Sports & Outdoors

Hiking the Sleepy Cow

Photo Essay: Hiking Seoul’s Woo-Myun Mountain

Nearly one in three Koreans hike on a monthly basis — some consider it an “addiction” — where weekends at trailheads are backlogged with eager hikers dressed in brightly colored mountaineering gear. But several paces in, trails unfurl a multitude of unique sights to Westerners accustomed to sweeping landscapes. On a recent hike at Seoul's Woo-Myun Mountain we discovered a few for ourselves.

Rediscover your sunroof

Tested: Whispbar Rack System

During a month of hauling kayaks atop a Volvo XC90, the Whispbar proved truly innovative and escaped many of the pitfalls found in other carrying racks.

Slightly Less than Roughing It

Car Camping Done Right

Car camping is all about possibilities, whether it’s in the Adirondacks out East, the lakes of the Midwest or the empty spaces of the BLA land out West. Getting to a campsite on four wheels means you can take along a mountain bike, kayaks, hardcover pulp fiction and a cooler of microbrews. This is the camping you remember from childhood, replete with great, cushy gear -- a hissing propane lantern, creaky camp chairs and someone strumming a guitar.

When the Dogs are Barking

Buying Guide: Orthotic Insoles

The insoles that come with those $100 running shoes are useless slabs of flaccid foam. Do yourself a favor: throw them away right out of the box and get some proper, supportive corrective orthotics. We tested these five off-the-shelf insoles in a variety of outdoor activities.

Pat's Backcountry Beverages Supplies Passable Camp Beer and Excellent Soda

For Happy Hour in the Backcountry, Just Add Water

Leave it to an Alaskan to invent a new way to drink alcohol outdoors. Pat Tatera, the founder of Pat’s Backcountry Beverages, developed a system for carrying concentrated forms of both alcohol and soda into the wild for hikers to make their own carbonated beverages in minutes with the help of stream water and small carbonation pouches.

The history and fundamentals of a burgeoning extreme sport

Primer: The Winds and Waves of Kiteboarding

Sailors rely on wind. Surfers need waves. The best kiteboarders require both. We've put together a beginner's guide to the exciting, fast-growing sport.

5-time Kiteboarding World Champ

30 Minutes With: Aaron Hadlow

By the age of 20, professional kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow won the PKRA World Tour 5 times. Nobody was on his level -- but that was in 2008. Now the sport's most decorated athlete has returned. We talked to him about the future of kiteboarding and how he could’ve been balling next to Wayne Rooney.

Racing's Up-and-Comer Series Appeals to both fans and drivers

Red Bull Global Rallycross: The Best Racing You’ve Never Seen

Though you've probably never heard about it, Red Bull Global Rallycross is arguably motorsports' best kept secret, and its most promising up-and-comer. With its short, simple races, colorful drivers, insanely powerful cars, and racetracks made of dirt, asphalt and even water, it's easy to see why.

Shaming Your Old Man's Pop-Up

Seven Off-Road Trailers For Your Next Adventure

If you're worried your 4x4 doesn't have enough room for your essential gear and creature comforts on a weekend off-road getaway, there's no need to trade up to a custom overlanding vehicle -- all you have to do is hitch up a trailer. We've picked our seven favorite off-road capable trailers that range from stripped-down simplicity to excessive luxury.

Pouches For The Pack

Backcountry Cuisine: 5 Best Dehydrated Meals

Dehydrated meals are the camping food industry’s apex predator. They’re lightweight, simple to make and sold at every outdoor retailer; all that’s required is hot water. But history's taught us that convenience and quality usually have inverse relationships. We tasted five of the industry's top brands to see whether an easy, delicious fireside meal was a marketing ploy or a reality.

12 States, 15 Hikes

15 Best Day Hikes in the Midwest

With the Appalachians to the east and Rockies to the west, the relatively flat American Midwest doesn't call to mind a hiking destination. But that's dead wrong. Instead of coastlines there are lakeshores. Instead of continuous mountain ranges, there's rolling loess higher than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. In the north, terrain varies from the Badlands of the Dakotas and the Pictured Rocks of Lake Superior; in the south are lush forests nestled between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Rethink the flyover states and hit the trailheads of the American Midwest -- these fifteen are your starting points.

British author and adventurer

30 Minutes With: Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys has bicycled around the world; embarked on polar expeditions; completed a self-supported, thousand-mile walk through the Empty Quarter Desert; rowed the Atlantic; crossed India coast-to-coast on foot and backpacked and packrafted across Iceland, among other expeditions. This is a man who knows a thing or two about adventure.

The two-pound wilderness bed

Tested: Kammok Roo

Hammocks are supposed to call to mind carefree days of swinging lazily in the shade of coconut trees, while gentle tropical breezes toss sea-green waves onto sugar-white sand beaches. We tested the Kammok Roo to see if the lightweight hammock delivers on this age-old promise.

New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: August 28, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: Cannondale sponsors Slipstream, Garmin introduces an updated power meter, an app brings pick-up sports to the teammate-less masses and more.

Is High-Tech High Fashion the Future of Wearables?

Fashion Brands Bank on Wearables, Starting at the U.S. Open

Buff male models and scrawny U.S. Open ball boys strolled silently around Ralph Lauren HQ on Monday, standing on platforms and lifting their arms and turning slowly when asked; they were showing off the latest wearable fitness technology, though it was hard to tell. The smart accessories weren't big-screened watches, blocky chest straps or pinned-on step counters: they were their shirts.

