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The Best Backpacking Tent Review

 The Best Backpacking Tent Review
What's the best backpacking tent? In a multi-year backpacking bonanza, we tested over 23 of the best two-person tents on the market. We used these tents everywhere from Maine to the High Sierra, to Al...


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Aug 28, 2014
The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review

 The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review
What is the best sleeping bag for backpacking? To find out, we have extensively tested many bags. Our testing has taken place over several years and in various environments across the globe. This revi...


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Aug 18, 2014
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 hik...


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May 22, 2015
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 update, we've tested 10 of the best ...


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Aug 13, 2015
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 15 jackets in side-by-side tests. These tests took place in environments as diverse as the damp mi...


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Nov 24, 2014
The Best Rain Jacket for Men Review

 The Best Rain Jacket for Men Review
For our 2014 review, we selected nine of the best and most popular rain jackets and tested them side-by-side. The heyday of the yellow rubber rain slicker is long past and the waterproof/breathable mo...


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Nov 08, 2014
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...


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May 10, 2015
The Best Hardshell Jacket for Men Review

 The Best Hardshell Jacket for Men Review
What's the best hardshell jacket for men? We recently updated and expanded one of our most popular reviews by testing seven of the best jackets on the market. Our intensive testing and in-depth resear...


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Dec 18, 2014
The Best Insulated Jacket for Men Review

 The Best Insulated Jacket for Men Review
What is the best insulated jacket? In this ever-evolving field, we chose 12 of the top-rated models and tested them side-by-side to find out. We evaluated thick jackets and thin ones, models with hood...


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Nov 23, 2014
The Best Handheld GPS Review

 The Best Handheld GPS Review
Which handheld GPS is the best? We tested nine of the latest and greatest units from Garmin, Magellan, DeLorme and RandMcNally in a head-to-head competition that assessed satellite reception, ease of ...


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Apr 01, 2015
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 exten...


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Aug 23, 2014
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 evaluate...


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Sep 18, 2014
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 s...


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Apr 01, 2015
The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review

 The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review
What's the best softshell jacket? To find out, we took more than a dozen top models and used them for skiing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, showshoeing, running, and hi...


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Dec 20, 2014
The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review

 The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review
Which fleece is the best? In our original review we tested more than a dozen top-tier men's fleeces over three years of hiking, camping, climbing and skiing in order to find out. For our fall 2014 upd...


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Oct 02, 2014
The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking

 The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking
What's the best ultralight tent shelter? During our updated 2015 review, we tested 10 of the best and most popular 2-person tarps, pyramids, and feather light tents. To compare them side-by-side, we t...


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Aug 19, 2015
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 ...


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Feb 10, 2015
The Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review

 The Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review
What's the best ultralight sleeping bag for backpacking, climbing, and fast and light adventures of all kinds? We tested 13 top-tier, cutting-edge bags in order to find out. These bags are hyper light...


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Apr 07, 2013
The Best Winter Jacket for Men Review

 The Best Winter Jacket for Men Review
Winter doesn't have to be a season of freezing in sleet and snow in uncomfortable and bulky parkas. We took 10 of the best winter jackets on the market and compared them side-by-side to see which is b...


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Nov 24, 2014
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 advanta...


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Jul 05, 2014
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 ...


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May 21, 2015
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 suppo...


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May 20, 2015
The Best Winter Jacket For Women Review

 The Best Winter Jacket For Women Review
Looking the perfect jacket for winter? Are you looking for a blend of fashion and function to get you around town? Or perhaps you are looking for a very warm jacket to withstand harsh conditions in th...


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Nov 19, 2014
The Best Hiking Shoes for Men Review

 The Best Hiking Shoes for Men Review
What are the best men's hiking shoes? For our May 2015 review update, we hiked mountain trails, splashed through puddles, and compared ten of the top-rated models to find out. Our expert testers climb...


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May 18, 2015
The Best Down Jacket for Women Review

 The Best Down Jacket for Women Review
Down jacket technology has changed relatively little over a very long period of time. We have made advances in the fabrics encasing the down feathers, but until recently nothing has been able to impro...


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Nov 11, 2014
The Best Cooler and Ice Chest Review

 The Best Cooler and Ice Chest Review
Which is the best cooler for you? Which is the best on the market? We tested the best ice chests, examining insulating value, durability, portability, and ease of use. Our testers jostled them in car...


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Apr 01, 2015
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 ha...


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Apr 20, 2015
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 th...


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Apr 29, 2013
The Best Skis of 2015 for Men

 The Best Skis of 2015 for Men
What is the top all-mountain, all-the-time ski of 2015? We took the ten top models from ten different manufacturers and put them to a head-to-head, run-for-run comparison, for a season-long quest to a...


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Apr 10, 2015
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 throug...


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Jan 31, 2015
The Best Winter Boots for Women Review

 The Best Winter Boots for Women Review
For our updated 2015 review, we got our hands.....or.....feet on 11 of the industry's best women's winter boots. We put these products to the test, traipsing through snow drifts and splashing through ...


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Jan 14, 2015
The Best Women's Skis of 2015

 The Best Women's Skis of 2015
What is the best women's all-mountain ski? Which is the best for a single quiver? What is the one that does it all, all-the-time? To find out we compiled ten of the most popular ladies planks on the m...


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Apr 12, 2015
The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Men

 The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Men
What is the best ski glove and mitten choice for skiing and snowboarding? In this review, we tested 20 top ski gloves over the past three seasons, doing everything from riding chairs all over the West...


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Jan 17, 2015
The Best Hiking Pants Review For Men

 The Best Hiking Pants Review For Men
Which pair of hiking/outdoor pants provide the best overall performance?

During a six-month journey through Central America we tested seven of the top men's outdoor hiking (and general purpose...


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Sep 09, 2013
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...


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Aug 06, 2014
The Best Ski Jacket for Women Review

 The Best Ski Jacket for Women Review
What makes the best ski jacket? We tested several top-of-the-line insulated jackets for skiing to help you find the best. We skied numerous runs at Mammoth Mountain and Kirkwood in California, sat on ...


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Mar 10, 2015
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 w...


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Mar 28, 2015
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 t...


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Dec 15, 2014
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 h...


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Apr 09, 2014
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 diffe...


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Jun 09, 2015
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 a...


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Sep 28, 2014
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, ba...


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Feb 22, 2014
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 ...


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Jun 08, 2015
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 lim...


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Apr 26, 2011
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 pr...


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Mar 30, 2015
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 categor...


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Dec 02, 2012
The Best Camping Chair Review

 The Best Camping Chair Review
We took seven of the best chairs used for camping and tested them side-by-side in the mountains, at the beach, and at the park for some summer barbecues. Through our testing we have found which chair ...


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Apr 02, 2015
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...


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Apr 02, 2015
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 moun...


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Apr 01, 2015
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 bladder...


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Apr 01, 2015
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