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We tested these shorts during our 2019 bike test and loved them. The Vista Short “is just as comfortable for walking around town as it is in the saddle,” we wrote. While other cycling apparel has started catering to race types, these shorts are perfect for cyclists who just…

Mountain Khakis have long made some of our favorite men’s hiking pants. The Original Pants are made from tough cotton duck canvas to endure adventuring for years. Plus, the slim fit makes them stylish enough to wear to the bar for post-session drinks.

These trunks have all of the technical chops (they’re incredibly stretchy, super fast to dry, and have zippered thigh and back pockets), but their feel impressed us the most. They’re super soft, which means you’ll find reasons to wear them out of the water. We also like the interior draw…

Go full retro with these trunks that look like they’re straight out of a sixties surf flick. But Katin makes the most of modern fabric, adding an astounding 12 percent spandex to the polyester shorts for a serious amount of stretch. The waistband (featuring a hidden key pocket) has a…

The Hydropeak isn’t flashy, but it gets the job done at a surprisingly friendly price. Patagonia loads it with goodies, like 13 percent spandex for unrestricted movement, a fused waistband that hugs your hips, and a UPF 50 rating to keep the family jewels safe from the sun. All that…

Howler Brothers added spandex to its popular Bruja board shorts to give the cotton-polyester blend more stretch for extra comfort while you’re paddleboarding or playing horseshoes. The side pockets are a smart utilitarian touch, because these shorts are too stylish to be relegated to just the beach.

The Fish Hunter is actually made for fishing: it’s got a stain-resistant treatment and a knife pocket built into the hip. But the relaxed fit and longer seam (19 inches) means you’ll feel comfortable wearing it in and out of the water.

Vuori blends its recycled polyester (made from plastic bottles) with spandex for a flyweight short that stretches like yoga pants. The inner thighs are perforated for extra breathability, and the shorts have completely stitchless seams for ultimate comfort. The Sonic is built for surfing and swimming, but it’s so comfortable…

The Featherweight was included in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best pieces of women’s hiking gear. Tester Stephanie Pearson writes, “These nylon-elastane trousers are streamlined, with two unobtrusive zip pockets, straight legs, and a wide elasticized waistband.”…

Blair hates to be cold. She also hates to be hot. But our grouchiest gear reviewer doesn't hate these clothes.

Smart features make this a reliable line for the crag and the gym

After several months and thousands of miles, Outside's Taylor Gee knows what works and what doesn't

6 pieces of good-looking men's apparel and gear to help you travel smart

Roark Revival bills the Layover as made for travel, but really it performs in all kinds of situations. The slim fit looks good anywhere, and cotton, nylon, and elastane mean these pants move and breathe well. Also, there are nice details aplenty, like the vented mesh panel on the back…

Consider these a must for any outdoorsman’s wardrobe. The Quandary is made from 95 percent nylon and 5 percent spandex for a light, stretchy pair of pants that dries super quickly. We like the wicking mesh on the waistband, the zippered rear and thigh pockets, and that most of that…

Duer is known for creating stretchy, performance-friendly denim, but its new Weightless pants take things to the next level. The pair weighs just six ounces and has spandex for that signature stretch but also an antibacterial treatment to combat stink and breathable CoolMax fibers that wick moisture. Chances are these…

Vuori takes the casual sweatpant aesthetic (complete with a drawstring waistband) but blends the cotton with spandex for a comfortable four-way stretch. A gusseted crotch adds even more mobility. The Ripstop Climbing is tough but light enough to wear through summer. Back- and side-zippered pockets keep valuables secure, even when…

You probably haven’t worn a pair of cargo pants in a while, and we don’t blame you—they’re often too baggy and dorky. But 686 has reimagined this nineties staple. The Anything Multi is made from a streamlined, stretchy, and breathable nylon-spandex blend coated in DWR. And it has 13 pockets,…

The best item of clothing I've ever owned is quintessential crossover wear for the active woman

The company claims it has made a more waterproof, more breathable jacket. We took it ski touring to put those specs to the test.

Your pops is a good man. Get him something that will last.

Buy two pairs and you're set for summer

Your new summer shorts, the Zion is made from super-stretchy nylon and spandex. The abrasion-resistant fabric is naturally UPF 50, and the built-in belt makes sure you always have a snug fit.

Stuff to keep you comfortable for a day (or a month) on the trail

Stuff to keep you comfortable for a day (or a month) on the trail

Gear that’s got you covered wherever you choose to send it

My first backpack trip of 2019 is this month. These are the critical and interesting items that I'm taking with me.

