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Gilad Nachmani
Winter gear testing - a trip video from Eagle Creek, OR

Winter gear testing - a trip video from Eagle Creek, OR

 Testing gear is vital - not just prototypes but also existing products in new conditions. The unexpected extreme weather in the PNW in the last 3 months allowed some good conditions for testing in harsher conditions. One of those testing trips was an overnight trip to Eagle Creek trail, Oregon, from the trailhead to 7.5 miles camp site and back the following day. Half the trail from Tunnel falls to the camp site haven't been used for a while so it involved breaking trail in 2-3 feet of snow. The above conditions were great for working the Vertex carbon poles hard in...

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Gilad Nachmani
How to get lighter outdoors

How to get lighter outdoors

We all know the classic image of the outdoors backpacker: heavy leather boots, wool socks, shorts and a massive backpack with too much stuff attached on the outside. That image of a heavy laden walker has changed over the last 20 years, especially with the introduction of minimalist footwear and ultra running, creating a whole industry of lightweight gear. Who wouldn’t like to be “lightweight” when outdoors? Being nimble, fast and not dreading putting on the backpack after a much-needed break; but the lightweight community tends to be harsh on ways cut weight, including some myths like cutting toothbrushes in...

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Gilad Nachmani
Tips and tricks to hike 25 miles days

Tips and tricks to hike 25 miles days

Whether it is thru-hiking, and weekend backpacking trip or day hike, covering more distance is not just about feeling that you achieved more, it also allows you to see more, get to more remote places and enjoy nature more wholesomely. Hiking 25 miles days is very doable under most 3 seasons conditions and allows for a good balance between effort and enjoyment. To help you get to the comfortable 25 miles days, here are a few tips and tricks: Longer days This is probably the most obvious, but what does it mean? Before leaving on your trip, know (roughly) sunrise and...

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Gilad Nachmani
Review for the Vertex Carbon Poles by Ace-Outside

Review for the Vertex Carbon Poles by Ace-Outside

I have contacted Andrew from Ace-Outside a few months back about testing the Vertex Carbon poles and he had a chance to play with them for a while. He wrote his reviews the other day and I'm really happy with it - his opinion and recommendations. We also had a few chats over this time about minor issues he might have found in the poles and those have already been worked into the next round of production.   Andrew's bottom line is: " For the enthusiast and beginner, I think these are awesome.  They’re light, compact, and relatively strong. Compared to...

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