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Gear: Ski Better With A Better Boot Fit

There’s a reason ski boot fitters are the most popular people in resort towns. And it has everything to do with their tools. They can take your ski boots (or in the summer, your hiking boots) and make them fit and feel like they were custom designed for you. But this is more than heady self-indulgence. Most alpine ski boots are made so that boot fitters can work with them–if you skip that step, you’re using only half the boot’s potential, and have to deal with loose heels, too-roomy toe boxes, and painful hotspots. Do it right and long story short, they’ll make you a better skier. But here are a few other compelling reasons to search out a boot fitter (which can be as simple as visiting www.bootfitters.com).

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Gear: Snowshoeing 101

Snowshoeing is one of the oldest snow sports, most likely developed in Central Asia more than 6,000 years ago. The practice was brought to North America across the Bering Strait and our own indigenous population is credited for spearheading design and performance innovations. In the 1800s, winter carnivals across North America embraced the sport, and by 1900, U.S. made snowshoes were readily available in the country.

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Gear: Trail Running Essentials

Other than the clothes on your back, all the gear you really need is a good pair of shoes. With trail running, the same logic applies. But there are a few additional items that can make tearing into your local wilderness on your own two feet a lot more enjoyable. Here are the refreshingly simple basics.

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Gear: Family Car Camping

The danger of car camping is the temptation to bring everything, plus the kitchen sink—or at least as much as can pack into your vehicle.

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Gear: Rock Climbing

Climbing opportunities are everywhere—from outdoor cliffs and boulders to more than 850 gyms in North America alone.

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Gear: Bike Commuting

The rapid increase in bike share programs, more cycle-friendly urban areas, and a generally wider embrace of cycling culture has introduced a welcome flood of bike commuters in the country’s cities.

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Gear: Backpacking Essentials

When backpacking, weight is the name of the game. You want to bring all the gear you need to be safe and happy, but not so much as to burden yourself on the trail.

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Gear: …Or Lack Thereof

NOT Wearing Wearable Tech

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Gear: Mountain Biking

One thing that’s not on this mountain bike essentials list? The bike…

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Gear: Fly Fishing

Like many of us, you probably dream about fishing more than you get to practice your dead drifts.

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