Sports & Outdoors

Carve on Hardpack, Glide over Powder

Best All-Mountain Skis of 2015

Nowadays, a single “all-mountain” ski can have a traditional camber in the center for packed snow speed and rocker in the tips and tails for incredible powder performance. We've gathered our picks for the best all-mountain skis.

Small but Mighty

The Long of It: A Sportsman’s Guide to the .22 Rifle

Many think that bigger is better when it comes to guns, but the life of the sportsman tends to be more refined and event specific. Case in point: the .22 rifle, which fires a diminutive round at lower speeds and shorter distances than its big-bored brethren, though its popularity is virtually unparalleled.

In the Woods with Dad on a January Deer Hunt

Fresh Tracks, Flintlock Rifles

Trying to kill venison in wintry north Pennsylvania is hard. Doing it with a weapon invented 400 years ago can be an exercise in futility. But there's also no better reminder that hunting is about much more than just bagging game.

Birds Have Feathers, We Have This

Kit: Pheasant Hunting

Gear as rugged and tough as the dirt under your boots. This is upland hunting gear, South Dakota-sized.

Getting You Through the Cold Season

15 Winter Camping Essentials

Winter isn't just a time for indoor hibernation. It's a prime opportunity to seek silence and stillness in the great outdoors. Here's the tough gear you need to do it right.

Blinded by the white

Photo Essay: Cat Boarding at Baldface Lodge

Baldface Lodge is the mecca for powder hounds with a passion for backcountry in its purest sense, boasting over 32,000 acres of unadulterated terrain and 500 inches of fresh throughout a typical season.

10 Hours from Wood Core to Mountain-Ready

How Custom Skis Are Made

From the client evaluation to the material selection to the tedious labor, one thing’s clear: making custom skis requires patience and skill. We recently watched the laborious creation process up close.

At Last, The Upper Hand

Climbers Summit El Capitan, the World’s Hardest Climb

On January 14, after 19 straight days of clinging to Yosemite’s El Capitan, climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson successfully completed the first free ascent of the 5.14d Dawn Wall, widely considered the most difficult big wall rock climb in the world.

Is Air the New Down?

Tested: NuDown Mount Whitney Vest

NuDown, a small company based in Reno, Nevada, has an innovative new solution and it might just be better than down: air. Sometimes the best solution is the one that's all around you. We tried out the Mount Whitney vest and came away impressed.

Practically made of gold

Tested: Fischer Carbonlite Skate H-Plus

Most people don't use high-end outdoor gear, like skis and bikes, to their fullest potential. If you're investing in the same skis that were used to win a whopping 65 percent of the medals in Sochi, be the exception.