Design and Tech


Most gear evolves step by step. With this stuff, it’s by leaps and bounds.

The next phase of FKT-worthy custom gear puts consumers in the design chair

We talked to design maverick Thomas Meyerhoffer about the importance of always exploring. Then we had him speak with four other visionaries building an ingenious new world.

MIT research scientist Hugh Herr lost both legs below the knee after a 1982 winter climbing ordeal. In less than a year, he hacked his prosthetics to allow him to climb again, and he went on to become one of the world’s leading innovators in the field. Author Todd Balf, who lost partial use of his legs after a spinal-cord injury, gets a front-row seat as Herr and his MIT colleagues plot their next big act—new science and technology to end a slate of disabling conditions.

Eight exceptional new timepieces

Go faster, train smarter.

This pocket knife is designed like a samurai sword

The new SPIN technology inside POC's 2017/18 helmets could have a significant impact on skiers in coming years

A new building standard has your health and fitness in mind

For decades, hydrogen has been considered the next big fuel source for vehicles. It’s taking time to gain traction, but hydrogen might very well be the future.

The action-cam maker says it's fixed the problem that had some Karmas suddenly plunging to the ground

Think of MuscleSound as a fuel gauge for your body that helps optimize your diet and training plan

The Flir Duo captures thermal images so rescuers can locate hikers, skiers, or anyone else who might have gotten stranded outside at night

The new Ellipse comes with a whole suit of smart anti-theft and safety features

This coffee table is almost too beautiful to use.

For exercising with music, wire-free headphones are the holy grail. But are Apple's AirPods the closest to perfection? We tested half a dozen of its competitors to find out.

Is this design going to revolutionize footwear? We’re not sure yet.

The recently upgraded tool makes glacier retreat and deforestation easy to visualize

The recall is a PR nightmare. The question is: How badly will it hurt the company?

Six months, two trips to Thailand, and flirtations with madness have produced possibly the most forgettable fork ever

It could be the key to making the industry more sustainable, but it's also (unsurprisingly) difficult to convince manufacturers to share their R&D finds. Which is where Patagonia comes in.

Here's how to build the perfect tiny home

Power sources small enough for you to carry that run on solar, fire, or water are heavy and don't produce enough electricity to warrant schlepping into the backcountry

6 tools our editors rely on while traveling

A concrete tiny house that snaps together like Legos

Your flask is ugly compared to this handcrafted beauty

It's not incredibly lightweight, packable, or durable, but all this stuff will serve you just fine in the outdoors and doesn't cost a small fortune

Every wallet should double as a multitool

The updated communications tool creates a network for people to send and receive messages without cell service. But its success is entirely dependent on how many people buy into it.

They now make tiny houses that pop up like tents

LVL, from BSX Technologies, is a wearable for hydration tracking. It'll tell you how much to drink, and when.

At the intersection of modernity and sustainability, the 'Summit Haus' is home for climbers Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk.

All the products released Monday move the action-camera market forward. Could GoPro have gone even further? Sure. But the new Hero5 Black is the best POV camera to date, and the drone one of the most capable we've ever flown.

These neuron-stimulating Halo Sport headphones are said to boost athletic performance

Engineers futz with things for a ­reason: that’s how breakthroughs happen. And as these 29 products demonstrate, there’s never been a better time to mess around.

The new Watch is a more sophisticated fitness tracker than its predecessor, with GPS, waterproofing, and a sleek, fast operating system

Hiking a marathon a day in Yosemite with the pro photographer to launch Fitbit's newest fitness challenge

An expert look at the most feasible—and nuttiest—submissions

The video of a recent hiking encounter offers a glimpse into the future for outdoor enthusiasts, and it's a little creepy

The next evolution of topographic maps will be 3-D interactives that show how rivers change and landscapes erode with centimeter precision

A portable keg that keeps your beer bubbly

Currently under construction in Ridgway, Colorado

Beautiful and efficient, it's a good excuse to downsize

Across the map, companies large and small are putting out quality gear crafted stateside with pride

The most noteworthy, cringe-worthy items of all time, in all their weird glory

New apps make editing your action footage easier than ever

GoPro Care covers you for two years

A recyclable tiny house made from cardboard

It'll hold eight cards, cash, and there's even a bottle opener

Companies are making digital devices that not only track your steps but also up your style game

Moonlight lets you build collaborative gear checklists, provides important campsite info, and even includes built-in ghost stories

And Charles Lindbergh’s grandson thinks he’s found a quieter way to fly

The material is ultra tough, durable, and lightweight, and it may be the future of outdoor apparel if Patagonia and a California startup have their way

Nancy Ford's Repair Lair in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has repaired thousands of products, giving everything from bike shoes to sleeping bags a new life.

Practice your airs, then go inside for hot cocoa

From fresh cut firewood to a stocked fridge, Getaway covers all the bases in advance so that guests can focus solely on escaping the daily grind.

Good looking and totally customizable

84 Lumber, the largest privately held supplier of building materials in the United States, is officially stepping into the tiny-house market

We dunked, abused, and submerged the LifeProof FRE case. Our iPhone stayed bone-dry the whole time.

A lunchbox that comes with an app to help you eat better

For those who enjoy good java in tough-to-get-to places

The most eco-friendly camper we’ve seen

Ditch the musty, ramshackle log house and stay in this exquisitely located architectural gem

The newest way to capture your exploits in high-def, 360-degree video

The only commitment required on your part: a reservation

Sleek, nearly indestructible, and theft-proof

Your dog can now have his own Airstream

An electric speedboat made for hosting dinner parties

Crush competitors on Zwift and answer emails, all at the same time

Beartooth, a small device that pairs to your phone, allows you to talk to other users within a two-mile range

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