Sports & Outdoors
Kit: Taking on Baja
Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything -- because anything can, and will, happen.
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 16, 2014
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: extreme fitness in America, a look back at Landon Donovan's career, the state of MREs and more.
Want or Not, the Trek Lync is The Commuter Bike You Need
A week with the Trek Lync 5 proves it’s the commuter bike you need, whether or not it’s the commuter bike you want.
Postcard: Learning to Climb in the Gunks
2:00 p.m. EDT | New Paltz, NY -- I've never met a more playful group of people than rock climbers. The experienced ones seem to have the best sense of humor when they're standing on the edge of a cliff.
The Tern Eclipse S18 Gets the Folding Bike Right
Meet the folding commuter bike that will steamroll your fixie.
Bike to Work in These 7 Pants
Commuting cyclists require a specific type of pant. These seven are designed to handle the wind, rain, grime and out-of-control cabbies.
The Vanmoof Electric 3, An E-Bike That’s Not Quite Electrifying
Vanmoof claims they've built “the world’s first intelligent commuter bike”. We took their word to the road, pedal testing to see if something worthy of the Stedelijk can hang on American tarmac.
The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race
In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth -- and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here's a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.
Postcard: Roadside Assistance, Italian Style
1:00 p.m. CEST | Gaiole in Chianti, Italy -- Actually, we're something like 30 miles outside Gaiole in Chianti. Jeff's seat tube keeps falling, which makes sense because we're riding pre-1987 road racing bikes as L'Eroica requires, and the mechanic had reamed his tube (the bike's) something serious to get the seat post into it yesterday.
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 9, 2014
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the seedy and contemptible world of bike theft, an argument for shaving your legs, the best ski towns and more.
30 Minutes With: Craig Alexander
Craig Alexander is one of the greats in triathlon. He was kind enough to join us for a jog in Central Park, where talked food, training and one of the great scandals in Ironman history.
Gear for the Triathlon Newbie
Here’s a little secret: You don’t need to spend a lot to race in your first triathlon. These affordable options will get you to the finish line with enough money in the bank for a post-race beer.
Across America, the 7 Best Triathlon Training Camps
If you’re the sadomasochistic type who looks at numbers like 70.3 and 140.6 and drools, you'll find plenty of company at these triathlon camps.
Testing the Versatility of Patagonia’s Nano-Air Jacket
The Nano-Air jacket will replace half your closet during the fall/spring. We test the versatile new offering from Patagonia.
Exploring the Harsh Beauty of the Cascades
The North Cascades aren't exactly user friendly. There are no drive-up views for the minivan crowd. Plush lodges and charming hamlets are few and far between. Rangers usually spend a lot of time telling you what a miserable time you’ll have if you put yourself at the mercy of the park’s capricious and violent weather. But with some grit and serious sweat, adventurers who press through those barriers reap major rewards. Photographer Chris Burkard covered our own recent trip.
How To: Run Faster in the Mountains
Mountaineer and ultra runner Ben Clark shares his tips on becoming a faster runner, whether your aim is a local 5k or, like him, 14,000-foot peaks over 100 miles.
7 Synthetic Jackets That Challenge Natural Down
With the price of down in flux and recent innovations in synthetics, you can now get a jacket that warms like down but performs better in wet weather. These are the best synthetic down jackets.
Gone Paleo: 21 Days in the Cave
Matthew Ankeny set out for three weeks of fad-dieting to see if the wave of hype surrounding the latest favorite American diet could hold weight. How did he feel after 21 days of eating just fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and nuts (plus a demonic juice binge)?
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 2, 2014
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: a new marathon record, the best places to work, Danny Macaskill rides the Isle of Skye and more.
Feathered Friends: 8 Best Down Jackets
These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts next spring.
With Zwift, Cycling Meets Video Game
Zwift is the marriage of video games and cycling trainers. It’s like Wii Fit, with more puddles of sweat.
Kit: Racing the Rolex Big Boat Series
Offshore yacht racing may seem like a gentleman’s sport, but underestimate it at your peril. Leave the polo shirt and leather boat shoes in your shore bag for the yacht club after-party. Here’s the kit Jason Heaton used for the Rolex Big Boat Series while crewing for Escapade Racing.
