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Hiking, Backpacking & Camping

Best Hiking Gear of 2022
2 days ago

Best Hiking Gear of 2022

Our experts list our favorite hiking gear picks so you can have the best experience on the trail.
Best Trekking Poles of 2022
5 days ago

Best Trekking Poles of 2022

Looking for the best trekking poles for your next hike or backpacking trip? Whether you're concerned with comfort, adjustability, weight or just the greatest value, we're here to help with...
Best Backpacking Gear of 2022
5 days ago

Best Backpacking Gear of 2022

If you are gearing up for Backpacking, we've got you covered with our comprehensive list of the best gear of the year.


Men's Clothing

Best Insulated Jackets of 2022
5 days ago

Best Insulated Jackets of 2022

In the market for the best synthetic insulated jacket? We've tested and compared 15 of the best choices side-by-side, and can recommend excellent options regardless of whether you want an...
Best Windbreaker of 2022
10 days ago

Best Windbreaker of 2022

Windbreakers are a lightweight, packable, cost-effective alternative to burlier outer layers, and are great for keeping you comfortable in all but the worst weather.
Best Long Underwear of 2022
3 weeks ago

Best Long Underwear of 2022

With temperatures dropping, it's time to prepare to play outside in the cold. We've compared 11 of the best long underwear options on the market, side-by-side, to bring you a...


Women's Clothing

Best Hiking Pants for Women of 2022
2 days ago

Best Hiking Pants for Women of 2022

To help you find your next pair of women's hiking pants, we've tested nearly 45 models over 10 years to bring you the top options. We tested them head-to-head from pants that roll-up...
Best Hiking Shorts for Women of 2022
10 days ago

Best Hiking Shorts for Women of 2022

Planning for an upcoming hike? We reviewed a handful of the year's best hiking shorts with varying inseams to determine the best in functionality, comfort, and style.
Best Base Layer for Women of 2022
2 weeks ago

Best Base Layer for Women of 2022

Ladies, are you seeking a new base layer top? Our latest review of women's base layers features 17 of the best models available today.


Shoes & Boots

Hiking Boots (Men's & Women's), Hiking Shoes (Men's & Women's), Trail Running Shoes (Men's & Women's) or see all in Footwear
Best Rain Boots of 2022
2 weeks ago

Best Rain Boots of 2022

You shouldn’t have to worry about your feet when the bad weather rolls in. Our testers put 13 high-quality rain boots through the proverbial wringer (though they actually got wetter...
Best Trail Running Shoes for Women of 2022
1 month ago

Best Trail Running Shoes for Women of 2022

Searching for your next trail running shoe? With our expert advice and experience testing various models this season, we get down to the nitty-gritty of the different options out there...
Best Hiking Shoes for Women of 2022
1 month ago

Best Hiking Shoes for Women of 2022

We're here to help you sort through the options for the best women's hiking shoes. We tested the market's leading pairs, then picked the 13 leaders for thorough side-by-side testing.


Climbing

Best Climbing Gear of 2022
5 days ago

Best Climbing Gear of 2022

Looking for the best climbing gear we've ever tested? Come check out our hand-selected list of the top gear of 2022.
Best Climbing Backpack of 2022
5 days ago

Best Climbing Backpack of 2022

Looking for a climbing backpack for your multi-pitch adventures? We tested the top climbing packs to determine which was the most durable, comfortable, and versatile...
Best Hangboard of 2022
6 days ago

Best Hangboard of 2022

Looking for the best hangboard? Hang on as we assess the best training boards out there. Our team of experts spent months working hard to bring you the best hangboard for whatever your...


Biking

Best Budget Electric Bikes of 2022
4 days ago

Best Budget Electric Bikes of 2022

After researching the most popular models on the market, we bought thirteen of the best for side-by-side testing. We spent weeks testing these bikes in order to identify their strengths...
Best Bike Shorts for Women of 2022
10 days ago

Best Bike Shorts for Women of 2022

What's the difference between a good ride and a bad one? Don't let it be your pair of cycling shorts. To find the best, our experts rode miles and miles of pavement, asphalt, and gravel.
Best Full Face Bike Helmet of 2022
10 days ago

Best Full Face Bike Helmet of 2022

Need a new full-face bike helmet? We tested 15 of the best models on the market. We put these helmets through our thorough testing process and ranked them on a set of predetermined...


Snow Sports

Best Snowshoes of 2022
2 weeks ago

Best Snowshoes of 2022

Finding the best pair of snowshoes for your adventure from the ever-growing crop of choices can be worse than wallowing through three feet of fresh snow in tennis shoes. To help, we...
Best Ski Socks of 2022
1 month ago

Best Ski Socks of 2022

Calling all ladies and gents seeking the best ski socks. Our testers virtually live on the slopes in the winter and have been testing the best socks on the market throughout the last...
Best Ski Goggles of 2022
1 month ago

Best Ski Goggles of 2022

If you're still skiing in your warped and scratched goggles that should have been retired 10 years ago, this is a great time to explore the newest models available. We researched over 100...


