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Wild Things Guide Pack
The Guide Pack from Wild Things is a very simple, lightweight pack. The old-fashioned ice tool attachments require workarounds for use with modern...

Yakima Rocketbox Pro 14
With the Rocketbox Pro 14, you get what you pay for. It is $50 cheaper than any other box in this review, and is a decent budget buy for extra cargo space...

Yates Big Wall Rack
This is currently our favorite big wall gear sling. It has gear loops in all the right places and and can comfortably handle big loads. It is also the most...

Yates Shield Harness
The Yates Shield is the most burly big wall harness we tested. It is the harness you see many true modern Yosemite wall rats using. Everything about it --...

Mammut Ride Removable 3.0
The Mammut Ride Removable Airbag 3.0 pack scored well in our tests and is several hundred dollars less than many airbag packs on the market. It is still...

Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket - Women's
If you are in the market for a technical parka for mountaineering, winter camping, and alpine conditions, we recommend the Rab Neutrino Endurance, which...

Instapark Mercury 10W
Continuing to impress our team of experts year after year, the Mercury is one of the fiercest competitors in our fleet.

Western Mountaineering UltraLite
This is one of the few bags we've seen that's potentially up for 4-season use. Its got premium high-loft down for summer...

Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
At 10 ounces the BD Carbon Z is surprisingly light when first picked up and performs incredibly in the field....

Rab Latok Summit
Though a bit on the small side, the Latok Summit is a good alternative to a bivy sack. It is durable, strong and relatively lightweight...

Outdoor Research Revolution
Thanks to its solid scores in all metrics, particularly when it came to features, the Revolution took the cake as our Best Buy winner.

Oakley Crowbar
The Oakley Crowbar is a good quality goggle. The design is consistent with a mid-range goggle. The peripheral vision is good top to bottom and on the...

Black Diamond Beta Light
A dual pole pyramid style tent that is made of SilNylon and has no floor or bug netting built it. It packs down ridiculously small with great value...

Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter
The Ultralight Starter is an inexpensive and lightweight introductory hammock, that we found easy to carry with on just about any occasion. This simple...

The Best Climbing Slings and Runners
Climbing slings are an invaluable piece of climbing gear that help protect you while leading and attach you to the anchor on multi-pitch climbs. Choosing...

Zpacks Duplex 2
Featuring bug protection that has been sewn in as well as a fully waterproof bathtub floor, this Editors' Choice winner weighs only 21 ounces.

Gregory Baltoro 65
This pack is a favorite among many and is rich in features. It's one of our higher overall scorers for its load-hauling ability.

Arc'teryx R300
The Arc'teryx R300 is the updated version of our top rated R320 harness. The R300 has wider Warp Strength Technology waist belt and leg loops, more durable...

La Sportiva Miura VS
One of the stiffest shoes out there, the Miura VS excels in a world of very hard climbing, where it can use its diamond hard edges and almost absurdly...

Brooks Range Mojave
The Brooks Range Mojave is unique in our Parka review in that it is the only product that features hydrophobic down -- a new technology. Brooks Range has...

Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid
With a wallet-friendly price, the Ventilator hiking boot is a good introductory boot that performs best in dry weather. Those with wide feet should also...

Montbell UL Thermawrap Jacket
The Montbell UL Thermawrap jacket is the lightest and most affordable model we tested. All features have been minimized to make a light, clean, very...

REI Revelcloud Jacket - Men's
Of all the jackets we tested, this was the least expensive. It gets our Best Buy Award because it offers quality materials, great functionality, light...

Gibbon ClassicLine
The Gibbon ClassicLine is the original 2-inch slackline for everyone. Gibbon appeared on the market years ago as the only company actively marketing to...

Nalgene Wide-Mouth
Water bottle design has taken a turn for the overly complicated these days, but the Nalgene is a tried and tested favorite for its simple design. Given its...

The North Face Mountain 25
A classic tried-and-true expedition tent that has stood up to some of the world's most extreme conditions. While slightly smaller than some other...

Topeak JoeBlow Sport 2
The extremely popular Joe Blow Sport 2 offers reliable, affordable performance and was chosen as our Best Buy floor pump. With a mix of lightweight plastic...

