May/June 2012

These two new items of bicycle safety gear light up your dome with programmable LEDs and show what’s behind you with a handlebar-mounted rearview camera display. Both offer high-tech solutions to make your next ride a safer one. LumaHelmTake a standard bicycle helmet, then cover it evenly with strips of multi-colored LED lights. You’ve now…

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I hate deer ticks. Potential transmitters of Lyme disease, they are the animal bane of my New England outdoor existence. And May through July represents the height of the tick threat. Why? It’s peak time for near-microscopic deer tick nymphs. About the size of a poppy seed (1 to 1.5mm), their miniscule size makes them…

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These five companies don’t appear on the shelves of major outdoor retailers, or on many retail shelves anywhere. No, these are small niche gear makers who sell mostly online and specialize in producing high-quality ultralight shelters, backpacks, and other camping gear. If you’re serious about saving weight, you’ve likely heard of at least a few…

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The purpose of a tent stake is to hold securely, no matter what the terrain. A good stake will be lightweight, strong, durable, and easily penetrate the ground. As a bonus, a good stake is also comfortable to drive with your hand when the ground isn’t too hard. And when the ground is too hard,…

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I almost always hike with a length of 1/8th-inch diameter utility cord. Also known as parachute cord, p-cord, paracord, or 550 cord, it’s an inexpensive, lightweight, useful, and surprisingly strong piece of all-purpose survival gear. Its potential uses are almost limitless. Here are 10 fun, helpful, and useful ways I’ve used it over the years….

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Alert Shirt Class 2 Pocket T-Shirt A brand-name, high-visibility cycling jersey can easily run you $50 or more. High-viz jackets often go for $100 and up. But there are much cheaper options out there for being seen on the road, especially if the only feature you’re really looking for is a bright, eye-catching, high-visibility color…

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No, you can’t get sunburned if your window is rolled up while you drive—car window glass blocks the ultraviolet rays that cause sunburn. Can you sustain long-term skin damage nevertheless? Absolutely. This striking photograph from a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine provides a startling example of the risks of ultraviolet light—and…

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Part 19 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. Vargo Outdoors is a small Pennsylvania-based gear manufacturer that specializes in ultralight stoves, cookware, tent stakes, and other backpacking accessories. Nearly all of its products are made with titanium, including its new Titanium Ti-Boiler pot set—one of the more intriguing ultralight titanium cookware sets I’ve…

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Backpackers are like turtles. Except they’re much faster. And they don’t eat bugs. Point is, like their terrapin friends, backpackers carry their shelter on their backs. And the less that shelter weighs, the faster they move. If you are looking to invest in a lightweight three-season tent—or just want an all-purpose tent for car camping—here…

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Mountainsmith began producing some of its packs and other products from recycled plastic water bottles six years ago. Today the selection of recycled products has expanded significantly to include everything from backpacks to lumbar packs to camera bags to dog packs. The company uses its own proprietary “ReDura” fabric, the outdoor industry’s first fabric produced…

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