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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 more than 16 of the best two-person tents on the market. We used these tents everywhere from Maine to the High Sierra, ...


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Nov 22, 2015
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 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 sleepin...


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Nov 22, 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 14 jackets in side-by-side tests. These tests took place in environments as diverse as the damp mi...


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Nov 24, 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, we tested 20 of the best pads on th...


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Jan 17, 2016
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 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 ra...


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Dec 05, 2015
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 eva...


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Nov 17, 2015
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 w...


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Mar 02, 2016
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 03, 2015
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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Sep 18, 2012
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 blizzar...


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Jan 11, 2016
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 baggi...


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Aug 19, 2015
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 ...


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Nov 21, 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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Sep 03, 2015
The Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review

 The 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 ke...


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Nov 01, 2015
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 o...


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May 18, 2015
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 ...


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Jan 26, 2016
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 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 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 Antar...


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Nov 26, 2015
The Best Backpacking Backpack Review

 The Best Backpacking Backpack Review
We took fifteen 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 aver...


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Jul 24, 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 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 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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Nov 11, 2013
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 08, 2013
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 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 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 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 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 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...


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Jan 25, 2016
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 e...


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Mar 13, 2016
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 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 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-mounta...


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Jan 26, 2016
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 su...


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May 19, 2015
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 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 ...


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Apr 23, 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 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 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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Mar 16, 2012
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...


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Jun 30, 2015
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 an...


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Sep 22, 2013
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, 2013
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 ...


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Aug 29, 2015
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 leadi...


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Jun 21, 2011
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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Nov 25, 2013
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. ...


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Jul 09, 2015
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