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Everybody outside. In the Tough Mother Outdoor Guide, we promise to keep things simple and deliver reliable, no-nonsense advice and heartfelt articles on how to enjoy the outdoors. See you out there.
It’s easier to enjoy a nature hike when your feet are comfortable — that’s why we’ve put together an easy guide to break in your hiking footwear.
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How To Break In Hiking Boots

It’s easier to enjoy a nature hike when your feet are comfortable — that’s why we’ve put together an easy guide to break in your hiking footwear.

From the classic neck wrap to the creative “wanna-beanie,” here are all of the best ways to wear a neck gaiter.
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How to Wear a Neck Gaiter

From the classic neck wrap to the creative “wanna-beanie,” here are all of the best ways to wear a neck gaiter.

Whether you’re hiking, fishing, paddle boarding, or trail running, here are 15 tips to keep from overheating.
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15 Tips for Staying Cool in Hot Weather

Whether you’re hiking, fishing, paddle boarding, or trail running, here are 15 tips to keep from overheating.

To help give you a better idea of what to look for when picking out a raincoat, here's a list of helpful questions to ask yourself before you start shopping.
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7 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Raincoats

To help give you a better idea of what to look for when picking out a raincoat, here's a list of helpful questions to ask yourself before you start shopping.

The best thing you can do for your feet is invest in a pair of high-quality waterproof shoes. But what kind? What qualities should you consider?
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How to find the Right Waterproof Shoe

The best thing you can do for your feet is invest in a pair of high-quality waterproof shoes. But what kind? What qualities should you consider?

Nowadays, rain shells are so lightweight you can barely tell you’re wearing them. How did science make it possible?
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How Trail Jackets Have Evolved To Be So Amazingly Lightweight

Nowadays, rain shells are so lightweight you can barely tell you’re wearing them. How did science make it possible?

Outdoor gear is built to be rugged and durable. You just need to know how to take care of it. Check out our tips for outdoor gear maintenance.
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6 Ways To Make Your Outdoor Gear Last Longer

Outdoor gear is built to be rugged and durable. You just need to know how to take care of it. Check out our tips for outdoor gear maintenance.

Whether it’s your casserole-loving aunt or that teenager who likes to play video games, these gifts are perfect for the people in your life you don’t quite understand.
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Gift Ideas For People You Just Don't Get

Whether it’s your casserole-loving aunt or that teenager who likes to play video games, these gifts are perfect for the people in your life you don’t quite understand.

Earlier this week, Columbia Sportswear launched Omni-Heat Black Dot technology. The new gear follows a long history of humans innovating clever ways to stay warm outside—but it’s never been done like this.
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How Science Is Making Winter Jackets Warmer Than Ever

Earlier this week, Columbia Sportswear launched Omni-Heat Black Dot technology. The new gear follows a long history of humans innovating clever ways to stay warm outside—but it’s never been done like this.

Whether you’re already a winter adventurer or you want to be, here arethe best tips for staying warm for every activity, and the specific gear you need to do it properly.
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How To Stay Warm This Winter: Tips For Every Outdoor Activity

Whether you’re already a winter adventurer or you want to be, here arethe best tips for staying warm for every activity, and the specific gear you need to do it properly.

Need gear that protects you from the sun? We’ve got it covered.
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UPF and You - How It Works

Need gear that protects you from the sun? We’ve got it covered.

Find out what separates water-repellent, water-resistant, and waterproof gear.
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How to Stay Dry: Types of Waterproofing

Find out what separates water-repellent, water-resistant, and waterproof gear.

What to pack when you only get one layer to rule them all.
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Gear Guide: The One Jacket Vacation

What to pack when you only get one layer to rule them all.