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Fastpacking On the High Peaks

Erik Schlimmer tells the story of how he learned to fastpack the Adirondacks, a grueling 110 miles and 19,000 vertical feet of climbing, in five days with only 11 pounds on his back.

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Stay Cool

As I write this letter there is a scalding heat wave causing record highs in the Northeast.

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Tour Reading

Get in a Tour de France state of mind with some new cycling books.

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Speed Demons

Don’t let these common mistakes sabotage your training or your goals.

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Gear Check::May

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Posted: Sunday, 04 May 2008
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Our monthly picks of cool gear for sporty types.

De Soto Tri Capri

This new mid-calf tri capri is one of a kind and perfect for the ladies who just would rather not worry about shorts riding up or bulging out. With a flattering wide waistband and lower rise, the De Soto tri capris are a great spring piece for morning rides when the sun hasn’t warmed up the day yet—a great alternative to knee warmers. And who doesn’t love capris you can swim in? $62. www.desotosport.

Little Lamp, Lots of Light

Blackburn’s System X8 packs plenty of light in a little package. Two lightweight luxeon 3-watt bulbs provide the equivalent of a 30-watt halogen system, powered by a compact LiIon battery. The X8 is 30 percent lighter and more compact than last year’s X6 design, making it great option to mount on a handlebar or helmet. Runs up to 2.5 hours at full intensity and 10 hours on low. Recharges in 4 hours. For something even more compact, check out the System X4. $260 (X8); $160 (X4). www.blackburndesign.com


Stylie Slip-On

Just for gals, head to the gym or yoga class in style in Keen’s Sienna Stretch Ballerina. This super-cute canvas slip-on is perfect for pre and post yoga class, or to give your feet a comfy rest after a hard workout. Removable footbed is made of jute, cork and natural latex, and soft outsole is made of natural rubber and cork. $70. www.keenfootwear.com


Multipurpose Mat

Be prepared for almost anything with a MultiMat from Outdoor Research. This versatile mat provides durable, waterproof insulation for endless outdoor applications. Use it as a ground cover for your tent, a picnic pad on hiking trips, a yoga mat for your outdoor sun salutations or as an emergency sleeping pad if yours suffers a puncture. The nylon top is soft to the touch, and the mat is large enough (79”x39”) for two adults to spread out comfortably. $38. www.orgear.com


Survival Basics

S.O.L. can mean one thing to some people, but to Adventure Medical Kits it means “survive outdoors longer” with their S.O.L. Survival Pak. If you’re heading into the backcountry, don’t leave home without this kit, which comes with all the key components you need to stay alive and signal for rescue help including: compass, rescue flash signal mirror, rescue whistle, waterproof and windproof matches, survival blanket, survival fishing kit and duct tape. All store in a 5.4-oz. waterproof dry bag. When you’re truly S.O.L. in the outdoors, you’ll want this kit by your side. $25. www.adventuremedicalkits.com

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