Ben Hewitt

Ben Hewitt

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The Case for Letting Kids Be Kids

At the age when most American children are busy memorizing the alphabet, our sons were running wild in the fields and forests surrounding our rural Vermont home, belt knives and bow drills at the...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Wilier Triestina Izoard Road Bike

Gear of the Year

Wilier Triestina Izoard

Summer in Vermont

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.

You Know You Want It

It's ok—relax. We've got your big holiday score all wrapped up: the latest shiny new toys, sharp tools, and smokin' threads to help you keep you adventure resolutions.

Head Strong

Beta-tested by Olympians and elite athletes, the wizardry of neuromuscular training will hardwire you for peak performance

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