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...

Ben Hewitt
Sep 1, 2018

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.

Ben Hewitt
Aug 12, 2014

Kayland Vertigo Light – Hiking Boot: Reviews

1. Lots of support, very little weight—that's the Vert Light's recipe in a nutshell. Built on the same last as the company's much burlier Vertigo High, the 20-ounce Vert Light actually weighs...

Ben Hewitt
Nov 1, 2010

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...

Ben Hewitt
Nov 1, 2010

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...

Ben Hewitt
Nov 1, 2010

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...

Ben Hewitt
Nov 1, 2010

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...

Ben Hewitt
Nov 1, 2010

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...

Ben Hewitt
Nov 1, 2010

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...

Ben Hewitt
Nov 1, 2010

Gear of the Year

Wilier Triestina Izoard

John Bradley, Lisa Jhung, Kevin Arnold, Mike Steere, Ted Alan Stedman, Ben Hewitt, Doug Schnitzspahn, Frederick Reimers, and Mark Anders
May 20, 2009

Stowe Away

Summer in northern Vermont: long days, long trails, and not a single leaf peeper. Here's how to do it right.

Ben Hewitt
Jul 31, 2008

Heartbreaker

Fit or not, it's time to wise up and listen to your ticker. It could be headed for an untimely failure.

Ben Hewitt and Sara Blask
Aug 1, 2005

Balanced Beings

Wellness Secrets of Adventure Athletes

Ben Hewitt
Jan 1, 2004

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.

Mary Catherine O'Connor, Tim Neville, Ben Hewitt, Jeff Purton, and Christopher Solomon
Dec 1, 2003