Travelpro Maxlite 4 25"
Winner of our Best Buy Award, the Maxlite 4 features smart refinements to traditional features and a reasonably styled lightweight package at an...

Petzl Meteor
The Petzl Meteor is one of the best lightweight helmets made of EPS foam and a thin polycarbonate shell, proving to offer excellent value for those who...

Patagonia Hyper Puff Hoody
Move over DAS Parka and make way for the Hyper Puff. This jacket takes synthetic puffys to loftier heights with the new HyperDAS insulation. The Pertex...

Gregory Baltoro 65
This pack is a favorite among many and is rich in features. It's one of our higher overall scorers for its load-hauling ability.

Garmin inReach Explorer+
The Explorer+ takes the cake for messaging and tracking, scoring high across all metrics. But the pint-sized Mini makes more sense in almost every...

Powertraveller Solarmonkey Adventurer
The Powertraveller Solarmonkey Adventurer might be better called the Powertraveller Tortoise Adventurer. It is not fast, but it is reliable, and in some...

Montane Minimus
The Montane Minimus is an exceptional ultralight rain jacket with the price tag to match. The Minimus offers more ventilation than the other ultralights we...

REI Camp Bed 3.5
Want to buy a car camping mattress that will protect you from anything on the ground, keep you warm, and ensure an exemplary nights sleep without paying...

CAMP USA Armour
The CAMP Armour is a heavy helmet that has limited use compared to today's new and highly engineered designs. It's not very adjustable, and it sits so high...

Gregory Alpaca
This is a top-notch expedition duffel. Built to last, it can be left out in the elements and will offer excellent performance for years to come.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Ice Pack
The HMG 3400 Ice Pack is a specific-use pack most tailored to snow and ice climbing. It has great features and is very comfortable, but easily acquires...

Kelty Salida 2
Offering a moderate 30.5 square feet of interior space with an additional 10 feet of storage space in its single vestibule - enter Kelty Salida 2. The tent...

Moses Cam Hook
Once you get over the initial terror of cam hooks, they can be your best friend. They help you move quickly and are sometimes the only hammerless placement...

Stansport Outfitter Series 2-Burner
This stove boasts incredible power and heat when you need it, but also simmers like a champ when you don't. Camp chefs will love the

Black Diamond Oz Carabiner
The Oz carabiner is a perfect mix of a lightweight design while still being user-friendly. This carabiner will shave they weight off your rack.

CAMP Nano 22 Carabiner
The Nano 22 is a small carabiner, but it is still full strength and ready to climb on. The smaller size does make it more difficult to handle.

The Best Down Jackets of 2019
Searching for an awesome new down jacket but aren’t sure where to begin? Our experts reviewed 11 of the best and most popular mid and lightweight models...

Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody
The Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody is an affordable softshell that performs well for a variety of activities in a wide array of conditions. In our last...

Osprey Raptor 10
A past Editors' Choice winner, this pack gets narrowly edged out of the winner's circle this year. The pack features nice organizational compartments for...

Apple Nike+ Sportwatch
This contender is a smartwatch that athletes can use. If your priorities value the smartwatch functionality, the Apple Nike+ Sportwatch is an excellent...

Ortovox 3+
The Ortovox 3+ is a triple antennae beacon with some useful features but not a lot of extras. It has below average range but it is easy to use.

Katabatic Gear Sawatch 15
The Katabatic Gear Sawatch 15 is an ultralight, high-powered furnace of a sleeping bag. It's a warmer version of our highest rated backpacking bag, the...

Katabatic Gear Sawatch 15
The Katabatic Gear Sawatch 15 is an ultralight, high-powered furnace of a sleeping bag. It's a warmer version of our highest rated backpacking bag, the...

The North Face Cat's Meow
This classic bag, first introduced in 1977, gets an update every 2-3 years. The latest version remains a respectably performing all-arounder that excels in...

Western Mountaineering Versalite 10
Light and much warmer than we expected for a bag rated to 10º. Our testers loved the loft and were impressed with its small packed size. This bag features...

REI Co-op Flexlite
A very comfortable and durable, lightweight chair that, while less stable than some of the other portable camping chairs we tested, may become a favorite...

