Hike & Camp

The 4 Best Waterproof Packs

Whether you're planning a rafting trip or just need a commuter bag for fall, it's good to have a quality waterproof daypack stashed in your closet. We tested the following four packs during an 18-day Grand Canyon trip in May.

Wear the Hiking Boots from "Wild"

The boots Reese Witherspoon wears in “Wild,” the movie based on Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir about the Pacific Crest Trail, are coming to a store near you.

The Hollywood-Worthy Gear of "Wild"

Cheryl Strayed started out on the legendary 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail with no backpacking experience, too-small boots, and a massive pack she nicknamed Monster because of its weight. We caught up with Strayed to hear about Monster, REI, and her current gear closet.

Be Adventure-Ready, Anytime, Anywhere

When you have only the weekend to get outside and play, it helps to have an adventure-ready daypack prepacked and ready to go. Whether you're going to the beach, a music festival, or on a hike, these 10 essentials will get you through any everyday adventure.

Torture Tested: $300 Yeti Hopper

When we covered the debut of Yeti Coolers' $300 Hopper in July, many of our readers took issue with its lofty price tag. We get it, but if anyone could make a soft-shell cooler to rival a hard-shell icebox intended for expeditions, it's Yeti.

The Axe, Reinvented

We've been using axes for thousands of years and the basic concept hasn't changed much—but that doesn't mean a tried-and-true design can't be improved.

The Backcountry Chef's Best Friend

Leave the spatula, fork, spoon, can opener, and knife at home next time you go camping. Buck Knives’ TravelMate Kit is a do-it-all tool for wilderness chefs that fits in your pocket.

Finally, a Fume-Free Chainsaw

When the cool nights of autumn arrive, there are few things I enjoy as much as a big fire. For that I need a substantial amount of timber, which means that I get to partake in another favorite...

The Only Midlayer You'll Ever Need

A good midlayer is often overlooked in favor of a sturdy waterproof shell or moisture-wicking base layer. While the latter are certainly important, it's hard to overestimate the importance of a warm yet breathable midlayer.

Pitch Camp on Your Car

Rooftop tents aren’t new. But they are getting a high-tech revival in the U.S. as more people take up car camping.

McConaughey Loves the Fanny Pack

Matthew McConaughey came out as a fanny pack champion during an interview last week. While I appreciate a super-hip, talented actor sticking up for those of us who have worn fanny packs (granted, I prefer to call them waist or hip packs) for years, I've never felt the need to defend myself for looking like a nerd.

Your Perfect Car Camping Arsenal

To answer this question, I turned to Outside’s executive editor, Mike Roberts, who spends his weekends exploring Marin County with his wife and two young boys.

The Ultimate Hydration Pack for Women

Outside Online's Whitney Dreier had lost all hope for hydration packs, but then a friend and running expert introduced her to Nathan's race-targeted hydration systems. Enter the Nathan Zeal,...