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TRAVEL
REI's evrgrn Crash Sack
At the beginning of this summer, REI debuted their new in-house product line evrgrn. It is aimed at the growing number of people who want to enjoy the spirit of the outdoors, but aren't necessarily seeking out technical gear for an upcoming backcountry...
DESIGN
The Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase
Creating all kinds of outdoor-focused bags—from ripstop cargos to travel packs—Colorado-based Topo Designs (a CH favorite) is well-known and admired for their simple and efficient design, durability and nature-loving manifesto. Rather than complicate...
DESIGN
Test Ride: Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2
by Nick Jaynes At the outset, finding this season's perfect all-round mountain bike seemed like an easy task, as most modern, high-end bikes claim to be quite adept at tackling anything from rocky incline charges to stump-laden downhill slogs with...
TRAVEL
Bowndling Hiking Apparel and Backpacks
"We believe hiking deserves better clothing," says the all-women team from young, UK-based label Bowndling, which launched November of 2014. The outdoors industry seems reluctant to merge function with fashion for fear of detracting from tech specs...
DESIGN
Road Testing GORE® Technical Clothing
Ever since Bob Gore, son of Bill and Vieve Gore, began using "a remarkably versatile new polymer" that we all now know as GORE®, the landscape of technical clothing has grown so extensively that it allows people to perform to the maximum, in all...
DESIGN
Warm Weather Lawn Games
The warm weather stirs up a restlessness in all of us. Once you've finished up your picnic in the park or grilling in the yard, turn to these lawn games for easy group entertainment—no WiFi required. Lumbürr Co Six-Pack-O-Kubb While the origins...
TRAVEL
The Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper
When Glenn Wills and Christine Bree set out to design the camper of their (pretty realistic) dreams, they didn't realize it might also be the camper of many other people's dreams, too. The Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper is extremely compact and lightweight...
DESIGN
Marcus Weller
Like many innovations before it, Skully was born from an accident. Skully founder and CEO Marcus Weller was on his motorcycle, looking at a street sign, when the car in front of him slammed on its brakes. Weller didn’t see the car until he flew into...
FURNITURE_DECOR
Nozib Sun Lounger
Scandinavian design company Skagaarden knows how to make outdoor furniture that's beautiful enough to keep in the living room. Designer Nils-Ole Zib revered his minimalist lounge chair creation so much he named it after his initials, Nozib. There's...
TRAVEL
Arc'teryx Climbing Academy
by Kate Erwin British Columbia-based climbing company Arc'teryx started back in 1989 when Dave Lane and Jeremy Guard began making harnesses in their basement. They wanted to make the very best climbing gear and the brand has grown to be one...
TRAVEL
The Hike House, Arizona
by Kate McLeod Greg Samuelson was living in the suburbs of Houston with his family when he felt the need for a change. "I could have driven the concrete jungle for the next 20 years and done fine, but I felt like we were always having to manufacture...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 Subaru Outback in Yellowstone
by Sasha Barkans “There are Washburn Expedition reports from 1870 suggesting these springs sounded like distant artillery," our guide shouts over the bellowing Dragon’s Mouth Spring in Yellowstone National Park. As he tells us about the minerals...
SPORTS_OUTDOORS
Fire Basket
Instantly set the mood at summer parties—whether on the sandy beaches, a concrete driveway or lush backyard garden—with this minimalist fire basket by Norm Architects for Menu. Sturdy yet lightweight, this cleanly-designed portable structure beckons...
TECH
Columbia Sportswear Reinvents Raincoat Technology
Most people are familiar with Columbia Sportswear's range of durable, stylish outdoor apparel. Many, however, might not be familiar with the fact that the brand holds more than 220 patents for technologies they've developed in just the last six...
STYLE
Topo Designs + Salomon Collection
For most outdoor brands, the chief objective of their products is to heighten the outdoor experience—whether that means keeping you dry in a sudden downpour or making a piece of gear that's so faithful it becomes an adventure companion. Colorado...
DESIGN
Two New Camp Stoves from Snow Peak
Spending time outside is always made a little better with a few comforts from home. A hot meal and a fresh cup of coffee at the base of a climb or deep in the wilderness is a welcomed luxury. Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak has two new compact and...
TECH
From Sea to Sky with the Olympus Stylus TG-4
by Sasha Barkans The rugged and intuitive Olympus Stylus TG-4 is the newest addition to Olympus’ Stylus Tough amphibious (and ambitious) line of compact cameras. While smartphones are increasingly utilized for photography on the trail and in the mountains...
DESIGN
Coney Island Boardwalk Camping Knife
Our friends at Horse Cycles recently went through a little change. The now-named Horse Brand Co. has expanded beyond bicycle production to include a wide repertoire of goods from copper flasks to riding gloves. Their latest project caught our eye...
STYLE
Keeping Outerwear Alive with Gear Aid
As jacket season tentatively draws to an end here in the Northern Hemisphere, we're taking stock of the wear and tear on this season's gear. Even the most durable materials take a few hits after an active season, but it's no reason to retire them...
SPORTS_OUTDOORS
Trillium Hammock
This isn't your typical hammock. UK-based Tensile's 80 square foot Trillium model comfortably fits three adults and bears a maximum weight of 880 pounds. Utilizing seatbelt material and a high-strength ratchet system, the Trillium sets up in minutes...
STYLE
Western Rise Outdoor Apparel
As both a fishing guide and ski instructor in Vail, CO, Will Watters knew that the mountains offered more than just one specific sport or experience. Along with his girlfriend (who would later be his wife), a fellow ski instructor in the valley...
STYLE
New Caps from Ciele Athletics
It's never been easier to dress well when working out. The rise of athletic-to-casual crossover clothing (dubbed by some as "athleisure") means comfort, style, function and performance can all come in one garment. Now that Flyknits and fashion sweats...
DESIGN
Wearable Water: Active Hydration
Whether you are in a boat, a board, hiking a trail or pounding the pavement, staying hydrated while on the move—especially in the heat—is critical. Lugging around clunky bottles can be cumbersome and heavy, so we've searched for some of the best wearable...
STYLE
Five Heritage-Inspired Jackets for Spring
Contemporary outdoor apparel is often measured by its worth in technical features, waterproof ability and breathability rating. Modern innovations in material and construction have seen water-resistance and breathability reach unforeseen sophistication...
CULTURE
Going Out is Going In: Photography for a Cause
When Ansel Adams received his first camera at the age of 14, there was no telling the artistic legacy the American wilderness photographer would leave. Creativity aside, Adams' extensive portfolio was—and remains—an instrumental force in building momentum...
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