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Most hail is between the size of a pea and a dime. The National Weather service considers hail that is quarter-sized or larger to be "severe."

June 01, 2014 12:00 am
Gear junkie: Footwear 'Built In The USA'

Gear junkie: Footwear 'Built In The USA'

Unfinished and ready for assembly, the footwear pieces arrive at the factory in Portland, Ore. Machines and human hands work together to forge, weld, cut, snip, grind and produce hundreds of boots and shoes a day.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Footwear 'Built In The USA'

Footwear 'Built In The USA'

April 08, 2014 5:29 pm
Footwear 'Built In The USA'

Footwear 'Built In The USA'

April 08, 2014 5:29 pm
Footwear 'Built In The USA'

Footwear 'Built In The USA'

A pair of KEEN boots built in Portland, Ore.

April 08, 2014 5:29 pm
BIOM Chiappo sandals

BIOM Chiappo sandals

BIOM Chiappo sandals

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Gear junkie: Shoe line attempts to mimic foot's true shape

Gear junkie: Shoe line attempts to mimic foot's true shape

It must have been a stinky task, but in 2010 a research lab in Germany intricately scanned the feet of 2,500 athletes. The project, funded by Danish footwear giant ECCO, had a goal to build a new kind of data set based on the true, crowd-sourced shape of the human foot.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lite 1.1 shoes

Lite 1.1 shoes

Lite 1.1 shoes

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Leather is his business: Five Minutes with Doug MacPherson

Leather is his business: Five Minutes with Doug MacPherson

Whenever a business has been around for more than a century, it must be doing something right. Doug MacPherson’s great-grandfather, George MacPherson, started Montana Shoe Co. in Butte in 1908. Butte’s population had grown to nearly 100,000 during the years surrounding World War I, as the Mi…

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Gear junkie: Biodegradable shoes offer thin protection

Gear junkie: Biodegradable shoes offer thin protection

Take a hike. Toss your shoes in the woods at the end.

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One of last cobblers in Billings going strong at 77

One of last cobblers in Billings going strong at 77

With the tap, tap, tap of his aged hammer against leather, Marvin Maust works as he has for half a century, as his father did before him.

January 13, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Gear Junkie: Teva sandal takes minimalist approach

Gear Junkie: Teva sandal takes minimalist approach

Designed to be one of the most minimal sport sandals ever made, the Zilch from Teva is flexible enough to fold in half. A thin sole, a footbed and Velcro straps are the totality of the design, which is new this summer and made for travelers and backpackers looking to shave weight.

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Gear Junkie: Inov-8 Ltd. enters the toed minimalist running shoe market

Gear Junkie: Inov-8 Ltd. enters the toed minimalist running shoe market

Of all the strange and unlikely athletic trends of the 21st century there are none, in my book, nearly as strange or unlikely as shoes with toes. By this I am referring primarily to Vibram and its now immensely successful FiveFingers shoes, a line of thin, dexterous footwear that’s marketed …

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Gear Junkie: Bigger may be better in Tecnica's trail-running shoe

Gear Junkie: Bigger may be better in Tecnica's trail-running shoe

In the past few years, a trend of super-sizing sports equipment like tennis racquets, golf clubs and downhill skis has caught on with consumers. Whether it’s more power, more speed, or an ease-of-use upgrade, there’s little wonder why the enlargement effect has resonated in American culture …

May 05, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Gear Junkie: Outdoor trade show highlights new knife, sandal, vest backpack

Gear Junkie: Outdoor trade show highlights new knife, sandal, vest backpack

The twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, held in Salt Lake City, is an exhibition of to-be-released outdoors equipment from manufacturers around the world. After six days in Utah last week — demoing new gear, skiing powder, walking the trade show floor — a few items began to surface as …

January 27, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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How to avoid injuries on ice

Here are tips from emergency officials and doctors to help you stay on your feet:

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Gear Junkie: Winter-specific gear helps bikers, runners stay upright

Gear Junkie: Winter-specific gear helps bikers, runners stay upright

More than any season, winter demands good gear. Keeping comfortable while staying active in the cold months is a challenge, as is staying upright on a bike or in running shoes on icy winter trails. Here are a half-dozen winter products for runners and winter bikers to improve their cold-weat…

December 16, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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