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Ultralight Hybrid Rain Jacket
Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Hooded Jacket
$145, 8 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s S-XXL
Just as the first waterproof-breathable membrane, Gore-Tex, did four decades ago, and soft-shell fabrics did nearly two decades ago, today’s hybrid outerwear let us rethink the role of rain jackets—or more broadly, weather protection—for everything from hiking and climbing to trail running and biking. Many of us find ourselves trying to stay warm and reasonably dry while exerting in wind and light precipitation more often than we’re trying to stay dry in heavy rain. In the small field of versatile shell jackets described as “hybrid”—because they’re made with more than one type of fabric—OR’s new Helium Hybrid Hooded Jacket ups the ante. Its combination of fabrics delivers unparalleled performance for almost any outdoor adventure when you’re on the move in variable weather, as I discovered wearing it on various outings lasting from an hour to several hours this spring. Continue reading →
Jackets with breathable insulation have made exploring the backcountry in winter more comfortable, and the Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket stands out as one of the best and most versatile. And OR’s Luminary Sensor Gloves have become my go-to hand wear for backcountry skiing, because of their warmth and the water-resistant Gore-Tex Windstopper soft-shell outer glove in this three-in-one system. Both have made getting outdoors in winter more enjoyable for me.
And you’re in luck, because starting today, I’m giving away one men’s or women’s Outdoor Research Uberlayer Jacket and one pair of men’s or women’s Outdoor Research Luminary Sensor Gloves, prizes with a total value of over $400! Continue reading →
By Michael Lanza
It may be a little early for a holiday gift, but who’s complaining? The Big Outside has partnered for a gear giveaway with two newcomer outdoor brands that have flown under the radar so far but are making a couple of innovative products: the all-weather Fortress Hybrid Hoodie and the Nozipp sleeping bag. And two winners in this giveaway will each receive a jacket and sleeping bag. Read on to learn how to enter for free. Continue reading →
By Michael Lanza
Have you ever wished that you’d get lucky and win the great, new hiking and backpacking you really want, or maybe a trip of a lifetime to a world-famous destination like Patagonia? Well, you’re in luck. Starting today, I’m offering exactly those prizes in the biggest gear giveaway ever held since humans first slept in tents (or, at least, the biggest gear giveaway ever conducted at this blog): The Big Outside Reader Gear Makeover and Patagonia Trip Giveaway!
Enter now to win a new backpack, tent, boots, sleeping bag, trekking poles, and other gear from Osprey Packs, Big Agnes, Gore-Tex, Exped USA, Leki, Lifestraw, Helinox, and Honey Stinger, plus a 23-day trip for two to Patagonia. Continue reading →
I believe it’s critically important that we raise kids with a love for the outdoors, whether it’s regularly taking them out in nature near home or on big wilderness adventures like backpacking in national parks. I’ve worked at doing that with my kids over the years. But many American kids don’t have the opportunities to experience the outdoors that my kids have had. That’s why I’m a strong supporter of the mission of Big City Mountaineers, an organization that introduces urban youths to the wilderness. And that’s why my 15-year-old son, Nate, and I, joined by five readers of The Big Outside, will attempt to climb the highest mountain in the Lower 48 states to raise money for BCM.
And starting today, you can enter to win an Osprey men’s Atmos AG 65 or women’s Aura AG 65 backpack by supporting our fundraising effort! Continue reading →