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2018 Editor’s Picks: Gear

I love everything about gear.  I love buying it, using it, reading about it, and writing about it.  Sometimes I even dream about it.  So, without further ado, here are our five editor's picks for gear-related content:


1: What Bike Components Actually Make Sense to Upgrade?

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Thumbing through bike magazines, you'd think that spending thousands of dollars a year on new components is the entirely necessary norm.  Not so fast, says our resident bike-guru Max Ritter.  Learn what components he thinks are worth upgrading and which are fine as-is. 


2: Walmart Launches Gear Site, Black Diamond Takes Legal Action

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The thought of Walmart bringing its discounted ways to the world of outdoor gear gives me the shivers. Would you trust a Walmart-brand cam or harness with your life?


3: Essentials for Long Singletrack Days

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When you're spending the whole day on the trail, it's important to have the right gear.  Learn what bike gear we think is critical for a successful day.


4: Jeremy Jones Launches Device that Turns Your IPhone into a Satellite Phone

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In these days of constant connectivity, it's sometimes nice to get off the grid.  However, there are also plenty of times when you're off the grid and want to get back on.  Jeremy Jones' new device makes that possible.


5. Hoji's New Dynafit Boot Is A leap Forward In Ski Touring Tech

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The world of ski boots and bindings is going through a dramatic transformation, with boots adhering to four different norms currently being produced.  The Hoji boot doesn't fit into any of those norms.  It incorporates a litany of new technologies and cuts out old standard features (like toe and heel lugs).  If you're looking for a dedicated touring boot, the Hoji is a strong contender. 

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​6 Pieces of Invaluable Backcountry Technology
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​6 Pieces of Invaluable Backcountry Technology

​6 Pieces of Invaluable Backcountry Technology

The topic of technology comes up again and again between backcountry travelers. Nowadays, with our daily lives revolving around computers and electronic devices, it is understandable that we wish to escape the pull of our devices when we are out in the mountains. However, certain pieces of technology are undeniably helpful to safe backcountry travel. Beacon/Shovel/Probe The holy trinity. It’s as simple as saying, DO NOT go into the backcountry without a working avalanche beacon, shovel, and

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Why Communication is Your Lifeline in the Backcountry
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Why Communication is Your Lifeline in the Backcountry

Why Communication is Your Lifeline in the Backcountry

In the backcountry skiing and snowboard community we place so much energy on the gear that we own. We obsess over which skis to buy, outerwear to purchase, and the boots on our feet. This all has its place and proper gear should never be overlooked, but what is so often do is the importance of communication in the backcountry. TGR sat down with Exum mountain guide Zahan Billimoria to talk about this topic. What is communication So Important in the Backcountry?  Almost every other way of

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Dynafit’s Hoji Boot Just Got A Whole Lot Better
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Dynafit’s Hoji Boot Just Got A Whole Lot Better

Dynafit’s Hoji Boot Just Got A Whole Lot Better

Remember last year, when Dynafit announced a revolutionary new ski touring boot designed by the ski boot mastermind Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson himself? Well, that original production boot was a phenomenal start, but left something to be desired for the hardcore freeriders out there. Dynafit listened to us skiers and made a few changes. So there’s a new version coming out, but what’s been updated? Two words: Toe welt. RELATED: Safety Week - Introduction to Snow The original Hoji Pro Tour will