James Lynch

James Lynch

Field Editor

James Lynch is Popular Mechanic’s Field Editor looking for stories across the U.S. about those building a better America. He’s passionate about the Erie Canal and the Apollo Space Program. 

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The Best Gear for Spring Skiing

There are still slopes to ski, you'll just need the right gear

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Why You Should Ski Uphill This Spring

Just because the lifts are closed, it doesn't mean your season has to be over.

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Watch This Cool Time Lapse Of a New Belgium Brewery Built in a Hotel Lobby

New Belgium made a brewery in a hotel, and we got to watch

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The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors

10 light, high-tech, comfy options your feet will love.

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Catch Us In a New TV Special About the Best Outdoor Gear

We visit the outdoor retailer to learn all about the newest outdoor gear, and now you can too

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The Best Boots for Stomping Through Mud

Not all boots can handle the mud, but these six will do nicely.

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Best Hydration Packs to Keep You Going on Your Next Adventure

Keeping hydrated is the most important thing to do when you're outdoors. These bags and hydration packs make it easy.

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The Ultimate Camping Gear Guide

Enjoying the outdoors has never been easier.

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One Day at Daytona: Behind the Scenes of NASCAR's Super Bowl

We went to the NASCAR's biggest race to see just what it takes to win

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This Machine Makes Canned Beer Taste Like Draft

I couldn't believe it, but the Fizzics actually works

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Therm-a-Rest's Hyperion Sleeping Bag Provides Tons of Warmth With Little Weight

At only 1lb. 40z., this sleeping bag is your next winter camping companion.

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The Best Rain Jackets for Keeping Dry

Rain doesn't stop the truly adventurous, but these jackets will make things more comfortable.

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Pack Me If You Want To Live: 28 Things You'll Need To Survive a Disaster (or Apocalypse)

Whether you're camping or waiting out the end of the world, here's the best gear to help you survive.

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How to Adjust Your Derailleur and Get Your Bike Shifting Like New

It looks complicated, but if you know how a derailleur works, you can fix many bike problems on your own.

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10 Stupendous Stouts You Ought To Drink This St. Patrick's Day

Few beers are more typically Irish than the stout, and few days are better for drinking them than St. Pattys

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We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now

Seniorhelpline helped make a documentary about everyones favorite drink: Beer. Preorder it now.

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Is an Outdoor Gear Subscription Worth It?

Cairn will deliver fun useful gear to your door at the start of each month.

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The Best Tactical Backpacks for Tackling Whatever Comes Your Way

For carrying what you need, when you absolutely need it.

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The Best Beanies for Keeping Your Head Warm

When the temperatures drop, these hats will add some warmth—and some style.

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The Best Gear From the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show

The best new stuff for making your outdoor adventures even better.

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PM Approved: Kickr Smart Bike Trainer

There are cheaper bike trainers out there, but none will feel as much like riding a bike as this.

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The Best Gear for Surviving the Next Winter Storm

Hunker down, stay warm, and make yourself a drink.

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What Fitbit Should I Get?

The differences, features, and price points of the popular athletic trackers.

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You Can Get $1,000 Off This New Rooftop Tent if You Buy Early

The iKamper X-Cover has a pre-order special, and it might be the right adventure tent for you.

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The Best Parkas for Surviving the Winter

Many coats stop at the waist. That's a problem.

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The Best Puffy Jackets for Tackling the Cold

For a lot of warmth in a packable jacket, it has to be a puffy. Here are our favorites.

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