Metolius Belay Glove
Metolius full fingered Belay Glove is a great all-around belay glove. It is durable and, after you break it in, it offers good dexterity for a cowhide...

The Best Climbing Backpacks of 2019
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...

Petzl Spirit Straight Gate
The Petzl Spirit is the original keylocking carabiner - often copied but never duplicated. Thanks to its notch-free design it is a dream to unclip on steep...

Wild Country Helium Carabiner
The Helium carabiner is a full-size option that works for any number of climbing applications. It's not the lightest carabiner on the market, but it's the...

Black Diamond Momentum
Our Best Bang for the Buck award winner because it combines comfort, easy adjustability, and adequate features with an unbeatable price…

Marmot DriClime Windshirt
This Windshirt initially looked like a furnace to us -- layered insulation wrapped in a womb of polyester. It really was the warmest jacket of the testing...

Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew
The PhD is a earns a notable mention for its high-performance and a fitted design. Its cozy fabrics are unrivaled by another other competitor and...

Reef Fanning
The Fanning is an all around excellent sandal that scores high in every metric tested, offering a great overall value. It's comfortable,

Petzl Micro Traxion
The Micro Traxion is Petzl's smaller, sleeker, sexier Mini Traxion. As with the Petzl Mini Traxion, the Micro Traxion is designed to be a progress capture...

Feathered Friends Hummingbird 20
The Feathered Friends Hummingbird is one of the lightest and most versatile traditional style 20-degree sleeping bags we've tested. However, it is only...

Therm-a-Rest Navis
The Therm-a-Rest Navis is the company's lightest sleeping bag. It saves weight by omitting a zipper, eliminating insulation from the bottom of the bag, and...

Mountain Hardwear Jalapeno
The Mountain Hardwear Jalapeno is a mostly leather design that is very dexterous and exceptionally durable. Despite the Jalapeno's name it's just an...

Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Sol
From alpine big walls to ultralight thru-hiking, it's versatile enough to fit most applications. While it isn't the most comfortable sleeping pad on the...

Patagonia R2 Jacket
Patagonia's R-Series is one of the best collection of technical fleeces assembled. The Patagonia R2 Jacket is no exception, but it lacks a little something...

Therm-A-Rest ProLite Plus
The Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus is a high quality all-purpose inflatable foam pad. This is more comfortable and warmer than the Therm-a-Rest ProLite and Nemo...

Princeton Tec Apex
The Apex is a quality light that offers a very bright and high-quality spot beam, and a better than average close-proximity light. It is also...

Goal Zero Nomad 7
Everyone recognizes the green and black motif that Goal Zero has made popular. We wanted to test these ubiquitous gadgets against their lesser-known...

Arc'teryx Atom SV - Men's
The SV has been discontinued. The current Editors' Choice is the Rab Xenon X. And our current highest rated Arc'teryx jacket is the Arc'teryx Fission SL...

Goal Zero Nomad 7
Everyone recognizes the green and black motif that Goal Zero has made popular. We wanted to test these ubiquitous gadgets against their lesser-known...

Black Diamond Stopper
In 1972 Chouinard Equipment released seven sizes of Stoppers. A lot has changed since then but the folks at Black Diamond (which came out of Chouinard)...

The North Face Khumbu 2 Jacket
The North Face Khumbu 2 Jacket is their classic and most basic fleece. It is much lighter than the The North Face Denali Jacket and feels almost as warm...

Patagonia Rain Shadow
The Rain Shadow has been discontinued. The most similar jacket in our review is the Patagonia Torrentshell. Also be sure to check out our complete Rain...

Vapur Element 1L
The Vapur Element is a great bottle when you're on the go, be it air travel or around town by bus, car, or bike. The body of this lightweight bottle is...

Enlightened Equipment Prodigy
The Enlightened Equipment Prodigy is the lightest synthetic sleeping bag we've tested. Ordering it is not very convenient, as this bag is not available...

Patagonia Simple Guide Pant
[tip]Discontinued - Update, March 2015 The Simple Guide Pants are now discontinued and have been replaced by the Patagonia RPS Pant. You will find more...

Mountain Hardwear Zonal - Men's
The Men's Zonal Jacket has been discontinued. Check out our Insulated Jacket Review to compare all of the jackets that were tested. If you are looking for...