Viewfinder: The Farr 40s
Hot on the heels of the Rolex Big Boat Series is the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which will be held in San Francisco Bay starting on October 15. The Farr 40 is considered one of the most beautiful and classic yachts, designed from the keel up to race.
How To: Re-Wax a Canvas Jacket
Before synthetic fabrics were the premium in waterproofing, there were thick, waxed cotton jackets. These are the jackets your father's father wore while he chopped down trees for the log cabin he decided to build on a whim. If you're lucky enough to own one, you need to know how to re-wax it properly. Here's a guide.
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: September 25, 2014
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: real-life medieval battles, a folding helmet from Brooks, gyms for bigger folks and more.
America’s 20 Best Municipal Golf Courses
The muni is an American embodiment of democracy, like the library and the public park: a golf course run by the city.
Five Tips from a Golf Guru
Dr. David Wright converts the biomechanically complex, the mentally mystifying, and the psychophysiologically stunning into pithy, digestible expressions. He’s got golf proverbs that will save your game.
Cycling California Wine Country with a Local Pro
Levi Leipheimer is a diviner of pain and suffering par excellence -- a bike race organizer. We asked him to cull his dark arts and assemble 10 rides in the scenic, relaxing and overall pleasant area that is Northern California's wine country. Enjoy responsibly.
Kit: A Gentleman’s Golf Outing
So you have a “light draw” and you mark a 3 putt each nine. Who doesn’t? Given the onslaught of R&D golf has seen in the last few decades, with the right gear you can still keep your handicap at respectable levels.
Sole Provider: 7 Best Golf Shoes
Stability starts from the ground up, taking away slippage in the shoes and keeping your body balanced, from the pinkie toe up. The differences between golfing shoes are plenty, the perks distinct -- so when purchasing your next pair for the Member-Guest, consider your options wisely. These seven shoes are a good start.
Know Your Stats: Deciphering Wearable Metrics
Just like they're different in style, wearables vary in which metrics they measure: heart rate, calories burned and blood pressure are just a few metrics vital to determining fitness. Prospective buyers need to ask themselves two questions: will you actually wear it? And will you understand it? More data means nothing if you don't know what it means or how it's measured. Take a look at our breakdown of the different metrics and which wearables utilize each.
This Is Footgolf
Footgolf rose out of the zeitgeist of man’s two primary proclivities -- to turn everything into a competition and to kick things. With low start-up costs and high revenue yield, the sport may be golf’s golden goal.
With Athos, Has the Personal Trainer Met Its Match?
Athos is a startup that’s just a few months away from bringing to market one of the most interesting wearables yet: compression clothing capable of monitoring how hard your muscles are working, on top of heart rate, heart rate variability and breathing patterns.
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: September 18, 2014
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the fastest cyclist on Earth, game-changing avalanche technology, weather-proof Converse kicks and more.
Tested: Trangia Backpacking Stove, Three Ways
For hikers, cyclists, and backpackers, a Trangia spirit (alcohol) burning stove is a proven option for any number of different overnight excursions. But even so, the variety of sizes, materials and accessories within Trangia's product line is burdening for anyone in the market, or simply in consideration of an upgrade. We put three different versions through their paces.
Talk Shop: A Look Inside the BioLite Burn Lab
The clean energy stove company BioLite is built on more than just a trendy charging device. We paid their Brooklyn HQ a visit to see firsthand what they're all about.
Who Needs Wearables? These Smartphones and Apps Might Be All You Need
The ostensible benefit of smart watches and health trackers, as far as health goes, is that they allow you to monitor your calories, heart rate, and step count with previously unmatched accuracy. Truth is, a number of upcoming smartphones paired with worthy fitness tracking apps make fitness-tracking wearables redundant.
How to Run a Faster Marathon
Sequels tend to suck (Caddyshack II, I’m looking at you), and when they’ve got 26.2 miles of pavement in them, the suck-potential goes exponentially up. After my second marathon, I came up with some advice to my former self, who was still prepping for his first. You can listen in.
10 Best Barefoot Running Shoes
The musculoskeletal therapist says it’s all good. The running ancestors give the the nod. And calves like grapefruits can’t be wrong. Embrace footwear devolution with these barefoot running shoes.