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Category Archives: Technology

The GoPro Hero 11 Black Is the Brand’s Most User-Friendly Camera Yet

I’ve owned half a dozen GoPros in my day, ranging from the Hero 2 to the Hero 10 Black. Despite packing them along for plenty of backpacking trips and snowboard sessions, I rarely get good  clips to prove it. The experience usually goes like this: see something film-worthy, pull GoPro out, realize the battery is […]

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The New iPhone 14 Has a Built-In Satellite SOS Feature. Is Garmin Worried?

Apple’s iPhone 14 announcement last week made waves in several markets—including the outdoor industry. Among other features that aim to capitalize on a growing outdoor market, the introduction of a satellite-enabled SOS function puts the iPhone in the ring for the first time with Garmin, setting the outdoor stalwart against Apple as a potential competitor. […]

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Why You Should Buy an E-bike Instead of an Electric Vehicle

Even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused oil prices to shoot up, electric vehicles were having a moment. The ad lineup for the Super Bowl is a reasonable barometer of automakers’ priorities, and for the 2022 game, six companies, from Chevy to newcomer Polestar, ran commercials featuring electric vehicles (up from just one last year). […]

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The New Apple Watch Ultra Might Replace Your Garmin, Sleep-Tracker, and Dive Computer All at Once

I’ve switched between my Apple Watch and a Garmin Fenix watch for several years, depending on the day. The Apple Watch has been my go-to for daily life because it’s great at motivating me to get out for a run, keeps me up to date on notifications, stores a ton of music, and works seamlessly […]

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Elon Musk Is Bringing Cell Service to the Backcountry

On August 25, SpaceX and T-Mobile announced a new partnership that will bring cellphone signal to previously unserved areas. Specifically referencing use case examples like mountain climbing, river rafting, and off-shore sailing, the companies said in a press release that coverage will include the backcountry. Eventually all of it, everywhere.  “This true satellite-to-cellular service will […]

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Mount Kilimanjaro’s Getting the Internet—And That’s a Good Thing

On August 16, Tanzania’s tourism department launched broadband internet service on Kilimanjaro. Cue the handwringing. People don’t fly all the way to Tanzania, and spend $2,500 or more on a guided hike, just to listen to their phones buzz, am I right?  Every time there’s news of high-speed Internet, or even cell phone service, reaching […]

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Camera Pod is the Best Way to Carry Your Camera on Adventures

If travel is a gateway drug, photography is the next hardest substance. Blended, the two make a potent cocktail. On ski trips, backpacking trips, and forays into foreign cities, the search for a unique photograph has often brought me to places I might not have otherwise explored, like a peak or neighborhood that wasn’t on […]

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Why Chef Biju Thomas Is Joining the Outerverse

On July 19, Outside will launch sales of the Outerverse Passport, a new product granting holders access to an array of NFT drops from creators who focus on the outdoors, adventure, and healthy living. Outerverse NFTs will include beautiful, original artworks, but also be linked to offline utilities and experiences. Think: Invites, special gear, exclusive […]

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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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The Best Audio Gear of 2022

Jaybird Vista 2 ($150) (Photo: Courtesy Jaybird) Best for Harsh Weather Like the first-gen Vista, these clear, robust-sounding earbuds have real outdoor cred. They’re IP68 dust- and waterproof and meet U.S. military shock and crush standards. What’s new: active noise cancellation and a volume control that lets you listen to music without blocking out the […]

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