May/June 2011

Standard bike saddles are bad for you. The protruding front piece, or nose, compresses against your perineum, that small section between your, ahem, front and back equipment. This reduces blood flow to your genitals and can cause decreased sexual function and sensation in both men and women, especially if you spend a lot of time…

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Mmmmmm, coffee. In this new video, I explain how to make cowboy coffee, a powerfully delicious cup of caffeination brewed using only coffee grounds and a pot of boiling water. At the end, I’ve added several more details that didn’t make the final editing cut. Pouring off Cowboy Coffee In the video, I show my…

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The nights can be warm during the dog days of summer, which means you need only the bare minimum of insulation to keep you comfortable while sleeping in the backcountry. It also means that you can save some serious ounces by investing in an ultralight sleeping bag. Here are the lightest of the light, five…

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I’ve never been a big fan of flip flops, those ubiquitous summer sandals that attach with little more than a foot-tickling piece of material between your big and second toes. One of the main reasons is that they are terrible for your feet and lower legs. Now Superfeet has attempted to address this problem with…

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The Environmental Working Group recently released its 2011 Sunscreen Guide, a comprehensive round-up of 1,700 sunscreens and SPF-rated lip balms, moisturizers, and make-ups. The guide reviews them all, including their effectiveness against both UVB (which causes sunburn) and UVA (which causes wrinkles, premature skin aging, and increased cancer risk). Here’s a list of their Top…

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When you’re shopping for an overnight backpack, the single-most important feature to look for is a good fit. And when it comes to fit, the most important element to get right is the waistbelt. If, however, you’ve got no hips, no outward curvature around your waist, then you may have a problem. I certainly do….

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Neoprene wetsuits are an amazing invention, allowing wearers to stay warm in chilly waters that they would otherwise never be able to withstand for any length of time. But there’s a common myth about how they work, one I’ve heard repeated over and over again. The myth is this: Wetsuits keep you warm by trapping…

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Welcome to part 2 of my round-up of specialty license plates that directly help fund conservation and environmental causes in the Northeast. This post covers New York and the mid-Atlantic states down to Maryland. (Check out the previous post for New England conservation plates.) In New York, you can bolt on a bluebird designed by…

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Bicycles are simple. Two wheels on a metal frame adorned with handlebars, saddle, and a bunch of gears. Yet these basic elements can be configured in a multitude of ways, creating a diverse bicycle kingdom for every pedal-powered activity under the sun. So which bike species should live in your garage?… This column originally appeared…

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This month New Hampshire released a new special license plate that specifically benefits New Hampshire State Parks—and provides you with a year’s free entry to NH State Parks to boot. It marks the latest additions to New England’s roster of plates that directly support environmental efforts. Here’s a quick round-up. The New Hampshire State Park…

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