Author: Eric Miller

Eric is a UT native who currently resides in the Wasatch Back. He always takes his passion of the outdoors with him. Skiing, trail running, bike commuting, backpacking and camping fuel his outdoor endeavors. As a husband and proud father of 5 daughters he looks forward to passing on his passion for the outdoors.

The Nemo Riff 30 Sleeping Bag is Nemo’s answer to the age-old question of how to make side sleepers more comfortable in the woods. A generous cut, bag shaping, paired with a host of comfort features all lead to a better night’s sleep. Nemo Riff 30 Sleeping Bag – Men’s Features: Rated to 30-degrees Comfortable at 40-degrees Water-resistant Down 800-fill-power Left side zipper Outer shell is 20-denier ripstop Lining is soft, 30-denier nylon taffeta Semi-rectangular shape Regular fits up to 72″ and long up to 78″ height Weight: 1 lb 13 oz (regular) and 1 lbs (long) Price: $369.95 Spoon…

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When it comes to backpacking, I’m fine making concessions on a lot of things in order to save some weight. The one area I won’t skimp on is sleeping comfort. After years of sleeping on a half-inch accordion pad, I’ve been on a quest to find the “perfect” sleeping pad. Others have come close but I haven’t found the sleeping pad for me yet. Reading the specs on the Nemo Tensor Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Pad, I thought I might have found the one. It sounds very promising: insulated, thick, supportive, yet lighter in weight. I couldn’t wait to get some…

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Sage Bikes is a boutique brand based in Oregon and they are turning out high-end titanimum frames fit for all types of riding. I’ve had the opportunity to spend my spring and summer mountain biking on the Sage Flow Motion, a plus-sized machine meant for descending fast and having fun. Sage Titanium Flow Motion Hardtail Features: Made in USA Sage 3/2.5 titanium frameset Can accommodate 27.5 x 2.6? or 29 x 2.2-inch tires (27.5 tested) Fox Factory 36 Kashima 150mm fork Chris King headset and bottom bracket Race Face Atlas 50mm Race Face Atlas 35x800mm riser bar with 20mm rise…

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If you’re like me, your biggest gripe about riding gravel, rough roads, or anything on a skinny tire bike is all of the bumps! There have been a number of different suspension seatposts over the years. And, none of them compare to the Redshift Sports ShockStop Suspension Seatpost. Redshift Sports ShockStop Suspension Seatpost Features: Travel: 35mm of active suspension Adjustability: Infinitely adjustable preload stiffness adjustment Swappable springs included for different rider weights Optimized linkage geometry provides ultra-responsive suspension Diameter: 27.2mm x 350mm length (shims available to fit larger seat tube sizes) Material: 6061 T6 aluminum Offset: [rearward] 7mm, [rearward at…

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When I needed a new pack for short tours and sidecountry exploits I turned to Osprey. The Osprey Kamber 22 Backpack packs a lot of features in a low profile design that was exactly what I was looking for to use on quick backcountry sessions. Osprey Kamber 22 Features: Made from a combination of 420D nylon packcloth and nylon mini check dobby Available in small/medium 20L or medium/large 22L (tested) Hydration compatible with insulated hose sleeve Front panel access Pockets galore with dedicated tool sleeves Diagonal ski carry Horizontal or vertical snowboard carry Stowable helmet carry Ice axe loops Recommended…

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I think one of the biggest challenges to a good ski day is staying warm on the lift. I learned this season with the Obermeyer Perseus Insulated Bibs that lift rides don’t have to be spent huddled, trying to stay warm. Obermeyer Perseus Insulated Bib Pants Features: HydroBlock Sport 100% Polyester Ripstop Weave 40gm insulation in body and legs Full-Motion articulated knees Critical seams sealed CZV – Control Zone Ventilation with mesh gussets YKK zippers Side zipper with snap closure Suspenders – adjustable Double layer, reinforced knees and seat Abrasion resistant scuffguards and reinforced pant hems Reinforced inseams & belt…

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One word to describe the Arc’teryx Macai Down Ski Jacket: HOT (temperature). With the Macai you can effectively say goodbye to being cold while riding the resort, but it doesn’t stop there with this top-shelf ski parka — it’s packed full of every feature you could ever want in a resort-friendly design. Arc’teryx Macai Down Ski Jacket Features: Fabric: 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro fabric with tricot 750-fill-power European goose down (90g), Coreloft 100 (100g/m) and Coreloft Compact 60 (60g/m) Removable hood Removable powder skirt Pit zips for ventilation Weight: 2 lbs. 4.5 oz. Price: $949 Macai offers insulation and warmth, not…

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Sporting 3/4 length sleeves, a longer cut, and plenty of flex, the Dainese HG Jersey 2 makes for a great cool weather jersey. Dainese HG Jersey 2 Features: Durable, lightweight microfiber fabric with excellent mechanical stretch 3/4 tapered sleeves are cut for aggressive riding positions Seams run around the inside rather than the middle Price: $69.99 HG Jersey 2 — Light and Stretchy The first thing that really stood out to me with the Dainese HG Jersey 2 was the sizing. It is definitely Euro sizing. I typically wear a large for shirts and the HG Jersey 2 fits more…

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A perfect pair (pun intended!) with the Dainese HG Jersey 2 is the Dainese HG Shorts 2. Featuring similar design and features, the HG Shorts 2 are ready for a lot of fun on the trails with you. Dainese HG Shorts 2 Features: Mid-weight ripstop woven fabric is lightweight and durable Adjustable waist straps make it easy to dial in the perfect fit Elasticated crotch and lower back provides better comfort Two Pockets Price: $109.99 Stretchy and comfortable — with body armor The thing that stands out to me the most is how stretchy the Dainese HG Shorts 2 are!…

