Outside Magazine, Jun 2006



Just in time for the World Cup, Adidas is rolling out the world’s first modular soccer shoe. The F50 Tunit features interchangeable uppers (in the company’s proprietary ClimaCool and ClimaWarm fabrics, synthetic leather, and full-grain leather), footbed chassis, and spikes for maximum traction on hard, soft, or turf fields. Single-upper…

Knocking off adventure firsts is nothing to scoff at. But David de Rothschild plans to use his far-flung expeditions for something else entirely.

Here's how to ship your ride without snafus

With on-call mechanics, high-energy meals, and leg massages, boutique bike hotels turn cycling into a destination sport on par with skiing

Meet the Champions Club, an elite group of bike-crazy execs who are richer than Croesus, can hammer with Lance, and are donating millions to ensure a gold-plated future for U.S. cycling

Give your wrist an upgrade with one of these eight luxe watches

Get the most out of long summer days with featherweight performance gear for running, riding, climbing, and hiking

What happens when a Type A relaxation-phobe takes his first vacation in years? Life gets good again.

Ready to play your way to total fitness? We thought so. Kick-start your transformation with a visionary six-week approach to bringing body and mind together for strength, stamina, and your best performance ever.

The latest headphones deliver wireless freedom and truer sound for discerning listeners on the go

With thin weaves and ultrafine fibers, merino beats the summer heat

The worldwide search for expanded consciousness and free cocktails—and a par 11,880

Filmmaker Tristan Bayer brings a new spirit of adventure—and a touch of glam—to the wild kingdom

The man who defined steep and deep meets a tragic end


Elite form is only six weeks away with our revolutionary total-body plan. Shape up with the prophet of functional training and sign on for our comprehensive program to amp your muscles, mind, and diet—and prime you for a lifetime of adventure. PLUS: World Cup soccer star Landon Donovan‘s speedy plan for elevating your game, plus the quick-recovery strategies of Tiger Woods, Kevin Garnett, and other stars.

Ante up $100,000 and you too could hit the pavement with Thom Weisel and the Champions Club. BILL GIFFORD reports on a group of hard-pedaling rich guys who helped underwrite Lance—and are ponying up millions to make sure U.S. cycling lives strong for years to come.

Steph Davis is self-reliant, tough as granite, and a little quirky. (Who else would open an IRA while living in the back of her truck?) She’s also one of the world’s best women climbers, and when she spiders up the big walls at El Cap, the girl is unstoppable.

A trip to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan may be the priciest pilgrimage on earth—and for good reason. We hitch a ride with Buddhist luminary Robert Thurman on a wild, luxurious ramble through a land where the peaks are never to be climbed and nirvana has nothing to do with rock and roll.



» THE GO LIST: Parkour’s urban gymnasts take NYC; cleats for every field; luxurious Jackson Hole; and more. (LINK CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE)

» The tragic death of freeskiing pioneer DOUG COOMBS.

» A new generation of noise-crushing HEADPHONES means nothing gets lost between your ears and your iPod.

» DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD is heir to Europe’s most famous banking fortune; he’s also a polar adventurer hell-bent on saving the world.

» With Superman Returns hitting screens this month, we show you how to stand like THE MAN OF STEEL. And Chris Carmichael weighs in on sprucing up your MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILLS after their long winter nap.

» THE PULSE: Chocolate milk, the new energy drink; downloadable fitness; a calorie-counting scanner; and more.

» Cycling is now a destination sport, with BIKE-FRIENDLY HOTELS and post-ride watering holes.

» WOOL: It’s what’s for summer. That all-natural layer of the cooler seasons is now appearing in wispy T-shirts.

» TRISTAN BAYER, son of wildlife cinematographer Wolfgang Bayer, debuts his nature-documentary series.

» New TRAVEL BOOKS: Lawrence Osborne’s The Naked Tourist, J. Maarten Troost’s Getting Stoned with Savages, André; Tolmé;’s I Golfed Across Mongolia, and Steven Kotler’s West of Jesus.

» THE WILD FILE on cows predicting rain, why some eyes are blue, and the difficult art of tickling yourself.

During the long, hot days of summer, ULTRALIGHT GEAR for running, riding, hiking, and climbing—from a Patagonia pack to North Face shoes to an Arc’teryx jacket—will take you farther and faster before sundown.

Behold the short-sleeve season’s most desirable CHRONOGRAPHS.

What do Europeans know that we don’t? How to take a vacation. Fresh off his furlough in El Salvador, columnist MARK JENKINS calls for a RELAXATION REVOLUTION.