August 22, 2012

AKU SL Trek GTX

AKU SL Trek GTX

Aku’s SL Trek GTX is not the boot I was expecting. At two pounds, 15.5 ounces per pair (US 9.5), the SL Trek is light but certainly not ultralight. In fact, if you’re looking for a light GTX hiker in the class of something like the Vasque Breeze, the SL Trek will likely perplex you. This is a beefy boot with a formidably stiff sole—stiff to enough to absolutely impact your stride. Based on its design and construction (more…)

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August 9, 2012

Sony RX100

Sony RX100

Yes, Sony’s RX100 is a revolutionary digital camera—but is it really the best compact in the world, as many reviewers are now proclaiming? If you’re only interested in bright-light image quality, I think the answer has to be a resounding Yes. The RX100 puts a next-generation 1.0 inch, 20 megapixel CMOS sensor and a branded Carl Zeiss lens in a relatively compact 4″ x 2 3/8″ x 1 7/16″ body (more…)

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August 6, 2012

Nothing Endures But Change (Bodie Edition)

Nothing Endures But Change (Bodie Edition)

From the glass towers of Chicago to the ghost town of Bodie, California, we go. Bodie, now a state historic park, is thirteen miles off Highway 395, just southeast of Bridgeport. Gold was discovered here in 1859, and within twenty years there was a booming town with a population around 10,000. The principle mine closed in 1913, though the town lingered on into the early 1940′s (more…)

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