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With new Apple watches and whiz-bang wearable devices that monitor your daily activity, you could spend hundreds on devices and programs to stay fit. Or you could just reach for your smartphone—all at once it can be your personal trainer, calorie counter, and route log, as long as you download the right apps. These five…

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Last month, Big Agnes announced its new mtnGLO line of tents, which will feature LED lights built directly into the tent to provide ambient lighting at the flick of a switch. Available in early 2015, the tents’ details are scant at this point, though early product images (see below) show a line of LED lights…

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I recently wrote about the Ten Essentials, which includes quite a few extremely, ahem, essential items. But which is the least useful? From my perspective, it’s the one I’ve carried for more than 20 years and barely ever used: a compass. Why do you need a compass? A compass allows you to very quickly orient…

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Trail Running Hits the White Mountains I am running up Wildcat Mountain’s Polecat Trail . It’s a beautiful fall afternoon, midweek, and it’s just me, my dog Samivel, and the mountain. My pulse, my breathing, all settle into a familiar groove. As I move upward, I shed the day’s trivialities. My mind wanders. I am…

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Wearable technology is all the buzz in the tech world at the moment. Wrist devices like the Nike Fuel Band are currently making the deepest run into the mass market, but there’s a nascent and potentially much greater development underway: smart fabrics. Simply put, smart fabrics contain tiny flexible sensors and conductive yarns that can…

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Leave it to the treacherous roads and drivers of Boston to inspire somebody to create a bicycle horn that sounds like a car horn—and is just as loud. The Loud Bicycle Horn That somebody is Jonathan Lansey, who invented the Loud Bicycle Horn, a 23-ounce decibel-pumping unit that mounts to your bike tube just below…

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The difference between true north and magnetic north is known as the magnetic declination or variation. If magnetic north is west of true north—as is the case throughout the Northeast—it’s a west declination. If east, then it’s an east declination. To convert from a true bearing (one determined from a map, for example) to a magnetic…

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One of the biggest drawbacks of smartphones is their limited battery life. To keep them running longer in the backcountry, consider the following:  Don’t leave GPS-powered apps running. Even with the screen off, these apps are still constantly tracking your location—and rapidly draining your batteries.  Turn off wi-fi and set your phone to airplane mode…

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You have likely heard of Google Glass, the futuristic, Internet-connected eyewear created by the search engine giant. Thing is, that’s just the highest profile example of a technology soon to appear in the world of outdoor recreation. This spring, Recon Instruments is releasing the Recon Jet, a pair of augmented reality sunglasses that displays real-time…

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