November/December 2009

The second generation SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker started appearing on retailers’ shelves in October. It was recalled in mid-December and will not be available again for at least a month. If you’ve got one, you may need to return it. If not, you’ll need to wait to buy one. Here are the details. The original…

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I want to highlight New Hampshire-based NEMO Equipment, the next installment in my ongoing series of posts on Northeast-based gear manufacturers. Since its founding in 2002, this young, Nashua-based company has experienced rapid growth, spurred in large part by an extensive series of industry awards for its ground-breaking tent designs. I first profiled this young…

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Now that Christmas has come and gone, are you left with a stack of gift cards and Christmas cash? And are you itching to use it to outfit yourself for some quality winter adventure? Here then is an in-depth round-up of my past Equipped magazine columns that focus on cold-weather gear, all drawn from the…

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Two new products caught my attention this week. The first is an innovative and ultra-light winter tent that weighs less than two pounds. The second is a New England-specific iPhone application from the Audubon series of bird guides. Brooks Range Rocket TentHow do you create a winter tent that weighs in at a mere 1…

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This morning temperatures on top of Mount Washington hovered around zero degrees. A stiff 50 mph wind dropped the wind chill below minus-30. In conditions like these, you cannot be outside for any length of time with any skin exposed. This is a serious concern for any winter peak-bagging attempts, where you may be exposed…

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A snow shovel is an essential piece of gear when you’re heading into the winter backcountry, especially when you’re going deep into the mountains or out on a longer, multi-day trip. You’ll need one for an emergency snow shelter, for setting up winter camp, or for digging somebody out of a slide if the worst…

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Looking for stocking stuffers and other inexpensive gifts for the holidays? Here’s a quick round-up of my favorite gear gifts under $30. First up is the Leatherman Micra ($26), the original miniature multi-tool. You can buy a newer version of it (the Squirt S4), which is slightly smaller and features the knife, files, etc. on…

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As part of my continuing series on the best handwear for winter biking (check out my recent AMC Outdoors article and November 24 post), let’s talk next about that strange hybrid of a glove and mitten: the lobster claw. These gloves are split down the middle and provide large, separate pockets for your index and…

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Are your feet cold-blooded, susceptible to even the slightest chill? A walking ice cube of screaming toe pain when the mercury really drops? Then you might be interested in some of the battery-powered heat found in these two new footwear products from Columbia. Columbia BugathermoThis winter, Columbia has introduced its first battery-heated boot: the Bugathermo….

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In my most recent “Equipped” article, I highlighted some of the most expensive, high-end outdoor gear on the market. (Check it out here.) There’s one area that I didn’t touch on, however: luxury multi-tools. I’m a big fan of Leatherman. This small company, based in Oregon, is owned by its founder (Tim Leatherman—now you know…

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