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Garmin Launches Edge 510 and 810 GPS Cycling Computers

Extending its already formidable lead in the category, Garmin has launched two new powerful GPS cycling computers that will eventually replace the Edge 500 and Edge 800 units. The new Garmin Edge 810 and Edge 510 look to be about as slick as this highly-produced video made to promote the computers. The 810 keeps the same dimensions and form as its predecessor, while the 510 gets even smaller and more compact than the 500, and adds a touchscreen display that's readable in sunlight.

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Exclusive: La Sportiva Builds the Lightest Four-Buckle Touring Boot Ever


Weight on your feet is more tiring than weight on your back by a factor of five. So lighter boots means you’re less tired when you reach the summit, you get more runs in on a day when you’re hiking for turns, and you get back to base with enough energy for après.

La Sportiva has a new secret weapon for backcountry skiers: the lightest four-buckle touring boot on the market. The company will show the boot for the first time at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the end of January.

The Spectre (men) and Sparkle (women) weigh in at 1,395 grams—just 3.075 pounds—per boot in size 27. That’s nearly half a pound lighter than anything else currently available.

But it’s not just the weight that will make you want to ski this boot—it’s the range of motion. In "walk" mode the Spectre and Sparkle have 30-degree front and 30-degree back rotation and a full 60-degree range of motion to reduce resistance in steep terrain. In the Spectre and Sparkle, your skinning strides will be limited only by your ankle flexibility, not by your boot.

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Palladium Thermal: City Style With Enough Warmth for Vermont's Woods


When Palladium was founded in 1920, the company didn’t make boots; it made rubber tires for the fledgling aviation industry, tires of layered canvas, and vulcanized rubber.

By the late 1940s, the World Wars were over and the French company shifted from making tires to building boots with the same quality and craftsmanship. In 1947, it produced the boot that still forms the basis of its collection, the Pampa. The French Foreign Legion, impressed with its outstanding comfort and durability, procured the Pampa for its staff based in the harsh North African desert and in the Atlas Mountains.

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Family Brand of the Year

SKI6247Home on the range: Stio's Jackalope pom-pom makes its East Coast debut. Photo: Katie Arnold

It might seem a little presumptuous to declare Stio the outdoor brand of 2013 only a week in, but I have no qualms nominating the new mountain-lifestyle clothing company for the honors. Launched in Jackson, Wyoming, in September by the design duo that started Cloudveil, Stio came out of the gates with some serious adventure cred. Not to mention some cool products for the whole family.  

Like most startups in their first season, Stio’s line for men, women, and kids isn’t exhaustive—but that’s a good thing. At least for kids, more choices aren’t always better. So far for little ones, there’s a windproof jacket, a couple of super cute T-shirts, a hoody, and a hat. But who needs five variations of technical fleece when one stellar one will do the trick? Less time shopping equals more time skiing.

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Falcon's Interactive Guides to Hiking, Climbing, and Cooking

FalconGuides just announced the first 12 titles in a new line of interactive outdoor guides the company developed in partnership with Inkling, a platform for interactive learning.

For the price of the download, readers get expert content optimized for iPhone, iPad, and Web, with features that bridge the gap between apps and ebooks: slideshows with high-res images not found in the print editions, guided visual tours, hyperlinks, and smart search that makes it quick and easy to get to the information you need, from a list of dog-friendly hikes to a river name. Hiking guide users can give tips to other readers and share trail notes on washed out bridges, best photo ops, bees nests to watch out for, or anything else. An animal tracks feature lets you click through a series of questions that narrows down which animal tracks you’ve spotted based on pattern, shape, and size. Rock climbing instructional guides have stop-motion animation illustrating specific techniques.

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