Men’s Hiking Style Guide

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Function and fashion are important.  When exploring the world function is the most important.  If someone says that fashion doesn’t matter, it can be assumed they probably wears crocs to weddings and have no real say on the topic.  Get outside and look good exploring this beautiful world of ours.

3 - Down Jacket v2Arc’teryx Cerium SL Jacket

Perfect for layering on those blustery days, the Arc’teryx Cerium SL Jacket for men is the piece your wardrobe has been missing. Outstanding in its warmth to weight ratio, this cozy jacket will keep you going through plummeting temperatures and blustery conditions.  [PURCHASE]


3 - Rain Jacket v2Helly Hansen Loke Jacket

The Helly Hansen Loke Jacket is an essential light weight shell. Practical for a variety of weather conditions with full water and windproof yet breathable construction. With front storm flap to keep out wind and rain, and with vents to prevent overheating.  [PURCHASE]


3 - Hat v2Columbia Trail Dryer Cap

The Trail Dryer Cap has a sweat-activated, super cooling headband, offers UPF 50 protection from the sun and has a hook-and-loop back adjustment. Sometime the future is so bright you ahve to block it out with a brim.  [PURCHASE]


3 - Shoes v2Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX Hiking Shoes

For lightweight performance on and off the trail, lace up the Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX Hiking Shoes for men and get outside this season! Designed to be as comfortable as they are effective in wet and slippery conditions, the Terrex Fast X hiking shoes are made with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex liner to keep your feet dry and happy no matter where the trail takes you.  [PURCHASE]


1 - WatchFreestyle Navigator 2.0 Watch

The Freestyle Navigator 2.0 Watch has a built in digital compass with 1° of resolution and declination adjustment to help make navigating a breeze. The Navigator 2.0 also features three alarms, a calendar, and a timer useful for many outdoor activities including hiking and running.  [PURCHASE]


1 - pantsMountain Hardwear Warlow Hybrid Pants

The perfect alpine spring climbing pant designed in collaboration with Mountain Hardwear’s athletes. Minimal design with maximum stretch and superior fit make the Mountain Hardwear Warlow Hybrid Pants the most versatile and well rounded outdoor pants know to man.  [PURCHASE]




Oakley Tour De France Eyeshade Sunglasses

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1 - oakley-logo-120-07Oakley is proud to stand above the title of being the first optics company to create the world’s first sport performance specific sunglasses.  31 years ago Oakley introduced the Eyeshades Sunglasses and invented a category that brought to fruition a global market for sporting enthusiasts.  Celebrating it’s 30th anniversary from their 1984 release Oakley cracked open the vault to reintroduce the Oakley Eyeshade Sunglasses.

The Oakley Tour De France Eyeshades retro heritage collection includes length adjustability, interchangeable hook temples, updated nose bridge, a black iridium lens (Oakley’s most popular lens), and Tour De France insignia throughout.  

Lasting the test of time through stages, altitude, wins and losses, the Oakley Tour De France Eyeshades are here to stay.  Get your piece of history now because it may soon pedal past you.


Do You Camp Like You Drink?

Your favorite beverage says a lot about who you are. But the question is, “Do you camp like you drink?” The answer may surprise you. We scoured the globe and interviewed campers of all types in order to bring you this incredibly captivating and insightful infographic. No, not really. But it is still interesting, nonetheless.

Please tell us which type you are.

Do You Camp Like You Drink

Do You Camp Like You Drink? Infographic – An infographic by the team at The-House

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Style Guide | Spring 2015 | Men’s Street Fashion

Style Guide Spring Men's 2015

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Even avid winter enthusiasts enjoy the break of spring. Nothing sets a better seasonal tone than stepping into a beamingray of sunshine and absorbing the the fresh air. Why not make the experience a feel good and look good event. Jump into fresh threads and bring out the strut that’s been stretching to be used.

