Activities

Snow
Snowboard
Ski
In Search of Couloirs in the Nevada Desert

In Search of Couloirs in the Nevada Desert

Nevada is not exactly known for their backcountry skiing scene, but there are some hidden gems such as the famous Terminal Cancer Couloir

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14 Summer Ski Destination Around the World

14 Summer Ski Destination Around the World

For some skiers and snowboarders, the action is seasonally dependent. For others, it’s a year-round addiction, and chasing that shred-induced adrenaline is non-negotiable. 

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10 Reasons to Try a Backcountry Ski Hut

10 Reasons to Try a Backcountry Ski Hut

The Opus Hut is the only full service European style ski hut in Colorado; they take care of you at every turn. 

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14 Summer Ski Destination Around the World

14 Summer Ski Destination Around the World

For some skiers and snowboarders, the action is seasonally dependent. For others, it’s a year-round addiction, and chasing that shred-induced adrenaline is non-negotiable. 

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Beginner’s Guide to Splitboarding: Getting Educated and Staying Safe

Beginner’s Guide to Splitboarding: Getting Educated and Staying Safe

We break down a few tips for how to start your avalanche education and how to stay safe when in avalanche-prone backcountry terrain. 

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4 Pro Models for the Best Snowboarding Kit

4 Pro Models for the Best Snowboarding Kit

We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite pro models to make a complete head-to-toe snowboard kit, designed with input from an all-star team of riders.

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In Search of Couloirs in the Nevada Desert

In Search of Couloirs in the Nevada Desert

Nevada is not exactly known for their backcountry skiing scene, but there are some hidden gems such as the famous Terminal Cancer Couloir

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14 Summer Ski Destination Around the World

14 Summer Ski Destination Around the World

For some skiers and snowboarders, the action is seasonally dependent. For others, it’s a year-round addiction, and chasing that shred-induced adrenaline is non-negotiable. 

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10 Reasons to Try a Backcountry Ski Hut

10 Reasons to Try a Backcountry Ski Hut

The Opus Hut is the only full service European style ski hut in Colorado; they take care of you at every turn. 

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Hike & Camp
Pack & Trek
Day Hike
Overnight Camp
Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Choosing hiking boots can be more difficult, painful and challenging than hiking itself. Active Junky’s tested hiking boots all winter and spring to help you make the right choice.

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Moab Camping & Fishing Essentials

Moab Camping & Fishing Essentials

We geared up for our most recent adventure to Utah with the latest offerings from Stio, GU, and LuminAID.

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Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Choosing hiking boots can be more difficult, painful and challenging than hiking itself. Active Junky’s tested hiking boots all winter and spring to help you make the right choice.

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Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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Favorite Group Camping Products

Favorite Group Camping Products

Call it “going big.” We’re out to get friends and family away from their screens and living more amazing days with us. 

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Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Choosing hiking boots can be more difficult, painful and challenging than hiking itself. Active Junky’s tested hiking boots all winter and spring to help you make the right choice.

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8 Underrated National Parks

8 Underrated National Parks

Brush back the facade of the frequented. Explore elsewhere. Because this landscape of ours is as big as it is beautiful, and we bet you haven’t seen it all.

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5 Unforgettable Spring Hikes

5 Unforgettable Spring Hikes

Dust off your hiking boots, grab your crew, and head to some of the best springtime hikes the United States has to offer.

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Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Choosing hiking boots can be more difficult, painful and challenging than hiking itself. Active Junky’s tested hiking boots all winter and spring to help you make the right choice.

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Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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Early Season Hiking & Camping Products

Early Season Hiking & Camping Products

Record snowfall is a beautiful thing. So is a mid-winter trip to warmer climates and being ready when the drifts start disappearing. 

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Water Sports
SUP & Surf
Fishing
Surfing and Conservation with Chilean Ramón Navarro

Surfing and Conservation with Chilean Ramón Navarro

Ramón Navarro has attained mythical status as a big wave surfer. However, it’s his passion for conservation that will solidify his legacy.

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Salmon Fishing with the Hooké Crew

Salmon Fishing with the Hooké Crew

You don’t need to speak French to comprehend the mile-high stoke levels going on here. Two Canadian fly fishermen seek redemption in a murky salmon-stocked river, alternating between catching fish and cheering from the shore.

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Going Upstream with Upslope

Going Upstream with Upslope

Active Junky went upstream with Boulder's Upslope Brewing to learn the origins of its craft beers -- and see how the Company's concerns for watersheds turns into tangible action.

