Editors' Choice Gear Reviews


Our best-in-class awards are the result of rigorous hands-on testing of the top products. We rate each product on multiple categories to find the very best.
The Best Backpacking Tent Review

The Best Backpacking Tent Review



What's the best backpacking tent? In a multi-year backpacking bonanza, we tested more than 16 of the best two-person tents on the market. We used these tents everywhere from Maine to the High Sierra, to Alaska. With feedback from over fifty testers we compared all types of tents side-by-side and ran...

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The Best Hiking Boots for Men Review

The Best Hiking Boots for Men Review



What are the best men's hiking boots? Our expert testers put 14 of the most popular models through the wringer to squeeze out the best. We tested them side by side in the mud, gravel, and snow. We hiked in the desert and to snowy mountain tops; on well-traveled trails and way, way off trail. We scru...

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The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review

The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review



What is the best sleeping bag for backpacking? We set out to find out. Our complete testing has taken place over several years and on trails across the globe. This review has evaluated over 70 sleeping bags over the years, comparing them in a variety of environments and conditions. The bags were tes...

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The Best Sleeping Pad Review

The Best Sleeping Pad Review



If you've ever spent a restless night on the cold hard ground, you know just how big of a difference a good sleeping pad makes. We are here to help! In this review, we tested 20 of the best pads on the market. Over the course of the summer, we put these pads through rigorous tests and collected valu...

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The Best Down Jacket for Men Review

The Best Down Jacket for Men Review



What is the best mid- to lightweight down jacket available? To find out, we comprehensively evaluated 14 jackets in side-by-side tests. These tests took place in environments as diverse as the damp mid-altitudes of Washington state and New Zealand, and in the extreme cold and dry of Antarctica. Whet...

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The Hunt for the Best Headlamp

The Hunt for the Best Headlamp



Which headlamp, of many, is the best? To find out we took 28 top headlamps and put them through a gauntlet of side-by-side tests. Each product was both lab-tested and extensively field-tested. We used industrial light meters to measure brightness. We built an automated "light coffin" rigged up with ...

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The Best Rain Jacket for Men Review

The Best Rain Jacket for Men Review



What is the best rain jacket? We put 13 of the most highly regarded waterproof/breathable jackets through months of testing to find out. The jackets we tested range from state-of-the-art ultralight rain protection to burly Gore-Tex pieces and more budget-friendly general use products. The best of th...

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The Best Insulated Jacket for Men Review

The Best Insulated Jacket for Men Review



What is the best synthetic insulated jacket? To find out, we took 14 of the highest performing synthetic insulated jackets and compared and contrasted them after extensive side-by-side testing. We evaluated thick jackets and thin ones, as well as models with hoods and without. We wore them under and...

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The Best Hardshell Jacket for Men Review

The Best Hardshell Jacket for Men Review



What's the best hardshell jacket for men? To find out, we selected ten of the most popular and best performing hardshells on the market and used them side-by-side for three months. We tested them in winter conditions ranging from howling blizzards to perfect blue-bird skies, while ice climbing, back...

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The Best Backpacking Water Filter and Treatment Systems

The Best Backpacking Water Filter and Treatment Systems



What is the best water treatment system for backpackers and campers? To find out, we took 17 of the best backpacking water filter systems and compared them in detailed head-to-head tests in this extensive review. The results shocked us: both the Best Buy winner and Editors' Choice are not traditiona...

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The Best Camping Tent Review

The Best Camping Tent Review



Looking for the most comfortable camping tent? One that will keep your friends and family dry in a storm, and will give you the ventilation you need to stay cool on a hot summer day when the insects start to get hungry? We took eight of the top models on the market and put them head-to-head in a var...

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The Best Handheld GPS Review

The Best Handheld GPS Review



Which handheld GPS is the best? We tested six of the latest and greatest units from Garmin, Magellan, and DeLorme. We climbed to high peaks, hiked through canyons, and tinkered endlessly to produce a comprehensive and objective review. We assessed each device on satellite reception, ease of use, pro...

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The Best Rock Climbing Shoes for Men Review

The Best Rock Climbing Shoes for Men Review



What are the best rock shoes on the market? To find out, we tested, and reviewed a mix of over 20 top rated shoes, and compared them using our trademark comparison metrics. We comprehensively evaluated these shoes to determine how they edge, how comfortable and sensitive they are, and how they perfo...

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The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking

The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking



What's the best ultralight tent shelter? We tested 10 of the best and most popular 2-person tarps, pyramids, and feather light tents. To compare them side-by-side, we took them backpacking, peak bagging, and bicycle touring throughout the Rocky Mountains. We rated each shelter for weather resistance...

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The Best Backpacking Stove Review

The Best Backpacking Stove Review



What is the best backpacking stove for trips in the backcountry? We tested 14 of the industry's top products side-by-side in the wilderness during all kinds of weather, as well as in our garage for a more scientific head-to-head boil time test. We used these stoves over several seasons all over the ...

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The Best Winter Jacket for Men Review

The Best Winter Jacket for Men Review



What's the best winter jacket to keep you warm and dry no matter the weather? Winter means shorter days, colder temperatures, and a spectrum of inclement weather from cold and damp to outright blizzards. Depending on where you live, you may have the need for an outer layer that protects you from the...

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The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review

The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review



Our quest for the best continues in this update of our popular softshell jacket review! We are continually looking for the highest-performing jackets on the market, so we bought 11 top softshells and put them to the test side-by-side. Over the course of three months, our testers scraped through arm-...

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vThe Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review

vThe Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review



What is the best ultralight sleeping bag? We put 10 of our favorites through real world tests while backpacking, peak bagging, and bike touring throughout the Rocky Mountains. These bags and quilts kept us warm everywhere from deep in the valleys along the Colorado Trail to spectacular sunrises whil...

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The Best Hiking Shoes for Men Review

The Best Hiking Shoes for Men Review



What are the best men's hiking shoes? We hiked hundreds of miles on mountain trails, splashed through puddles, and compared ten of the top-rated models to find out. Our expert testers climbed ridges on Colorado 14'ers and abused each shoe on hikes and short trail runs closer to town. We hike and pla...

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The Best Hiking Boots for Women Review

The Best Hiking Boots for Women Review



Dreaming about adventures among tall trees, sleeping beneath summits, and crossing creeks while venturing along a winding path with fresh air and a view? In that dream, are your feet happy, well supported, and stable under a backpack? What is the best hiking boot for women? We bring you a thorough r...

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The Best Winter Jacket For Women Review

The Best Winter Jacket For Women Review



Looking for the best women's winter jacket? Do you need something that can withstand bone chilling temperatures or do you live in a wet climate and require a waterproof and warm outer layer? Whatever your needs, we have you covered here at OutdoorGearLab. We took ten of the top rated women's winter ...

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The Best Backpacking Backpack Review

The Best Backpacking Backpack Review



We took thirteen of the highest rated and most popular backpacking backpacks on the market and tested them side-by-side for over five months of in-the-field days. We picked versatile packs that an average person would use on trips of two to eight days, but are also capable of going up to a twenty-tw...

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The Best Day Backpack Review

The Best Day Backpack Review



What is the best daypack available? Man has been lugging around gear since the dawn of time, and a backpack is one of the most efficient methods of doing so. Any time you need to carry more than what can fit into your pockets, it's nice to have a pack that can carry all your necessities. Whether you...

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The Best Four Season Tent Review

The Best Four Season Tent Review



In this review we tested 23 of the best 4 season tents (AKA "winter tents") on the market in a head-to-head competition that assessed weather resistance, livability, weight, packed size adaptability and durability. Testing took us all over globe, from the alpine climbs in the Lower 48 to Alaska, Can...

