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Incorporating steep inclines into your training can help improve strength, agility, endurance, and more

Our Gear Guy, Joe Jackson, likes the Challenger ATR 5 because its cushioned sole is kind on his body. “Hammering those mentally therapeutic miles and not complaining about aching knees afterward make the ATR 5’s some of my most cherished gear,” he wrote.

Outside columnist Jakob Schiller picked the Peak Mission as his favorite pair of winter running gloves. “Patagonia wisely included a thin nylon mitten that folds out of the cuff and covers your fingers. It withstands chilly wind and provides warmth to keep you going when temperatures dip…

Wade Moriss and Stefan Griebel don’t consider themselves fast runners or climbers. But when you combine the two, they are a powerhouse.

Top-notch gear for wrangling singletrack adventures

Researchers are searching for telltale clues in your strength, flexibility, or body position that signal an impending injury. It’s harder than you think.

Outside contributor Wes Siler called these the best hiking boots he’s tested. “If you need ankle support and weather protection, then you’ll find more of that in these Altras at less of a weight penalty, and with more comfort, traction, and support, than you will in just…

The Daylite doesn’t come with a bladder, but there’s storage aplenty: 20 liters in the main compartment plus an exterior pocket. The sleeve in the main compartment can house a reservoir you buy separately, or it’ll accommodate a tablet or small laptop if you’re just using it for commuting. If…

We featured the Shakedry in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “Sparse but effective, the Shakedry Trail is essentially a waterproof membrane without any additional laminating fabric,” wrote tester Fritz Huber. “That’s why it might be the lightest water- and windproof jacket on the market—a size large weighs…

Seven reasons from Brendan Leonard’s new book ‘I Hate Running and You Can Too’

“Our favorite for uphill skiing or wearing under a large mitten, this glove has fleece on the back of the hand for warmth and a combination of polyester and goatskin in the palm for durabil­ity,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester. It’s one of the…

Totally normal ways to keep the conversation moving

Skijoring—getting pulled by a dog while you’re wearing skis—with pair of cross-country skis is a little less intense, and it’s a great way to get outside with your pup during cold and snowy winter days. Ruffwear’s system combines two harnesses: one for you and one for your dog, with a…

It breathes and wicks sweat better than any other midlayer I’ve tested

Microspikes can provide loads of confidence when moving across icy ground. That’s why we love these for winter running: “With ten carbide teeth per crampon, Nanospikes provide reliable grip on slick surfaces,” wrote tester Fritz Huber. “They easily attach to your shoes, thanks to stretchy thermoplastic straps.”…

The brand's ethos signals a departure from an apparel industry that has been dominated by giant shoe companies. But can it stay true to the soul of the sport?

Salomon got innovative with storage in this vest, giving you the standard front water-bottle pockets and multiple stash pockets for smaller items but also a kangaroo pocket that stretches around the sides. Everything is designed to be accessible without breaking your stride.

Outside tester and mountain guide Andrew Skurka summed up the Lone Peak best in his roundup of backpacking shoes: “[It’s] a favorite of thru-hikers, who appreciate its extra-wide toe box and generously cushioned 25-millimeter stack height when putting in long days on well-maintained trails.”…

Her death is a sad reminder of the ever present risk in mountain sports

With races canceled, Enda challenged its sponsored athletes to set a record on Mount Kenya

In the Texas Hill Country, an event called Trail Camp offers community and care for veterans, one mile at a time

The Wildcross made our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide list of the best running shoes. It “absolutely slays loose, off-trail terrain, firmly grabbing sandy trails, rocks, and mud,” wrote testers Lisa Jhung and Cory Smith. “However, its chops on messy surfaces come at the expense of its ability…

The Ultra Pro is one of our favorite trail shoes. Its “relatively light weight lends a nimble feel (the men’s size nine is 10.3 ounces and the women’s size seven is 8.8 ounces),” wrote testers Cory Smith and Lisa Jhung. “One tester thought it ‘would be a…

This is the third iteration of one of our favorite trail-running shoes. “The Sense Ride raised the bar for every other trail shoe in the test,” our tester wrote. “Nothing came close to beating its combo of give-’em-hell speed and quick-stepping technical chops with an accommodating midsole.”…

When the Cirque Series had all its events canceled, the race director challenged participants to spend a month running up and down hills 

Kyle Burgess was on a trail run when he came upon a protective mama mountain lion. Using his phone, he filmed her as she escorted him away from her cubs for six terrifying minutes. He had no idea he’d just shot internet gold.

Running across the U.S. on a journey to discover the true America during a period of intense political turmoil and deep divides

Outdoor brands are creating face coverings designed for exercise and outdoor activities like biking and running. Do you need them, and do they work? We break it down.

The two-liter Multipass can be worn as a shoulder sling, but we like it better as a waist pack. The belt wraps around low on the hip bones, so it doesn’t squeeze your stomach, and the bounce is so minimal that we forget we’re wearing it. The bag has enough…

In 'Above the Clouds,' the world's greatest ultrarunner recounts the lifelong effort that led him to the tallest mountain on earth

For those who need to run with a phone, finding an accessible option can be hard: squeezing your phone into a plastic sleeve is a pain, and then it’s stuck on your arm, so you can’t actually see it. LifeProof’s Armband fixes that with a click-on/click-off phone attachment that eschews…

I've tried to carry water in every way imaginable. I think this piece of gear works best.

If it's not on, you better make sure you have it ready to go in a split second

We gave the Spin Ultra a Gear of the Year award for its unparalleled ability to handle trail runs of any distance. The Vibram Megagrip sole provides traction on rough terrain, and the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) toe cap keeps your feet safe from stray roots and rocks.

Find the trail runners that work best off-trail and in mixed conditions

Get off-trail just a couple hours' drive from Denver and the Front Range

Kiplin Pastor had been training eight months for a rim-to-rim-to-rim​ run of the Grand Canyon​​​​​​, but COVID-19 stripped away that chance

I went out for a hike and forgot to put on you-know-what. When we crossed paths, was it really necessary to hit me with your self-righteous wrath?

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