Ben Hewitt

We Don't Need No Education

As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set 'em free.

Keen Redmond – Hiking Shoe: Reviews

Fast and Light Somewhere in your closet, there's a pair of shoes you reach for more than any other, be it for hiking, knocking around town, or traveling. In this year's test, that shoe was the...

Merrell Riot – Hiking Shoe: Reviews

Fast and Light With all its various fabrics and plastic overlays, the Riot looks as if it was designed by committee. Even the "we want camo" guys were appeased; the outsole's toe and heel are made...

END Stumptown LT – Hiking Shoe: Reviews

Fast and Light We love that the Stumptown LT is made mostly from recycled materials. The only thing that impressed us more was its performance. At a wispy 11 ounces, it's the lightest trail shoe...

Danner Ascend GTX – Hiking Boot: Reviews

Mountain-Ready With its sturdy, full-grain-leather construction, Gore-Tex liner, and plush EVA midsole, the Ascend is far and away the burliest, most rugged boot to win our respect this year. It's...

Vasque Equalizer – Hiking Shoe: Reviews

Mountain-Ready Can't decide if the day calls for scramble or ramble? Vasque's Equalizer is ready for either. There's just enough cushioning for long slogs on the trail, but its lasting board makes...

Patagonia Bushland – Hiking Shoe: Reviews

Mountain-Ready The Bushland's understated good looks, combined with its snug fit and low-profile but seriously grippy Vibram outsole, made this our pick for days that had us pounding both dirt and...

Kayland Vertigo Light – Hiking Boot: Reviews

1. Lots of support, very little weight—that's the Vert Light's recipe in a nutshell. Built on the same last as the company's much burlier Vertigo High, the 20-ounce Vert Light actually weighs...

Kayland Vertigo Light Trail Shoes

1. Lots of support, very little weight—that's the Vert Light's recipe in a nutshell. Built on the same last as the company's much burlier Vertigo High, the 20-ounce Vert Light actually weighs less...

Stowe Away

Summer in northern Vermont: long days, long trails, and not a single leaf peeper. Here's how to do it right.

Heartbreaker

Fit or not, it's time to wise up and listen to your ticker. It could be headed for an untimely failure.

Balanced Beings

Paula Newby-Fraser 41//Triathlete Newby-Fraser's 23 Ironman Triathlon wins since 1986, including eight Ironman World Champion titles, are credited to her relentless training—up to 30 hours a...

Balanced Beings

Carl Swenson//33//Nordic Skier and Mountain Biker When last September's Mountain Biking World Championships ended in Lugano, Switzerland, five-time U.S. national-team member Swenson put his Tomac...

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