Best Gaming Laptop Under $600

LOOKING FOR THE BEST GAMING LAPTOP UNDER $600?

Laptops have advanced rapidly in the past few years! They are no longer just scaled-down, portable machines that are only good for running Microsoft Office; many are fully fledged gaming machines with high-end graphics cards, fast CPUs, and lots of RAM. These specific devices can handle downloading and running games with fewer struggles compared to regular laptops.

Gaming laptops are typically a little thicker and heavier than standard laptops because they contain a more powerful hardware. But despite this additional weight, they are still relatively light and easy to transport.

This article will take a look at the best gaming laptops under $600 to help you choose a fantastic gaming machine with all the features you need to have fun while gaming.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GAMING LAPTOP

There are certain features that gaming laptops must contain to run modern games well. Here’s a breakdown of what each feature means and elements to look for to suit your preferences and budget.

A POWERFUL CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU)

The CPU is the component of the computer that performs calculations and controls input/output operations.  Modern computer games typically require a fast and responsive CPU that can perform calculations for the game.

If you play online multiplayer games, a fast CPU is particularly important because it is used to accurately track the locations of dozens of players and process data packets from remote servers.  For a budget of $600, Core i5 is a great option for gamers, and you’ll find that this can handle intensive tasks such as gaming and playing multimedia simultaneously. If you choose a lower specification of CPU, this will reduce the game’s speed. If your CPU is not fast enough to process the incoming data correctly, you may begin to lag.

AN EXTREMELY POWERFUL GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT (GPU)

For modern games, the graphics card is usually the most important component of a gaming laptop.  It is the device that processes the game’s graphics to make them look more stunning.  The GPU handles most of those high-fidelity textures, particle effects, animations, and physics effects. Essentially, the more powerful your GPU is, the better the game will look!

If you are playing older or less graphically intensive games, a GPU is less important.  However, if you are playing a graphically intensive game like a first-person shooter (Battlefield, Far Cry, Titanfall), having a high-end GPU is essential.

The amount of VRAM on the graphics card is also important in a gaming laptop and an extension of GPU.  The VRAM provides temporary storage space for the graphics card works such as frames, textures, and other graphics data.  If there is insufficient VRAM on the graphics card, it will have to wait for space to store files, which causes the game to stutter.  You should look for a graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM considering the budget we’re looking at. However, you’ll need at least 1080P resolution on your gaming laptop for this to maintain the different frames for your monitor.

HIGH-RESOLUTION SCREEN

There is no point having a high-end graphics card that delivers beautiful graphics if the screen cannot render them well!  Ideally, a gaming laptop should have a screen of 1920 x 1080). This data allows you to view fine details on the screen without any blurriness, making it perfect for gaming.  If possible, get one with an in-plane switching (IPS) LED screen with a fast refresh rate.  An LED screen also improves the screen’s vibrancy no matter what angle you view your laptop screen at. This technology also improves the color quality of your images.

However, a higher-resolution screen doesn’t come without its disadvantages. As the images and videos are sharper and clearer, this uses more of your laptop’s battery life which can be an inconvenience.

A GOOD AMOUNT OF MEMORY (RAM)

RAM works similarly to VRAM: it is a temporary location for the computer to store information.  However, instead of being used by the GPU, the computer’s RAM is used by the CPU.

RAM is one of the most important factors when purchasing a laptop. This is a computer memory system which temporarily saves your laptop’s information, but it’s not to be confused with a hard drive which stores information for long periods. Without sufficient RAM, your device will run much slower and could even make gaming almost impossible. However, just having RAM isn’t enough as you need to have a sufficient amount for your games to download efficiently and not lag.

If you do not have enough RAM, your laptop cannot quickly store the information it uses when making calculations.  When this happens, the CPU resorts to storing data on the hard drive, leading to in-game lag and a less responsive computer.

In recent years, the price of RAM has dramatically dropped so you can now easily obtain 4 or 8 GB of RAM for your laptop.  This is the minimum amount of RAM you should have in your laptop for gaming, so your games load quickly, and the information is saved promptly. However, all games come in different sizes and require a different RAM size, so check the manufacturer guide on your chosen game for the minimum requirement. You might find that you can also watch YouTube videos or video call your friends while playing games. Consider if you ordinarily multitask while playing games, otherwise a large size isn’t essential for you.

A FAST AND SPACIOUS HARD DRIVE

Your hard drive is a permanent storage location for your computer’s data and game files.  Games can be quite large and require as much as 50 or 60 GB of storage space.  If you intend to play a variety of different games, a large hard drive will be required.

The two most common types of hard drives found in gaming laptops are Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD).   HDDs use rapidly rotating metal discs coated with a magnetic material to store data. The platters have to spin while you are storing or accessing data constantly.  SSD uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory. They have no spinning parts, and they don’t have to scan a spinning disk to find data, so they can retrieve and store data very quickly.

Typically, for the same amount of money, the HDD will have more storage space while the SSD will be much faster.  A 1TB HDD (1000GB) costs about the same as a 256GB SSD. However, the SSD will increase substantially faster which means the computer boots up faster, games will open faster, and games can write data to the drive faster. On average, an SSD takes 10 to 13 seconds to load a laptop while a HDD takes 30 to 40 seconds. An SSD also runs a lot quieter and smoother with no audible clicks, spinning or vibrating parts that could distract you from gaming.

BATTERY

The laptop’s battery is also important if you are gaming while traveling or somewhere without access to power. Gaming laptops use larger amounts of power than regular laptops to improve the graphics and create high-definition results. As a result, your device can quickly run out of battery even after very little use. This might not be an issue if you intend to play games with the charger plugged in, but if you wish to travel and play, you need to consider what power source will be available.

It’s a fact that the best gaming laptops only last a couple of hours without needing to be charged since they have to generate such high-quality images and refresh constantly. Although you’ll likely want a good battery life, consider that this will mean reducing the picture quality, so ask yourself if this is really essential to your gaming.

Acer Aspire E 15 ASUS F556UA-AS54 Dell Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6 Touchscreen Pro Laptop Lenovo G70 Premium High Performance 17.3-inch HD+ Laptop
Rating: 4.8/5 Rating: 4.3/5 Rating: 3.5/5 Rating: 5/5
CPU: Intel Core i5-6200U Processor CPU: Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U processor
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM GPU: Integrated Intel HD 520 GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500
Display: 15.6-inch HD 1920*1080 pixels Display: 15.6-Inch Full-HD Display 1920*1080 pixels Display: 15.6-inch High resolution LED backlight, HD touchscreen Display: 17.3-inch HD 1600×900 display
RAM: 8GB RAM: 8GB RAM: 8GB RAM: 8GB
Hard Drive: 256GB Hard Drive 256GB Hard Drive: 1TB SATA hard drive Hard Drive: 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive
Price: $$$ Price: $$$ Price: $$$ Price: $$
  • Acer Aspire E 15
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6200U Processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM
  • Display: 15.6-inch HD 1920*1080 pixels
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB
  • Price: $$$
  • ASUS F556UA-AS54
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • CPU: Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor
  • GPU: Integrated Intel HD 520
  • Display: 15.6-Inch Full-HD Display 1920*1080 pixels
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive 256GB
  • Price: $$$
  • Dell Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6 Touchscreen Pro Laptop
  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Display: 15.6-inch High resolution LED backlight, HD touchscreen
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 1TB SATA hard drive
  • Price: $$$
  • Lenovo G70 Premium High Performance 17.3-inch HD+ Laptop
  • Rating: 5/5
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U processor
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Display: 17.3-inch HD 1600×900 display
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive
  • Price: $$

What to Look For in a Gaming Laptop

There are certain features that gaming laptops must contain to run modern games well.

A powerful central processing unit (CPU)

The CPU is the component of the computer that performs calculations and controls input/output operations.  Modern computer games typically require a very fast CPU that can perform calculations for the game.

If you play online multiplayer games, a fast CPU is particularly important because it is used to accurately track the locations of dozens of players and process data packets from remote servers.  If your CPU is not fast enough to process the incoming data correctly, you may begin to lag.

An extremely powerful graphics processing unit (GPU)

For modern games, the graphics card is usually the most important component of a gaming laptop.  It is the device that processes the game’s graphics and makes the game look beautiful.  Most of those high fidelity textures, particle effects, animations and physics effects are handled by the GPU.  Essentially, the more powerful your GPU is, the better the game will look!

If you are playing older or less graphically intensive games, a GPU is less important.  However, if you are playing a graphically intensive game like a first person shooter (Battlefield, Far Cry, Titanfall), having a high-end GPU is essential.

The amount of VRAM on the graphics card is also important in a gaming laptop.  The VRAM provides temporary storage space for the elements that the graphics card works with — frames, textures, and other graphics data.  If there is insufficient VRAM on the graphics card, it will have to wait for space to store files, which causes the game to stutter.  You should look for a graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM.

High-resolution screen

There is no point having a high-end graphics card that delivers beautiful graphics if the screen cannot render them well!  Ideally, a gaming laptop should have a 1080P screen.  If possible, get one with an in-plane switching (IPS) LED screen with a fast refresh rate.

A good amount of memory (RAM)

RAM works in a similar way to VRAM — it is a temporary location for the computer to store information.  However, instead of being used by the GPU, the computer’s RAM is used by the CPU.

If you do not have enough RAM, your CPU cannot quickly store the information it uses when making calculations.  When this happens, the CPU resorts to storing data on the hard drive, leading to in-game lag and a less responsive computer.

In recent years, the price of RAM has dropped dramatically so you can now easily obtain 4 or 8 GB of RAM for your laptop.  You can also upgrade your RAM at a later point.

