Outside Magazine, December 2018



Fitness studios are incorporating rowing into every kind of workout imaginable. But can it actually be fun?

We asked. They told. In-the-know locals divulge their secret powder lines, après breweries, and hidden hot springs.

A successful day begins with reliable rituals

A lifelong runner and outdoor athlete is hit with a mysterious physical breakdown. Once the engine starts to fail, what happens to the mind?

When Dick's Sporting Goods announced that it would reduce gun sales in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, CEO Edward Stack said he wanted to start a conversation about gun safety in America. What he got instead was a firestorm.

A wave of psychotherapists are treating patients by running with them

The year in adventure fitness, gear, and sports was shaped by bold visionaries with world-changing dreams—and the mojo to make them real

Meet the minds shaping and building the big business of the outdoors

The movers and shakers inspiring positive change in the outdoors

From big-wall climbers to surf champions, these are the most dedicated, successful athletes of the year

The former white-boy rapper and mega-successful serial entrepreneur has become a bestselling wellness author and Tony Robbins-style life coach. His latest venture, a highly social weekend of walking up mountains until you drop, called 29029, is pitched as a new breed of restorative endurance event. But is this just a brutal group hike with good marketing?

The corporations buying up resorts are making the slopes crowded. But they're also throwing the sport a lifeline.

A high-performance carbon-frame rig for under four grand? Believe it. Canyon Cycles’ Aeroad WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0 is a lightweight, durable, do-everything road machine that’s cheaper than the competition, thanks to the German company’s direct-to-consumer model.

(Courtesy AETHER Apparel) Aether x Mystery Ranch Pack ($235) Water-resistant nylon, a padded laptop sleeve, generous zippers, and cinch side panels are just a few of the smart features that make the Aether x Mystery Ranch pack the ideal hauler for ferrying daily essentials to and from the office.

(Courtesy DJI) DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone ($1,099) Sixty percent quieter than its predecessor, DJI’s Mavic Pro Platinum drone offers a re­markable 30 minutes of air time on a charge. Buy Now (Courtesy Sony) Sony A7 III ­Camera ($2,000) The Sony A7 III ­camera (lens sold separate)…

(Courtesy Citizen) Citizen Promaster Tough ($495) Badass brothers and clumsy cousins alike will dig the aptly named ­Citizen Promaster Tough. The reason: it has a shock-resistant case with a hardened coating that’s five times more resilient than regular stainless steel. Therefore it’s almost impervious to scratching and also staves off…

(Courtesy Topo Designs) Topo Designs Organic Cotton Field Shirt ($89) Topo Designs’ organic cotton Field shirt is the Swiss Army knife of utility layers, ready for yard duty, a long hike, or an evening on the town. Buy Now (Courtesy Filson) Filson Insulated Tin Cloth Cap ($65)…

(Courtesy Dish by Duer) Dish by Duer Adaptive Denim High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($119) The stretchy and comfortable Dish by Duer Adaptive Denim High-Rise Skinny jeans utilize Coolmax fibers, which boost the denim’s insulation but also breathe and wick moisture from the skin. Buy Now (Courtesy Burton)…

(Courtesy Gaiam) Gaiam Restore Marbled Foam Roller ($20) The Gaiam Restore Marbled foam roller has a just-right semifirm density for soothing tight quads. Bonus: it looks good enough to keep in the living room. Buy Now (Courtesy Under Armour + JBL) UA Sport Wireless Train Headphones…

(Courtesy Teva) Teva Ember Moc Slippers ($75) The Teva Ember Moc slippers (women’s pictured) have forgiving polyurethane footbeds, hearty rubber outsoles, and cozy quilted uppers, making them the perfect after-class footwear. Buy Now (Courtesy Athleta) Athleta Hyper Focused Print Bra ($54) Athleta updated its bestselling Hyper…

(Courtesy Hatje Cantz) ‘Unwired’ by Jacqueline Hassink ($85) Gifting someone a copy of Unwired (Hatje Cantz), by Jacqueline Hassink, is a tactful way to tell them they need a vacation. The coffee-table book juxtaposes two photography projects from the Dutch artist, one looking at beautiful and remote places with no…

