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Dispatches : Oct 2012

Adventure Video of the Week: GoPro Hero 3 Reel

Unless you're a professional videographer and friends with athletes Julia Mancuso, Kelly Slater, and J.T. Holmes, it's unlikely that any video you shoot with GoPro's Hero 3 Black camera will come off as tight as the five-minute clip the company has put together. That's not the point though. The point is for you to get hassle-free, point-of-view shots in extreme—or not—conditions that you'd otherwise miss—now with less bulk and higher quality video. The high-end version of the new GoPro, the Hero 3 Black, is 30 percent smaller, 25 percent lighter, and twice as powerful as the previous version. It also comes with a Wi-Fi remote ($399).

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The Unvarnished Truth: Feedback, October 2012

To evaluate our performance over the past 35 years, we convened a review board, made up of our most dedicated subscribers, and encouraged them to pull no punches. Gulp.

"I still have all my old copies, going back to at least 1994. The funniest thing I ever read in Outside was an excerpt from Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods ('You Gotta Have Friends. Which Is Damned Unfortunate.' April 1998). I subsequently read the book on two occasions and listened to the unabridged version on tape. Today, I still read Outside cover to cover, except for three things. I'm not into fashion, so I don't read the Style section. I have no interest in alpine skiing, so I don't read those stories. And I don't like articles about free-soloing climbers, because I just can't imagine what their families go through when something happens. I mean, how onerous is it really to rope in?"
—Kevin Baldwin, Atlanta, 20-year subscriber

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Eggbar Vise: Home Ski and Board Tuning Made Easy

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It’s that time of year again: The first snowflakes are falling; winter hats and gloves, jackets, boots and skis and snowboards are being pulled from the back of the closet. Ski season won’t be here for a few weeks unless you’re a diehard frost skier. So for most of us there is still time to file out the nicks and dings in our ski edges and bases we didn’t deal with last year.

If you don’t have a Wintersteiger in your basement, the easiest way to set your skis or board up for a hassle-free tune is with the Eggbar Vise. Made in Montana, this clampless ski vise is the perfect tool for hand-tuning your skis. The Vise holds any ski with its own camber so that you don't have clamps or knobs in the way while you file or wax.

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A Highlight Reel of Surfers Paddling Into Jaws

Aside from using an alias when hitting up Starbucks, big wave surfer Shane Dorian leaves the Maui airport just like anyone else. He hauls his own luggage—albeit 100 pounds of customized surfboards—and waits curbside for a pickup. Once he reaches the water, though, differences become apparent.

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After Nike Cuts Ties With Armstrong, Other Companies Follow Suit

3516316919_8ed05de838_bNike Lance Armstrong sign. Photo: Bump/Flickr

Bicycling's Joe Lindsey has written two detailed articles on the business of being Lance Armstrong. Right now, business is not good. After Nike dropped Armstrong following his decision to step down as chairman of Livestrong, several other major companies announced plans to sever ties with the cyclist. The other companies that decided to cut ties with Armstrong include Trek, Giro, FRS, Honey Stinger, 24 Hour Fitness, Anheuser-Busch, and Radio Shack.

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