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    Smith Sunglasses Lens Guide

    With the number of available lenses increasing, it's difficult to know which to choose. Here’s a rundown of how...

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    Trail Bikes: Short vs Long Travel

    What role does suspension travel play in defining the character of a trail bike? Are other factors more important?...

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    Base Repair 101

    You may have encountered a rock or two by this point in the season, and base repairs are part...

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    What is ChromaPop?

    What is ChromaPop? Smith Optics has made some big claims about their new lens technology, so we've dug in...

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    Skiing 201: How Bindings Work

    What's Elastic Travel? What's Forward Pressure? What's a DIN setting? This guide covers these key terms and some differences...

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    Boot Fitting 101: Sizing

    Ski boots are tricky, and getting the right boot and the proper fit can be even trickier. Our Boot...

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    Outerwear 201: Marketing Wars, New Technologies, Paradigm Shifts

    We’ve been testing outerwear with new "air permeable" membranes, materials threatening the outerwear industry’s old hierarchies. Read up on...

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    Suspension 201: Anatomy of a Suspension System

    We covered basic definitions and frame suspension designs in our Suspension 101 articles. Now it's time to talk stanchions,...

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    Suspension 101: Designs

    We covered basic definitions and concepts in our first Suspension 101 piece. Now we look at the differences...

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    Suspension 101: Concepts & Definitions

    So what's the difference between XC, Trail, and AM bikes? This article cuts through the confusion, and will help...

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    Best Ways to Save Weight on Your Bike

    Making your bike lighter doesn't necessarily make it better. Knowing where to cut weight—and where not to—will save you...

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    Boot Fitting 101: Fit Issues and Myths

    In this article, Charlie Bradley explains why length and width measurements can be overrated, and debunks one of the...

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    Boats 101: Playboats

    Do you know the difference between freestyle kayaks and play runners? If not, this article is for you.

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    7 On-Trail Fixes

    A lot can go wrong when you're out on the trails. So we've compiled a list of seven quick...

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  • Boats 101: River Runners and Creek Boats

    Boats 101: River Runners and Creek Boats

    There are a dizzying number of options when it comes to choosing a boat. A basic understanding of boat...

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    Cams 101: Glossary

    From Active Placement to Usable Range, all you wanted to know about cams, defined.

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    Cams 101: Buying Cams

    There’s a lot of information and nuance out there when it comes to cams. Here are some things to...

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    Outerwear 101: Which Socks & Why?

    Time to talk socks. Our reviewers weigh in on what they actually wear on the mountain—and why. Plus, two...

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    Boot Fitting 201

    Getting a ski boot to fit properly and to perform well takes some work and some know how. BLISTER's...

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    Best Used Bikes for Your Buck

    Sticker shock of a new bike got you down? Here’s our list of the best used bikes from years...

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