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1 - pants SmallRVCA All Time Chino Pants

The RVCA All Time Chino are slim-straight stretch twill chino pants with a zipper fly and stone wash. They feature slash pockets at front and welt pockets with button closure at back with RVCA solo label. [PURCHASE]


1 - watch SmallElectric FW02 Nato Watch

A heavy duty timepiece for the casual trekker, the FW02 incorporates sophisticated construction techniques and functional details with time proven classic aesthetics. [PURCHASE]


1 - socks SmallStance Beacon Socks

Cradling comfort with a 59% Combed Cotton, 18% Nylon, 10% Spandex, and 13% Elastic the Beacon socks are the next best thing to being barefoot. [PURCHASE]


1 - sunglasses smallElectric Black Top Sunglasses

Big on first impression, perfect on fit and comfort, the Black Top was born from the streets and raised in the concrete jungle. [PURCHASE]


1 - shoe SmallNike Stephan Janoski

Designed with insights from a skateboarding legend, the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Men”s Shoe provides excellent impact protection and a natural ride with a Max Air unit under the heel and deep flex grooves. [PURCHASE]


1 - Jacket SmallBurton Shadow Jacket

Before you start grabbing two of every animal, get your hands on the Burton Shadow Jacket for modern, flood-worthy rain protection. Advanced fit and fabrications deflect the worst weather without drowning out your style. [PURCHASE]


1 - bag SmallBurton Hardwick Duffle

With the perfect amount of room for your weekend getaway the Hardwick’s 28L fabrication wares well and feels good. Every man needs a duffle, and every man should have a Hardwick. [PURCHASE]


1 - Henly SmallBurton Dwight Henly

Because basic cotton tees are for the minor leagues. The Burton Dwight Henley Tee is batting over .300 with its cotton/poly blend. With a slim fit that shows off what you’re working with, contrast sleeves, and a Henley placket, this is one tee that won’t be riding the bench this season. [PURCHASE]


1 - Cap SmallGnarly Sandlot Cap

Throw this Sandlot throwback on backwards and put everything you’ve got into the swing of things.  With a enough style to last decades there’s nothing wrong with blocking the light of how bright your future is. [PURCHASE]


Bikepacking with a Fat Bike


An evolution of bike touring, bikepacking is a relatively new sub-industry in the cycling world. Bike touring has been around for decades and utilizes a touring bike, racks and panniers. Touring bikes aren’t built for wilderness trails. Bikepacking, on the other hand, is really just a combination of backpacking and biking – think long distances on two wheels, many overnight stays in the wilderness and a backpack to hold your supplies. Well, rather than a backpack, several mountain bike specific bags are mounted to the bike to carry all of the essentials for a week long trip in the backcountry. Bikepacking bags range from large saddle bags, frame bags, handlebars bags to top tube bags. It’s a growing activity, and manufactures are pushing the envelope the make the best, lightest and most convenient packs possible.JP-BD1

A number of self supported bike races have helped grow the sport. The Colorado Trail Race, which travels through some of the toughest single track in the nation, spans 500 miles from Denver to Durango. The Tour Divide travels from Banff, British Columbia to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. It’s the world’s longest, off-pavement cycling route. The Arizona Trail race navigates the entire state from Mexico to the Utah border, through desert, high alpine mountains and through the Grand Canyon.

With the growing popularity of fat bikes, bike packing is year round sport – even in snowy and cold wether. The increase in demand for fat bikes is partly due to winter ultras and races around the states. Some popular winter  bikepacking events include The Arrowhead 135 up in Minnesota, the Fat Pursuit in Idaho and the Iditarod Trail in Alasaka.ccbikeonly

If racing or organized events aren’t your thing, no problem. Bikepacking is a great way to travel with friends or family at an enjoyable pace, while taking in scenery and traveling a bit faster and further than hiking. It’s truly a unique way to explore the backcountry! Carrying everyone you need on your bike yields a sense of freedom and simplicity.

Looking for more on bikepacking? Check out our bikepacking infographic.


