Here’s a brief history of women’s running apparel summed up in a conversation: Dude designer: Hey, I’m making these running shorts for these women. Dude manager: Great, we don’t know if there’s a market for it but we’re getting a ton of requests for women’s apparel from actual women. But, you never know. What have …

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Minnesotans have some pretty distinct quirks, like watching hockey in June, torturing their vowels, and waxing poetic about going “Up North.” Up North, it seems, is more of a theory than an actuality. The most common version involves semi-rustic log cabins, copper-colored lakes and dark pine forests. But the widely agreed upon Holy Grail of …

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When Apple released the first iPhone, many worried it aimed to do too much. Combining a phone, camera, web browser, iPod, and more? The device couldn’t possibly nail every functionality. Of course, necessary sacrifices in certain departments would make it, at best, a compromise in quality in multiple areas or, at worst, a complete flop …

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You know that comforting feeling you get hugging a friend? Or that all-encompassing warmth in the room when sharing a meal with a loved one? That’s Feathered Friends. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. This past winter was my first in South Dakota, and it was a bit chilly, to say the least. The cold …

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There are some clothing and footwear items that are so fresh you have to put them on even if it’s not the right season. Astral’s new version of their classic Loyak shoe is just like that. Even though it was a cold January day when I took them out of the box, they called to …

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Feeling like a boss in my Bogs The best pieces of gear make you feel invincible, even if it’s only temporary. I felt that way when I first tried a wetsuit in cold water. Or the first time I pedaled a really efficient, light bike to go uphill. Or that time I got my first …

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Slogging through the transition from winter to spring (sprinter, if you will) can feel like riding out the swings of a pendulum. Will the temperature suddenly plummet? Will it really pour all day? How many jackets is too many jackets to wear? It’s tough to prepare for unpredictable weather, especially when you’ve been holding out all winter …

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The always dope AndShesDopeToo and outdoors powerhouse Backcountry.com have teamed up to present the highly-anticipated film, Moksha. It follows three Nepali women who have dedicated themselves to spreading the joy that mountain biking can bring to women across the Himalayas. Throughout the course of the film, they compete in races across the Asian continent, claim titles as the first female …

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Okay, so if you’re like me, you’re in a slight panic about a few people on your gift-list who are hard to buy for. They are practical, wonderful, and they have everything, right?? Well, it might be time to throw in the towel and do something more creative. But, BUT, if you want one last-ditch …

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Have you seen any good outdoors films lately? Here’s a little something: “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” explores spirituality and life balance through water sports. The documentary reveals a woman breaking paddling boundaries yet grounding herself in the commonplace and everyday. “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” delves into the shifting paradigms in the …

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It’s been a few years since Coalition Snow burst onto the scene as the first female-founded company designing skis and boards (that don’t suck) for women. Since then they’ve continued to shake up the perception of women in the outdoors, trading in the traditional sexy-but-fragile-snow-bunny trope for the smart, athletic, and diverse in age, shape, …

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