Author Archive: Chris Maxcer

Outside is better than in; hiking is better than walking; fast is better than slow. I like tight lines, trails on foot, trails on wheels, competition, challenges, women who aren’t prissy, and getting up after you fall down. I respect men who do things and scratch my head at men who don’t. Oh, and playing basketball is better than watching it. To get a hold of me, take a "firstnamelastname" guess at WickedCoolBite.com.

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Do You Need a Waterproof Camera in the Age of the Smartphone?

Apr

8

Do You Need a Waterproof Camera in the Age of the Smartphone?

AS THE CAMERA on my iPhone gets better and better, I suddenly find myself taking more pictures with it than with my big Canon DSLR. At the same time, I find myself getting cool photos I might not otherwise have gotten at all because I almost always have my iPhone. But it’s a catch-22: I […]

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Top 8 Waterproof Cameras for Wet and Rugged Adventure

Apr

4

Top 8 Waterproof Cameras for Wet and Rugged Adventure

HERE’S WHY YOU need a waterproof camera — to capture your best adventures in rugged, wild, and watery places. The way to do it is with a waterproof camera, plain and simple. With today’s outdoor camera options, there’s no need to agonize over the tech specs, either: All of these underwater-ready, shockproof and dust-proof point-and-shoot […]

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Remember How to Recharge

Mar

9

Remember How to Recharge

One of the toughest life lessons isn’t so much learning the lesson, it’s living it. Case in point? Learning how to recharge. It seems like I forget this lesson time and time again. I just now stumbled upon a photo a buddy took of me fly fishing in the Seven Devils one summer, and I […]

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How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

Feb

17

How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

Picking the best backpacking tent seems easy — right up until you struggle to set up your tent in middle of a rainstorm on the side of a mountain. The decisions you make now will affect you later. If you’re like many new backpackers, if you buy the wrong tent, you’ll have to suffer through […]

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Best Reason to Avoid a Smartwatch — This Video Is a Warning to All Manly Men

Feb

8

Best Reason to Avoid a Smartwatch — This Video Is a Warning to All Manly Men

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THE BASIC IDEA of a smarthwatch isn’t so bad, but today’s implementations leave something to be desired. For starters, none of them seem worthy of shelling out hundreds of dollars just so you don’t have to pull your smartphone out of your pocket to see a message. There have been some good starts, but groundbreaking? […]

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The PowerPot X 10-watt Portable Generator Will Charge Your Smartphone on the Trail

Jan

12

The PowerPot X 10-watt Portable Generator Will Charge Your Smartphone on the Trail

I CAN’T REMEMBER the last backpacking trip I made without my iPhone, and while I sometimes carry an extra charging battery, I usually just keep my iPhone use to a minimum. For longer trips or heavy smartphone users, look to The PowerPot X, a cool portable generator that turns heat into electricity, available now via […]

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