January/February 2012

UV light kills all the aquatic nasties you might encounter in backcountry water supplies. It’s a common and proven technology that has made inroads into backpacking equipment in recent years, most notably in the lightweight and compact outdoor product line from SteriPen. Now CamelBak, that venerable purveyor of hydration-happy outdoor gear, has jumped on the…

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Part 16 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. Equinox Ltd. Designs has been producing lightweight outdoor equipment and custom gear for more than 20 years. It’s all made in the USA, manufactured on-site in Williamsport, Pa., in an old pajama factory on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The company produces a range…

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Did you know that you sweat and exhale approximately one full cup of water during the night? If you’re out camping, a lot of that moisture goes straight into your sleeping bag. During the summer, this is seldom a problem. A few minutes in the morning sun will quickly dry it out. But during the…

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Yes and no. Yes, the internal electronics will work on most devices, even down into bitter sub-zero temperatures. But no, LCD display screens stop working in the deep freeze, rendering the otherwise functioning device largely useless. This doesn’t mean you can’t carry and use your electronics on cold-weather winter adventures. It just means that you…

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It’s a Nalgene-sized wood-burning stove that converts heat to electricity—and then uses it to charge any USB-compatible electronic device. The Biolite CampStove incorporates technology developed to reduce smoke and airborne particulates from wood or other biomass-burning stoves, a major health hazard for the roughly three billion people around the world who cook this way. The…

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In 2005, Kevin Gallagher thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Each day he took 24 pictures of 24 successive steps along an exemplary stretch of trail. In 2011, Gallagher released “The Green Tunnel,” a time-lapse compilation of these images that compresses the thru-hiking experience into a short, fascinating four-minute video. (It takes a…

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It’s been a mild, snow-free winter across most of the country. Consumers have had little reason to buy cold-weather clothing or snowsports equipment—and now outdoor retailers are stuck with a glut of winter inventory that they need to get rid of. February is the time when several big winter clearance sales hit, so here’s a…

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The Northeast has donned its snowy cloak of slip-sliding fun. Time to winterize your life with a pair of cross-country skis and revel in the waiting wonderland. It’s only a kick and glide away. But before you head to your local ski shop—and stare slack-jawed at the bewildering array of equipment—here’s what you need to…

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GoPro produces a series of tiny, lightweight, and extremely durable waterproof video cameras for recording your outdoor adventures in high-definition. Now the company has introduced its Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi remote combo kit, which allow you to remotely control the camera via your computer, smart phone, or iPad, as well as stream your video live…

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You’re outside on a nippy winter day. Old Man Winter claws his grip into your frigid bones. Painful cold gnaws at your fingers and toes. How to fend off their icy bite? It’s simple. Just turn on your clothing. LEARN MORE Check out author Matt Heid’s Equipped gear blog. A small but growing collection of…

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