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Gear: Cycling seat keeps young passenger in full view

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune News Service on May 15, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
If you’re a parent of a toddler, it’s likely that you’ve wondered what’s safer when bike riding with the little one: a seat mounted directly behind you or a trailer cart. The iBert Safe T-Seat offers another alternative to consider. Center-mounted behind the handlebars, the T-Seat allows your child to …
An asylum seeker warms his hand over a fire in a forest near the asylum center in the village of Bogovadja, some 43 miles from Serbia's capital Belgrade November 13, 2013.

Stuck in the cold? These packets can make the difference

By Grand Forks Herald on Dec. 19, 2013, at 1:59 p.m.
Whether you’re lost in the woods or stranded in a vehicle in the cold of winter, being able to start a fire can mean the difference between comfort and cold or, in extreme cases, even life and death. Starting a fire under such less-than-ideal conditions can be easier said than …
March skiing with snow on the peaks and none in town, Park City, Utah.

Gear: Going skiing? These apps will help get you there

By Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Nov. 07, 2013, at 2:57 p.m.
Planning a vacation can be as simple or as difficult as a traveler wants to make it. Unless it’s a ski vacation. No matter how you slice it, a ski trip means a little more organizing and schlepping than something like a quick trip to the lake. But in this …
The Outdoor Research's Verglas Gaiters are lightweight and offer solid protection from heel to knee. Available in both men's and women's styles. Colors are black and black/blue. Purchase online at outdoorresearch.com. Price is $54.

Outdoors Gear: Gaiters keep your feet warm and dry

By Shelby Sheehan Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Dec. 26, 2012, at 2:46 p.m.
While high-quality boots do their best to keep the elements out, snow and ice somehow always manage to find their way in. Gaiters can help close that gap. Designed to strap over your boots and lower leg, they offer solid protection from heel to knee. The Outdoor Research’s Verglas Gaiters …
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Seirus SoundTouch Junior Digi gloves.

Touchscreen gloves for young skiers and boarders

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard,McClatchy-Tribune on Dec. 21, 2012, at 3:19 p.m.
These days, kids cannot live without their smartphones — even on the slopes. That means lots of cold fingers and the potential for more serious cold-weather complications such as frostbite. But good news for parents: The Seirus SoundTouch Junior Digi ensures those small hands stay protected while remaining fully functional …
Columbia's Youth Bugababy Interchange Bunting has a three-in-one system that easily converts to meet a range of weather conditions. Available in a range of colors and sizes 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months. Price ranges from $70 to $90 at columbia.com.

Outdoors Gear: Baby winter outwear from Columbia gives parents options with layers

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Nov. 30, 2012, at 5:36 p.m.
Selecting outerwear for infants and toddlers is always a challenge. Will they be too cold? Too warm? Columbia’s Youth Bugababy Interchange Bunting solves that problem with a three-in-one system that easily converts to meet a range of weather conditions. The set includes two separate items — a waterproof shell and …

Outdoors Gear: Lighted knife

From wire reports on May 04, 2012, at 5:20 p.m.
The Sog Blade Light Fixed knife is something totally new to the market: A knife with a light on it. It has six LEDs molded into the handle on either side of the knife blade. You don’t have to juggle a flashlight and a knife at the same time doing …
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Outdoors Gear: Turn your iPhone into a bike computer

By McClatchy-Tribune on April 27, 2012, at 6:17 p.m.
The Wahoo Fitness Bike Pack connects your iPhone to any fitness measuring device, transforming your iPhone into a complete bike computer with GPS, fitness app, your favorite playlist and real-time workout info. The built-in ANT+ radio transceiver supports all current and future ANT+ sensors, allowing you to track speed, distance, …

Outdoors Gear: Toilet paper protector

By Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy Newspapers on April 25, 2012, at 5:47 p.m.
Nobody likes soggy toilet paper on a river trip or campout. Here’s a waterproof outdoor toilet paper pack. No kidding. The T-Pack Carrier has a roll closure that allows fast access to the toilet paper. Well, hey, sometimes you need fast access to TP. The paper roll is designed so …
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Pack perfect for jogging

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on March 30, 2012, at 6:50 p.m.
There are plenty things to annoy you while running. At the top of the list is a pack that won’t stay put. You know the kind — it shifts from one side to another, bounces up and down and has a zipper that won’t fully close. Consider a low-profile style …
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Nite Ize's LED ClipLit LED light.

Clip light is portable and easy to use in the outdoors

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on March 23, 2012, at 11:52 a.m.
If you’ve ever struggled to spot your child or pet in the dark, check out Nite Ize’s LED ClipLit LED light to ensure their safety. This handy little light clips to any man, woman, child or pet to add instant nighttime visibility, whether at home or camping. The single LED …

Outdoors gear: Mountain biking helmet from Cannondale

By Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy Newspapers on Feb. 24, 2012, at 4:34 p.m.
Heads up. Cannondale recently introduced their new line of helmets for 2012 and among them is the Ryker, designed specifically for mountain bikers. It features: – Wicking pads to keep sweat under control. – A micro-dial fit a pad for comfort and customizable fit. – Removable visor. – Soft-touch webbing …
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Seirus Boot Toasters are available at multiple online retailers, including REI and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Find a list of stores at www.seirus.com. Price is $25.