How to Choose a Bike

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There are a thousand and one reasons why riding a bike should be a part of everyone’s lifestyle. You can get some exercise while running to the store for a 6-pack. Spend less on gas and save up for a new bike while commuting to work. Savor that extra 20 minutes of sleep as you cruise past walkers on campus. Cut down on carbon emissions and pedal your way to dinner and a movie. Get some fresh air! And get in the best shape of your life if you train like Lance Armstrong.

Whatever your biking intentions may be, there are a number of different bicycle options to suite your needs. The goal of this article is to help beginners, casual riders or those who haven’t ridden in a while to select the right type of bike for them. See The House Outdoor Gear’s complete selection of bikes.

Fat BikesFat Bike1
Best For: Snow and sand.
Description: A fat bike has over-sized tires, typically 3.7″ or larger, designed for riding on soft, unstable terrain such as snow and sand. They feature large frames with bigger than normal forks and stays to accommodate the wide rims required to fit these tires.
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Single Speed Bikes
Best For: Pavement, gravel, dirt depending on the s bike style.
Description: A single speed bike has one single gear. They are much lighter weight since they don’t have derailleur gears, hub gearing, shifters, cables, extra sprockets or a long chain. A single speed runs the chain in a perfectly straight line from sprocket to chainwheel, and avoids the serpentine wind through the pullies of a derailer. You can really feel the difference! A singlespeed is noticeably quicker and easier to pedal than a multispeed bike in the same gain ratio. 
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Fixie/Fixed Gear Bikes
Best For: Pavement
Description: Fixed gear bikes do not contain a freewheel mechanism and (usually) only one gear. While long associated with track cycling, fixed-gear bikes have become popular with urban riders for their simplicity, low maintenance and low weight. Many use them solely for commuting purposes.
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City Bikes
Best For: Pavement or some gravel roads.
Description: Also known as a European city bike, city bikes are designed for frequent short, moderately paced rides through relatively flat urban ares. The frame is a form of utility bicycle commonly seen around the world, designed to facilitate everyday riding in normal clothes in a variety of weather conditions.
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Commuter Bikes
Best For: Pavement or some gravel roads.
Description: Urban bikes are rugged and sturdy with tough frames and strong wheels. They’re designed for city streets – sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy and perhaps some cracks in the road. Commuter bikes feature an upright riding position that gives the rider and motorists better visibility. Lights, racks and fenders are common on commuter bikes.
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Hybrid Bikes
Best For: Pavement or gravel/dirt roads.
Description: Hybrid bikes offer the best of both worlds, combining benefits of road and comfort bikes. They have a comfortable seat, upright sitting position and (often) suspension forks and/or seat posts. Hybrid bikes also offer the more efficient pedaling of 700-millimeter (700c) wheels versus the comfort bikes with 26-inch wheels.
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Mountain Bikesvermont1
Best For: Dirt or rocky trails and gravel roads. Pavement is OK (increase tire pressure).
Description: Mountain bikes are designed with shock-absorbing features and better braking systems to handle dirt trails, rocks, roots, bumps and ruts. With lower gears than most road bikes, mountain bikes can better handle steep uphill climbs.  The higher the price, the lighter weight the model. Mountain bikes are a decent choice for commuting because they can withstand potholes while still providing comfort. Take note of the smaller diameter wheel (26 inch) typical in traditional mountain bikes. It’s less efficient on pavement than the larger diameter wheel (700 millimeter/27 inch) of a road bike. If you plan to commute and ride trails with your mountain bike, look for something in the 29-inch wheel range. These larger diameter wheels and tires provide decreased rolling resistance and roll over obstacles more easily. They’re not quite as agile, though.
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Comfort Bikes
Best For: Pavement or gravel/dirt roads.
Description: Featuring slightly wider 26-inch tires than other pavement bikes, comfort bikes have a relaxed sitting position and a comfortable seat. It’s more upright that a classic road bike. Many styles offer a suspension seatpost that compresses when you sit on it, providing extra comfort and shock absorption. Some comfort bikes also have internally geared rear hubs for easy maintenance.
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Best For: Pavement
Description: A beach cruiser has wide, low handles, an upright seat, and balloon tires. These bikes tend to have only one speed, and are not equipped to handle rough terrain. They’re popular with tourists and casual bicyclists because they are very comfortable to ride and their heavy weight makes them rather slow – perfect for scoping out an ocean sunset! 
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Road Bikes
Best For: Pavement.
Description: Lighter in weight than the typical mountain or comfort bike, road bikes are excellent for various pavement uses including commuting, fitness riding, long-distance/event rides, touring and racing. Seasoned enthusiasts as well as novice are well suited for road bikes. It’s especially important to have a proper fit to avoid an uncomfortable or even painful ride. Furthermore, a poorly fitting road bike can also reduce the efficiency of your pedaling. Most road bike models are built for speed featuring a more aerodynamic riding positioning, while others provide a more upright riding position.
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Kids Bikeskids2_ss530_12_h
Best For: Pavement and hard pack.
Description: Kids bikes are smaller with sturdy frames and thick tires, specifically designed for children. They best for riding flat, paved or hard packed surfaces where the child can focus on riding the bike, instead of navigating the terrain. As the size increases, more features accommodate the child’s growing skills, coordination and confidence.
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Girls Bikes
Best For: Pavement and hard pack.
Description: Girls bikes have a cross bar that is angled down, instead of a straight across like that of a boys bike. Feminine colors and graphics are often featured on girls bikes. The construction and intention of the bikes, however, are the same as boys bikes.
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Women’s Bikes
Best For: Various terrain, depending on model. Those who have the more typical woman’s body proportions with longer leg length relative to shorter torso length.
Description: Ranging from road, mountain, comfort to hybrid bikes, women’s bikes feature frame geometries, handlebars and wider saddles that are tailored to better fit the typical female body proportion. For example, the top tube frame length on a women’s bike is generally about 1 to 3 centimeters shorter than a men’s bikes. The result is a shorter reach (saddle to handlebar). Women’s bikes also feature shorter-reach shifters that better fit women’s hands.
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Snow Biking


