaranteed to Keep You Dry® promise. You might not know it, but to keep that claim, they test each and every piece of gear […]

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September 28, 2018

How One Designer Makes Mountain Bike Clothing for Women That Actually Fits

When I zipped up my mountain bike jersey earlier this year, I felt an all-too-familiar sense of disappointment. It was tight in the shoulders and too short. When I leaned over, parts of my skin on my lower back were exposed. When I raised my hands over my head, my midriff showed. The size was […]

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September 26, 2018

Learning How to Mountain Bike As a 30-Something, An Illustrated Story

After a long climb, I watched my friends disappear, one by one, down the trail. My turn. I gripped the handlebar, stood up on my pedals and accelerated. My bike careened forward, awkwardly wobbling over rocks and roots. A steep rollover sent my fingers slamming against the breaks and my body nearly over the handlebars. […]

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September 22, 2018

West Ridge Nature Preserve: A Hidden Oasis at One of Chicago’s Busiest Intersections

There are precious few places in Chicago’s urban sprawl where you can truly lose yourself in green space. West Ridge Nature Preserve is one of them. Where most urban nature lovers have become familiar with large, well-kempt parks like Lincoln and Grant, West Ridge is overgrown and uncultivated. That’s by design. Though the 21-acre park […]

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September 20, 2018

There’s No Running in Forest Bathing

The guard shuffled toward me. No running, no running, he whisper-shouted, waving an orange baton in my direction. Clad in a navy-blue suit with a crisp white shirt, his face wore a genuine look of concern. I slowed to a walk and replied, No running, no running. I nodded my head apologetically. The entrance sign said “no sporting […]

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September 19, 2018

Here’s How the Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S. Earned Their Rank

A cyclist biking alongside a highway

Whether I’m running to the local co-op market to buy groceries, checking out a book from the library or meeting up with friends at the wine bar, chances are I’m going to ride my bike. That’s because I am fortunate to live in a centrally located neighborhood within a network of bike trails and bike-friendly […]

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