365 days is a lot of time to seek out stories on adventure, gear, and everything in between. Here’s a look back at the best stories our Outdoors and Fitness writers tackled over the course of 2017 — from one writer’s ascent of Mt. Rainier with a famous climber to a test of the year’s best running shoes to why buying new outdoor gear might not be such a good idea after all.

How I Fell in Love with a Ski Jacket I’ll Never Be Able to Afford
How I Fell in Love with a Ski Jacket I’ll Never Be Able to Afford

How I learned to love a jacket I'll never be able to afford.

The Ultimate Guide to Enduro Mountain Bikes
The Ultimate Guide to Enduro Mountain Bikes

Everything you need to shred fall mountain bike trails.

The 11 Best Down Jackets of Winter 2018
The 11 Best Down Jackets of Winter 2018

These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts next spring.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy New Outdoor Gear
Why You Shouldn’t Buy New Outdoor Gear

Americans are quantifiably obsessed with outdoor gear. That's not necessarily a good thing.

The World’s Greatest Mountaineers Share the Incredible Stories Behind Their Most Cherished Pieces of Gear
The World’s Greatest Mountaineers Share the Incredible Stories Behind Their Most Cherished Pieces of Gear

Jimmy Chin's first-ever film camera, Melissa Arnot's bag of blessed rice, Ed Viestur's Rolex watch and more.

Climbing Mount Rainier with an American Mountaineering Legend
Climbing Mount Rainier with an American Mountaineering Legend

The best way to get to know a mountaineer is to rope up with him and climb.

7 Questions with the Man Making Cycling Bibs Cool
7 Questions with the Man Making Cycling Bibs Cool

Rapha's Creative Director Alex Valdman on how to get more people stuck on cycling.

Specialized’s New E-Bike Will Replace Your Car, Not Your Road Bike
Specialized’s New E-Bike Will Replace Your Car, Not Your Road Bike

In case you hadn't noticed, the future of transportation has already arrived.

The Best Running Shoes of 2017
The Best Running Shoes of 2017

From road to trail to gym.

How to Defeat the Big, Dirty Greenwashing Lie
How to Defeat the Big, Dirty Greenwashing Lie

And a short guide to the brands that are trying hardest to avoid it.

The Best Watches to Take into the Backcountry
The Best Watches to Take into the Backcountry

10 watches that pack equal parts brains and brawn.

An Interview with the Queen of Pain
An Interview with the Queen of Pain

Professional mountain biker Rebecca Rusch talks setting records, mind over matter, and getting into the pain cave.

The Ultimate Winter Surfing Kit
The Ultimate Winter Surfing Kit

Or: how to catch the best waves with the fewest crowds (without freezing).

Mountaineering’s Drug Problem
Mountaineering’s Drug Problem

Are climbers who use prescription medications, supplemental oxygen, or methamphetamines during extreme ascents cheaters or heroes?

The Best Products of 2017

A look back at the year in gear. From superlative whiskey to sustianable denim, these were the best products released in 2017. Explore the Series