Paddling

Best Inflatable Paddle Board of 2022
1 month ago

Best Inflatable Paddle Board of 2022

We bought some of the best inflatable SUPs and paddled them in a variety of conditions to find out which offer the best stability, glide, and value. We also investigated how easily they...
Best Kayaks of 2022
2 months ago

Best Kayaks of 2022

In the market for a new kayak this season? We're here to help you make the most educated choice to suit your needs and paddling style. We studied 35+ options before buying the very best to...
Best SUP Paddle Boards of 2022
2 months ago

Best SUP Paddle Boards of 2022

Looking for the best SUP board of them all? We extensively tested all the best SUPs side-by-side to help you find the perfect board for your needs and budget.


Fitness

Best Budget Exercise Bikes of 2022
5 days ago

Best Budget Exercise Bikes of 2022

In the market for the best new exercise bike? After researching the best reasonably priced models, we bought nine to test and compare side by side. We analyzed the exercise quality, ease...
Best Running Hydration Pack of 2022
2 weeks ago

Best Running Hydration Pack of 2022

After months of researching the most popular running packs on the market, our testers dedicated hundreds of miles in variable conditions to determine which of our 13 finalists is best.
Best Exercise Step Platform of 2022
2 months ago

Best Exercise Step Platform of 2022

Exercise step platforms add a major facelift to a played-out, home gym setup. If you're looking for a step to add some variety to your workouts, look no further! We rounded up some of the...


Travel

Best Suitcases of 2022
6 days ago

Best Suitcases of 2022

The checked luggage market is huge, which can make finding your next suitcase daunting. Luckily, we've done all the dirty work. Rolling each bag through the worst possible conditions, we...
10 Best Backpacks of 2022
10 days ago

10 Best Backpacks of 2022

We're always looking for the best backpacks to fuel our adventures. We tested hundreds of models this year and these are the best of the best.
Best Messenger Bag of 2022
2 months ago

Best Messenger Bag of 2022

Whether you need a bag for your commute or for your job, we've taken the top 8 models and tested them in as many practical scenarios as possible.


Recent Gear Reviews

Ancheer Folding 16-inch Electric Bike Review
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Best Budget Electric Bikes4 days ago

Ancheer Folding 16-inch Electric Bike Review

This convenient electric bike is very reasonably priced and offers a solid all-around performance considering its folding design. While it didn't top the charts in any of our metrics, we...
Miclon LNE 26 Review
Best Buy
Best Budget Electric Bikes4 days ago

Miclon LNE 26 Review

With retro-inspired good looks and cruiser-style, this is a comfortable Class 2 e-bike at a reasonable price. It may not be the fastest, but it impressed us with its distance range...
REI Co-op Sahara Convertible - Women's Review
Best Buy
Hiking Pants - Women's4 days ago

REI Co-op Sahara Convertible - Women's Review

Our Best Buy winner, these convertible pants are loaded with features and function in all sorts of environments. They may not quite be the cheapest pants in the lineup, but they offer...
Rab Xenair Insulated Review
Best Buy
Insulated Jackets - Men's5 days ago

Rab Xenair Insulated Review

This lightweight jacket is incredibly breathable, packable, and offers just the right amount of warmth to keep you happy while on the move.


GearLab Learning Center

Introduction to Layered Clothing Systems
18 hours ago

Introduction to Layered Clothing Systems

Overview Enjoying the mountains to the fullest extent requires knowing how to dress. With the right clothes, an afternoon alpine thunderstorm can make for a surreal and magical experience...
How to Choose a Softshell Jacket for Women
1 month ago

How to Choose a Softshell Jacket for Women

Softshell jackets are fantastic mediators, striking a brilliant balance between breathability and protection from the elements. If you are drawn to aerobic activities out in cold...
How to Choose Mountain Bike Flat Shoes for Women
2 months ago

How to Choose Mountain Bike Flat Shoes for Women

Flat mountain biking shoes are growing in popularity with the growth of mountain biking as a sport. No longer do we want always to be clipped in, especially if you are trying that risky...
How To Choose a Backpacking Stove
2 months ago

How To Choose a Backpacking Stove

Buying the right backpacking stove can make your life in the backcountry more enjoyable. But not all stoves were made with the same adventurer in mind -- many specialize
How to Choose a GPS Watch
2 months ago

How to Choose a GPS Watch

Thinking of purchasing a GPS watch but you're not sure where to begin? The market is full of different options ranging from a simple tracker to a mini smartphone that lives on your wrist...

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