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The Best Backpacking Tent Review

 The Best Backpacking Tent Review
What's the best backpacking tent? In a three-year-long backpacking bonanza we tested 26 of the best two-person tents on hiking and camping trips everywhere from Maine to Alaska. With feedback from ov...


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Jan 14, 2013
The Best Backpacking Backpack Review

 The Best Backpacking Backpack Review
We took eleven of the highest rated and most popular packs on the market and tested them side-by-side for over five months. We picked versatile packs that an average person would use on trips of two t...


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Jan 01, 2013
The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review

 The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review
What is the best sleeping bag for backpacking? We tested 30 down and synthetic models in a head-to-head competition that assessed weight, warmth, comfort, packed size, features, and versatility. We pu...


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Mar 16, 2013
The Best Down Jacket Review

 The Best Down Jacket Review
What is the best down jacket? We've tested and reviewed over 15 of the top-rated down jackets in focused side-by-side comparisons. Our testing has taken us all over; the Cascades of Washington, the Si...


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Dec 02, 2012
The Best Hiking Boots Review

 The Best Hiking Boots Review
What are the top men's hiking boots? To find out, we took 12 of the top-rated and most popular boots, and put them through a gauntlet of tests. A great pair of boots will take you anywhere, while a ba...


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Feb 12, 2012
The Best Sleeping Pad Review

 The Best Sleeping Pad Review
Which sleeping pad is the best? We enrolled 18 top-tier portable sleeping pads in a rigorous testing regime that evaluated warmth, comfort, durability, weight, and packed size. These pads joined us on...


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Jul 27, 2013
The Best Rain Jacket Review

 The Best Rain Jacket Review
Weather shouldnt change your plans, just what youre wearing. And if you are wearing the right clothing, your outdoor experience can be just as enjoyable. This is especially important when it comes to ...


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Dec 02, 2013
The Best Hardshell Jacket Review

 The Best Hardshell Jacket Review
Whats the best hardshell jacket? We tested 20 of the latest and greatest, top-of-the-line models in a two-year long mountain sport fiesta. Our intensive testing and in-depth research offers insight in...


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Aug 10, 2013
The Best Rock Climbing Shoes Review

 The Best Rock Climbing Shoes Review
What are the best climbing shoes? To find out, we reviewed 25 of the best men's rock climbing shoes and put them in head-to-head competition. We evaluated these shoes on edging, cracks, comfort, pocke...


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Jun 12, 2012
The Best Softshell Jacket Review

 The Best Softshell Jacket Review
What's the best softshell jacket? To find out, we took 20 top models and used them for three years of skiing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, showshoeing, running, and hi...


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Apr 22, 2014
The Best Insulated Jacket Review

 The Best Insulated Jacket Review
What's the best insulated jacket? We've lived in, camped in, climbed in, skied, hiked, and biked in literally dozens of insulated jackets over the past couple years. Here, we compare side by side 20...


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Apr 13, 2013
The Best 4 Season Tent Review

 The Best 4 Season Tent Review
We tested 24 of the best four-season tents in a head-to-head competition that assessed weather resistance, livability, weight, packed size and durability. Testing took us all over the Lower 48, to Ala...


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Aug 21, 2013
The Best Fleece Jacket Review

 The Best Fleece Jacket Review
Which fleece jacket is the best? We tested 22 top-tier men's fleeces over three years of hiking, camping, climbing, and skiing in order to find out. We evaluated each jacket from thin and highly brea...


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May 29, 2013
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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Aug 04, 2013
The Best Backpacking Water Purification and Filter Systems

 The Best Backpacking Water Purification and Filter Systems
What is the best water treatment system for backpackers and campers? To find out, we took 15 of the best systems and put them in head to head tests. The results shocked us: both the Best Buy and Edito...


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Jul 11, 2012
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 19, 2012
The Best Backpacking Stove Review

 The Best Backpacking Stove Review
What is the best backpacking stove? We tested and reviewed nine of the top-rated one-burner backpacking stoves in a back country cook-off that assessed control, versatility, setup, stability, durabili...


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Nov 29, 2012
The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking

 The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking
Whats the best ultralight tent shelter? We tested 15 of the worlds best two-person trekking pole supported tents over three years of backpacking, climbing, and backcountry skiing. We assessed each mod...


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Sep 11, 2013
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 eleven contenders and put them in head-to-head tests. We compared them on the ...


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Sep 19, 2013
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 Climbing Harness Review

 The Best Climbing Harness Review
We tested 19 of the top harnesses in a head-to-head comparison to find out which is the best. The fact is that there is no piece of climbing gear you will spend more time with than your harness. Climb...


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Mar 01, 2012
The Best Camping Stove Review

 The Best Camping Stove Review
We took nine of the top camping stoves and put them in side-by-side tests in both our gear lab and campgrounds across the Western US. We looked for which stove was best for small groups as well as fam...


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May 02, 2012
The Best Day Backpack Review

 The Best Day Backpack Review
Whether you are a frequent hiker, a student, or a weekend warrior, chances are you could use a daypack for one or more of your activities. Any time you need to carry more than your phone and wallet, i...


