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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 29, 2014
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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Feb 25, 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 19, 2014
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 Hiking Boots for Men Review

 The Best Hiking Boots for Men Review
What are the best men's hiking boots? Our expert testers put 15 of the top-rated models through the ringer to find out. We compared them side by side in the mud, gravel, and snow. We hiked in the dese...


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Aug 20, 2014
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 25, 2013
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 09, 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 24, 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 19, 2014
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 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 19, 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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Aug 04, 2013
The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review

 The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review
Which fleece jacket 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 2...


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Oct 02, 2014
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 systems and compared them in detailed head-to-head tests in this extensive review. The results ...


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Aug 24, 2014
The Best Headlamp Review

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


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Jan 14, 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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Sep 18, 2012
The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking

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


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Sep 09, 2013
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 19, 2012
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 25, 2014
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 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 12, 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 06, 2014
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 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 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 20, 2014
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 dirt path with fresh air and a view? In that dream, are your feet happy, well ...


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Nov 04, 2014
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 26, 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 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 17, 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
Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review

 Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review
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 02, 2012
The Best Bike Computer Review

 The Best Bike Computer Review
We geared up in the rain, the snow, and the cold to test eight of the most popular bike computers on the market, side-by-side. We clipped in for training workouts, long rural rides, and jaunts around ...


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Apr 20, 2013
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 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 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 19, 2011
The Best Winter Boots for Women Review

 The Best Winter Boots for Women Review
For this review, we got our hands.....or.....feet on 10 of the industry's best women's winter boots. We put these products to the test, traipsing through snow drifts and splashing through slush. We hi...


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Dec 10, 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 23, 2014
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 travel backpacks for everyday around-...


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Apr 20, 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 17, 2012
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 Hydration Pack Review

 The Best Hydration Pack Review
We took 11 top hydration 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 lo...


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Dec 26, 2012
The Best Cooler Review

 The Best Cooler 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 Camping Chair Review

 The Best Camping Chair Review
We took seven of the best camping chairs 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 performs ...


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Jan 02, 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 09, 2011
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
The Best Camping Sleeping Bag Review

 The Best Camping Sleeping Bag Review
What the best product for general-purpose uses like camping and sleepovers? To find out we tested over 70 different models all types, sizes, and styles in an epic multi-year camping spree. This revi...


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Nov 03, 2014
The Best Sun Hat Review

 The Best Sun Hat Review
What is the best sun hat? We took 12 of the top sun 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, Bre...


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Dec 02, 2012
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 13, 2012
The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review

 The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review
Which women's fleece jacket is the best? With outdoor gear companies continuously updating their lines, answering that question is an ever-evolving process. So, we've updated our previous review by te...


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Sep 06, 2014
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 22, 2011
The Best Backpacking Camping Chair Review

 The Best Backpacking Camping Chair Review
We took the top lightweight backpacking and camping 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. Thes...


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Mar 24, 2012
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