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We are entering the season of slippery sidewalks and treacherous trails. As ice slicks our favorite stomping grounds, it’s time to prepare with the grip you need to stay upright and face plant-free all season long. Sure, you could strap on any number of ice-grabbing, metal-toothed winter traction devices or even a pair of shoes with embedded metal studs in…

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It debuted in the 1980s and became one of the most loved and recognizable hiking boots of the past 30 years. Indeed, several of my earliest hiking buddies tromped through many an adventure with a pair on their feet. Now it’s back. The benefits of this classic fabric-leather design are many. A waterproof Gore-tex liner…

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Maximalist shoes feature ridiculous amounts of super-cushy foam underfoot. Pioneered by the shoe company Hoka One One in 2010, it’s a genre of running footwear that has expanded dramatically over the past few years. These days most major running shoe manufacturers offer at least one maximalist style. It’s a remarkable swing to the opposite extreme…

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Darn Tough makes some serious socks for lovers of the outdoors at its mill in Northfield, Vermont. And they guarantee them for life, no questions asked. As a serial sock abuser, I’m intrigued. Over the years, I’ve trashed many a sock on the trails. Most have fallen victim to my big toes, gargantuan phalanges of…

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I’ve covered a lot of ground on snowshoes, both in the snowy backcountry and in many an article over the years. Snow is falling even as I write this, conditions in New Hampshire and Maine are prime for some quality stomping, and further inspiration awaits on the National Weather Service’sin-depth snow information page for the…

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This holiday season, give a gift to your loved ones and your local economy at the same time. Dozens of outdoor gear companies, large and small, call the Northeast home. Many of them manufacture at least some of their products in the region, while others produce their entire collections locally. If you’ve got an outdoor…

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In 2004, ultra-marathoner Xy Weiss produced a pair of custom-made leopard print gaiters to jibe with her leopard print jog bra. And Dirty Girls Gaiters were born. Weighing less than 2 ounces, the low-cut, made-in-the-USA gaiters are constructed from stretchy spandex. They secure to the back of the shoe with a self-adhesive Velcro strip (instead…

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Around about now, it’s time to pull out your hiking boots and get ready for the approaching season of hiking adventure. Do your boots look rough? Give them some TLC now before you abuse them over the coming months. It’s simple. Rain gear should keep you dry. The best rain gear keeps water out while…

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Problem: You can’t try on shoes when you shop online. Solution? Shoefitr of Pittsburgh, Pa., makes a three-dimensional scan of the shoe and produces a color-coded image showing where the shoe runs shorter, longer, wider, narrower, tighter, and/or looser than the shoes you typically wear. I’ve fitted hundreds of hiking boots and running shoes over…

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Sure, you can don any number of winter traction systems, from Yaktrax to crampons, microspikes to Stabilicers. But none of them have the built-in convenience of Icebug footwear. Sweden-based Icebug produces a line of footwear with steel carbide studs integrated directly into the sole, which provides excellent traction underfoot when walking on ice and snow….

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