Our Most-Read Gear Stories of All Time

Apparently, you love bikes, vans, and birth control

These are the most-read stories we’ve published about gear, ever. (Courtesy @bobaumgartner; Max Whittaker; Thomas Wayne Erst; Juliana Bikes/Santa Cruz Bikes/Gary Perkin)
Photo: Courtesy @bobaumgartner; Max Whittaker; Thomas Wayne Erst; Juliana Bikes/Santa Cruz Bikes/Gary Perkin gear

From roundups to takedowns, these are the most-read stories we’ve published about gear, ever.

#10. How to Trick Out the Ultimate Tacoma

(Nick Kelley)

Hey, a kid can dream, right? Check out the coolest adventuremobile—and the components that take it to the next level—in this photo essay.

#9. How to Fix a Skipping Bike Chain

(Juliana Bikes/Santa Cruz Bikes/Gary Perkin)

If you know how to change a flat, getting familiar with your chain—and all its rattling ways—is the next step toward becoming a do-it-yourself bike mechanic.

#8. The IUD Is the Most Important, Underrated Piece of Outdoor Gear I Own

(Heather Hansman)

An ode to backcountry birth control in a time when the conversation around it is more fraught and politicized than ever.

#7. The Unglamorous Realities of #VanLife and How to Make Life on the Road Work

(Thomas Wayne Erst)

In which an impossibly photogenic, free-spirited couple shares their tips on making van life not, ahem, suck.

#6. Tools They Carry: Wildland Firefighters’ Most Important Gear

(Max Whittaker)

Gear matters when you’re mountain biking, climbing, and skiing. Gear really matters when you’re fighting an inferno.

#5. The Most Important Gear of Yosemite’s Search and Rescue

(Max Whittaker)

Top picks from a 15-year veteran of the storied Yosemite Search and Rescue team.

#4. Inside Alex Honnold’s Tricked-Out New Adventure Van

(Max Whittaker)

When the legendary climber and dirtbag upgraded from a 2002 Ford Econoline, we asked for a tour.

#3. The 4 Best Weather Apps (Plus a Bonus for Storm Geeks)


Reliable weather apps are crucial for summer adventure-planning, so we spent a month testing dozens to find the best ones.

#2. Inside Patagonia’s Top-Secret Gear Archive

(Terri Laine)

This warehouse is what dreams are made of, chock-full of impossibly cool classics from the beloved brand.

#1. 24 of Our Readers’ Best Camper Vans

(Courtesy @bobaumgartner)

We asked, and you delivered. Read on for the best adventure rigs and a little inspiration to hit the road.

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