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Hiking, Backpacking & Camping

Best Down Jackets of 2022
23 hours ago

Best Down Jackets of 2022

Searching for an awesome new down jacket but aren't sure where to begin? Our experts reviewed 12 of the best and most popular mid and lightweight models available on the market today to...
Best Budget Backpacking Packs of 2022
23 hours ago

Best Budget Backpacking Packs of 2022

We know not everyone wants to pay for a top-tier backpack, so we've ranked some of the best budget backpacks on the market. They're not the most expensive packs you can find, but they...
Best Hiking Boots for Women 2022
23 hours ago

Best Hiking Boots for Women 2022

Now is the time to invest in your next pair of hiking boots. But where to begin? We have narrowed down the options to the top models on the market for hands-on testing.


Men's Clothing

Best Down Jackets of 2022
23 hours ago

Best Down Jackets of 2022

Searching for an awesome new down jacket but aren't sure where to begin? Our experts reviewed 12 of the best and most popular mid and lightweight models available on the market today to...
Best Budget Fleece Jacket of 2022
2 days ago

Best Budget Fleece Jacket of 2022

Are you looking for a warm and lightweight layer to add to your arsenal of cold weather clothing? After investigating the best fleeces being offered, we selected ten to independently...
The Best Sweater of 2022
2 days ago

The Best Sweater of 2022

Sweaters are an awesome way to change up your look while adding some extra warmth to your life. The quality and comfort of even name-brand options can vary widely. Our expert reviewers...


Women's Clothing

Best Budget Underwear for Women of 2022
3 days ago

Best Budget Underwear for Women of 2022

The range of women's underwear is as large and varied as the activities we like to do in them. Some look great in the package, but turn out to be incredibly uncomfortable, poor quality, or...
Best Budget Sweatpants for Women of 2022
3 days ago

Best Budget Sweatpants for Women of 2022

After extensive research, our experts purchased the 9 most promising pairs of women's sweatpants available on the market, performed an in-depth analysis, and present the pros and cons of...


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 Hiking Boots for Women 2022
23 hours ago

Best Hiking Boots for Women 2022

Now is the time to invest in your next pair of hiking boots. But where to begin? We have narrowed down the options to the top models on the market for hands-on testing.
Best Socks of 2022
2 days ago

Best Socks of 2022

Finally time to replace your tired old socks? We researched over 15 pairs of the best of the selling socks before picking 10 of them to compare in a rigorous side by side comparison.
Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2022
3 days ago

Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2022

Looking for the best clipless mountain bike shoes to suit your riding style and budget? We researched the top models on the market before selecting 18 to test and compare side by side...


Climbing

Best Climbing Backpack of 2022
2 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 Nut Tools for Climbing of 2022
3 days ago

Best Nut Tools for Climbing of 2022

We took the best nut tools and tested them at cleaning a variety of cams and nut types in all sizes and over a broad spectrum of rock types. We compared their weight, durability, ability...


Biking

Best Flat Pedals for Mountain Biking
23 hours ago

Best Flat Pedals for Mountain Biking

Searching for a new set of flat pedals for your mountain bike? We researched the top models on the market before purchasing 16 pairs to test for this comparative review.
Best Sport Sunglasses of 2022
2 days ago

Best Sport Sunglasses of 2022

Looking for the best pair of sport sunglasses available? We researched 100+ models and then bought the 21 best for our sun, sweat, and adventure-filled tests.
Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2022
3 days ago

Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2022

Looking for the best clipless mountain bike shoes to suit your riding style and budget? We researched the top models on the market before selecting 18 to test and compare side by side...


Snow Sports

Best Ski Gloves for Women of 2022
2 weeks ago

Best Ski Gloves for Women of 2022

Are you a lady seeking an awesome ski glove or mitt this winter? We tested 13 of the best options. Practically living on the slopes, they have seen everything from...
Best Ski Helmets of 2022
2 weeks ago

Best Ski Helmets of 2022

Buying a new ski helmet can be an overwhelming decision, to say the least. There are so many options for so many different skiers. Our team
Best Ski Gloves of 2022
3 weeks ago

Best Ski Gloves of 2022

With so many choices, it can be difficult to find the right pair. We hands-on test the best gloves and mittens for skiing and snowboarding


Paddling

Best Water Shoes of 2022
3 weeks ago

Best Water Shoes of 2022

After combing through 60 of the best water shoes on the market, we purchased and rigorously tested the top 7 to find the best.
Best Kayaks of 2022
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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 Exercise Step Platform of 2022
3 days 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...
Best Muscle Rollers of 2022
7 days ago

Best Muscle Rollers of 2022

Relieving muscle tightness and soreness is easily accomplished with a muscle roller stick, and we bought and tested 9 of the best and most popular options after conducting research on over...
Best Barefoot Shoes of 2022
8 days ago

Best Barefoot Shoes of 2022

Ready to make the switch to minimalist or barefoot shoes? Our comprehensive review compares 10 of this season's best models side-by-side, so you can spend less time worrying about "proper"...


Travel

Best Messenger Bag of 2022
6 days 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.
11 Best Backpacks  of 2022
6 days ago

11 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 Duffel Bags of 2022
10 days ago

Best Duffel Bags of 2022

A dependable duffel bag will take you and all your gear on the best adventures and will also make everyday travel a breeze. We've done years of research and hands-on testing and are...


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GearLab Learning Center

How to Choose Mountain Bike Flat Shoes for Women
9 days 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
10 days 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
3 weeks 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...
How to Choose a Camping Tent
1 month ago

How to Choose a Camping Tent

A car camping tent can be a serious investment, with prices ranging from affordable to downright frightening. It can be overwhelming with all the highly varied applications and features...
How to Choose A Water Bottle
2 months ago

How to Choose A Water Bottle

The number of options out there for water bottles can be overwhelming and even incapacitating. This article is here to help you sort through your options and settle on the right bottle for...
How to Choose a Women's Ski Jacket
2 months ago

How to Choose a Women's Ski Jacket

Ready for a new ski jacket, but bewildered by the options? This guide will help you understand key elements to consider and how to make your choice based on your own personal needs