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The Best Down Jacket for Women Review

The Best Down Jacket for Women Review



What is the best lightweight down jacket for women? We purchased 12 top tier down jackets and wore them everywhere in an attempt to find out. We even sent testers down to the frigid continent of Antarctica to put down insulation to the ultimate test.

For this review, we took a selection of t...

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The Best Cooler and Ice Chest Review

The Best Cooler and Ice Chest Review



What is the best cooler? To find out we took 9 of the most popular large coolers and put them through the wringer with a series of exhaustive tests. We had them sweat it out in not one but two exacting insulation tests that considered both food safety and ideal liquid refreshment. Our testers hauled...

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The Best Hiking Pants Review For Men

The Best Hiking Pants Review For Men



Which pair of hiking pants provide the best overall performance for hiking and backpacking? We took seven of the most popular models and put them through months of rigorous testing in the desert of Utah and the mountains of Colorado, hiking in these pants day in and day out to see which pair came ou...

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The Best Ski Jacket for Men Review

The Best Ski Jacket for Men Review



We scoped out the best of the best in men's insulated ski and snowboard jackets, put them through the paces on the resort, and pushed their limits in the backcountry. Our expert testers slammed through foul weather and slid on rock-hard steep descents in each model.

The ski jackets we revi...

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The Best Hammock Review

The Best Hammock Review



With so many hammocks on the market, how can you know which is the best model to fit your needs? We took 12 of the most popular models and brought them camping in a variety of environments, from the high desert in winter to wet mountains in spring, to see how they compared. We evaluated each product...

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The Best Bike Saddle

The Best Bike Saddle



We took 13 of the best bicycle saddles available and put them through the paces. We wanted to know if each could offer comfort, performance, and a competitive weight without compromise. To discover the answer, we rode on these contenders in all conditions and for long distances, from muddy mountain ...

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The Best Long Underwear and Base Layer for Men Review

The Best Long Underwear and Base Layer for Men Review



There is an overwhelming array of options in the base layer marketplace. It seems as if every company has their own proprietary technology that they proclaim is the best ever created; all the while prices creep upwards. To make sense of this bewildering situation, we took eight of the most popular m...

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The Best Travel Backpack Review

The Best Travel Backpack Review



We know one thing for sure, everyone here at OutdoorGearLab is obsessed with traveling and finding the best travel backpack is high on our list! If you seek adventure not confined to national borders or if you simply travel domestically, these backpacks have the special features you need to maximize...

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The Best Climbing Harness for Men Review

The Best Climbing Harness for Men Review



Which men's climbing harness is the best? Well, climbing has always been and always will be a passion near and dear to the hearts of most everyone here at OutdoorGearLab. Just the sight of climbing harnesses makes us giddy with excitement. This was a particularly fun review for us to do because we l...

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The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review

The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review



Before stepping foot on the next trail, consider your feet! We put 14 pairs of women's hiking shoes to the test to find the best shoes for hiking and light backpacking. These shoes have some of the support of a hiking boot married to the lightweight agility of a trail running shoe. While working on ...

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The Best Car Camping Mattress

The Best Car Camping Mattress



Which camping mattress is the best? We enrolled seven of the best car camping mattresses in a rigorous testing regime that evaluated the following three categories: warmth, comfort and durability. Our testing, which involved two years of tenting in campgrounds across North America, identifies the be...

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The Best All-Mountain Skis of 2016

The Best All-Mountain Skis of 2016



What is the top all-mountain, all-the-time ski of 2016? We took eleven top men's models from a variety of manufacturers and put them to a head-to-head, run-for-run comparison, for a couple season-long quest to answer that question and find the holy grail of all-mountain planks. Our testing was condu...

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The Best Ski Jacket for Women Review

The Best Ski Jacket for Women Review



What makes the best ski jacket? We tested twelve top-of-the-line ski jackets over several seasons to help you find the best. We skied numerous runs at Mammoth Mountain and Kirkwood in California and even brought a few to ski in British Columbia. We sat on many chair lifts, went to multiple happy hou...

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The Best Altimeter Watch Review

The Best Altimeter Watch Review



We tested five of the best altimeter watches on the market in side-by-side tests over a year. These watches feature the key functions that hikers, backpackers, and climbers use the most: altimeter, barometer, digital compass, and standard time-keeping features. They all performed well but their user...

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The Best Trail Running Shoes For Men Review

The Best Trail Running Shoes For Men Review



What are the best men's trail running shoes on the market today? To find out, we took 14 of the most popular trail-specific running shoes from the leading manufacturers in a multi-month test, all in a quest to help you choose which one is right for you. In our opinion, trail running shoes just keep ...

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The Best Rock Climbing Rope

The Best Rock Climbing Rope



We gathered a selection of nine of the top climbing ropes on the market, and after a healthy amount of unwinding and flaking, put them to the test by climbing as much as possible across multiple different climbing disciplines. We cragged, aided, projected, whipped, climbed long multi-pitch routes, c...

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The Best Women's All-Mountain Skis of 2016

The Best Women's All-Mountain Skis of 2016



What is the best women's all-mountain ski? Which is the best for a single quiver? Which one can hold its own all over the mountain? To find out we compiled twelve of the most popular ladies all-mountain models on the market and subjected them to some tough scrutiny. With the best snow in 4-year-drou...

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The Best Carry-On Luggage Review

The Best Carry-On Luggage Review



Looking for the best carry on luggage for your adventure or business trip? We chose 13 of the top performing bags out there, and flew with them from Montreal to Mexico, and many places in between. We also tested all the different types of carry-on luggage out there, from two-wheeled traditional and ...

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The Best Sun Hat Review

The Best Sun Hat Review



What is the best hat to protect you from the sun? We took 12 of the top hats on the market today and put them in head-to-head testing throughout California where we tested each hat in five key categories; Protection, Breathability, Comfort, Durability, and Style. Through our testing we found the bes...

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The Best Bike Rack

The Best Bike Rack



The bicycle may be the most efficient means of transportation ever created, but if you are like us, you likely use your bike for recreation as well. Our wanderlust has driven us to load up ours, by any means necessary, and head off in search of the next epic ride. So after years of traveling with bi...

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The Best Winter Down Sleeping Bag Review

The Best Winter Down Sleeping Bag Review



We tested six of the best quality zero degree down sleeping bags in a head-to-head competition that assessed the following categories: fit, weight, warmth, packed size, and features. We pushed the limits of these bags by sleeping in them in cold places all over North America, Patagonia, and Alaska. ...

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The Best Flip-Flop Sandals Review

The Best Flip-Flop Sandals Review



What are the best all-purpose flip flops out there? We took 7 top models for multipurpose use and put them head-to-head in every situation they were meant for, and some they were not. We climbed mountains in them, walked miles at a time on rough terrain, and even bled in them just so you won't have...

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The Best Camping Stove Review

The Best Camping Stove Review



Looking for the best camping stove for you and your family? So were we. We lined up a selection of the most highly regarded camping stoves, and put them head to head in a summer-long stove cook off. In this latest testing round, we re-tested some old favorites, like the previous Editors' Choice sele...

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The Best Hydration Bladder Review

The Best Hydration Bladder Review



We took six top hydration reservoirs and spent six months backpacking, mountainboarding, surfing, dog-walking, hiking and biking to figure out the best one for each application. When hydration bladders first came out, they were usually used with the small hydration pack. But now just about every bac...

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The Best Wind Jacket Review

The Best Wind Jacket Review



We identified the top wind breaker jackets and put them in numerous side-by-side tests. These are jackets intended for running, hiking, biking, and general outdoor use. They can hold off a little rain in a pinch but their main purpose is wind protection -- a crucial element of a state-of-the-art lay...

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The Best Hiking Socks Review

The Best Hiking Socks Review



Do you have yet to find the perfect hiking sock? One that will fit like a second skin, wick moisture away, and keep you warm, wet or dry? To help solve this very problem, weve tested five of the leading mid-weight competitors, in all types of adverse conditions. We put them through the paces, worn c...