Marmot Oracle
The Marmot Oracle is the rain jacket that offers the most features and creature comforts of all the jackets we tested. All of the cool features on the...

Mountain Hardwear Mistral
Unfortunately, the MHW Mistral has been discontinued, though it can still be found for sale at several online retailers. Read our updated Best Women's...

Arc'teryx Fission SL
The Arc'teryx Fission SL is the lightest insulated jacket in our test, while insulating as well as any other product. Only a few jackets are warmer, while...

Mountain Khakis Original Mountain Pants
These are the ideal casual yet functional pant. They look good but can hold their own in just about any work or play setting. We wear them around town some...

Scarpa Kailash
The Scarpa Kailash is a best-selling, critically acclaimed boot. In 2008, it won a number of awards, including the illustrious Backpacker Magazine's...

Mountain Khakis Original Mountain Pants Flannel-lined
These are our favorite "do it all" pair of pants for winter. You can wear them around in about 10-30 degrees Fahrenheit without requiring long underwear...

Feathered Friends Hummingbird 20
The Feathered Friends Hummingbird is one of the lightest and most versatile traditional style 20-degree sleeping bags we've tested. However, it is only...

Patagonia Traverse
The Patagonia Traverse has been discontinued; because of this, you may want to consider the Patagonia Intraverse, $119, which our testers are hard at work...

Black Diamond Distance FLZ
When the first generation of the Black Diamond Distance FLZ came out it was the most innovative pole we have seen in a long time. It primarily filled a...

OGL Gear Adventure #1 - Hike Mt. Tam and Mountain Board down to free food
This is the first OutdoorGearLab Gear Adventure, a monthly feature where we dream up a new adventure, test some gear, and hopefully inform and amuse....

SlingFin Hardshell
The SlingFin HardShell tent is the equivalent of Air Force One for mountain climbers and polar explorers. Its innovative design and premium materials make...

Sigma BC1609 Cadence
The Sigma BC1609 Cadence bike computer is a well-designed bike computer that records 11 different functions. The screen is the same size and shape as the...

Delsey Helium Shadow 2 21
A four-wheeled, hard-sided carry-on bag, the 21" Delsey Helium Shadow 2.0 put up a good fight for our Top Pick Award. It is comparable in capacity, style...

Mammut Tusk
At 9.8 mm and 63 g/m, the Mammut Tusk is the perfect example of an all-around climbing rope. It's not too heavy, not too skinny, and can live up to any...

Hi-Tec Timaru Down Hoodie - Women's
Product Discontinued This jacket is no longer available. You might want to check out Mountain Hardwear Hooded Ghost Whisperer - Women's and our complete...

The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

The Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2019
We performed exhaustive research to find the most intriguing hardtail mountain bikes in the industry. We purchased the most compelling options and rode...

Ratings for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

How We Tested for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Price vs. Value Chart for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Compare Competitors for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Ratings for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

How We Tested for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Price vs. Value Chart for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Compare Competitors for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Ratings for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

How We Tested for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Price vs. Value Chart for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Compare Competitors for The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2019
Navigating loads of bike industry jargon can get confusing. Within the wonderful world of trail bikes, there are plenty of sub-categories like...

Ratings for The Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2019
We performed exhaustive research to find the most intriguing hardtail mountain bikes in the industry. We purchased the most compelling options and rode...

How We Tested for The Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2019
We performed exhaustive research to find the most intriguing hardtail mountain bikes in the industry. We purchased the most compelling options and rode...

Price vs. Value Chart for The Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2019
We performed exhaustive research to find the most intriguing hardtail mountain bikes in the industry. We purchased the most compelling options and rode...

Compare Competitors for The Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2019
We performed exhaustive research to find the most intriguing hardtail mountain bikes in the industry. We purchased the most compelling options and rode...

Commencal Meta AM 4.2 Essential
Long and low, the Meta AM 4.2 has a hard-charging attitude that doesn't shy away from nasty fall lines. Excellent descending skills make up for lackluster...

Commencal Meta TR 4.2 Essential 2017
The Commencal Meta TR V4.2 features semi-aggressive angles on a balanced platform. This 130mm rig offers crisp handling capable descending skills. In...

