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Trick question. They’re the same thing. Last year, Dyneema acquired the Cubic Tech Corporation, the primary manufacturer of cuben fiber, and rebranded the material as Dyneema Composite Fabrics. So if you’re interested in shelling out for the very lightest weight fabric currently being used for outdoor gear—and have been confused by this name change on gear specs…

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Spring skiing season is upon us. Which means that Tuckerman Ravine—one of the most iconic backcountry ski destinations in the country—is on many a skier’s mind at the moment. To help both inspire you and provide a few cautionary tales of the risks involved, I’ve compiled this round-up of some of the most striking Tuckerman Ravine videos I…

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Part of an ongoing series of Northeast-based gear manufacturers. The ingredients for a Redd energy bar read like a hit list of in-vogue superfoods—chia, acai, quinoa, goji, yerba mate—plus several of their lesser-known superfood friends, like maca, schizandra, and mangosteen. Mash ’em all up together, add a few other ingredients, and you’ve got a powerful…

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I like to think of myself as a minimalist. I hate carrying extra stuff when I’m running, whether in my hand or on my back. I still wear shirts, tights, and jackets that I’ve had for 15 years, and I’m one of those snobs who scoffs at wearing headphones on a run. But that doesn’t…

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Protecting your brain should seem like a no-brainer. According to the Federal Highway Administration, bike helmets are 85 to 88 percent effective at preventing head and brain injuries. But “helmets are very similar to seatbelts,” says Erik daSilva, the education and outreach coordinator for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. A helmet won’t help you in…

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Winter snow lingers into spring in locations across the Northeast. The sun rises higher in the sky with each passing day. And if you’re outside reveling in it all, the underside of your face is about to get some serious UV exposure. Time to slather up with some quality sunscreen—and make sure you apply it to…

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I’m a bit of a sunflower seed connoisseur. Cracking seeds since I was a kid. Chowing down on seeds on long hikes, before hard exercise, and after working out. They are calorie-dense, fat-and-protein-rich, and an all-in-one package of nutrition and energy I highly recommend. Nuts and seeds are powerhouses of energy and nutrition. Nearly every…

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I love high-visibility gear for cycling. I also support cycling advocacy efforts that make streets and roads safer for all users. A new set of products from Respect My Lane does both at the same time. Respect My Lane is a small local operation based in Boston (the same traffic-tough cycling area that brought you one of…

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A pair of trekking poles can transform you into a sure-footed, four-legged hiking machine—or a brush-snagging, hand-encumbered trail beast. Here’s what to consider as you evaluate the options for trekking pole use, features, and functionality. POLES OR NO? IT DEPENDS Trekking poles are a boon in many hiking situations. By adding two additional points of…

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Extensive use of trekking poles on popular trails can tear up soft soil, damage trailside vegetation, and scar rocks. The good news is, you can reduce those damaging effects by following a few best practices. Be mindful of the potential environmental and visual impacts where you plant your poles. Don’t use trekking poles when you…

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