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Win Family Tickets to the Vancouver Adventure Travel Show

The Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show is coming up. March 4 and 5th more than 250 outdoor gear and adventure travel vendors cram into the Vancouver Convention Centre with brand new products to try, great deals on gear and big bike, SUP and kayak demos. “B.C.’s largest showcase of outdoor gear & adventure travel experiences” is what they call it. Sounds good eh. Win Tickets! We’ve got 2 family packs of 4 tickets to give away for the show in March in Vancouver. All you have to do is comment below to get a chance to win. Let us

Small but Strong: The Lever Gear Toolcard Review

Lighter and lighter is the game these days. How light can we go and still pack more and more stuff into each thing. Tools like the Leatherman are popular with outdoorsy types because they can do so much. You can do 20 things with one tool. And why stop at 20 things in a multi-tool or even 30? The Lever Gear Toolcard has 40 different tools built in. It’s hard to explain exactly all the things the Toolcards can do. It looks like they count all the different sizes of wrench each as it’s own tool. Which makes sense if you

Garmin Basecamp: How to export to Google Earth

Garmin Basecamp: How to export to Google Earth
Google Earth has become an indispensable tool for viewing hiking tracks and planning out your hike. You can see what kind of land you are going to be encountering, or see a birds eye view of the trails and land you just hiked. I use Google Earth all the time to see GPS tracks and waypoints. The satellite imagery on the maps is so detailed in many places which makes it easier to see little features that may not show on a topographic map. Garmin Basecamp has a great feature that lets you export your gps information straight to Google

PureOutside Gear Reviews

PureOutside Gear Reviews
One of the best uses of the internet for us outsiders is finding information about gear and how it performs. You don't want to spend your hard earned money on gear that doesn't work well. We can let others go before us, try it out, and let us know how it goes. PureOutside's gear review section is all about just that, testing gear to see how good it is. You can go to the Gear Review section on the blog or follow the links below.   PureOutside Gear Reviews Osprey Talon 33 backpack Arcteryx Sidewinder SV Jacket MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

Events and Races on Vancouver Island 2013

Events and Races on Vancouver Island 2013
A new year means more new outdoor events! The events are even bigger and better this year than years past so don't miss out. Make sure you book early on your events so you don't miss out. If you know of any that aren't on this list, email us at pureoutside [at] gmail.com or head over to the contact page. January 1 - Bastion Running Club New Years Run and Dip, Nanaimo 13 - Prairie Inn Pioneer 8k, Saanichton (Island Series) 7 - 11 - Bud Light Winterfest at Mount Washington (Ski and Snowboard Festival) 27 - Cobble Hill 10k, Cobble Hill (Island Series) 26

Free Tickets to Anthill Films Strength in Numbers Premiere May 6th in Nanaimo

When Anthill Films puts together a movie, you know it's going to be you know it's going to be a whole lot of awesomeness packed into a small amount of time. And when Redbull Media House gets their hands on it, they take it to a whole new level of epic. Jocosity has put together another amazing film event with Oak Bay Bikes, and we want to send you there for free. All you have to do is comment below. [Update]: Nelo one the free tickets to the show on Sunday. Thanks everyone for commenting! But first we need to

Cycling in Piedmont: On the Streets of the Myth!

Note: This is a guest post by Elsi from Trip and Travel Blog ** Being a fan of cycling I decided my next trip was to be a bike trip. After reading lots of travel portals and travel blogs I had a hard time deciding on my destination. What better place for cycling than the Piedmont hills to discover the villages and the beautiful landscape that gave birth to Fausto Coppi. I took this trip alone as all my cycling buddies were unavailable at the time. Starting at the town of Tortona in three steps I explored all the places that have shaped the history

Vancouver Island 2012 Races and Events

2012 is going to be another awesome year to get outside and participate in the great events all over the island. There are races of all size and description for you to participate in. You can run, mountain bike, ski, kayak, snowboard, road bike, canoe and sail. Make sure you check back to this page as it will get better and better every month! I'll be adding to it whenever I hear about a new awesome event. If you've got one for a different area let us know! * There are currently lots of events still to be announced and

Ross’ Current Gear

It's hard not to talk about gear when you love being outside. It's not a show-stopper but having bad gear can be uncomfortable or even dangerous out in the wilderness. I try and get the best gear I can afford because it works the best, lasts the longest and is the most comfortable. The only problem is expensive. Usually there's a sweet spot where you can get some good gear and not pay an arm and a leg for it! Here's everything I'm currently using for gear. I'll be working through this list over the next couple months to get

How I Found a Garmin Montana 600 in my Pocket

This first part is a bit of a story about the demise of my Garmin Colorado 300. Skip to the second part for the Montana 600 review. I've had the chance to use a few different GPS over the last couple years. They were all Garmin but they all had different features that I could test out and see if I liked. There were things that I liked and things that I didn't like. I used my friends of families when I could so I didn't have to buy my own. I finally got one of my own and opted