Bluetooth speakers are all the rage these days, and, this summer, it seems like more and more outdoors brands are jumping on the blue-tech bandwagon to put out their own versions. Gone are the days of cranking up the volume on your phone and hoping to make out some semblance of a melody. Gone are …

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I remember buying my first backpacking backpack. I walked into an outdoor store and chatted with a salesman about options. When I asked about lightweight packs, he dismissed them, telling me they would strip away any comfort and weren’t worth it. I left with a backpack that on its own weighed close to five pounds. …

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I consider myself a semi-experienced traveler — someone who has taken the initiative to see the world but still does not possess the ease or confidence of a seasoned pro. After having visited four continents and eleven countries I still feel there is an unimaginable amount to learn. It can be overwhelming to contemplate. Driving …

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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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It’s time once again to put on my gear-testing hat, or, in this case, my gear testing shoes. I tried out Arc’teryx’s new Arakys Approach Shoes in a variety of scrambles and scrabbles, and my feet felt just splendid. First of all, for those naysayers, approach shoes are a great invention. They can’t replace your …

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Just in time for the beach and early summer showers, Live Out There sent us Mountain Hardwear’s Urbanite II Jacket. If you haven’t heard of it, Live Out There is an online outdoors store and community that blends guides, stories, gear, and environmental activism. Besides finding the latest (vetted) gear for whatever you’re doing, you’ll …

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One of the less-discussed impacts of global warming is that it is very difficult to field-test toddler snowsuits. Combine the near-total absence of snow in Boston this year (besides today), and my uncooperative two year old, and this gear review of the Dare2B Bugaloo II is a little light on substance. Please bear with me. …

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It seems everyone wants an action camera these days. And why wouldn’t they? Even if you aren’t a hardcore adventurer or sports extremist, it’s a cool gadget to have. When buying an action camera, most people eye anything from GoPro, as it’s easily the most popular brand. But if you search for “action cameras” online, …

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This week, I was lucky enough to get to test C2’s performance tights and undertop. I say lucky because the weather in Boston has called for some serious under-layers the past few days. It’s been cold — but not cold enough for snow — and wet. Nothing like a windy, wintry mix to make you say, …

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Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “April showers, May flowers,” or something like that? Well, April’s come early and we need some waterproof shoes, stat. The PF Flyer Hi Press boot is chic enough footwear for city days but its heavy-duty rubber can handle serious wet and muck, too. The styling of this update comes from …

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