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The new Garmin inReach SE+ (yellow) and Explorer+ (orange) are best described as conventional handheld GPS units with satellite text messaging.

Preview: New Garmin inReach SE+ and Explorer+

The new inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ were announced days after the New Year, immediately prior to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Last week I was able to inspect them first-hand and discuss them with representatives at Outdoor Retailer (OR). The original manufacturer of the inReach, DeLorme, was purchased by Garmin a year ago. So […]

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Cork is my preferred grip material, but foam is okay, too. More importantly, they have extension grips.

Lust: Black Diamond Vapor Carbon 1 Poles

I generally recommend telescopic poles like the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork (long-term review) and Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock (long-term review) because they are: Convenient for air-travel; Easily stow-able on the outside of a backpack, for extended talus scrambles; and, Adjustable, and therefore can fit different family members, can be used for different outdoor activities (e.g. […]

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The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR, which has an optical wrist-based heart rate monitor. Sorry for the file photo -- I forgot to snag a photo during my press meeting with them.

Preview: Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR, plus Ambit development plans

Suunto had one major product release, the Spartan Sport Wrist HR. And I learned of future development plans (or, more accurately, non-plans) for the Ambit collection. Spartan Sport Wrist HR The first GPS sport watch with a wrist-based heart rate monitor was the Garmin Fenix 3 HR, which was announced 12 months ago. But according […]

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The 5X has an over-sized full-color display with pre-loaded 100k-scale topographic maps.

Preview: Garmin Fenix 5, 5S, and 5X (with maps!) GPS sport watches

The fourth generation of Garmin’s Fenix GPS sport watch will replace the current Garmin Fenix 3 and Fenix 3 HR. Release date is March 2017. There will be three models: the Fenix 5S, 5, and 5X. You might be asking, What happened to the Fenix 4? The rep did not go into details, but referenced (completely seriously) the […]

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Tilt the bottle upwards and let water flow down your crack. Scrub the area thoroughly; splashing is not sufficient.

Must-reads: Most popular posts from 2016

I keep regular tabs on my website traffic, but probably don’t spend enough time studying it. So this annual “best of” list (see 2015’s) is about as revealing to me as to readers. In 2016 I was surprised by the persistent strength of old content, given my increased efforts to generate fresh material. Posts about breakfast & dinner recipes, female […]

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