A fast and spacious hard drive

Your hard drive is a permanent storage location for your computer’s data and game files.  Games can be quite large and require as much as 50 or 60 Gigabytes of storage space.  If you intend to play a variety of different games, a large hard drive will be required.

The two most common types of hard drives found in gaming laptops are Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD).   HDDs use rapidly rotating metal discs coated with a  magnetic material to store data.  The platters have to constantly spin while you are storing or accessing data.  SSD uses an integrated circuit assemblies as memory.  They have no spinning parts and they don’t have to scan a spinning disk to find data, so they can retrieve and store data very quickly.

Typically, for the same amount of money, the HDD will have more storage space while the SSD will be much faster.  A 1TB HDD (1000GB) costs about the same as a 256GB SSD.  However, the SSD will substantially faster which means the computer boots up faster, games will open faster and games can write data to the drive faster.

Battery

The laptop’s battery is also important if you are gaming while traveling or somewhere without access to power.

Some of the best gaming laptops under $600

These laptops are all excellent choices for gaming!  They all have excellent GPUs, plenty of RAM and beautiful displays required for gaming.

Acer Aspire E15

Acer-Aspire-E15Price: $549

CPU: 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (Up to 2.8GHz)

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM

Display: 15.6-inch Full HD Display 1920*1080 pixels

RAM: 8GB DDR4 Memory

Hard Drive: 256GB SSD

Battery: 6-cell Li-Ion (2800 mAh) Battery with up to 12-hours Battery Life

The Acer E15 is the best of the laptops reviewed, with a super-fast Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1080p display and a 256GB SSD.  It boots up quickly, is responsive and a real pleasure to use. It has a large 6-cell Li-ion battery that is capable of an astonishing 12 hours of battery life — more than the other laptops reviewed.

This is the only laptop reviewed here that has a dedicated graphics card, the GeForce 940MX — making it ideal for games with more advanced graphics.  Of the laptops reviewed, this is the one most likely to run a game like Battlefield or Titanfall at high frames per second (fps). With an average of loading 30 fps, this Acer laptop might struggle loading games such as Black Ops 4, but it’ll present graphics in high definition.

With many gaming laptops, cooling can be a huge issue, but we’re pleased that this Acer laptop doesn’t overheat meaning you can comfortably sit it on your legs while continuing play. This is all down to the CPU and GPU to keep the laptop running efficiently while downloading graphics.

The graphics card, SSD drive, and outstanding display are the major selling points of this laptop.  It is a substantial offering from Acer and incredible value for money.

ASUS F556

ASUS-F556Price: $529

CPU: Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor (Turbo to 2.8 GHz)

GPU: Integrated Intel HD 520

Display: 15.6-Inch Full-HD Display 1920*1080 pixels

RAM: 8GB DDR3

Hard Drive: 256GB SSD

Battery: 38 Watt/hr Li-polymer battery (2.5 times the lifespan of standard Li-ion)

This ASUS shares some similar specifications to the Acer Aspire E15, with the same Intel i5-6200U process and an incredibly fast 256GB SSD.  It has a stunning 1080p screen that renders games beautifully.

The long-lasting Li-Polymer battery can provide more than 700 charge cycles, which is more than 2.5 time what a standard Li-ion provides.  It is also highly efficient at retaining its charge capacity, keeping up to 80% of the full charge of a new battery.

It is a very attractive laptop that is only 1-inch high.  If you are frequently traveling, you can fit it into your rucksack or bag very easily as it only weighs 2.3kg!  The high-quality battery means you will get plenty of gaming from the laptop before you need to recharge.

The only downside to having such a low-profile laptop is that it doesn’t have enough room for a stand-alone graphics card. It uses an integrated Intel HD 520.  This card may be fine for older games and less graphically intensive games. So you could run Starcraft, League of Legends or CS:GO well, but it might struggle with the latest Battlefield or Titanfall game.

Dell Inspiron 7000

Dell-Inspiron-7000Price: $587

CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz)

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500

Display: 15.6″ High Resolution LED Backlight, HD (1366 x 768) Truelife Touchscreen Display

RAM: 8GB DDR3L SDRAM

Hard Drive: 1TB SATA hard drive

Battery: 3-cell battery with up to 8 hours of battery life

Dell offers an excellent range of value-for-money laptops that often come with innovative features.  This Dell Inspiron is no exception, coming with a 15.6″ touchscreen display. It has a beautiful display to use, and Windows 10 Home comes with excellent touch screen support. This easy-to-use touch screen makes gaming more accessible to everyone, and you can quickly navigate through levels without having to click the mouse.

While games look fantastic on this display, it does not run on 1920×1080, instead only reaching 1366×768.  This only becomes an issue if you intend on playing games with advanced graphics (Battlefield and Titanfall).  If you are playing something like The Sims, CS:GO orStarcraft, the game render beautifully.

It comes with a huge 1TB SATA HDD, which is large enough to store hundreds of movies or thousands of videos.  It has plenty of RAM, and the Intel Core i5 is a solid processor. The battery life is great also, coming in at 8-hours, which makes it one of the best gaming laptops on the market right now.  This laptop is a great choice if you want one with a touchscreen and sufficient RAM.

Lenovo G70

Lenovo-G70Price: $517

CPU: 5th Gen Intel Core i5-5200U processor (3M Cache, 2.2 GHz base frequency, up to 2.70 GHz),

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500

Display: 17.3-inch diagonal HD+ BrightView WLED-backlit (1600 x 900) display

RAM: 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz RAM

Hard Drive: 1TB 5400rpm hard drive 

Battery: Li-Ion with up to 5 hours battery life

Lenovo has a reputation for making reliable and affordable gaming laptops.  The G70 combines some great components in a sleek shell. The display is a huge 17.3 inch BrightView WLED display that looks absolutely gorgeous.  Although the resolution has been scaled down slightly, the larger screen makes gaming more immersive.

This laptop has plenty of CPU power and RAM, providing a very fast user experience, so you can spend more time playing games than waiting for images to load.  The Boot-up and game loading are slightly slower than the other laptops because it is runs a HDD instead of an SSD, but you will have plenty of storage space available.

The only downside with this laptop is the low battery life (probably due to the larger display), and limited screen resolution that isn’t 1080p and an integrated graphics card.  However, it provides a very affordable, budget-conscious gaming laptop nonetheless!

HAVE ANY OF THESE LAPTOPS CAUGHT YOUR EYE?

Choosing a gaming laptop isn’t easy when there are so many factors to consider and an array of products, but the above selections show a variety of resolutions, battery life, storage and more. Also, refer back to the amount of RAM and storage space you need to play your favorite games, or you risk choosing a laptop which isn’t suitable for your specific needs.

If we had to recommend only one gaming laptop, it would be the Dell Inspiron 7000 model since this offers a sleek and streamlined design. The device is comfortable and ergonomically designed for hours of use thanks to the keyboard’s shallow feel. The buttons are soft, and the touchpad is responsive so you can enjoy playing games. But from the remaining gaming laptops, have any caught your eye? Share your thoughts or further recommendations in the comments.

Best Jumping Stilts

Air-Trekkers Adult Model

Are you looking for a new past time that is fun, exciting, and can greatly improve your fitness?  Jumping stilts may be the answer!  Jumping stilts are special stilts that incorporate springs, allowing you to jump to great heights.  You can run while wearing them, leap on top of tall objects, and even perform acrobatics!

They have become incredibly popular in the past couple of years and there are now hundreds of videos online that show the incredible stunts that can be performed.  There are also many different manufacturers making jumping stilts for people of all ages and skill levels.

This guide to jumping stilts will explain how to choose the perfect pair of jumping stilts and use them safely.  Then, we’ll explain how to get started on jumping stilts and highlight five of the best jumping stilts on the market.

Who invented jumping stilts?

Jumping stilts were invented by a German aerospace engineer named Alexander Boeck and patented in the United States in 2003.  They are spring-loaded stilts that are strapped onto both legs.  When strapped in, a person stands approximately 16-20 inches above the ground.

When the wearer jumps and lands on the ground, the springs compress and bounce back, sending them flying into the air!  The harder the user pushes the stilts into the ground, the higher they jump.  Some of the most well known jumping stilt brands include Powerskips, Fly Jumpers, Pro-Jumps, Air-Trekkers, Flying Jumpers and Power Striders.

Jumping stilts are a lot of fun but they can also be used for exercise.  Jogging with a pair of jumping stilts on helps you develop strong legs, core strength, and great cardiovascular fitness.

Choosing the best jumping stilts

There are a number of considerations that go into choosing the right pair of jumping stilts, including your age, skill level, and weight.  Here are some simple tips to help you find the right pair.

Choose stilts designed to support your weight

The springs on a pair of jumping stilts are rated to suit people in a certain weight range.  The precise weight range for each model varies depending on the manufacturer, so take a close look at the product’s website or manual before making a purchase.  Some manufacturers simply have a youth model and a variety of adult models, while other manufacturers have 10 or 12 models to suit users ranging from 40 to 250 pounds in weight.

Consider how you would like to bounce

Some people prefer jumping stilts with a softer or harder bounce.  A harder bounce can sometimes be better for stunts involving great heights and faster speeds while a softer bounce makes hopping onto high objects at slow speeds easier.  However, personal preference also plays a role.  Some manufacturers have models with hard and soft springs.  You can also buy jumping stilts that are slightly out of your weight range to obtain a harder or softer bounce.

Is noise an issue?

If you intend on using the jumping stilts around the home, you might prefer a quieter pair that does not annoy other occupants.  The design and construction materials of jumping stilts determines how noisy they are.  If you would prefer a quiet pair, ask other jumping stilt users for their opinions on noise levels of different products or contact the manufacturer.

