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5 Ways to Trek Through Time in Death Valley

Death Valley became a national park on October 31,1994 as a result of the passage of the California Desert Protection Act. But its history goes back much further: The 3.4-million acre park is a land of wonder for fans of both geological and human history. Here in this stark desert in Southern California, the passage of time is etched into the landscape itself. It’s evident

6 Days, 80 Miles: Backpacking a Wild Section of the Pacific Northwest Trail

“Has it ever snowed on your birthday before?” My husband’s question broke the tension. We were camped near Cathedral Lake on September 1, at mile 26 of the Boundary Trail, an 80-mile, 6-day section of the larger Pacific Northwest Trail that stretches 1,200-miles from Glacier National Park in Montana to the Olympic Coast in Washington State. Having both hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014,

4 Southern California Hot Springs for Backpackers Only

Southern California is a hotbed of geothermal activity and plate tectonics, which can have the effect of creating an ever-creeping dread of the inevitable earthquake. But instead of living in perpetual fear of the “Big One”, outdoor-loving types in SoCal can take advantage of the plus side of an active geothermal region—proximity to an abundance of hot springs. And—bonus for backpackers—several of these magical spots

4 Reasons to Hike North Carolina’s Mount Mitchell in the Winter

Thousands of years ago, when extreme cold gripped the North American continent, flora and fauna most suited to northern latitudes migrated south, covering what is now North Carolina. As the cold retreated and temperatures climbed, the trees and animals more suited to warm weather returned. Except, that is, for those living on the highest peaks in the state. Like islands of alpine forest in a

ODT Snow Athlete Michelle Zeller Makes Cameo in Intel Commercial

One of our #ODTSnow athletes, Michelle Zeller (@Michellezellerkazami) made a sweet cameo in the Intel commercial playing throughout the 2018 Olympics. Check her out!    

3 Amazing Weekend Backpacking Loops in the Smokies

Across Great Smoky Mountains National Park, miles of interconnected trails meander through lush, green valleys, hug the banks of moss-laden, rocky creeks, and climb through thickets of mountain laurel and rhododendron to the blue-tinged mountain peaks. You could spend weeks backpacking through this rich landscape, but a weekend trip will also allow you to experience the best of the Smokies. To help you plan your

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Get the one you love, something they will love this Valentines Day. Roses are nice, cards are okay, but some rugged, wireless and waterproof awesomeness is probably the better choice. If you’re familiar with our brand, then you know very well what is going to make your significant other give you heart eyes; if you’re not, then here is a list of stuff that will

How Skiing Has Changed Over the Years

Ask Aspen local Tony Vagneur what he remembers most about skiing in the old days, and he answers immediately: “the cold.” Circa 1949, when Gore-Tex was a long way off, layering wool was the only way to attempt to ward off the frigid temperatures. Factor in an hour-long lift line and a 30-minute ride up what was then the world’s longest chairlift—with single seats—and idle

Outdoor Tech Makes a Triumphant Return to CES with a Tremendous Lineup of The Best Rugged Audio for Consumers

Laguna Hills, CA (January 2,2018) – The tongue-in-cheek and loveable Outdoor Tech will be returning to CES in Las Vegas to show off four new products and a brand-new booth design. The entire Outdoor Tech family is excited to bring even more #StuffYouProbablyWant to the show floor. “2018 is going to be exciting for Outdoor Tech. We have a full line up of new hot

Rad Dad’s Under $40 Gift Guide

Every time i’m shredding the gnar during the holidays, people come up to me, ask for an autograph and then also ask, “What does rad dad recommend that I buy for Christmas?”. I gather the crowd of people together so I don’t have to repeat myself which also gives me more time to shred that gnar because gnar doesn’t shred itself. Here is what I

Outdoor Tech Opens Submissions For 2018 Art Project

Outdoor Tech’s new traveling museum (trade show booth) debuts at C.E.S. in Las Vegas on January 9th and will be traveling across the globe in 2018. We have created masterful works of art to broaden your horizons. There are the classics, like the Turtle Shell, Buckshot, Kodiak and more, and we can happily say that there are some fantastical new pieces that will be unveiled

Outdoor Tech Joins the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort with Academy Sports

Academy Sports’ corporate headquarters doubles as disaster command center for first responders in Katy, TX. The devastating floods in the greater Houston area have caused billions of dollars of damage, taken lives, and displaced thousands of people. Amid all the destruction, the good people of Texas have banded together to help those in need. One of Outdoor Tech’s retail partners Academy Sports has turned their

The First Time I Took my Turtle Shell for a Swim

Life is filled with many firsts. First love. First car. First legal drink. First concert. First paycheck. The list goes on. I’m here to talk about one of my firsts. The first time I took my Turtle Shell 3.0 for a swim. It was truly quite a rush. Nothing compares to the feeling of relaxing in my Jacuzzi with my Turtle Shell floating right beside

Guide to Laguna Beach

The famous tourist location Laguna Beach can be a tough place to navigate. Especially when you’re a local and you’re trying to escape the tourist traffic on streets and sidewalks. Don’t even attempt to go to Main Beach for the day. To find parking is one thing, but to find relaxing spot on the beach is another. This area is one of the most popular

10 Ways to Help Take Care of Our Environment

There are many ways to do your part in taking care of our Earth. These 10 simple tips are a great place to start. By adopting even a few of these suggested changes you can have a big effect on reducing your environmental footprint. And don’t forget that the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) are always there to guide you in your quest for