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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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TGR Presents The Official Grateful Dead Ski Collab With Chris Benchetler
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TGR Presents The Official Grateful Dead Ski Collab With Chris Benchetler

TGR Presents The Official Grateful Dead Ski Collab With Chris Benchetler

Benchetler's artistic touch can be felt on both the top sheets and bases of the limited edition ski paying homage to the band. Atomic Photo.   Throughout our twenty-three seasons of filmmaking, one of TGR’s biggest influences has been the Grateful Dead. Their iconic music has inspired countless film titles and graced our soundtracks. Their presence is interwoven into who we are and the fabric of the films we make. We owe so much to their anthems, which is why we’ve been working on

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“Ocean Space Habitat” Will Let You Camp Underwater
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“Ocean Space Habitat” Will Let You Camp Underwater

“Ocean Space Habitat” Will Let You Camp Underwater

Initially conceived as a kind of "base camp" for SCUBA divers, the Ocean Space Habitat is being touted as ushering in a new era of underwater exploration.  While underwater habitats aren't a new concept (see NOAA's Aquarius), the degree of flexibility afforded by the Ocean Space Habitat promises to allow broader usage and new applications.   How does it actually work, though?  Essentially, the structure is packable, allowing divers to bring it to their desired underwater location, inflate

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Blizzard’s Women to Women Program Pays Dividends
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Blizzard’s Women to Women Program Pays Dividends

Blizzard’s Women to Women Program Pays Dividends

Blizzard's Black Pearl has been the overall best-selling ski in the U.S. for the past four years. Blizzard/Tecnica photo. Have you ever walked into a ski shop and been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of esoteric lingo and a testosterone-fueled, aggressive approach to skiing? "Do you want boots with IRFRAN/fiber or boots with GRILAMID/carbon? See that picture of Jamie Pierre hucking a 250 foot cliff? With the right gear and enough Red Bull you can be just like him!"