Think about comfort

If you will be using the jumping stilts for long periods, look for a pair that has additional padding on the foot rests and calf rests.  This will help you avoid any blisters or bruising.  You can also tie a towel around the stilts to provide a bit more comfort.

Consider the spring type

The springs on jumping stilts are usually made from fiberglass or carbon fiber.  The manufacturers of carbon fibre springs suggest that their products are spongier, stronger and last longer.  Carbon fibre springs are often used by professionals who are performing acrobatics and require very strong springs to handle long jumps.

While the springs on jumping stilts will lose tension, it takes a very long time.  Professionals who are performing stunts often change their springs, but the average user will rarely or never need to change theirs.  Most users will be fine with a fiberglass spring, but if you see yourself really getting into the sport and performing stunts, go for carbon fibre.

Consider the price

In general terms, more expensive jumping stilts have better components and will last longer.  If you are trying out jumping stilts for the first time, you might be better off with a budget pair to start with.  However, don’t go for the cheapest product on the market — remember that safety is a concern.  If you think you will be using your stilts for a long period or you are an experienced jumper, spend a bit more money to obtain better performance and greater longevity.

Make sure you buy an officially licensed product
There are only a handful of companies producing officially licensed jumping stilts.  They make high-quality products that are guaranteed with warranties.  Unfortunately, there are also some shady competitors offering non-licensed imports.  Many of these products are poorly made and can be dangerous to use.  Make sure you check that the jumping stilts are an officially licensed product.

Using Jumping Stilts Safely

Jumping stilts allow you to jump to great heights and perform crazy tricks.  However, it’s important that you always think about safety before using them.  Falls can happen and because you will be so far off the ground there is more risk of an injury occurring.  These safety measures will help you enjoy your jumping stilts without any injuries!

  • Always wear the appropriate safety gear
    You should always wear a helmet when using jumping stilts.  BMX bike helmets are ideal — just make sure it has a strap and you use it.  Optional safety items include wrist guards and shin guards to protect your knees.

  • Be sure to fit them securely
    Jumping stilts have straps that keep your legs attached to the stilt.  Always ensure these straps are well-fitted.

  • Make sure you get jumping stilts appropriate for your weight
    If you wear a pair of jumping stilts with the wrong spring for your weight, they may work poorly and increase the risk of a fall.  You can even damage the jumping stilt and cause a fall.

  • Buy a quality pair of jumping stilts
    There are dozens of different jumping stilts on the market, ranging from children’s versions through to professional jumping stilts.  Stilts can also vary greatly in terms of build quality.  If you are going to be performing large jumps and attempting acrobatics, spend a bit extra to ensure you have a well built product.

Getting started with jumping stilts

Jumping stilts are radically different from almost every other sport.  They share some similarities with using a trampoline, but you will also be running and performing acrobatics while wearing them.  One thing for sure — jumping stilts will test the strength of your legs and your cardiovascular health.  If you are interested in getting fitter, they are a great choice!  Here are a few simple tips for getting started on jumping stilts.

  • Take it slow at first
    It takes some tie to get used to being on jumping stilts.  Resist the urge to try a backflip or other acrobatics until you have spent a good amount of time using your jumping stilts.  You should take some time to get used to the additional weight on your legs and the feel of the springs.

  • Be aware that the use of jumping stilts requires a lot of fitness
    Even if you are physically fit, you may find jumping stilts to be exhausting at first.  They really test your leg strength and cardiovascular fitness.  Start with short sessions for the first month, to gradually build your strength up.  Don’t be surprised if your legs feel a bit wobbly after your first few attempts!

  • Practice walking first
    When you first strap the jumping stilts on, practice walking around before attempting any large jumps.  You can use a high fence or railing to help you balance while you walk around.  Focus on getting a feel for how much the stilts bounce when you press down and how much traction they have.  You can also try a few stationary bounces while using a fence for additional support.  Before long, your confidence will increase and you will feel comfortable running and jumping in your stilts.

  • Checkout some videos for tips and advice
    There are some great video tutorials on YouTube which cover the basics of using jumping stilts.  They are a great resource for perfecting jumps and more advanced moves.

  • Stick to flat surfaces at first
    While you will see many videos of experienced jumpers traversing 6 steps in one leap — stick with flat ground for the first month or so.  There is more risk involved when jumping around steps or on sloping ground.

  • Don’t get carried away!
    Jumping stilts can make you feel like superman!  You will be flying through the air and leaping over high objects before you know it.  Avoid the temptation to perform very advanced maneuvers until you have mastered the basics.  You should spend time getting a feel for how heavy the stilts are on your legs before performing any acrobatics or attempting to leap over objects.  Take your time learning how to use them and don’t rush your progress.

5 Of The Best Jump Stilts

Here are 5 of the best jumping stilts on the market.  They are all well made and guaranteed to provide many hours of fun!

Air-Trekkers Adult Model – Carbon Fiber Spring Jumping Stilts


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  • BIONIC-LIKE DESIGN: High performance carbon fiber springs. Leg Cuff & Wide Velcro binding straps for added safety….
  • RUN, JUMP, FLIP: Run Faster Jump Higher. Try parkour, free running, and acrobatic flips & tricks. Hands free POGO…
  • EXERCISE & FITNESS: Cardio, core body strength. Arouses athletic skills ideal for agility, coordination, balance, and…

Air-Trekkers are one of the most well known brands of jumping stilts.  Their products are well made, comfortable to wear and perform well.  This model is designed for adults who weigh between 160 and 210 pounds.  It features high-quality carbon fiber springs, a durable aluminum frame, and well padded knee supports.

This model can handle everything from general fitness running through to exciting acrobatics and parkour jumps.  Because the stilts are so light weight, they are perfect for anyone who wants to perform a backflip or other advanced trick.  The excellent durability of this product means they are very safe to use. 

Pros

  • Strong and durable carbon fiber springs

  • High standard of construction that guarantees years of use

  • Very lightweight which makes them ideal for acrobatics

Cons

  • Expensive

Child Youth Kangaroo Shoes Jumping Stilts


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  • -Iconiciris store authorized. Certification: SGS and CE,it indicate the jump stilts is safe to play
  • Load Range:Weight: 66~110lbs/30~50kg
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Special Product’s Supplier

This is a fantastic pair of jumping stilts designed for children.  They measure 23 and a half inches to the top bracket with a foot pad that is 10 inches off the ground.  This makes them the ideal size for an older child or teenager.

These jumping stilts have a flat spring that is controlled under deformation — this means that movement is very straight relative to the ground, making them easy to balance on.  This product is intended for a child who is getting their first pair of jumping stilts and will be performing basic jumps.

 

Pros

  • SGS and CE safety certifications

  • Durable and high-quality construction

  • Designed to be safe and stable for children to use

Cons

  • Not suitable for acrobatics

Skyrunner Adult Jumping Stilts


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  • Certification: SGS and CE,it indicate this jump stilts is safe to play
  • Load Range:Weight: 155~200 Ibs/70~90kg
  • Manufactured By:Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Special Product’s Supplier

If you’re looking for a fun way to reduce stress and lose weight, these jumping stilts from Skyrunner make for a clever investment. SGS and CE certified, the stilts are safe to use for everyone – you can practice tricks or simply jump around to burn calories.

Reliable and high-tech, the jumpers are made from durable materials and come with a double attachment system that holds your feet perfectly on the platform. The entire system is so comfortable that the stilts will actually feel like natural extensions of your legs.

Thanks to their sturdy construction and tight attachment system, the jumping stilts can be used for high jumps, acrobatics, and even intensive running. Despite what the manufacturer’s name suggests, you won’t actually reach the sky. But we’re here to guarantee that you will come close.

Pros

  • Meet safety requirements

  • Made from durable materials

  • Double attachment system

  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Beginners may experience some trouble tightening the straps at first

Adult Kangaroo Shoes Jumping Stilts


Adult Kangaroo Shoes Jumping Stilts Fitness Exercise…

  • Certification: SGS and CE,it indicate this jump stilts is safe to play
  • Load Range:Weight: 200-242lbs/90~110kg
  • Manufactured By:Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Special Product’s Supplier

This is another great pair of jumping stilts from Skyrunner.  This pair is designed for heavier adults in the 200 to 242 pound range.  It features a sturdy aluminum frame and well built fiberglass spring guaranteed to deliver years of fun.  These jumping stilts are a great option for adults who want to get fit while having fun.  Most adults can reach 10 miles per hour while running in these stilts and jump as high as 7 feet into the air.

Pros

  • SGS and CE safety certifications

  • Durable and high-quality construction

  • Very affordable!

Cons

  • None, this is a great pair of jumping stilts that is affordable and well made

Jump-bird Jumping Stilts


Jump-bird Jumping Stilts Pogo Stilts 66-110lbs/30-50kg Black

  • Full Aluminum Frame 6063 Style, Thickness 2.8mm,Nylon Belt,High Quality Fibreglass Spring,Wear Proof & Skid Proof Rubber…
  • Spring: special reinforced glass fiber;Body: aluminum alloy;Step: rubber;Connection: bolt or nut
  • Load Range :Weight: 66-110lbs/30-50kg,CE&SGS Certification

This is a fantastic pair of children’s jumping stilts that is safe and affordable.  They are made from a full 6063 aluminum frame that is extremely durable.  Other features include a special reinforced fiberglass spring, thick nylon straps, skid proof rubber feet and adjustable kneepads.  It is designed to be used by people weighing between 66 to 110pounds.

Pros

  • SGS and CE safety certifications

  • Straight vertical bounce, which makes them great for running and bouncing over tall objects

  • Durable and high-quality construction

  • Very affordable — a great present for the kids

Cons

  • None!

