Looking back over the past 12 months, I cannot thank you enough for coming back, day after to day, to our little slice of the web. We really appreciate you and hope you find our content interesting, engaging and worthy to tell your friends about. This year we worked hard to bring you 488 articles. Not bad considering AGW is still mostly a one man show. Next year, our goals are set much higher not only in numbers but in our shared adventures, experiences, real-world reviews, and much more. I want to personally thank Adam Bendig for being a great friend and your favorite Contributor to AGW. His photography and travels have produced some of your favorite articles. Thanks Adam!
To everyone else who has contributed to AGW; Gabriel Amadeus Tiller, Zack Arias, Sean Adams, David Gordon, Jonathan Gallegos, Brett Cifaldi, Stephanie Gaudreau, and others, thank you.
The following is a look back at the Top 10 Most Read articles from 2014.
10. Reports – Danielle Musto. I met Danielle several years ago at Interbike and have since become internet friends following along her mountain bike racing travels. This interview from March talks about her crazy racing schedule, accomplishments, goals and personal life.
9. Tested Review – TAD Spartan RS Pant. With Adam’s photography, we put together this highly popular review of Triple Aught Design’s Spartan RS Pant. I am still wearing them on a regular basis. They look great, show no signs of wear and have taken quite a beating. Everything we get our hands on from our friends in San Francisco is top notch.
8. Hell On Wheels Hits Flat Track. Adam put together a great story along with fantastic photographs from this event. Fuel and rubber run deep in his blood and it shows every time you get him near a set of handlebars and/or motor. Don’t miss these snaps.
7. 4 Great Weekender Bags. Every gentleman needs a good overnight bag. The duffel has become a staple so we decided to grab four of the best we could find and see how well they held up. Jonathan’s article received a wealth of attention but one bag definitely grabbed the most amount of exit link visits. Can you guess which one? The winner was the L.L. Bean Signature bag.
6. Bikepacking Hart Mountain & Sheldon Antelope Refuge. Gabriel is doing what so many of us dream, living his bucket list. Since contributing this wonderful bikepacking adventure to AGW, he has gone on to complete numerous other mountain biking adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Let’s hope we see a few more here next year!
5. Tested Review – Budnitz MTN Limited. I had a blast riding this handsome bike across my local trails. The design details are gorgeous, a majority of this bike is Made in USA and it handled better than most hardtail bikes I’ve thrown a leg over.
4. Fuji X100T: First Look. Zack’s next level attention to detail when reviewing new Fuji cameras is no secret among photo buffs. His travels have taken him across the globe shooting everything under the sun. An experience that cannot be replaced with reading books (even though he has one) or watching videos online. In this article he shares his passion for Fuji and whether or not the X100T is a worthy upgrade.
3. Tested Review – ACRE Hauser 10L Hydration Pack. Since completing this review, the Hauser has become my go to hydration pack for cycling and hiking. It’s proven to be extremely versatile, packs more than enough for my needs, has been tossed around from trail to tailgate without damage and has kept my goods dry during rain filled rides.
2. Ultimate Guide: Growing & Styling A Beard. Mr. Beardbrand himself, Eric Bandholz, shared this article along with some great images of himself and his bearded friends. Beards are hot right now and his company knows exactly what you need to grow them, keep them in shape and wear them proudly.
After looking over this list, its good to know that you enjoy more than just one section of AGW. Every day we learn something new and we promise to push harder next year to bring you even more of what you want. Do me a favor and share this post wherever you see it posted and make it the new #1 of 2014. Thank you and have a safe and happy New Year! See you in 2015, cheers!