Every week, we bring you five gear-related stories, from all over, that you won’t want to miss. Here are this week’s highlights:
Decommissioning the West’s Dams?
If you’ve ever rafted the Grand Canyon, seen Patagonia’s film Damnation, read Kevin Fedarko’s book The Emerald Mile, or just plain pay attention to environmental issues plaguing the American West, you’re already familiar with the swirling controversy over the Glen Canyon Dam.
In an in-depth feature co-published this week by ProPublica and The New York Times, Abrahm Lustgarten takes a hard look at the West’s water crisis, and why some are pushing for the decommissioning of the Glen Canyon dam.
(Image courtesy of Enda)
New Running Shoes from Kenya
“From the home of running comes the world’s greatest running shoe,” proclaims a new Kickstarter campaign launched by Enda—a Kenya-based company that means “go” in Swahili. Drawing design inspiration from Kenya’s running tradition, but designed with the needs of runners around the world in mind, the shoes will feature a lightweight upper, wide toebox, 4mm heel-to-toe drop, and light 7.9-oz. weight.
(Image courtesy of Solos)
“Like Google Glass for Cyclists”
This week, BostInno spotlighted the recent launch of a Kickstarter campaign by Solos—a company that’s been working with the U.S. Cycling Team to develop an “innovative wearable” for both competitive and recreational cyclists.
The smart sunglasses are Bluetooth and ANT+ sensor compatible, and allow a cyclist to see metrics on a mounted lens display, including speed, cadence, heart rate, distance and elevation. They also sync up to training apps like TrainingPeaks, Strava and MapMyRide.
(Image courtesy of PopSugar)
Does Compression Gear Really Work?
At any road- or trail-running race, you’re apt to see some runners sporting tall compression socks or calf sleeves, which are purported to help stimulate blood circulation and reduce muscular fatigue. What does science have to say about such claims?
According to a recent meta-analysis of studies originally summarized in Shape and republished this week by PopSugar, the paper concluded “that while compression garments had no significant impact on speed, there was an impact on endurance, and some serious post-run benefits too.”
17 Camping Gear Fails
Wes Siler of Outside’s Indefinitely Wild column breaks down 17 of the most common equipment mistakes people make when camping. You can learn the hard way, or you can read and absorb the pointers on this list.
Among his roundup of classic gear fails: overpacking, wearing cotton, not adequately staking out your tent, wearing heavy boots on easy hikes, running out of whiskey, and bringing a Poler Napsack—“OMG, a sleeping bag with holes for your feet and arms! So cute! That is not a real sleeping bag, please do not bring it on a camping trip.”