Our Verdict

Best overall jumping stilts

The Air-Trekkers — Carbon Fiber Spring Jumping Stilts are an incredible product.  They are well-made and designed for both professionals and keen amateurs.  You can do anything with these jumping tilts and they are made to last!

Best value-for-money

For adults, the Adult Kangaroo Shoes Jumping Stilts are great value-for-money.  For kids, get the Jump-bird Jumping Stilts — they are safe, well made and affordable!

We hope you enjoyed our guide to the best jumping stilts!  You are going to love this sport, you will get fit while having an incredibly fun time! Make sure you check out our adult obstacle course ideas as well.

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The Best Youth Wrestling Gear

Youth Wrestling Gear

There is something elemental about wrestling. The small amount of equipment required is all about reducing surface area. While there are teams and a measure of cooperative spirit, the game is ultimately played between two people. Holding someone to the ground seems much more tied to our evolutionary past than say, kicking a ball into a net. It’s no wonder that wrestling is often called “the oldest sport in the world.”

It makes sense that wrestling fans would want to introduce their kids to such a rewarding sport early on. However, it takes special considerations in order to make sure that young wrestlers have safe matches. In the United States, school wrestling teams are required to provide certain safety features for student wrestlers, such as mouthguards and headgear. By taking the right precautions, kids can enjoy wrestling safely.

This article will serve as a general overview of safety considerations for young wrestlers and will introduce samples of great gear options for them.

Youth Wrestling Safety

Growing pains are very real experiences. Puberty, braces, and other factors can all affect how young wrestlers compete. All of these factors must be taken into consideration when buying wrestling gear. With wrestling in particular, it is important that gear fits properly. Loose headgear or shoes can cause an athlete to trip and risk needless injury. Gear that is too tight can restrict movement and prevent a winning move.

It’s important to frequently check to make sure that equipment fits growing bodies. While many pieces of equipment are marketed specifically toward youth, older kids or kids with larger frames may be ready for gear traditionally marketed toward adults. Headgear especially is highly adjustable, and lasts longer as kids grow.

Most schools require physicals before students can begin training for wrestling. These physicals are a great chance for parents to know their children’s vulnerabilities and to determine which equipment will best protect them. For example, a child who is double jointed might wear knee padding in order to help prevent overextension of the knee.

Make sure that weight loss or gain for wrestling is done in a healthy manner. Talk to the coach about weight loss and gain techniques.

Singlets

What to look for:

Singlets are the one piece of wrestling equipment that are not hard to shop for. Many teams have matching singlets to order for the whole team. However, make sure that they fit comfortably and are made with quality material before focusing on colors or patterns. Following are a couple of solid options for singlets:

Brute Men’s Lycra High Cut Wrestling Singlet

Brute is a dependable brand for wrestling gear. This particular singlet is s good representation of what to look for in a singlet. It is made with nylon and lycra spandex, comfortable materials that stretch to conform with an athlete’s body. It’s high cut, with the legs ending just above the knee. The legs have a gripper elastic to prevent them from riding up. It comes in seven colors and several sizes (including youth sizes).

Asics Men’s Solid Modified Singlet

Another highly rated singlet, the Asics Men’s Solid Modified Singlet is similar in many ways. It is also made with nylon and lycra spandex, although with a greater lycra spandex to nylon ratio. The legs end above the knees as well, but the sleeves are lower cut.  Flat seam stitching creates a slightly closer fit.

Wrestling Shoes

What to look for:

High tops

One of the main reasons to pick a high quality wrestling shoes is in the ankles. Wrestling shoes feature high-tops with support to protect ankles and give competitors more leverage for better moves. At the same time, they shouldn’t constrict movements.

Wrestling shoes need a very snug fit—they should fit like a sock. When wrestlers wear shoes that are too big for them, they increase their chance of tripping and getting hurt. Shoes that are too tight can cause pain and constrict movements.

Good grip on the mat is one of the biggest advantages a competitor can have in wrestling. Look for treads with sharp angles that dig into to the mat.

Split soles v. unisoles

Almost every brand that sells wrestling shoes makes models with both split and non-split soles. Split sole shoes contain two soles—one for the toes and one for the heal. Split-soles are lighter and more flexible, making it easier for athletes to make well-articulated moves. Split sole shoes are the most common choice for lightweight wrestlers, who most need to be quick on their feet.

Unisoles have one sole that extends over the entire sole. Unisoles are not as flexible, but they are much more durable, and can be a good choice for heavyweight wrestlers.

Synthetic v. natural materials

Every shoe buyer most consider whether or not to get a shoe made out of leather, synthetic materials, or a mixture of both. While synthetic materials were once considered only a cheap alternative to leather, advances in technology are making them a more and more desirable option.

Wrestling shoes made with leather hold quite a few advantages for athletes. Wrestling shoes require a firm grip on the foot for safety. When a leather shoe is worn a little tightly, it expands and conforms to the foot. The material is also thicker than most synthetic material, which makes some wrestlers feel more protected. A big disadvantage to leather shoes is their high cost.

Shoes made with synthetic material vary widely in terms of quality, so select carefully. Depending on the kind you buy, shoes made with synthetic material can be more breathable and flexible. They are also more water resistant, helping players’ feet stay cool throughout a match. Synthetic materials are lighter and more versatile. They are increasingly the top choice for sports shoes. They also hold designs much more readily than leather, making it easier for teams to have shoes that show off their team spirit.

ASICS Men’s JB Elite Wrestling Shoe

This shoe is a great example of what can be done with leather. This is a higher-end, specialty shoe that still makes use of a rubber sole and other synthetic materials.

Because it contains synthetic materials, this model retains some of the benefits of synthetic materials. It contains mesh, allowing for the athlete’s feet to breathe. Its sole is rubber with a split design, allowing for quickness on the feet. Enhanced medial arch support keeps the athlete in comfort, even during long matches. An ecsaine (faux-suede) and leather upper keeps the shoe light while retaining the comfort and fit of leather.

ADIDAS Mens HVC WRESTLING SHOES

Adidas Mens HVC Wrestling shoes are tried and true classic wrestling shoes that happen to be fully synthetic. The focus here is on the fact that they are lightweight, breathable, and yet also durable.

This is a unisole design with a fine tread, making this shoe ideal for heavyweight wrestlers who need to be able to dig into the mat for leverage. A single-layer mesh allows the feet to breathe while also keeping the shoe durable.

Most handy of all, a built-in lace cover means no taping before competition!

 Mouth Guard

In the United States, schools require mouth guards for student wrestlers. Since mouth guards have to vary in size and shape for different athletes, purchasing an appropriate mouth guard is often left to the parents.

There are three main types of mouth guards: pre-manufactured, boil and bite, and custom made. Pre-manufactured mouthguards are the kind you will find most readily available online and in stores. They are the most affordable option, and work best for kids who have average sized and shaped teeth.

For a slightly more personalized fit, boil and bite mouthguards are molded to a kid’s mouth at home. These have the disadvantage of tending to slip out of the mouth easily.

Custom-made mouthguards are by far the best option, and by far the most expensive. They often require several visits to the dentist. If your child has braces or an abnormal teeth structure, strongly consider ordering a custom mouth guard.

Another special consideration for youth wrestlers is braces. The best option is to discuss a custom-fit mouth guard with your dentist. However, there are more affordable, pre-manufactured options available.

Mouth guards should fit comfortably and allow for breathing and talking. The best-designed mouth guards protrude slightly in order to protect the chin and lower jaw. They should be resistant to tears and easy to clean.  Cases should be vented to help keep mouth guards bacteria-free. If chemicals are a concern, also consider the material the mouth guard is made of. Medical-grade silicone is a great option.

Redline Sportswear Mouthguard w/ Vented Case – Protection For All Contact Sports

Here is an affordable option with some customization because of its boil and bite design. It comes with a vented case, definitely an added value. The material is BPA free and allows the wrestler to breath during competition.

Shock Doctor Double Braces Strapless Mouthguard

Here is an excellent option for kids with braces. It is pre-manufactured. Since boil and bite mouthguards can get caught in braces, so a pre-manufactured or custom mouthguard is your best bet. This model provides “ortho-channels” that allow an athlete to breathe more easily. It is also manufactured using medical grade silicone, making it a soft and comfortable option.It comes in either a bright blue and a bright pink color.

Headgear

What to look for:

Soft shell v hard shell

Wrestling headgear is also often also called ear guards, because their man function is to protect ears from damage. There are two designs of headgear to help prevent these injuries: soft shells and hard shells.

Hard shell headgear is made with foam and a durable plastic shell. It is more lightweight and often contain designs that allow for better hearing during competition. It also tend to last longer than soft shell headgear. However, they are not allowed at all competitions.

Soft shell helmets are manufactured with polymer, rubber, or fabric materials. These are a popular choice for young wrestlers, as they tend to be more comfortable.

Fit

Headgear specifically designed for youth are great for wrestlers at the younger end of the spectrum. However, kids grow quickly, and many pieces of headgear marketed towards adults are adjustable enough to be a great fit for minors as well. Strap designs vary, with as few as two adjustable straps and as many as five. An important consideration is ear size. Headgear with halo straps (two straps on the top of the head) are best for wrestlers with smaller ears.  A four-strap design is best for athletes with larger ears.

Ability to hear

During a match, it is certainly to an athlete’s advantage to be able to hear words from his coach, teammates, or well-wishers. Because headgear protects the ears, it sometimes blocks important noises from the athlete. Be careful to select a piece of headgear that protects the ears while still allowing the athlete to hear the world around him.

Cliff Keen Youth Tornado Wrestling Headgear

This hard shell youth headgear provides excellent venting, allowing the athlete to hear better and stay cooler. It has a simple tightening system, making it easier for young athletes to prepare on their own.  It also has deep er pockets, so that even athletes with quite large ears are protected.

