Design and Tech


This small gadget transforms what it means to communicate off-the-grid

The most impressive smart watch we've seen yet

A breakthrough combination of extreme rocker and attention to detail

A tent that provides all the light you need

We've got the Vanagon packed, but where and how should we unload it for a picture-perfect base camp?

Get the surf shot you’ve been dreaming of.

Creating a food journal to help you lose weight just got a helluva lot easier.

A seaside retreat that's all grace and good views.

Tech to ensure you thrive on the sand and in the water this summer.

Wind power may have faded as an energy alternative, but a Google-backed startup is poised to revive the industry.

Summer's best timepieces play hard, no matter what you throw at them.

In praise of summer’s original combo deal: clear tunes and swimming holes.

And the solar technology that could lead to a new era of self-powered gear—and the end of our energy dependency.

Redesigning the backcountry shelter

Spend the summer nesting at the Tree Sparrow House in Cornwall

Rediscover the open road with one of these four innovative campers.

Adventure road bikes are in, ‘cross bikes are still trending, disc brakes are coming to road bikes, and 26-inch-wheels are dying.

Designers are using inflatable technology to make products—from the ultimate commuter helmet to airy insulation—lighter, safer, and more portable.

This is what happens when a group of Finnish architects jumps on the tiny-home bandwagon.

The Slimline II isn’t your average roof rack. Rather, it’s a multifunction platform with more accessories than you’ll know what to do with.

Planning to ride your bike across the country? Leave the traditional tent at home.

The sun's shining, the days are long, the crowds are hungry—is there any reason every meal shouldn't be prepared and enjoyed outdoors?

A made-in-America longboard to keep you rolling proud

Virtual reality is just for gamers. But augmented reality—a new wearable technology—could revolutionize how we train for sports, making athletes faster, better, and more precise.

Guess what? The grid is expanding and we predict in the next five years, you won't be able to unplug—even in the backcountry.

Architectural firm Bureau Bernaskoni went against the grain when it designed this no-frills Russian getaway.

Or is this $280,000 splurge the ultimate off-road rolling home?

Nearly unlimited transit and trail data is coming to an app near you. And whether you're seeking singletrack or chasing a commuter train, that's a very big deal.

In a desperate measure to burn surfeit calories, men and women have rushed to stuff their jiggly bits into resistance pants. But can clothing really make a workout any better?

The first time I put on a pair of Spy Discords with the Happy Lens technology, I was blown away by the sharp optical clarity and how well the shades protected my eyes. But do these lenses actually make you happier, as the name would suggest? Sort of. Before…

Depending on the school of thought you’re following, meditation can be practiced in a number of ways—sitting cross-legged in a dark room, while on a long run, or even on a crowded bus with the help of a smartphone app and a pair of headphones. In general, though,…

That’s right. The future of adventure filmmaking lies in 360-degree video footage, at least according to a handful of ambitious inventors.

How to design an energy-efficient getaway in the most remote places on the planet.

From camping expeditions to solo summit attempts, these six items could save your life in the backcountry. At the very least, they’ll make you sleep better at night.

We’re as excited about the proposal to develop solar roadways as anyone. The only problem? They won’t work.

With a new smart drivetrain concept, the Japanese component manufacturer unveils electronic shifting for mountain bikes.

Travel to the best slopes of Switzerland in style—a newly crowdfunded sleep-in bus will take you there

New Healthkit app displays live fitness data, connects doctors and patients in real-time

The City Cottage steals design elements from ships, making it one of the most efficient cabins we've ever seen.

Three entrepreneurs envision a future of shared outdoor equipment. And while the project is barely off the ground, their idea could change how we buy and sell gear.

Electronic suspension for mountain bikes might sound excessively complicated, but Magura’s wireless system is quick, light, and impressively simple.

Cooks the tastiest steak, cleans the grimiest skin

Athletes keep breaking records, but improved fitness is only part of the equation. So before we start congratulating ourselves, let’s take a look at the tech that’s made us faster—and the next records our gear will allow us to break.

The avalanche of data generated by fitness tech has science zeroing in on some surprising performance recommendations.

I could care less about luggage-sorting robots or Facebook kiosks. But high-tech bells and whistles that actually elevate my hotel stay? Yes, please. Be sure to book the following forward-looking lodgings whose amenities go well beyond the usual gimmickry.  Stanford Court San Francisco Hotel | (Ted…

Yes, 29ers can turn just fine. No, 26ers aren’t alive and well. Now would everyone please just pick your favorite bike, shut up, and ride?

Before you go off the grid camping and hiking, tap the latest apps that will help you plan your trip, your trails, and where to pitch your tent. Even if you don’t have service, many of these apps will remain handy. AllTrails | (AllTrails, Inc.) A catalog of hiking…

With the launch of Strava Metro, the Bay Area-based online fitness company hopes to become an advocate for its users.

Gone are the days of lugging around travel tomes with dog-eared pages. In the digital era, all that info is jammed in a Smartphone-size package. And sure, you can still download entire guidebooks in app form—such as Fodor’s City Guides or Rick Steves’ audio tours—but those…

To help Mom relax, recharge, and get ready for whatever’s next, whether it’s your bucket-list trek—or hers.

With a world record on the line, determining the winner of the Billabong XXL "Biggest Wave" award turned into one of the toughest judgment calls in big wave surfing's history.

GPS locator SPOT launched in 2007—and has already notched 3,000 rescues

From ultrathin condoms to high-tech women's skis, the world's strongest and lightest material has almost limitless possibilities. But the real breakthroughs so far have come in the world of sports.

Own an Alaskan landmark

From terminator-style cycling shades to earphones that track your every move, wearable technology promises to change the way we train. But I had to ask, is it wearable?

There's a group of people who believe that in a world of extreme natural disasters, being ready for any catastrophe is more than just a precaution. It’s practical. 

That fancy exfoliating wash cream you just dropped a bundle on? It may be full of "microbeads" and mucking up some major waterways.

The most wholesome flip-flops in the world?

A medium-fast fly rod that's affordable and good looking

There's a rod here for everyone, from the expert angler to the one just getting his toes wet.

Mountains Plus helps usher in new era of digital currency

This fitness tracker could change everything—as long as the company marketing it actually exists.

The computer company plans to revolutionize how we work out, and it has the hardware (or at least the patents) to prove it.

The popular fitness app gets (even more) social.

An extremely sophisticated, somewhat mystical process that will surprise you

Seven products in your shed that are going extinct.

Get ready to hit the road—and document your adventure.

Questionable use of wearable cams is causing a surge in accidents

The gear that's changing the way we work out.

This land photographer ocean tested Sony’s RX-100 II and the GoPro Hero 3+. His tips on which camera to use—and how to visually record your watery adventure.

The team behind Google Street View is going off-road, and they're turning to you for help

You don’t need a resort to bound through the snow

Seven modern watches that are as classically handsome as they are adventure-worthy

Easy gear upgrades to get you race-ready without mortgaging the house

You don't need a fancy kit to make it to the finish line.

Time to chuck the ab-blaster and sell the ellipti-trainer. All you need for your ultimate home fitness center are these key essentials.

Whether you’re running or skiing, learn the optimal combination of cold-weather gear with our guide to winter layering

Recharge dead batteries off the grid with these portable power plants

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