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The Best GPS Watch for Running and Training

The Best GPS Watch for Running and Training



In the burgeoning market for fitness-tracking, GPS enabled watches, which is the best product for you? Over the course of multiple years, thousands of miles, and in ten different sports, our team has examined dozens of available devices. We have evaluated, and summarized here, five of the best. Furt...

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The Best Water Bottle Review

The Best Water Bottle Review



Which water bottle is the best? Although hydration is one of our basic needs, the answer to the "best water bottle" question is not as simple as it may seem. To find out, we took ten of the most popular bottles on the market and put them through three months of testing! We used them for everything f...

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The Best Trail Running Shoes for Women Review

The Best Trail Running Shoes for Women Review



Are you the kind of woman who loves to veer off the roads, get on the trails, and explore the beauty of your own backyard by foot? We compared 12 of the best women's trail running shoes side-by-side. We ran steep rocky trails in the high alpine, wet, pine laden trails in a temperate rainforest, and ...

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The Best Personal Locator Beacon and Satellite Messenger Review

The Best Personal Locator Beacon and Satellite Messenger Review



We took some of the best and most popular emergency electronic devices and used them side-by-side for six months. Our mission: to find out what is the best for telling your family and friends you are okay and what is best for sending out an SOS signal. We tested one PLB (Personal Locator Becon) and ...

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The Best Bike Light Review

The Best Bike Light Review



What's the best bike light? We combined extensive laboratory testing with a year of field testing in four U.S. cities to create the most comprehensive bike light review available. In order to identify the best products for specific applications we measured the beam pattern, brightness, portability a...

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The Best Winter Boots for Men Review

The Best Winter Boots for Men Review



What's the best pair of winter boots to keep your feet warm and comfortable all winter long? Winter can be cold and nasty, with a spectrum of conditions to walk through, from mud to snow and even ice. While we might spend a of time thinking about what kind of jackets we want to wear out into these c...

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The Best Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing Backpack Review

The Best Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing Backpack Review



What's the best mountaineering backpack for alpine climbing? To find out, we purchased 9 of the best and most popular alpine packs and subjected them to rigorous testing to see how they compared side-by-side. Each pack is scored on five criteria: weight to volume ratio, durability, versatility, com...

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The Test to Find the Best Binoculars

The Test to Find the Best Binoculars



What are the best binoculars? Here at OutdoorGearLab we took 12 different models through rigorous testing in the outdoors. We went birding at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, passed them around to other tourists as we visited the Pacific Coast, loaned them out to a guide at WanderLust Tours i...

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The Best Pocket Knife Review

The Best Pocket Knife Review



Which pocket knife should you carry? We narrowed a thoroughly mystifying and huge field to eight of the best knives available. We carried, cut with and critiqued these high quality tools for months of use. Occasionally they sat unused for the day in our pockets and purses. However, most days in ever...

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The Best Mountaineering Boot for Men Review

The Best Mountaineering Boot for Men Review



We tested eight of the best mountaineering boots ever made, including some of the latest and greatest, and some tried and true performers. We wore these boots to climb ice, snow, rock, and choss from the Sierra to the San Juans, from Patagonia to the Ruth Gorge. We discovered the best boots for mult...

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The Best Backpacking Camping Chair Review

The Best Backpacking Camping Chair Review



We took the top lightweight camping and backpacking chairs and put them in side-by-side tests at the beach, in the mountains, and at the park. We break down what is the best for each application. These are light backpacking chairs that always weigh under three pounds. These are ideal for transportin...

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The Best Camping Coffee Makers

The Best Camping Coffee Makers



Nothing completes a morning quite like a perfectly brewed cup of Joe, and brewing is one of those morning rituals that many people don't like to go without, even if they are on vacation. Does backpacking mean you have to settle for yucky instant camping coffee? Or (heaven forbid!) do without? Luckil...

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The Best Laptop Backpack Review

The Best Laptop Backpack Review



Which laptop backpack is the very best? In order to find out, we selected eight of the best and most popular models on the market today and tested them head-to-head in our daily travels about town, work trips to the coffee shop and school, and on road trips around the country. We wanted to find out ...

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The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review

The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review



Which women's fleece jacket is the best? With hundreds of different types and weights out there, answering that question can be a complicated process. We tested seven of the top-of-the-line technical models to help you figure out which is the best one for you. We reviewed a mix of lightweight breath...

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The Best Rain Jacket for Women Review

The Best Rain Jacket for Women Review



What is the best rain jacket for women? We selected eleven of the top selling rain jackets and put them head-to-head, or perhaps that's hood-to-hood, in myriad field tests. After months of extensive field testing in the notoriously wet Pacific Northwest, we rated each jacket on six different perform...

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The Best Men's Sandals

The Best Men's Sandals



What's the best men's sandal? With the number of crazy designs coming out seemingly every year, it's hard to keep tabs on our beloved "mandals," the utility shoe of the outdoors. From hiking around rivers and waterfalls to blasting down dusty trails, we took the industry's best eight shoes and put t...

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The Best Climbing Camming Device Review

The Best Climbing Camming Device Review



We took the 17 best spring-loaded camming devices (usually just called climbing cams) and put them in head-to-head competition in hundreds of placements.

We scored them on how well they did in parallel cracks, flared cracks, tight placements, horizontal placements, free climbing and aid clim...

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The Best Trekking Pole Review For Hiking and Backpacking

The Best Trekking Pole Review For Hiking and Backpacking



In just over the last decade, trekking poles have gone from a seldom seen item to near mandatory. The majority of everyone from day hikers to seasoned mountaineers now use them. There are many advantages to using hiking poles, the main reasons being that they offer better balance during more challen...

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Crash Pad Review: The Best Bouldering Pad

Crash Pad Review: The Best Bouldering Pad



We tested fifteen of the top bouldering crash pads at many world class destinations as well as some first ascent territory in uncharted backwoods. We used the pads to cover everything from flat dirt to jagged boulder strewn landing zones. We bouldered on various rock types, from gritty granite and s...

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The Best Locking Carabiners

The Best Locking Carabiners



What is the best locking carabiner for rock climbing? We compared 15 of the best locking carabiners in a variety of tests to find out. We judged each carabiner on the following six categories: lightness/compactness, ease of unlocking, gate hang up, amount of knots held, rope pull smoothness, and gat...

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The Best Multi-Tool Review

The Best Multi-Tool Review



We tested seven of the worlds greatest multi-tools. We cut, pried, sawed, and repaired. We carried them for day-to-day use, as well as into the backcountry. We found a wide range of quality and function. Our list represents both ends of the size spectrum, and everything in between. Read on, and find...

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The Best Bike Computer Review

The Best Bike Computer Review



Which bike computer is the best? We took 11 of the top bike computers worthy of holding a position on your handlebars and put them through months of head-to-head testing and miles of riding to find the bike computer worthy of our prestigious Editors' Choice award, and ultimately to help you pick the...

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The Best Ski and Snowboard Helmet Review

The Best Ski and Snowboard Helmet Review



Which ski helmet should you trust to protect your valuable noggin? Through many ski runs in weather ranging from sunny to freezing, we tested six of the best ski helmets on the market evaluating for fit, comfort, weather protection, and style. In this review, we break down design, manufacturing, and...

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The Best Yoga Mat Review

The Best Yoga Mat Review



What's the best yoga mat on the market today? We've put eight of the highest rated models to the test in our updated review. We stretched, sweated and Down Dogged on these mats for over 100 testing hours to help you find the best one, no matter what style you practice. After testing them side-by-sid...

