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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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I bought it as a joke. And then last week the skies ripped open. Right when I needed to ride home. Rivers of water rushed down the bike lane. Darkness surrounded me. Traffic sprayed me. I rode, upstream, through flooded bike lanes and treacherously wet and low-visibility conditions. But I was wearing my freshly purchased…

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What happens when you fuse a bicycle and pair of skis into a single contraption? You get a ski bike (sometimes called a snow bike), an unusual hybrid approach for hitting the downhill slopes. The idea is simple. Instead of putting wheels on a bike frame, you attach a pair of skis. For additional control,…

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Aerogel is made almost entirely of air encapsulated in an ultra-light silica matrix and is the lowest-density solid material that exists. This man-made substance also has superb insulating abilities and has been used extensively by NASA in spacesuits, space shuttles, satellites, and other applications. Aerogel’s ultralight, ultra-warm qualities would seem to make it an ideal…

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Gloves are commonly orphaned. Keep them together. Keep them close. Here’s how: Consistently put your gloves in the same place or pocket so you’ll always know where to find them. Clip your gloves together when they’re not in use. In windy conditions, leash your gloves to your wrists. Heavier gloves and mitts often come with…

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This season, don’t let Old Man Winter take a nip at your fingers. Instead, slap him in the face with the right pair of gloves. For maximum warmth, function, and comfort, you’ll want gloves that fit properly and have the appropriate features for their intended use. Here’s what to consider when comparison shopping. PROPER FIT…

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Several inches of snow dusted the mountains of northern New England over the weekend. Killington Ski Resort opens tomorrow for the season. And chilly weather is in the forecast all week, with widespread frost expected throughout the region. Winter is coming! If you love winter, it’s time to celebrate. If not, well, enjoy these snapshots…

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Over the past eight years I’ve written somewhere around 600 blog posts for Equipped. By now you’d think it would be hard to find new topics to write about each week. Surprisingly, it’s not. While ideas continue to arrive from a variety of sources—personal experience, friends and family, gear catalogs and magazines, and more—I also…

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This summer I introduced my two boys, age 4 and 6, to the fun and excitement of backpacking. After several long and squiggly nights over the course of two trips, here is one of the most important things I learned. Based on my highly unscientific sample size of two, it’s clear that young sleepers move…

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Cold weather arrived over the weekend in the Northeast. The season’s first frost crisped many an area in northern and interior New England. On the high peaks of the White Mountains, temperatures on Sunday didn’t even crack 30 degrees. If you’re out camping or backpacking in this shoulder season, you need to prepare for some…

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