It was 1987 when when Dan Bull from Anchorage, Alaska, came up with the idea of holding a bike race along the Iditaroid dog sled trail. Well, perhaps other die hard mountain bikes had attempted riding their favorite trails in the snow. Like snowshoeing did in the early 90’s, snow biking is starting to boom. Trails across northern climates are now seeing more bikers on the same trails as snowshoes and snowmobilers. Snow bike are also called Fat BikesDSC_0757

Ski area access roads, old mining roads and snowmobile trails are ideal for riding. Cross-country ski trails might look fun, but if you try to pedal in more than four or five inches of powder with your standard wheels, you’ll sink in like you are standing in quicksand. Hardpack is best and packed powder is good, too. Packed hardpack with a few inches of powder is like riding on top of the clouds. Areas like Vermont (Kindgom Trails), Washington State (Methow Trails) and Wyoming (Grand Targhee Trails) have snow bike only trails. 

The key to riding in the snow is flotation and slow, steady movements. Maintain a slow and steady rhythm, ride at a slightly lower cadence and higher gear than you normally would.  Do not jump too hard out of the saddle when you need to accelerate. Steer with smooth and wide turns, and if the bike wants to slip in on one direction, then let it. You can only be as aggressive as the trail surface allows—and in snow, that usually means you’re not going to be jumping up to sprint, standing to hammer up climbs, or generally thrashing around. Basinger’s advice: Shift into a gear that lets you keep a comfortably high cadence, take a seat, and spin down the trail.10969183615_3898a8cd17_c

Snow bike enthusiasts agree that it’s more interesting and can be more fun than riding on the dirt. Beware though, riding in the snow is hard and technical, and rewarding at the same time. Ten miles in the snow is like 20 miles on a dirt trail!