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Ben Weiland Captures The Essence of Surf Exploration

Ben Weiland Captures The Essence of Surf Exploration

Ben Weiland, a family friend and talented graphic designer, was selected for his perserverance, passion and professionalism in going after the world's coldest waves.  

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Costa Rica: Downward Dogs And Duck Dives

Costa Rica: Downward Dogs And Duck Dives

Surfing and yoga go hand in hand: both require flexibility, strength, and breath control, both can be a doorway between the physical and the spiritual, and both have a slew of shockingly attractive practitioners. 

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Costa Rica: Drinking by Night, Surfing by Day

Costa Rica: Drinking by Night, Surfing by Day

No wonder Costa Rica is consistently ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world.

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Fly Fishing With a Guidebook Author

Fly Fishing With a Guidebook Author

 When it comes to patrolling Colorado’s rivers and streams, few have as much personal insight as guidebook author Steven B. Schweitzer. 

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Fly Fishing Guide For Beginners

Fly Fishing Guide For Beginners

If you’re looking to get hooked on fly fishing, you’re in luck. This Active Junky guide is packed with all the info you need to know before purchasing a fly fishing set-up.

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Moab Camping & Fishing Essentials

Moab Camping & Fishing Essentials

We geared up for our most recent adventure to Utah with the latest offerings from Stio, GU, and LuminAID.

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Run
Race
Road
Trail
Top Trail Running Gear

Top Trail Running Gear

Stride, cadence and gear all warrant scrutiny in 2015.  We logged miles over hill and dale in this top trail running gear from Icebug, The North Face and Julbo, and we suggest you do the same.

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Editor’s Picks: New favorites to start the year strong

Editor’s Picks: New favorites to start the year strong

Hundreds of brands fill the potential gear locker with all manner of technology, performance and style sensibilities. Following are a few that reached out and grabbed us by the editorial collar.

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Technical Base Layers: Sets & Bottoms Roundup

Technical Base Layers: Sets & Bottoms Roundup

Have a look at our top picks for base layer bottoms and sets from some of the best outdoor clothing brands for your next adventure to stay warm, but not too warm.

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Marathon Training Tips: Tech Support

Marathon Training Tips: Tech Support

Everything from electronic gadgets, race-day fuel and pre-race training programs are essential to your technical preparation. That's because a well-rounded, mathematical approach makes the difference between failure and a finish.

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3 Top Running Shoes for 2015

3 Top Running Shoes for 2015

The snow’s melting and the days are getting longer.  If the shifting seasons have you itching for trail or road, upgrade your kit with a pair of 2015’s top running shoes – to go longer, faster and harder.

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Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Not all runners are created equal. Some folks are designed to run; you can tell from their smooth stride and lightness afoot. 

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3 Top Running Shoes for 2015

3 Top Running Shoes for 2015

The snow’s melting and the days are getting longer.  If the shifting seasons have you itching for trail or road, upgrade your kit with a pair of 2015’s top running shoes – to go longer, faster and harder.

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Running Insights: Going Long in 2015

Running Insights: Going Long in 2015

Active Junky’s seen the highs and lows, fast and slows in amateur and competitive running. Here are five ways to run longer this season.

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Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Not all runners are created equal. Some folks are designed to run; you can tell from their smooth stride and lightness afoot. 

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Gear Advisor: Trail Running Accessories

Gear Advisor: Trail Running Accessories

Runners: we've been testing gear! Check out the latest in trail running accessories. 

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Gear Advisor: Trail Running Tops

Gear Advisor: Trail Running Tops

This isn’t the gym. Weather will always be a factor when planning for the trail. No matter hot or cold, windy or wet, the elements can be tamed by choosing the right top for the forecast.

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10 Top Trail Running Towns

10 Top Trail Running Towns

Whether you’re new to running or have been crushing traverses since you were a toddler, consider making tracks to one of these trail-running towns.

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Bike
MTB
Road
Commute
Best Road Bikes Under $2,000

Best Road Bikes Under $2,000

Active Junky brings the need for confident handling, speed and reliability back to Earth with these four selections.

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What I Learned About Myself as a Pro Cyclist

What I Learned About Myself as a Pro Cyclist

Being a pro cyclist is like going to school every day, coming home thinking you might have it all figured out, and then going back the next and realizing you’re still learning. More or less, it is a never-ending education.

