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  • Outdoor gear sales slip as millennials drive shift in habits

    Sales of outdoor equipment are slipping as millennials drive changes in U.S. consumer habits by favoring clothes and sporting goods that are less specialized and more versatile, analysts say.


  • Gear junkie: Light so good it might be overkill

    It’s the size and shape of a large notebook computer and brighter than most of my camping lanterns. The sidewalls are plastic, hollow, orange chambers that make it float. The …


  • Rich Landers: Gather up those gifts, exchange them for gems

    No feelings are hurt when I offer kisses, hugs or, at the least, heartfelt gratitude before gathering the Christmas morning loot in a bag and heading back to the stores …


  • This jacket a red-hot item

    Last week in Denver, at a Columbia Sportswear event stocked with gear designers and at least one Olympic athlete, I got a sneak peek at what was being called “the …


  • Gear Junkie: Arcade Belts offer unique support for outdoors activities

    Thin, durable, stretchy, and snapped shut with a unique low-profile buckle, Arcade Belts are made for active and outdoorsy people. I’ve been wearing one for a few months and love …


  • Gear Junkie: Kind energy bars provide salty diversion

    Sugary flavors tend to rule in the energy bar aisle. But not all bars skew fruity and sweet. A new line this spring from Kind includes seeds and legumes, among …


  • There is a way to keep those feet dry

    Wet feet are not fun on a hike. SealSkinz, a British brand, makes socks to keep your feet dry. The company’s namesake socks are waterproof. They use a thin membrane …


  • Gear Junkie: Standout stuff from Outdoor Retailer Show

    The Gear Junkie is in Utah this week for the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show. The event has thousands of exhibitors and is a major venue for unveiling …


  • Field test: Bear-proof canisters required in parks

    Storing food in a bear-resistant canister isn’t just a safety factor when heading to many favorite outdoor destinations. It’s a necessity. That’s the perfect recipe for an outdoor person’s gift …


  • Bottle shapes up well for cyclists in test

    Florida-based Relaj Inc. offers a new twist on the traditional cyclists’ waterbottle with its namesake 23-ounce capacity model. Made of BPA-free plastic and retailing for $20, the Relaj Bottle has …


  • Gear Junkie: Low-cost holiday gifts

    The holiday season isn’t just here, it’s almost over. Here are a few low-cost items I recommend to bail out family and friends who want to give the gift of …


  • ‘Mac in a Sac’ jacket does its job for low cost

    The misty climes of Northern Ireland are fertile ground for the development of clothing that can withstand the weather. Based in Belfast, Target Dry is a rainwear brand with a …


  • Gear Junkie: Standouts at Utah Outdoor Retailer Show

    More than 1,000 brands and tens of thousands of attendees gathered last week for the twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City. I was on site for four …


  • New SteriPEN makes water purifying even easier

    For the past couple of years, while backpacking in the wilderness and on international trips, I have relied on a device called the SteriPEN to purify water. The battery-power “pen” …


  • New gear stands out at Outdoor Retailer

    More than 1,000 brands and 20,000 attendees: The twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, held last week in Salt Lake City, offered a peek at the future of gear. The Gear …


  • Buck knife flicks open to fit most outdoor needs

    With the subtle pull of a single finger, the FlashPoint knife flicks open to reveal its stout and serrated three-inch blade. Unlike pocketknives of yore, which could sometimes bend a …


  • Gear Junkie: Keep in touch with radios

    The handheld radio crackled with static before coming to life. “Roger that,” came a voice. “What’s your location?” I was standing near a swamp, remote and deep in the woods …