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Beat The Heat With The Latest Cooling Gear

evaporative cooling gear

Ever dip your hat or t-shirt in the water to stay cool on a blistering day? It works because as the water dries it pull latent heat off the body with it. It’s a simple process known as evaporative cooling, ...

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Altra Olympus 2 Trail Shoes Review

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If you were going to build a pair of shoes, but didn’t really “know” anything about it, what would be your first step? I think I would probably put a heavy piece of paper down on the ground and use ...

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37.5 Technology Review — This Stuff Flat Out Works

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After more than 30 years in the outdoor media biz, I’ve become as skeptical about new technologies as you can get. When somebody tells me about fabrics and clothing that’s supposed to keep you warm, cool, dry … blah, blah, blah ...

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Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite Hiking Boots: Review

Living the majority of my life at sea level, it’s a rare opportunity to field test gear at any sort of altitude. Recently, a handful of us from 50 Campfires took a 10 day adventure – spending time between Western ...

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Stansport Privacy Shelter: Review

Stansport privacy shelter

There is a lake about a mile from the 50 Campfires office, and on a hot August day I’ve often wanted to go swimming over the lunch hour. The problem? There isn’t a place to change! Something as simple as ...

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Fox River Adventure Cross Terrain: Review

Fox River Adventure Cross Terrain

For years I subscribed to the thought that all socks are the same. I was wrong. You truly don’t understand the difference between high-quality socks and the stuff you buy 10-to-a-pack at the department store. Wearing the Fox River Adventure ...

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Can Socks Be Shoes? The Swiss Protection Sock Review

swiss protection sock

On July 29th, 2015, the Swiss Barefoot Company asked for $10,000 to launch what it was calling “the world’s most minimalist footwear.” They called it the Swiss Protection Sock, and at the end of the campaign on September 6th they ...

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ThermalTech Announces World’s First Solar Powered Smart Fabric

Stay perfectly warm in cold temperatures without looking like a giant, walking marshmallow? We’re so in! ThermalTech is harnessing the power of the sun and artificial light to warm our bodies without the need for all the bulky insulation. ThermalTech ...

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RoguePak Cartridge Hydration System: Review

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Hydration packs are awesome. What’s not awesome is coming home tired from a hike and forgetting to empty them for a week. Sometimes you open them up and it smells like Grandma’s basement. You know the smell I’m talking about. ...

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Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla Jacket Review

When I tell people where I’m from, I often get the response “I’ve never been – it’s too cold there.” Sure, the upper Midwest isn’t for the faint of heart. The 3 months of summertime are often overshadowed by the ...

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