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Brand Spotlight: Kryptonite

Brand Spotlight: Kryptonite

Our team’s time late last fall at the InterBike trade show opened our eyes afresh to the company’s deft manipulation of materials and technology. Here are a few of Kryptonite’s recent lock contributions to the cycling life of cities around the globe.

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Top Women’s MTB Accessories

Top Women’s MTB Accessories

When it comes to accessories, we gals like to play by our own rules. The same applies on a mountain bike, when leaving the trailhead is about being prepared along with looking good.

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An Open Invitation to Women Interested in Mountain Biking

An Open Invitation to Women Interested in Mountain Biking

When I started mountain biking, I was in awe of women who rode. They were the epitome of feminine toughness, and I wanted to be one of them.

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Gearing Up for Mountain Bike Season

Gearing Up for Mountain Bike Season

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the trail

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8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

Time to start prepping for dirt and road – it’s cycling season.

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How to Buy Your First Road Bike

How to Buy Your First Road Bike

Looking to buy a road bike, but don't want to crack open the piggy bank? These tips will help you keep costs low and pedals cranking.

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Top Road Cycling Accessories

Top Road Cycling Accessories

For the dedicated cyclist, these three compact accessories fall into the “essentials” category. 

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Spring Bike Commuting Essentials

Spring Bike Commuting Essentials

Spring is the perfect time to trade car keys for a bike lock.  The Active Junky team’s been pedaling all year long, and we found three products where utility, quality and value share the same lane.

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Top Folding Commuter Bikes

Top Folding Commuter Bikes

Today’s folding models convert savvy engineering and responsible space management into respectable transportation.

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Giro Commuting Clothing Review

Giro Commuting Clothing Review

There’s no doubt among commuters, Giro builds in value along with the kind of subtle styling testers appreciated.

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Climb
Mountain
Gym
Rock & Ice
Indoor Climbing Tips for Beginners

Indoor Climbing Tips for Beginners

Without a patient friend or professional guide, climbing's parallel universe of techniques, terms, gear and quirky social conventions can be confounding.

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6 Climbing Tips for Beginners

6 Climbing Tips for Beginners

If you’re ready to take your game outside, congratulations! You’re about to learn what climbing is all about. Here are some quick tips to get you started.

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Bouldering Tips and Gear

Bouldering Tips and Gear

If you like powerful and dynamic moves, heady highballs and the freedom of going ropeless, bouldering might be your cup of tea.

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Kelly Cordes Author Interview

Kelly Cordes Author Interview

Active Junky reached out – and high – to grab noted climbing author Kelly Cordes.  His new release, The Tower, takes readers to Patagonia and beyond while seeking the truth about a historic first ascent claim. 

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Breathtaking Images from Cerro Torre

Breathtaking Images from Cerro Torre

Like a spear stabbing skyward through the snow, Cerro Torre spikes into the sky. It's one of the world’s most beautiful (and controversial) alpine peaks.

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Gear That Got It Done: Winter Hiking a Colorado 14er

Gear That Got It Done: Winter Hiking a Colorado 14er

Hiking 14ers is a favorite pastime of locals and visitors alike, and while spring to fall are the most popular months to summit, winter hiking provides opportunities to push yourself and experience different gear.

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Active Junky Exclusive: Meagan Martin Interview

Active Junky Exclusive: Meagan Martin Interview

Whether she’s coaching at ABC Kids Climbing in Boulder, CO, dominating competition podiums or crushing the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course, her approach is fearless and fast. 

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Buyer's Guide: Indoor Climbing

Buyer's Guide: Indoor Climbing

Before you venture to a land of rope and rock, sweat and stone, find your bearings in the climbing gym. As you hunt for your first handholds, let this buyer’s guide serve as your roadmap.

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Indoor Climbing Tips for Beginners

Indoor Climbing Tips for Beginners

Without a patient friend or professional guide, climbing's parallel universe of techniques, terms, gear and quirky social conventions can be confounding.

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Mike Zawaski on Backcountry Safety

Mike Zawaski on Backcountry Safety

Two decades of mountain travel (and counting) and instructing with the Colorado Outward Bound School give his advice added credibility.

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6 Climbing Tips for Beginners

6 Climbing Tips for Beginners

If you’re ready to take your game outside, congratulations! You’re about to learn what climbing is all about. Here are some quick tips to get you started.

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Bouldering Tips and Gear

Bouldering Tips and Gear

If you like powerful and dynamic moves, heady highballs and the freedom of going ropeless, bouldering might be your cup of tea.