ASICS Unisex Gel Wrestling Ear Guard

While marketed for adults, this soft shell headgear would also work for teenage wrestlers. It has a comfortable chin strap. Its simple design makes it easy to put together and understand.

Optional Gear

There are several pieces of equipment not required in schools that may nevertheless be helpful to young wrestlers.

Knee pads

Wrestling is essentially a game about falling. Whether an athlete is winning or losing, his knees will take a beating. The concept sounds simple, but there are actually several knee pad designs. Some provide simple impact cushioning, with a circular cushion to cover the knee. Others (often called “knee sleeves”) are lightweight, less constricting, and have a slippery surface in order to prevent mat burn.

Knee pads should fit snugly without limiting range of motion. Athletes can choose to wear a knee pad on only the knee they fall on the most, or on both legs. This is all a personal choice. Choose knee pads carefully to fit your wrestler’s specific needs and preferences.

Lace Covers

Most competitions require competitors to cover or tape shoelaces to prevent tripping accidents. If your athlete finds the sight of tape unseemly, a lace cover may be a good investment. Lace covers are usually just elastic bands that cover the ankle where the laces are tied.

Head Cover/ Wrestling Cap/ Slicker

There are many names for this simple accessory. It’s just something that covers up hair to keep it out of the face and prevent an opponent from using their hair as leverage. They also come in various colors, creating yet another way to show team or school spirit.

Head covers are usually made with lycra spandex, but consider a cotton blend so that it helps absorb sweat.

Blood Rag

Blood rags are kept under an athlete’s singlet for wiping their face or mat in the case of blood loss. Blood rags are only required for higher-level competitions. However, blood rags still come in handy in lower-level competitions. They are great for sopping up excess sweat. There is no need to buy a specialty blood rag—in fact, a cotton handkerchief can do the job perfectly well. A blood rag worn for many seasons can become sort of a good luck charm, so pick one that fit’s the athlete’s personality in some way.

Summary

Wrestling doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience for young wrestlers. Proper youth wrestling gear and proper training helps them feel prepared for this intensive contact sport. Have fun cheering your little one on from the sidelines!

5 Best Camping Hammocks

Best Camping Hammocks

Camping hammocks have seen a surge in popularity recently as more people realize the many advantages of using one!  They are easy to set up, lightweight, comfortable, and don’t disrupt the natural environment as much as a tent does.  They are also great value-for-money, which is fantastic if you want to go camping on a tight budget.

This article will detail some of the advantages of using a camping hammock before sharing the 5 best camping hammocks on the market!

The advantages of using a camping hammock

There are many advantages associated with using a camping hammock instead of a tent, including:

They are more comfortable

In most cases, sleeping in a camping hammock is much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground.  You will be sleeping on a cushioned and flexible surface that evenly distributes your body weight.  It is much more comfortable than sleeping on a rock or compacted soil surface.  You will obtain a much better night’s sleep which will help you recover for the next day’s outdoor activities.

You can set up camp almost anywhere

Finding a great spot to pitch your tent can be quite difficult in some areas, particularly if the ground is uneven or covered with debris.  You only need a couple of trees to set up a camping hammock, which makes finding the ideal campsite much simpler.

It also means that you can set up your camp away from crowded camp sites where people pitch their tents — giving you a sense of solitude and peace.

You are truly in the great outdoors

When you sleep in a camping hammock you can see the stars and are immersed in the natural environment.  You can really soak in the natural beauty surrounding you instead of being cooped up in a tent.

Modern camping hammocks are packed with features

Camping hammocks now have an incredible variety of features including rain shields, heat reflectors, mosquito nets and pockets for holding items you need to get to in a hurry.

Less creepy crawlies to deal with!

There is less risk of being overwhelmed by ants, spiders, snakes and other creepy crawlies if you are off the ground.  This makes camping hammocks ideal for people who love camping but hate the idea of bugs wandering into the tent!

Protection against groundwater

If it begins to rain heavily, water runoff can come into your tent, leaving you soaked!  A hammock does not have this problem because you are off the ground.  

Simple and fast to setup

You can set up a camping hammock much faster than a tent.  Because setting up a camping hammock is a simple, you can spend more time exploring the wilderness before you think about setting up for the night.  The speed with which you set it up means that you can quickly build your shelter in a few minutes if the weather suddenly changes.  Because camping hammocks are so simple to set up, it can be performed in low-light situations — which can be difficult if you are using a tent.

You can camp near water

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a good site for a tent which is near a water source.  Using a hammock makes it much simpler and you can be close to the perfect swimming spot or source of drinking water.

Minimal disruption to the natural environment

Moving rocks, plants and sticks to pitch a tent can disrupt the natural environment.  While it doesn’t seem like much of a disruption, if thousands of people pitch tents in an area each year, it can gradually cause damage.  Because a camping hammock is suspended over the ground, there is much less disruption to the natural environment. 

The 5 Best Camping Hammocks

These camping hammocks are all well-made, great-value-for-money and packed full of features!

Hennessy Hammock – Expedition Series

This hammock truly delivers on utility with a strong feature set well-suited for avid campers and the casual crowd alike.

The Hennessy hammock boasts of two separate entrances – one with a zipper on the side and another on the bottom comprised of automatic snaps and Velcro. These entrances allow you to jump in from a comfortable angle quickly enough to keep out pests probing for an entrance of their own.

Above your head, a super-fine mesh protects you from all manner of tiny midnight marauders, while a double-layered bottom holds your body heat in place for warmer nights on the trail.

Special webbing straps make this hammock safe to use on tender trees without damaging their bark, and a rain-fly provides protection from wet weather.

A nifty mesh gear pocket is positioned overhead inside this hammock as well to hold your gloves and additional gear safely.

Lightweight construction allows this hammock to be transported easily over long hiking distances and a minimal packed size keeps it from feeling cumbersome to tote around.

Pros: 

  • Side zipper entry
  • Bottom entry
  • Durable and comfortable design
  • Rain-fly, straps and mosquito mesh included

Cons: 

  • Not well-suited for people over 6-feet tall

Wildhorn Outpost Camping Hammock

51E8hj0jClL._SL250_Wildhorn Outfitters make great camping hammocks that offer excellent value-for-money and are well-made.   This hammock is designed to be set up very quickly and will not damage the trees that it is attached to.  The Wildhorn Outpost comes with everything you need to set the hammock up in 5 minutes including the simple-to-use “Litespeed” hanging kit.  This system allows the user to quickly change the hanging angle of the hammock to make it more comfortable and make it sit well between trees of different heights.

This is a very durable hammock, featuring durable polyester tree straps, cold rolled steel buckles, and aluminum carabiners.  It also uses Amsteel synthetic fiber rope, which is very light while remaining incredibly strong.  The 100% reinforced polyester tree straps are rated at 2000 pounds.

This is a lightweight hammock designed for a single person.  Wildhorn Outfitters also offer the Outpost II, which is designed for two people.

Pros: 

  • Durable and comfortable
  • Excellent value-for-money
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Wide range of great colors!

Cons: 

  • Not suitable for all climates
  • Could have more storage

Legit Camping – Double Hammock

51wH+8+DJyL._SL250_This Legit Camping double hammock is one of the highest-rated products on the market!  It has an excellent build quality, some great functionality and a very stylish appearance.  The hammock comes with a sack which contains all components, making it easy to set up and pack away.

This double hammock comes with everything that is required for a quick setup.  Unlike some other camping hammocks, there is no need to buy additional ropes or hanging systems.

Legit Camping understands the rigors of the outdoors and have designed this hammock using weather-resistant and rip-resistant materials.  It will serve you well in all weather environments including those extremely windy or rainy days.  The military-grade 210T nylon fabric that makes up most of the hammock is also quite comfortable.  It uses nylon straps that can wrap around many types of trees.  This hammock also comes with steel carabiners.

Pros: 

  • Built to handy all kinds of weather
  • Very Durable and comfortable
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Wide range of great colors!
  • Volume discounts (buy five, get two for free)

Cons: 

  • Could have more storage

TNH Outdoors Premium Camping Hammock

51lX8X0WXVL._SX425_TNH Outdoors make some fantastic camping products that are well-made and great value-for-money.  This premium camping hammock is no exception!  It is a parachute style camping hammock that is quick deep, shielding the occupant from cross-winds.

It is made from tough materials that can accommodate up to 400 pounds of weight.  It comes with an Easy-Squeeze carabiner set to help you set up camp very quickly.  The tree straps are triple stitched daisy chain straps that are extremely secure without harming the trees they are attached to.  This hammock also comes with a lifetime guarantee!

Pros: 

  • Very deep and comfortable hammock
  • Massive tree straps that are easy to setup
  • Lifetime warranty!
  • Comes with everything you need

Cons: 

  • None, this is a great hammock!

Kammok Roo Hammock

717Kium68AL._SL1500_This is a premium camping hammock that is lightweight and very portable.  It is ideal for any adventurers who are heading into remote locations or over tricky terrain.   The Kamok Roo Hammock uses 2 climbing-rated carabiners and 2 Dyneema slings for suspension.  It is simple to setup, allowing you to make camp in as little as a few minutes.

It features Kammok’s proprietary Lunar Wave rip stop nylon fabric.  They claim it is lighter and stronger than the parachute fabrics used by other hammock manufacturers.  This material is also UV resistant, mildew resistant and breathable.  This hammock has a max capacity of 500 pounds and includes a lifetime warranty!

Pros: 

  • A very well-made premium hammock
  • Very high-quality proprietary material
  • Lifetime warranty!

Cons: 

  • None, this is a great hammock!

There you have it, The 5 Best Camping Hammocks on the market. Check out some of ourcampfire games to help make your camping experience a memorable one.