Seirus Boot Toasters

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Feb. 22, 2012, at 4:05 p.m.
This time of year promises many things but perhaps one above the rest: soggy shoes. Whether it’s snow, rain or some unfortunate combination of both, the season’s range of precipitation is sure to leave your feet wet and cold. You could try tossing your sneakers in the dryer or let …
Mountain Hard Wear Ascent Stretch Air Permeable Gaiters strap on over your boots to keep out burrs and snow. Prices range from $50-$80 at www.mountainhardwear.com.

Mountain Hard Wear Ascent Stretch Air Permeable Gaiters

By Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy Newspapers on Feb. 01, 2012, at 6:49 p.m.
Gaiters are a must for hiking in the West’s cheatgrass country. I have a pair of Mountain Hard Wear Ascent Stretch Air Permeable Gaiters that I wear both for hiking and cross-country skiing. They’re made of a durable packcloth nylon and are water resistant and breathable. The Velcro front flap …
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The 9 Series Snowshoe Kit by Atlas includes two 9 Series Snowshoes, two poles and a zippered carrying case, for $199.95 at www.atlassnowshoe.com.

Atlas 9 Series snowshoes

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Jan. 27, 2012, at 8:38 p.m.
Looking for a way to revive your tired exercise routine? Go old school with snowshoeing, a vintage sport that’s easy to learn and different from the standard winter fare. Whether you’re just starting or are a veteran, the 9 Series Snowshoe Kit by Atlas has everything you’ll need (minus the …
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Tender Corp.’s QuikClot Home hemostatic bandage uses beads of the mineral zeolite to absorb water from the blood, which encourages blood clotting and reduces blood loss. Price is $9.99 for one QuikClot Home bandage. Available exclusively through Walmart (in stores only).

QuikClot Home bandage

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Jan. 20, 2012, at 2:59 p.m.
Marketed as the “ultimate bandage for worst-case scenarios,” Tender Corp.’s QuikClot Home hemostatic bandage is a must-have for any outdoor adventure. Literally a life saver, it can stop venous and arterial bleeding in under five minutes, according to the manufacturer. It’s a good solution when you don’t have immediate access …
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QuikClot, developed by the military, is great for injuries in the outdoors

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Jan. 18, 2012, at 6:40 p.m.
Marketed as the “ultimate bandage for worst-case scenarios,” Tender Corp.’s QuikClot Home hemostatic bandage is a must-have for any outdoor adventure. Literally a life saver, it can stop venous and arterial bleeding in under five minutes, according to the manufacturer. It’s a good solution when you don’t have immediate access …
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Zipfy’s Classic Mini Luge has a handle to make steering easier and a design that has rails on the sled’s underside to support easy maneuvering and body-weight stabilization. It’s made from high-density polyethylene with a UV stabilizer and weighs only 3.5 pounds, making it easy to carry back up hills. It is $39.99 at www.zipfy.com.

Zipfy Classic Mini Luge

By Shelby Sheehand-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Jan. 18, 2012, at 12:05 p.m.
Sledding is fun whether you’re on a plastic saucer, wood sled or even cardboard box. But if you’re looking to pump up the excitement, Zipfy’s Classic Mini Luge is the way to go. Made for kids and adults alike (manufacturer states the age range as 6 to 106), this slick-looking …
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The GSI Kitchen 23 has every utensil for camping and they all come in a handy case. Cost: $39.97 at www.gsioutdoors.com.

GSI Kitchen 23

By Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy Newspapers on Jan. 11, 2012, at 1:36 p.m.
Most of us collect various kitchen stuff for camping from second-hand stores or castaways from our home kitchen. It can be a hodge-podge of gear that can be hard to handle and store and fairly heavy. Here’s a great idea for camp-cooking utensils. The GSI Kitchen 23 has every utensil …
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The Jade Cove High Boot is made from waterproof leather and has an attractive waterproof suede collar. Because it’s from Teva, it also has a sturdy rubber sole, which means you can wear these boots on the street or in the woods. Price is $170 at www.teva.com.

Outdoors gear: Teva’s high boot the perfect marriage of form and function

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune on Dec. 30, 2011, at 4:36 p.m.
Women’s boots generally fall into two distinct categories: fashion or comfort. Teva’s Jade Cove High Boot might be one of the few exceptions. It’s stylish enough for most occasions but still offers the protection of made-for-the-outdoors footwear. The Jade Cove High Boot is made from waterproof leather and has an …
 
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