On Review: The Foes Mixer Enduro


Prologue: Skiing 1996 At the 1996 US Junior Downhill Skiing Championships, a then largely-unknown 18-year-old Bode Miller announced his presence by winning three of four events, and placing second in the other.  What was most significant about this event other than the arrival of a great talent?  His equipment.  His weapon of choice?  A “shaped” …

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Lazer Oasiz MIPS Review

Sharp lines on the Lazer Oasiz

The Oasiz sits atop Lazer’s MTB line as their premiere trail helmet. Tested here is the MIPS-equipped version of the Oasiz, which retails for $160. It’s also available without MIPS for $140. Both versions are offered in seven color ways from the subdued Black Grey Matte (tested) to the pupil-searing Flash Yellow. Design Styling on …

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WTB Riddler 27.5″ Tire Review


WTB has been on a tear the past couple years, releasing all kinds of new products. We stopped by their booth at the 2015 Sea Otter Classic to check out the new wares, and Will from WTB sent me home with a pair of tires to try out: a Riddler for the rear and a Trail …

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Geigerrig RIG 650: The Pressurized Hydration Pack You Can’t Live Without

geigerrig pack

I’ve been riding, running, hiking and skiing for a lot of years, and I’ve gone through a lot of hydration packs. I’ve sampled Salomon, Camelbak, Nathan, and cheap brands from Wal-Mart that I had to pick up because I’d forgotten my good equipment back at home. In all the years I’ve been enjoying outdoor activities, …

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How I Refined My Gear Setup with Frame Bags from Oveja Negra Threadworks


Bikepacking is one of the fastest-growing sub-disciplines of mountain biking, and along with this boom in ultra long distance riding and a survivalist ethos has come a corresponding revolution in mountain bikes and associated gear. While bikepacking-specific bikes are one spin-off, perhaps the most important is the advent–and the extreme progression–of frame bags. In short, …

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