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The Best Rock Climbing Daypack Review

The Best Rock Climbing Daypack Review



What is the best climbing backpack? For this review we selected five of today's most popular climbing backpacks, and brought them up a range of multi-pitch routes. From the glacier polished granite of El Capitan to the coarse volcanic phonolite of Devil's Tower, we heaved these packs up strenuous ov...

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The Best Bivy Sack Review

The Best Bivy Sack Review



What is the best bivy sack? Throughout a stormy summer, five of the best models were tested in a variety of environments, from deserts to swamps to mountains. A handful of hard-core campers, climbers, and backpackers ranked the products based on weather protection, comfort, ventilation, and weight a...

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The Best Running Shirt Review for Men

The Best Running Shirt Review for Men



What's the best men's running shirt? To find out, we chose five shirts from the leading running and outdoor manufacturers and compared them head-to-head. We wore these shirts day-in and day-out for months while running on roads and trails, while training and during races, in hot weather and in cold ...

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The Best Point-And-Shoot Digital Camera

The Best Point-And-Shoot Digital Camera



Which point and shoot camera is the best? With technology constantly changing digital cameras into complicated little devices, it's nearly impossible to keep up. So we took the top nine point and shoots worthy of your adventures and put them through real-time testing, finding out which ones excelled...

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The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Men

The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Men



What are the best glove and mitten choices for skiing and snowboarding? We purchased over 20 of the top competitors this past season and our expert testers put them up to the challenge by skiing at resorts, touring in the backcountry, and skiing via snowmobile. We evaluated all of the contenders to ...

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The Best Bike Lock Review

The Best Bike Lock Review



What is the best bike lock on the market? If you ride a bicycle, for either recreation or transportation (or both!), you need a bike lock. However, given the huge quantity of options, it can be tough to select the one that specifically suits your needs. To help you choose the best, our team of revie...

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The Best Running Shoes for Men Review

The Best Running Shoes for Men Review



What is the best running shoe for road running? We selected ten top ranked men's road running footwear on the market and subjected them to head-to-head evaluation. Following in the footsteps of Olympic medalists through the high altitude roads in Mammoth Lakes, California, to the scenic river paths...

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The Best Climbing Helmet

The Best Climbing Helmet



Do you wear a climbing helmet every time you rope up? Like most climbers, you probably don't but know that you should. We've evaluated eight of the best and most popular climbing and mountaineering helmets on the market and found some that you will be stoked to strap on every time you climb. We test...

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The Best Bike Pump Review

The Best Bike Pump Review



We tested eight of the top selling floor pumps in five categories that we believe make all the difference when you are making a decision on which to buy: looks and design, portability, comfort, durability, and general ease of use. Happily, no contender failed miserably in any of our categories, but ...

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The Best Quickdraw for Climbing Review

The Best Quickdraw for Climbing Review



Quickdraws have come a long way since the oval-carabiners-slung-on-a-tripled-up-sling days. To help you find the best rock climbing draw, we updated our old review by testing eight of the most popular and highest rated draws out there. Our team of more than ten testers climbed with these products al...

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The Best Bike Shorts for Men Review

The Best Bike Shorts for Men Review



What is the best pair of men's bike shorts or bibs for a ride? We put six of the sleekest, most functional, and most technologically advanced bike shorts and bibs to the test in order to find out. We went hard on the short course and paced ourselves on the long haul. We sweated through chamois and k...

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The Best Women's Sleeping Bag Review

The Best Women's Sleeping Bag Review



What is the best sleeping bag for female adventurers? We tested ten of the most popular women's bags on the market to answer that question. All models we evaluated are summer weight mummy style bags meant to keep you warm in a variety of situations from sleeping on the beach to backpacking in the hi...

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The Best Ski Pants Review

The Best Ski Pants Review



Out of the hundreds of options, which pair of ski and snowboard pants is right for you? Protecting your legs from wind and cold and abrasion is a thankless job. You will use and abuse this garment for a long time, usually in inhospitable climates. You will need pants that fit your body and roughly f...

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The Best Minimalist and Barefoot Shoes Review

The Best Minimalist and Barefoot Shoes Review



What is the best minimal or barefoot shoe for running? And how do you choose from the large market of shoes out there? We chose seven of the best minimalist and barefoot running shoes available and put each to the test in this elaborate and detailed review. Embodied in this review are six separate a...

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The Best Climbing Shoes For Women Review

The Best Climbing Shoes For Women Review



What are the best climbing shoes for women? Luckily, the women's selection is growing every year, providing a larger field for ladies to choose from. We took twelve top women's specific models and put them to a hands-onerrfeet-on test to find the very best. All around the world, from limestone sport...

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The Best Nuts and Stoppers

The Best Nuts and Stoppers



We looked at 11 different types of climbing nuts and tested them in a wide range of cracks in a mixture of rock types. We compared their ability to hold a fall in a full range of fissures, from pin scars to parallel sided cracks. We compared and weighed factors that we believed most appropriate for ...

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The Best Camping Sleeping Bag Review

The Best Camping Sleeping Bag Review



What is the best camping sleeping bag? We tested nine models side-by-side every day for six months, through winter and spring, to find out. These roomy and affordable models are perfect for car camping, crashing on the floor or futon when the cabin bedrooms are full, or living in your converted van....

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The Best Sport Headphone Review

The Best Sport Headphone Review



We tested ten of the best available sport headphones, evaluating fit, features, and sound quality to help determine what will best meet an athlete's needs. What style of tunes fill your workout playlist? Do you like sparkly, happy pop music or profanity-laced rap with a thumping rhythm? Do you prefe...

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The Best Road Bike Helmet Review

The Best Road Bike Helmet Review



What makes a road bike helmet a good road bike helmet? What are qualities you should look for? Do you really need a different helmet for riding a road bike and a mountain bike? Keep reading, we are going to answer all those questions and a whole lot more.

We took eight of the latest, greates...

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The Best Ski Boots for Men Review

The Best Ski Boots for Men Review



What is the best men's all-mountain ski boot? We compared 7 of the top alpine boots and put them through an extensive testing process to find out which one is the very best. We tested them side-by-side, run for run, and for days on end while working on a professional ski patrol. We skied in a variet...

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The Best Cargo Box Review

The Best Cargo Box Review



What is the best roof box on the market? Do differences matter, or are they all the same? We tested five top competitors to find out. We heaved these boxes on the roofs of our cars and compared them on their construction quality, appearance, ease of use, aerodynamics, and security. Our testers drove...

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The Best Winter Boots for Women Review

The Best Winter Boots for Women Review



What are the best winter boots for women? To find out, we've dedicated the last three winters to testing the industry's top women's boots side-by-side. Whether you endure long, frigid winters in the mountains or chilly days with just a dusting of snow, we are here to help you choose the product that...

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The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review

The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review



What are the best climbing approach shoes? We compared nine of the most popular models side-by-side this past winter: bouldering and sport climbing in Bishop, scrambling and trad climbing in Joshua Tree, and getting up, down, and around Red Rock Canyon. Our testers have abused countless pairs over t...

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The Best Shoes for CrossFit Training

The Best Shoes for CrossFit Training



With the sport of CrossFit rapidly growing in popularity, the demand for top-tier, functional equipment is getting pushed onto the fast track. One product category on the frontline of this battlefield are shoes for CrossFit. CrossFit is a sport that focuses on functional movements structured in high...

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The Best Sleeping Pad For Women Review

The Best Sleeping Pad For Women Review



What is the best women's sleeping pad on the market? We spent a spring and summer season testing out these top rated women's specific pads in a variety of conditions from the snowy slopes of Denali National Park to the prickly desert landscapes of the Grand Canyon. We did a lot of sleeping, reading,...

