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Category Archives: Tools & Tech

The Verdict Is In: The New Apple Watch Ultra Can Handle An Ironman

We’ve reviewed Apple watches before, and, in the past, have always told endurance athletes, “It’s a nice watch, but it’s not really for what you do.” That’s especially true for those, like triathletes, who train every day, usually twice per day, and have a particular affinity for data, accuracy, and workout organization. Apple watches have […]

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Move Over Voile, There’s a New Strap in Town 

After years of designing and building outdoor soft goods, including backpacks, bikepacks, and whitewater rafting gear, Uriel Eisen found that he was always impressed with the quality of the textiles available, but he was constantly underwhelmed by the straps and buckles. And that was a problem, because if the closures failed on the bags, they […]

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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 iPhone 14 Pro Isn’t the Only Device You Need for Adventure. But It’s Close.

When the iPhone 14 was announced last week and Apple showed off the new feature that allows users to text emergency responders via satellite, the internet erupted with headlines claiming that the iPhone WILL NOT replace the Garmin inReach. Just to be clear, we agree. The new iPhone also won’t replace your trusty full-frame mirrorless […]

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Columbia River Knife and Tool LCK + Is a Great Everyday Knife—and It Only Costs $44

I’m carrying a $44 Columbia River Knife and Tool LCK + in my pocket right now. That’s only around one-tenth the price of the knife I normally carry, but it still gets the job done. When it comes to pocket knives, I’m guilty of having expensive taste. The blade I had been carrying for the […]

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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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Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Camera Pod is the Best Way to Carry Your Camera on Adventures

If travel is a gateway drug, photography is the next hardest substance. Blended, the two make a potent cocktail. On ski trips, backpacking trips, and forays into foreign cities, the search for a unique photograph has often brought me to places I might not have otherwise explored, like a peak or neighborhood that wasn’t on […]

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