Ben Fox

Ben Fox

Ben manages Outside's affiliate marketing program. While he spends far too much time in front of a computer, he prefers to be mountain biking, running, or skiing. Originally from the East Coast, he finds the lack of grass in Santa Fe disturbing.


United by Blue Bison Snap Jacket (Men's)

One of our favorite shackets, the United by Blue Snap is stuffed with a blend of bison fiber and recycled polyester, making it warm for its weight and exceptional at quashing odors. Pro tip: The jacket runs small, so we suggest sizing up.

Jan 11, 2021

Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket (Men's)

We take the Better Sweater almost everywhere because it hits the sweet spot between warmth, comfort, and style. It's made from a polyester knitted fleece that is soft on the skin. Plus, the fabric is bluesign® approved so you can feel good about wearing it.

Sep 17, 2019

Redington Sonic Pro Waders (Women's)

The Sonic Pro topped our list of the best waders for women. They worked well for testers with a variety of chest sizes. They fit "more like your favorite pair of jeans than the balloon-style waders of yesteryear," testers said.

Aug 5, 2019

BioLite Wood Burning CookStove

BioLite's Cookstove has an integrated battery, which powers a fan for efficient cooking. Plus, four fan speeds control flame size, enabling you to boil water fast or just simmer.

Jun 18, 2019

Sunski Dipseas Sunglasses

The Dipseas sunglasses have long been one of our favorites. According to our testers, “the [Dispseas] turns up the style dial with delicious frame colors...and the outlook is cool and clear through polarized emerald lenses that are better than you’d expect at this price.”

Apr 23, 2019

Introducing Gear Picks

Our new site section makes shopping for killer-value gear even easier

Ben Fox
Feb 27, 2019

REI Co-op 650 Down Hoodie 2.0 (Men's)

Quality insulation doesn’t have to be expensive. Case in point: the REI Co-op 650 Down jacket. It weighs just 10.5 ounces and packs into its own pocket when you don’t need it. It’s a perfect midlayer for colder winter pursuits, thanks to the 650-fill down insulation, and it’s lightweight enough to be a good stand-alone piece in milder weather.

Feb 14, 2019

The North Face Base Camp 50L Duffel

Since its launch in 1986, the Base Camp has essentially defined the category of adventure duffel. Its burly 1,000-denier, water-resistant fabric and convertible straps allow it to be carried as a duffel or a backpack, meaning you can haul it just about anywhere. The 50-liter size can be carried on an airplane and works well for a weekend trip.

Jan 3, 2019