Gear Review


To find out, I kept one on nonstop for more than a week

The best adventures are too wet, dirty, and cumbersome to contain—unless you've got the right luggage

Patagonia nailed the details on their first sleeping bag, from the bivy-friendly front zipper to the roomy footbox and ethically sourced down.

Full-suspension 29+ mountain bikes might very well be the next hottest, totally niche thing

We pitted a $30 Stanley against three less-pricey competitors to find out

Thule’s soon-to-be-released RoundTrip Ski Bag nails the details and has some game-changing features that make it one of the most user-friendly ski bags we’ve seen.

Vests are the Swiss Army knives of layering. They work in summer and winter, in town and on the mountain, for early morning dawn patrols and out for dinner. Here are six of our favorites.

Last December, 15 testers gathered for the annual Outside Magazine Bike Test, in which we select the rising crop of the coming year’s bikes and ride the bejeezus out of them to determine which are the most promising.

The new Dynastar Speed Zone 12 TI stood out for its innovative sidewall construction and ability to rip down groomers at high speeds.

The DPS Wailer 106 and Zelda 106 were standouts at our ski test, handling everything from groomers to tree runs with ease.

The wireless Rumpl Puffe- wants to warm up your next camping trip

Keep your feet happy all winter long

Start smoking the pork before the lifts close to ensure a thorough cook.

There's no better piece of insulation for winter riding

GoPro's Grip is an essential addition to your video kit

Watch to find out what we loved about the latest iteration of Rossignol's Experience 88.

The 1DX Mark II is a pro-caliber workhorse with several upgrades that make nailing the perfect action shot much easier

We were excited to test out the Atomic Backland 109 skis, and they didn’t disappoint. We loved the tapered tips and fun performance in fresh powder.

The La Sportiva Vapor Float skis are incredibly light and proved ideal for touring and powder skiing.

Scorchingly fast, silly light, and more affordable than the competition, this might just be the finest race bike for the money

The first iteration of this whip defined the 29er genre. Can the redesign do that same for 27.5+ bikes?

The best planks from Outside's annual test in Snowbird, Utah, are engineered for big fun.

The Arizona-based brand just built the do-everything, plus-size trail bike.

If you shoot skiing or other fast-action sports for a living, you're going to want this camera

The Swedish brand releases a 2017 helmet and lots of apparel options for XC racers

Jerseys and shorts for technical, steep, big-mountain riding

A smart sports watch or a sporty smartwatch? The M600 may just be the best of both worlds.

The Firebelly trail quilt from Kammok is versatility defined. The traditional bed quilt transforms into a sleeping bag thanks to drawcords that create a cozy footbox and snaps that keep you snug. Watch to find out why Outside's online gear editor Jakob Schiller plans…

With Specialized’s new Turbo Levo FSR Comp 6Fattie, the e-mountain bike has finally come of age

Watch to find out what our online gear editor Jakob Schiller loves about these lightweight performance frames.

We went on a hunt for the best all-weather backpacks that will protect our gear and look sharp at the office.

Kitsbow blends style and function with their new King Ridge Windbreaker.

The new POC Tectal helmet brings us backcountry search and rescue technology.

The new Arc’teryx Voltair Avalanche Airbag will be a game changer for backcountry skiing and riding

After spending two months with the gear before its official mid-February launch, here’s why we've found it to be the best fitness-tracking system on the market

Almost as good as our Gear of the Year winner—for $350 less

An in-depth look at our favorite all-mountain ski of the year

Behold the epitome of the new fat bike: fast, fun, and astonishingly light

A new tool from Germany threatens to out-useful MacGyver's pocket knife

A bike that sits right in the sweet spot between fast and capable

An XC bike dressed up in trail accoutrements, this short-travel 29er highlights the industry trend toward longer, more capable machines

Presenting the ultimate winter workhorse for 2016

This well-thought-out adventure road bike proves you don’t have to pay a lot for high performance

The world's first MTB tire with graphene achieves a holy grail of characteristics we thought impossible: grip, durability, and speed

Pros are trading in their bulky setups for this mirrorless camera that’s totally loaded with industry-leading specs

How the space-saving DxO One compares with a $1,000 mirrorless cameras twice its size

One of the best all-around trail bikes of the year

When it comes to ease of use and video quality, the new UAV can't be beat

When (if?) the Snap hits production, it'll become the adventurer’s ultimate toy

The Mourenx 69 is neither the lightest nor the cheapest bike out there—you definitely pay more for the name and the European mystique. But it's the bike you should be riding.

We torture-tested the new crop of MTB-specific packs. Here are the 3 that held up best to the abuse.

Whispbar makes gorgeous, finely honed bike and gear carriers. But are they worth the premium price?

Electronic shifting comes to mountain bikes. Hallelujah?

Lowepro just made the new go-to adventure photo pack that features four-season protection and enough storage for a pro camera setup

In Jay Blahnik's first extended interview since Apple hired him to help launch the Watch, the company’s director of fitness for health technologies insists activity tracking is overemphasized, elite athletes have a sitting problem, and the real breakthrough apps for the device will probably be created outside of Cupertino.

In a time when “enduro” has become a tired epithet, the Nomad virtually reclaims the genre with downhill manners equal to any big bike and a weight that rivals many trail machines

A full-suspension 27.5+ built expressly for bikepacking? Who’da thunk?

Putting the new bikepacking rig through its paces on the Tour Divide

At 2.6 ounces and just over an inch cubed, the Session will go places no other GoPro has gone before

Could this be the last rain jacket you’ll ever buy?

With its new 29+ Stache, Trek has built a plus-size bike that’s so nimble and comfy we won't ever go back to skinny tires again

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

REI gets into the premium mountain market this spring with this playful, German-engineered 27.5-inch trail bike

Sprinter 4×4 Here at Outside, we’re romantics when it comes to Syncros and Vanagons—possibly to the point of being delusional. Because to shell out $79,000 (one of many similar listings on Craigslist) for a 24-year-old Volkswagen with more than a quarter-million miles on it is, well, insanity.

Though many companies are rushing to the 27.5 standard, BMC’s new trail 29er proves that big wheels are still the best choice for many riders.

Learning the virtues of a solid, well-designed utility bike

Can a top-shelf belt-driven mountain bike help galvanize the single-speed movement?

Barely-there shells for all kinds of conditions

Electronic mountain bike suspensions may sound convoluted and unnecessary, but the French manufacturer proves that the tech is here to stay.

Part of a new breed of adventure road bikes that lets you keep riding long after the pavement ends.

We thought the last iteration of this bike couldn't be improved. We were wrong.