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Smith Variant Brim - Helmet: Reviews

Smith Variant Brim - Helmet: Reviews

Our testers' clear favorite this year, the lightweight Smith looks cool and has a low profile. Smart feature: The venting system can shutter closed on the fly if you get cold or the snow starts...

The North Face Cat's Meow - Sleeping Bags: Reviews

The North Face Cat's Meow - Sleeping Bags: Reviews

VERSATILE THREE-SEASON SACKNow in its umpteenth iteration, the 2007 Cat's Meow is like its predecessors in one respect only: It's still one of the most versatile, durable three-season synthetic bags...

Mountain Hardwear G50 - Soft Shells: Reviews

Mountain Hardwear G50 - Soft Shells: Reviews

WARMER THAN IT LOOKSWhen warmth matters most, grab the G50. On a late-fall backpacking trip in New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness, with temperatures plummeting into the single digits, one tester (who had...

Scarpa Spirit 4 – Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Scarpa Spirit 4 Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Thanks to interchangeable tongues (one stiff, one hinged for touring) and a sole that's compatible with every AT binding on the market, the Spirit 4's are this year's most versatile boot...

POC Receptor Bug - Helmet: Reviews

POC Receptor Bug - Helmet: Reviews

Because the Bug's vents are recessed between its two slightly overlapping shells, you get a 100 percent puncture-proof helmet that breathes moderately well. pocsports.com

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Vieques Rising

Puerto Rico's Vieques has come a long way from when the Navy played war games on its beaches.

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