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How to Choose the Best Trail Running Shoes: A No-Bull Guide
Check out our quick guide on how to buy and choose the best trail running shoes for you. Lots of info, few words, and no marketing jargon.
How to Choose a Tent: An Explainer
With camping season upon us, we’re here to help you find the best tent for your outdoor pursuits. From tent features to sleeping capacity, we cover it all.
Camp for Free on Public Land: ‘Dispersed Camping’ 101
No campground, just a spot on the side of the road on public land, dispersed camping is free, fun, and easier than you might expect.
Knife Blades: Common Steels Explained
All the info you need to understand the steel in your knife blade.
Jack Wolfskin: A Quest to Build True ‘Eco’ Jacket
Recycled fabrics, PFC-free treatments, and an innovative production process for its jacket membranes make this outerwear line unique.
Two Avalanches, One Leatherman: The Ultimate Tool Tale
Ken Jones survived two avalanches, a broken pelvis, and shattered femur while mountaineering in Transylvania. He credits his survival partially on a Leatherman multi-tool.
Inspiring! Film Documents Bikers’ Trip to ‘Leave It Better’
This short film, ‘Leave It Better,’ documents the inspiring efforts of Seth Orme and Abby Taylor on a 5-month bike trip across America.
Bike Tour For Better: ‘Packing It Out’ 2017 Film Trailer
Check out the teaser to our Packing It Out film ‘Leave It Better’ coming Oct. 25.
Bikes that Haul: REI Co-op Rigs Put to 4,700-Mile Test
What gear do you use on a cross-country cycling and trash cleaning tour? In this video, the Packing it Out team show the rigs they rode for the past 5 months.
Bike Across America: Looking Back on 5,000 Miles
‘For me, these uninsulated life experiences are vital ingredients in the making of a fulfilled life.’
I Need To Wash My Sleeping Bag (You Probably Do Too)
‘How long have you had this sleeping bag.’ My wife’s query was innocent enough. But I should have seen where it was going. Follow these tips to wash your down sleeping bag.
How to Spot the Perfect Campsite
We are a tribe in constant pursuit of the next real-life screensaver — that lakeside shimmer, a skyline pierced with granite peaks, ready to sponge up the last of the evening light. These tips will help you find that perfect camp spot.
5,000 Miles To Now: Staying Present Amid Epic Adventure
When you ride a bike across America, it’s easy to daydream. But this is why adventure is best savored in the present, one ‘unrepeatable minute’ at a time.
All Or Nothing: Woman Tackles 5,000 Miles By Bike
Abby Taylor joined the Packing It Out movement on a whim. Now, she’s biked more than 3,000 miles across the United States by bicycle “off the couch.”
Rocky Mountain Highs (and Lows): Bike-Touring CO To WY
Near Grand Teton National Park, 3,500 miles from where I started, reflecting on the winding roads of the Rockies behind.
3,000 Miles Across America: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Despite media coverage that has America divided and at each other’s throats, in 3,000 miles of cycling across mostly rural areas, we’ve found that most people are delightful to talk to and itching to help.
Meet The Skin-On-Frame Canoe Cleaning Midwestern Rivers
With a thin, translucent skin and weighing barely more than a loaded backpack, the Wilderness Traveler exemplifies what it meant to ‘be out on the water.’
Tips: How To Stay Comfortable Sleeping Outdoors
Don’t drop thousands of dollars on a sleeping bag for every temperature range. Read our tips to help boost your bag’s effective range.