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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

    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

        Make your music run with you: TrailMix Pro App Review

          Make your music run with you: TrailMix Pro App Review
          Since high school, I've run to stay fit. At that time it was more just because we were forced to run in gym class but I liked it all the same. One thing I noticed quickly was music changed the pace of my running. Getting into a good fast song, I would pick up my running tempo. Coming around to a slower song, I would slow my running down a bit. But only to a point, if an insane drum and bass song came on, there's no way I could match that kind of temp and for slow songs, well,

          TevaSphere Shoe Review

            TevaSphere Shoe Review
            If you've been anywhere near the shoe industry these days, you'll notice lots of new shoes coming out. Some are huge and squishy and feel like you have 2 feet of foam attached to your feet (like the Hoka's)  and others so thin with no support they feel like you're running around in your bare feet (like the Vibram Five Fingers). Some people are advocating no shoes and to actually run barefoot. Then some are saying it doesn't matter what you wear.  Whatever your preference there is probably a solution that fits exactly what you want. Whether it's cushion or control or

            Running Gear: The Best Way to Carry Your Phone

              Running Gear: The Best Way to Carry Your Phone
              The air was warm and the sun was out. I was right in the groove. The perfect song was playing as I weaved back and forth through the trees running through the trees in Linley Valley. Then a slow song came on. Everything slowed down. I forgot about the beautiful trees and water and grass. All I could think about was how this new song was really not the right tempo. My groove was gone. I reached for my left upper arm. My music-playing phone wasn't there because it feels too big and heavy on my arm. I reached for

              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

                Garmin Forerunner 405 Training Watch Review

                  How closely do you time your runs? If you're like me, up to year and a bit ago I never timed anything. I'd run a distance I thought was close to when I should run and call it a day. I didn't really measure much. I guess that's why my results were less than stellar when I'd finish a race. They were respectable but certainly nothing amazing. I've heard the saying "What gets measures, gets improved" but never really paid it much attention. I had running to do and I wasn't going to waste some of that time, fiddling around

                  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

                    Running on Water: Hi-Tec Infinity HPi Trail Runner Review

                      When I got my pair of Infinity HPi Trail Runners from Hi-Tec I have to say I was a little skeptical. I had been a staunch fan of my Salomon Wings when I was running with them. Unfortunately in a bid to make the ultimate trail shoe they scrapped the Wings and made the CrossMax's. Along with going downhill in the name department, the CrossMax's went downhill in the feel department. I understand that everything about them made them a better shoe than the Wings but I just didn't feel it. I use mine still but rarely for running. When

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