Staff Picks

12 Awesome Gifts for Adventurous Women

12 Awesome Gifts for Adventurous Women

Active Junky gear testers picked out these 12 gifts for those mountain lovers, the ones who wear everything from skirts to snowshoes in the same day.

A Beginner's Guide To Winter Camping

A Beginner's Guide To Winter Camping

While fair-weather camping mistakes lead to “we’ll laugh about it later,” winter is less forgiving; know where you’re going, what you’re taking, and trust who you’re going with.

Arva Avalanche Safety Beacon and Probe Review

Arva Avalanche Safety Beacon and Probe Review

We tested out the Evo4 Beacon and the Light 2.40 Compact Probe in the backcountry terrain outside of Telluride, Colorado and found there were pros and cons to both products. Here’s the full scoop:

How to Plan an Epic Climbing Trip

How to Plan an Epic Climbing Trip

Planning a climbing trip? Going international? Follow these tips and you’re sure to have an experience of a lifetime.

Winter Photography Basics

Winter Photography Basics

Wintery conditions don’t always lend to the best photos, so make sure you arm yourself with these basic tips.

An Introduction to the Compass

An Introduction to the Compass

Compass fundamentals are imperative in any backcountry endeavor.  Silly as it sounds, accelerated compass competence begins with a rhyme.

Editor’s Picks: New favorites to start the year strong

Editor’s Picks: New favorites to start the year strong

Hundreds of brands fill the potential gear locker with all manner of technology, performance and style sensibilities. Following are a few that reached out and grabbed us by the editorial collar.

Hard Working Apparel & Gear

Hard Working Apparel & Gear

Active Junky’s found three brands uniquely qualified to deliver the goods. With enough left in the tank to put up a couple of cords before whiskey-sipping time arrives.

Emerging Brand Spotlight: North Sails

Emerging Brand Spotlight: North Sails

North Sails, surprise, started by plying the world’s lakes and oceans. Their hard-won knowledge of tackling changing weather, with more than a little back-at-the-dock style, showed up in pieces recently put under test by Active Junky.

Technical Base Layers: Sets & Bottoms Roundup

Technical Base Layers: Sets & Bottoms Roundup

Have a look at our top picks for base layer bottoms and sets from some of the best outdoor clothing brands for your next adventure to stay warm, but not too warm.

Innovative Gear & Apparel: New tech for the New Year

Innovative Gear & Apparel: New tech for the New Year

Missions to Mars aren’t the only dreams engineers are carrying around in their pulsing grey matter. These Active Junky selections turn yesterday’s imaginings into relevant products ready to wear and carry now.

Winter Warmers: Insulated Footwear and Apparel

Winter Warmers: Insulated Footwear and Apparel

It doesn’t take a record blizzard to discourage the unprepared from going forth into winter activities. Active Junky has a “no excuses” approach to gearing up for getting out. And this selection of favorite products fits the adventurous spirit, big dump or not.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Favorite Accessories

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Favorite Accessories

Active Junky’s been hitting the water hard (often, that is) and finding ways to make each outing more positive and memorable. Dive into this selection to upgrade your style and performance from coast to coast, churning surf to quiet mountain lake.

Holiday Gift Guide: Sunglasses

Holiday Gift Guide: Sunglasses

Who has the right sunglasses? Or a spare pair that’s capable of taking charge when the go-to breaks? Not many of us, so Active Junky jumped in to remedy the Curse of the Crappy Shades with some solid options logging in at well under $200.

Holiday Gift Guide: Wireless Earbuds and Charger

Holiday Gift Guide: Wireless Earbuds and Charger

Each day has its own rhythm. Choose between these two options and set your own pace with the sounds that motivate, calm or energize your life. And charge up while protecting your investment with our third selection.

Holiday Gift Guide: Fly Fishing Accessories

Holiday Gift Guide: Fly Fishing Accessories

There’s no reason not to pursue this new or growing passion as soon as weather (and legal seasons) permit thanks to this hand-selected collection of fly fishing accessories.

Holiday Gift Guide: Blankets and Quilts

Holiday Gift Guide: Blankets and Quilts

Whether enrobed in warmth around the fireplace, tucked into a hand-hewn cabin or watching Red Bull stunts on the couch at home, there’s good reason to wrap up gift-giving in a premium blanket or quilt.

Holiday Gift Guide: Filson Dry Packs

Holiday Gift Guide: Filson Dry Packs

Filson’s no stranger to adventure. And looking good around the corner and across the globe. Their new line of dry luggage takes a heritage of keepsake canvas into a wet-but-wonderful world. 

Holiday Gift Guide: Paddling Accessories

Holiday Gift Guide: Paddling Accessories

One stroke after another makes the miles flow by. And the right paddling accessories add to safety and comfort on day trips as well as tours. Here are some of our paddle-proven favorites.

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