Metallurgist Grigory Raykhtsaum shows Smithsonian three different ways to test if something is solid gold: a color test, a thermal conductivity test, and a particle test. It’s all computerized now so all he has to do is scan the object to get a read on the color, zap it with an electrical current to measure the…
Any flab? Any extra skin? Anything that’s remotely loose on your body, it looks like it’s mere seconds from flying away and detaching from the rest of you when you try to withstand 457 mph of wind on your face. Here’s a video showing a test conducted in 1946 where a human subject was exposed to blasts of air that…
300 miles north of Vancouver lies the Great Bear Rainforest. It’s a huge, rugged, chunk of land with ample diversity of scenery, and the best part is that it is very, very sparsely populated. Think Yellowstone minus the tourists. In a nutshell, you want to go to there.
If you talk about knives on the Internet then you’ll know the Chris Reeve Sebenza is held up as the pinnacle of production knife perfection. But what’s it like to use and carry one in the real world? I let this one bite me to find out.
The ultimate way to stay in contact with your friends while in the wilderness? This Garmin Rino 650T allows you to track each other’s positions and communicate by voice or text, outside cell service.
“Holy Shit!” Those are the first words said—or, more typically, shouted—by everyone who’s thrown a leg over the 2016 Specialized Turbo S. This thing is fast. But it’s not the speed that takes you by surprise, it’s how well electric power is integrated into the human cycling experience.
Leatherman’s new Signal multitool is the first to incorporate essential survival items like a fire starter and a whistle alongside traditional tools like a quality knife blade and pliers. A one-tool solution for the wilderness?
Can a real knife that’s really sturdy, really useful, really safe and really durable fit in your wallet? These little guys from SOG, Boker and Zootility promise to do just that. Let’s put them to the test.
Time to hit the trail? I’m a field geologist, so that’s my job. I wanted to find the best hiking boots for general outdoors activities, so spent months testing these at work. And I think we found a winner.
Kuiu has disrupted the camouflage market in recent years, making technical outdoors clothing that’s not just radically high-performance, but which also looks cool while obscuring the human silhouette across diverse environments. This new Teton range drops the price points below $100.
Atom Central recently published these four unreleased videos of atomic bomb testing in 1955. The footage, taken from Operation Teapot at the test site in Nevada, is in glorious HD so it’s pretty incredible but watch out for the blinding light. Even in a small little YouTube window, it hurts.
What are the most comfortable, driest, supportive and tractive all-round hiking boots for general outdoor activities? We tested the latest, greatest, affordable boots out there to find out.
Peak Design changed the way photographers carried their cameras with the introduction of an innovative clip. Now, they’re taking on camera bags. We tested their Everyday Messenger to see how it performs.
Here’s really awesome footage that shows a B-52 bombing run on an island from inside the weapons bay. You can see the open doors of the plane peering down towards the ocean and then see the bombs drop away and strike the target and pepper the ground with explosions. Such a cool perspective.
Meet my new favorite backpack. At 48 liters, the REI Traverse is just the right size for shorter trips, secures its load so tight that it’s silent, makes room for oddly-shaped equipment and provides ample airflow across your back. All that for just $169.
Last year, Surefire released an innovative new line of “WristLights.” But, at $800, they were way too expensive for most people. This new 2211X costs just $170 and is just as bright. How’s it work?
With the ability to automatically switch between spot and flood depending on where you’re looking and also automatically adjust light output according to the distance that needs illuminating, this smart headlamp from Petzl is the first of its kind. Worth the $100 price?
A touchscreen GPS navigator that works in the wilderness and that you can wear on your wrist? That’s a neat idea, but not one that Garmin’s been able to realize with this new Epix. Allow me to explain.
A new American company that makes the strongest tents on Everest has just launched this new line for backpackers. They’re as light as anything else out there, but much stronger, much more livable and, believe it or not, cheaper too. We took one up the highest mountain in the lower 48.
A TSA-compliant multitool you wear on your wrist. Neat! But does it work as well as a tool as it does manly wrist jewelry? I put it to work around the house and on my bike to find out.