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The Jaded Local

The Jaded Local

We can all be more open to sharing some local insights with fellow skiers and tourists. It’s easy to tell when someone new is in the lineup, bright eyed and fresh off a flight from the east or west coast. Frankly, it feels nice to show someone who loves the sport a thing or two about our home mountain.

Environmental Racism Is Nothing New

Environmental Racism Is Nothing New

A look at why racism must be addressed in the environmental movement. To understand how we’ve arrived at this moment in time—with climate change disproportionately impacting non-white populations and the outdoor and sustainability industries being overwhelmingly white—we must take a good look at history.

Getting Outside Safely

Getting Outside Safely

When planning your next outdoor adventure, it’s important to expand your normal planning routine to ensure that your actions are also limiting your exposure to the virus, as well as limiting the spread of the virus. Some very basic things you can do include wearing a face covering in public places, staying 6 feet from others, washing or sanitizing your hands often, and staying home if you’re sick. Beyond these basics we have some recommendations to make your outing more fun and less frantic, including ways to avoid crowds and minimize unnecessary interactions

Mountain Biking 101

Mountain Biking 101

It’s easy to understand why mountain biking keeps rising in popularity … the gear keeps getting better, the trail systems keep growing larger, the pros keep pushing the sport further, and frankly, it’s just really darn fun. If you’re a biking expert, you’re probably not reading a “101” article on biking. So, hi beginners! Welcome. We’ll walk you through a few of the basics so you’ll feel more confident as you get out there.

The guide to UnNew Outdoor™ Backpacks on Geartrade

The guide to UnNew Outdoor™ Backpacks on Geartrade

Ok, we’re gear nerds till the bitter end—we go deep on topics like waterproof seam tape, ski core construction, and gram-shaving bike components. But one of our very favorite subjects of discussion is: backpacks. Brands we love have spent years fine-tuning their backpack designs for different sports and situations, and it’s fun to see what options are out there. And it’s especially fun to browse the gently used backpacks on Geartrade. Here are a few summer packs to think about as you add to your quiver.

Beginners Take: Fly Fishing

Beginners Take: Fly Fishing

They say fly fishing is the new bird-watching, not sure why they say that, but it sure is a worthy endeavor. There’s no reason to be intimidated by this style of fishing, because at its heart it’s truly just a fly rod, some line and an imitation fly. These items are at the heart of what you need to get started. A few more odds and ends will ensure you have what you need to bring in your fish and release it efficiently.

How To Write A Great Product Title

How To Write A Great Product Title

Quick tips to write a great product title to sell your gear faster. You don’t have to be a writing expert to give your product a good title—just follow this checklist, think about who is likely to want the item, and prioritize what to say.

Geatrade: Essential UnNew Outdoor™ Gear for Summer

Geatrade: Essential UnNew Outdoor™ Gear for Summer

Summer is officially in full swing, and by now, you’ve probably dug through your gear closet to brush off your hydration pack, tent, or camp chair. And, in doing so, you likely came across a few things you could sell off on Geartrade—and come up with a few ideas for what needs to be added to your summer gear quiver. Fortunately, we’re here for you through all of it. As bona-fide gear lovers ourselves, we know what takes your summer season from good to great.

Rugged Thread Repair Shop in Bend, Oregon makes it Good as New

Rugged Thread Repair Shop in Bend, Oregon makes it Good as New

A backpack with a broken strap, a tent with a jammed zipper, a torn puffy jacket, ski pants with a blown out crotch, these are just some of the repairs coming through the door of Rugged Thread. This shop is located right in the heart of Bend, Oregon—a town rated as the Best Multi-Sport town ever in Outside Magazine. You can imagine there’s no shortage of outdoor clothing and gear in need of technical repairs.

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Why the close-out sale? Are brands overproducing?

Why the close-out sale? Are brands overproducing?

You’ve seen it before, wandering the aisles of gear shops in late winter or early autumn: the seasonal close-out sale, where last year’s items sell for 40%, 50%, or sometimes 60% off. Great deals! Good gear! It doesn’t really matter that the colors are 4 months out of style, does it?

But where does this surge of discounted gear come from? Why is it sold off like this at the end of each season? Are brands overproducing? Is it intentional? Do they rely on these close-out sales? What happens to gear that doesn’t sell? Do they end up in landfills?

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What Is Recommerce?

What Is Recommerce?

Welcome to the recommerce movement! You might be thinking, ‘Hey, whoa, I’m just here to swap some gear not join a movement.’ Well chances are you’re already participating in recommerce whether intentionally or not, by reselling or purchasing pre-owned items online. So, let’s call this more of an orientation than a formal welcome.

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An UnNew Idea

An UnNew Idea

‘Take only pictures, leave only footprints’ is broken. An ethos that asks us to minimize our impact on the outdoors. Ignores the carbon footprint we leave on our way to the trail. The outdoor industry can again lead the way with a more conscious consumption approach. That leverages and extends the natural lifecycle of our gear. To keep gear out of landfills. And keep people in the outdoors. We call it UnNew Outdoor. Where adventurists buy and sell the gear we love for the outdoors we need.

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The Inside Scoop: Bamboo Fabrics

The Inside Scoop: Bamboo Fabrics

The use of bamboo, instead of synthetic materials, in performance clothing is becoming increasingly popular, as bamboo’s sweat-wicking properties and feel-good texture become known to athletes and adventurers around the world. While it’s not a perfect process, turning bamboo into clothing presents an eco-friendly alternative for outdoorists who want to shy away from petroleum-based materials and lean toward organic materials. Learn how to care for bamboo materials, about their limitations, and the varying benefits they pose to the apparel industry.

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