Starting this winter, all Dynafit tech bindings will carry a lifetime warranty against material and manufacturing defects. Under the new plan, bindings that cannot be repaired will be replaced for free. The lifetime guarantee will apply to all tech bindings going forward, starting with those from the 2019-20 model year. The company’s website offers further Read more ›
Humble beginnings and a history of innovation make MSR one of the most trusted brands in the outdoors This year marks the 50th anniversary for Seattle-based MSR. What started safety testing climbing gear evolved into one of the most recognized and trusted brands in the outdoor industry. Throughout its history, MSR developed products that left Read more ›
Understand the hardware that guards your life Climbers usually clip bolts and glue-ins without much thought; many climbers I’ve questioned at the cliffs don’t understand the structure or function of the hardware that lies behind the hanger. The goal of this Fresh Gear installment is to provide a cursory look at sport climbing anchors to Read more ›
It sounds pretty easy. A great wading boot should provide solid ankle support, fit comfortably, and ensures a firm grip on slick rocks in moving water. Only the best bring all those aspects to together in one boot. And even fewer have the kind of primo in extras that get serious fisherman to take notice—stuff Read more ›
The European company that owns Salewa, Wild Country, Dynafit, and Pomoca helps Evolv continue to grow Announced at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market yesterday, the Oberalp Group has acquired the climbing shoe brand Evolv from BRS Outdoor Holdings. This mutually beneficial transaction gives the Italian based Oberalp Group a pivotal piece in their rock climbing Read more ›
Walking onto the factory floor at Leatherman HQ in Portland, OR I am immediately impressed by the sheer scale of their operations. I have owned a Leatherman for years, and knew first hand their durability, precision, and quality, but I didn’t fully appreciate the work that went into producing the tools themselves. Their 90,000 square Read more ›
Patty and Peter Duke are at it again with the merino wool sock market. The Dukes are the original founders of Smartwool, and after many years of hiatus, they started Point 6 socks out of a need they saw in the market for performance oriented socks. One would think that the merino wool sock market Read more ›
Porter Fox is one of the modern masters of outdoor journalism. An editor for Powder Magazine since 1999, he is also the founder of Nowhere Magazine, and the author of Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow, which provides a harrowing account of the tragic Tunnel Creek Avalanche of 2012, and the Read more ›
This stuff is obviously made by and for runners.
What began in 1996 as a one-door backcountry shop wanting to sell online – their first sale was a Pieps avalanche beacon that year – is now one of the top e-commerce brands in the outdoor sporting goods world. And this week the e-comm giant, with five sites under its umbrella, including Backcountry.com, Competitive Cyclist, Read more ›
Eight years ago today Unofficial Networks held The Game of GNAR contest at Squaw Valley, CA — documented in The GNAR Movie. The game, developed by Shane McConkey, Rob and Scott Gaffney, stands for Gaffney's Numerical Assessment of Radness. Based at Squaw Valley, and outlined in the book Squallywood, the game allows skiers to earn points for skiing different lines on the mountain.
Last month, Columbia Sportswear’s Global Brand Director, Scott Trepenier, revealed the official US Freestyle Ski Team moguls uniform during an event at the Calgary Olympic Center, WinSport. Columbia partners with Olympic teams from the USA, Canada, Brazil, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Hannah Kearney, USA’s 2010 Olympic champion moguls skier, gave attendees some insight into the Read more ›