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Who Reads Outside Magazine?
Outside readers are passionately committed to leading an active lifestyle. Outside not only motivates readers to uncover and define their own personal day-to-day adventures, but also provides them with the tools, products and information to fulfill them.
What You Can Expect in Each Issue:
- Dispatches: The latest news and events in the world outside
- Media: This month in books, film, TV, and video
- Destinations: The hottest places around the world for active travel
- The Guide: Our exhaustive A-to-Z compendium on a variety of subjects that matter to our readers
- Bodywork: Fitness for the Outside athlete
- The Essentials: The latest gear, equipment, apparel, and electronics
- Exposure: World-class photography from all across the globe
- Feature Articles: Outside’s focus is on the highest-quality journalism on sports, adventure, political and environmental topics, health and fitness, and much more, with a strong dose of consumer service in every issue. Three recent issues contained feature articles on mountaineer and humanitarian Greg Mortenson, an A-to-Z description of an unprecedented El Capitan climb, a report on conservation in Brazil, a tale of murder by pirates off the coast of Mexico, a first-person account of the construction of a dream cabin in Patagonia, a behind-the-scenes look at bike manufacturer Specialized, and packages like the "Outside 100" year-in-review, a guide to nutrition, and a travel feature on 50 great places for getting lost.
The typical Outside
contributor is a world-class journalist who bridges the worlds of high-caliber magazine writing and active participation in the outdoors. Our writers are in tune with great stories from every corner of the world, and they bring vigorous, fluid styles, wit, and unflappable reporting skills. Our regulars include Patrick Symmes, Ian Frazier, Hampton Sides, Wells Tower, Steven Rinella, Kevin Fedarko, and Bucky McMahon. Magazine Layout: Outside
’s design is the visual synthesis of a three-decade tradition of literary journalism built on robust storytelling and inspiring service journalism. The layout and typography reflect and enhance the verve and excellence of the magazine’s reporting and photography. Past Issues: Comparisons to Other Magazines:
For 31 years, Outside
has set itself apart through its comprehensive, award-winning coverage of travel, sports, adventure, health and fitness, the environment, and the personalities, style, and culture of the world Outside
. None of its competitors offers the scale of coverage that it does, or the same level of quality. Awards: Outside
has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism, photography and design. Chief among its many accolades, Outside
is the only magazine to receive three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence.
Outside covers the exciting, active lifestyle of today's man.? Each month readers share the adventure, with travel reporting and advice available nowhere else, inspiring profiles, breathtaking photography, epic news from the frontiers of exploration and risk, rock-solid advice on gear, health and fitness and an addictive quotient of daring and mind-blowing surprises.
- best travel and adventure magazine
I am mostly a low energy, armchair traveller but enjoy photography and reading about exciting new places and activities. This magazine has fit all these criterias. Outside focuses on exploring different locales that are extremely exciting as opposed to standard vacation hotspots such as Florida, the Carribbean, or Hawaii. The articles transport you to rafting Victoria Falls, deep water dives in South Africa, Alaskan fishing and hiking, plus lots of remote places such as Dominica or the Seychilles. I love how vibrant and rich the photography is and how well covered the articles are. Mind you there is something wondeful about reading magazines that highlight typical vacation spots, but for the adventuresome who like off the cuff travels, reclusive lodges, eco-villages, and remote islands this would be more your speed. ...more info
- This magazine has something for everyone in my family
As a family, we swim,surf, and mountain bike. We are interested in health, fitness and technology. This magazine has all of this and more. We just love it!...more info
- Reading can be an outdoor adventure
I usually don't subscribe to magazines. Specially in these days, when the Internet can give you a lot of information just searching in Google. However, this magazine is terrific and I will renew my subscription for many years to come.
It has very entertaining articles for the adventurer. Its scope is really wide (Cycling, Sailing, Mointanieering, Water and Snow skiing, Rock Climbing, Trecking, Off-Road Motorcycles, Surfing, Fitness...) so it is very probable that if you practice an outdoor sport or just like a particular type of adventure, you will get a nice article to read that matches your interest. It is for everybody!.