The sweet spot is where the conditions are perfect for floating. Be ready to do some wandering to find the sweet spot. Not all trails will ideal from start to finish. In less than ideal conditions, you can play with the way you distribute your weight – if the snow’s crusty, shift more weight to the front so you can stay on the crust without breaking through. If it’s mushy, shift to the back so you can get some traction. Experiment, have fun and be grateful for winter!





How to Choose a BMX Bike


Bicycle motocross, or BMX, has been around since disco and bell bottoms. Jumping, racing and pulling BMX stunts is the type of crazy that never truly dies. Designed for tough track riding, BMX bikes excel on dirt, vert, park, street and flatland. Classic BMX bikes have low saddles, chunky tires, durable metal frames and high straight handlebars. On the flip side, there are several BMX variations, with some tailored for urban skills or heavy-duty jumps, for example. As with any bike purchase, you need to do some research and choose a bike that’s comfortable to ride. From racing on dirt tracks to skateparks to performing flatland tricks, you’ll first need to determine which style of BMX riding best suits your interests.

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  • BMX – This is a dirt ready race bike with knobby tires, a lightweight frame and parts, and a strong rear brake. It’s best for dirt-track racing, going fast off road and for short distances.
  • Freestyle – A super-sturdy stunt and trick bike, Freestyle BMX bikes have an ultra-beefy frame and wheels, pavement-ready tires, cable-detangling headset and axle pegs. Take this bad boy to skateparks. It’s perfect for learning and performing stunts and tricks.
  • Jump – Sometimes called a Dirt Jumper, these are essentially a fusion of BMX and freestyle bikes. They’re similar to a classic BMX bike, but less aggressive. Jump bikes have a sturdy frame and wheels, rear brake, and knobby tires. They’re ideal for carving local trails, jumping ramps and thrashing your friend’s back yard.

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  • Mini – Four to six year olds are a perfect fit for this tiny BMX bike. It has a low standover height, 155-mm cranks, 20 x 1 1/8″ tires.
  • Junior – Designed for seven to nine year olds, Junior BMX bikes have a slightly larger frame than Mini, 165-mm cranks and 20 x 1 3/8″ tires.
  • Expert – Nine to 13 year olds should rock an expert bike. It has a longer top tube than Junior, 170-mm cranks, 20 x 1.5-1.75″ tires.
  • Pro – Riders 12 and up are ready for a Pro BMX bike. They come standard with a “full-size” frame, 175-180-mm cranks, 20 x 1.75-2.2″ tires.

We’re nearly there! If cost isn’t an issue, choose an aluminum frame for a lightweight bike for racing. Younger children may also find aluminum frames lighter and easier to handle. Let’s not forget the wheels! If you plan to race, remember that racing BMX wheels tend to be lightweight, with 32 spokes, according to the Cool Biking Zone website. However, for urban tricks, you’ll need a more solid wheel with either 48 spokes or a thicker mag-style design.


The Benefits of an Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

Have you been stuck in the stressful physical world far too long? It’s time you step into the world of stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing) where liquid tranquility and spiritual transcendence unite at 15 Psi. By now you’ve heard about how rewarding and liberating SUPing can be but are unsure what board is right for you. Why not try an inflatable paddleboard, the less expensive, easier to use alternative to a traditional, rigid paddleboard.




Your inflatable SUP comes with a high-pressure pump so you can easily inflate it in minutes. Carry weight is light, which makes transporting effortless. Made of military-grade rubberized material, a 6” thick inflatable SUP can easily support a 250-lb paddler and durable enough to bounce off rocks, rub against shark fins and withstand punctures from natural and unnatural objects. They will last for years.

Transition your yoga class from a sweaty, cramped room to the revitalizing effects of fresh air and cool water. Inflatables have a soft exterior so your body and mind stay in perfect harmony without the painful feel of fiberglass disrupting your chi.