Beyond Clothing is turning protective combat uniforms into stylish outdoor gear

Reliable gear to help you navigate the unpredictable sport

Beacon, check. Shovel, check. Hawaiian shirt, check.

Busting people for their style miscues is a beloved pastime in outdoor communities. But in the Instagram era, the practice has us sadly all dressing the same.

Our favorite models for everything from resort shredding to backcountry touring

From scarves with hidden neck pillows to pants that fit like pj's, these are the ultimate his-and-hers travel wardrobes

Outside's Samantha Yadron tells the story behind how she ended up with two pairs of these convertible pants

Fleece and denim—two of my favorite things, just usually not together. Until now.

True trail-to-town apparel is hard to come by, but these are worthy of the title

From a new baby sleeping bag to an inflatable camera bag, here are the campaigns we're most excited about

The Proof Rover pants finally find a balance between durability and comfort

First criterion: they can't overlap with your ski socks

Blair Braverman answers your countless questions (How did she choose her parka? What are her favorite insulating materials? How does she pee?) about her Iditarod wardrobe, which is both lifesaving and affordable.

Perfect for hiking, climbing, or layering during cold weather pursuits, the Screeline technical pants are made from a mixture of nylon and spandex and are treated with a DWR coating to resist light rain and spills. They have a UPF rating of 50 and a drawcord hem adjustment to tighten…

With bike pants this good, you’ll never ride in tights again

Patagonia's Performance Straight Jeans allow you to move unrestricted

These pants were built for ski touring with OR’s lightest, most breathable ski-specific fabric to date. The AscentShell build is waterproof but air permeable, so you can work up a sweat without worrying about becoming a sopping mess. The fabric is surprisingly soft, especially for a hard-shell construction, and built…

You don’t have to pack up your skirts just because the weather is getting colder. The Parmalee is filled with 60 grams of recycled wool insulation to keep you warm. Stretchy, knit panels allow you to run to catch the subway in a pinch and the DWR coating gives you…

Duer jeans are very popular around the Outside office. Made from a blend of cotton, Tencel, and spandex, they’re super flexible and have an invisible seat gusset for extra mobility.

I’ve turned into a gym rat, and I’m proud of it

Higher-priced gear almost always performs better. But how much better? And is it worth the extra bills?

Yes, there are layers out there for you, and yes, they're good

Play hard, relax hard, look good

The Swedish apparel company ReDew makes the comfiest, best-fitting performance denim we've found for women on the move. Bonus: the jeans are made in part from recycled plastic bottles.

Chances are they'll outlive most of your other clothing

Two kids and one adult put the Finnish brand's new winter wear through its paces

These pants are made from a stretchy, ripstop-nylon spandex blend and then coated with a DWR finish. Our Gear Guy thinks they’re the best pants for hiking. Although he found them lacking in breathability, he called them otherwise “damn near perfect. They’re so functional and so comfy that I credit…

Denim so soft and stretchy, you won't want to take it off

The Canadian brand will loan you apparel, backpacks, and more to check out and test before buying

There's an art to staying warm, dry, and happy

Be prepared for anything with these 12 cold-weather-gear picks

Under Armour's new PJs promise more Z's, plus athletic recovery. This I had to try.

Well-thought-out rain gear from a proven manufacturer

In this week's Staff Picks, Emily shows us just what you need to keep nice and warm this winter.

Colder temps mean we get to bust out of favorite boots, jackets, and accessories

Layer them over a pair of leggings and they will keep your lower half toasty warm

We had climbers from sizes 2 to 14 put dozens of pants to the test. These are the standouts.

Who doesn't love warm and cozy clothing after skiing?

This eight-year-old company has become a fan favorite overseas and is starting to catch on here in the United States

Outdoor gear isn't cheap, so you want it to look good for many years to come. That's where color comes in.

The e-retailer’s employees are equipment junkies and data nerds. Heed their buying advice.

Stylish, do-it-all shirts, jackets, packs, and shoes that go from the backcountry to the bar

Pro mountain biker Katie Holden is on a whirlwind world tour. Here's the travel gear that keeps her cranking.

Slick trousers for powder-day overachievers

The new women’s apparel we’re testing and loving right now

Bike to work, get your exercise in—and look great, too

Embracing fringe season means preparing for everything

Thanks to a deep focus on fit and function, the women’s workwear industry is booming

The 100-plus-year-old brand is bringing its trademark quality and burl to a new line of outerwear designed to stand up to your hardest jobs