Tools & Tech


Train from the safety of your living room with this versatile, effective equipment

Forget the tie. Consider these gift ideas for Father's Day instead.

Timepieces that check all the boxes

At your waist, across your back—what’s old is cool again

Meet Robb Jankura, bike builder turned camera-gear designer

Hardware to help you maximize your workouts

Versatile bags to withstand your wildest journeys

Goods to take you from morning sun salutation to bedtime savasana

Sponsor Content: LifeProof

From close-to-home micro-adventures to keeping electronics out of the trash, putting the planet first might be easier than you think

The internet is full of gizmos to help your body bounce back from training. These stand out.

A sentimental look at the best piece of gear for hauling your child

When it's highly diluted to clear water of pathogens, it could save your life

This simple piece of gear will keep you fit—and from punching holes in the walls—during quarantine

Cruel? With careful, compassionate application, a shock collar can be the kindest thing you do for your pet.

This gear has kept me active without bogging me down

This is the gear you want for starting your own herb garden or brightening your indoor living space…

It's an upgrade on my previous favorite, the Iota, and my new go-to for backpacking and trail running

In an era dominated by online shopping, dubious influencer endorsements, and trendy, direct-to-consumer gear, it’s harder than ever to know who to trust. Jenny Gyllander, the mind behind the product-review Instagram account @thingtesting, is here to cut through the noise.

Wes Siler shows you his favorite sport: archery

From tech gadgets to apparel upgrades, some of our best-reviewed gear make great presents.

Curated products for the activities your mom loves

Assemble a camp kitchen that is both inexpensive and functional

MSR's $40 Home Emergency Water Filter is the easiest way to guarantee clean drinking water

Wes Siler is a terrible photographer. So he asked his buddy, photographer Chris Brinlee Jr.​​​​​​​, to help him take better shots.

How to stay healthy—and maintain sanity—while you're social-distancing

Even the highest-quality gear needs maintenance. We’ve gathered a handful of trusted repair tools that have been in our kits for multiple seasons and have extended the lives of our favorite pieces of equipment and apparel.

All that time in the sun and wind takes its toll. Be prepared with these moisturizers.

Does the new Yeti V Series cooler stand up to the tried-and-true Tundra line?

'Solar Detroit,' from production company Duct Tape Then Beer, highlights the impact a few solar panels can have on a neighborhood

Because an organized road-tripper is a happy road-tripper

From beers on the river to a family picnic, the Compass has you covered

Sponsor Content: Olympus

Great dark-sky images require a simple formula: patience, the right location, and the appropriate gear

Learn how to degerm your plastic, rubber, or microfiber mat

Our favorite tools for making quick and healthy food

Nothing says "I love you" like getting someone a gift they'll use again and again

You don't have to spend a lot to show someone you care

The pieces we kept coming back to

And everything you need to know before driving over that snowy pass

You’re one good drink away from becoming a bona fide mixologist…

Through January 31, save big on travel gear during Backcountry’s Winter Sale. Here are our favorites.

Six testers ran, climbed, hiked, and played outside with 17 different deodorants. Here's what didn't stink.

The technology hasn't gotten anywhere close to the early hype—and I'm fine with that

Like an old friend, this stick of personal lubricant is always there when you need it, through the good times and the really awkward ones

This week is the best time of year for online gear shopping.

Cyber Week has begun. Here’s our favorite gear that won’t break the bank.

A steak so good it will blow your mind how easy it is to make if you have a good grill. Wes Siler walks us through his secret method.

Sponsor Content: Breitling

The Swiss watchmaker and Outerknown, Slater’s lifestyle apparel brand, teamed up to create a sustainable twist on Breitling’s most iconic dive watch

From hair ties to hydration bladders, women share their top pregnancy hacks

Fight Turkey Day couch lock with these secret weapons

He put four standouts through the ringer to see how they stacked up

Catch a big one in any kind of water

Robert Young Pelton's latest folder is his magnum opus

We drove to Mexico and filled our thermoses with margaritas (for gear testing)

Say goodbye to your fitness tracker. Now your workout gear can deliver your stats.

The ability to fix your gear outdoors is as important as the gear you choose to use in the first place