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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.

Coordinates Kauai: The Lost World

Coordinates Kauai: The Lost World

Kauai's North Shore coastline and tropical, mountainous interior invite outdoor enthusiasts to discover the mystical canyons, cascading waterfalls, secluded beaches, and rugged cliffs of this emerald gem of a paradise.

W.L. Gore:  No Longer Simply Waterproof-Breathable

W.L. Gore: No Longer Simply Waterproof-Breathable

One of the biggest names in outerwear is radically altering its product offerings this year, moving away from 100-percent waterproof-breathable membranes and into a variety of laminates to cover a world’s worth of outdoor scenarios.

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

Men’s Casual Suede Shoes

Men’s Casual Suede Shoes

It doesn’t have to be sub-zero to slide on suede shoes.  With superior breathability along with quick clean-up using a stiff brush, these pairs were selected by Active Junky for their easy-going, warm weather good looks.

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Choosing hiking boots can be more difficult, painful and challenging than hiking itself. Active Junky’s tested hiking boots all winter and spring to help you make the right choice.

Best New Commuting Products

Best New Commuting Products

Active Junky’s gathered some obvious brand choices along with road-worthy newcomers to roll in with solid options that work on and off the bike.

Best Photo Safari Gear

Best Photo Safari Gear

These pieces of gear have proven essential in-transit and on-site to travel safely with camera in hand.

Camping Knife Buyer’s Guide

Camping Knife Buyer’s Guide

Next time you head for the outdoors, go prepared with one of these fixed-blade camping knives. Find out how brands like Morakniv, Gerber, OKC, and Benchmade, stack up.

Three Top Running Products

Three Top Running Products

Don’t wait until temps climb before churning across, around and above your favorite terrain, from street to dotted line on a topo map.

Men's Trail Running Shoes Buyer's Guide

Men's Trail Running Shoes Buyer's Guide

Active Junky’s found ten shoe models that range from conventional to alternative, each with the potential to improve your fitness and off-road skills in coming months.

Five Reasons to Trail Run

Five Reasons to Trail Run

Five reasons why you, along with other adrenaline seeking, outdoor lovers, have reason to consider the humble (but not so primitive) trail running shoe this season.

Road Cycling Mental Tips

Road Cycling Mental Tips

Active Junky’s got three tips to inject into your noggin’ today for season-long success.

Best Photo Safari Apparel

Best Photo Safari Apparel

Apart from technical photo gear, the team’s spotted great apparel to put comfort and agility in focus.

Best Portable Power Supplies

Best Portable Power Supplies

Pushing a smart phone, tablet, digital camera, navigational watch or ancillary device hard puts you in an energy Black Hole in as little as an hour.

Road Cycling Maintenance Tips

Road Cycling Maintenance Tips

These five pointers from Active Junky will make returning to the road easier and safer no matter what your riding goals for this year.

Best S’mores Ever

Best S’mores Ever

With the Camp Chef Redwood Fire Pit, there’s room to perfect the Art of Marshmallow Roasting even at home.

Best Road Bikes Under $2,000

Best Road Bikes Under $2,000

Active Junky brings the need for confident handling, speed and reliability back to Earth with these four selections.

Best On-Water Sun Tips

Best On-Water Sun Tips

A little sun warms body and soul.  Too much, at the wrong time, turns a coastal or water-borne outing into a sizzle-fest.

Five Best Whale Watching Tips

Five Best Whale Watching Tips

Active Junky’s out to make your cetacean-seeking choice – and accompanying expectations – fit your ideal voyage of marine mammal discovery.

Best Men’s Travel Sandals

Best Men’s Travel Sandals

The right pair of sandals does more than hang loose at café or pub.  Travel-worthy styles make multi-sport adventure possible without adding much weight to pack or duffel.

Best Men’s Travel Shirts

Best Men’s Travel Shirts

Guard against relentless rays and rising temperatures or look like you belong in this idyllic place.  Active Junky’s taken away the choice with three “both and” shirts from respected labels.

ENO Sub7 Hammock Review

ENO Sub7 Hammock Review

Weighing in at 6.5 ounces and the size of a large fist when compacted, the ENO Sub7 Hammock is perfect for those looking for an ultralight sleeping system or just to inject some lounge time into their next backpacking adventure

8 of the Best Places to Chase Winter

8 of the Best Places to Chase Winter

 From Argentina to Zermatt, chase the shred in style this summer. Here are 8 of the best countries to get after it this summer:

Top Trip-Saving Accessories

Top Trip-Saving Accessories

Far from home and days into the trip, little things add up.  With these Active Junky selections, your focus is on fun rather than frustration.

3 Road Trip Essentials

3 Road Trip Essentials

While these essentials won’t completely convert your vehicle into a mobile adventure wagon, throwing these pieces of gear into your trunk is a surefire way to make your trip go a lot smoother. 

What Works: Hut Trip Etiquette

What Works: Hut Trip Etiquette

We’ve definitely had our fair share of awkward hut experiences, but there are seven things you can do to ensure that a good time is had by all.

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