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The price of our favorite tide watch drops by nearly half, putting it within reach of the dirtbag surfers who want it. www.ripcurl.com…

Don’t be fooled by the swank stainless-steel casing: The X6M provides hardcore features, including compass, feet-per-minute altitude tracker, weather gauge, and PC connectivity. www.suuntousa.com…

This classy timepiece, which pairs well with both suit and parka, steps beyond the usual analog chronograph with an altimeter. www.st-moritz.com…

This genius watch measures your resting heart rate (collected while you take a five-minute break) and automatically builds a weekly training regimen. Then it tracks your progress and updates your workouts accordingly. www.polarusa.com…

Training in unfamiliar terrain? This watch wirelessly connects to a heart-rate strap and a belt-or arm-mounted GPS unit for altitude and navigation coordinates. www.timex.com…

Place two fingers on the Duo’s sensors and, seconds later, you’ve got your pulse rate. The bargain price also includes a wireless heart-rate strap (for more accurate measurement) and chronograph. www.highgear.com…

The killer app of the digital music revolution leapfrogs the pack by inviting your camera to the party. This 40-gig Gear of the Year champ easily organizes and pumps out 10,000 songs—or up to 25,000 photos, which you can spin through about as quickly as you can shuffle a deck…

TRES HERMESSpice up your morning five-miler with 125 of your favorite songs. With its pack-of-gum-size wireless sensor clipped to your laces, the MP3 Run tracks your speed, distance, and pace. Hit a button and the unit will cut into “Eye of the Tiger” with a progress report (“Time, three minutes;…

BOLD STATEMENTIt felt good to be the only guy running the trails of Boulder, Colorado, sans flapping headphone wires. In a wild science project, Oakley pimped out a pair of its Half Jacket sunglasses by tucking a 256MB flash-memory-based player in the stems and adding flip-up lenses. Phones slide directly…

FLYWEIGHTCountless ambles down to the local java joint validated the TrailAudio’s always-at-hand design. I stocked this two-ouncer with 11 Led Zeppelin albums and clipped it to my belt loop. With a water-resistant casing, this 256MB memory-card-based player is ready for the rain and the rough. Plug it into a USB…

Nine Caribbean playgrounds heavy on the sports—and dead serious about kicking back

Conrad Anker heads back to Everest, in search of answers

H2O is what connects us—it’s the alpha liquid that supports natural wonderlands and lets us live, play, and explore. You’d think we’d be taking better care of this critical resource, and yet waste and pollution are rampant and more than 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water. The good…

The Alps Trailer: When director Stephen Judson, 61, decided to follow John Harlin III up the Eiger for the stunning new Imax film The Alps (opening in March), he enlisted the best in alpine filmmaking, putting Farther Than the Eye Can See…

Big names, big adventure—and a message for the masses

The History Channel's mad hatter

Charting the evolution of action sports through the James Bond franchise

Fill your jib—and your tall glasses—at Antigua Sailing Week, the Caribbean's biggest regatta

Kutcher and Costner go coastal in the new thriller from Andrew Davis

Aaahh, October, the month Hollywood unsheathes the knives, fangs, and psychos to spike the adrenaline and send us running to Mommy. Here, in the spirit of the season, we pick five favorite spine-chilling flicks that take classic horror to the outdoors. From realistic to ridiculous, they're all but guaranteed to leave you trembling in your Tevas

An Imax filmmaker flies into New Orleans, post-Katrina, and comes out with a film on culture, conservation, and rebuilding Louisiana's wetlands

The Caribbean is home to as many rum distilleries as islands. Hop on board for a taste tour—and leave the Coke behind.

Brace yourself for a slosh. Wolfgang Petersen, master of the seafaring-disaster epic, is back in the water with Poseidon, a big-budget update of The Poseidon Adventure, the 1972 camp classic. From Das Boot, a claustrophobic chronicle of life on a World War II German U-boat, to The Perfect Storm, the…

Scientists turn to Hollywood for the origin of species names

The new road-warrior electronics embrace the adventurer's creed: Do more with less. From a pocket cinema to an MP3 watch, these ten ultra-portable gadgets let you get lost in style.

The future doesn’t just happen. The next frontiers of adventure, fitness, gear, and sport are crafted by bold visionaries with world-changing dreams—and the minds and muscles to make them real. Behold the 25 all-star innovators leading us beyond tomorrow. 1. Conrad Anker: High-Altitude Altruist 2. Josh Donlan:…

Widen the horizons of adventure by taking the controls and becoming a pilot

What the iPod did for music, the new portable media centers could do for movies. Now all we need to do is convince the suits.

If you’re the grandson of legendary aquaman Jacques Cousteau, swimming with sharks is almost blasé. But becoming one—now that’s honoring your pedigree. This past winter, Fabien Cousteau, 37, climbed inside Troy, a 14.5-foot submarine/shark decoy, to film the great whites around Guadalupe Island, off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Created by Hollywood-stuntman-cum-inventor…

The makers of adventure gear and apparel had utility dialed long ago. Now R&D types are zeroing in on style.

Will Dirk Pitt's creator sink the fictional adventurer's Hollywood career?

Free your grill from the shackles of civilization

Lately, more and more indie beers—with their mad hops and big barley—are sporting names cribbed from the lexicon of the stoked. But are the brewers of these imbibables just appropriating the cachet of adventure sports to sell a few six-packs? Or do they live and love the wild life? We…

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