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Barely-there shells for all kinds of conditions

Pro athletes on the gear they want to unwrap this Saturday

Durable, versatile, and just plain cool

If you spend $1,500 on a new kit, you better make sure it lasts more than a season or two

The best-looking gear from the hipster corner of Outdoor Retailer 2015

They're more important than you think, and high-quality options are plentiful

The coolest, most high-tech solution to goggle fog we've seen

Turn any backpack into an avalanche airbag system

Coming to a store near you this fall

The brainchild of pro ultrarunner Mike Foote, this sleeveless running jacket offers more protection than a vest and packs down to about the size of a Clif Bar.

The experts of light and fast branch out with a burly charger.

Eliminate goggle fog with such a simple fix? Genius.

5 of the most popular brands designed for playing in the mountains in a head-to-head test

There have never been so many innovative solutions for sleeping in public

Because even a great pair of socks can make getting fit more doable

Even though New Year’s Eve is behind us, you can still use skiing as an excuse to crack open a cold one, either at the local bar or in the parking lot

Let your friends know you care (and didn't totally forget about them)

For those who have been really, really good

We tested five of the best. Here's how they stacked up.

Down versus synthetic in a head-to-head test

You'll need lots of plaid, flannel, a pair of work boots, and a cap. With earflaps.

Every stove claims it's the fastest. We pitted them head-to-head in a winner-takes-all boil-off.

Absolutely. But it will take patience and persistence.

For top speeds at minimum price: clean, file, then wax

5 must-have tools to rebound from marathon season

High-quality, affordable 3D-printed products are already on the market

Elite mud running champion Max King gives the lowdown on race-day attire.

We put five stainless-steel water bottles through the ultimate test, including punting them off a 50-foot cliff and shooting at them with a rifle. Here's how they stacked up.

Celebrate National Running Safety Month with this high-visibility gear.

Sometimes the weirdest gear is also the most fun.

Pimp your GoPro with these five add-ons.

How to dress for winter 101

The world's top skiers and snowboarders share their favorite mountain accessories.

For when an evening hike turns into a 20-mile epic

The short answer: Absolutely. For a detailed breakdown of inexpensive, beginner-friendly fly-fishing gear, I contacted my friend Ryan Allred, owner of Jefferson Flywater. Allred’s worked as a guide for 20 years and holds a master’s degree in environmental science with an emphasis on fisheries. Here’s the gear…

While most of us won't be paddling into Mavericks with a GoPro on the nose of our board, there are ways to maximize the camera's life while using it to capture less-extreme footage.

The goofiest gear that's now unobjectionable, even totally useful

Tips from pro triathlete Timothy O’Donnell

Learn to stow your packs and jackets like a true professional.

Grand Canyon tested and approved

Cheryl Strayed started out on the legendary 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail with no backpacking experience, too-small boots, and a massive pack she nicknamed Monster.  She learned a thing or two about gear on that 93-day trek (REI’s return policy saved her on one occasion), and she writes about some of…

When you have only the weekend to get outside and play, it helps to have an adventure-ready daypack prepacked and ready to go. Think of it as your bug-out bag, but instead of fleeing an impending apocalypse, you’re escaping from the tedium of your workweek. So whether you’re going…

We put it through the ultimate test—including dragging it behind a car

Choose leather for breathability, strength, and flexibility. You'll never want to stray.

The 6 rules you must follow before embarking on a life on the road

Testing Patagonia's Nano-Air jacket

Matthew McConaughey says yes.

It's a long weekend, perfect for that family wilderness getaway you've been dreaming about.

It's not all shoes and tents from the companies who hawk their goods at the huge outdoor gear show. These innovations are offbeat, but we (mostly) like 'em anyway.

We combed through the coolest products at Outdoor Retailer 2014 to bring you these six items—all of which cost $35 or less.

A tent that provides all the light you need

A funky design taken from humpback whales

This small gadget transforms what it means to communicate off-the-grid

A breakthrough combination of extreme rocker and attention to detail

We've got the Vanagon packed, but where and how should we unload it for a picture-perfect base camp?

This basic backcountry survival skill is difficult to master—but could save your life if you get it right.

After all, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to get outside.

Having hiked more than 10,000 miles on epic long-distance trails, Liz Thomas is a true expert when it comes to battling blisters.

Six words: The Pearl Izumi EM Trail N2.

For the sake of your spine and your sanity, heed these rules

The right first-aid kit can save your life in the backcountry, so it’s worth investing the time and the money to get it right. To find out what belongs in a novice backpacker’s kit, I turned to NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, which has trained more than 110,000 students…

Gear that plays well when wet, whether it’s at the beach, in the river, or around town

You’re likely to face some hot races, or at least some hot training days, this summer. So I asked five elite ultramarathoners what gear they recommend to keep cool during the hottest months of the year. Below, I’ve listed five gear hacks, tips, and products these men use to battle…

Track down some made-here-at-home gear to celebrate the USA in style.

Before you start packing for your first multiday raft trip, remember this old adage: A raft is never full. That essentially means you can bring everything—plus the kitchen sink. After all, you don’t have to worry about weight when you have a raft to store your gear and a river…

I’d always scoffed at “high-tech” swim trunks, assuming cheap shorts that hung halfway down your butt were surfing’s accepted norm.  But that opinion changed the first time I pulled on a pair of O’Neill Superfreaks in college. I couldn’t believe how comfortable the $60 trunks were as…

Like the sport’s competitors, good OCR shoes must be tough, versatile, and able to withstand everything sadistic race organizers throw at them. They also better feel good on your feet. That mix isn’t always easy to find in a sneaker, so I called on Outside‘s obstacle-course racing expert Erin Beresini…

Here at Outside, we often write about the newest—and priciest—outdoor gear. But when it comes to car camping, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to build a solid kit. After all, there’s no need to buy the lightest, fastest, expedition-ready products if you have a multi-ton vehicle…

While you can find headlamps that cost less than $20, you’re likely better served by jumping up to the $40 range. The extra investment will get you a sturdier light that will last longer and work better than its cheap counterparts—and it won’t fail suddenly in the field. So without…

My dad never wants expensive gear for Father’s Day, but he still appreciates a thoughtful gift or two. Here are six suggestions that cost $30 or less for your pragmatic, outdoorsy father or husband.   Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp | (Courtesy of Black Diamond) This practical,…

The first time I put on a pair of Spy Discords with the Happy Lens technology, I was blown away by the sharp optical clarity and how well the shades protected my eyes. But do these lenses actually make you happier, as the name would suggest? Sort of. Before…

Full disclosure: I secretly wanted to love Lululemon's men’s gear when the company sent me a box of clothes to test. I just wasn't prepared to admit it. The company has become synonymous with women's yoga gear. If you close your eyes and think Lululemon, I doubt any masculine visuals…

So you’ve promised your significant other you’ll do something romantic this weekend. Trouble is, you still haven’t planned anything. But don’t worry: there’s a way to turn a regular walk in the woods into an amorous getaway. Just grab your favorite daypack, fill it with these five items, and pay…