Follow Your Fears

“Spending It Well”, with a Dirt Bike and a Parachute

A dirt bike. A parachute. And no fear. That’s what it takes to execute a novel idea in extreme sports. “If everything doesn’t go perfectly to plan then, you know, I’ll move on to the next life”, says Brad O’Neal. The Pro Motox Rider is planning to hit a massive skyward ramp, at 80 mph, without a prayer of landing.

Riding Rough Around The Edges

Tossing Dirt: The TORC Off-Road Championship

About two hours north of Green Bay, Wisconsin past idyllic countryside, dairy farms and wide open roads sits the small town of Crandon, where the peaceful silence of nature is replaced by the roar of 900 horsepower engines competing in The Off-Road Racing Championship (TORC) battling for victory while jumping, drifting and wrecking at the world famous Big House. We had an all-access pass to Jarit and Jessie Johnson from team Husqvarna as they continued their race for the championship.

Looking for gold at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Racing Across the Sky in Colorado

Leadville, CO, is the highest incorporated city in the United States. GP contributor Peter Koch went there for a 100-mile mountain bike race.

Race for Survival

How to Race at Altitude

At altitude, you dehydrate more easily, your body has to work harder just to survive and, depending on how high you go, you can be at risk for various degrees of altitude sickness. But sometimes outdoor adventures and competitions call us into the mountains, by bike or by foot. So how do we handle it? Legendary cycling coach Chris Carmichael gives us some tips.

For Better Biking

Kit: Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Take 104 miles of dirt road, pavement and single track; mix in over 12,000 feet of elevation gain; sprinkle in oxygen-deprived mountain air and -- voila! You’ve got the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. This is the kit GP's Peter Koch took with him to best this deceptively brutal course.

Playing Muddy Waters from the Mud

Eight Great Rugged Bluetooth Speakers

All-weather bluetooth speakers make sure that you have listening options in any climate, on the edge of any pool or in your pack on any adventure. No plug, no jacks, no need to check the weather report. Just durable music wherever you need it. These are the eight best.

How the West was won

Cycling Skyward: Conquering the West’s Toughest Climbs

One month after he set out from King's Beach, CA, on a 5,000-mile bike tour of America, GP contributor Will Eginton stood on top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park and reflected on the mountains he'd climbed.

The inaugural game at Levi's Stadium

Inside the World’s Smartest Stadium

Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, is a 1,850,000 square-foot engineering marvel. Plus, they'll deliver beer and wine to your seat. Is this the world's smartest stadium? Matt Ankeny made the visit to find out.

Fishing Sea to Shining Sea

The Complete Guide to Fishing Eight American Cities

Fishing is a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing it's not is easily defined. Excluded from the latest definition, whose authors subscribed a little too obsessively to A River Runs Through It, is "ugly" fishing: the lines dropped from rocky piers, the lures twanged off bridge abutments, picking through the empty parking lot out behind Sears to get to the water. Modernity hasn't left fisherman many beautiful spots, but damn if that's gonna stop us. These eight cities prove that you can get away within the city limits, and that some of the best fishing in the country doesn't depend on a distant locale.

Lure Lore

The Art of the Fishing Lure

Fishermen have long known that fish are often smarter than they. But the rest of us probably haven't given the lures used to catch these clever, wary creatures their due. In fact, the best lures are really works of inventiveness, science, utility and even art.

Same fish, different methods

Rods and Reels for Any Kind of Fishing

Before getting on the water, you need the right gear for your fishing goals. We've got you covered with affordable, mid-priced and dream setups for fly fishing, surf casting, spinning and baitcasting.

Live From Salt Lake City

Best of Outdoor Retailer, Summer 2014

You know it's time for another Outdoor Retailer show when South Main Street in Salt Lake City is populated by fat bikes, single-wheeled skateboards and tan people with good beards. We had boots on the ground at the Salt Palace Convention Center for the summer 2014 edition of the biannual product show; of everything we touched, tasted and saw, this gear stood out most.

(and Pizza)

Postcard: Steep Descents in Sonoma

12:30 p.m. PT | Healdsburg, CA -- I've got February legs in August this year, but the promise of legendary brick oven pizza at Diavola in Geyserville, CA, was enough to get me out of bed for a few dozen miles of riding out of Santa Rosa.

Next stop, Tour de France

Maxed Out: Get More Out of Your Road Bike

Even inexpensive upgrades can make a huge difference when it comes to grinding your way up the local hill or beating out your buddies in a county-line sprint. Now take that baseball card out of your spokes and read on for six other ways to get more out of your road bike.

New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: August 7, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: two Norwegians win Norseman, Michael Phelps is back from retirement, we're on the ground at Outdoor Retailer and more.

Just add mountains

Tested: Casio ProTrek PRW-6000Y-1A

While Casio’s G-Shock series has the extreme sports category on lock down, their ProTrek line is blazing a trail in the world of outdoor adventure. In many ways, it's about the most trustworthy, comely companion a beginning mountaineer could need.

15 Hikes, 13 States

15 Best Day Hikes of the West

The beauty of the West isn’t up for debate: it’s ubiquitous, grandiose and unchallenged. But hidden within these 13 states are secrets that can’t be seen driving an SUV through the “scenic” route. Only a true day hike can do the region justice. Consider this list your trailhead.

The Beauty of Bare Minimum

Kit: Ultralight Backpacking

Obsessive weight-trimmers with less than 10 pounds strapped to their backs are considered "ultralight" hikers, a term as ubiquitous and unregulated in the hiking retail market as "organic" and "grass fed" are in the food industry. But trust us: the following gear truly is ultralight, perfect for those faithful to the church of long trails and little gear.