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Jun 22, 2012
The Best Hiking Shoe Review

 The Best Hiking Shoe Review
Whats the best mens hiking shoe? We tested eight of the most popular hiking shoes across various terrain and conditions throughout the country. From winter hiking in the Sierra, chasing fall foliage i...


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Jun 28, 2013
The Best Down Jacket for Women Review

 The Best Down Jacket for Women Review
We had the privilege of evaluating exciting new products on the market for the 2012 season that use innovative down treatments such as Color-Tec and DownTek. We got our hands on the L.L. Bean Ultralig...


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Nov 21, 2012
The Best Trekking Pole Review For Hiking and Backpacking

 The Best Trekking Pole Review For Hiking and Backpacking
Editor's Choice:
The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork is our favorite adjustable trekking pole because it was the most versatile. It is light, collapses very small, is durable, has great cork hand...


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Aug 14, 2012
The Best Hiking Boots for Women Review

 The Best Hiking Boots for Women Review
We hand-picked nine top hiking boot contenders for a foot-to-foot comparison to determine the best. After rigorous wearing, long walks in the desert and mountains, scrambling over granite and sandston...


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May 20, 2012
Best Climbing Approach Shoes

 Best Climbing Approach Shoes
We looked at 13 of the best climbing approach shoes and put them through rigorous head-to-head tests. We scored them on smearing, edging, hiking, durability and their lightweight/compactness. We took ...


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Dec 03, 2012
The Best Rock Climbing Rope

 The Best Rock Climbing Rope
We gathered a selection 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 cli...


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Jun 19, 2013
The Best Winter Jacket Review

 The Best Winter Jacket Review
Nothing makes cold weather comfortable like the perfect winter jacket. Weve tested more than ten of a variety of weights and styles, to help you find the very best for your needs in winter. All conte...


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Feb 26, 2014
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 27, 2011
The Best Car Camping Mattress

 The Best Car Camping Mattress
Which camping mattress is the best? We enrolled six 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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Feb 26, 2014
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 29, 2013
The Best Wind Jacket Review

 The Best Wind Jacket Review
We identified the top wind 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 pi...


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Mar 18, 2012
The Best Ski Gloves Review

 The Best Ski Gloves Review
What are the best choice for skiing and snowboarding? We tested 14 of our favorites over the past two seasons, doing everything from riding chairs all over the Western U.S. to backcountry touring in t...


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Oct 27, 2013
The Best Long Underwear Review

 The Best Long Underwear Review
We tested the long underwear that can handle the rugged stuff, keeping you warm and cozy while performing from the tops of mountains to the depths of caves. Sure, you can wear them for a run or to a ...


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Jun 22, 2011
The Best Travel Backpack Review

 The Best Travel Backpack Review
For our travel backpack review, we picked out a range of top-of-the-line full-size, framed backpacks; compressible daypacks; and carry-on backpacks. We used these packs for everyday around-town activi...


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Apr 20, 2013
The Best Headlamp Review

 The Best Headlamp Review
Which headlamp is the best? To find out, we took 37 top models and put them through a gauntlet of side-by-side tests. Each product was both lab-tested and extensively field-tested. We used industrial ...


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Jan 14, 2014
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...


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Sep 17, 2013
Best Climbing Helmet for Your Dome

 Best Climbing Helmet for Your Dome
We chose eight top climbing helmets, dragged them through tight chimneys and up big walls, sport climbs, and long trad routes. We took the occasional leader fall and descended big climbs in the dark w...


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Mar 05, 2010
Crash Pad Review: The Best Bouldering Pad

 Crash Pad Review: The Best Bouldering Pad
We selected over a dozen of the best bouldering crash pads, lined them up, and took practice falls on them repeatedly. Then we took them on as many bouldering excursions as we could. We found big diff...


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Mar 14, 2012
The Best Trail Running Shoes Review

 The Best Trail Running Shoes Review
We selected 10 of the seasons top trail running shoes for a head-to-head comparison on the trails in and around Boulder, Colorado and on trips around the country. We ran flat fire roads covered in cru...


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Apr 01, 2013
The Best Messenger Bag Review

 The Best Messenger Bag Review
We compared eight top of the line messenger bags suitable for carrying a laptop along with other items in a two month long head-to-head comparison that assessed comfort, aesthetics, storage, water res...


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Oct 10, 2011
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 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 25, 2014
The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review

 The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review
Do you like hiking in a traditional boot? Or do you prefer the light feel of a trail runner? What are hiking shoes anyway? There is an emerging genre in the outdoor industry of the hiking shoe, which ...


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Nov 07, 2012
The Best Hydration Pack Review

 The Best Hydration Pack Review
We took 11 top packs and spent six months hiking, biking, and running to find which is the ultimate system. Ever since the first CamelBak arrived over a decade ago, options have changed a lot and ther...


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Jan 01, 2013
The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review

 The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review
We took our previous fleece review and updated it by testing seven more top-of-the-line fleeces. We tried out some of the industry's best technical fleece jackets and cuddled up in some of the fleecie...


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Feb 20, 2013
Picking the Best Ice Axe

 Picking the Best Ice Axe
We looked at 14 different ice axes and compared them head-to-head in the following categories: self-arresting, anchor digging, step chopping, use as improvised anchor, steep ice and snow climbing, and...


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Jan 25, 2010
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: lightne...


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Jul 03, 2010
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