Keep your digits toasty without swaddling them in layers. Outdoor Research’s PrimoVolta gloves pack an electric heater that can stay hot for six hours—more than twice as long as others—yet are still flexible enough to grab your jacket’s zipper pull.
A universal liquid-repeller makes anything dunk-proof
By Berne BroudyPosted 08.19.2008 at 11:07 am 3 Comments
Today you can buy a rubber boot or a cellphone with rubber seals to keep water out. But a new treatment called Ion Mask promises to make any gadget or clothing item waterproof and stainproof without changing its appearance.
This cycle’s shock adjusts itself to suit the ups and downs of your terrain
By Berne Broudy Posted 07.17.2008 at 5:49 pm 3 Comments
To power up a mountain, you need a stiff bike frame that transfers pedaling force straight to the wheels. But zooming downhill without jolts or spills calls for more cushioning. So Kona's Coilair bikes feature a lever that automatically shortens the shock when you pedal and lengthens it when you coast. The lever also pushes the seat closer to the ground, lowering the center of gravity to match the stability of a dedicated downhill racing bike.
New outdoor gear lets you hike faster and farther—and then get a good night’s sleep
By Berne BroudyPosted 07.07.2008 at 6:04 pm 2 Comments
Camping's a blast. That is, until your sleeping bag turns into a sweat-soaked biohazard, the massive boots rip up your feet and a weak headlamp sends you stumbling through a patch of poison oak. Enter technology. The newest camping gear utilizes ultra-advanced material—everything from high-lumen LEDs to ceramic particles to chemical coatings—to make the lightest, strongest, and most comfortable gear yet. Meaning you can devote your energies to something important. More s'mores anyone?
If Punxsutawney Phil is right, Winter won't be over anytime soon; better bundle up
By Berne Broudy Posted 02.06.2008 at 4:27 pm 0 Comments
Winter should be winding down, and if you're in the Northeast, you might even think that's Spring up ahead. But don't get too comfortable. It's still cold and snowy in much of the U.S. and, if the forecasts are correct, there's more to come.