If you bike with cars — which is pretty much everyone not in a city that rhymes with shmopenhagen — there are going to be close calls. No matter how alert, diligent, defensive, cautious, vocal, nimble, predictable, careful — every day is a maze of close calls and near misses. (What up, Boston!) So when …

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This past August, Wild Wilderness Women embarked on its inaugural Babes Off the Beaten Path trip—a yearly opportunity for women to come together, build community, and explore what it really means to be a “babe,” while having an exceptional outdoors experience. We took brand new and experienced backpacking ladies out into Glacier National Park for …

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The Camp Kit! It’s like Netflix for camping gear, but better. I remember trying Netflix for the first time. After spending aimless hours in video stores throughout the late 90s, I can’t tell you how powerful I felt as a preteen using the service. Ordering (on the world wide web!) the exact movie I wanted …

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I love interviewing people who found businesses because there’s always a moment — one of those rare times — when inspiration aligns with circumstance. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but the story behind the Claritas Collection starts with a flash of inspiration. The idea is not a new one. It can be …

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Tentsile took all of our aspirations for savoring nature without being savored by nature, and turned these imaginings into a product both practical and whimsical. We tested out the Connect Tree Tent, and we are still raving about it. As Tentsile says, “Tentsile combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security and …

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The hashtag that Electric sunglasses has emblazoned on its Instagram feed is #StyleThatPerforms, and however slick that may sound, when it comes to Electric, it happens to be true. The company manages to combine a California cool with Italian sensibilities to make something that looks effortless but feels thoughtful. Electric is rooted in the surf, snow, …

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Let us begin with that word: Rumpl. Does any other item on the outdoor gear market evoke the same sense of coziness as Rumpl? Designed by two guys who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, and were, as they put it, “unable to find a blanket that rivaled puffy jackets and sleeping bags in terms of performance, warmth, …

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It’s hard to know where to the start when describing Sea to Summit’s out-of-this-world Sleeping Mats, but suffice to say: if our Summer Stuff series is about sharing summer discoveries that have become summer necessities, the UltraLight, Comfort Light and ComfortPlus Mats are all slam-dunks. I didn’t grow up in an outdoorsy family, so most of my …

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I should start by stating my biases: I love Woolrich. I love their aesthetic, I love their customer service, I just like them. That said, I tried to be objective in my appraisal of two items I got to road test over the past few weeks, the Tie-Dyed Stag Shirt and the Cotton Beach Towel. By …

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In this series, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite summer discoveries that have quickly become summer necessities. Warm-weather travel and weekend escapes call for packing light, so it’s good to know what’s really worth it’s weight. The first featured brand is Francli Craftwear. Francli is the brainchild of two Cornish designers, Alison Goodman and Frances …

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