Columbia OutDry Ex Platinum Tech Shell Jacket

Sure, it may be spring, but remember what they say about April showers. Just because the weather’s warming up in many places doesn’t mean you’re escaping the rain. When you’re spring cleaning, ditch all the supposed “waterproof” jackets you’ve bought o …

Arc'teryx Norvan Jacket

Do you have two types of rain shells: 1) one that’s appropriately light and packs small but wets out in a rainstorm, and 2) one that’s heavier and you’d rather not bring it, but is better to wear in the rain because it keeps you dry? Forget that ridicu …

Helinox Sunset Chair

Unless you’re a kid, sitting on the ground takes a toll. It may feel good to lounge in the springtime grass as the weather warms up and you remember all about picnics, music festivals, camping spots, or merely hanging out with the neighbors in the yard …

Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts

Sleek spandex shorts don’t have much of a place on mountain bike (MTB) trails. Dirt trails are made for semi-baggy shorts and a casual style. That’s why, on my off-road days, I’ve been sporting the Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts, so I don’t look like …

Ibex Arabesque Sweater

Despite the end of winter, chilly temperatures can hang around. And unless you live in (and never travel away from) a tropical destination, great quality Merino wool is always something to have in your closet. Two pieces I’ve found especially useful th …

Smith ChromaPop Challis Sunglasses

It’s long been known that wearing sunglasses when we’re outdoors is a good way to protect our eyes. But sometimes, mediocre sunglasses (which can come in a range of prices) hold us back. How do you know what to look for? Polarized lenses eliminate the …

High Sierra Deluxe Bucket Boot Bag

Whether you’re an occasional skier or a dedicated expert badass, ski boots are among the first items you should consider purchasing. Even if you’re content to rent skis at the resort, having your own boots can help ensure the consistent comfort (and su …

Giro Range MIPS Helmet

Headed to the slopes this winter? Even if you trust your skiing ability, it’s important to protect your head. I’m always a fan of wearing a helmet, with a variety out there, technology is evolving every season to give you a better way to protect your n …

Stanley Mountain Vacuum Trail Mug

There are plenty of ways to take your liquid refreshments along with you, but once your list of needs for the transportation of your favorite beverage number more than about two, the options get fewer. That’s why I’ve been using the Stanley Mountain Va …

Lifestraw Go

Want to trust your water source and bring a little along? You can’t always guarantee water quality when you travel, and when you find a good thing, you don’t want to leave it behind. With Lifestraw Go, you can both ensure instant water purification and …

Eddie Bauer Women's Telemetry Freeride Jacket

We’re mid-ski season, so if you’re anything like me, you’re assessing whether you really love your ski gear. If not, it’s time to take advantage of mid-season sales and up your game so you’re happy and comfortable for the remainder of the season. If yo …

ExOfficio Women's Minka Pant

Are leggings pants? You might be surprised at the bandwidth spent by discussing this very topic. Ultimately, whether an item of clothing is acceptable in a certain situation depends on whether you’re comfortable (with your own clothing choice, not body …

This is not an exaggeration: I do hotel sink laundry on every single trip I take. Sometimes, it’s merely underwear and socks. Other times, I work in shirts and pants. Ultimately, I try to avoid packing too much and also try to avoid paying expensive ho …

Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody

Whether you’re looking for winter gear to wear at home, or traveling somewhere with colder conditions, it’s important to know what you’re looking for in a jacket. What works for resort skiing doesn’t always work for cross-country skiing, and sometimes, …

Go Charger from Re-Fuel by DigiPower

GoPro cameras are so convenient that you want to use them all the time, for nearly everything. They’re small, so are easy to pack. They turn out great video and still shots of your adventures. You can even strap them to your body in a bunch of differen …

Wigwam Snow Sirocco socks

For snow sports, socks are often an afterthought—until you realize that you don’t have exactly what you need to keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable for your outdoor pursuit of choice. Whether skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, ice climbing, snowmobiling …

Keep Hands Warm with Hestra Moon Mitts | Practical Travel Gear

You don’t have to be a skier to want quality mittens for winter. Cold digits are one of the main reasons we quit doing things outdoors and head inside for a warm fire, cozy blanket and après-anything cocktails. But just imagine how much fun you’d have …

Smith Vantage Women’s Ski Helmet | Practical Travel Gear

Sure, you can rent ski helmets at pretty much every ski resort, saving precious suitcase space for something else, but if you’re a regular skier, your own helmet makes much more sense. Two reasons: resort helmets rarely feature leading-edge technology …

Icebreaker Destiny Dress | Practical Travel Gear

Packing the right wardrobe, especially if your itinerary includes casual and somewhat dressy activities, can be a challenge. Some travelers turn to monochrome clothing that can easily mix and match, others bring extra luggage. But when you pick the rig …

In the outdoor gear world, studded gear (like shoes and tires) gets a certain amount of respect. Traction in wet and slippery conditions is extremely important, and while studded gear may look badass (as opposed to pretend badass in the general clothin …

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel | Practical Travel Gear

When you need a bag to carry everything—and I mean everything essential—the duffel is hard to beat. Sure, it doesn’t have fancy wheels, and the shapeless tubular style isn’t always great if you have far fewer things to pack inside, but that same shape …

Nau Down Shirt and Synner Cape | Practical Travel Gear 1

Do you love the idea of a down jacket, but not always the execution? Do you think insulated jackets make you look like the Michelin Man? The problem may not be all down jackets, but only their construction. Take a look at two different styles of jacket …

La Sportiva Saturn Hoody | Practical Travel Gear

Winter comes sooner than we think, and before we know it, everything’s all icy and snowy and you have to shovel the drive every day. Or, perhaps you live somewhere that doesn’t get that kind of weather, but you still plan ski trips during the winter se …

Aventura Avila Top | Practical Travel Gear

I’m somewhat of a Plain Jane when it comes to my travel wardrobe. Unless I’m on a luxury adventure or attending an industry conference (aside from Outdoor Retailer), my clothing choices are usually T-shirts, jeans or comfortable pants, simple skirts, a …

Rareform Classic Tote | Practical Travel Gear

We already know it’s the case for carry-on-sized wheelies, but it also seems that many laptop bags look the same. Whether you shove yours into the overhead bin or have it sitting against the wall in the airport while you scarf down your lunch between f …

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