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Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Sidi Spider Shoes.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Salsa Spearfish mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the WTB Nano Tires.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Scott Genius LT 20 mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Giant Cypher 1.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Enve Mountain XC Carbon Wheels.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Giro XAR Helmet.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized Tactic Helmet.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized Women's Trail Top.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Club Ride Go Long Jersey.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Darn Tough Quarter Sock Cushion Socks.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Adidas Adilibria Shield S Sunglasses.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Shimano XTR PD-M985 Pedals.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the DZ Nuts Bliss Cream.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Trek Top Fuel 9.7 mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Dakine Girls Amp 8L Pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the CamelBak Charge 450 Pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Pearl Izumi Veer Shorts.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 Pedals.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Five Ten Karver Shoes.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Jett Raptor Shorts.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Pearl Izumi Impact Gloves.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized S-Works Epic 29ER mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized S-Works MTB Shoes.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Assos T FI. 13_S5 Bibs.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Tomac Supermatic 120 mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Giro LX LF Gloves.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Ergon GX2 Leichtbau Carbon Grips.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Spot Rocker SS mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Michelin WildRace'R Advanced Tires.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized S-Works Prevail Helmet.

What is the best casual, but functional, mountain biking pant? I'm looking for something breathable, high-backed, durable, and not fully waterproof. In other words, something I can ride in Moab, then pull on a clean T-shirt and sit down for a served dinner. Eric San Diego, CA

We've got your all-access pass to summer: 21 DIY and outfitted adventures guaranteed to recharge for less than $500*. Just pick one—or five—and leave your lawnmower behind. *Transportation not included

Think you don't have time for a fitness routine? If you can block out a couple of hours during the week and some longer periods on weekends, the results will amaze you.

Good balance is critical for conquering difficult rides. The first step to better balance is being able to keep your body mass centered while reacting to adverse terrain. Use these simple drills to improve your body’s stability: Ate Standing Balance – Pedal and come to a complete stop. See how…

What qualifies an adventure lodge as one of the world's best? Hot tubs and high thread counts, sure. But what sets these ten launchpads apart is access—to remote trails, steep runs, and lonely peaks.

What's a good headlamp for mountain biking on singletrack at night? Brightness is obviously important but battery life (especially in freezing temperatures) is my priority. Ian Hayward, WI

Greg Mortenson did it. So Shannon Galpin, a single mom and former Pilates instructor with no humanitarian experience, figured she could, too. She sold her house, started a nonprofit, and flew to Kabul to set up women’s educational and health programs, from scratch, in the world’s most troubled country. The author joined her on her most audacious fundraiser yet.

We present our Trips of the Year, everything from whitewater rafting in Siberia to mountain biking in Argentina to the greatest multisport vacation in Alaska.

I'm new to mountain biking and can't decide whether to buy a standard 26-inch wheel or a 29er. The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

There are certain skills every Outside guy should possess. For this, the first installment of our four-part fundamentals series, we address the basics of adventure.

Your Challenge: Choosing the right adventure in New Zealand, a place that offers the best of everything. Your Solution: Our heavily researched, carefully formulated, and totally brilliant ten-step plan.

From hot springs to mountain-town fiestas to one surprisingly easy island getaway, we've got you covered.

What are some good places to "escape" Los Angeles without having to go too far? -Susan Los Angeles CA

How much does a bad mountain bike tire affect your riding? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

What are some great outdoor activities I can do while I'm living in Istanbul? The only things I know of are running and swimming in the Bosporus. How about diving or snowboarding? -Lauren Istanbul, Turkey

I'm going to Vancouver for a week on business and would like to peel off for two to three days of being outdoors. Any suggestions for a fit gal who likes to be outside, but has to be back and in a cocktail dress by seven o'clock each evening? -Mathilda Dallas, TX

Presenting the best of a new generation of action films, from mountain biking and snowboarding to skiing and climbing.

It's never been easier to show off your chops: Thanks to video sharing, any wannabe with an iPhone can aspire to a brief moment in the spotlight. But a few self-made stars manage to stick around. Here are four Outside-approved YouTubers who've turned their 15 minutes into everything from Red Bull sponsorships to record deals.

I sweat a lot when I mountain bike, and when I wear sunglasses they usually fog up, or the lens gets covered in dripping sweat. I've tried to wear a headband, but that doesn't work. Do you have a recommendation for sunglasses with lenses that won't fog up or get covered with beads of sweat?Todd Jenkintown, PA

Five hundred dollars can buy you a lot of things: an iPad, a mediocre bike, a lawn mower—or three days of glorious summertime freedom (transportation excluded). Here are our picks for the best do-it-yourself budget escapes in North America, plus outfitted adventures you can't afford to miss.

