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Category Archives: Apparel

We Fought About Jean Shorts. Here’s the Transcript.

Kitting yourself up for any outdoor sport is a game of careful consideration. Many runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers are likely familiar with the balancing act: wearing all the technical gear you need to stay comfortable, protected, warm, and dry, while channeling just enough nonchalance to let people know that you don’t really care. […]

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Sun Protection Favorites for Beating the Heat

While summer was slow to kick off where I live in the Pacific Northwest, it’s roasting now. Sunscreen is always a necessity (don’t make these sunscreen mistakes), but sun hats, sunglasses, and UPF clothing add even more protection to ward off harmful rays—without requiring you to reapply. The ultraviolet protection factor, or UPF, specifies how […]

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Adiff Founder Angela Luna Wants You to Upcycle Your Own Clothes at Home

Fashion designer Angela Luna started exclusively buying new clothing for herself from small, person-of-color owned, and sustainable businesses in 2015. These days, she more often opts for eighties trousers from her favorite vintage boutique in Brooklyn or upcycled statement pieces from her brand Adiff, the humanitarian clothing label she started right out of fashion school. […]

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The Duer Weightless Poplin AC Is Our New Favorite Summer Short

I’ve tested well over 100 different pairs of shorts over my decade as Outside’s Gear Guy. Highlights include: “Shorts to Make Leg Day More Bearable,” “Best Shorts for Men,”and  two different “Best Swim Trunks for Summer” tests. I have contemplated four-way stretch, gusseted crotches, and moisture mitigation qualities of britches for hundreds of hours of […]

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What the World Needs Now Is Clothing Made for Mars

The first piece of Vollebak clothing I ever held in my hands was the planet earth hoodie, which landed on my New York City doorstep in late February 2020. The 30-person company was founded in London in 2015 by twin brothers Steve and Nick Tidball, who’d come from the world of advertising and displayed a […]

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I Have a Confession to Make. I Like Riding My Bike in Jeans.

When it comes to cycling, your attire is extremely important—almost as important as your bicycle itself. If you can’t regulate your temperature properly or move freely, your ride will suck. Different rides and different conditions call for different clothes, but there’s one thing we’ve long agreed on: you don’t do real rides in jeans.  For […]

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The Best Fleeces of 2022

Hikerkind Midlayer_01 ($183) (Photo: Courtesy Hikerkind) Best Style This first offering from Brooklyn-based Hikerkind is a fashionable twist on the classic midlayer. It’s made of a low-profile knit that captures air in lofted pockets for warmth. The result is warm, but its non-fuzzy material provides a cool,  next-to-skin feel, and it reduces environmentally harmful microfiber […]

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Look Good, Feel Good: Our Top Athleisure Picks for 2022

The world is less formal these days. Almost anywhere in public—from the gym to the the store to the classroom—you’re likely to see folks leaning into the athleisure trend, which focuses on comfort and performance ahead of all else. Luckily, gone is the era of schlubby sweatsuits. Now you can look good and feel good […]

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