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Lorica Carbon Fiber Suit

Anyone looking to become a real-life superhero (aka vigilante), should probably invest in a Lorica Suit. It's made entirely from carbon-fiber, polycarbonate material, and elastomeric foam, making it both lightweight and pretty flexible. Most importantly, the suit absorbs much of the impact from any shot it takes. Now being shot at with an assault rifle is a whole new story. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Mega Cave

Officially called the Mega Underground Bike Park, it's currently touted as the largest indoor bike park in the world, situated 10 stories (100 ft/30.5 m) underground in an old limestone mining cavern. It's located in Louisville, Kentucky, measures 320,000 sq ft (29,729 sq m) and features over 45 looping dirt trails, including jump lines, pump tracks, dual slalom, BMX, as well as an easier-to-ride single track. Best of all, the temperature remains a comfortable 60°F (15°C), year-round. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's first and only Magneto Cat.

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Airboard

Airboard Classic is essentially a 6-pound inflatable boogie board for the snow and ideal for either backcountry or ski-resort sliding. Simply lie on your chest, hold on tight, and you're ready to slide - the I-beams in the body provide shock resistance, while the ribbed underbelly allows you to steer and stop by shifting your weight. Product page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Freediver

Free diver Guillaume Nery didn't use any oxygen tanks while filming "Ocean's Gravity", a short film in which he surrenders himself to the whims of the Pacific Ocean's swift currents. It was directed by underwater filmmaker Julie Gautier and captured in the Tiputa Pass, a strait located 220 miles from Tahiti in the Rangiroa atoll. Nery is able to travel effortlessly underwater at remarkable speeds with little movement and without the aid of diving equipment, due to the strength of these unstoppable underwater forces. Continue reading for the video (bonus video included) and more information.

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Lars Anderson Archer

Danish archer Lars Andersen started using bow and arrow to fight in faux battles during Larps (live action role play) events, where he played a soldier in a medieval-inspired army, and it was at one of these Larps, that Lars started to learn to shoot fast while moving. His latest video debunks several Hollywood myths and shows off not only impressive feats like shooting 3 arrows in 0.6-seconds and grabbing an arrow in mid-air and firing it back. Continue reading to watch.

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Bodhi Bennett Hiking Toddler

Bodhi Bennett isn't your typical two-year-old because his first outdoor adventure came about when he was just five days old, and he's an Instagram star to boot - check out his page here. Together with his mother Shannon, 27, who is currently pregnant with her second child, and father Blake, 29, the trio have hiked approximately 300-miles in 40-states. Bodhi's mom says: "When I was pregnant with Bodhi it was important to my husband and I that our lives didn't change because we were going to become parents. We had heard so many times that children change your life completely and you can no longer do those fun things you did when you were younger. But Bodhi climbs everything and really enjoys mimicking what we do. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Climbing El Capitan

Tom Evans, a climber and photographer, has been chronicling the very difficult feat Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell are attempting: free-climbing El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. Free climbs refer to those in which climbing protection such as ropes, tri-cams, nuts, and other aid-climbing equipment, may be used to protect against injury during falls, but cannot be used in ascending the climb. This monolith of granite has been climbed in the past, but these two are ascending the Dawn Wall route, a sheer face of rock considered by many to be the most difficult free climb in the world. Tommy's FB page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Leif eSnowboard

When you combine an electric skateboard with the riding style of a snowboard, you get the Leif eSnowboard. In other words, the ride features wide trucks in front and back, with a a narrow caster wheel in the center that's set on a rotating plate and powered by a dedicated 2,000-watt brushless electric motor. This acts as a third wheel capable of spinning 360°, sharpening the board's turning capabilities with omnidirectional driven power. This 360-degree power allows the board to mimic the floaty, low-friction turning power that a snowboard has courtesy of the snow underneath its waxy base. Continue reading for a video more pictures and additional information.

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Glacial Hydrospeeding

Photo credit: David Carlier/Caters News

Hydrospeeding down a normal river is exciting enough for most people, but not Swiss mountain guide Claude-Alain Gailland and mountaineering expert Gilles Janin. They risked their lives to hydrospeed down a winding 7-mile stretch of the Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Switzerland. Photographer David Darlier says: "This is a very dangerous activity for two main reasons. First they need to check the whole glacial river to make sure there are no big crevices ahead. They also need to make sure there are areas where they can stop without being swept away by the stream, which can be very strong." Continue reading for an FPV video of the Aletsch Glacier, more images and additional information.

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Pivotal Tracker 1

Pivotal Tracker 1 isn't just another Fitbit clone, but rather one that touts all the features at just a fraction of the price. Working in conjunction with the Pivotal Living mobile app, it utilizes sensor technology to track daily activities, such as steps walked, daily activity, calories burned, and the amount (and quality) of sleep. The wristband then sends the information wirelessly to the app for real-time health and wellness reporting. Product page. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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