Activities

Snow
Ski
Snowboard
The Best Snowboards for 2018

The Best Snowboards for 2018

Get ready for winter with this Active Junky Snowboard Buyer’s Guide, as it puts forth some of the best boards we’ve ever ridden.

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The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

We break down some of the best ski goggles of 2018 as well as some of our favorites from last year that are still solid options.

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Best Snowboard Bindings

Best Snowboard Bindings

Browse the best snowboard bindings handpicked by a seasoned pro snowboarder and Active Junky's gear experts.

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The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

We break down some of the best ski goggles of 2018 as well as some of our favorites from last year that are still solid options.

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Best Ski and Snowboard Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Best Ski and Snowboard Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Make some popcorn, wax your skis and get comfortable; here are 12 of the best ski and snowboard movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime in 2017.

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Best Ski, Ride and Winter Gifts

Best Ski, Ride and Winter Gifts

Whether hitting the slopes or trailblazing through fresh powder on foot, the right equipment is crucial for successful winter pursuits.

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The Best Snowboards for 2018

The Best Snowboards for 2018

Get ready for winter with this Active Junky Snowboard Buyer’s Guide, as it puts forth some of the best boards we’ve ever ridden.

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The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

We break down some of the best ski goggles of 2018 as well as some of our favorites from last year that are still solid options.

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Best Snowboard Bindings

Best Snowboard Bindings

Browse the best snowboard bindings handpicked by a seasoned pro snowboarder and Active Junky's gear experts.

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Hike & Camp
Pack & Trek
Day Hike
Overnight Camp
The Best Hiking Backpacks

The Best Hiking Backpacks

While there are dozens of worthwhile options from which to choose, Active Junky’s shouldered over twenty backpacking backpacks to find the best model for your situation.

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Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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OtterBox Outdoor Brand Spotlight

OtterBox Outdoor Brand Spotlight

The new OtterBox Outdoor line is an impressive group of products bringing OtterBox back to their roots.

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The Best Hiking Backpacks

The Best Hiking Backpacks

While there are dozens of worthwhile options from which to choose, Active Junky’s shouldered over twenty backpacking backpacks to find the best model for your situation.

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Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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Solar Eclipse 2017: A Guide to Dispersed Camping Locations

Solar Eclipse 2017: A Guide to Dispersed Camping Locations

Established campgrounds in the 2017 solar eclipse’s path of totality have been booked for months. Here’s a guide to dispersed camping options.

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Best Portable Solar Power Systems

Best Portable Solar Power Systems

Whatever your reason or need for power on the go, we’ve pulled together some of the best solar power options.

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Hiking & Camping Gifts

Hiking & Camping Gifts

When hiking and camping, comfort, safety and convince can make or break the trip, and the recipient of the perfect outdoor gift will thank you every time it’s used.

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Travel Tips and Adventures in Israel

Travel Tips and Adventures in Israel

Israel isn’t necessarily thought of as an adventure destination, but it’s time we give credit where credit is due. 

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Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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Klymit Hammock Products Review

Klymit Hammock Products Review

Active Junky loves the products we’ve tested from Klymit, and this insulated hammock pad and double hammock are no exception.

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Hiking & Camping Gifts

Hiking & Camping Gifts

When hiking and camping, comfort, safety and convince can make or break the trip, and the recipient of the perfect outdoor gift will thank you every time it’s used.

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Water Sports
SUP & Surf
Fishing
Surfing and Conservation with Chilean Ramón Navarro

Surfing and Conservation with Chilean Ramón Navarro

Ramón Navarro has attained mythical status as a big wave surfer. However, it’s his passion for conservation that will solidify his legacy.

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Salmon Fishing with the Hooké Crew

Salmon Fishing with the Hooké Crew

You don’t need to speak French to comprehend the mile-high stoke levels going on here. Two Canadian fly fishermen seek redemption in a murky salmon-stocked river, alternating between catching fish and cheering from the shore.

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Going Upstream with Upslope

Going Upstream with Upslope

Active Junky went upstream with Boulder's Upslope Brewing to learn the origins of its craft beers -- and see how the Company's concerns for watersheds turns into tangible action.

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Ben Weiland Captures The Essence of Surf Exploration

Ben Weiland Captures The Essence of Surf Exploration

Ben Weiland, a family friend and talented graphic designer, was selected for his perserverance, passion and professionalism in going after the world's coldest waves.  

