We scour the web each week to bring you the best outdoor videos we can find. Here are our top ten picks of the week:
First Impressions: MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Ultralight Tent
Summer means backpacking season here at Outside, and we are always on the hunt for the latest ultralight gear. The new MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent weighs in at just over 2lbs, making it one of the lightest, most packable tents in its class. Watch as editor Greg Thomas tells us what makes this his go-to tent when hitting the trail.
Meet the Owner of Madsen Cycles
Living Outside the Box is a film by Elements in Motion that profiles Jared Madsen, owner of Madsen Cycles. Diagnosed at an early age with dyslexia, Madsen struggled through the U.S. educational system and almost didn't graduate high school. After graduating, Madsen tapped into his natural talent for engineering to create one of the top cargo bike companies in the U.S. As he says, "I think back, and I'm just lucky that somehow I didn't believe my report card."
Building and Sailing a Traditional Wooden Boat
From Timber To Tide is a short documentary from Pixillion that profiles Ben Harris, a traditional wooden boat builder in Cornwall, UK. In the doc, Harris, who says that his first word was "log," reflects on how he acquired his woodworking skills through the years and talks about the experience of taking something that he built by hand out onto the water and sailing it across the sea. You can follow Pixillion on Instagram here and on Twitter here.
Our Favorite Toyota Tacoma From the 2016 Overland Expo West
For good reason, the Toyota Tacoma is one of the most popular overland vehicles, boasting the best of off-road capabilities and surrounded by stories of immortality. At this year's Overland Expo West, Jon Burtt of Denver, Colorado, showed us his tricked-out 2015 Tacoma. Check out his modifications, featuring a four-inch lift, TruckVault drawers, and an FRP Flip-Pac camper shell. In this rig, you can disappear from the world for weeks at a time—dreams do come true.
One of the Best Trail Runs in Chamonix, France
Most days, filmmaker Sébastien Montaz-Rosset goes running in his backyard, which just so happens to be the mountains around Chamonix, France. In this short point-of-view video, Montaz-Rosset takes us along for one of his Sunday runs. The clip features the area of Lac Blanc. On the opposite side of the valley is Mont Blanc and the Aiguille Verte. This unique perspective is largely thanks to Montaz-Rosset's childhood in the Alps and work as a mountain guide and ski instructor. You can follow Montaz-Rosset on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
After Injury, These Athletes Push Their Limits of Possibility
High Fives Foundation is a non-profit that provides resources for and support to the dreams of mountain action sports athletes who have experienced a life-altering injury. In May 2015, the organization took seven athletes to Maui for an adaptive surf trip. Photographer Trevor Clark followed along the trip and put together this inspirational short film, Beyond the Veil, narrated by Grant Korgan. You can follow High Fives Foundation on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
These Two Brothers Are Traveling and Living on Tall Bikes
We're big fans of The Zenga Bros, who have spearheaded a slew of unique community art projects since 1999. The eccentric brand got its start in a small town that discouraged creativity and parents that conversely encouraged their kids to be themselves—only weirder. In Tall Bike Tour: Part 1–Vissions and Dreams, filmmakers Will and Benny Zenga delve into their creative histories, the Three Beans that they live by, and the reasons why they are now traveling and living on tall bikes. You can follow The Zenga Brothers on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
A Stunning Video and Spoken Word Poem Dedicated to Earth
In filmmaker Matty Brown's short video Love Earth stunning visuals from all over the globe are accompanied by the words of poet Clint Smith. Created to celebrate Earth Day, the collaborative piece is a beautiful reminder for us to stop and embrace the beauty around us in light of climate change and the impact that we have on nature. You can follow Brown on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
Big Wave Surfer Shane Dorian on Fatherhood
My Old Man is a new video series produced by Farm League for YETI that celebrates fatherhood. Big wave surfer Shane Dorian, father of two, is profiled in the first installment, Between Pulses. While people tell Dorian that his nine-year-old son Jackson is following in his footsteps—sharing an appreciation for bow hunting, surfing, and skateboarding—Dorian holds that Jackson will choose his own path. You can follow YETI on Facebook here and on Instagram here.