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November 5, 2017 Michael Lanza on the summit of Angels Landing, Zion National Park.

The Big Outside Starts Down a New Path Today. Please Join Me

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By Michael Lanza

Starting today, this blog takes a necessary step forward: I’ve launched a paid-subscription system. I’m inviting you, as a regular reader of my blog, to join now, at a nominal cost, and continue having access to the high-quality stories and images you’ve enjoyed at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Review: Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Hooded Jacket

June 7, 2017  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   1 Comment
Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Hooded Jacket

Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Hooded Jacket

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 →

$1,200 Gear Giveaway: Fortress Hybrid Hoodie and Nozipp Sleeping Bag

November 8, 2016  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged ,   |   Leave a comment
Nozipp sleeping bag giveaway.

Nozipp sleeping bag giveaway.

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 →

Gear Giveaway: Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

January 26, 2016  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

What if you could find one jacket that serves as on-the-go insulation in cool to cold temperatures, functions as both a middle layer and an outer layer that sheds snow and light rain like a soft-shell jacket, but breathes better than most soft shells, so that you rarely take it off? Patagonia’s Dual Aspect Hoody does all of that, and it rises above even many of the cutting-edge, breathable-insulation apparel pieces out there.

And I’m giving away a men’s or women’s Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody right now at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

January 13, 2016 Lizard Head Plateau, Wind River Range, Wyoming.

Gear Giveaway: A $200 Gift Card

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Are you thinking you want a new pack, tent, jacket, or other piece of outdoor gear or clothing, but not sure you can afford it? No worries, I got your back… well, with some help from, which is sponsoring a $200 gift card raffle right now at The Big Outside! Continue reading →

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