Outside Magazine, Feb 2015

Perfect Things



Perfect your roof-rack skills, and keep your gear and ride in perfect condition.

Session beers are low in alcohol, beloved by athletes, and popping up on every brewery's roster

Former reality-show skipper Chris Fischer has revolutionized shark science—with a daring system for catching the beasts alive and a radical new research-funding model. During an expedition off the coast of Chile that was interrupted by an undersea earthquake, our man wonders if this guy is the next Cousteau or a corporate-sponsored hype machine.

More cowbell, more Lindsey, Mikaela, and Bode—and one excessively adrenaline-fueled event you can't miss

As sensor technology improves and becomes more practical, so does the ability of coaches and athletes to collect—and react to—more nuanced data.

Sometimes the best way to beat the cold is to warm the liver

It's easier (and yields warmer results) than you'd think

Sunny destinations for last-minute escapes

Saddle up for brisk days and cozy fireside nights at some of the plushest digs in the West.

Is it possible to train your body to decrease the amount of rest it needs?

What you need to know about the change in the frequent flier program.

Twenty years after wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies, many politicians would still love to see them eradicated, and hunters and ranchers are allowed to kill them by the hundreds. But the animals are not only surviving—they're expanding their range at a steady clip. For the people who live on the wild edges of wolf country, their presence can be magical and maddening at once.

With pro-marijuana legislation sweeping the nation, it's time to ask this very serious question.

What to do when it's dark and frigid outside? We have some ideas. For starters, try building a backyard sauna, mixing up a powerful cocktail, joining a mountain race, mixing up a powerful cocktail, joining a mountain race, creating the perfect cabin fire, learning to dogsled, swinging a war hammer, kicking back with a classic adventure book, or escaping to a tropical island. Just hurry up—spring will be here before you know it.

The newest urban bike parks are bigger, better, and more beginner-friendly than ever

New animal-welfare standards for down insulation aim to clean up a grisly business.

Traveling for race day? A well-stocked dopp kit is your secret weapon.

The iconic brand is releasing a new Scrambler—and it's better than ever.

If you've never been to India, go with a company that knows the ropes, even in a well-traveled state like Kerala. Here's how to do it right.

That's what they call the southern Indian state of Kerala, a laid-back tropical paradise where you can paddle hidden backwaters, trek the rugged Western Ghats, look for tigers, indulge in Ayurvedic treatments, and chill out on unspoiled beaches. Just leave your manic Western self behind.

The filmmaker behind 'The Cove' is bringing his groundbreaking approach to...plankton?

Cold Play
Why hibernate when you could be crashing at a Rocky Mountain ski hut, building a backyard sauna, cycling around a Spanish island, swinging a battle-ax, or concocting the perfect bacon bloody mary?

The Great White Hope
Chris Fischer was just another reality-TV fisherman until he figured out how to capture big sharks alive. Now he’s pioneering a controversial formula for research that’s making him a star. By Abe Streep

The Green Heaven
You’ll want to leave your busy Western mind behind when you land in the southern Indian state of Kerala. From trekking to paddling to soaking up Ayurvedic treatments, Stephanie Pearson explores a tropical slice of nirvana.

It’s been two decades since gray wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies. And while they’ve been busy breeding and hunting, the debate over their place in the landscape has only gotten more heated. By Elliott D. Woods

First Look: Mountain-bike parks are going underground—literally.
Media: Louis Psihoyos’s second eco-thriller and Jim Harrison’s raunchy new novel.
Covet: The ultimate adventure motorcycle is back.
Sport: The FIS World Championships return to Colorado.
Drink: Session beers with big flavor and low alcohol. Cheers!
Apparel: New animal-welfare standards mean your down puffy now comes guilt-free.

Recharge: Winter is the perfect time to pull the rip cord. Hit the snow in Wyoming, follow the sun to a Hawaiian yoga retreat, or reboot with a DIY adventure.
Base Camp: Montana’s rustic, luxe Ranch at Rock Creek.
Go List: Airline frequent-flier programs find a new way to screw travelers.

In the Lead: New biomechanics tech isn’t just preventing injuries—it’s predicting them.
Grooming: The traveling racer’s Dopp kit.
Doping: Is marijuana a performance-enhancing drug? Only one way to find out.
Pulse: Vitamania, the RockMyRun app, Brogamat bags, and the Outside Fitness Coach.

Cars and Trucks:
From an F-150 that sips gas to svelte electric rides from Volkswagen and Mercedes, these are the best adventure vehicles of 2015.


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