67 Funny and Witty Fantasy Football Team Names

Playing Fantasy Football has become a worldwide phenomenon. Owning and operating a football team is now a fantasy come true for millions of people. Even though it has been around for many years, the Internet has taken it to a whole new level by creating fantasy football leagues.

Choosing a team and then coming up with witty fantasy football team names is all part of the fun. Even those who have few computer skills can join in on the excitement.

football team

Fantasy football works similarly to the NFL. Teams draft their favorite football players and then once the season starts two teams are matched up against each other each week.

Your fantasy team gets points based on how your NFL players perform on the field. Each fantasy football league has slightly different rules so you will want to check them out before joining in on the fun!

After getting a great team put together it’s important to come up with fantasy football team names that will catch everyone’s attention. Each new season continues to provide us with plenty of interesting fantasy football team names.

It is that time of year to get creative and start brainstorming team names. The following are funny and witty fantasy football team names that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

  • Plays Like a Pretty Gurley

  • Seeing the Forsett Through the Trees

  • Let’s Play Hyde & Seek

  • That’s Amari

  • Boldin and Brave

  • Hopkins to a Victory

  • Leather & Lacy

  • That’s My Forte

  • Lean, Mean, Fightin’ Vereen

  • Charles is in Charge

  • The Good Time Gurleys

  • Brees is the Bees Knees

  • They’re All Tellin’ a Great Torrey

  • Julio Think You Are?

  • This is the Insta-Ingram

  • Spaight From the Heart

  • It’s Going to Be Evan on Earth

  • High Voltage & Watts

  • Don’t Zag When You Should Ziggy

  • It’s Torrey Time

  • Red, White, & Green

  • Isn’t that Keenan?

  • Julio Down by the Football Field

  • Suggs in the Tubs

  • Going for the Green

  • Dez Going to be Good

  • Charles is the Chief

  • Goin’ to the Maxx

  • Good Time Charles

  • Let Me Ring my Le’Veon Bell

  • Watts a Matter with You

  • Hangin’ at the Hilton

  • It’s time to Gronk & Roll

  • There’s no Dr. Jekyll, Just Mr. Hyde

  • Downtown Brown is Runnin’ Around

  • Holding Down the Forte

  • Stefon Up to the Big Time

  • It’s Me and Mr. Jones

  • The Real McCoy

  • Easy, Breesy, Cover that Boy

  • Dez the Way I Like It

  • There’s a New Marshall in Town

  • Pretty Boy Floyd

  • Brandin Really Cooks

  • Choppin’ with the Woodhead

  • Here’s to You Mr. Robinson

  • Runnin’ in the Brees

  • We’re Having Eggs, Bacon, and Cam

  • It’s Better than Cobb Salad

  • A Lockett in my Pocket

  • JJ is a Big Watt of Love

  • Big Bunch of Brady

  • Jonesin’ to a Victory

  • Rollin’ with Royce

  • Yo, Adrian, We did it!

  • We Diggs it

  • Martin’s Martians

  • Ready Eddie

  • Who Suh You Think You Are?

  • Farmer in Odell

  • Rolling Down the Rivers

  • All the Gurley and Boys

  • Big Bad Brown

  • I See the Luckyness Monster

  • Living Freeman in America

  • Saturday in the Parkey

  • An Even Bigger Gronkowski

How to Play Disc Golf and Disc Golf Rules

Disc golf is a great game. It is something that you can play recreationally with friends or that, believe it or not, you can play seriously and competitively. No matter what your goals with the game may be, you will find that learning how to play disc golf is actually quite simple, especially if you know and understand the basic rules.

The Basic Rules of Disc Golf

The first thing to know, disc golf is a game of respect and courtesy. And you are asked to treat your fellow players, opponents or not, in a friendly manner.

For example, you cannot distract another player when he is throwing. Nor can you throw your disc without ensuring it will not cause a problem or distraction for another player.

Aside from general courtesies, each golf hole begins with a tee-off and then throwing until the players have all reached the basket, just as in golf. Scoring is also the same as golf. Every time you throw your disc that counts as a “stroke.” Penalties that you incur as you play also count as a stroke. At the end of the game, the player who took the fewest strokes or throws wins. It’s as simple as that, but so much more fun than you could ever imagine!

Make Your Final Shot Your Easiest Shot

As you learn how to play disc golf, you will quickly find that the desire to win is real.

Even though the sport isn’t always super competitive, winning is the kind of thing that players seem to get into. So, even if you are not playing for serious reasons, you’ll likely still find yourself wanting to win…big time.

Tips to Remember:

If that’s you, one key tip to follow is to remember not to get too hung up on distance. All too often, players, especially beginning players, want to throw their discs as far as they can from the first throw onward.

And, while throwing far is helpful, it’s not the important part of winning the game.

You’d be much better off by seeing the big picture and trying to make as few progressive throws as you can to get your disc into the net. You also want to make it so that your approach shot is easy and so that your final shot is your easiest one yet.

This is the point where you should be wrapping things up and getting that disc into the net. So don’t make it hard when you don’t have to.

Take the Proper Stance and Use Good Technique

Another thing that can help you to get better at disc golf is to remember that stance and technique matter. As such, always try to keep these things in mind when you play.

Always begin with a stationary throw. Once you have mastered that, you can do a run-up or at least work your way up to one

When throwing, reach back with a full extension of both the arm and the elbow. Then, when you’re ready, bring the arm forward by pushing the elbow and maintaining strength and power until you are ready to release the disc.

Remember while you throw to keep the rest of your body as still and firm as possible. This will help you to control your shot and will give you a better chance at landing your disc in the net.

Follow the Rules of Tee Off Order

While disc golf may be largely about fun, it’s also about following the rules. This is especially true when it comes to the rules of tee off order.

Always remember that the first tee is decided upon by flipping discs. If you’re not playing as serious of a game, though, you can simply decide who goes first.

If you are flipping discs, use the printed side of the disc as “heads.”

This flipping is only done on the first tee off. For all other holes, allow the player with the lowest score on the previous hole to go first.

Use Quality Equipment

In addition to following these tips and following the rules, make sure you are using quality equipment.

You don’t have to spend a fortune, and playing at a local park is just fine, but you should have quality discs and other materials to help improve your game.

As long as you can follow this tip and the others presented here, you should get great enjoyment from disc golf.

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The Top 11 Most Amazing Mountain Ski Resorts in the World

Ski resorts are a tricky business. That is why, for one to make it into a list of the best, a lot of hard work, excellent management, and luck would have gone into it. Why do I say that? Because of one thing – snow. Yes, great ski resorts need to have great powder, but it goes beyond that. You see, snow can be very unpredictable. That is why I said luck is one of the key ingredients of a great ski resort. Too much snow and the resort becomes a hazardous place to be in, too little snow and it becomes mediocre.

So where can you find such great ski resorts? Ski resorts where everything works in harmony to give you the best vacation of your life? I’ll point my skis in 11 directions. You choose which you will follow. Here goes.

11 of the World’s Best Ski Resorts Revealed

Starting from position 11, here are the world’s most amazing mountain ski resorts. Each its own strong points but all will cater to your need for powder and the thrill it provides.

11. Niseko United, Japan

Officially Japan’s premier snow resort, Niseko United is located in Hokkaido, a 2 and a half hour drive from Chitose Airport. Renowned for its consistent 15m of quality powder every year, superb tree runs, and natural wide open bowls, it definitely deserves to make our top 11 list.

10. St Anton, Austria

St Anton, in the Arlberg region, is one of Austria’s best ski resorts. It has a history that dates as far back as 1901 and prides itself on being one of the major proponents of modern skiing. St Anton is also known for its very vibrant nightlife for those who enjoy a good party and dance after spending a day on its world-class slopes.

9. Castle Mountain, Alberta

Castle Mountain is run by adrenaline junkies for adrenaline junkies and it prides itself on 2 things – being a one of a kind co-operative-run ski resort, and its one of a kind cat skiing adventures. This activity-packed ski resort will leave you completely satisfied when it comes time to leave.

8. Vail, Colorado, USA

Offering more than 5 000 acres of developed ski terrain and a Swiss-style village, all set among one of the greatest mountain ranges in the world, Vail is one of the top hotspots when it comes to ski resorts. Easily America’s biggest ski resort, Vail has a lot of activities for everyone who visits.

7. Verbier, Switzerland

Nothing is as beautiful as snow on a sunny day. That’s what Verbier is known for – sun, snow, and gorgeous scenery. Oh, and the very lively apres-ski. Just like a Swiss, watch, this resort runs like clockwork – efficiency is its strong point, especially when it comes to the lift system. And like Swiss chocolate, you will always come back for more once you taste its sweet powder and slopes.

6. Courchevel, France

This multiple Michelin Star award winner is a ski resort that oozes of class. With slopes to suit all levels, exquisite lodgings, and excellent food, this is one ski resort that can easily clinch the “best family ski resort” title.

5. Lech, Austria

Despite it being a difficult place to get to, Lech am Arlberg is known for its magnetic power to attract society’s topmost figures – like the late Princess Diana, the Jordanian king, and countless other prominent figures. Once you make it to this resort though, you’ll discover just how much it’s worth all the trouble. With pristine accommodation and superb gourmet restaurants, this is as close to heaven as you can get on this earth.

4. Gstaad, Switzerland

The ski resort of Gstaad is so prominent it is home to 10 ski schools, and is a regular roost for royalty and celebrities. The near perfect powder and, definitely perfect, dining in this place make it a top contender for the “most amazing ski mountain resorts around the world” title. You will definitely enjoy your stay in this beautiful winter wonderland.