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Costa Rica: Downward Dogs And Duck Dives

Costa Rica: Downward Dogs And Duck Dives

Surfing and yoga go hand in hand: both require flexibility, strength, and breath control, both can be a doorway between the physical and the spiritual, and both have a slew of shockingly attractive practitioners. 

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Costa Rica: Drinking by Night, Surfing by Day

Costa Rica: Drinking by Night, Surfing by Day

No wonder Costa Rica is consistently ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world.

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Fly Fishing With a Guidebook Author

Fly Fishing With a Guidebook Author

 When it comes to patrolling Colorado’s rivers and streams, few have as much personal insight as guidebook author Steven B. Schweitzer. 

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Gifts for Fishing & Water Sports

Gifts for Fishing & Water Sports

From standup paddle boards to fishing gear and accessories, Active Junky pulled together some of our favorite and top-reviewed products for fishing, paddling and water sports. 

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Best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing

Best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing

Active Junky has taken a variety of combinations in material, lens color and sizes to review the best options for polarized sunglasses offered in 2017.

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Run
Race
Road
Trail
Top Trail Running Gear

Top Trail Running Gear

Stride, cadence and gear all warrant scrutiny in 2015.  We logged miles over hill and dale in this top trail running gear from Icebug, The North Face and Julbo, and we suggest you do the same.

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Best Running Headlamps

Best Running Headlamps

We’ve pulled together some of our favorite and top-performing running headlamps from Black Diamond, Petzel and Nathan.

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Gifts for Runners and Fitness Buffs

Gifts for Runners and Fitness Buffs

When working out and getting your sweat on, proper gear can make a huge difference in performance and even safety. 

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Marathon Training Tips: Tech Support

Marathon Training Tips: Tech Support

Everything from electronic gadgets, race-day fuel and pre-race training programs are essential to your technical preparation. That's because a well-rounded, mathematical approach makes the difference between failure and a finish.

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3 Top Running Shoes for 2015

3 Top Running Shoes for 2015

The snow’s melting and the days are getting longer.  If the shifting seasons have you itching for trail or road, upgrade your kit with a pair of 2015’s top running shoes – to go longer, faster and harder.

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Ultrarunner Goes Big(ger): Jared Fetterolf Heads For China

Ultrarunner Goes Big(ger): Jared Fetterolf Heads For China

Jared Fetterolf, first place finisher at the Badwater, Cape Fear 51.4-mile event, got the nod from Chinese race organizers to go long in faraway Yunnan Province.

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3 Top Running Shoes for 2015

3 Top Running Shoes for 2015

The snow’s melting and the days are getting longer.  If the shifting seasons have you itching for trail or road, upgrade your kit with a pair of 2015’s top running shoes – to go longer, faster and harder.

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Running Insights: Going Long in 2015

Running Insights: Going Long in 2015

Active Junky’s seen the highs and lows, fast and slows in amateur and competitive running. Here are five ways to run longer this season.

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Best Running Headlamps

Best Running Headlamps

We’ve pulled together some of our favorite and top-performing running headlamps from Black Diamond, Petzel and Nathan.

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Gear Advisor: Trail Running Accessories

Gear Advisor: Trail Running Accessories

Runners: we've been testing gear! Check out the latest in trail running accessories. 

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10 Top Trail Running Towns

10 Top Trail Running Towns

Whether you’re new to running or have been crushing traverses since you were a toddler, consider making tracks to one of these trail-running towns.

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Best Running Headlamps

Best Running Headlamps

We’ve pulled together some of our favorite and top-performing running headlamps from Black Diamond, Petzel and Nathan.

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Bike
MTB
Road
Commute
Priority Continuum Onyx Commuter Bike: Ditch the Chain and Gears

Priority Continuum Onyx Commuter Bike: Ditch the Chain and Gears

The Priority Continuum Onyx from Priority Bicycles is the perfect bike for city commuting.

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Gifts for Bike Lovers

Gifts for Bike Lovers

From performance apparel to tools to keep their set of wheels rolling, we’ve pulled together our top gift ideas for the bike lover in your life.

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Gifts Under $50

Gifts Under $50

When shopping for a mid-price gift, our favorites range from rugged technology to cool weather gear.

