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Category Archives: Clothing and Apparel

What’s the Point of a Soft-Shell Jacket?

Welcome to Ask a Gear Editor, our monthly column where we answer readers’ most puzzling gear questions. Have a burning question of your own? Become an Outside+ member to ask an Outside expert for advice. Dear Gear Team,  What is the point of a soft-shell jacket? Most of the options I’ve seen at stores aren’t really waterproof […]

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Editors’ Picks: What We’re Gifting Our Mom-Figures for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. If you’re looking for a gift and haven’t quite figured it out yet, don’t fret—hopefully this list of our top editors’ picks will get the creative juices flowing and help you pick. (We also polled outdoorsy moms and asked them what they really want.) Here’s the apparel, equipment, and […]

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One-Day Flash Sale: Save 40 Percent on These Climate-Neutral-Certified Brands

Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization that guides brands in achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by helping them measure, offset, and reduce their carbon footprint. It’s one of the best third-party sustainability certifications to look out for. Today, 13 Climate Neutral Certified brands are participating in a one-day ‘Better With Friends’ flash sale. There’s lots […]

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Moms

Parenting through a two-year pandemic has been a lot like achieving anything tough outdoors: challenging, sometimes overwhelming, a few tears, but in the end, rewarding. Now it’s time to reward the women who hold it all together. We asked the moms, mother figures, and caregivers of Basecamp—a Facebook group for folks interested in the outdoor […]

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The Cold-Weather Gear That Kept Me Warm Amid the Subzero Temps of Denali

You have to be a little bit of a masochist to spend much time on Denali. In the early season (beginning of May), temperatures regularly plunge to 20 below on the upper mountain. You have to be willing to suffer a tad in that environment, but that suffering can get out of hand quickly without really warm […]

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Fastpacking 101: What You Need for This Running-Backpacking Hybrid

I have to confess, I find backpacking quite boring. And not for a lack of trying, either—I grew up backpacking with my parents and high school friends, and was even a guide on youth trips in Montana. I still get talked into a trip once in a while, but besides the camaraderie, backpacking feels monotonous, slow, and […]

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Insulated Jackets for Every Type of Weather

We’ve all been there: shivering because our jacket isn’t warm enough, or sweating buckets because it’s too thick. Well, there’s good news—puffies just continue to get better. They’re toastier on one end of the spectrum and more breathable, but still cozy, on the other. These are a collection of our top picks from this winter […]

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