Jones Ultracraft Splitboard

Big mountain Jeremy Jones' eponymous snowboard company ups the ante in backcountry board design

The core snowboard industry continues to mature with more and more innovation and development in backcountry tech. Whether it’s due to an aging demographic looking for a peaceful alternative outside resort riding or a newfound interest in powder riding from the younger generation, each year brings better, safer and lighter products built to propel experienced riders into un-patrolled territory. Standing at the pinnacle of its …

Weekend Camping Gear

From GPS for dogs to sound-activated lanterns, six picks to improve any weekend backpacking trip

When you’re ready for a real escape, leave the car behind and hit a trail to really immerse yourself in nature—and learn how to enjoy freeze-dried beans. This second part of our three-part camping series rounds up our top picks for improving any weekend backpacking trip into the wild. (Check out part one for car camping tips.) A faithful pup makes a worthy companion for …

Helium Jacket

An ultra-lightweight waterproof jacket protects from summertime downpours with high-tech fabric

With all the rain in NYC lately, I’ve had a chance to properly test the Helium Jacket that Outdoor Research recently sent over. At only 6.8 ounces, the jacket is the ideal weight for toting around in preparation for summertime storms or tossing in a backpack while hiking. The fully waterproof Helium jacket, with 2.5 layers of the Seattle, WA-based company’s 20D Pertex Shield DS …