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Travel
International
U.S.
Life Inside A Dream: Vira Vira’s all-in vision

Life Inside A Dream: Vira Vira’s all-in vision

Vira Vira is a one-of-a-kind resort, nestled in the beauty of Chile’s Lake District. 

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Best Chile-Tested Travel Gear

Best Chile-Tested Travel Gear

Active Junky dove deep into the Lake District and came back loving these three products.

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Top 10 Most Visited National Parks

Top 10 Most Visited National Parks

While some parks are easy to slot in the top 10 like Yosemite, others were less obvious. How many of these parks have you checked off your list?

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Life Inside A Dream: Vira Vira’s all-in vision

Life Inside A Dream: Vira Vira’s all-in vision

Vira Vira is a one-of-a-kind resort, nestled in the beauty of Chile’s Lake District. 

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5 of the Best Treks in South America

5 of the Best Treks in South America

Steamy jungles, glacial summits, ancient ruins—South America has it all. While much of the continent is tropical, it also contains the world’s largest mountain range, The Andes, which span over 5,000 miles through seven countries.  

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Biking Bangkok

Biking Bangkok

This tour route weaves together some of the top city attractions—Wat Suthat Temple, Chinatown, Wat Pho Temple—but avoids most major roads. 

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5 Amazing Vistas Around Portland

5 Amazing Vistas Around Portland

Need a spot to take in the world and clear out your mind? Active Junky’s list of 5 amazing spots around Portland has something for everyone—from bikers to bookworms.

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Four Must-Visit Portland Breweries and Cafès

Four Must-Visit Portland Breweries and Cafès

Should you find yourself in the Rose City, check out four of Active Junky’s favorite places to sip and savor.

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5 of the Best Treks in North America

5 of the Best Treks in North America

From the Arctic reaches of Zenith Point, Canada to tropical Punta Mariato, Panama, North America’s terrain promises to keep serious trekkers occupied for decades. Grab your pack and explore the Continent’s most astounding natural beauty.

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Fitness
Wellness (Yoga)
Training
4 Pieces Of Evolutionary Yoga Gear

4 Pieces Of Evolutionary Yoga Gear

Fortunately, coarse cotton has run its course in the contemporary yoga studio. As the ancient practice of yoga has evolved, so too has the gear we use. 

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8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

Time to start prepping for dirt and road – it’s cycling season.

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Manduka Yoga Gear Review

Manduka Yoga Gear Review

Chances are, if you can rattle off yoga poses in Sanskrit or complete a vinyasa flow solo, you recognize Manduka’s influence on practitioners. 

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Manduka Yoga Gear Review

Manduka Yoga Gear Review

Chances are, if you can rattle off yoga poses in Sanskrit or complete a vinyasa flow solo, you recognize Manduka’s influence on practitioners. 

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4 Pieces Of Evolutionary Yoga Gear

4 Pieces Of Evolutionary Yoga Gear

Fortunately, coarse cotton has run its course in the contemporary yoga studio. As the ancient practice of yoga has evolved, so too has the gear we use. 

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prAna Yoga Gear: Cotton Nirvana

prAna Yoga Gear: Cotton Nirvana

These three prAna pieces shone forth during anti-gravitational arm balances and whenever societal gravities didn’t condemn a tank top and hoodie combo.

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8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

Time to start prepping for dirt and road – it’s cycling season.

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Interval Training with Mountain Man JF Plouffe

Interval Training with Mountain Man JF Plouffe

For the third and final installment of JF Plouffe’s Mountain Ready Workout, the Helly Hansen ambassador takes you through two different interval-training exercises. 

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Top Heart-Rate Monitoring Methods

Top Heart-Rate Monitoring Methods

Active Junky’s experimented with three readily available (and accurate) heart-rate monitoring methods to evaluate the pros and cons of each. 

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Urban
Tentree Apparel

Tentree Apparel

With tentree, your everyday life changes the world.  Madagascar gets reforested while whipping up scrambled eggs in your new favorite sweatpants. 

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tentree: An Environmentally-Friendly Company

tentree: An Environmentally-Friendly Company

Not only does tentree craft Active Junky-approved streetwear, but their brand is also committed to conserving this beautiful planet – a mission that we can get behind.

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Electric Watch and Sunglasses Review

Electric Watch and Sunglasses Review

We got our hands on a few choice selections from Electric’s current line. After a month of thorough testing, our reviewers were nothing short of thunderstruck.

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