Giant Anthem 2 2017
Nimble handling enable's the Anthem 2's playful personality and allows for precise line selection. Quality components combine with impressive performance...

Ibis Ripley LS 2017
Ibis blends high-speed performance and saucy handling skills with the 2017 Ripley LS X01 Eagle. The bike earned top marks in our downhill performance...

Ibis Ripley LS NX 2018
The Ibis Ripley LS NX offers high-end performance that relies on precise and sharp handling. This ultra-fun trail bike can slice and dice its way down the...

Intense Recluse Pro 2017
The Recluse has all the trappings of an aggressive, high-performance trail bike. Unfortunately, its singletrack skills are sorely lacking when compared to...

Juliana Furtado R 2018
A swiss army knife bike, the Furtado is hard to fault as a daily mountain driver. Climbing with ease and descending with authority, the bike is a great...

Kona Honzo AL/DL 2017
The Kona Honzo is a serviceable trail bike with swift climbing skills and reasonable descending chops. This bike is most at home on long, cross-country...

Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1 2017
The Niner Jet 9 is a capable bike with a straight-lining attitude. This bike is a solid climber and is comfortable on all-day epics without too many tight...

Pivot Mach 429 Trail X01 Eagle 2017
A dutiful bike, the Mach 429 Trail rolls up to the singletrack ready to get the job done. This business first attitude plays a bit better on the climbs...

Rocky Mountain Altitude Alloy 50 2018
The Rocky Mountain Altitude Alloy 50 provides exceptional climbing skills and balanced downhill abilities at a killer value. This 150mm travel trail bike...

Salsa Woodsmoke 29 NX1 2017
Salsa's Woodsmoke is meant for long days in the saddle on largely smooth trails and fire roads. Unfortunately, disappointing components on this build limit...

Santa Cruz Bronson X01 Eagle 2017
A standard in the industry, the Bronson has been offering solid MTB performance since 2013. A 2015 reboot only improves performance, setting a benchmark...

Santa Cruz Chameleon R1+ 2017
The Chameleon's many skillsets keep it from excelling at any given one, except for BMX style antics. With all of its wheel size and geometry options...

Santa Cruz Hightower LT XE 2018
Santa Cruz's newest Hightower is the LT, or long-travel, version. It's a hard-charging 29er that can easily serve as a long-travel daily driver, offering...

Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29 2017
The Tallboy never loses its focus on trail taming good times. Supremely capable with lively manners when heading up or downhill, this 110mm 29er can take...

Specialized Camber Comp 29 2017
Painless climbing, precise handling, and reasonable descending skills combine to make the Camber Comp a respectable light-duty trail bike. It's efficiency...

Specialized Fuse Expert 6Fattie 2017
Specialized offers well-balanced performance in a simple package for an excellent price with the Fuse. Lively and fun with a focused attitude to match, the...

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon 6Fattie 2017
Imprecise trail smashing is the name of the game aboard this 27.5+ bike. The Stumpjumper 6Fattie is made for those who like to rip down the trail, rolling...

Trek Fuel EX 7 29 2017
The Trek Fuel EX is a cross-country leaning trail bike with a traditional 29er feel. The bike climbs reasonably when the climbing switch is engaged. Those...

Trek Remedy 8 2017
Trek slaps a reasonable price tag on its revamped 2017 Remedy 8. It's sharp steering and lively nature are stunted by uninspired climbing and quickly...

Trek Stache 7 2017
Fast and fun, we like the Stache for cranking out miles on mellow trails or for new riders looking for confidence granting traction and stability. It can...

Yeti SB5.5 X01 Eagle 2017
Yeti created a balanced beast with its 2017 SB5.5. Winner of our 2016 enduro and 2017 trail tests, it established itself as the bike to beat.

YT Capra AL Comp 2017
Spot-on geometry meets superb componentry in the YT Capra AL Comp. Unfortunately, downhill performance is decisively harsh, jarring and loud due to a...

YT Jeffsy AL One 29 2017
The YT Jeffsy 29 is a reliable trail bike that offers solid climbing performance and a decent, but harsh, downhill experience. While we have ridden more...

Terra Nova Solar Photon 2
Of the three double wall, dedicated pole tents that we tested for this review, the Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 was the lowest scorer…

Mountain Hardwear Mistral
Unfortunately, the MHW Mistral has been discontinued, though it can still be found for sale at several online retailers. Read our updated Best Women's...

