Outdoors

Outdoors

Polar commands respect from serious athletes with new Vantage V smartwatch

Two decades ago, when heart-rate monitors were starting to show up on the wrists of serious athletes, Polar was what was worn. Back then, you needed a chest strap, and the functions on the watch were pretty basic, but when compared to the alternative of holding two fingers to your throat, they were pretty impressive. Now there's a crowded field of smartwatches with heart-rate monitors, but Polar is still commanding the respect of serious athletes. The new Vantage V features the most accurate optical heart-rate monitor that the company has produced, and the number of functions in the sleek and comfortable watch is astounding.

Outdoors

The not-hot springs in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon

Though famously experienced hot, the mineral waters deep underground aren't all felt that way above the surface. While Coloradans love their soaking in winter, northern Front Range dwellers have a natural artesian spring to thank for a refreshing pool that has been widely popular in summers since July 4, 1905. The curative qualities exist, but the heat does not.

Ski Report

How to avoid impending doom on the slopes

You and those with you had a wonderful day on the mountain. The snow was great and the sun was shining. You were filled with the joy that comes with snowriding – until you got back to your vehicle and realized your keys were missing.

Hunting Fishing

Best times for anglers

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Outdoors

Smartwool’s base layer is a great option when hitting the slopes

You do know the difference between being comfortable or miserable in the cold? A good wool base layer. If that sounds overly simplistic, you probably aren't taking advantage of the incredible insulating properties of wool when braving the winter weather. Smartwool's Merino 150 Base Layer – available for both men and women in bottoms, long-sleeve, and short-sleeve tops – is an excellent option whether you're planning a day on the slopes or just want to stay warm while shoveling the sidewalk. Made of 87 percent Merino wool and 13 percent nylon, the fabric offers a smooth next-to-skin feel while still retaining wool's insulation.

Watch highlights from the 2018 California International Marathon

Watch highlights from the 2018 California International Marathon in Sacramento, Calif.