I would like to find a pair of clipless cycling shoes that are suited for adventure cycling with conditions that demand you have to hike while carry the bike. I have some old Sidi shoes but they don’t do the job when walking. Suggestions?—TonyLima, Peru

What are the summer's best, off-the-beaten-path adventures in Europe?—MikeFramingham, MA

This fat-tire Shangri-La's got stunning scenery, challenging riding, plenty of beer and music—and you don't have to be an expert rider or endurance junkie. Here's everything you need to make the most of this weekend-long party, er, mountain-bike race.

All Mountain: Diamondback Mission 3; $3,800.

1. Zoic‘s Black Market ($69; zoic.com) quickly became our go-to shorts. The reasons: plenty of pockets, a loose but not baggy fit, and, most important, an inner short with a super-comfy chamois. Mountain biking apparel MTB style 2. Thanks to its street-smart style and semi-fitted…

Love Acadia, the Tetons, and the Grand Canyon? Wait until you meet their crazy little cousins.

You survive a plane crash in the Amazon? Who cares! What's far more likely to go wrong during an international journey is injuries and illnesses that would be easy to manage close to home but are much trickier on the far side of paradise. Here are seven frequent scenarios and how to handle them.

When spring showers make a mess of your favorite streets and trails, fight back.

Through years of misinformation, they've gotten lumped in with ATVs, snowmobiles, and other maligned vehicles

There's at least one major upside to the bursting of the real-estate bubble: The kind of adventure-ready second home you've always dreamed about is suddenly within reach. From mountain retreats to lakefront outposts to slopeside condos, here's your primer on where to invest for the long haul.

The quickest way to boost your performance in any sport? Drop some gut.

Overlooked mountain ranges, river beer, running album, gear of all time, and 47 other big ideas, accidental winners, and awesome things about the world outside we've come to love over the past 33 years. Introducing our first annual Editors' Choice Awards...

Here are six ways you can change the world.

I have an old Cannondale mountain bike that I purchased in 1996 or '97. The F500 is an aluminum fre that I think would make a great bike if I overhaul all of the components, including an upgrade to nine-speed. Where do I start in choosing my drivetrain, other components, and re-outfitting my fre? Gary Austin, TX

What's the best hybrid bike under $1,000 for trails and around town? Tobi Colorado Springs, Colorado

Bagpipes or bikes? In Scotland, the choice is easy: World-class singletrack ranges across the stark beauty of the Highlands, transecting the ancient kingdom and drawing fat-tire aficionados from far and wide. MARK LEVINE takes his lumps in craggy Caledonia.

Five of our favorite trips.

I want to upgrade my 1994 Kona Hei Hei 1994 (Titanium fre). I would like to convert to disc brakes on the front with new suspension forks and upgrade the canti to v-brake on the rear. Is this possible? What make/model would you recommend buying groupset wise, wheels, forks, etc., to keep the bike light but the cost of the upgrade low? Catherine Macclesfield, UK

What type of sunglass lens makes the transition from sun to shade the easiest for riding singletrack through the forest? Lynn La Grande, OR

In Michigan, you’re never more than 90 miles from a Great Lake, which is the reason, I suppose, it’s nicknamed the Great Lakes State. By those standards, it should also be dubbed the Unbelievably Sick Trout-Water State. The Au Sable, the “Big” and Little Manistee, the Muskegon—there are quality rivers…

The Single Speed World Championships is the wildest mountain-bike on earth, where Halloween comes early and sobriety is akin to doping. To infiltrate this derailleurless debacle, we would need a thoroughly mediocre racer who could stomach the sight of way too much beer-addled flesh and report back. So, naturally, we recruited Bike Snob NYC.

This August, the 16th annual Leadville Trail 100 mountain-bike race kicks off in America’s highest city. An expected record of 1,300 competitors will climb more than 14,000 vertical feet at an average elevation of two miles. Lance Armstrong says he’s returning, and Levi Leipheimer has committed too, both hoping to…

What's going on inside a top-level MTB cleat? We dissected this $380 model to find out.

Which exercises are best for developing strength in mountain biking? Matt Memphis, Tennessee

Healthy. That's the word we kept coming back to. And we don't mean a fit or skinny population; we're talking about a city's cultural vibrancy, economic well-being, and overall quality of life. Presenting our picks for the 10 best cities in America, from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Plus: Our 10 favorite small towns.