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The Best Rain Boots for Women Review

The Best Rain Boots for Women Review



What are the best women's rain boots on the market? To find out, we tested 13 pairs while walking the dog, traipsing through the woods, and heading to campus for class. Our reviewers endured Colorado's rainy afternoon monsoons, cool April and October showers, and snowy days in the mountains. We also...

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The Best Travel Duffel Bags

The Best Travel Duffel Bags



We took our favorite burly travel bags (aka "duffle", but more properly spelled "el" for the town of Duffel in Belgium that first manufactured them) and compared them head-to-head to help you decide which one to take on your next adventure. We tested them while running through airports in Chamonix, ...

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The Best External USB Battery Review

The Best External USB Battery Review



Which external battery is the best to power your USB devices such as a cell phone, camera, or other devices? To find out, we selected nine of the top rated and most popular models to find out how they compared in side-by-side tests. We used them them on planes, road trips and around the office and r...

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The Best Running Jacket Review

The Best Running Jacket Review



Which running jacket is the best? To find out, we picked out six of the top rated and most popular models and tested them side-by-side. We wore these pieces on runs through rain, snow, and freezing temperatures, paying special attention to each one's performance. Some kept us warm on snowy trail run...

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The Quest for the Perfect Backpacking Spork

The Quest for the Perfect Backpacking Spork



Frustrated by the burden of carrying a specific utensil for every food medium? Looking for something versatile, something light, or something to add that extra bit of pizzaz to your meal? Look no further than the compound spoon-fork known as the spork. We brought together three of the best models on...

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The Quest for the Best Carabiner Review

The Quest for the Best Carabiner Review



We wanted to find out which carabiner was the best, so we've updated our old review to take a look at some of the newer products out there, and compared them to some classic performers. Even though carabiners have been used for rock climbing for over 100 years, the innovation still continues. It see...

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The Best Hydration Pack Review

The Best Hydration Pack Review



What is the best hydration pack on the market? We bought the top contenders on the market to find out which one stands up to the test, time and time again. From hiking to biking, climbing to running, we put these packs head to head to prove which one keeps you hydrated, keeping you performing longer...

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The Best Camping Chair Review

The Best Camping Chair Review



When choosing the best camping chair, we had a lot of demands. It must have portability and durability just like other camping equipment, but also maintain the comfort and utility of a standard chair. These are pieces of equipment that regularly get thrown in and out of vehicles, dragged across camp...

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The Best Rain Umbrella Review

The Best Rain Umbrella Review



When precipitation begins to fall, which umbrella is the best to have in hand? To tackle this question, we rounded up 10 of the top contenders and rigorously tested them side-by-side, drop-by-drop. When the skies opened up, so did our 10 canopies. We spent hours walking through rain and wind storms ...

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The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review

The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review



What's the best fleece jacket on the market? The options are seemingly boundless, from technical mid-layers to heavyweight outer layers, and sleek smooth piles to hi-loft Muppet-like fur wannabes. Whether you are looking for something to hit the trails in or something stylish to stroll down the stre...

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The Best Snowshoe Review

The Best Snowshoe Review



Wide expanses of snow covered terrain, local trails with dirt feet below you, and mountains blanketed in winter may be explored with snowshoes on your boots. They extend your hiking season through the winter and broaden access. But how do you know which ones to buy? And which ones will work best for...

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The Best Women's Backpacking Backpack Review

The Best Women's Backpacking Backpack Review



What is the best women's backpack for backpacking? Whether heading out into the mountains for a weekend trip with girlfriends or preparing for a long solo adventure, having a pack that meets your needs is essential to both enjoyment and comfort. We have tested 11 of the top women's specific packs on...

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The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Women

The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Women



Choosing the perfect ski glove or ski mitten for women can be a tall order when you take into account the different styles, the different branches of skiing and snowboarding, and ultimately the different needs each woman demands of her product. In this review, we compared eleven of the top women's s...

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The Best Helmet Cam Review

The Best Helmet Cam Review



Which point-of-view camera is best? We took the top six cameras and put them head to head in real life situations to find out. Over the past few years, point-of-view cameras have been added to almost every quiver of sporting equipmentthe internet has been flooded with footage from trout fishing to B...

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The Best Flip-Flop Sandals For Women Review

The Best Flip-Flop Sandals For Women Review



Whether you live for flip flop weather or you're simply looking for some open-toed footwear to wear on your next beach vacation, our updated women's flip flop review has you covered! We tested out 11 pairs of sandals that ranged from insanely cozy to ultra supportive. After flipping up rocky trails ...

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The Best Long Underwear for Women Review

The Best Long Underwear for Women Review



We tested eight of the industry's best long underwear shirts as both stand-alone tops in warmer weather and as a base layers in colder weather. These tops went on all sorts of adventures, including multi-day backcountry ski hut trips, sandy trail runs through the desert, rock climbs on the colorful ...

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The Best Camping Cookware Review

The Best Camping Cookware Review



What's the best camping cookware to use for whipping up your tasty camping and backpacking meals? The outdoor industry is continually improving and enhancing the gear they produce, and even camping cookware has vastly improved in the past ten years or so. With a full array of metals to choose from, ...

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The Best Messenger Bag Review

The Best Messenger Bag Review



For three months, school was in session for nine of the best messenger bags on the market. We tested their aptitude in the categories of comfort, style, storage, water resistance, and laptop protection. We also did a bonus round giving each bag the opportunity to highlight its unique features. Some ...

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The Best Mountain Bike Helmet Review

The Best Mountain Bike Helmet Review



What is the best bike helmet for mountain biking? We took nine of the most modern, extended-coverage, half-shell mountain bike helmets and compared them side-by-side over hundreds of miles of terrain. We rated each helmet in six different categories: comfort, adjustment, weight, features, ventilatio...

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The Best Camping Pillow Review

The Best Camping Pillow Review



What's the best camping pillow out there? To answer this question, we selected six compressible and inflatable pillows from leading outdoor manufacturers and compared them, quite literally, head-to-head. Over a period of six weeks, these pillows cradled our noggins through the night and for more tha...

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The Best Women’s Shoes for CrossFit Training

The Best Women’s Shoes for CrossFit Training



What are the best shoes for CrossFit style workouts? In our quest to find the answer we put 11 pairs of the most popular and highest ranked models out there through multiple workouts and numerous side-by-side tests, including sprints, lifts, rope climbs, and more. They were then scored in a number o...

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Picking the Best Ice Axe

Picking the Best Ice Axe



Whats the best ice axe for mountaineering? We looked at 15 of the best and most popular products and compared them head-to-head in the following categories: self-arresting, steep ice and snow climbing, comfort to carry, use as an improvised anchor, weight, and anchor construction/digging. We also lo...

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The Best Bike Trailer Review

The Best Bike Trailer Review



Which bike trailer is best for toting your child? We took four of the best models on the market and put them through a yearlong gauntlet of hauling kids, dogs, and cargo. We utilized multiple families for testing, giving us valuable feedback from a wide range of users. All of the products we tested ...

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The Best Ultralight Backpack Review

The Best Ultralight Backpack Review



What is the best backpack for ultralight backpacking trips and thru-hikes? We purchased 10 of the most highly rated and popular ultralight backpacks and tested them side-by-side for six months to find out. From the Colorado Trail and the summits of 14ers in summer, to a 250 miles wintertime adventur...

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The Best Climbing Slings and Runners

The Best Climbing Slings and Runners



Climbing slings and runners have come a long way from the archaic knotted bits of rope and webbing that climbing's early enthusiasts had to choose from. In today's climbing world, high-tech fibers stronger than steel allow climbing slings and runners to be skinnier than imaginable and still maintai...

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The Best Climbing, Belay, and Rappel Gloves

The Best Climbing, Belay, and Rappel Gloves



What is the best way to protect your hands from climbing, belaying and rappelling? We answer that question by testing 16 of our favorite climbing gloves on big walls, crags, and at the gym. We belayed hundred of pitches, rappelled thousands of feet and climbed hundreds of aid pitches in Yosemite. We...

