Design and Tech


The leader in navigation is taking a second shot at action cams

But they should be. The modest-looking fitness tracker is one of the best on the market right now.

Steer your bike into the Digital Age

A cell phone smart enough to never grow obsolete

A new effort to add removable solar power panels to hard goods may finally make the tech indispensable for the outdoor set.

A handful of Cocoa Beach, Florida, residents want to build the world's first man-made surf arena. If they succeed, they'll bring world-class swell to the East Coast.

Forget wearables. The secret buzzword this year is “invisibles."

The power of the crowd will have more to do with the success of the device than the features it will have when it debuts.

On the chairlift, in a kayak, at the crag, we’ve all dropped our phones. This handy tether prevents the device from hitting the deck.

XensAir collects all of your data—airtime, speed, vert, distance and force—to help you become a better athlete.

The sports brand is making savvy moves into the wearables market, surpassing misguided apparel giants with software plays. Is an overthrow imminent?

You may be able to fool the Body Mass Index, but you can't hide from the electrical impulse.

Good for the conscience, great for the surf

Print photos right from your smartphone

The media is in a tizzy about new findings that suggest your smartphone is a better fitness tracker than that wearable device on your wrist. They're wrong.

A portable sound system built for the demands of the outdoors

In an Outside Online exclusive, the company reveals new technology that could be a "reset button" for gear-makers everywhere

A follow-along drone that's as loyal as a golden retriever and definitely better at filming your downhill runs.

Pair this smartwatch with any fitness app–even ones that don't exist yet–for access to real-time data. No phone needed.

The smartwatch ditches GPS capability in favor of a svelte package

What's around your wrist can affect how much is in your wallet

With so much phone and so little pocket room, you need cases that will protect your 4G device from wind, dirt, dust, and water—so that it may live to Instagram another day.

Europe's lowlands are becoming the mecca of solar-powered bike paths. We especially like this take on Van Gogh’s most famous work.

With some seriously impressive tech specs (including a built-in 4k camera, a dedicated camera controller, and a live-action video feed), the new Inspire is the coolest drone we've seen yet.

Rhino Cubed's self-sufficient units get you off the grid.

Lightweight, durable, and comfy, this gear finds its way into Chris Solomon's pack every time he heads out the front door.

Two new initiatives from The North Face and Patagonia aim to only use feathers from birds that have never been live-plucked or force fed.

What do you do with 80,000 decommissioned airline seat covers? Build bags, of course.

Celebrate National Running Safety Month with this high-visibility gear.

Road biking can be dangerous. But thanks to advances in robotic car technology, we're approaching a day when there will be dramatically fewer fatalities on the road.

Unleash 493 horses on the water with this versatile transformer.

Full-featured watches for smarter training

The Veloloop tricks traffic lights into thinking your bike is a car.

The world's top skiers and snowboarders share their favorite mountain accessories.

For when an evening hike turns into a 20-mile epic

Buy equipment you don't have to feel guilty about using.

Three boldly versatile boards for managing the most variable conditions

Buying new skis this year? Lucky you. We tested the latest designs, and these came out on top—so shop wisely.

Line's inspired ski looks as good as it rides.

The company is growing up fast—and it's not all about action sports anymore.

It's still possible to be what you wanted to be when you were a kid.

Five business icons share how they flipped the switch on their careers—and how you can follow in their footsteps.

It started with a salsa bowl, some cheap Australian sunglasses, and a little help from Kickstarter. Now, Sunski is making waves—and its founders are living the dream.

An eight-step plan for rebooting your career and finding a job that you love.

There are thousands of outdoor apps to download, but few that will get you where you need to go. These four rules will help you choose the right one.

After years of struggle, the American racing legend returns with a USA-built steel road bike.

We tested GoPro's latest action camera in the waters of New Zealand—and found out that it's as much of a game changer as the rumors have led you to believe

Own Reese Witherspoon’s Hollywood-ready hiking boots.

The $66,000 “Dark Knight” of watches

These wearable tech fitness-tracking tees go way beyond the wrist.

A smart probe that crowdsources snowpack data to tell you where it's safe to ski.

New gear, featuring better mounting, portability, and durability, to capture your most epic days

The Japanese component manufacturer brings electronic shifting to mountain bikes.

An adventure bike that's ready for any terrain

A taillight-camera combo warns traffic of your presence—and records them if they end up getting too close.

Unlike so many of its competitors, the ST2 is a purpose-made e-bike with next-gen features.

The hardware was mostly predictable, but the software could transform workout data

Why the Internet is turning photography on its side

The #vanlife guru settles down in a treehouse-skatepark complex.

Have rolling ModHaus mobile home, will travel.

Crying babies, endless delays, and that one aggressive seat-kicker are almost inevitable travel companions. Doesn't mean you can't have a nice journey: savvy packing will keep you collected and calm. We can't promise the same for the new parents across the aisle.

Ditching gas from the chainsaw equation never felt so good

The age of the wired workout has come—and gone. The latest round of wearables break free of the beta gear's wires, batteries, and inaccurate measurements to finally usher in a fitness revolution.

European resorts are pushing battery-powered trail machines hard. Can they override traditional mountain biking culture?

And all I got was this lousy online article

When it comes to staying safe and enjoying great views, rooftop tents are the way to go.

Though it’s a cross-country racer by the numbers, this lightweight machine rides more like a trail bike.

Starting today, drones are banned in all national parks. Where’s next?

A new global racing series aims to make the electric car cool.

A lens so sharp, you won't leave home without it.

We combed through the coolest products at Outdoor Retailer 2014 to bring you these six items—all of which cost $35 or less.

Diamondback jumps into the enduro game with a flashy 27.5 machine

More gear companies are making running sunglasses that are both stylish and functional—to improve your vision and your PR

A funky design taken from humpback whales

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