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Category Archives: Design and Tech

Our Favorite National Park-Themed Gear

Some gear begs for a logo or a splashy design  (witness the amply-stickered water bottle). So why not use that canvas to pay tribute to the national parks we love? These products celebrate our most beloved parks and in some cases helps to support them—because your purchase results in a donation to the National Park […]

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The GoPro Hero 11 Black Is the Brand’s Most User-Friendly Camera Yet

I’ve owned half a dozen GoPros in my day, ranging from the Hero 2 to the Hero 10 Black. Despite packing them along for plenty of backpacking trips and snowboard sessions, I rarely get good  clips to prove it. The experience usually goes like this: see something film-worthy, pull GoPro out, realize the battery is […]

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The New Apple Watch Ultra Might Replace Your Garmin, Sleep-Tracker, and Dive Computer All at Once

I’ve switched between my Apple Watch and a Garmin Fenix watch for several years, depending on the day. The Apple Watch has been my go-to for daily life because it’s great at motivating me to get out for a run, keeps me up to date on notifications, stores a ton of music, and works seamlessly […]

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Four Ways to Instantly Increase Your Vehicle’s Storage Capacity

My wife and I have four kids, plus two big dogs, and the whole crew loves to play outside. As you can imagine, packing the car for any trip is an absolute beast: there’s So. Much. Damn. Gear. As a result, I’ve spent years testing various contraptions that add storage to a vehicle. What follows […]

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I Finally Found Merino Shirts I Can Run in When It’s Hot and Humid

I’ve been a merino wool evangelizer for more than 20 years. You simply can’t beat the fiber’s combination of warmth to weight, moisture management, comfort, odor resistance, and sustainability for most outdoor activities during most of the year—but not all of the year, for me. I’m a runner who sweats like crazy. I can lose five […]

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We Are In a Golden Age of Sprinting

When Usain Bolt retired after the 2017 World Championships, it seemed like an ominous development for a sport that was already struggling to retain its relevance in non-Olympic years. Professional track was losing a global celebrity, a natural entertainer who possessed that rare combination of galactic talent and showmanship. Who would fill those size 13 […]

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Russell Wilson’s Supersized Truck Might Have Finally Ended My Devotion to Football

National Football League training camps are underway, so sportsball media can finally start reporting important news, like what kind of vehicle star quarterback Russell Wilson drove to the first practice with his new team, the Denver Broncos. Really: ESPN ran a Fashion Week–style story about the arrival of players at training camp, and one lead […]

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Hoka Running Shoes

Since its birth in 2009, Hoka has become one of the most popular running shoe brands in the U.S. Known for its unprecedentedly thick midsoles that created the maximal-cushioning trend, the brand has continued to push the envelope of shoe design over the past decade. Its kicks have been worn by elite athletes in major […]

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Are Muscle Oxygen Sensors the Next Great Fitness Wearable?

On a typical training ride in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, Tokyo Olympics triathlon champion Kristian Blummenfelt might start near Granada, at around 3,000 feet above sea level, and finish as high as 10,000 feet. A key mantra for Norway’s world-beating triathlon squad is intensity control—each workout is neither easier nor harder than what the coach prescribes. […]

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