Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Torrid APEX Jacket

The Torrid APEX Jacket is an insulated mid-layer offered by Enlightened Equipment (EE), a Minnesota-based backpacking gear company that specializes in custom items made to order. The jacket uses synthetic insulation, which allows it to handle a bit more abuse than a similar down jacket, and will be appreciated by those looking for animal-free products.  While it is basic, including just the bare essentials feature-wise to keep weight down, this jacket is ultimately functional.  And with a crapload of fabric colors to choose from (inside and out), ...

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Resupplying and Caching Food, San Luis Loop Style

Being flexible is an important characteristic in a thru-hiker, at least in my limited experience. Many hikers have had to utilize that trait over the last few months, and I am no exception. While I always had plans to cache food if doing a long hike with the dogs, it has become an essential part of my plan to remain self sufficient while hiking this summer.
Unfortunately, there is very little “literature” on the inter web regarding caching food for a thru-hike. ...

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Unfinished Business

In February of 2008, I moved from Phoenix to San Diego to start a new job. During the weeks that followed, the economy began to experience a down-turn that would later be described as a “once in a lifetime” event. As some of my more experienced/expensive co-workers were laid-off, I felt increasing pressure to get results. By September, I needed some time off. I managed to reserve a Mount Whitney day-hike permit, and the week after that, ...

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5 Ends-of-the-Earth Jobs That Redefine Remote Work

The coronavirus pandemic has indefinitely altered what many once knew as the workplace. And aside from essential workers thankfully caring for the ill, keeping supply chains in motion, and maintaining public services, a whole lot of employees (still fortunate to be working) have been delegated to a brave new work status: remote. Bringing office culture […]

7 Shirts to Make You Look and Feel Cool as Hell Boating, Kayaking, and Fishing

An early spring and already-scorching temps out West means one thing: river season is officially upon us. And just in time, considering we’re all seriously itching to let loose after two-plus months of lockdown. Whether you’re rafting, kayaking, SUPing, or even just fishing, an easy afternoon on the water socially distanced from your nearest and […]

‘Locked in Hellsend’: Not Your Average South African Quarantine

Although the pandemic has put nearly everything (including racing in Europe) on hold, the Trails Crew locked in Hellsend compound in Stellenbosch, South Africa have still been able to do what they love. Namely, throwing around dirt and wheeled vehicles. Filmed and edited by Thomas Sandell Additional filming: Justin Novella, Duran Van Eeden, Ryan Franklin, […]

Wild Turkey Remasters an Idea From the Archives With the Next Master’s Keep Bourbon

Wild Turkey is once again reaching into the archives to create something new with this year’s 17-year-old, bottled-in-bond release of Master’s Keep. This is not the first time Wild Turkey has hit the archives for inspiration. Master’s Keep (which started in 2015) has been a showcase for innovation, with a hint of nostalgia. This year’s […]

You Can Still Go Skiing at These U.S. Ski Resorts

With warming temperatures and receding snowlines, many skiers are stowing their gear for the season. Sure, there’s tacky singletrack to ride and surf to catch, but as states ease their coronavirus restrictions, there are still a few chairs left to ride. Here’s a list of open resorts in the United States: Arapahoe Basin reopened their […]

The Coolest Pieces of Gear We Tested This Week

Here at Men’s Journal, we constantly test the latest gear to find the best new products you should know about to take your next adventure, workout, wardrobe, and every other part of your life to the next level. That includes everything from the best new adventure gear like a kayak that can double as a fishing […]
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