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    Monitoring fitness monitors: the heart of the matter

    Monitoring fitness monitors: the heart of the matter

    In exercise, the flesh can be weak and the spirit too willing.   You know the stories: someone your age pushed too hard and then keeled over. (In fact, this happens at all ages, but you pay more attention when the deceased is someone your age.) The more often you hear the stories, the more...
    Toward a safer bike

    Toward a safer bike

    The bicyclist with a jacket tied loosely around her waist, a guy with a strap dangling from whatever is clamped into the mousetrap over his back fender. An errant shoe string or flapping pants leg. Suddenly, the fabric swings that extra inch and gets snagged. It’s pulled into the derailleur or wedged between the chain...
    Two more things on glamping

    Two more things on glamping

    Everyone should self-impose a limit on the number of stories they write on glamping. Like one a month and maybe ten in a lifetime. So apologies, but two things have crossed my desk that demand to be relayed to anyone who has read this far:   First, you need to see the array of products...
    You don’t want anything for Christmas

    You don’t want anything for Christmas

    Young people hate old people for many reasons, most of them justifiable. This time of year they hate us because there is no obvious gift for us. We have most of what we want. What we don’t have we can live without. If we are going to get something more, we very particular about what...
    Can seniors run barefoot? (Redux.)

    Can seniors run barefoot? (Redux.)

    If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve learned to be skeptical. Maybe cynical. You may even have crafted a few homemade conspiracy theories that you’re reluctant to divulge because everyone knows what conspiracy theories mean. (They mean you’ve taken the first step on the meandering trail to someone’s-been-sneaking-into-my-apartment-and-moving-my-reading-glasses-and-car-keys.) You might even think that Nike’s huge advertising...
    L.L. Bean AT 55 Pack: built for speed and some comfort

    L.L. Bean AT 55 Pack: built for speed and some comfort

    Backpacks are like golf clubs. You make your selection based on your size and how far you’re going. The first part is easy: you get a pack that fits your frame. The second changes constantly, which is why golfers lug around 14 clubs and why it’s not uncommon for hikers to have more than one...
    Ahnu Mendocino Hiking Boots: Separation Anxiety

    Ahnu Mendocino Hiking Boots: Separation Anxiety

    This story is about footwear. And emotion. It’s not about the passion young women supposedly feel for $450 stilettos.  No. This is about the abiding, nuanced appreciation one feels for certain hiking boots. The ones that feel right from the first moment. The ones that reach out to you, that don’t build a bond so...
    Old habits vs. old knees: the gray backpacker's dilemma

    Old habits vs. old knees: the gray backpacker’s dilemma

    Change is hard, especially if what you’re doing works. And doubly so if it’s been working for 40 years or so. If you started backcountry hiking in the 70s or 80s, you have notions about what constitutes a robust and well-stocked pack. And you probably scoff at younger people who wander off for a week...
    Hiking and the spiff of health

    Hiking and the spiff of health

    You know the seasons are wheeling around because of all the hiking stories that are popping up online. Over the past week or so we’ve been reminded of the joys of hiking, and the toys of hiking, and the health benefits, including this simple and stunning fact, from a study by a team at the...
    Good gear: L.L. Bean’s Microlight FS2

    Good gear: L.L. Bean’s Microlight FS2

      In camping gear we like three things above all others: we like durable (because nothing else matters if a pole breaks or a seam rips), and light (less is more), and cheap (because). So we’re very attracted to the new Microlight FS2 backpacking tent from L.L. Bean. We can’t vouch for its durability because...
    Fun run from the walking dead

    Fun run from the walking dead

      Look at the face of a person skiing. OK, that sounds dangerous. Instead, look at the face of a person who has just made that final steep run and slid into the back of the lift line. Smiles. Maybe a look of steely self-satisfaction. Ruddy exhilaration. Actual human emotion. Now go to the gym...
    Ultralight camping: Dropping 20 pounds of gear is like losing 20 years

    Ultralight camping: Dropping 20 pounds of gear is like losing 20 years

      Snow melts, summer seems like a possibility, and suddenly hiking and biking gear seems fascinating in a way it didn’t three weeks ago. The seed takes root; a few days later you invent a reason to swing by your local outfitter. You daydream about day hikes. Then something a little longer. And gear that...