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The Hoka One One maximalist running shoe is seen at Triathlete Sports Inc. in Bangor.

Gear Bag: A maximalist running shoe to lessen the pain

By Ashley Conti on June 17, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at the women-specific Hoka One One Bondi 4 running shoe. What is it? The Hoka One One Bondi 4 running shoe is …
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The women's Ospery Aura 50 AG is seen at Epic Sports in Bangor.

Gear Bag: An entry-level women’s backpack

By Ashley Conti on June 10, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at the women specific Osprey Aura 50 AG hiking backpack. What is it? The Osprey Aura 50 AG hiking backpack is a …
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A quick fix flat kit is seen at Ski Rack in Bangor.

Gear bag: A bicycle tire repair kit to keep you rolling

By Ashley Conti on May 20, 2015, at 5:45 a.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at the Giant quick fix bicycle repair kit. What is it? The Giant quick fix bicycle repair kit provides riders with everything …
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 A  bike helmet with a built in reflective flashing light on the back is seen April 28 at Ski Rack in Bangor.

Gear bag: A bike helmet to help you be seen

By Ashley Conti on May 13, 2015, at 5:36 a.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at the Giant Horizon bike helmet. What is it? The Giant Horizon bike helmet provides both safety and visibility — things that …
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Personal flotation devices are seen at Old Town Canoe Company in Old Town.

Gear bag: Personal flotation devices

By Brian Feulner on April 29, 2015, at 7:27 a.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at personal flotation devices. What is it? Luke LaBree, marketing communications manager of Johnson Outdoors Watercraft Inc, explained that personal floatation devices, …
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Paddles are seen at Old Town Canoe Co. in Old Town recently.

Gear bag: Picking the right canoe and kayak paddles

By Ashley Conti on April 22, 2015, at 5:46 a.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at the paddles from Old Town Canoe Co. What is it? Choosing the right paddle for your kayak or canoe will make …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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, …
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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 …
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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.Story continues below advertisement. – Removable visor. …
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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 …
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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 …