(Courtesy PK Grills) PK Grills PK 360 ($800) A stylish grill won’t make you a better cook. But damn if we don’t feel more confident operating the burly and gorgeous PK Grills PK 360. While you’re at it, splurge on the Teak Shelf kit ($200). Buy…

(Courtesy Misc. Goods Co.) Misc. Goods Co. Ivory ­Ceramic Flask ($92) The 11-ounce Misc. Goods Co. Ivory ­Ceramic flask is slim enough to stow in your pocket, but its leather, brass, and cork closure begs to be shown off. Buy Now (Courtesy Everyday Co.) Everyday Co.

(Courtesy Oboz) Oboz M-Trail Low Shoes ($120) The Oboz M-Trail Low shoes perform all day from city to trail, with breathable uppers and cushioned, supportive EVA midsoles and inserts for extra energy return. Buy Now (Courtesy Seea) Seea Lido One Piece Suit ($125) Seea’s Lido One…

(Courtesy Patagonia) Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Vest ($99) Nothing feels as cozy as fleece. Patagonia’s Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Vest is thick and soft, and it’s made using fair-trade recycled polyester. Buy Now (Courtesy Rumpl) Rumpl Puffy Sherpa Blanket ($189) With velvety fleece on one side and matte…

(Courtesy 1more) 1more Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones ($100) 1more managed to fit three drivers—for highs, mids, and deep bass—into a single earbud, hence the almost impossibly vibrant sound that comes from the Triple Driver In-Ear headphones. Buy Now (Courtesy Taylor) Taylor GS Mini-e Koa Guitar ($800)…

(Courtesy Eagle Creek) Eagle Creek Wayfinder 20 Pack ($80) The versatile Eagle Creek Wayfinder 20 pack is made from lightweight ripstop and has contoured straps. Cord organizers and pockets for a laptop, a tablet, and other small gadgets add to its functionality. Men's …


The Outsiders: We bring you the year’s boldest athletes, activists, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and lifesavers. From Alex Honnold, whose climbs of El Capitan left us all gasping for air, to the women surfers breaking barriers on the world’s biggest waves, to the Navajo runners uplifting Native American communities, these are the visionaries who inspired us most.

The 12,000-Step Program: When you’ve already made it big as a runner (20-plus New York Marathons), an entrepreneur (Zico coconut water, Marquis Jet), and a rapper (“Shake It (Like a White Girl)”), the next logical project is Mount Everest. That’s why Jesse Itzler has created 29029, an endurance-hiking event that replicates the peak’s vertical footage. —Tom Vanderbilt

You’re With Us or Against Us: When Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that it would reduce gun sales in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, CEO Edward Stack said he wanted to start a con­versation about gun safety in America. What he got instead was a firestorm. —Craig Fehrman

Breakdown: Neither massage nor physical therapy—nor magnesium, potassium, bone broth, acupuncture, or myofascial release—could heal what began as a simple calf tear. So what’s a middle-aged amateur athlete to do when he can no longer run from the pain? —Christopher Solomon


Big Idea

Keep Skiing Weird: We need to stop moaning about big resort conglomerates and start being thankful for much needed job security for lifties—and way cheaper passes for everyone. —Marc Peruzzi


Spotlight: Raw, messy, and full of energy, these photographs of skateboarding over the years capture the sport’s gritty heart.


Ski Resorts: Sixteen locals reveal secret stashes, untracked basins, and low-key watering holes, from Squaw Valley to Sunday River. And, one word for skiers whose passes include foreign destinations: Go.


Holiday Gift Guide: Sleek canvas backpacks and flasks full of whiskey. Slippers and art books and plaid cotton field shirts. Leather-trimmed coolers and grills with teak shelves. These are a few of our favorite things.


Wellness: Running alongside your shrink? Proponents claim the combination of talk therapy and exercise can break down walls.

Laird’s Laws: Make your bed, people! Smart starts for a productive day.

Fuel: CBD-infused snacks may reduce inflammation while satisfying the munchies.

Training: Fitness studios are turning rowing into the new SoulCycle.