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You’ll be surprised how far we’ve come from the blocky, cumbersome ice coolers of yesteryear

Because a world without internal-frame backpacks, bike derailleurs, and wetsuits would be a darker place

An injury sidelined 17-year-old Ty Walker's Sochi dreams, but she's back winning competitions and taking names.

The 26-year-old downhill skier's advice on how to be a happy traveller? Always be prepared for powder days and impromptu concerts.

We're not sure we'd try Ian McIntosh's bold lines, but we'd certainly give his favorite stomping grounds—and gear—a try.

The pro skier and mountaineering badass shares her favorite winter destination and gear.

The Olympic champion's favorite place to ski and sticks for the park.

The pro traveler needs cutting-edge survival gear as he explorers the farthest reaches of the planet. And his favorite place to play might surprise you. (Hint: It’s in the Midwest.)

The backcountry legend weighs in on his favorite gear (we bet you can guess it) and why California is a splitboarder's paradise.

There are thousands of outdoor apps to download, but few that will get you where you need to go. These four rules will help you choose the right one.

Hack your way to comfort in the great outdoors

The best way to keep your water supply squeaky clean

I'm looking to swap out my mass-manufactured camping gear for the latest handmade designs. What are your favorite custom options?

I need a new flotation device for kayaking, and I’m ready to move up to something with more serious features. What’s the state-of-the-art?

I work on trails to help my local mountaineering club. Is there anything light enough to carry with in my backpack?

I work on trails to help my local mountaineering club. Is there anything light enough to carry along in my backpack?

I’m going trout fishing in Northern New England in a few weeks, but I don't know the area. What gear should I bring to reel in the fish?

I’m training for an ultra and log some long runs in the backcountry. If I carried all my water, I’d probably be running with four pounds of fluid. Is there a lightweight filter I can carry instead?

I work on trails to help my local mountaineering club. Is there anything light enough to carry with in my backpack?

I work on trails to help my local mountaineering club. Is there anything light enough to carry with in my backpack?

I’m trying to find a long-sleeve shirt that feels good while mountaineering but also looks good on a date. What have you got for me?

On a humid night in July, I slept in friend’s hammock on the trail. The cool breezes were great, but I wondered about weight. How do they compare with other shelters?

I’m looking for an affordable satellite communicator, something that will let me calm my family’s jitters at home with a quick note, or come into service as an SOS device in an emergency. What do you recommend?

After my first marathon, I was so hungry, I remember eating a whole pizza. What does Kilian Jornet, who races 100 miles and more, eat?

I’m running the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Race in July, and friends have pointed out that it may be cool at night in high elevations and hot during the day. I can’t bring a lot of clothes. What shirt should I wear?

For safety reasons, I always leave my trip plans and return time at home. But they’re usually scrawled on a piece of junk mail stuck to the fridge. Is there a better system?

I train barefoot at an easy pace on trails, but when I race, I tend to run fast 10K’s and 5K’s, and the asphalt isn’t friendly at that pace. What shoes should I wear?

Since I was a kid, it’s been droned into me to carry a map and compass in the outdoors, even if it’s a backup for GPS. What’s the least I can get away with?

I’ve heard of shoes and special boot inserts that generate electricity every time you step down. It sounds far-fetched. What’s the reality?

I know beer cans are easiest to pack in and out of the camp site. But I’ve heard rumblings of new can designs to make it taste better. Is there anything to it?

My family’s going on a camping trip next month, and we’ll have five in our party. What’s the best way to get water for cooking and drinking each night?

One of my favorite chores around the campsite is to chop wood for the fire. What’s the best tool for the job?

Stands out in on-the-fly convenience, spaciousness, and durability.

I’m looking for something long-lasting and bright that won’t let me down in the backwoods. What do you recommend?

With summer approaching, I'm on the lookout for a hardy cooler that will keep things fresh for days when there's no fridge on hand. Any recommendations?

I’m training for a trail race, and I’m looking for a way to bring water for a couple of hours’ run. I don’t want to haul a huge waterbag on my back. What’s my best bet?

When I’m in a road race, sometimes I hear a guy running nearby who’s louder than a Budweiser draught horse. How do I learn better form so I won’t end up like that?

I’m looking for something waterproof and rugged for the ocean, but that polishes up for a meeting at work.

My girlfriend is looking for a new phone, and she’ll be using it outdoors a lot this summer. Which one has the most protective case available?

One of my favorite rites of summer is to run along a marshy trail to our family’s backwoods cabin. But my trainers are always soaked and uncomfortable when I get there. Is there a better alternative for my feet?

When we were caught in a sudden storm hiking in Acadia last summer we donned garbage bags to keep dry. Some rain jackets feel almost as clammy as those garbage bags. What’s a good, breathable one?

I’m looking for something small and light to stow in my pack while hiking or kayaking in case something goes wrong, but I’m overwhelmed by the options. What kind of beacon do you recommend?

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