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The Best Hardshell Jacket for Women

The Best Hardshell Jacket for Women



What's the best women's hardshell jacket? For our first-ever edition of this review, we took seven of the industry's top picks and ran them through a gauntlet of tests. We handed them out to friends, stuffed them into packs, and found adventure in the mountains and deserts. Ice climbing, cross count...

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The Best Climbing Harness for Women Review

The Best Climbing Harness for Women Review



We've updated our women's climbing harness review by taking eight of the most popular and innovative models on the market today and comparing them side-by-side while clipping quickdraws, placing trad gear, and - of course- taking plenty of falls! We evaluated these products based on how comfortable ...

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The Best Hydration Pack for Running Review

The Best Hydration Pack for Running Review



What's the best hydration pack for running? To find out, we tested five of the best and most popular models from the leading manufacturers. Also known as running vests, these hydration packs are designed to carry your water, food, and a rain or wind jacket, as well as all the extra little accessorie...

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The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Men Review

The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Men Review



What is the best baggy short for mountain biking? We tested a selection of the best and most popular mountain bike shorts on the market, and found which ones are the all-around best shorts for different types of trail riding, ranging from cross-country marathons to lift assisted downhill gnar fests....

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The Best Bike Frame Pump Review

The Best Bike Frame Pump Review



We researched best selling and top performing frame pumps and put them through our own testing and scrutiny to see which ones came out on top. We tested each one in five categories: pumping speed, ease of use, durability, portability, and looks/design. Below you'll find the results to help you best...

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The Best Ski Pants for Women Review

The Best Ski Pants for Women Review



We wanted to see which women's ski pants were the best, so we traveled to ski areas all over Colorado in the sun, wind, rain, and snow. We spent long days working on the mountain, and we spent fun days touring the backcountry. Our testers wore these pants while skiing, telemarking, snowboarding, and...

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The Best Hangboard Review

The Best Hangboard Review



Hangboards, sometimes called finger boards, have been part of a climbers training regime for years. There is possibly no better way to target improving pure finger strength. They also aren't that expensive for what you'll get out of them; for the price of one month's gym membership you can train thr...

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The Best Fitness Tracker for Activity Monitoring

The Best Fitness Tracker for Activity Monitoring



Which fitness tracker is best for you and your lifestyle? More and more people from all walks of life are choosing to track their day-to-day action with an electronic device. With the addition of sleep monitoring technology, even more people are showing interest. You are here to learn the state of t...

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The Best Softshell Jacket for Women Review

The Best Softshell Jacket for Women Review



What makes the perfect softshell? Is it the most protection from weather or the most flexibility and breathability? Do you need one with features tailored for climbing or would you rather have a lightweight shell best suited to running? Heck, do you even need one at all? After evaluating multiple mo...

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The Best Rain Boots for Men Review

The Best Rain Boots for Men Review



Which pair of rain boots is the best? With all the different options out there, it can be hard to find the one that's right for you. We took 11 top-selling products and put them to the test to figure out which ones really stand out from the crowd. For a combined six long months, we tested them out i...

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The Best Backcountry Skis of 2016

The Best Backcountry Skis of 2016



What are the best backcountry touring skis? To find out we put 10 of the most highly regarded products through an extensive multi-month test. Over hundreds of thousands of vertical feet, we evaluated for touring efficiency and downhill enjoyment. We tested each product on different types of snow and...

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The Best Avalanche Beacon Review

The Best Avalanche Beacon Review



What is the best avalanche beacon for the backcountry? To find out we took 15 top models and put them through rigorous head-to-head tests in the Cascades, Sierras and Alaska. We had novices test them to see which is easiest to learn and use; then we put them in the hands of expert mountain guides, a...

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The Best Backcountry / AT Ski Boots

The Best Backcountry / AT Ski Boots



What's the best alpine touring/AT boot for backcountry skiing? We reviewed the ten top randonee-style boots on the market and compared them both side-by-side as well as individually out in the field to find out which is the best for overall touring, which offers the best value AT, which performs bes...

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The Best Alpine Touring / AT Bindings for Backcountry Skiing Review

The Best Alpine Touring / AT Bindings for Backcountry Skiing Review



What's the best Alpine Touring binding (AKA AT binding or Randonee binding) for backcountry skiing? We reviewed the top nine models and compared them head-to-head while using them hundreds of days over hundreds of thousands of vertical feet. We tested these products out in the backcountry as well as...

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The Best Running Shirt for Women Review

The Best Running Shirt for Women Review



What's the women's best running shirt? To find out, we chose five of the most popular running t-shirts on the market and put them to the test. The varied terrain of the San Juan mountains and valleys had us running everything from desert landscapes to 13,000-foot ridge lines. Over the last three mon...

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The Best Avalanche Airbag Pack Review

The Best Avalanche Airbag Pack Review



What is the best airbag pack for backcountry travel? We tested 16 of the best and most popular models on the market and compared them in the following categories: airbag system, comfort, backcountry utility, downhill performance, special features and weight. We flogged these packs side-by-side in th...

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The Best Travel Underwear for Men Review

The Best Travel Underwear for Men Review



There is so much junk out there to cover yourahemjunk. How to make sense of it all? When you mistakenly buy a five pack of cotton misery disguised as men's underwear from Walmart, it's no big deal, you throw them away. But premium underwear prices start at $25+ per pair; such mistakes can be expensi...

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The Best Mountain Bike Pedal Review

The Best Mountain Bike Pedal Review



What is the best clipless pedal for your mountain bike? We evaluated eight pairs of mountain bike pedals on a whole fleet of bikes to find the answer to this question. We had multiple riders with differing abilities and riding styles test these pedals on downhill, cross-country, and enduro bikes, an...

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The Best Slackline Review

The Best Slackline Review



What's the best slackline on the market today? We put 14 of the most popular and highly regarded slacklines through an extensive long-term test to help you select the best one for your needs. We took these lines into our local, state and national parks where they were rigorously tested by novice and...

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The Best Ski Boots for Women Review

The Best Ski Boots for Women Review



What is the best women's all-mountain ski boot? We tested seven top-of-the-line boots on the slopes, putting each boot through extensive field testing to figure out which ones are the very best. We skied these boots on hundreds of runs in a variety of conditions, looking for the boot that does it a...

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The Best Insulated Jacket for Women Review

The Best Insulated Jacket for Women Review



What is the best women's insulated jacket? During our testing period, we wore 11 of the industry's top-rated jackets everywhere...from the tops of 13,000 foot peaks to the tributaries of the Columbia River. We wore them around town, taking notice of what we liked and what we didn't and then we hande...

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The Best Weightlifting Shoe Review

The Best Weightlifting Shoe Review



What really is the best shoe for weightlifting? There seems to be an everlasting battle between the different lifters and we aim to put that to an end. At OutdoorGearLab we took six of the most popular lifting shoes and put them through grueling tests to see which would stand out above the rest. Wei...

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The Best Portable Grill and Travel BBQ Review

The Best Portable Grill and Travel BBQ Review



What's the best portable grill? We purchased five of the highest rated and best selling travel BBQ's from Amazon and put them to the test (no freebies from manufacturers in this review). We scored each one on cooking area size, weight, how easy or difficult it is to transport, wind resistance, how w...

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Pursuing the Perfect Pedometer

Pursuing the Perfect Pedometer



Which pedometer is right for you? If you are looking to track, record, and motivate your daily physical activity and/or count steps taken, a pedometer is just the ticket. OutdoorGearLab once again leads the way in reviewing the best of the best. We scanned the market and chose six of the best device...

