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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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SOG Blade Light Folder: Slices and Dices, Even in the Dark

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Boyscout blades are a dime a dozen, but SOG’s Blade Light Folder (BLT-50N) takes camping knives to a new level.

This steel-blade folding knife has six LED lights, three molded into the handle on either side of the blade, to light up whatever it is you’re slicing shadow-free. Fold the blade up when you’re done fileting your fish or cutting your Camembert for the evening, and you have a 35-lumen flashlight—bright enough to get you to the outhouse and back to your tent.

The knife takes two standard AAA batteries that power the lights for about 4.5 hours. When you don't need 'em, you can turn the lights off with a simple push button.

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Interbike Exclusive: Thule's Bike Carriers of the Future

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Today at Interbike, North America's largest bicycle trade show, Thule, leading manufacturer of bike, ski and cargo carriers, announced two new bicycle fork roof-mount carriers—the Thule Sprint and Circuit. We’re most enamored with the Sprint because it has features designed specifically to solve real-world problems that many of us have experienced with similar carriers.

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3 iPhone Accessories You Won't Want to Miss

There are more iPhone accessories on the market than we can count, but we've weeded through some of the newest ones and found three that you'll want to add to your quiver.

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KOGETO DOT
Do you wish you had seen the backside view on your last sky dive? The expressions on your friends’ faces when you did the backflip off the balcony at your birthday barbeque? Now you can. Kogeto’s Dot snaps onto your iPhone, and turns it into a 360-degree video camera.

Place your Dot-enabled iPhone flat—whether it's on top of a beer can at your next party or held in your hand—and it gives you a 360-degree scrollable video complete with everything going on in the room. On your phone, you swipe to scroll. It takes a few seconds to calibrate, and auto focuses as it’s shooting. Sound too cool to believe? Check out a tandem sky dive and other video shot with the Dot here. Available now, $49; kogeto.com.

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Sports Therapy: Ice Your Injury With Trigger Point's Cold Roller

Sitting for three or more hours a day can take years off of your life. When you're active, you won't lose years, but an occasional bump, bruise or sprain can keep you off your bike, out of your running shoes or off the slopes.

Trigger Point makes lots of sports therapy gear to help active people heal injuries faster and keep their muscles elastic, like the Grid, a hollow foam roller that rolls out lactic acid and other toxins in your muscles, and helps keep tendons and fascia, the sheath around the tendons, from getting hung up.

Trigger Point's latest sports therapy tool combines myofascial release with cold compression. The Cold Roller releases lactic acid and other toxins from your muscles, and helps restore tendons and fascia to health by icing them for recovery. The Roller simulates an ice bath without making you sit in a tub of freezing water or hold a dripping Ziplock of ice cubes on your sore spots.

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