3. Revelstoke, British Columbia

Revelstoke is a beautiful yet rugged mountain that offers some of the best skiing experiences in the world – like heli-skiing if you’re up to it. A bit difficult to access, the extra effort is well worth it as this amazing mountain resort promises fun and unmatched adventure – and it certainly delivers.

2. Chamonix, France

The host of the 1924 winter Olympics, Chamonix is a spectacular ski resort that has slopes for every level of skier, though its best parts are for the more advanced ones. What you can definitely look forward to on your visit to Chamonix, though, is a lot of fun in the snow – Chamonix has some of the best snow on earth.

1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Is Whistler the most amazing ski mountain resorts around the world? Most of the world thinks so, but then again, that is subjective. If beautiful surroundings, superb ski trails, excellent service, and a whole heap of fun make a ski resort worthy to be called the most amazing, then Whistler definitely is it.

How to Choose a Ski Resort

When looking into the perfect ski resort for your needs, it’s important to take some things into consideration. First off, you’ll want to see the skill level that they cater to. This could be beginners, intermediates, or experts.

You should also keep in mind what you want out of the ski resort, whether that be a big ski area, terrain parks, or powder.

Aren’t All Ski Resorts the Same

Nope! That’s far from the truth. They greatly vary between each other.

Obviously, they all offer skiing. However, the terrain plays a huge role. 

For example, some resorts have small mountains and easy slopes. Others offer enormous mountains and very difficult slopes.

Additionally, nearly every ski resort offers some type of skiing and snowboarding class. However, these will vary in teaching style and the range of classes available.

Finally, each resort offers different amenities. While they all offer skiing, many are known for their non-skiing activities, some having nothing to do with snow. These include sledding, spa treatments, shopping, and sleigh rides. 

What to Ask When Choosing a Ski Resort

When you’re deciding on a ski resort, there are some questions that you should ask yourself. These include: 

  • What level skier are you? What about the others in your group? If you’re mostly experts, you’ll want to choose a resort that offers difficult mountains. If you’re mostly beginners, then you’ll go with something that offers easy slopes and well-reviewed classes. If there’s a mix of you, then go for something that offers a wide range of slopes.

  • How are you going to travel there? If you’re traveling far, you’ll have to keep flight arrangements in mind. If you can’t afford a flight, then you’ll want to choose a resort close by that you can drive to.

  • What amenities will you want to have to enjoy your trip? Maybe you enjoy shopping when you go on vacation. Or, maybe you’re big on nightlife. If you’re looking for a relaxing experience, then you’ll want to choose a ski resort that offers spa treatments.

  • Are you traveling with kids? Are they learning how to ski or snowboard? If they are, you’ll want to look for good classes. If they’re too young or just not interested, then you’ll want a resort that offers childcare.

  • Do you want to stay on a mountain? Or further away from the slopes?

What Should I Avoid?

Just because the name of the ski resort is well-known, doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for you. Do not choose a resort based solely on name recognition. It may not be a good fit for your skiing level or experience. Do your research first!

Can You Enjoy a Ski Resort on a Budget?

Definitely! If you want the best deals, you should go either early in the season or late in the season. But, this doesn’t mean the quality of your trip will be sacrificed!

Check the website of the ski resort for package deals that they may offer. At times, you could feel like you have the entire mountain to yourself and you didn’t have to spend a fortune to get it!


The top 11 most amazing mountain ski resorts in the world revealed. Time to hit the powder on one them!


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6 Best Basketball Backboards for Kids

Whether you want your little champ to be the next King Lebron James or just want them to have something to keep them busy. Buying your child a basketball hoop is always a good move. But basketball backboard comes in various size and dimensions. The best hoop for your kid will depend on his/her age and the space available in your home. Some other important factors to consider include:

Best Basketball Backboards for Kids: Comparison Table

Here are Our Full Reviews of the Best 6 Basketball Backboards for Kids

Lifetime 1221 Pro


Lifetime 90040 Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch…

  • 44″ Impact backboard is constructed of High Density Polyethylene for superior strength and durability
  • 3 pc. Round pole attaches to heavy duty portable base; easy to fill with water or sand
  • Classic rim with an all-weather nylon net; for indoor and outdoor use

For budget-conscious parents, the Lifetime 1221 hoop is a great bargain. Even though it doesn’t have a transparent backboard like high-end hoops, it offers the same quality build and a 5-year warranty.

It also has a 27-gallon base capacity that you can fill with sand or water for stability and a powder-coated steel pole for durability. It’s adjustable up to 10 feet.

PROS

  • 27-gallon base capacity

  • Powder-coated steel pole

  • Adjustable up to 10 feet

CONS

  • Doesn’t have a transparent backboard

Little Tikes Easy-Score


Little Tikes TotSports Easy Score Basketball Set

  • Pink toddler-sized basketball hoop adjusts to six heights, from 2 to 4 feet
  • Includes an oversized rim and junior size basketball
  • Develops social, motor skills and coordination

This backboard focuses on fun, safety, and durability. It’s specially designed for kids between the ages of one and five. With its attractive design, this is the hoop that will get them hooked to the game in their early stages of life.

It comes with three balls and a plastic base that is filled with sand for stability. The whole backboard is made of soft plastic which can not cause any sort of damage whatsoever. It is also adjustable up to four feet to give your child the much-needed competition.

PROS

  • Specially designed for kids

  • Up to 4 feet adjustable

  • Attractive design

  • Focuses on fun, safety, and durability

CONS

  • Made of soft plastic

Jump Slammer Trampoline Hoop


JumpKing Trampoline Basketball Hoop with Attachment and Inflatable…

  • Bring the basketball court to your trampoline with this trampoline basketball hoop attachment
  • Universal design means hoop fits most standard trampoline enclosure poles
  • Solid back panel will stand up to even the toughest basketball activity

To make the beautiful game of basketball even more interesting, you can go for the Jump Slammer Trampoline hoop. This super cool hoop can be fixed on one of the trampoline’s enclosure poles using bracket mounts. It can perfectly fit all standard poles including arch-type and curved poles.

Its frames are made from powder-coated steels for extra durability and come with a foam ball.

PROS

  • Frames are made from powder-coated steels

  •  Comes with a foam ball

CONS

  • Fixed on one of the trampoline enclosure poles

Lifetime 90022 Youth Height Basketball System


Lifetime 90022 32″ Youth Portable Basketball Hoop, Red/Black

  • 32″ Youth Impact backboard with 15-Inch folding rim constructed of 0.5-Inch steel and an all weather nylon net
  • Telescoping height adjustment mechanism easily adjusts from 5.5′ to 7.5′ in 6″ increments
  • Base dimensions: 31.6 inch x 23 inch x 6.1 inch. Rust and weather-resistant; Designed to withstand the harshest elements

For older kids, this complete basketball system will offer the perfect challenge. The hoop comes with a 15-inch foldable steel rim and an all-weather nylon net. It has a fully adjustable height stand to efficiently serve your child as he/she grow.

It also has a 10-gallon capacity base that can be filled with sand or water for extra stability.

PROS

  • 15-inch foldable steel rim

  • All weather nylon net

  • Height stand adjustable

  • 10-gallon capacity base

CONS

  • Not a full-sized backboard

Fisher-Price “I Can Play Basketball”


Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set, Blue, 3 Balls – Amazon…

  • Indoor and outdoor basketball hoop adjusts to six heights from 2.5 to 4 feet
  • Includes an oversized rim and 3 Junior size basketballs
  • Develops social, motor skills and coordination

This backboard is designed to grow with your child. It is fully adjustable from 3 feet to 6 feet and has a base that’s weighted down using sand or water. It also has a return ball scoop, so that your kid won’t have to chase after the ball when he/she scores a basket.

PROS

  • 3 feet to 6 feet adjustable

  • Base is weighted down using sand or water

  • Also has a return ball scoop

CONS

  • Difficult to assemble

Slam Jam Over-the-Door Mini Backboard


Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-The-Door Mini Basketball Hoop

  • MOUNTS ON DOOR: for indoor play
  • BASKETBALL INCLUDED: 5 inch rubber mini ball and assembly tool included
  • PADDED: padded polycarbonate board

This backboard is perfect for indoor shooting practice. It is designed with the same dimensions as that of the official NBA backboards just at a smaller scale. It comes fully pre-assembled, making it easy to mount on the door or wall.

This hoop is appropriate for children of all ages.

PROS

  • Perfect for indoor shooting practice

  • Pre-assembled fully

  • Appropriate for children of all ages

CONS

  • Heavy

Important Things to Consider When Buying a Basketball Backboard

Durability

It’s no secret that kids grow up in the  blink of an eye. This is important to consider when investing in a basketball hoop for them. Moreover, they may quickly improve their shooting skills and may need something more challenging. You definitely don’t want a garage full of unused basketball backboards, do you?

For example, you can start out with the young-age hoop when they’re very young, but you can skip the larger plastic hoop for toddlers. How? You can get a door-mount hoop that will get them through until they’re old enough for the full-sized backboard.

If you plan correctly, you can probably avoid having to buy a new backboard every few years. 

Safety

The first concern with a basketball backboard for kids is safety. There are several things to consider here – materials, stability, and breakaway rims.

Metal and fiberglass backboards tend to do more damage than plastic. It is recommended to graduate your child from plastic to fiberglass and metal at the right age as you slowly introduce them to fundamental basketball skills.

Stability is also a big safety concern for basketball backboards. Small plastic backboards are not much of a worry, but you may want to delay buying a movable outdoor backboard until your little ball player is old enough to handle that.

No matter the skill level, your child can easily get hurt on rigid rims. That’s why breakaway rims are always preferred for kids. It’s advisable to avoid hoops that don’t move and bend when dunked on. This will help to prevent face bops and jammed fingers.

Fun

What’s more fun than shooting baskets? The may point of buying your little one a basketball backboard was to have fun. So this is a crucial factor that you should always consider.

