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The Latest Outdoor News – November 2 2015

The latest outdoor headlines and gadgets from Spikeoutdoors. This week’s news includes REI taking a stand against consumerism, an ideal runner’s backpack, some great outdoor recipes, and a super simple compass for your bike.

REI stores closed on Black Friday, asking shoppers instead to #optoutside

All of the 143 REI stores will be closed on Black Friday this year.  Instead of doorbuster sales, and long lines waiting to get in, REI is publicizing the #optoutside hashtag, and asking people to tell what they are doing on Black Friday.  As REI says on their website, the stores will be closed, but the website and the outdoors are always open.  You can read more on USA Today.

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 Backpack Review

Are you looking for a small, lightweight pack aimed at runners more than hikers?  If you are , head on over to Section Hiker for their comprehensive review on the Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20. It looks like a great minimalist pack for the bare essentials.


Two new Trailmix recipes

Here are a couple of new trail mix recipes.  Healthy, and great for snacking on the go, from Trailcooking.com.


Super simple navigation tool for your next bike ride.

Here’s a great minimalist compass.  Perfect for biking when you need to keep your attention on where you’re going rather than trying to see what your navigation system is saying you need to go.  It hooks to the GPS navigation on your phone, and points you in the direction that the turn by turn navigation wants you to go.  Or it can keep you oriented to a specific compass point if that’s what you need.  Ride on over to Gear Junkie for the details.




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