Megan Michelson

Bombing the Alps

It took hundreds of years and the heavy-heeled stomping of thousands of trekkers. Now some 30,000 miles of trails high in the Swiss Alps are finally packed down, buffed out, and ready for their true...

High Points

Get a lift with the best new peak-bagging gear

Toys of Summer

Why we love gadgets: a crushproof camera, a portable weather station, and more

Road Worthy

The ultimate journey includes a battery-powered blender and a classy camp chair. Trust us.


1. VERVE SABRINA HOODY » The stretchy, abrasion-resistant cotton/Lycra fabric and easy-on, easy-off fit make this the perfect cool-weather climbing top. The heat-trapping hood is a blessing on...


1. OAKLEY SWELL TOP AND MYSTO SHORT » Protect yourself from sun, sand, or your board's wax with this full-coverage suit. Wear it windsurfing, under your paddling gear, or any time you need extra...

Cross Training

Here come longer days and better weather. Make the most of the multisport season with the hottest new gear.

Waste Not

Recycled, salvaged, and renewable gear that doesn't sacrifice performance

Swell Power

The next wave of clean energy will be breaking near you

Spring Break

Score with a bargain rain shell, an eco-friendly PFD, and more of the season's hottest new gear

Push the Envelope Please

It's Oscar time in Hollywood, and at Outside, too. But we're skipping the Academy darlings to salute the little guys: six flicks that wowed us with their small-scale spectacle, and one—...

Intelligent Design

The smartest new gadgets put grand ideas in the palm of your hand

Click Here Now

From gear deals to workout tunes, our favorite Web sites deliver

Maximize That Weekend Escape

The Scenario: Heading to a mountain town for a wedding or corporate retreat. The Problem: How to meet social and work obligations and still play outside? The Solution: Great new multitasking gear...