Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Gear We Relied on During Our Bike Test

Outside’s annual bike test is a massive endeavor. It takes a truckload of bikes, a team of capable testers, and support from many brands to pull off. This year we took to the roads and trails of northwest Arkansas, where our roster of 28 cyclists put 40 of the latest and most innovative road, mountain, gravel, and […]

The New Airline Bringing Thousands of Americans Home

When Eastern Airlines returned to the skies in January, the newly revived brand didn’t know that a global pandemic would soon halt nearly all air travel around the world. Yet while COVID-19 has grounded most flights from major airlines, Eastern has found a way to keep busy, working in partnership with the State Department to help […]

Let’s Study Our ‘Wild’ Food Obsession, Shall We?

The rarity of foraged food is a distinctly modern phenomenon and one that’s led to strange distortions in the way we eat. These days, foods like wild-caught salmon, fiddleheads, or truffles are considered luxuries. They are found in especially rugged outdoor environs, but most people consume them in highly cultivated indoor settings. Those are the contradictions that […]

Six Everyday Items This Gear-Obsessed Dad Loves

A lot of my time—especially these days—is spent with my kids. It’s been hard, yes, but also a blessing, because I might never get to enjoy so much uninterrupted time with them again. To keep myself productive and the kids entertained over the past couple months, I’ve come to rely on some specific gear. These items make […]

Why I Think Everyone Should Own One of These Jackets

My old buddy Rick Stock is retiring after teaching college-level outdoor recreation and leadership for 27 years. His work has varied widely during that time, from being a climbing ranger at Mount Shasta, California, to rowing a poop boat down the Grand Canyon. When I asked him what his most reliable equipment was, his answer was quick: “Patagonia’s […]

Walmart Just Launched a Line of Backpacking Gear

Here’s a surprising stat: according to Walmart, the company sells two million tents and three million sleeping bags each year. If those figures are accurate, it likely makes Walmart the largest retailer of tents and bags in the nation. But, the majority of those sleeping bags cost less than $30 and are intended for car camping […]

Running in the Arctic for Climate Change

When Spanish ultrarunner and North Face athlete Pau Capell first learned of the effects of climate change happening in the glacial regions of the world, he was floored. One figure that stuck out to him was that polar bears were now trekking an extra 155 miles to seek safe habitats. Run for the Arctic, from filmmakers Damiano Levati and Matteo Vettorel, follows […]

4 New Outdoor Films That Deserve Your Attention

Our favorite outdoorsy documentaries from this season’s film festivals cover a wide range of subjects—from a journey to deliver the world’s highest-altitude piano to a science experiment that takes quarantine to the extreme. The coronavirus pandemic has delayed many movie release dates, but in the meantime, some filmmakers are making their documentaries available via virtual streaming […]

The Appalachian Trail Hostels That Will Not Close

David Magee is not so sure how much he should say about running a hostel along the Appalachian Trail this year, the year when the coronavirus pandemic has dashed all but a few thru-hiking dreams.  For three years, Magee—a 52-year-old entrepreneur who owned a traveling nurse company before settling in the Appalachian Mountains with his […]