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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...
STYLE
Gregory Packs Sunbird Series
At the tender age of 14, Wayne Gregory was tasked with designing and building a backpack as part of a Boy Scouts activity. That pack would get Gregory his first job in a budding San Diego company, and he would eventually embark on a successful career...
DESIGN
Interview: Nike ACG Senior Design Director Matthew Millward
Blending complex, rich design narratives into every product is one of the reasons that, since it's start in 1964, Nike remains one of the world's most fascinating brands. A passion for innovation lives in the halls of the Beaverton, Oregon-based...
STYLE
Interview: Mark Galbraith on Nau SS15
With a decade of production under their belt, Portland-based apparel brand Nau is still aiming for the standards it set back in 2005. Nau started with a vision for products that were sustainable and luxurious, outdoor-ready and modern, utilitarian...
STYLE
Seventy-Five Years Later, Ketums is Reborn
In 1925 Joseph Smutek set up shop on a leafy street on the western outskirts of Paris. His business was raincoats and Smutek quickly become known in the area for the quality and utility of his garments. As his sons took over the family business in...
TECH
Solar on the Move with Sun King PRO
As solar cells have become more durable, compact, efficient and cheap to produce, the technology has gradually found its way into a greater number of consumer products. From backpacks to watches , harnessing the sun's energy has never been more...
TRAVEL
Nordic Skiing: The Basics
As the Nordic World Championship draws to a close in Falun, Sweden, you don't have to have a designated Nordic center in your backyard to strap on your skis. Cross-country skiing is a versatile sport for the transitional seasons. From the traditional...
TRAVEL
Escape to Eremito, a Tranquil Retreat in Umbria, Italy
In what seems like the fourth consecutive month of winter here in New York, cabin fever is rife in those glued to their computers on a daily basis. To keep spirits up until spring offers its sympathy, we found inspiration in dreaming of simple escapes...
DESIGN
Mountain Maneuverability with Snowfoot
There's no getting in the way of a skier or snowboarder on the hunt for untracked, deep snow. While the lengths some riders go to for a fresh covering might seem ridiculous to an outsider, alpine touring veterans know that the journey up is all part...
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