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Top Women’s MTB Accessories

Top Women’s MTB Accessories

When it comes to accessories, we gals like to play by our own rules. The same applies on a mountain bike, when leaving the trailhead is about being prepared along with looking good.

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An Open Invitation to Women Interested in Mountain Biking

An Open Invitation to Women Interested in Mountain Biking

When I started mountain biking, I was in awe of women who rode. They were the epitome of feminine toughness, and I wanted to be one of them.

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Gearing Up for Mountain Bike Season

Gearing Up for Mountain Bike Season

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the trail

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8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

Time to start prepping for dirt and road – it’s cycling season.

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How to Buy Your First Road Bike

How to Buy Your First Road Bike

Looking to buy a road bike, but don't want to crack open the piggy bank? These tips will help you keep costs low and pedals cranking.

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Top Road Cycling Accessories

Top Road Cycling Accessories

For the dedicated cyclist, these three compact accessories fall into the “essentials” category. 

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Spring Bike Commuting Essentials

Spring Bike Commuting Essentials

Spring is the perfect time to trade car keys for a bike lock.  The Active Junky team’s been pedaling all year long, and we found three products where utility, quality and value share the same lane.

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Top Folding Commuter Bikes

Top Folding Commuter Bikes

Today’s folding models convert savvy engineering and responsible space management into respectable transportation.

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Giro Commuting Clothing Review

Giro Commuting Clothing Review

There’s no doubt among commuters, Giro builds in value along with the kind of subtle styling testers appreciated.

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Climb
Mountain
Gym
Rock & Ice
Indoor Climbing Tips for Beginners

Indoor Climbing Tips for Beginners

Without a patient friend or professional guide, climbing's parallel universe of techniques, terms, gear and quirky social conventions can be confounding.

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6 Climbing Tips for Beginners

6 Climbing Tips for Beginners

If you’re ready to take your game outside, congratulations! You’re about to learn what climbing is all about. Here are some quick tips to get you started.

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Bouldering Tips and Gear

Bouldering Tips and Gear

If you like powerful and dynamic moves, heady highballs and the freedom of going ropeless, bouldering might be your cup of tea.

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Kelly Cordes Author Interview

Kelly Cordes Author Interview

Active Junky reached out – and high – to grab noted climbing author Kelly Cordes.  His new release, The Tower, takes readers to Patagonia and beyond while seeking the truth about a historic first ascent claim. 

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Breathtaking Images from Cerro Torre

Breathtaking Images from Cerro Torre

Like a spear stabbing skyward through the snow, Cerro Torre spikes into the sky. It's one of the world’s most beautiful (and controversial) alpine peaks.

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Gear That Got It Done: Winter Hiking a Colorado 14er

Gear That Got It Done: Winter Hiking a Colorado 14er

Hiking 14ers is a favorite pastime of locals and visitors alike, and while spring to fall are the most popular months to summit, winter hiking provides opportunities to push yourself and experience different gear.

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Active Junky Exclusive: Meagan Martin Interview

Active Junky Exclusive: Meagan Martin Interview

Whether she’s coaching at ABC Kids Climbing in Boulder, CO, dominating competition podiums or crushing the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course, her approach is fearless and fast. 

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Buyer's Guide: Indoor Climbing

Buyer's Guide: Indoor Climbing

Before you venture to a land of rope and rock, sweat and stone, find your bearings in the climbing gym. As you hunt for your first handholds, let this buyer’s guide serve as your roadmap.

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Indoor Climbing Tips for Beginners

Indoor Climbing Tips for Beginners

Without a patient friend or professional guide, climbing's parallel universe of techniques, terms, gear and quirky social conventions can be confounding.

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Mike Zawaski on Backcountry Safety

Mike Zawaski on Backcountry Safety

Two decades of mountain travel (and counting) and instructing with the Colorado Outward Bound School give his advice added credibility.

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6 Climbing Tips for Beginners

6 Climbing Tips for Beginners

If you’re ready to take your game outside, congratulations! You’re about to learn what climbing is all about. Here are some quick tips to get you started.

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Bouldering Tips and Gear

Bouldering Tips and Gear

If you like powerful and dynamic moves, heady highballs and the freedom of going ropeless, bouldering might be your cup of tea.

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Travel
U.S.
International
Life Inside A Dream: Vira Vira’s all-in vision

Life Inside A Dream: Vira Vira’s all-in vision

Vira Vira is a one-of-a-kind resort, nestled in the beauty of Chile’s Lake District. 