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If you’ve got a kayak and you’ve got a car then you’re definitely going to need to get a rack. There’s a lot of options on the market. If you’re looking for a solid rack with a good set of features and you don’t want to break the bank, look no further than the Kuat Class 2 Kayak Rack. While the Class 2 falls in line with the standard J-style rack, Kuat includes a lot of features to make it more user friendly. If you’re looking to take it up a notch, then take a look at Kuat’s other kayak…

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Kuat is a tried and tested name when it comes to bike racks. They’ve launched their foray into kayak racks with the Kuat Class 2 Kayak Rack and Kuat Class 4 rooftop kayak racks. Let me tell you, the quality and craftsmanship you’ve come to expect and rely on for your bike racks can be found in their kayak racks. Kuat Class 4 Kayak Rack Features: Kayak carrier holds up to 80 lb. boats (check your roof rack specs to be sure) End pull-lever release provides easy-access folding Magnetic store position Co-molded rubber offers protection for your boat Locking Flip™…

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Helmets are getting better, lighter, and more affordable every year. MIPS is becoming standard across helmets and is an absolute must-have. The Lazer Impala MIPS Bike Helmet is a solid offering that checks every one of those boxes. Lazer Impala MIPS Helmet Features: MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) Fit System: Advanced Turnfit System (ATS) Adjustable visor Goggle Parking Camera Mount Construction: In-Mold 22 vents Weight: 325g Price: $139.99 MIPS, Vents, and Adjustability The Lazer Impala MIPS is an all-around solid helmet, checking the boxes of many of the top requested features on a trail-worthy mountain bike helmet. For starters, it…

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Cargo boxes have almost become a must have if you have an outdoor adventuring lifestyle — especially if you have kids. It’s amazing how much gear gets added each time you add an additional human into the mix. Go big, because you’ll always need the room, so that’s why the XL size was on test here. I have been testing the Thule Force XT XL Cargo Box through the 2018-2019 winter season and it has earned a permanent place on the family hauler. Thule Force XT XL Cargo Box Features: PowerClick mounting system fits all bar shapes DualSide opening and forward…

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Ever since I first used a hydration pack a long time ago, I’ve been a loyal user. A ride on the MTB feels off when I head out without a pack. I like to be prepared with enough water, repair gear, a snack, and layers. But…lately sweaty back has been chipping away at my feelings about using a pack. When presented with the opportunity to test out the Henty Enduro 2.0 Pack, I jumped on the chance! A pack with the promise of reduced sweaty back? I had to see it for myself. Henty Enduro 2.0 Hydration Pack Features: Materials:…

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Showers Pass. The name evokes a sense that you were just hit by a rainstorm and it has moved on from you. You were out pedaling on two wheels when the downpour hit but you are totally dry. Of course you are, you were wearing the Showers Pass IMBA Jacket. Showers Pass IMBA Jacket Features: Fully seam taped, Artex 2.5 layer waterproof-breathable hardshell fabric Reinforced shoulders protect the fabric from backpack straps Extra Long core vents prevent overheating Ergonomic easy-grip zipper pulls 360 degrees of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material trim for maximum visibility Velcro cuffs for trim fit and easy…

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As an owner of a Sprinter passenger van, I’d been perplexed on the best way to haul our 11 ft kayak. We tried once inside the van, that was ridiculous. I needed a rack but the prospects were grim. All options seemed to need a ladder for loading and unloading the boat. One day I came across the Thule Hullavator Pro kayak rack and it was game on. Thule Hullavator Pro Features: Waist-level loading, unloading and strapping by lowering the kayak 40 in. to the side of your vehicle Gas struts absorb up to 40 lbs. of your kayak’s weight,…

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Are you ready to meet the Rolls Royce of bike locks? Abus has one to show you — the Bordo Centium. With clever packaging, secure bike mounting and a unique folding design, the Bordo Centium delivers quite the premium experience. Abus Bordo Centium Lock Features: 5mm hardened steel bars feature synthetic coating to prevent frame damage Stainless steel case with manual cover for the keyhole against dirt and corrosion ABUS Plus cylinder for high protection against manipulations Easy transport thanks to secure frame mount Weight: 1250 grams Price: $149.99 The Abus Bordo Centium delivers security and style Abus absolutely nailed…

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Leading up to an international trip to Peru supporting a non-profit, I was on the hunt for a travel backpack. I didn’t the want hassle of a checked or traditional carry-on roller bag. I wanted something that could easily hold clothes and travel gear for at least a week but with room to spare for souvenirs and other items that might be picked up on the trip. I quickly narrowed the list down to the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack. Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack Features: Zippered top pocket provides easy access to toiletries and liquids Large panel lockable zip…

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If you’re like me, a good set of headphones is crucial when you’re out on training runs, especially long runs. They have to be comfortable, have good sound, and definitely cannot slip out of your ears when you get all sweaty. I upgraded to bluetooth headphones awhile back but was on the search for a pair that are truly wireless. The Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Headphones were strong contenders and I jumped on the chance to test some out. Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Headphones Features: Great for: Professional training Battery: Up to 13.5 hours IP Rating: IP-67 Training features: Heart…

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As time goes on, the commuter shoe market gets stronger and stronger. We’re seeing better styles and performance with each passing year. The DZR Jetlag Nero Commuter Shoes is a top contender for the best commuter shoe. Want to know why? Keep reading… DZR Jetlag Nero Commuter Shoes Features: Synthetic woven upper Natural gum rubber outsoles Variable-flex shank for walkability and power transfer Available in regular width only Compatible with 2-Bolt (SPD Style) Single hook-and-loop closure 6 Month manufacturer’s warranty Price: $95 Bike, work, bike with the DZR Jetlag Nero The DZR Jetlag Nero Commuter Shoes does a fantastic job…

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