The Halogen can’t do it all, but it does so much so well that it rates as one of the most versatile winter jackets we’ve ever tested.

With the number of urban cyclists surging, more and more riders are taking part in alleycats, informal races inspired by the routines of working bike messengers. Here’s what you need to know before taking your steed to the starting line

Are fixies the true soul of cycling? Or are they just a ridiculous fad blighting urban streets? Two cyclists duke it out.

You see strange things when you head up R&D at Patagonia. Like goose down floating in illuminated tubes. You go to strange places. Like secret labs inside white-washed corporations in Austin, Texas.

The Ghost Whisperer is built for both the alps and the urban outdoorsman.

From wool-insulated workout wear to the hardest hard shell we’ve ever seen, this year’s backcountry jackets are an eclectic crop. Material upgrades and smart design leaps have made outerwear a locus of innovation. (Molecular-level polymer coating, anyone?) But enough lab-speak.

Races like the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash are exploding in popularity. We asked two of the sport's top athletes about the gear that helps them get onto the podium.

A low price tag and a quality build make this among the best wetsuits for newbies.

Nordic skiers and cold-climate runners will love this aerobic-oriented jacket, which has a wind-blocking front face and a thin, breathable back.

Outside picks the best gear for your alpine-touring setup, including the K2 WayBack skis.

We break down the best sites, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and apps for travelers, bikers, gear nerds, and more

Cross-country skiing is among the world's great human-powered modes of movement. Whether you ski classic or skate, here’s the gear you’ll need to get started.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Canada Goose HyBridge Lite jacket

High-end options include the Moots' Psychlo-X Cyclocross, a $2,900 frame that's made of titanium and has a lower bottom bracket and shorter chainstays for speed and control.

After competing in more than two dozen adventure races, Stephen Regenold breaks down his go-to outdoor gear

Four softshells hard enough for any weather, including The North Face's Jammu.

Four softshells hard enough for any weather, including the Eddie Bauer First Ascent Hyalite.

Four softshells hard enough for any weather, including Columbia Sportswear’s Key Three.

Four softshells hard enough for any weather, including Millet’s Trilogy ­Limited WDS Hoodie.

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