Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis

Amanda is an outdoor junkie and digital nomad with an insatiable hunger for gear. Based out of Raleigh, NC she travels to rock climb in remote alpine destinations all over the world. As a full time freelance writer and outdoor brand manager, she relishes in all of the technology needed to take you there. Learn more about her at

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The best mountain bikes for 2019

Choosing a mountain bike is not easy — some may prefer a bike with more suspension, casual riders may only want something affordable. To help make the decision-making process easier, here are our picks for the best mountain bikes.

How to sync a Fitbit tracker or smartwatch

Want to buy a Fitbit tracker or smartwatch but lack technical expertise? All you have to do is pair it with your Apple, Android, or Windows device to have access to its benefits. We compiled a walkthrough for how to sync a Fitbit.

Fitbit Versa vs. Fitbit Ionic: A battle of the wearable maker’s flagships

How does fitness giant Fitbit's new Versa stack up against its popular Ionic? With a sleeker design, cheaper price tag, and advanced operating system (for now), the Versa seems poised to supplant itself as the company's best smartwatch. But…

Therm-a-Rest Parsec 20 sleeping bag hands-on review

We tested the Parsec 20 from of Therm-a-Rest's new line of Fast & Light sleeping bags on a two-week foray into the backcountry. The trip yielded great results due to a combination of warmth, light weight, and excellent features.

The best hiking backpacks

If you don't want to jump into full-on backpacking but enjoy getting out into nature, day hiking may be much your speed. There's a low barrier to entry and minimal equipment is needed -- highlighted by a proper hiking backpack. Here are our…

Cruise the streets in style and comfort on Blix’s new Sol electric bike

Whether you're just testing out the ebike waters or getting back into riding, you want a bike that is simple, stylish, and comfortable. Blix's new Sol ebike is designed like a beach cruiser meant for your daily commute.