Austin Parker

Austin Parker

Austin Parker is a powder skier and sport climber, and is no stranger hauling heavy gear uphill in bad weather. He served in the US Army as an intelligence analyst and electronic warfare specialist. Following his military service, Austin saw the light and moved home to Salt Lake City to chase deep snow and desert cracks. When not enjoying getting rained or snowed on he is probably geeking out about the latest apparel fabric innovation or obsessing over shaving the last few ounces off his backpacking load. An amateur fly fisherman and outdoors photographer, he seems to always have his tenkara rod and Gopro handy. His work has appeared with Gear Patrol, Active Junky, The Manual, MOTUS, and Outdoor Retailer Magazine.
Articles
Outdoors

The World’s Most Versatile Tent: Cotopaxi Inti

Whether you're traveling ultralight or car camping, this expandable shelter has you covered.
Get Fit

Smith Optics Launches Limited Edition Olympic Gear

Smith Optics launched a limited edition Olympic Collection for Rio. We've got the lowdown on this beautiful, podium worthy gear.
Outdoors

What We Learned on a 4,200 Mile Road Trip

We headed out on a 4,200 mile road trip to test some of our outdoorsman skills and gear. Here are the lessons we learned out on the road.
Fashion & Style

Hit the trail with Forsake’s Fall 2016 line

Forsake's award winning line of casual hiking boots is completely redesigned for Fall 2016. See why we're stoked to get in a pair.
Living

Mountainsmith Roots Collection

Mountainsmith's Roots Collection returns to their heritage pack design, and updates some of their early classics with modern touches for the everyday adventurer
Living

How To Choose Your First Mountain Bike

Putting two wheels on dirt is one of summer's best adventures. We've put together a handy mountain bike guide to help you pick your first bike.
Living

Portable Paddling: Our Favorite SUP Gear

You need more than a board to get out on the water. Here's our favorite SUP essentials to keep you paddling all day.
Living

Becoming a Mindful Athlete: lululemon men

lululemon's men's line has quietly built up a massive following. We got a behind the scenes look at their headquarters and design center to see what sets them apart.
Outdoors

Rip Serious Singletrack with BULLS Bikes

BULLS Bikes are making some serious all-mountain trail bikes. We hopped on their latest Wild Cup 2 to put the performance to the test.
Living

Paddle in style with the Boardworks SHUBU Sport

Boardworks new SHUBU Sport inflatable paddle board is a nearly perfect inflatable stand up paddle board. Whether you're a veteran paddler or looking for your first board, you won't beat its handling, portability, and stability.
Living

Our Favorite Summer Mountain Biking Gear of 2016

Next time you're heading out to turn your cranks for a few miles, take along some of our favorite mountain biking gear to make the trails even more fun.
Living

Finding Adventure at the GoPro Mountain Games

From extreme sports to mountain living, the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, is the premier adventure destination in America.
Outdoors

The 10 Best Outdoors Sunglasses of 2016

The right pair of sunglasses can set the tone of your whole day. Whether you're at the beach, on the trail, or just out for a beer, we've found the best.
Living

Light The Night With Goal Zero

Goal Zero's solar panels, batteries, and lanterns are the ultimate solution to staying powered up from backyard to backcountry.
Living

America’s Best Flannel: Pladra

If you've been looking for the best flannel in America, look no further. Pladra's designs and materials have relaunched flannel as our favorite classic all over again.
Living

The Best Hiking Pants of 2016

With high tech fabrics, water repellent treatments, and extreme breathability, your hiking pants are as indispensable as a good pack or rain shell.
Living

5 Trail Running Essentials You Need Right Now

Trail running is an excellent way to move fast and light in the backcountry. These five essentials will help you go further.
Living

The 10 Best Trail Shoes of 2016

Whether you're a seasoned backpacker, weekend hiker, or obsessive trail runner, we've tested the very best trail shoes this year. What's stopping you from getting out there?
Living

The 5 Best Mountain Town Adventures

We've searched out the best mountain town festivals and adventures so you can get the most out of your precious vacation days. Start planning your next mountain getaway now.
Living

Hit the surf with Howler Brothers

Howler Brothers makes the best beach life apparel around. This year they've teamed up with Smith Optics for a limited edition lineup of sunglasses and apparel that are begging to hit the surf.
Outdoors

The 7 Best Summer Rain Shells For The Trail

A good rain shell is your first line of defense against bad weather on the trail. We've tested 7 favorites that will stand up to the worst summer storm.
Living

Trail Moms: Our 7 Favorite Gifts For Outdoor Mothers

We've all got an adventurous mother, wife, or sister in our lives. Instead of the typical soccer mom hauling kids to sports practices and piano lessons, she's a trail mom getting little ones on skis and sleeping out in tents. You can't get…
Outdoors

Backcountry Zzz’s: The Five Best Sleeping Bags of 2016

We've tested this year's sleeping bags everywhere from spring road trips to off-trail excursions, and found the very best sleeping bags for any wilderness adventure.