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Picture of the Week: Fat Bike Slednecking

2012 GT Zaskar 100 9er ProFat bike slednecking: A sport is born. Photo: Ian Anderson

This photo popped up on my Facebook feed last week. It was taken by Ian Anderson, an outdoor industry public relations professional, accomplished outdoor athlete, and father of two kids (ages two and five). Ian lives in Carbondale, Colorado, with his wife, Sari Anderson, a professional endurance athlete who has won national championship titles in mountain biking and ski mountaineering and a world title in adventure racing. This may explain why their offspring are early adopters at almost every adventure sport known to man, including the one you see here: fat bike slednecking.

"I love to go sledding just about as much as my kids do, so there was really no question about what we were going to do when we woke up to over six inches of snow in Carbondale last Saturday," Ian says. "I got a Surly Pugsley fat bike last winter, and it’s really sure-footed on snowy, icy roads, so I figured we could ride to our local sledding hill—just over a mile away. I hooked up our Chariot Cheetah 2 bike trailer and threw two plastic sleds in the back. Then I remembered that one of the kids had gotten this ridiculous X Games 'snow bike' sled for Christmas a couple years ago and we had never tried it. So I got it down from the attic and tied it to the back of the Chariot."

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Brooks PureDrift: Perfect for the Barefoot-Curious

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Minimalist running shoes aren’t for everyone, but Brooks' new PureDrift is a transitional shoe with a minimalist option that's great for the barefoot-curious as well as runners exploring a shoe with a little more road feel.

The PureDrift's secret is adjustable drop. With the sockliner in, it's a 4mm drop shoe—perfect for runners going from a more traditional shoe to a barefoot shoe. Pull the sockliner, and you've got a zero drop shoe that lets you stride completely connected to the ground.

The sole under your toes is formed so that you can use them to push off independently, which testers reported felt "more natural than any other non-barefoot shoe" they had run in. The sole also has spring, which propelled testers into their next step.

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The Six-Month Test: GT Zaskar 100 9r Pro

2012 GT Zaskar 100 9er Pro

In recent years, GT Bicycles has been the Rodney Dangerfield of bike brands—they don’t get enough respect. The company continues to roll out hard-working, high-value bikes that are too often overshadowed by marquee brands.

Case in point: the Zaskar 100 9r Carbon Pro. This four-inch, full carbon XC 29er measures up favorably to similarly minded bikes on the market (think Trek Superfly 100 or Niner Jet9 RDO), but when it was introduced earlier this year it was overshadowed by sister company Cannondale’s splashy launch of the Scalpel 29er. That’s too bad because, while the Zaskar 100 will serve a slightly different consumer than the Scalpel and other pure race bikes, for the right rider, the Zaskar 100 9r is absolutely worth a look.

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The Lightest Insulated Alpine Boot Ever Made

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When world renowned alpinist/speed climber Ueli Steck has a new gear idea, his sponsors hit the drawing board to turn that idea into product. So when Steck told Scarpa he wanted the lightest insulated boot in the world for his next alpine speed ascent—a tall order—the family-owned Italian footwear company threw out convention and started working on research and development.

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A Jersey for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Like much of New York City, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, best known in cycling communites as the host to an eccentric, annual urban criterium in October, is still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In light of the damage, Red Hook Criterium organizer David Trimble has teamed up with Castelli Cycling to raise funds for the recovery. Trimble and Castelli designed a special edition Restore Redhook jersey and are donating the proceeds to two local organizations helping with hurricane relief, Red Hook Initiative (RHI) and Restore Red Hook (RRH).

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