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The Best Full-Face Downhill Mountain Bike Helmet Review

The Best Full-Face Downhill Mountain Bike Helmet Review



What is the best full-face helmet for downhill mountain biking? We tested 6 of the best and most popular downhill helmets on the market and found some awesome helmets as well as a few we don't think are up to the task of protecting your noggin while you shred the gnar. We evaluated each full-face fo...

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The Best Mountain Bike Shoes Review

The Best Mountain Bike Shoes Review



What clipless mountain bike shoes are the best? We set out on mission to find out. We started with 7 of the best mountain bike shoes available and put them through months of abuse to sift out the shoes worthy of our praise and those that left us a bit underwhelmed. Working in concert with our Mounta...

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The Best Climbing Chalk Review

The Best Climbing Chalk Review



Ahhchalk. For some of us climbers it's only necessary in the blazing heat when even a bag of dust would start sweating, and for others it's a physical and mental crutch upon which we rely to grunt out those superhuman crux moves on our latest project. Either way, we all use it at some point and when...

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The Best First Aid Kit Review

The Best First Aid Kit Review



Which first aid kit is the best choice for the outdoor enthusiast? We weighed, itemized, evaluated and put to the test five of the top rated and most popular models available on the market today. We carried them on long alpine routes, multi-day river trips, commercial guiding expeditions, and backpa...

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The Best Rope Bags for Climbing

The Best Rope Bags for Climbing



We looked at the eight of our favorite and most popular and best rope bags on the market today. We compared them side-by-side in a variety of ways. We compared how large their tarps were, how easy they are to roll up, how easily we could fit a 60 and 70m rope plus other items like shoes, draws, wate...

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The Best Running Socks for Men

The Best Running Socks for Men



Do you need the best running sock for your next workout or adventure? For this test we took five of the top men's running socks and put them through the wringer. Over the course of three months we took them on over 150 miles of trails, road and treadmill running. We ran them on hot sunny days, cold ...

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The Best Sandals for Women Review

The Best Sandals for Women Review



Sandals are the unofficial footwear of summer and in our new review, we're dedicated to hunting down the best. They are more adventurous than a flip-flop, but are more breathable and lighter weight than a hiking shoe. The problem with a piece of footwear that tries to straddle so many responsibiliti...

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The Best Mountaineering Boots For Women Review

The Best Mountaineering Boots For Women Review



From wet and snowy glaciers and peaks in Patagonia, to many laps on steep pitches of solid ice in Ouray, Colorado, to temperate ice climbing in Lee Vining Canyon, California, these boots spent several seasons scaling pristine frozen water, which allowed us to evaluate ice climbing ability. To test h...

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Big Wall Climbing Harness Review

Big Wall Climbing Harness Review



What is the best harness for big wall climbing and aid climbing? We took four of the best big wall harnesses and put them head to head. We evaluated these harnesses in five main areas: comfort, adjustability, comfort while sleeping, gear loops, and ease of free climbing.

Keep in mind, if you...

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The Best Nut Tools for Climbing

The Best Nut Tools for Climbing



We took seven of the best nut tools and tested them at cleaning a variety of cams and nut types in all sizes and over a broad spectrum of rock types. We compared their weight, durability, ability to clean a nut, ability to clean a cam, the comfort level while pounding on the nut tool with our hand, ...

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The Best Beach Canopy Review

The Best Beach Canopy Review



Looking for the best beach canopy? We tested five of the top products on the market. We wrestled with tent shade poles, got crafty with guy lines, and braved sweltering heat, blustering winds, and even a bit of precipitation. We also took on the rough job of testing these canopies in perfect tempera...

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The Best Climbing Belay Device

The Best Climbing Belay Device



What is the best belay device for rock climbing? Over a six month test we took ten of the top products on the market up and down rock, ice, and snow, from the storied granite walls of Yosemite Valley to the ephemeral colored routes at our local climbing gyms. Throughout the process we tried to consi...

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Haul Bag Review - The Best Bags for Big Wall Climbing

Haul Bag Review - The Best Bags for Big Wall Climbing



What is the best haul bag for big wall climbing? While it would hard to climb with all eight of these bags head-to-head, I did use them all over 110-plus big wall ascents from Yosemite to Norway. Each bag was evaluated on five variables: durability, capacity, waterproof-ness, ease of access, and sus...

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The Best Lantern Review

The Best Lantern Review



We bought eight of the best camping lanterns on the market and compared them side-by-side for more than six months of well-lit adventures up and down the West Coast. To help you find the perfect one, we rated each on its performance in five critical categories: brightness, ease of use, durability, f...

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The Best Daisy Chain For Climbing

The Best Daisy Chain For Climbing



What is the best daisy chain for climbing? We look at seven of the best options and test them head-to-head. We evaluated them on four criteria: fall absorption, ease of hooking, durability, and weight. While these products can be used for free climbing, in general, we recommend an anchor chain inste...

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Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider

Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider



We reviewed eight of our favorite big wall aiders and used them on more than 100 walls, from El Capitan to Baffin Island. We evaluated the contenders using five main criteria: comfort, ease of walking up, durability, ease of use free climbing, and top-stepping. We then chose our top products in thre...

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The Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

The Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards



What is the best inflatable stand up paddle board? We've tested nine top-selling and highly rated inflatable SUP options and put them to the test. We've compared them in the areas of stability, glide performance, ease of transportation and inflation. Overall there are big differences, especially in ...

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The Best Wind Jacket for Women Review

The Best Wind Jacket for Women Review



What's the best women's wind breaker jacket on the market today? In search of the most breathable and lightweight option for the outdoors-gal, we selected seven of the top selling models and put them to test on the rocks, in the mountains and cycling around town in gusty winds. We handed them off to...

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The Best Portable Solar Panel Review

The Best Portable Solar Panel Review



What is the best solar charger for your phone, tablet, and other small electronics when off the grid? To find out, we took ten contenders and put them in head-to-head tests while on trips all around the country. From mountaineering on Denali to sailing off the California coast, we compared them usin...

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The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing

The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing



What are the best climbing skins for your backcountry skis? The world of backcountry and ski mountaineering, climbing skins is more than mystifying. From choosing to using, skins are finicky, strange, and little understood. They are incredibly useful, ultra simple, but quite nuanced. We have assembl...

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The Best Ski Socks Review

The Best Ski Socks Review



What makes a great ski sock? Are the socks that you are wearing really getting the job done? Are your feet wet and wrinkly when you get home from a day on the slopes? Are you constantly suffering from cold feet? Over this past ski season we set out to find which of the top socks could stand up to th...

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Battle for the Best Big Wall Ascender

Battle for the Best Big Wall Ascender



We compare the two top ascenders, the Black Diamond nForce and the Petzl Ascension. Both work well and each one excelled at different things. Both made ascending ropes not just tolerable, but kinda fun....

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The 10 Best Juicers Shoot-out Review

The 10 Best Juicers Shoot-out Review



What is the best juicer on the market today? We compared the ten most popular and highly regarded models side-by-side, from low-budget entry models to top-of-the-line machines. We used each of these machines for months and tested them on the different yields produced for different types of fruits an...

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The Best Yoga Pants Review

The Best Yoga Pants Review



What are the best pair of yoga pants? If you've ever found yourself deeply contemplating this question during your Final Savasana, wonder no more! We put nine of the most popular and highest rated models through our side-by-side comparison testing process. We stretched and sweated in these different...

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The Best Bike Cargo Trailer Review

The Best Bike Cargo Trailer Review



Are you a cycling enthusiast who needs or wants to haul something big? Are you looking for the best bike cargo trailer available? We chose these six best selling products and we compared them side-by-side in the areas of versatility, maximum capacity, how easy they were to use and tow, while also ke...

