2012

Here are the top 10 most viewed 2012 posts from the AMC Equipped gear blog, as tracked by Google Analytics. This is part one of a look at the 100-plus posts from 2012—stay tuned tomorrow when I feature my personal favorite posts from the past year. #10—Best New Gear from Winter Outdoor RetailerFold-up sandals, an…

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Every year on Christmas, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa Claus with its cutting-edge surveillance technology and then shares this crucial information in real-time via the NORAD Santa Tracker. You can follow his location via a constantly updated map, keep track of the number of gifts delivered (2.35 billion and counting as…

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The Wölvhammer Boot from 45North is like a winter mountaineering boot transformed into cycling footwear, rather than a traditional cycling shoe beefed up for cold-weather use. The SPD-compatible cleat nests in the middle of a stiff and aggressive Vibram sole, which is topped by a waterproof rubber rand that encircles the lower boot. A heavy-duty…

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Traction is on my mind this morning after a slip-sliding adventure to the bus stop over ice-glazed sidewalks so slick they might as well have been Zamboni’d for a hockey game. To prevent a tail bone-cracking, face-planting splat of pain and ignominy, here’s a quick round-up of the grippiest, most durable traction systems for your…

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Brightness is typically indicated in lumens, a measure of the total output of a light source. A classic Mini Maglite flashlight peaks at around 15 lumens. A typical LED headlamp puts out roughly 50 to 100 lumens. A 100-watt light bulb clocks in at around 1,750 lumens. The Torch Flashlight from Wicked Lasers, touted as…

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One key feature distinguishes a jacket from a parka—and it can make a tremendous difference in warmth, especially if you’re tall. The terms “jacket” and “parka” get thrown around a lot in product names, catalogs, and other marketing literature. Though there are no hard-and-fast definitions of the two terms, the primary difference usually boils down…

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Did you know that you can overlay every available USGS topo map on Google Earth for free? And that you can set it up in a matter of minutes? Here’s how: 1) Install Google Earth if you haven’t already. 2) Download the Google Earth topo map layer from the ArcGIS Services Directory (it’s the NGS…

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Winter is coming. Time to find your inner Yeti and gear up for a season of snow-tromping adventure. And like that fantastical beast, you’re going to need some oversized feet to travel the deep winter snows. The right pair of snowshoes provides you with the traction, flotation, and bindings you need for your preferred winter…

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As winter steadily descends upon us, it’s time to get equipped for a season of cold-weather fun. To help you choose the right winter gear for your needs, I’ve compiled this round-up of my past articles and posts that cover everything from snowshoes to gloves, cross-country skis to long underwear. I hope you find it…

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Keep your feet toasty on a cold winter’s night with these ultra-warm, ultralight socks. When I go winter camping, I usually carry a pair of extra-warm socks dedicated for use in my sleeping bag. They keep my (often cold-blooded) feet cozy and comfortable through the night, which generally improves the quality of my sleep. For…

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