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Ross Patton
Ross Patton

Ross Patton

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People like to joke that Ross was born in the Snowbird tram, but the truth is he was born in Salt Lake City. As an infant, his mother would ski with him on her back, and as soon as he could stand up she put skis on him. With a father that specializes in ski resort expansion and a mother that can out-ski, out-hike, and out-mountain bike most men on the planet his youth was spent bouncing around the Wasatch, the Rockies, and the Sierras. He had rafted half a dozen rivers, made ten mountain bike trips to Moab, and been to 75 ski resorts by the time most people graduate high school. Since adulthood Ross has laid claim to many adventures around the planet such as canoe camping Lake Temagami, ascending Kilimanjaro, kayaking in Thailand, and cliff diving in Puerto Rico. He has an undying passion for all things adventure, especially snowboarding. Although he likes to ride the park, his heart lies in the backcountry. For the last 15 years he's spent his winters searching for the ultimate backcountry jump, and being sure to document the chase. The last two films Ross directed and starred in have helped to raise thousands of dollars for the Sierra Avalanche Center.

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Best Frame Pump of 2022

Best Frame Pump of 2022

When you find yourself way out in the boondocks with a flat, the right mini or frame pump will save the day. We tested 16 of the best options on the market.
Best Backcountry Ski Poles of 2022

Best Backcountry Ski Poles of 2022

We purchased the top backcountry ski poles currently available and tested them head to head. Whether you are a backcountry skier or snowboarder, we have options that will work for your...
Best Rooftop Tents

Best Rooftop Tents

Rooftop tents are all the rave, but purchasing one can turn into a bit of a headache. We selected 7 of the most popular models available today and put them to the true test.
Thule Tepui Foothill
Top Pick

Thule Tepui Foothill

If you’re looking for a rooftop tent that will allow you to haul toys on your rack along with a tent, we recommend this model. This version only takes up roughly half of the space on...
How to Choose a Rooftop Tent

How to Choose a Rooftop Tent

There are a ton of factors to consider when getting ready to purchase a rooftop tent. These tents (also referred to as RTTs) are very technical and pricey. Making the purchase can be...
Thule Tepui Kukenam 3
Editors' Choice

Thule Tepui Kukenam 3

In this model, you can rest easy knowing that the 600D ripstop canopy will keep you dry even if the weather gets gnarly. The innovative self collapsing telescoping ladder makes it so that...
Smittybilt Overlander
Best Buy

Smittybilt Overlander

This budget-priced rooftop tent comes with many great included extras like an innovative LED light strip and an external hanging rubber boot bag. This rooftop tent outdoes the competition...
Thule Tepui Autana 3
Top Pick

Thule Tepui Autana 3

A match for nearly any conditions you drive into, this tent became a testers' favorite due to its fine comfort, quality construction, and
Thule Tepui Explorer Ayer 2

Thule Tepui Explorer Ayer 2

If you know you don't need your rooftop tent to handle winter camping, and you only need room for two, this model is a solid option.
Yakima SkyRise Medium
Top Pick

Yakima SkyRise Medium

The extra features that are unique to the Skyrise are what set it apart. The tool-free mounting system makes installation a breeze. It holds its own against the competition in nearly every...
Front Runner Roof Top Tent

Front Runner Roof Top Tent

This might be the lightest rooftop tent on the market. At 93 lbs, the designers have made this tent easy to move around and install. However, by making the tent this light they're also...
Topeak Road Morph G
Editors' Choice

Topeak Road Morph G

For nearly 30 years some of the most innovative technology in the realm of bicycle tools and accessories has come from Topeak. With plenty of desirable features to make pumping as easy...
Topeak Peakini II
Best Buy

Topeak Peakini II

The Topeak Peakini 2 appears to be a generic pump, but its pumping performance is unmatched. The Peakini 2 is a mountain bike tire specific pump that works best for high volume tires.
Portland Design Works Ninja

Portland Design Works Ninja

When it comes to the pumping power of this CO2/hand pump hybrid, it falls short. The CO2 regulator, however, works perfectly. It is the lightest pump we tested, and it has a very cool...
Bontrager Air Support

Bontrager Air Support

The Bontrager Air Support is compact, affordable, and easy to use, but it falls short in performance. It is, however, a nice looking pump that will get the job done if need be.

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