The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

LIVING THE DREAM

LIVING THE DREAM

The Outdoor Life signifies a culture of men and women whose souls are restless and ache for a glimpse of sunshine & fresh air. I am the Average Joe living The Outdoor Life one day at a time. Waiting and planning for that next adventure. I am an avid cyclist, kayaker, surfer, hiker, backpacker, camper, swimmer, equestrian, hunter, fisherman, and photographer. However, it’s not about the activity; it’s about the adventures I experience during these activities. For me, The Outdoor Life is not something I do; it’s something I live!

This website started as “My Life on Two Wheels,” and as I progressed into different activities, I believe it is only right to give them the respect they deserve. With over 30 years of professional and recreational experience, I love being able to pass along information about great companies that fit into an outdoor lifestyle. I have hands-on experience with every product posted here. Companies send me products to test and others are products I feel can benefit my outdoors needs. However, it’s not all about product reviews! You’ll find information on different places to go, rides I have ridden, rivers I have floated and my experiences at each. I’ll show you how to get things done and on the cheap. You’ll watch as I succeed and fail, laugh and cry–but remember it’s about the adventure and the smile you come away with!

Thank you, Amanda, for putting up with my obsessed need to be free in the outdoors! You are the love of my life and will always be my 1st obsession!

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Multitools by Lever Gear

The Toolcard Pro & Bit Vault Two EDC tools to make everyday life a bit easier. The first thing to consider when looking to purchase a multitool is, do you want one that you will wear on your belt or are you looking for something more compact and light to just put...

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Renting vs. Buying Equipment

When renting, there are no long conversations with your spouse about how much all that dust-collecting gear cost and where you’ll be storing it!

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Understanding Ocean Tides & Current

This is a must know for any kayaker thinking about heading out into the ocean! Knowing how tides & currents affect your ability to paddle can make your adventure an awesome one, or completely ruin your day, even put you into grave danger!

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Trekking Poles

When moving downhill, there is a large amount of pressure on the knees as they help the body slow its descent – Trekking Poles can effectively act as brakes.

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Dedicated GPS or Smartphone?

Dedicated GPS or Smartphone? Why a dedicated GPS (DGPS) is far better than any SmartPhone ever will be!Frequently this topic keeps coming up over and over again, and I thought it was about time to lay out my thoughts on the subject. I'm not advocating a single source...

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First Flight

Video: One of the best things about Outdoor Adventures is sharing them with others that may not be able to get out themselves.

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goTenna Mesh

Review: When I first heard about the GTM, my initial thoughts were, this was a device that would allow me to get text messages out to the world when I didn’t have any cell service.

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Shooting the Wild Side

Shooting the Wild SideThe dictionary defines wilderness as:"a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, undisturbed by human activity inhabited only by wild animals."The definition above doesn't expose the emotion, the sense of peace, and...

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SIDI Dragon Sole Replacement

It’s been six weeks, 10 rides (4 on my Cross and 6 on my MTB) just over 100 miles – and now a small but expensive problem has cropped up! Are the SIDI Carbon Dragon 3 MTB Shoes worth all the hype?

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Refurbishing B.O.B. Yak Trailer

I’ve always wanted a B.O.B. Trailer, but for nothing more than running errands around town and hauling my video gear up in the mountains, stuff like that. I didn’t know how cool it would be to take Bikepacking.

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Riding the Flats vs the Mountains

I ride, Road, Cyclocross and MTB. I lived at 6,500 feet above sea level and my “home riding trails” typically started between 8-10,000ft with anywhere from 2-4,000ft of climbing (a lot for me).

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All Trails Lead to Riches!

All season long, I am outdoors testing new products and consider them for reviews, some I keep, many I don’t. For the ones I don’t keep, once reviewed and photographed, Il give them away to followers of The Outdoor Life who have subscribed to our newsletter! Products are typically for Biking, Hiking, Backpacking, Kayaking, Camping, and other outdoor activities. Once I accumulate 3-4 items, I use an online random picker and select a name for each item, email you for your address and send it on its way. No strings attached!