2004

Spreading Holiday Gear: An Outdoor Enthusiast’s Wish List AMC Outdoors, December 2004 I’ve always loved Christmas. I loved it as a kid because—well, that’s obvious. As a chronically cash-strapped young adult, I loved Christmas because it presented an opportunity to acquire that critical new piece of gear that I absolutely “needed.” And I love it…

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Head First: A primer on helmets AMC Outdoors, November 2004 I feel a strong personal connection to my helmets. A few years ago, I crashed on my road bike (over an unleashed dog) at about 20 miles per hour. The impact bent my bike frame and cracked my helmet, but instead of sustaining a possibly…

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Suited For Paddling, Staying Warm With the Right Wetsuit or Drysuit AMC Outdoors, October 2004 A few words sum it up : “We couldn’t paddle safely without wetsuits and drysuits in New England,” says Cheryl Wallace, a professional Maine sea kayaking guide and American Canoe Association instructor. No knowledgeable whitewater or sea kayaker would disagree….

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2004 Thoreau and Muir would have loved the beauty of the modern daypack: a sack that rides comfortably on your back and fits everything you need for an entire day in the backcountry. Independent of the comforts and protective arms of civilization, you can head out on foot and hike 7, 10,…

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Getting closer: Zoom in on the perfect binoculars AMC Outdoors, May 2004 By Michael Lanza There was a time when three types of people used binoculars outdoors: the ones looking for birds, the ones shooting at game, and the ones in military uniforms scouting terrain. Today the market has expanded considerably. With optical quality improving,…

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Save your skin: How to safely worship the sun AMC Outdoors, June 2004 By Michael Lanza The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and it’s summer playtime in the great outdoors. But you’ve heard that too much sun — specifically, ultraviolet (UV) radiation — can be unhealthy and dangerous. So what can you do…

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Essentials for Your Hiking Daypack AMC Outdoors, July/August 2004 By Michael Lanza What you bring on a day hike depends on where you’re going, how long you’ll be out, and the weather. No matter what the duration of your trip, always bring the following to get you home before dark, or keep you safe during…

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Consider this question. What’s more important to you: warm and dry feet, a comfortable pack, a breathable rain jacket, or your eyesight? Not a difficult decision, is it. So why do so many of us gladly dish out for the best shells, packs, and boots, only to put little or no thought into our eyewear?…

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Move over Gore-Tex AMC Outdoors, January/February 2004 By Michael Lanza I remember my thoughts upon getting my first waterproof-breathable jacket: This shell was going to show me new horizons. Hope does spring eternal. Sure, it worked great in downpours, snowstorms, and cold wind. But it tended to get so steamy when I was going uphill…

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AMC Outdoors, April 2004 By Michael Lanza You love hiking and want to find an exercise activity that builds fitness and gets you outdoors, but provides more of a workout. You’ve been hitting the gym for years (or it seems that long) and are getting a little tired of the rat-on-a-treadmill monotony. You’re a dedicated…

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