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Best Chile-Tested Travel Gear

Best Chile-Tested Travel Gear

Active Junky dove deep into the Lake District and came back loving these three products.

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Four Must-Visit Portland Breweries and Cafès

Four Must-Visit Portland Breweries and Cafès

Should you find yourself in the Rose City, check out four of Active Junky’s favorite places to sip and savor.

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5 Amazing Vistas Around Portland

5 Amazing Vistas Around Portland

Need a spot to take in the world and clear out your mind? Active Junky’s list of 5 amazing spots around Portland has something for everyone—from bikers to bookworms.

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Four Must-Visit Portland Breweries and Cafès

Four Must-Visit Portland Breweries and Cafès

Should you find yourself in the Rose City, check out four of Active Junky’s favorite places to sip and savor.

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5 of the Best Treks in North America

5 of the Best Treks in North America

From the Arctic reaches of Zenith Point, Canada to tropical Punta Mariato, Panama, North America’s terrain promises to keep serious trekkers occupied for decades. Grab your pack and explore the Continent’s most astounding natural beauty.

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Life Inside A Dream: Vira Vira’s all-in vision

Life Inside A Dream: Vira Vira’s all-in vision

Vira Vira is a one-of-a-kind resort, nestled in the beauty of Chile’s Lake District. 

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5 of the Best Treks in South America

5 of the Best Treks in South America

Steamy jungles, glacial summits, ancient ruins—South America has it all. While much of the continent is tropical, it also contains the world’s largest mountain range, The Andes, which span over 5,000 miles through seven countries.  

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Biking Bangkok

Biking Bangkok

This tour route weaves together some of the top city attractions—Wat Suthat Temple, Chinatown, Wat Pho Temple—but avoids most major roads. 

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Fitness
Training
Wellness (Yoga)
4 Pieces Of Evolutionary Yoga Gear

4 Pieces Of Evolutionary Yoga Gear

Fortunately, coarse cotton has run its course in the contemporary yoga studio. As the ancient practice of yoga has evolved, so too has the gear we use. 

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8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

Time to start prepping for dirt and road – it’s cycling season.

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Manduka Yoga Gear Review

Manduka Yoga Gear Review

Chances are, if you can rattle off yoga poses in Sanskrit or complete a vinyasa flow solo, you recognize Manduka’s influence on practitioners. 

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8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

8 Pre-Season Cycling Training Tips

Time to start prepping for dirt and road – it’s cycling season.

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Interval Training with Mountain Man JF Plouffe

Interval Training with Mountain Man JF Plouffe

For the third and final installment of JF Plouffe’s Mountain Ready Workout, the Helly Hansen ambassador takes you through two different interval-training exercises. 

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Top Heart-Rate Monitoring Methods

Top Heart-Rate Monitoring Methods

Active Junky’s experimented with three readily available (and accurate) heart-rate monitoring methods to evaluate the pros and cons of each. 

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Manduka Yoga Gear Review

Manduka Yoga Gear Review

Chances are, if you can rattle off yoga poses in Sanskrit or complete a vinyasa flow solo, you recognize Manduka’s influence on practitioners. 

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4 Pieces Of Evolutionary Yoga Gear

4 Pieces Of Evolutionary Yoga Gear

Fortunately, coarse cotton has run its course in the contemporary yoga studio. As the ancient practice of yoga has evolved, so too has the gear we use. 

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prAna Yoga Gear: Cotton Nirvana

prAna Yoga Gear: Cotton Nirvana

These three prAna pieces shone forth during anti-gravitational arm balances and whenever societal gravities didn’t condemn a tank top and hoodie combo.

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Urban
Tentree Apparel

Tentree Apparel

With tentree, your everyday life changes the world.  Madagascar gets reforested while whipping up scrambled eggs in your new favorite sweatpants. 

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tentree: An Environmentally-Friendly Company

tentree: An Environmentally-Friendly Company

Not only does tentree craft Active Junky-approved streetwear, but their brand is also committed to conserving this beautiful planet – a mission that we can get behind.

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Electric Watch and Sunglasses Review

Electric Watch and Sunglasses Review

We got our hands on a few choice selections from Electric’s current line. After a month of thorough testing, our reviewers were nothing short of thunderstruck.

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