For the ultimate fun, it is recommended to get your kid a hoop that’s easy on the eyes and easy to make shots. The hoops can be more challenging as your little champ grows.

Adjustable backboards offer great flexibility for your child. They can set it on the lowest rung for easy and fun shots and move the rim up slowly as their skills progresses. This will keep them engaged while having fun.

Adjustablity

A great feature to consider is whether or not the hoop/backboard is adjustable. It may be good to purchase one with an adjustable pole to grow with your child. This will save you the need to purchase a new one every single year.

Budget

This is one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a hoop. You need to choose one that works well in your budget. Of course, you need to consider quality and safety in conjunction with this.

Base

One thing that people fail to consider is the base. It needs to be heavy enough that it won’t fall over, potentially harming your child.

The Earlier, The Better

Getting the basics of basketball down at an early age is not only fun for kids but also allows them to learn more about coordination, dexterity, and flexibility. As early as one year old, you can start introducing your child to basketball. Nonetheless, always use the best and safest basketball backboards. The above picks are suitable and safe for your kids.

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The Top 50 Most Exciting Biking Trails In Every State in America

The beauty of the US lies in its diversity – diversity of culture, food, and bike trails.

If you are a biker, that last one is important to you. When it comes to the diversity of terrain in each state, it can only mean one thing – more exciting biking trails.

Here’s a look at top bike trails in America, state by state.

Top 50 Biking Trails in Every State in America

Alabama: Sylaward

Sylaward is one of the most amazing biking trails located near the southwestern edge of the Talladega National Forest. This bike track offers 15 miles of gradual climbs (especially good for beginners) and beautiful lakeside scenery along the way.

Alaska: The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

This 11-mile long bike trail meanders along the Cook Inlet coast and an aromatic forest. The prize for those who choose to ride here are gorgeous views of Mt Denali, beluga whales, and moose.

Arizona: Sweetwater Preserve

For bike trails, arid Arizona offers the Sweetwater Preserve – 8 miles of trail with beautiful cacti and rock gardens on the way. You might want to walk in some places though, or ride fairly slowly lest you find yourself hugging a cactus.

Arkansas: The Arkansas River Trail

This is one bike trail that is as diverse as they come. Passing through 38 parks, 6 museums, and of course the Arkansas river, it has different types of trails to keep you alert and excited.

Colorado: Trail 401

When it comes to biking trails, Colorado has thousands to choose from. But Trail 401 is one of the best boasting 14-miles of exciting ups and downs to keep you on your toes.

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Connecticut: Gay City State Park

Though mainly for beginners, this bike trail has a lot to offer everyone. Beware of unmarked trails along the way though.

Delaware: Bicycle Route 1

This is a cross-state trail that goes from Montchanin to Fenwick Island – a whopping 150-miles. Of course, you don’t have to ride the entire trail if you are a beginner or if you are riding as a family, but the scenes on this route might tempt you otherwise.

Florida: Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail

If 14.5-miles of paved asphalt sound good to you, you’ll love this paved trail that goes from the city into the woods. It’s the perfect trail for family time as the 20mph speed limit keeps the pace slow.

Georgia: Paynes Creek

This biking trail set in a beautiful wooded area is basically a flat trail. With next to no hazards on the way, its awesome for beginner riders.

Hawaii: Old Mamaloa Highway – Waipio Valley Overlook

This 40-mile return track starts with a 4-mile, 1,000-foot climb that makes the downhill trip absolutely amazing.

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Idaho: Bald Mountain, Sun Valley/Ketchum

400-miles of singletrack, 30-miles of paved track, and 13-miles of downhill track – Sun Valley will spoil you for choice.

Illinois: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

With 8 trails and 10 miles of single-track, there’s plenty of room for everyone here.

Indiana: Cardinal Greenway, Marion to Richmond

Fruit trees, corn fields, and vast blue skies make this one of the most delectable trails in the US.

Iowa: George Wyth

This is a low traffic, mild terrain that is awesome for beginners and advanced riders alike.

Kansas: Lawrence Riverfront Trails

The Lawrence Riverfront Trail is a family-friendly trail along a river levy with great flat, smooth singletracks.

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Kentucky: Land Between the Lakes Canal Loop

These 11 miles of trail have amazing views of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. It surely can’t get better than this.

Louisiana: Levee-Top Trail

This multi-use, 60-mile trail runs on top of the city’s levees and along the banks of the mighty Mississippi.

Maine: Carriage Trails

These 45 miles of hard-packed gravel roads that run through Acadia National Park have a lot of eye candy in the form of waterfalls, stone bridges, coastal views, and North America’s only fjord.

Maryland: Bacon Ridge Trail System

Bacon Ridge is a relatively new trail that’s already fast becoming popular with families and new riders.

Massachusetts: Cutler Park

Though this trail system may at times be confusing, it’s a great ride around beautiful marshlands.

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Michigan: Sleeping Bear

This 20-mile bike trail is the best way of sampling Michigan’s finest views, especially the lake.

Minnesota: Root River State Trail

42 miles of soaring limestone bluffs, 6 bike tune-up stations, and a dozen bridges to cross – biking trails don’t get better than this.

Missouri: Katy Trail, Clinton to St. Charles

This 225-mile bike trail runs across the entire state and is one of the longest in the country. Explore it on your own in small parts or enter the 5-day Katy Trail Ride held every summer.

Montana: Homestake To Pipestone Pass

This is a great trail for beginners and families who don’t mind working a little harder to get up the scenic pass so as to enjoy a “flowing” ride on this technically easy trail.

Nebraska: Tranquility

The name says it all. This is a serene trail featuring smooth rolling trails and beautiful scenery.

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Nevada: Tahoe Rim Trail

This trail may be a bit more challenging but its amazing scenery make up for that. You have the option of the 72 or 100-mile loop, or a small stretch suitable for you.

New Hampshire: Gyro

Gyro is a very short trail–just two miles long. It is a brilliant trail if you have small children as it offers smooth tread and minimal elevation change.

New Jersey: Allaire State Park

A perfect family outing is what you will have on this trail, and afterward, a great day sampling the parks wares.

New Mexico: Albuquerque Bosque

Easily accessible, hardpack tread, minimal elevation changes, and occasional sand bogs make this a great experience for new riders.

New York: Erie Canalway Trail, Albany to Buffalo

This 360-mile long route offers a smooth level ride as most of it is built on former rail tracks and has amazing views great views many national landmarks along the way – an example being the Hudson River.

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North Carolina: Lake James State Park

Located in the Pisgah National Forest this 15-mile trail system is made up of fast, flowy, roller-coaster single-track.

North Dakota: Math Daah Hey Trail

One of the designated International Mountain Bicycling Association Epic rides, this 97-mile trail is the best way to enjoy North Dakota’s natural beauty.

Ohio: Royalview (Mill Stream Run)

Though the trails here are rated beginner level, they still offer excitement for the more advanced rider. There’s definitely something for everyone here.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma River Trails

This 13-mile paved trail, with 6.5 miles on each side of the river, is one of the best trails in the country and goes over or under all cross streets for enhanced safety and convenience.

Oregon: Willamette River Loop, Portland

If you’re looking for an urban trail with lots of character, this 30-mile loop is one of the best in the country.

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Pennsylvania: Great Allegheny Passage

This trail covers more than 330 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. The 150-mile Pennsylvania stretch is an idyllic, car-free trail suitable for all experience levels and bike types.

Rhode Island: East Bay Bike Path, Providence to Bristol

14.5 miles of stunning views, carefree riding, and picnic spots along the way make this trail a great family outing.

South Carolina: Forks Area Trail System

Commonly called FATS this trail system offers smooth, hazard-free riding in a nice wooded forest nestled between the Savannah River and the Smoky Mountain Range.

South Dakota: George S. Mickelson Trail, Deadwood to Edgemont

This scenic 109-mile rail-trail offers a lot of eye candy in the form of prairies, ponderosa pine forests, creeks, and even Mt Rushmore.

Tennessee: White Oak Mountain Biology Trails

Located on the Southern Adventist University campus, this 15-mile trail system is well maintained by the school’s biology department and offers amazing views of the Oolteway Valley.

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Texas: Harry Moss Park

The 5.46 mile-long Harry S Moss Park bike trail 5.46 miles is located along the bank of the White Rock Creek and features brick reinforcements, wooden beams, and bridges to make the trail safe and more user-friendly.

Utah: Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse Point offers flat, smooth singletrack trails, with amazing views of the Utah desert.

Vermont: Kingdom Trails

Ranked as one of the best trails for mountain bikers, this 35-mile long trail is versatile in its offerings as it has everything for beginners and expert riders alike.

Virginia: Meadowood

This fairly new trail system was designed and constructed to be an accessible and fun trail for riders of all levels. Perfect for your next family adventure.

Washington: Lopez Island

Lopez Island is a great bike trail with lots of scenery (and picnic stops) along the way. Beginners can easily make it around the entire island in a few hours.

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West Virginia: Greenbrier River Trail

The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, an awesome 78-mile bike trail, and the Greenbrier River make this trail a bikers paradise.

Wisconsin: Rock Lake Epic

27 miles of twists and turns in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest make this trail an adventurous ride, while the five wilderness lakes, primitive campsites, and 90-foot wood plank bridge offer great views to make it a memorable ride.

Wyoming: Tyler Draw

This 5.5-mile trail is smooth, flowy and has little change in elevation. Be sure to ride this trail in the early morning or in the evening as it has no tree cover to protect you from the glaring summer sun.

There you have it, an epic bike trail for you to explore – as an individual or as a family. Not only will you have great fun on these trails, but you’ll improve your physical and mental health as well.

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