North Face Vortex Triclimate
The North Face Vortex Triclimate is a carefully designed 3-in-1 style jacket. It keeps us warm, protects us from foul weather, and delivers an excellent...

Salsa Woodsmoke 29 NX1 2017
Salsa's Woodsmoke is meant for long days in the saddle on largely smooth trails and fire roads. Unfortunately, disappointing components on this build limit...

La Sportiva Spantik
The Spantik is the boot of choice for cold weather mountaineering in the world's serious mountain ranges, such as Aconcogua and Denali. It is an insulated...

Pivot Mach 6 X01 2016
Pivot's 2016 Mach 6 performs below expectations due to a tricky fit and overly narrow rims. As a result, this was the least confident bike in out 2016...

Yeti SB5.5C X01 2016
Our testers were blown away by the high-speed confidence and all-around capability of the 2016 SB5.5c X01. The fastest descender in the test by far, the...

Santa Cruz Nomad X01 2016
An early standout in our 2016 enduro test, the Santa Cruz Nomad was the most confidence inspiring descender in the test. It was so much fun that all our...

Ibis Mojo HD3 X01 2016
The Mojo HD3 is lively and capable on all aspects of singletrack. While it's not the fastest or most confident enduro bike we've ridden, it's one of the...

Specialized Enduro Expert X01 2016
The 2016 Specialized Enduro Expert gets the job done, sometimes very well, but riding it can feel more like work than weekend. This assessment placed the...

Ibis Mojo HD3 X01 2016
The Mojo HD3 is lively and capable on all aspects of singletrack. While it's not the fastest or most confident enduro bike we've ridden, it's one of the...

Ibis Mojo HD3 X01 2016
The Mojo HD3 is lively and capable on all aspects of singletrack. While it's not the fastest or most confident enduro bike we've ridden, it's one of the...

Pivot Mach 6 X01 2016
Pivot's 2016 Mach 6 performs below expectations due to a tricky fit and overly narrow rims. As a result, this was the least confident bike in out 2016...

Pivot Mach 6 X01 2016
Pivot's 2016 Mach 6 performs below expectations due to a tricky fit and overly narrow rims. As a result, this was the least confident bike in out 2016...

Santa Cruz Nomad X01 2016
An early standout in our 2016 enduro test, the Santa Cruz Nomad was the most confidence inspiring descender in the test. It was so much fun that all our...

Santa Cruz Nomad X01 2016
An early standout in our 2016 enduro test, the Santa Cruz Nomad was the most confidence inspiring descender in the test. It was so much fun that all our...

Specialized Enduro Expert X01 2016
The 2016 Specialized Enduro Expert gets the job done, sometimes very well, but riding it can feel more like work than weekend. This assessment placed the...

Specialized Enduro Expert X01 2016
The 2016 Specialized Enduro Expert gets the job done, sometimes very well, but riding it can feel more like work than weekend. This assessment placed the...

Yeti SB5.5C X01 2016
Our testers were blown away by the high-speed confidence and all-around capability of the 2016 SB5.5c X01. The fastest descender in the test by far, the...

Yeti SB5.5C X01 2016
Our testers were blown away by the high-speed confidence and all-around capability of the 2016 SB5.5c X01. The fastest descender in the test by far, the...

Surefire Saint Minimus
The Saint Minimus blew away the competition in some ratings and fell way short in others. It scored perfect 10s for both close proximity and ease-of-use...

ENO DoubleNest
The DoubleNest has proven itself over the years as a great hammock at a nice price. There's a reason it's been so successful over so many years. It's well...

La Sportiva Katana - Women's
The Women's La Sportiva Katana and the Five Ten Anasazi LV - Women's are very comparable in their shape, fit, price and the way they climb, and we find we...

Lucy Perfect Core Pant
The Lucy Perfect Core Pant is made with a highly compressible fabric to suck everything in and keep it there. That it does, but at the expensive of your...

Mammut Ophira
Mammut has updated its Ophira harness since our last review. The older version won our Editors' Choice award thanks to its comfortable design and climbing...

Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled
The Black Hole is the winner of our Editors' Choice for the best wheeled duffel, thanks to its super easy to pack design, lighter-than-average weight...

Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled
The Black Hole is the winner of our Editors' Choice for the best wheeled duffel, thanks to its super easy to pack design, lighter-than-average weight...

REI Polar Pod 25
The REI Polar Pod 25 is a comfortable budget sleeping bag for summer car camping. It has lower quality synthetic insulation and heavy shell fabrics. The...

Sterling Evolution Velocity
The Sterling Evolution Velocity is a lighter workhorse rope that is great for single pitch climbing and projecting. We appreciate the bi-pattern that this...

Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
The Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork was one of our OutdoorGearLab Top Picks for general trekking, hiking and backpacking because it has one of the nicest...

Hammock Bliss Ultralight
The Hammock Bliss Ultralight is a high quality hammock that is supportive, well made, lightweight and extremely portable. It comes with enough cordelette...

Marmot Aegis Jacket
Marmot's Aegis Jacket is our testers' favorite, winning it our Editors' Choice Award. Unfortunately, the Aegis Jacket has been discontinued. The Marmot...

Outdoor Research Centurion
The Outdoor Research Centurion Glove is our new OutdoorGearLab Best Buy award winner; they are warm enough for most resort days and offer solid weather...

Rab Guide Gloves
The Rab Guide lives up to its name by being a durable and dexterous product that was the best rope handling glove we tested. It was just below average in...

Rab Infinity
The Rab Infinity has been discontinued; however, the Rab Infinity Endurance has taken its place, keeping the same features you love and adding a...

The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

How to Choose a Climbing Helmet
Today's climbing helmets are light years ahead of the heavy, hot, and uncomfortable models of years past. New materials and designs are making them as...

Ratings for The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

How We Tested for The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

Price vs. Value Chart for The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

Compare Competitors for The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

How to Choose a Climbing Helmet
Today's climbing helmets are light years ahead of the heavy, hot, and uncomfortable models of years past. New materials and designs are making them as...

Ratings for The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

How We Tested for The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

Price vs. Value Chart for The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

Compare Competitors for The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

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Adidas Outdoor AX2 CP
We wore the Adidas Outdoor AX2 CP on a variety of short hikes as well as dry trail and muddy trail runs. It's super light and we love the traction, but the...

Ahnu Sugarpine Air Mesh - Women's
Earning our Top Pick award for being the lightest and most comfortable women's hiking shoe, the Ahnu Sugarpine Air Mesh also offer playful color options...

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody
Features a great combination of low weight and exemplary warmth, but can't match the fit and features of our Editors' Choice award winner.

Arc'teryx R300
The Arc'teryx R300 is the updated version of our top rated R320 harness. The R300 has wider Warp Strength Technology waist belt and leg loops, more durable...

Asolo Fugitive
The Asolo Fugitive has been a popular midweight hiking boot for more than a decade, and for good reason. A relatively stiff midsole and forefoot paired up...

Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock
The Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock is a higher end version of the Black Diamond Trail Back that offers shock absorbtion. It has solid features plus a nice...

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
The Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles is our current top pick for a lightweight value trekking pole because it is so compact, light, and a great value...

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
The Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles is our current top pick for a lightweight value trekking pole because it is so compact, light, and a great value...

CiloGear 30L WorkSack
The CiloGear 30L WorkSack has been refined over time until... perfection? The pack's capacity is best for day trips and car-to-car alpine climbing, but can...

Coleman Dual Fuel 2-Burner
The Coleman Dual Fuel 2-burner is the most iconic camping stove of all time. It was revolutionary 70 years ago and remains very popular today. It is...

Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants
The Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants are the thinnest, most lightweight and -- unfortunately -- the least versatile of the pants we tested. We...

Coolibar Crushable Ventilated Canvas Hat
The Coolibar Crushable Ventilated Canvas Hat is the best looking hat we tested. It has a good-size brim to keep you protected from the sun while also being...

Fizik Antares
The Fizik Antares is an excellent high end racing saddle. At 201g it is close to being the lightest saddle in our test group, but gives up nothing when it...

GoLite Shangri-La 2 Tarp
The Shangri-La is a good value pyramid for budget travel in exposed areas and occasional winter use. Our tests show that other tarps and pyramids perform...

