• Outdoor Research’s Lucent Heated Gloves
Three hundred and 50 bucks for a pair of gloves? Gotta be kidding. No, but is there anything worse than frigid fingers in the snow? Both Men’s Journal and the website gearinstitute.com rate this one of the top new outdoor products for 2014, and the company says the gloves should be available for order this fall. Not only are the gloves said to produce 60 percent more heat than others on the market, but the battery life is 8 hours on low and 2.5 hours on high. Oh, and it doesn’t just warm the fingers. Heat radiates to the palm and back of your hands, as well.
• “A Runner’s Guide to Eating Clean,” By Chelsea Reilly
The former Davis and UC Berkeley distance runner, now on the pro circuit, has published an online cookbook on her website that shatters the myth that healthy food must be boring and tasteless. Her recipes include chickpea pancakes, carrot curry hummas and coconut almond chocolate truffles.
• Google Maps Navigates the Colorado River
Forget “street view.” Try “rapids view.” Google and the Arizona River Runners mapsters spent eight days on a float down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to photographically map the entire journey. They did it because, well, they could. Plus, Google said it wanted to draw attention to the threats to the river from the drought and from water-management decisions. So we, the public, no longer have to spend eight days on a raft getting wet to experience the Grand Canyon rapids. Just Google it.
• “5 Countries That Do Not Roll Out the Welcome Mat”
The Huffington Post ranks countries by the ease with which you can obtain a tourist visa:
1. India: Apply a month in advance. Fee: $68
2. Russia: Apply 90 days in advance. Fee: $173
3. China: Apply one month in advance. Fee: $190
4. Brazil: Apply one month in advance. Fee: $160
5. Bhutan: Apply three months in advance. Fee: $40
From Mike Lacy (@thetridog): “When you stow your iPad in the seat pocket in front of you, it's usually a good idea to take it with you upon arrival. #travelfail”
— Compiled by Sam McManis, firstname.lastname@example.org