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High Gear: Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX boot review

August 23, 2017 — When I was young and in Boy Scouts, one of the adult leaders had an old pair of hiking boots I wanted when I grew up. I don't remember the brand, but they were made of dark-brown leather with bright-red laces and a classic shape

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High Gear: Field review of Big Agnes UL tent, pad and sleeping bag system

August 17, 2017 — There's nothing like setting up a brand-new tent in the dark by yourself to test a company's claims of simplicity. For years, I've been hearing all about Big Agnes and its line of ultra-light backpacking gear. I'm no stranger to gear from the Steamboat Springs-based

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High Gear: Review of the Ibex W2 Sport Hoody for men

August 16, 2017 — Hiking, biking and boarding in the Colorado alpine isn't always a warm body's best friend. One minute the weather is 35 degrees and brisk, the next it's 70 degrees and impossibly sunny, the very next it's back to 50 degrees and overcast with a threat

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High Gear: Reviewing Zeal Optics plant-based sunglasses

August 9, 2017 — In Colorado, a good pair of sunglasses is one of the most important accessories you can have. I've had friends visit me over the years, and after not respecting the intensity of our sun in the mountains, they ended up regretting their decision the next

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High Gear: CamelBak Franconia 24 review on Colorado’s roughest terrain

August 2, 2017 — Hiking the Rocky Mountains is hard enough, and when you're gasping for air up a steep slope it's important to know that even if your body might bonk, your gear won't. In that regard, CamelBak delivers with its new Franconia LR 24 backpack. The higher-sitting

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High Gear: Fall in love with snack bars all over again

July 26, 2017 — Being a part of the Honey Stinger Hive has some privileges. A few months ago I got an email from them about feedback on their new snack bars and I was stoked to test them out. I usually use the Honey Stinger gels, chews and

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High Gear: TrailFoody delivery is like a summer camp care package from mom

July 5, 2017 — When you push hard, you need to have fuel. As a Honey Stinger athlete, I have an allegiance to some of the yummiest fuel out there, but when TrailFoody got in touch about testing their stuff, I was interested. One can only eat so much

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High Gear: Helinox Chair One and Table One review

June 21, 2017 — At the beginning of spring 2016, I got a hold of a great set of camp furniture: the Helinox Chair One and Table One. I was looking for a simple setup that would allow me to work on the computer at camp while I was

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Summer Gear Locker: 2017 Hala Gear SUP, SOL Paddleboards Rebel, NRS Ninja life jacket and more for your river kit

June 20, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the first installment in a three-part summer gear guide. Check in with the Summit Daily on Thursday for biking gear and Friday for hiking, camping and mountaineering gear. You've pulled the permits, requested the PTO and rallied the crew for a

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High Gear: “No Barriers” book review with Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to summit Mount Everest

June 1, 2017 — There's a scene in the early chapters of "No Barriers," the latest book from blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer, when it's easy to see why the Colorado native became the first legally blind man to summit Mount Everest and return alive, unharmed, with a stronger drive

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Summer Gear Locker: 2017 hiking and camping gear by MSR, RMU, Fjallraven, KEEN and more

May 25, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the third installment in a three-part summer gear guide. Head online to the sports section at SummitDaily.com for past guides. You'd never know by looking out the window, but in just a few short weeks, hiking trails high in the Rocky

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Summer Gear Locker: 2017 Transition Scout Carbon MTB, Cannondale Synapse Sora road bike and more for cyclists

May 24, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the second installment in a three-part summer gear guide. Check in with the Summit Daily on Friday for hiking, camping and mountaineering gear, or see the sports section at SummitDaily.com for past guides. Biking is the skiing of summer. Seriously —

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High Gear: Big Agnes Hole in the Wall men’s jacket review

May 4, 2017 — Everyone who lives in the Rocky Mountains knows about mud season chic: You don't go anywhere in April (and even May) without a puffy stashed somewhere nearby. That means hiking, biking, camping, alpine touring — even Moab gets chilly at night this time of year

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High Gear video: How to make a DIY splitboard in 11 steps

April 28, 2017 — Splitboarding is all the rage right now. Everyone in every corner of the alpine, from big-mountain Jeremy Jones to your next door neighbor, is talking about touring mounts, tip clips, pucks and that sublime, otherworldly feeling you get from exploring the backcountry using manpower and

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Best of 2017 ski gear from Freeride Systems, Zeal Optics, Native Eyewear, Phunkshun Wear and more

October 13, 2016 — Editor's note: This is part three of a three-part pre-season gear guide for skiers and snowboarders. Read on for Day One with Colorado skis and Day Two for Colorado snowboards and splitboards. You've bought a new board, bindings and boots. You even splurged for the

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Rab Muztag jacket keeps the wind off your back

October 8, 2016 — Want more gear advice from backcountry guru Fritz Sperry? See his latest review on the BCA Link radio system for big-mountain comms. At the end of this past winter season I got my hands on the Rab Muztag jacket, and from spring to summer, it

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High Gear: Review of KEEN Versatrail men’s shoes

October 7, 2016 — I'd always heard such great things about KEEN shoes, like how genuinely soft and cushy they were right out of the box, but never tried them out until easing my tootsies into the Versatrail men's hikers. Boy, were prior word-of-mouth reviews spot on. These all-purpose,

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High Gear: Case Logic Kontrast DSLR camera case

October 5, 2016 — For nearly two years now, I've been porting a Nikon D5100 DSLR and up to three lenses in a bag I affectionately refer to as a U.S. Army-issue lunchbox. It's forest green with a single shoulder strap and soft sides, so it's not even a

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High Gear: Cypher Vesta Sport Quickdraw review

September 19, 2016 — When it comes to gear, I am all about looking for the best deal without sacrificing quality. Let's face it: We can always use more gear, so why not save a few extra bucks for whatever we feel like we'll "need" down the road? For

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High Gear: BCA Link radio system review

September 14, 2016 — I've been using the BCA Link Radio, a backcountry radio system from BCA, for about two years and have to say they sure help "giterdun." They are durable, easy to recharge, waterproof and stay powered for days, even in the cold. They also offer some

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