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The MugMate Is the Best Camp Coffeemaker, Hands Down

I have been <i>Outside</i>’s Gear Guy for the better part of a decade, and during that period I’ve tested dozens of outdoor coffee-making systems, from the highly refined AeroPress ($30) to good old-fashioned cowboy coffee. Still, when it comes to getting my morning pick-me-up at camp, my favorite …

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Costco Is a Performance Athlete's Dream

Costco. A place where you can buy things like gasoline, durable goods, and—most important—healthy calories, all in bulk yet without sacrificing quality. That last item is exactly what outdoor athletes, who burn through energy at rapid-fire pace, need to fuel all those runs, rides, and ascents. The …

Lightweight Gear for Life on the Road

Most people have their entire garage for gear storage. On the road, we’re confined to the bed of the Silverado, a few small cabinets, and the cubbies beneath where we sleep. Our bed is an RV queen, which is the same width as a standard queen but five inches shorter, and while that’s plenty roomy …

Yoga Can Make You a Better Athlete

I started practicing yoga out of desperation, after I ran myself into a stress fracture and was banned from anything high impact. At the time, I looked at yoga as a way to stay sane. But when my bones finally healed and I got back to skiing, running, and climbing, I saw howyoga directly improved my …

The Best Gifts for Beer Lovers, According to Brewers and Beer Lovers

Presents that’ll have more staying power than a six-pack.<p>Finding the best gift for the beer lover in your life can be tricky, especially if you’re …

The Things I Carry, My 2018 AT Gear List

I put together a list of my 2018 gear list. The items are separated into categories and there are brief descriptions and rationales for my …

5 Athletes On Their Must-Have Gym Gear

The last place any outdoor athlete wants to be is inside. Still, peak performance, not to mention injury prevention, depends on the strength and mobility work that happens in a gym. We asked the pros to share the equipment that lends them that extra competitive edge.<p><b>TheraBand Resistance Bands</b> …

10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2018

What are the best backpacking tents recommended by backpackers? We surveyed 600 backpackers to find out what tents they use and their top picks …

How to Survive the Most Frigid Winter Runs

The recent frigid temperatures hovering over the Northeast meant that my New Year’s Eve run was (as I noted on Twitter) a “three-sock run.” I was surprised to discover that quite a few people—even men—couldn’t figure out where the third sock would go. It was a reminder that dressing for winter …

The 7 Items Ultrarunner Jeff Browning Swears By

Ultrarunner Jeff Browning grew up on a 700-acre farm in Missouri, where running through the woods was a favorite childhood hobby. Since then, he’s taken running to new lengths, becoming one of the most successful and longest-lasting 100-mile racers in the country. This fall, at the age of 46, he …

The Homemade Nutrition Bars That Power My Climbs

As a professional athlete, my career depends on a diet of nutritious, whole ingredients. When I do need to satisfy my sweet tooth, though, I opt for non-processed treats, like homemade cookies, made up of ingredients I already have in my pantry. I also need food that’s calorically dense: when I’m …

Our 9 Favorite Pieces of Seattle-Made Gear

Seattle may be best-known for its tech industry, but we love Seattle because it’s long been a home for top-shelf outdoor companies. Here’s some of our favorite Emerald City gear.<p>Filson Hyder Quilted Jac-Shirt ($250)<p>This piece from Filson is stylish yet adventure ready. It’s made from a …

The Food Diaries of a PCT Thru-Hiker

Every day of the past five months, as I’ve made my way through 2,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, I have been in a constant state of hunger.<p>Besides the number of miles I’ll cover in a given day and where I’ll sleep at night, I put the most thought toward what I’ll eat during the journey from …

Five iPhone Accessories Chris Burkard Always Carries

It’s hard to keep track of Chris Burkard. One week he's shooting surfers in California, and the next he’s trekking through Alaska. Most recently, he’s been on the road promoting his film <i>Under the Arctic Sky</i>, a movie about surfing in Iceland.<p>Burkard shoots his project with regular cameras, but …

