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Hiking Boots Or Trail Shoes?

Hiking Boots Or Trail Shoes?

I remember when I first decided I no longer wanted to hike with boots: my wife and I had been walking the Offa’s Dyke national trail for a week, proceeding at a leisurely pace with our heavy packs and our walking boots when on the 7th day my knees flared up, getting fully inflamed. I had not done anything special besides hiking, which I had done many times before and I usually walk for miles in my daily routine, so it made no sense! When I got home I went back to my regular shoes (Inov-8 Tarroc 330) and my...

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PCT Days 2017 - so exciting!

PCT Days 2017 - so exciting!

Look at this amazing place: Now you can understand why you really should come to PCT Days (beyond seeing us...): it is taking place in Cascade Locks at the Columbia River Gorge, one of our favorite places ever. Especially when it is sunny, with beer and lots and lots of great gear. This is our first time ever leaving the design room/warehouse/shipping center and taking Cnoc Outdoors to you, showcasing our poles (there are new ones coming soon....), the Vecto and other prototypes that are in development. In case you are not fully convinced yet, here is some more to...

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Why Are We Making Lightweight Gear and Not Ultralight?

Why Are We Making Lightweight Gear and Not Ultralight?

The term "ultralight" when it comes to backpacking gear is very, very popular - from big brands to handmade garage brands, it seems that everyone is making ultralight gear. You might have bought into the craze or just heard about it, you might be a skeptic or a believer, but there is very little doubt you have encountered it. As a company, we set out to design gear in the lightweight category; we know it is not ultralight, but we really like to also stay comfortable on the trail. But before we dive too deeply into our philosophy, we need...

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11 Uses For Trekking Poles Besides Hiking

11 Uses For Trekking Poles Besides Hiking

Trekking poles are pretty obviously used to assist while hiking, walking or even running. They help with balance when wading through streams, reduce pressure on the knees when carrying a heavy pack, or just increase the support you give to your legs while moving.  But beyond that very obvious function, trekking poles are an amazingly versatile item that are worth carrying, even if you are not always using them for movement. In some cases carrying two poles is needed, but at times, just having a single hiking pole strapped to your backpack can be an excellent tool. Here is a list...

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We Are Proud to Announce: Our Ambassadors

We Are Proud to Announce: Our Ambassadors

Good gear needs to be tested, a lot. Actually, the more testing in a bigger variety of places, the better the end result is, but I can't be outdoors l the time, everywhere. In order to get our gear out more, from what we offer now to prototypes and more, we wanted to find a group of real life outdoors enthusiasts, just like you, so we can get their insight. Our ambassadors come from all over North America and are true everyday users, so without further a due, here they are: Dan Human, aka Outbound Dan - Dan is a true outdoorsman: an...

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