A masochist just ran the entire 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail in just 46 days. Another one just did 50 Ironmans in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. For the rest of us, Patagonia’s got crazy-soft new base layers and MSR has a portable filter that’ll make clean water out of sewage.
More goes on outdoors than we can cover. So, here’s a roundup of all that’s important, interesting and new this week. Got a news tip or story idea? Let us know.
Patagonia’s New Base Layers: Dubbed “Merino Air,” these fancy new base layers are made from a lofted weave of 51% merino wool (anti-microbial, warm when wet) and 49% “capilene” polyester (wicking, quick drying). Patagonia claims that lofting endows the fabric with a three-dimensional pattern that better traps and flows air for more warmth and more breathability. I can’t speak to its effect as I’ve only just received review samples and it’s July in Southern California, but the bases are the softest I’ve ever felt and feel like they stretch and move with your body far better than typical garments. The 3D effect makes them a bit thicker, although just as light, giving them the feel of a very light sweater. A 3D-printed production process means the bases are constructed without seams. That, plus the soft hand of the fabric makes these unbelievably comfortable. We’ll do a full review once we travel to some cold weather. [Patagonia]
New Appalachian Trail Record: Some people hike the AT. Scott Jurek ran it. That took him 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. Seven hours less than the previous record. [Runner’s World]
No More Joshua Trees In Joshua Tree: According to a report from a University of California scientist, the mega-drought will reduce the number of Joshua Trees in the Mojave desert. Older trees are capable of surviving, but new ones just aren’t getting enough water. [OutsideOnline]
Even More National Monuments: Outdoor footwear brand Keen plans to petition the White House to create five new National Monuments — Gold Butte, NV; Boulder-White Clouds, ID; Owyhee Canyonlands, OR; Mojave Trails, CA; and Birthplace of Rivers, WV — protecting 3 million acres of land for outdoor recreation. You can learn more and sign their petition online. [Keen]
Cargo Bikes Are Taking Over Brooklyn: A bike that can carry stuff? It means you don’t need to hop in an Uber to go to the grocery store. The shop that makes them is planning the first ever Cargo Bike Rodeo next month. [718 Cyclery]
MSR Guardian Filter: The water filter to end all water filters handles viruses, protozoa, bacteria and particulates (everything that could make you sick) while flowing 2.5-liters of water a minute. They originally made the technology for the military, but now it’s available to world travelers, sewage-drinking enthusiasts and people who just really hate getting diarrhea too. [TheGearCaster]
50 Ironmans, 50 Days, 50 States: An Ironman is a long-distance triathlon composed of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run. Completing a single one is way beyond the fitness levels of even most casual athletes, but James Lawrence just did 50, in 50 consecutive days, in all 50 states. [IronCowboy]
What We Did This Weekend: I just got back from a five-day mountain bike ride in the French Alps, so expect a ton of bike content this week and next. Chris flew to Seattle to embark on the 12-day Alpine Mountaineering Technical Leadership Course from the American Alpine Institute and Ty summited Rainier with his new wife and her family. He wore the new Salomon S-Lab X Alp Carbon GTX mountaineering boots, so you’ll be seeing a review of that radically light new footwear soon.
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