As a Homeless Teen, I Foraged for Wild Food to Survive

Plus, you're buying the wrong gear—thanks to your brain

Hope you’re all surviving the post-long-weekend inbox slog. I’ve got a lot of unreads to go, so diving right in.

What I’m reading

Your Brain Is Tricking You into Buying the Wrong Gear: “According to Holman, Evo’s retail data indicates that women tend to underrate their abilities and gravitate toward less aggressive gear. ‘We sell very few women’s skis over 170 centimeters in length,’ she says, ‘even though so much of sizing is literally just [body] size and weight.’ For instance, an average American woman (5'4" and 166 pounds, according to the CDC) who is an intermediate skier and lives in the snowy Pacific Northwest is often really happy on a ski that long. But many such customers shy away from those models because they’ve been told by friends or community members that big skis are hard to maneuver—an idea that has roots in old ski technology but is largely no longer true.” [Heather Hansman for Outside]

As a Homeless Teen, I Foraged for Wild Food to Survive: The lessons still shape my cooking. [Sabra Boyd for the Washington Post]

Lindsey Vonn Is Hosting a Reality TV Show with Dogs: The legendary skier's latest project since retiring is an Amazon series called 'The Pack.' It's the perfect lighthearted binge to get you through the pandemic holidays. [Tim Neville for Outside]

The Reigning Queen of Pandemic Yoga: The YouTube celebrity Adriene Mishler made yoga accessible and search-optimized even before so many Americans were confined at home. Can she help us learn to live better lives in front of the computer? [Molly Young for The New York Times]

This Face Mask Made Me a Skin-Care Convert: Dubious about the hyped-up claims of many skin-care products, one editor tried the popular Aztec Secret face mask. Now it's part of her weekly routine. [Erin Riley for Outside]

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