Outside Buyer’s Guide 2004



Cold-weather snacks to keep you powered up.

Where deep powder meets uncrowded runs

Five mountain towns where the skiing and riding are matched by equally entertaining off-the-slopes escapades.

Looking for the funnest terrain in North America? Go here.

Manufacturers are hard at work making your helmet safer and smarter. Here's what to expect from the next generation.

Super-cushioned shoes are taking over. Take your pick of the latest designs.

Dan Hughes, 44, four-time winner of Kansas’s Dirty Kanza 200, on cycling in the rough.

Two-time World's Toughest Mudder champ Junyong Pak, 36, on mastering the mud

You read the reviews. Now get to know the folks who took on the tough job of testing and compiling all those bikes, cameras and shoes.

Jenny Kalmbach, 35, winner of the Battle of the Paddle and the Molokai 2 Oahu, on training and racing technique

In the market for ski goggles? Here's what to look for this season.

A closer look at how air bags increase your chances of surviving a deadly slide

If you're the kind of skier who books travel based on the 10-day forecast, here's where to go

Make the most of that noblest of winter weekend sports

Ski more powder, score cheap lift tickets, and avoid avalanches

Great gear will only get you so far. Be kind to what you put in it. Here are some tips for taking care of your feet on the slopes.

After months of torture-testing the latest crop of outdoor gear, we've compiled a list of our eight favorite items, from the Never Summer Proto CT/CTX snowboard to the Atlas Race snowshoes

Geology professor at Prescott College; winner of the 2011 Tour Divide, a 2,700-mile self-supported mountain-bike race along the Continental Divide

Professional climber; two-time junior national speed-climbing champion

Big-wave stand-up paddleboarder; 10-time winner of The Molokai-to-Oahu Paddleboard Race

Professional backpacker, author of the Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide

After months of torture-testing the latest crop of outdoor gear, we've compiled a list of our 14 favorite items, from the REI Igneo sleeping bag to the Blue AC1 road bike

Former U.S. Ski Team moguls skier and director of K2's Backcountry Ski division Mike Hattrup picks his favorite mountains

The 1964 Olympic silver medalist picks his favorite ski mountains

Freestyle skiing legend Glen Plake picks his 5 favorite places to ski

Big-mountain skier Ingrid Backstrom picks her 5 favorite places to ski

Go-fast gear for your next adrenaline-fueled run-climb-bike-hike-paddle through the woods

After a breakout year, this native Colorado triathlete is ready for the world stage

The makers of adventure gear and apparel had utility dialed long ago. Now R&D types are zeroing in on style.

'Tis the season for giving the gift of...GEAR! Whether those on your list hike, ski, climb, paddle, or just like to see the world, there's no end to the cool stuff that you can give them. But where to start shopping? Right here, of course. The all-knowing Gear Guy has sifted through endless mounds of swag to come up with his list of sure-fire gifts to land you

Sunglasses By Mike Steere
Adventure Electronics By Bob Parks

Data & Communications
Cameras By Michael Frank
Binoculars By Robert Earle Howells

Backpacks By Robert Earle Howells
Water Treatment
Hydration Reservoirs
Hikers By Jonathan Hanson
The Essential Day Hiker By Sarah Smith
Tents By Ted Stedman
Sleeping Bags By Greg Melville
Stoves By Christopher Solomon
Jackets By Eric Hagerman
The Essential Climber By Jeff Purton
Runners By Paul Scott
The Essential Trail Runner By Dimity McDowell
Bikes By Alan Coté
The Essential Cyclist By Grant Davis
Kayaks By Tom Bie
The Essential Paddler By Bridget Crocker

Sport Racks By Tom Price
The Essential Base Camper By Jeremy Spencer
Travel Style By Janine Sieja
Après-Sport Style By Grant Davis
Luggage By Robert Earle Howells

A seasoned adventure-seeker reflects on the glory of the goods // The 2004 Gear of the Year winners’ circle // Supersharp knives and ultrabright lights // Once-nerdy base layers sex it up // How the pros fuel their athletic fires // Sweet swag on the gear horizon