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WWII: Ships Firing 16-Inch Guns Point Blank

In the Pacific Theater of World War II, many of the battles were either curb-stomp affairs by one side or the other — either because Japan was …

Black Ember launches the Citadel Collection, an IPX6 rated modular backpack

Backpacks are a dime a dozen normally. You can find one by walking into any department store, but generally cheaper backpacks don’t last long. A backpack’s quality can make or break the experience you have with it. Cheap backpacks are never comfortable, fall apart easily, and never fit enough stuff …

Crowd Funding

USAF details scope and schedule for B-52 re-engining

A new US Air Force document released last week outlines the details, timeline and likely competitors for a plan to acquire at least 608 new turbofan …

The Top Sleeping Bags and Quilts on the Appalachian Trail in 2017

We surveyed 253 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2017. We asked about the temperature, fill, brands, and models of …

Growing Ginger Root in the Garden

As gardeners, we strive to grow a garden that is rich with herbs, spices, and vegetables that are healthy for us as well as appetizing to eat. Many …

PPsH-41 Submachinegun: The Weapon Russia, China and North Korea All Loved

The PPsH-41 submachinegun undoubtedly reigns as an icon of the Soviet war machine in World War II, immortalized in combat photographs and in films …

YF-23: The Stealth Super Plane the U.S. Air Force Almost Built Instead of the F-22

The Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition, staged at the end of the Cold War, yielded a pair of remarkable fighter designs. The United States …

Here's the Only Horsepower vs. Torque Explanation You'll Ever Need To Read

We use the words a lot, but do you know what they actually mean? You need to learn.<p>Which is better? Here's how you quash that bar-night debate.<p>Yogi Berra, never known to dwell on engine particulars, would have concluded that torque and horsepower are the same thing, only different. Actually, that …

Dodge

These 10 beautiful hikes will transport you to another world

Don't forget your camera at home. Norway's best hikes lead to views akin to any description of paradise: cliffs rising from the ocean, waterfalls …

Hiking

Is Rock Climbing Bad for Cliffs?

Probably, says new research<p>Peter Clark was dangling off the edge of a cliff in New River Gorge when he spotted something that looked like a clump of …

Bureaucratic Behavior Is Even More Damaging Than You Thought (Do This 1 Thing Instead)

Eye-opening research drills into just how unhelpful your company's bloated standard operating procedures are. Drill back with this one power tool.<p>The layers of management. Are. Killing. You.<p>At least, that's how you felt about your company's infuriating bureaucratic ways until reading this …

Management

Camp in style with these 8 must-have pieces of glamping gear

The Great Outdoors are majestic and full of beauty but let’s be real, they’re also full of bugs, dirt, heat, and muck. In addition to soaking in the …

Camping

Russian MiG 25 Could Fly So Fast it Blew Up Its Own Engines

In the late 1960s, the USSR debuted what appeared to be the world’s deadliest fighter. The MiG-25 (NATO term “Foxbat”) could outrun any fighter in …

The Ultimate Backpack for Summer Picnics Has Landed

Invented as a solution to long, uncomfortable bushwalks schlepping Eskys and cooler bags over shoulder, Excursion Co. has launched with just one …

5 Best Leave No Trace Trowels of 2017

Using a Leave No Trace trowel is one of the most responsible things you can do to preserve the backcountry for others to enjoy. While there’s nothing …

Sleeping Bag Storage and Cleaning

Bags are expensive. Check out these tips and techniques to extend the life of your sleeping bag<p>A quality sleeping bag can be one of the more …

A DIY Contraption for Height-Adjustable Drill Press Outfeed Support

Tell me if you've been in this situation:<p>1. You need to put holes in a very long workpiece using your drill press.<p>2. You find clamping the piece to …

5 Military Rucking Rules Every Backpacker Should Know

The military has spent years studying the best way to move under a load (aka “rucking”). Here are 5 military rucking rules that translate well to …

All-wheel drive vs. four-wheel drive: What's the difference?

Cooley takes a crack at autodom's greatest semantic morass.<p>A Porsche 911 4S and a Range Rover have little in common, except that they can both send power to all four wheels. But they do so for rather different reasons, and in that lies the subtle difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel …

Durable-Waterproof: Hyperlite ‘Dyneema’ Jacket Weighs 5 Oz.

Made in the USA of an exotic, super-tough material hybrid, a jacket by Hyperlite Mountain Gear called ‘The Shell’ promises to turn heads.<b>All products</b> …

Backpacking

The Awesome Truth About Compression Socks

When your short hikes are breezy 10-milers, and you rack up 30+ miles each and every weekend, you tend to get picky about what you put on your feet. …

Nine Easy Tips to Stay Safe While Hiking

For every trip into nature, you need to be prepared. Whether it is a one-mile hike with the family or a solo trip where you cover more than 20 miles …

16 Backcountry Hygiene Tips Everyone Should Know

The expert: Amanda “Not A Chance” Timeoni has hiked 14,500 miles since she started counting in 2009, including four laps of the Pacific Crest Trail. …

Backpacking

Collapsible cart rolls to the wilderness, acts as a waterproof basecamp

Hand carts offer a convenient way to lug your gear into the wild, but what the perfect cart looks like is open for debate. Interesting modular …

Compress

This Periodic Table Has All the Cycling Tips You’ll Ever Need

The fundamental elements of #bikelife, filtered through seven essential categories—all on one poster!<p>When Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleyev created his Periodic Table of Elements in 1869, little did he know that his now-iconic chart would be reimagined an estimated 700 times—sometimes …

Camping Tips for People Who Think They Hate Camping

“A few years ago I went on a particularly awful camping trip,” says Michael D’Agostino. “My wife and I got the last slot at a packed campsite in the Catskills and ended up being next to the bathrooms. Along with people passing through our campsite to use the facilities, a group of Wiccans was …

Travel

MummyPod keeps you warm and cozy while hanging around

Outdoor Vitals is billing the MummyPod as an integrated "sleep system." It's made up of three basic parts, all of which can be purchased separately …

Camping

We Fly: Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet

Only rarely does a benchmark airplane come along that demands the creation of an entirely new category in which to place it, one that shatters …

Here's Einstein's Advice to His Son on How to Accelerate Learning

The genius offered simple, enjoyable advice to his young son on how to learn more quickly.<p>Geniuses might be distinguished by their ability to grasp incredible complexity, but that doesn't mean if you somehow managed to corner one the greatest minds in history for a chat you'd be perplexed by what …

Richard Feynman

Outdoor Education: How to Read a Topographic Map

Before you’ve packed your bags, before you’ve gassed up the wagon, there’s the little issue of figuring out where you’re actually going to go and the …