Outside Magazine, August 2018
The best way to improve your workout is to buddy up
The next generation of socially conscious developers are fighting to make sure downtown revitalization doesn’t just benefit the wealthy
Comfort necessities for escape artists
Garmin and Apple are among a recent wave of companies who’ve entered the stress tracking market. Do the products live up to their claims?
Gear up for playtime
Sporty shades that boost clarity and fun
New York's Citi Bike, one of the largest bike-share programs in the world, relies on a volunteer army to help redistribute some 12,000 bicycles among 750 stations each day, ensuring that users can grab a ride when they need one. Most of these volunteers do a few out-of-the-way deliveries a month. Then there's Joe Miller, whose superhuman efforts seem to defy any plausible explanation.
Thanks to a grassroots movement, it's soon going to get a lot simpler to book campsites on federal lands. But with more than two-thirds of public campgrounds controlled by the states, the work has just begun.
Sleeping in a tent doesn’t have to mean roughing it
What possesses an American cleric, a man of history and scholarship, to renounce his vows, move to a crumbling stone farmhouse in a small French village, and spend his days digging potatoes and translating Thucydides? Bill Donahue goes in search of his favorite unconventional uncle.
The e-commerce behemoth is on its way to becoming the biggest marketplace for outdoor-recreation products and its influence over the industry grows every day. Is this the apocalypse for the shops and brands that have fueled our love of adventure? Or can they learn to fight back without destroying one another?
Amazon Is the Future of Gear! Amazon Is the End of Gear! Jeff Bezos’s empire has been called a monopoly in plain sight and a wrecking ball to America’s retail economy. With Amazon grabbing a larger share of gear sales every day, outdoor stores face an existential crisis. Can they do what it takes to hang on? —Mya Frazier
The Monk’s Tale: Who among us hasn’t fantasized about moving to a little French village to sip Beaujolais as the Tour de France passes by on cobblestone streets? That’s what Bill Donahue’s uncle did in the 1980s, renouncing the priesthood for a life of gardening and scholarship. —Bill Donahue
The Purest Form of Bike Angel: Bike-share programs are great—until your pickup station is bone-dry or you get dock-blocked at the drop-off. New York City is solving these problems with a heavenly army of volunteers who earn points for relocating bikes. Tom Vanderbilt rides along with the undisputed champ. —Tom Vanderbilt
The Green Green Grass of Home: Imagine several hundred thousand residents moving to southwestern Utah, SUPing on man-made lakes and whizzing down a seven-story waterslide. To realize this vision, the state plans to suck 86,000 acre-feet per year from the Colorado River through a billion-dollar pipeline. —Mark Sundeen
End the Campground Monopoly: Reserving a campsite on public lands has been a painful experience for way too long, a consequence of the data-hoarding private companies in charge of bookings. Marc Peruzzi wants a bigger tent.
Portfolio: Jen Edney on what it takes to shoot sailing’s round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race.
The Dream Town Blueprint: How does a city become a thriving adventure destination, the kind of spot where people long to move? According to America’s favorite cities, you’ll need a spruced-up waterfront, some craft beer, and a commitment to recreation.
Sunglasses: We can see clearly now with Oakley’s Flight Jacket shades.
Kelly Slater: How the champion surfer built his sustainable clothing brand Outerknown.
Wellness: Does your fitness tracker hold the key to beating stress?
Laird’s Laws: Don’t go it alone—you need a workout partner.
Grooming: Skincare for the burning season.