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Category Archives: Clothing and Apparel

The North Face Is Renaming Its “Sherpa” Fleece

This fall, one of The North Face’s classic products is getting a new moniker. The company has announced that it will rename it “Sherpa” jackets and vests in an effort to respect the culture and heritage of the Sherpa people of Nepal. From now on, the company will call its fleece products—thick synthetics designed to […]

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An Icon of American Ski Culture Is Making a Comeback

Today’s skiing headlines are dominated by the likes of Mikaela Shiffrin, Breezy Johnson, and Tricia Mangan, but in the late 1960s, Charles Bird (CB) Vaughan Jr. was the era’s household skiing name. A legendary ski racer and onetime speed-skating world-record holder, Vaughan pushed the limits of what was possible on skis and inspired a new […]

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Our Favorite National Park-Themed Gear

Some gear begs for a logo or a splashy design  (witness the amply-stickered water bottle). So why not use that canvas to pay tribute to the national parks we love? These products celebrate our most beloved parks and in some cases helps to support them—because your purchase results in a donation to the National Park […]

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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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I Supercharged My Productivity by Wearing Shorts at Work. You Can, Too.

Malcolm Gladwell and Peggy Noonan are concerned that many of you want to keep working at home, now and in the future, whether there’s a pandemic going on or not. I agree that you should start thinking about a return to the office, but I suggest that, before giving in, you deliver a nonnegotiable dress-code ultimatum […]

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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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I Finally Found Merino Shirts I Can Run in When It’s Hot and Humid

I’ve been a merino wool evangelizer for more than 20 years. You simply can’t beat the fiber’s combination of warmth to weight, moisture management, comfort, odor resistance, and sustainability for most outdoor activities during most of the year—but not all of the year, for me. I’m a runner who sweats like crazy. I can lose five […]

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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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