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How to Choose a Hiking Backpack (for Day Hikes, Backpacking Trips, or Whatever Your Heart Desires)
Maybe you’re packing up for an extended camping trip known as a mountain bike stage race. Or maybe hiking and backpacking has become your cross-training Read more.

Tested: Fullbore Fitness Microfiber Sports Towel
Towels are one of those accessories you don’t really want to spend money on. They’re not particularly high-tech or exciting, nor do you wear one Read more.

Tested: CHOE 19W Portable Solar Charger
Camping is not what it used to be. I remember taking a flashlight and spare batteries. Otherwise, if you wanted light, you built a fire. Read more.

Tested: Osprey Volt 75 Pack
After spending most of my athletic prime racing at high speeds (bicycles and motorcycles,) I decided to slow things down a bit and take on Read more.

Tested: MIU COLOR Foldable Picnic Blanket with Handles
I don’t really do picnics. I’m outside a lot, but most of the time I’m eating while moving. And if I’m backpacking, I’m not going Read more.

Tested: ENO DoubleNest Hammock
Growing up, I thought hammocks were fun to climb on, but I never found them particularly comfortable or enticing. Turns out, I got the wrong Read more.

Tested: MIU COLOR Packable Lightweight Backpack
I thought I graduated from simple little backpacks when I finished high school. Ever since, I’ve been using specialty hydration packs, serious backpacking packs, or Read more.

Tested: Columbia Sportswear Cool Creek Stretch Cargo Pants
For as many cycling and running tights as I have, and wind pants, and skiing/snowboarding pants, I’ve never been much for hiking pants. I never Read more.

How to Score Epic Deals at the REI Garage Sale
Want to get awesome outdoor gear from the best brands, brand new or barely used, at insane discounts? Then you need to find an REI Read more.

Tested: Mosquitno Bands and Spotz
I’ve always been one of those people that mosquitoes love to feast upon. If I’m in a group of people where everyone else is saying, Read more.

Where to Kayak in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh offers a great number of paddling opportunities within the city as well as throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Here are some spots where you can go Read more.

Tested: Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero
Walking through Dick’s Sporting Goods earlier this Spring, I had the chance to participate in a live product demonstration, and there was no way I Read more.