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Beta Premiere Issue Out Now

Long live print

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Beta’s first-ever print magazine is officially out in the wild, and we couldn’t be happier to share a glimpse of what’s inside our premiere issue. When our team started anew at what’s now Outside Inc. last fall, offering a quarterly print magazine was always part of the plan. Some folks asked why, in a time when digital rules the media world, would we even bother with putting words on paper? But truly, there’s nothing like print. And not just because of the feeling of holding an actual tangible paper product in your hand, flipping through it and reading words on paper instead of on-screen (although that is wonderful). It’s more what print represents—permission to slow down, to abandon the mindless scrolling and actually digest stories and images. Turn the pages, turn them back, read it again. Put it down, pick up. Repeat. It can take minutes or months to read a single issue, and that’s the point. It’ll still be here. And although we dedicate much of our time these days to betamtb.com and our various social channels, pulling together the inspirational, the beautiful, the captivating  that motivate us to ride will always be a priority. We hope you enjoy our first issue. If you haven’t yet become an Active Pass or Beta Pass member, sign up today and you get this and each print issue as one of your membership perks. It’s also available on newsstand at all Barnes & Nobles bookstores, Raley’s grocery stores and Indigo book stores in Canada. Here’s a little of what you’ll find inside:

Beta Spring Photo Gallery
Beautiful imagery is one of the pillars of Beta, and the 12-page Chroma photo gallery will have you turning pages quickly, then going back to take it all in all over again. Chroma opens with a Mattias Fredriksson classic taken in northern Sweden.

 

Beta Spring Women's Freeride Opener
Veronique Sandler demonstrates her proclivity for style and speed in the opener of The Future (of Freeride) is Female, a feature that examines the explosion of talent bursting onto the freeride scene, and whether equity with men is finally on the horizon. Photo: Sam Needham

 

Beta Spring Feature Fight or Flight
Heli-biking was supposed to be the next big thing in B.C., following closely in the foundation laid by heli-skiing. But something happened on the way to the top of the peak. Now, a tangle over access is raising questions about how we profit from public lands. Matt Coté reports from Revelstoke, B.C. Photo: Anthony Smith

Beta Spring Issue Editors' Choice
Beta may be new, but our editors have been riding a long time. In our 10-page Editors’ Choice section, we highlight, not only our favorite gear, but the most innovative—gear that takes a novel approach to not just helping us do what we love, but to love it more. Photo: Anthony Smith

In between these features, you’ll find columns from familiar writers Mike Ferrentino and Kristin Butcher, a powerful essay on honoring love, battling demons and throwing caution to the wind through a grueling solo mission, a tribute to legendary trailbuilder Phil Vigil and gear editor Travis Engel’s analysis on why the now-standard 31.8-millimeter handlebar was never meant to be. Pick it up