One of the things I really enjoy about this magazine, is all the gearing and high tech equipment they show (and I can't buy). They review GPSs, give you tips on the best beach gear, or even compare different types of binoculars. It is great to have some info, what is wrong with technology for the outdoor life?.
One Suggestion to the editors: More articles oriented to the outdoor adventure of the readers, not just the writer. The majority of the articles, tell you stories about wonderfull trips and journeys from the perspective of the adventurer/author. However, they don't give many guidelines, directions for newbies, or people interested on doing that....more info
- Informative Mag for the Adventurous
I've been a subscriber to Outside magazine for several years, and it seems to go through its ups and downs in terms of the strength of its editorial content, especially regarding the political side of environmentalism. It is still easily the most informative magazine out there for lovers of the outdoors, but just note that the focus is on active, not armchair, appreciation of nature. Beyond the occasionally great and always heavily knowledgeable product reviews, the key strength of this magazine is the well-written and strongly researched articles on outdoor issues of concern, not just in America but around the world. An outstanding recent example, among many, concerns the economics of environmentalism in the conservative Western U.S. This is the type of strong conservationist reporting that can usually only be found otherwise in books. Other more whimsical articles are just fun to read for those with off-kilter interests, such as recent pieces on urban rock climbing or sauna fanatics in Finland.
Many other articles could be classified more as travel/tourism than adventure, but the accompanying photography is always top-notch, and the editors have a knack for finding out-of-the-way hidden treasures around the world that are ripe for discovery by the adventurous. (But on the other hand, the magazine could be faulted for contributing to the recent trend of hyping previously unknown outdoor paradises that have since become crowded, such as Molly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia.) Personally, I would like to see a little less focus on expensive vacations that extreme sports fanatics can take in hard-to-reach nations, and more on what folks with more realistic means (and amounts of free time) can do in humble parks and forests near home. But despite its habit of losing its focus at times, I will continue to be a fan of Outside for years to come, and might just travel to some of those hyped exotic adventure locations. [~doomsdayer520~]...more info
Outside Magazine and I have had an up and down relationship for many years. At times, Outside grabs me with great journalism, awesome photos, and fun facts. I've lliked its fearless tackling of environmental issues and its ability to transport me to truly exotic places. At other times, i question its journalistic integrity, emphasis on the latest and greatest gear, and shameless trumpeting of past successes. At times the advice it gives also seems more aimed at insecurities (you need this gear to be successful, you need to live HERE to live a fulfilling life) than I think a magazine focusing on fun in the outdoors should.
Cases in point:
- I'm not sure what criteria it uses for recommending gear but at times I question whether the recommendations come because a certain company is an advertiser or because the editors truly believe that a certain bike, watch, pair of sunglasses are really all that. I don't get the sense that recommendations come as the result of rigorous field testing a la Backpacker Magazine, etc. Also the gear tends to be super expensive. Whatever happened to just enjoying the outdoors via the John Muir approach: just taking off with the clothes on your back and the nearest snack at hand? Because I live in a mountain town I see this ridiculous emphasis on having Just The Right Gear/Clothing for every occasion all the time. It's a little silly.
- Recycling or contradictory fitness advice. Outside did an outstanding series back in 1999 about achieving total fitness but then in subsequent issues redirected its fitness programs under the same type of heading (Achieve your best fitness now!) that made me wonder if they're just running with current fads. I know a magazine has to really work at staying fresh but I think consistency is the best approach here.
- Dudes---John Krakauer wrote a great series and subsequent book about the tragedy on Everest in 1996. But that ship has sailed. If that's the only hook you can hang your hat on the magazine's got problems. We get that your magazine took the lead on that story. Stop reminding us of it....more info
- It serves its purpose!
For the guy that loves the outdoors and all the wonders that it provides, "Outside" is the magazine for him. Filled with straightforward info on travel, workout and health tips, and those little gadgets that make outdoor activities easier to tackle, this publication hits the nail on the head.
I would've never discovered it if it hadn't been offered as a one of the perks for renewing my subscription with a magazine readers' service, and for that, I am grateful....more info
- Great for the Weekend Warrior or Wannabe
Good variety of articles and great photos. I always rush to read it when it arrives....more info
- Is this Men's Journal...
