The best adventure hardware put to the test out in the field.1. Deuter ACT Lite 65+10There are no bells and whistles on this pack, but damn does it carry well. At 65 liters, plus a 10-liter extension, it was the perfect size for core backpacking—but it was the fit and feel that really impressed us on a four-day hiking trip. Once we cinched it down, we barely knew it was there when rock hopping and navigating tricky traverses, and the air-contact Lite ventilation system kept us dry and comfy without feeling like too much bulk on the back. $199; deuter.com2. Sierra Designs Zissou 30 Sleeping bag with DriDownThis bag has already won numerous awards from a host of outdoor publications and we will happily hop on the bandwagon. The 600-fill DriDown is real down, but it works even when wet, ideal for the Southeast where down is a logical choice but a huge bummer if it does get wet. $200; sierradesigns.com 3. BOA Beefy Split ShortsRunning shorts can be skimpy and awkward. Not the BOA split shorts, which provide plenty of coverage while still giving legs the freedom to spin. Featherlight and fast. $35; boa.com 4. Gerber Bear Gryllis KnifeThe world’s best-selling knife has a carbon stainless steel blade and features a firestarter built into the handle. It also includes a pommel at the knife base for hammering and an emergency whistle. The stout blade had no problem drilling fire holes in wood and cutting through thick rope. It’s the ultimate survival tool. Don’t leave home without it. $62; gerber.com 5. Big Agnes Fly Creek 2P Platinum UL Our first reaction when we picked up this ridunkulously light, 1-pound, 13-ounce tent was, “no way.” We were not sure if we could trust it on a serious trip. But we packed it for a weekend A.T. hike, and we were absolutely shocked how well it survived nasty gusts atop the Roan balds. Even better, we got rid of the tent itself and used it in tarp and ground cover mode for a hard-charging expedition up a 6,000-foot peak. $500; bigagnes.com 6. Petzl NeoIt won’t be on store shelves until July, but we were lucky enough to test Petzl’s much heralded USB-rechargable-power headlamp in caves and camp this spring. It comes complete with a sensor that powers the LEDs according to how much light you need, so we didn’t blind our buddies in camp but were able to peer into the darkest recesses underground. $175; petzl.com7. Native Eyewear EndoThese shades became our go-to eyewear for everything from fly fishing to chasing our racer buddies on mountain bike rides to slogging a big backpack up the steep trail to Mitchell. The key was ventilation above the interchangable lenses that truly stopped fogging. $109–$129; nativeeyewear.com8. Patagonia AdvocateThe slip-ons are durable and conveniently clip to a pack for storage on the go. Leaving a light footprint, a 20 percent recycled EVA footbed and sole offers comfort and support as well as ample grip. $45; patagonia.com 9. Scarpa SparkThe perfect trail runner is light enough to save energy, yet sturdy enough to endure the sharp rocks and hard landings of the trail. Meet the 9.5-ounce Spark, which combines the best aspects of runner and scrambler. $115; scarpa.comUse this gear on your next road trip, and here is our road trip guide to get you there!
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Elijah Zevenbergen raced to a second straight Hobo 100 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory, and another $4,000 payday, at Hancock County Speedway Friday night. (Photo by Chad Meyer)BRITT, Iowa (July 27) – No rally was needed for Elijah Zevenbergen to repeat as the winner of Hancock County Speedway’s Hobo 100 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car special.Zevenbergen had raced his way back to the front with five laps to go in the 2017 race.He started 10th, had the lead just five circuits in and stayed in front to the finish Friday night in winning the event a second straight year and taking home another $4,000 check.“The car was set up perfect. I could drive in the corners deeper than anyone else,” he said. “I just went to the high side and picked ‘em off.”Zevenbergen built up a big lead as the race stayed green, then outran 14th starting Jeff Mueller following a caution late in the 25-lapper.Randy Brands, Brandon Czarapata and Cayden Carter rounded out the top five.Fifty Stock Cars battled at Britt.Carter won the IMCA Modified feature, earning $2,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot nod.Cayden Carter was the IMCA Modified feature winner at Hancock County Speedway’s Hobo 100, earning $2,000 along with a berth on the 2019 fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. (Photo by Chad Meyer)Cody Thompson raced from 17th starting to win the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and $1,000. Chanse Hollatz topped the $500 to win IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.Feature ResultsStock Cars– 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Jeff Mueller; 3. Randy Brands; 4. Brandon Czarapata; 5. Cayden Carter; 6. Devin Smith; 7. Derek Green; 8. Troy Jerovetz; 9. Kyle Frederick; 10. Curt Lund; 11. Andrew Borchardt; 12. Cody Frerichs; 13. Chad Palmer; 14. Kevin Opheim; 15. Trent Murphy; 16. Andy Altenburg; 17. Calvin Lange; 18. Jay Schmidt; 19. Scott Davis; 20. Heath Tulp; 21. Abe Huls; 22. Wayne Landheer; 23. Aaron Stolp; 24. Dustin Larson; 25. Matt Speckman; 26. Donavon SmithModifieds – 1. Cayden Carter; 2. Kelly Shryock; 3. Ethan Dotson; 4. Jeremy Mills; 5. Aaron Benson; 6. Nick Meyer; 7. Jesse Hoeft; 8. Rob Hughes; 9. Scott Anderson; 10. Tyler Prochaska; 11. Shane Monson; 12. Ben Kraus; 13. Troy Swearingen; 14. Cory Sauerman; 15. Todd Stinehart; 16. Cody Knecht; 17. Mike Jergens; 18. Loren Pesicka; 19. Stacey Mills; 20. Josh Ruby; 21. Ryan Ruter. read more