Michael Frank

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The 16 Best Cars for Adventure

Whether you spend most of your drive time navigating urban streets or powering through rugged dirt, 2017's standout rides are all-access passes to wild adventure.

Grant Davis and Michael Frank
Mar 8, 2017

A Secret Skier's Paradise in Norway

This past March, I flew to the island of Senja, Norway, to take part in one of the many self-powered backcountry programs offered by Pure Ski Touring. The island is part of a 612-square-mile...

Michael Frank
Dec 6, 2016

Chevy Colorado ZR2

Chevy debuted its new Colorado ZR2 on Tuesday night at the L.A. Auto Show and the truck (available April 2017) is clearly designed to dethrone the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro as America’s mid-size, off-...

Michael Frank
Nov 16, 2016

Tested: The Adventure Camera Buried in Google's New Smartphone

When we think top-shelf cell phone cameras, we think Apple and Samsung. Now it’s time to add Google to that list. With their new Pixel and larger Pixel XL—the later of which we’ve been testing for...

Michael Frank and Jakob Schiller
Oct 19, 2016

Tested: the Nikon D5

We've written a lot about the rise of mirrorless cameras, and the Outside staff uses them frequently because they're small but powerful. But that that doesn’t mean we hate DSLRs. Case in point: the...

Michael Frank
Oct 9, 2016

Tinker Tailor Solder Dye

Engineers futz with things for a ­reason: that’s how breakthroughs happen. And as these 29 products demonstrate, there’s never been a better time to mess around.

Joe Lindsey and Michael Frank
Sep 16, 2016

First Impressions: Apple Watch Series 2

The new Watch is a more sophisticated fitness tracker than its predecessor, with GPS, waterproofing, and a sleeker operating system.

Michael Frank
Sep 14, 2016

Chris Burkard's Fitbit Challenge

Hiking a marathon a day in Yosemite with the pro photographer to launch Fitbit's newest fitness challenge

Michael Frank
Aug 30, 2016

This Mapping App Makes Flying Way More Fun

Flyover Country uses your phone's GPS chip, even in airplane mode, to track your location and provide fun geographical, geological, and historical facts about what's below.

Michael Frank
Jun 29, 2016

VanMoof Just Released an Unstealable Bike

VanMoof just built what they hope is the ultimate theft-proof bike. Dubbed the SmartBike, it’s a commuter that’s chock-full of anti-theft features, most importantly, a GSM/GPS tracking system that...

Michael Frank
Jun 10, 2016

Tested: Nikon D500

Many of us were drooling when Nikon dropped its new D5 camera at the Consumer Electronics Show this past January, thanks to its astoundingly high ISO rating. But here’s a tip: Instead of spending the...

Michael Frank
Jun 1, 2016