... or any other corporatized magazine. I've read Outside for several years now, and it's become just another glorified catalog to sell stuff with shallow writing: e.g. best Tequilas in Mexico, etc, etc. I used to enjoy this magazine when it contained incisive writing from John Krakauer and others, and it was about the outdoors. Now it's basically corporate drivel. If I covered the title it could be Men's Journal or any such mag. I imagine that these editors must go from place to place taking their homogeneity and dull corporate editorial skills with them. This will be the last year that I read it....more info
- Outside Magazine
This magazine is one of the most selected to be read in my dental office, both by men and women...more info
- Too many ads!
This used to be my favorite magazine, but now it's just ad after ad after ad. I go outside to get away from it all, and I like to read about climbing, biking, hiking, etc., when I have to be inside. All the ads drain the joy from me. ...more info
- Outside USED to be good - now its pulp
(I sent the following letter to their customer service last week)
After about 15 years of getting your magazine, I have decided not to renew my subscription. It is a shame that your once great publication has become such a joke.
After receiving your November issue, and spending 10 minutes removing all the inserts and gimmick ads so I could actually read it, I found no substance. Instead there is a fashion section (yikes), a `hot list' with young barely dressed men and women (hey I'm not against a little sex and skin, but I'll subscribe to Vogue or Maxim for that), an article about Larry David's wife that might as well have come from People magazine, an Aussie travelogue that I am convinced their tourist board paid for, all sandwiched in between so many ads for monster SUVs and other crap that you need a compass and a map just to keep up with where the articles worth reading continue from one page to the next.
What happened to the great writers like Krakauer? What happened to having any environmental conscience? Where are the stories of adventure that are real and make you want to go there? Maybe I am just getting older than your current demographic. I haven't lost my sense of adventure, which is why I live in Durango CO and spend a lot of time outdoors. I used to look to your magazine for inspiration. Now I half expect the cover to tout stories on `killer abs'. You've become the Clear Channel of the outdoor magazine world.
Get real again and I may come back....more info
- Great magazine, lousy service
So I ordered in March and they tell me I won't receive the magazine until June! I thought in the age of information and technology, my order would pass on through. Instead its some sort of mule carrying my request to the subscription center. Then they have to hand-write my address on each magazine cover... note sarcasm.
I can download mp3s and buy an album on the spot, but I can't get a magazine at my door for 3 months?
Get it together!! Don't buy it from Amazon!...more info
- Have yet to receive the item
Although I understand the reason I have yet to receive the magazine it is still rather irritating. ...more info
- 6 to 10 weeks?!
I love this magazine, but am disappointed that my magazines will not start arriving for 6 to 10 weeks according to Amazon. If I had known that I would not have used Amazon to purchase my subscription. Very disappointing....more info
- Image vs. Content
I'm not sure who's at the helm of this operation but I'd be willing to bet they don't get Outside too often. Not to be too cynical about it, but I just don't find this mag to be as USEFUL as it was before. If you like LOTS of articles on who the coolest extreme sports stars are, how they got their abs, and what gear they're wearing, subscribe NOW. The magazine looks amazing, the photography is top notch and they still manage to come up with a thorny article on the environment periodically. But for my money, it just feels like the editorial staff has been plucked from New York image mags that do one thing really well - SELL. I read National Geographic Adventure, and unlike Outside, I USE IT for information because it has CONTENT....more info
- Fine for guys
I'm not sure what has happened at Outside, but for the past couple of years it seems like it wants to be Esquire. Though not founded as a men's magazine, it's become that. Case in point: The most recent gift guide, which is titled ""What Every Man Wants This Year." Apparently it was too hard to find gifts women would like.
The photography is astounding, but overall you're better off going with the real thing: Subscribe to Esquire....more info
- Too many Male-Oriented Photos are disappointing
Loved the magazine, but after two years of it, the onslaught of mostly bare-chested men both in the mag and on the cover was too much. Where are the women? If it is targeting the gay audience, please say so. Each month, I'd count the number of men vs. women photos and there are very few women. Just unshaven boys. Not my cup of tea, so my subscription hasn't been renewed....more info
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