The Encyclopedia of Gear
187 amazing stories about everything we use.
Birth of the Boots
The world's leading design center for outdoor footwear—everything from featherweight climbing shoes to hard-shelled mountaineering stompers—is a small city in northern Italy where craftsmanship reigns. Christopher Solomon went there to see how it's done.
Washing a single polyester jacket can send 1,900 tiny synthetic microfibers into waterways, where they can soak up toxins and get eaten by fish. So what is the outdoor industry doing about it? By Mary Catherine O'Connor
What do world-famous pilots like Jeb Corliss and Joby Ogwyn have in common? They all wear suits sewn by Tony Uragallo, a garden-loving grandfather who helps daring men zoom through the sky. By Matt Higgins