The Vans UltraRange Are the Best Shoes for Traveling

It started with a simple idea and one that any jet-lagged surfer can sympathize with. Riders on Vans surf team needed something that looked like a shoe but could perform like a light hiker, taking them from the airport to the city to the small, remote island where the break is happening. That …

5 Knots Every Hiker and Backpacker Should Know

Increase Your Backcountry Skills by Learning These Knots<p>The right knot can be a life saver when you run into the unexpected in the backcountry. So if …

Light & Fast: 14 Ultralight Backpacking Tips

For backpackers, going ultralight is easier (and less expensive) than you might expect. Our contributor stepped back to give tips on reducing pack …

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The Best New Gear for $25 or Less

I loved testing $250 custom-moldable hiking boots and ultra-slick $200 cooler packs at the Outdoor Retailer show last week. But I also know that’s a ton of cash, and most people aren’t going to drop that much on shoes and beer haulers. That’s why I walked the floor to find more affordable and …

The Three Flexibility Stretches You Should Be Doing

It’s no secret: the more efficiently you move, the better you perform. But as trainers and athletes have embraced mobility work, warm-up routines have ballooned to 40 minutes or more. Who has time for that? Plus, too much flexibility can actually hurt performance. “Range of motion without control …

Five map and compass skills every outdoorsman should master

How to master the art of finding your way home.<p><i>This story originally appeared on</i> fieldandstream.com.<p>In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, as you may remember, Johnny Depp’s character, Capt. Jack Sparrow, navigates with a magic compass whose needle points toward the object of the heart’s desire. …

How to Make a Tin Can Wood Gas Backpacking Stove

MYOG Tin Can Backpacking Stove Guide<p>Todays MYOG project is an ultra light backpacking wood gas stove that can be made with a few leftover tin cans …

Best Backpacking Water Filters and Treatment of 2018

<b>Updated May 2018</b><br>Backpacking season is right around the corner! If you need to retire that water filter and are on the hunt for a new one, you've come …

The Only Bottle We Bother Carrying

As a gear editor, I bring home so many water bottles that my girlfriend has enacted a one in, one out policy. It's a shame, but necessary. One bottle that I will never give away, however, is my 32-ounce Hydro Flask. It's a go-to for everything from my morning commute to after-work hikes. Thanks to …

7 Easy-to-Make Endurance Fuels That Are Cheaper and Tastier Than Energy Bars

A year ago, I solved an energy crisis. I had signed up for a 24-hour, unsupported, military-style team endurance event that would involve carrying hundreds of pounds of gear over 50 miles, a bit of swimming, and a thousand or so burpees tossed in for good measure. All things considered, I would …

How to Build the Ultimate Trail Mix

Trail mix is perhaps the ideal outdoor snack. But the packaged stuff tends to be loaded with unhealthy added ingredients like sugar, salt, and oil.<p>To keep the fuel nutrient-dense, skip the stuff wrapped in plastic and make your own instead. It’s an easy way to avoid junk calories and unnecessary …

The 40 Most Significant Tools and Toys Ever Designed

For 40 years, <i>Outside</i> has tested and ranked gear that allows us to venture farther, go faster, and do both more comfortably. The following products are the ones that truly stood out for their sheer inventiveness and impact.<p><b>DJI Phantom 1 Drone</b><p>Good consumer drones really didn’t exist until the 2013 …

The 10 Best Headlamps

You probably own a headlamp that you’ve camped and hiked with for a decade. That's fine, but it’s time for an upgrade: the newest batch of lights are brighter, lighter, smarter, more efficient, and loaded with handy features. Here are some of our favorites.<p>Black Diamond Storm ($50)<p>The Storm is the …

How to Accomplish Your Biggest Life Goals In A Year

It’s possible with clarity, focus and support from others.<p>Do you think it’s possible to accomplish your biggest life goals this year? Peter Thiel …

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High Exposure: 20 Outdoor EDC Essentials

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm<p>The combination of dry, chilly air and wind is never good for your lips. And since chapped and cracked lips is hardly a …

Best trail running shoes 2018: storm over tough terrain

It's summer and time to hit the rough, in the best trail-running shoes, now they're less icy, muddy and generally soul-sapping. Oh what, you like …