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The Best Running Shoes for Women Review

The Best Running Shoes for Women Review



What's the best road running shoe for women? Well, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all shoe design, so we decided to test six of the highest-ranking road models to see how they stack up. We spent five months putting these competitors through a range of Washington, D.C. terrain and weather ...

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The Best Energy Bar Review

The Best Energy Bar Review



What is the best energy bar for meal replacement or snacking while pursuing your favorite activities in all seasons? What energy bars are best suited for today's health-conscious athlete? OutdoorGearLab spent seven months testing 31 varieties in a rigorous process that had over 50 testers from twent...

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The Best Climbing Gear Sling

The Best Climbing Gear Sling



We picked up some of the top slings and tested them head-to-head. We evaluated them on comfort, adjustability, organizing, ease of use, and bomberness....

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The Best Anchor Chain for Climbing Review

The Best Anchor Chain for Climbing Review



What is the best anchor chain for connecting you to your climbing anchor? We look at three of the best options and test them head-to-head. We evaluated them on four criteria: fall absorption, ease of clipping, overall feel, and weight and bulk.

The first question you may have is, "What is an...

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The Best Tape for Climbing

The Best Tape for Climbing



When approaching that meat-grinder of a hand crack and contemplating whether you'd actually like to see what the bones and tendons on the back of your hand look likemost of us will reach for the tape. While most tapes will do the job, we thought it would be cool to take a more analytical approach to...

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The Best Big Wall Hauling Devices

The Best Big Wall Hauling Devices



There is no part of big wall climbing reviled as much as hauling. To ease the pain we looked at the four top products and put them up against some monster El Cap loads. We evaluated each device on its ease of hauling, ease of setup, durability, ease of use, and portability. We found that all worked ...

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The Best Ski Goggles Review

The Best Ski Goggles Review



Any skier, snowboarder, mountaineer, snowshoer, or snow adventurer knows that ski goggles are an essential piece of equipment. However, do you know which is the best? Over the course of two months, we skied on windy, snowy, and sunny days. We tested eight ski goggles to see which has the best breath...

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The Best Barefoot Shoes For Women Review

The Best Barefoot Shoes For Women Review



So you like the idea of going barefoot. But what is the best barefoot shoe for women? To find out, we tested seven of the most popular FiveFinger models in head-to-head tests to figure out which are the best for specific activities and which are most versatile overall. We wore them in sand, snow, an...

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The Best Electric Skateboard Review

The Best Electric Skateboard Review



What is the best electric skateboard weighing less than 25 pounds that you can buy right now? We have bought and tested four boards and will add more as they become available. Testing of many of these boards has been done over six months in cities, rural areas and internationally. Some of them have ...

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The Best Compression Socks for Running Review

The Best Compression Socks for Running Review



Have you been noticing runners and hikers in knee high socks? Have you been wondering if this is a fashion trend or if there is some other reason? This test tried the best compression socks to see what kind of difference they make. We tested these products for several months. We hiked, ran, climbed,...

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The Best Camping Table Review

The Best Camping Table Review



What's the best camping table to take on your next outdoor adventure? We tested five different models to see how each one compared. Some were fully featured for a superb "glamping" experience, while others were simple and versatile. If you're tired of cooking in the dirt and squatting while you stir...

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The Best Soft Cooler Review

The Best Soft Cooler Review



Which soft cooler is the best? To find out we took five of the top rated and most popular models available and compared them side-by-side. First we ran them through an objective ice retention test, comparing how long each model could hold ice. Then we packed, carried, dragged, zipped, and drained ea...

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Best Women's Climbing Helmet

Best Women's Climbing Helmet



"See, it protects my very important brain," says Dr. Bruce Banner in the 2003 Hulk movie when told he looks like a "massive nerd" in his helmet. Even the Incredible Hulk wears a helmet, and we think you should too. Luckily, some of the women's helmet options out there will keep you safe but not look...

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The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Women Review

The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Women Review



What are the best women's climbing approach shoes available? As always, here at OutdoorGearlab we took a group of the best selling models out there to directly compare them and put them through the toughest trials and tribulations so we can report how they stack up. From the High Sierra to the Teton...

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Best Bike Pannier Review

Best Bike Pannier Review



What's the best set of bike panniers available today? We bought and tested six of the best models to find out. Whether you're planning to ride across the country or simply to work or school, you need a place to stow your belongings. Rear attaching panniers are an ideal way to transport the things yo...

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The Best Big Wall Gear Sling

The Best Big Wall Gear Sling



We took four big wall gear slings and tested them on Yosemite's big walls and in our Gear Lab. We scored each gear sling in five categories: comfort, adjustability, organization, ease of getting on, and overall bomberness. We scored each gear sling, added up the points, and then awarded our Editors'...

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The Best Value Folding Bike Review

The Best Value Folding Bike Review



What folding bike is the best value? We tested seven different folding bikes side-by-side to find out. We traveled the United States for three months while putting each model through rigorous tests. Also, the lead tester and author of this review has been using folding bikes weekly for commuting and...

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The Best Splitboard For Backcountry Snowboarding

The Best Splitboard For Backcountry Snowboarding



What is the best splitboard for backcountry snowboarding? Which model performed the best in powder and firm snow? We bought seven popular models and put them through the wringer in the Sierra, skinning up deep powder and throwing them over our backs to scamper over rocks; we also side-hilled across ...

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The Best Running Compression Socks for Women Review

The Best Running Compression Socks for Women Review



What are the best compression socks for women? In this review, we took five of the most popular models and put them to the test. For three months we used them on runs in the varied terrain of the San Juan mountains, we wore them on long plane rides, and we used them on a daily basis while on our fee...

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The Best Bike Work Stand Review

The Best Bike Work Stand Review



Which is the best bike work stand on the market? We took five popular models from trusted and highly recognized brands and put them through the wringer. Each stand was scrutinized and rated in various categories including ease of clamping, angle and height adjustment, stability, everyday maintenance...

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The Best Climbing Holds Review

The Best Climbing Holds Review



What's the best set of climbing holds to get you trained up and ready for your next hard send? We put five of the most popular and highest rated sets to the test to help you find the right one for your home wall. The market for climbing holds has boomed over the years, making it hard to determine wh...

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The Best Gaiter Review

The Best Gaiter Review



Looking for the perfect gaiters for mountaineering, trekking or running? Well, so are we. We used our side-by-side comparison testing process to evaluate nine pairs from several different categories, including shorter hiking and scree models to full-length ones, to figure out which were the best. Du...

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The Best Crag Pack for Climbing Review

The Best Crag Pack for Climbing Review



There are any number of ways to carry your climbing gear to the cliff. From a tattered grocery bag to a woven Dyneema masterpiece, there's no wrong way. However, when your find yourself cragging regularly, the luxury of a pack designed specifically for that purpose gets more and more tempting. The q...

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The Best Splitboard Bindings for Backcountry Snowboarding

The Best Splitboard Bindings for Backcountry Snowboarding



Which pair of splitboard bindings are the best? These bindings are much more complex than a standard snowboard binding, making this question more difficult to answer than it appears at a first glance. We bought four popular competitors and put them through the wringer in the Sierra; we compared curr...

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The Best Splitboard Climbing Skins for Backcountry Snowboarding

The Best Splitboard Climbing Skins for Backcountry Snowboarding



Which splitboard skin is the best? We beat up four pairs in our quest to find a winner. We broke trail in powder, tip-toed over rocks, struggled up steep icy skin tracks, ripped skins in the wind, jammed them in backpacks, and then pulled them apart to repeat the process. We monitored how well they ...

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The Best Hiking Pants for Women Review

The Best Hiking Pants for Women Review



What are the best women's hiking pants to take on your next outdoor adventure? We tested seven of the best models out there to answer that question. We wore pants that roll, buckle, snap, and zip, and pairs that convert to capris, shorts, or both. We hiked, biked, and climbed for months in the deser...

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