Kyle Dickman

Kyle Dickman

Kyle Dickman is a former editor at Outside and a former member of the firefighting crew known as the Tahoe Hotshots. He spent five seasons fighting wildfires in California. Dickman’s reporting has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. He's the author of On the Burning Edge, and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Turin.


Utility Bike

Utility bike: A bicycle built for hauling children, gear, or grocery bags full of organic quinoa and local honey.

Tough-Ass Pants

Tough-ass pants: A term for rugged work trousers that are particularly good at handling abuse.

Teva Sandal

Teva sandal: A water shoe that came to define a generation of river athletes.

Tech Binding

Tech binding: A lightweight binding system that transformed backcountry skiing and put telemarking on the path to obsolescence.


SUP: Short for stand-up paddle-board, a stable floating platform that combines the cool of surfing with the practicality of a spin workout.


Spork: An eating utensil that adds fork tines to a spoon and never fails to amuse its users.


Caves, tepees, wall tents, those green canvas triangles that caused hypothermia in so many Boy Scouts—in one form or another, ideas borrowed from these flawed shelters appear in their modern...


Thule: A company founded by Swedish outdoorsman Erik Thulin, originally to make fishing gear.


Therm-a-Rest: The first mass-market inflatable sleeping pad.



A pioneering social-fitness app released in 2009.


A bindingless monoski invented in 1965.

Tompkins, Doug

Doug Tompkins: Businessman and crusading conservationist who cofounded the North Face and Esprit.