High School Mountain Bike Racing Is About Much More Than Who Finishes First

In the Colorado High School Cycling League, kids discover a thousand different reasons to love riding. When I ask my son, Hatcher, what his favorite thing about his inaugural season on the Boulder High School mountain bike team was, he says, “The rice cake.” “The rice cake?” “Yes, the rice cake.” Then he describes it.…

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What Does it Mean if a Jacket is Water Resistant?

With storm season in full bluster, the need for dependable raingear develops a greater sense of urgency. If you’re shopping for a new rain jacket, you’ll quickly encounter a trio of seemingly interchangeable terms: water resistant, waterproof and water repellent. Is there really a difference between them? Spoiler alert: “Waterproof” beats “water resistant” and “waterproof/breathable”…

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How to Choose the Right Backpacking Stove Fuel

Back when dinosaurs (like me) first roamed the backcountry, your choice of stove fuel was pretty much gas (in a sealed canister) or liquid (in a refillable bottle). Interestingly, if you’re a newbie hiker today, starting out with a gas- or liquid-fuel stove still makes the most sense. That’s not to say nothing innovative is…

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Big Agnes Debuts New Tiger Wall Tent & Sleeping Gear

Lighter, comfier, better. It’s the gear we want this season Big Agnes is a company obsessed with getting you outdoors in comfort. The newest set of Big Agnes backpacking gear for spring—the Insulated AXL Air sleeping pad, Upper Slide and Katherine SL 20 sleeping bags and the Tiger Wall UL2 tent—definitely delivers on that mission.…

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