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In some outdoor spaces, you can simply dig a hole, cover it up, and leave your business behind. But if you’re in a sensitive ecosystem, or on the side of a big wall, you’ll be packing your poop out. Enter this puncture-resistant solution, with “Poo Powder” that turns waste into…

Every proper backcountry number two starts with a cathole, and this ultralight shovel gets the job done. It’s made from a tough but light aluminum and even has small teeth in case you run into any debris as you dig.

You can go with Dr. Bronner’s, but this case, containing 50 “leaves” of soap, is a better choice for your poop kit, because it’s light (half an ounce) and small (half an inch thick). Just pull one out and dissolve it with water.

Whether you’re rinsing off after a bike ride or grabbing a quick shower at a hostel abroad, having your own towel comes in handy. This one is an ultralight option (6.4 ounces for the full-body version) that folds down to the size of a pocket square. It’s made from a…

Why waste time and materials cutting the end off a cheap plastic toothbrush when you could use this overdesigned model that folds into itself? Plus, the head is replaceable when the bristles wear out.

Showers are great—when you can take them. But it’s not always possible, so make sure you have a pack of these wipes in your kit. They’re extra thick but soft enough to use in the most sensitive places, and aloe vera and vitamin E moisturize as you scrub the grime…

There are plenty of organic, biodegradable soaps out there, but it’s hard to beat the classic: Dr. Bronner’s. A liquid pure-castile soap (no chemicals or phosphates), it doubles as shampoo and bodywash. The label also makes for fun bathroom reading.

Not all Dopp kits are created equal. The North Face’s version is made from tough ballistic nylon that easily withstands shower spray and mist. More importantly, it has a wide opening, a flat bottom, and a hook, so it can sit upright on the countertop or hang from the showerhead,…

Forget stealing the hotel shampoo. Fill these durable Cordura bags with your shower and grooming essentials instead, and you’ll have everything you need in reusable, leakproof containers. Each weighs less than half an ounce and carries three ounces of liquid—well within TSA restrictions.

Everything from a spare battery to a rainjacket

From stink-proof bags to double-duty sneaks, essential gear for working out on the road

From layers to shades, here’s what to take with you to prepare for rain or shine

Sweat-wicking skivvies for fresh-smelling adventures

She's one of the world's best cyclists, and she has her routine dialed

Seven products that make adventuring easier

The essentials this snowboarding pro will bring to the Olympic Village to help her perform at her best

We put together this list of seven essentials for keeping the groove going no matter where you are

Eight packable products that make workouts on the road as easy as room service

Because No-Shave November is the best time to start growing your beard

The ultrarunner and endurance coach’s must-haves for the trail and life

We put together a full no-compromise setup for under $2,000

Gleich, a professional ski mountaineer, spends a lot of time on the road. Here's the gear she always brings along.

It's rare for a product to stand the test of time, but these seven items are as good as they ever were

The writer and activist's nighttime essentials

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

A little hands-on experience is a much better performance investment than that tempting new upgrade or those mind-numbing hill repeats

Eight exceptional new timepieces

The Arbor wallet ($40) looks and feels like it's made from leather but it's actually built from a thin and flexible, waxed and oiled wood.

Seven items that the Mystery Ranch founder always has on the trail

From apparel to accessories, this gear will make sure your time on the water is well-spent

The Medium Duffel ($425) is one of 17 products that Filson recently launched in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. The 20-liter bag is made in Filson’s Seattle factory, with weather-resistant twill and bridle leather. It meets all airline carry-on requirements.  The goal of the partnership is…

It takes more than a pack of toothpicks to feel fresh and clean on the road

Lots of light for just a little $

Mountaineering’s classic shades live on

Get maximum protection—and avoid nasty chemicals—with these eight natural sunscreens

Tried-and-true tools to make riding to work a lot more comfortable

Still don't know what to get dad? We've got you covered.

We tested a handful of heat-beating options to keep you playing outside this summer, no matter how high temperatures rise

It's not just marketing hype. With this stuff under his arms, our writer found he could go a full 72 hours and not piss off the people next to him on the bus.

Oversize tires are the best thing to happen to trail riding in years

An Italian Leather Wallet That's as Handsome as it is Simple

This backpack is essentially three packs in one

Tackle training walls with this primo kit

The company's first track spikes blast through turns like no other

We'll forgive you for leaving these pieces of gear at home—even though you shouldn't

A spiffy commuting shell lets you wear your pride on your sleeve—literally

When the going gets tough, the tough bring a backup plan

The ultimate winter toy for big kids

The ultimate top-to-bottom kit for inbounds laps

Keep your feet happy all winter long

Start smoking the pork before the lifts close to ensure a thorough cook.

How the invisible hand of climate change will shake up your coat rack

The best planks from Outside's annual test in Snowbird, Utah, are engineered for big fun.

The days are getting shorter. Here's the best gear to brighten your path.

Forget about counting reps in your head. This clever jump rope uses embedded LEDs to project that number in front of you.

The ski world is going all in on high-tech safety gear, packing more features into smaller packages.

Road-running shoes are turning up the foam again

Gear to keep you moving through the unpredictable spring months

Upstart companies are offering to ship customers primo boxes of hand-selected outdoor tool and toys

Do you long for a remote, snowbound cabin with a real wood-burning stove and flannel on the bed? So do we. This is the gear you need to look the part when the dream becomes a reality.

Easier climbing equals more downhill

Nine tools to thrive on cold overnights

Glide right with the ultimate cross-training kit

Eight tools to maintain fitness during the cold, dark winter days

Take on whatever Mother Nature throws your way

A stately machine that’s fit for a king—or a conniving president

Five exceptional sport-specific shades

One day our computers will revolt. Until then, they’re making our mountain bikes ride better than ever.

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