Outside Magazine Recommends Seven Apps to Have The Best Ski Season

To reduce friction from ski season—whether that be through guidance on accumulation patterns, snagging last-minute flights or even tracking storms—smartphone apps are the new must-have accessories to maximize one’s efforts on the slopes. Outside Magazine has compiled a list of the top seven, including OpenSnow, Liftopia, Fatmap and some unexpected additions. For both beginners and experts alike, digital tools can now offer the clearest insight …

Ruphus

Wooden bicycles and fenders from the Portland-based design and build shop

Founded this past September as a creative outlet for the smaller ideas that would otherwise go untouched by designer Matt Rafael at his home and interior design/build company Raphael Design, Ruphus utilizes Rafael’s 20 plus years of design experience to produce a modest range of furniture and bicycle-oriented products. While the innovative wooden Woodsman bicycle is immediately attention-grabbing (much like the design direction previously seen …

Kletterwerks

Thirty-five years after closing the influential climbing brand is reborn by the founder's son

The story behind Kletterwerks is a long and adventurous one. Named for a rough German translation of “climbing factory,” the handmade backpack brand was founded by experienced outdoorsman Dana Gleason in 1975. Built entirely in Bozeman, Montana, Kletterwerks was about innovation, introducing multiple designs and supplying packs to the region’s most serious climbers. Despite gaining momentum in the process of improving the industry as a …