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Category Archives: Technology

This App Taught Me How to Ski in Two Days

I am a high-level snowboarder but a relatively new skier. The sum total of my experience: two half-day lessons three years ago, and then another half-day two years ago. So when I was offered the chance to try Carv, a program that uses sensor-equipped insoles to give you digital ski coaching, I said sure. Nowhere […]

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How Strava Fame Became a Burden for Molly Seidel

Back in January 2018, the fitness app Strava got some unwanted publicity when its heatmap feature allegedly revealed the locations of covert military bases. Although there was no evidence that the safety of military personnel had been compromised, the media coverage at the time was damning. A Guardian article noted that the platform was potentially […]

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The Gear I Used for a Hut-to-Hut Trail-Running Trip in Switzerland

What do you carry when running for nine days and 145 miles through the Swiss Alps? As little as possible, friends and I learned last September while tackling the Via Valais route from Verbier to Zermatt. Athletes instead lean hard on the excellent Swiss hut system, and the occasional valley hotel, for most food and […]

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Hot Take: Bike Companies Should Keep Doing What They’re Doing

Bike companies get a lot of crap. Mostly, they get it from their own customers, who complain about things like increasingly expensive products and ever-changing component standards. With regard to the latter, the go-to example is generally the bottom bracket, which in recent years went from a relatively simple threaded affair to a creaky bulbous […]

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Is Fox’s New Live Valve 1.5 System Ready for Prime Time?

The Fox Live Valve was officially introduced to the mountain bike world in 2018, but the rumor mill around Fox developing an electronically controlled suspension system started churning years before then. Fox delayed the release of Live Valve for so long that by the time it landed, the buzz around it had already faded. And […]

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The Gear That Helped Me Turn My 4Runner into an Overlanding Rig

I’m not a convertible-sports-car kind of guy, so when I started feeling the pull of a midlife crisis, I did what some adventurous 44-year-old husbands and fathers would do: I fell deep into the rabbit hole of overlanding. You might be familiar with overlanding, in which people turn their trucks or SUVs into self-contained adventure […]

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I Tested Givego, the App That Wants to Replace Your Coach

I’m biking as fast as I can down a mile-long ribbon of singletrack in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, navigating roots, lips, a miniature rock garden, and an abundance of turns—everything from big, swooping corners and twisty hairpins to fall-away berms. My breathing is heavy as I try to maintain my pace. When I arrive at the […]

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Can a Personal Safety Alarm Protect You in the Backcountry?

If you have concerns about solo hiking or running after dark, you may want to carry a personal safety alarm to help in a crisis. But let’s keep one thing straight: you should not rely solely on a noise deterrent to keep you safe outdoors. Pulling the ripcord won’t magically transport you out of a […]

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How to Cook on Your Smokeless Fire Pit

Smokeless fire pits have arrived, and they’re lighting up the pleasure centers in outdoor enthusiasts’ brains everywhere. A campfire that draws smoke away from the eyes, thereby making the outdoor sesh more enjoyable? Count us in. The traditional campfire has always been key for grilling, roasting, and spit-firing in the wild. So how do smokeless […]

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Can Starlink Bring High-Speed Internet to Your Next Camping Trip?

Starlink promises to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote areas currently underserved by wired Internet. Can it also also bring high-speed Internet along on your next camping trip? This weekend, I embarked on a 1,600-mile road trip to find out.  What’s Elon Musk’s Starlink Device?  Created by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Starlink’s goal is to spread […]

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