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March 31, 2020

When you're on the road, staying warm and dry is critical, and the HH Verglas ($325) will keep you that way. I married it to the company's Odin Stretch insulated jacket ($260), which uses Primaloft Gold Active + insulation. The Primaloft layer is warm but breathable so...

March 24, 2020

Many people swear by vitamin packs and other nostrums to keep colds away; hikers and campers swear by Nuun. Drop a tablet in water and you'll get the electrolytes and potassium you need to keep from cramping. Nota bene: Not all flavors are created equal. The Sport stra...

March 17, 2020

No one wants to haul bottles of water up a 4,000-foot trail--but you absolutely need to stay hydrated. Grayl's filter bottles offer an ideal solution. Parched after reaching the Fluhalp hut outside Zermatt, Switzerland, I immediately filled my 24-ounce Grayl bottle ($9...

March 10, 2020

There are fitness watches of every stripe, from traditional Suuntos to upstart Apple Watches, but the Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar ($1,000) has it all, and more: durability, flexibility, and the smarts to tell you when the barometric pressure is dropping and you need to t...

March 5, 2020

In Zermatt, Switzerland, no matter where you look, there it is. It punctuates the cul-de-sac of Bahnhofstrasse, lurks around the turns of every serpentine trail, peeks above centuries-old, rock-roofed barns. It silhouettes iridescent paragliders. And it’s the reason ph...

March 3, 2020

After years of promise, electric vehicles (EVs) seem to be finally gaining some traction--even though they still face challenges. The supporting infrastructure has a long way to go and charging times need to improve, for example, which is why EVs still only account for...

February 25, 2020

Out in Columbus, Ohio, city of smart systems, the folks behind the self-driving shuttle have had to suspend service after an unexpected stop.

The autonomous shuttle is the gen 3 model from EasyMile, outfitted with lidar, cameras, and radar (plus a trained human monitor...

February 6, 2020

Boasting curved OLED screens, air suspension, night vision, and augmented reality navigation, the technology-packed new 2021 Cadillac Escalade will give GM's Super Cruise a big boost later this year.

Super Cruise, the optional semi-autonomous driving system is the most...

February 5, 2020

The annual mobile communications show in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress (MWC), just had another major participant cancel weeks before the show opening on February 24. LG announced it was withdrawing from the conference.

LG's stated reason is to "prevent needlessly exp...

January 15, 2020

This year's CES 2020 tech show was a much more muted affair than in (many) years past. There was no single killer product, and there was a lot of waiting for future technologies--microLED, a smart home standard, quantum computers. On the automotive side, CES was still...

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