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I bike year-round, including the sub-freezing days of winter. Before I head out for a ride, I always check the outdoor thermometer—and then dress accordingly for conditions. Here is my clothing system for several common winter temperature ranges. First of all, I always wear certain items once temperatures drop below 40º Fahrenheit—my base system, if…

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Cycling apparel is nice for long rides, providing visibility, comfort on the saddle, and flexibility for unencumbered pedaling. But it’s not exactly stylish for wearing around town (unless bright form-fitting tights and tops are the look you’re going for). Enter Pedaler Clothing, a small company that produces apparel designed both for cycling and looking good…

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In 1997 Ibex Outdoor Clothing opened shop in Woodstock, Vermont, as a specialty manufacturer of high-quality wool clothing, especially outerwear and insulation for outdoor use. This is part 4 of an ongoing series profiling outdoor gear companies in the Northeast. Over the past 12 years, the company has expanded rapidly and antipodally, though it remains…

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Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. New England’s winter cold ripples across the landscape, its icy breath seeking entry into your bones. This chilly season, lounge and defeat it instead by basking in the luxurious plush of flannel, hand-cut and stitched in the USA. The products of the Vermont Flannel Company aren’t for serious outdoor…

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If you’re a regular REI shopper, you’re almost certainly familiar with the company’s regular “garage sales.” At these one-day events, individual stores clear out—for cheap—all of the returned gear that has accumulated since the previous garage sale. They’re hugely popular, with dozens of people typically lining up before the doors open. So it’s no surprise that REI has now…

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On the last day of September, the summit observatory atop 6,288-foot Mount Washington recorded sub-freezing temperatures (27 degrees Fahrenheit) and 0.3 inches of snow. It wasn’t the season’s first snow atop the Northeast’s highest point—that actually occurred a month earlier, on September 1—but it was a telling reminder that the creeping fingers of Old Man Winter have…

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Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. There was a period in my life when I sold sunglasses. I helped hundreds of people try on thousands of different pairs of shades to find the best-fitting options and styles for their face. Which in turn required carefully phrased feedback to help them find the…

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Whether you’re hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, or just living in the modern world, you need a way to carry your supplies for the day. The concept is simple, and yet day packs come in multitudinous forms, with bewildering arrays of features to match. Here are the most important elements to consider. BIG DECISIONS Most day packs feature roughly 1,200 to 2,400 cubic inches of volume (or between 20 and…

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I bike commute nearly 30 miles on most weekdays—and I hate wearing a backpack while I do it. Wearing one turns my back into a sweaty mess, obscures my high-visibility jacket or jersey, and can sometimes restrict circulation to tingling fingertips. So I instead have a rear bike rack and ride with a pannier that carries my…

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Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. I’ve long been attracted to the ultralight offerings of Mountain Laurel Designs, especially their diverse line of pyramid tents and packs. Even better, the company is based in AMC’s region, in Roanoke, Va., where they produce all of their gear. If you’re shopping for ultralight equipment—and want to…

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