An Inflatable SUP weighs between 20-30 lbs deflated and can easily be rolled into a stuff sack and stored in small spaces, even inside overhead compartments on planes. The perfect travel companion. A must for beginner or expert SUPers looking for an easy to use, easy to transport activity with an entry point around 600 dollars. Leave your worries at home and the office. Now you’re free to enjoy all the physical and mental benefits of SUPing with an inflatable stand up paddleboard. Happy paddling!

  • Great price point for beginners, no add-on purchases like car racks
  • Can endure any water condition and withstand punctures from rocks, logs and reefs
  • As sturdy as fiberglass boards and can hold up to a 250-lb paddler
  • Effortless to transport — fits into small car trunk, stores in less space than a bike and weighs between 20-30 lbs deflated
  • Inflates / deflates in minutes with minimal strain, ergonomically correct travel bag, and minimal-to-no upkeep. Just blow and go.
  • Take on vacation — stores in some overhead compartments on planes.
  • Inflatable SUPs are great for yoga, touring, surfing, staying in shape or for just laying on and soaking up the rays.

Top 5 Things to Do With a Fat Bike


If adventure is your name, you ride a fat bike.  No matter what mother nature serves up, a fat bike can more than likely ride it, taking you deeper, farther, and more extreme. Fat tires are becoming more and more popular on mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails, snowmobile trails, sandy dunes, beaches and even shallow river beds. But a hardy breed of cyclists are putting them to good use for hunting, delivering mail, and even ice fishing. To many, fat bikes open up new possibilities are really just another means of getting around. No more excuses. When the weather gets rough and the terrain gets nasty, a fat bike will excel where any other bike will founder. Standing water, shallow streams, mud and loose gravel will never stop you from riding again. 

And they are stealthy, comfortable rides. The standard mountain bikes typically have a wheel width of a little over 2 inches, while fat bike tires can be double that or more. The massive tires can also be ridden at dramatically lower pressure. Manufacturers suggest most standard mountain bike tires be filled to 25–65 psi, but the massive fat tires can run 10 psi or even lower. The lower pressure allows more of the tire to grip the ground under the rider’s weight, drastically increasing the rubber’s surface area and making a smoother ride over rough terrain.

The fun and versatility is endless with fat bikes. Check out five things to do with a fat bike…

  1. Backcountry Snow Riding –  From flat, snow-covered meadows to steep and deep backcountry trails, fat bikes excel on snow. Some people even refer to them as snow bikes. Explore more in the winter! Branch out to frozen lakes and firm snow during spring. It’s an excellent way to extend the bike season and another opportunity for winter recreation. fat-bike-sand-ride-1631
  2. Beach and Sand Riding – Fat bikes are becoming a typical site on East and West coast beaches. See more shoreline and get a tan while cursing the beach on a rented fat bike. While not effortless, fat bikes can also plow through deep, soft sand that would paralyze a regular mountain bike. We’re not saying it’s easy, but mountain biking isn’t either! The oversized balloon tires run on low air pressure allow more surface area to grip the sand. Drifting sand can also accumulate in sandy areas and streets was with wind – a fat bike will make for perfect transportation in such areas.
  3. XC Ski Trails – More and more places around the country are opening up nordic ski trails to fat bikes. The two sports can complement each other quite well because most skiers prefer softer snow, while firmer conditions favor bikes. When the skiing is bad, the snow biking is good – a win win.
  4. Bikepacking and Touring – Creative route planning is central to life on a fat bike. Think of how fun it’d be to explore where no bike has perviously been – think unimproved abandoned railroad corridors, unrideable sandy tracks, various stone tracks and unpaved roads and sandy deserts. Let’s not forget secluded snowy winter paradises like Alaska, Fat-bike adventure ride  2012 048Northern Minnesota and Washington state. There’s a lot of wilderness out there and a fat bike might just be the ticket to seeing these new places.
  5. Hunting and Ice fishing – That’s right. But it makes sense, right? There are just some places that you won’t find groomed trails. A fat bike is ideal for getting you to spots that are off the beaten path. And much quieter than an ATV. When the weather gets rough and the terrain gets nasty, a fat bike will excel where any other bike will founder.