Gregory Z65
The Gregory Z65 is one of our favorite packs for moving fast and light. It has the best comfort-to-weight ratio -- it's not the lightest or the most...

Hilleberg Rogen
For people who like the luxury of two doors and two vestibules, and travel to remote locations in heinous conditions, the Hilleberg Rogen takes the cake...

Jawbone Up Move
Jawbone’s UP Move collects what we consider to be the full suite of standard pedometer data, but lacks the on-device screen.

Jetboil Sol
The Jetboil Sol is an iteration of the Jetboil Flash. Overall we prefer the Flash because it is a better value, has more capacity, can often be found on...

Kuhl Liberator Convertible
The Kuhl Liberator Convertible pant is a great hiking pant that includes a plethora of features. While we really liked this pant for hiking and also...

Montbell Ultralight Super Spiral Down Hugger # 1
The Montbell Ultralight Super Spiral Down Hugger #1, referred to by our testers as the Tangerine Dream, is one of most comfortable sleeping bag we've ever...

Mountain Hardwear Downtown Coat - Women's
A thick and warm casual parka, the Mountain Hardwear Downtown Coat is an ideal layer for a lady looking to stay warm in style. It has slightly higher...

MSR Hyperflow Microfilter
If you want a water filter reminiscent of a SuperSoaker Water Gun, the MSR Hyperflow Microfilter is the one. It is light, small, has a quick flow rate, and...

Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir
A perfect option for the backpacker or hiker, this bladder is all about structure. The rigid backplate is unique to the design making it easier to fill up...

Patagonia Downtown Loft Jacket- Women's
A dressy, stylish coat of medium length, the Patagonia Downtown Loft Jacket is the perfect all-around winter coat. It also comes in a longer length in the...

Patagonia KnifeRidge Jacket
The Patagonia KnifeRidge Jacket wins our Editors' Choice Award for its excellent balance of weather resistance and breathability, its detailed...

Patagonia KnifeRidge Jacket
The Patagonia KnifeRidge Jacket wins our Editors' Choice Award for its excellent balance of weather resistance and breathability, its detailed...

Patagonia Rain Shadow
The Rain Shadow has been discontinued. The most similar jacket in our review is the Patagonia Torrentshell. Also be sure to check out our complete Rain...

Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket
The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is the hoodless version of the Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody (that we did a more complete First Look review of). The...

Rab Latok
The Rab Latok is a tank-like hardshell for the most brutal of expeditions. This jacket has some outstanding attributes, like the best expedition style...

Reef Fanning
The Fanning is an all around excellent sandal that scores high in every metric tested, offering a great overall value. It's comfortable,

The Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2019
We performed exhaustive research to find the most intriguing hardtail mountain bikes in the industry. We purchased the most compelling options and rode...

The North Face Ultra FastPack Mid GTX
The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX is the lightest product we tested in our hiking boot review. It most closely resembles a high top trail running shoe...

Tilley LTM3 Airflo Hat
The Tilley LTM3 Airflo Hat is practically identical to the Tilley T5MO Organic Cotton Airflo Hat except for a few small differences. The LTM3 doesn't use...

ZPacks Hexamid Twin Tent
The ZPacks Hexamid Twin Tent is the best three-season ultralight backpacking tent we've ever tested. It weighs a mere 13 oz. with bug protection (17 oz...

Hilleberg Anjan 2 GT
This is a great model with great performance. Its robust storm protection and durable materials set this tent up to receive our Top Pick Award for Weather...

Goal Zero Sherpa 120 Kit
Product Discontinued The Sherpa 120 kit has been discontinued and Goal Zero has replaced it with the Sherpa 100 Kit, which we have not done a full review...

Arc'teryx Therme Parka
The Arc'teryx Therme was the favorite of our testers, winning our Editors' Choice award for best winter jacket. The combination of warmth, weather...

Brooks Ghost 10
Once again, Brooks impresses us with the release of their updated neutral Ghost 10. They kept the best features of the previous versions and added new...

Metolius Half Dome Haul Bag
This haul bag is my favorite. For starters, it's a great size: big enough but not so big that you have to go spelunking to find the Snickers bar that fell...

MontBell Alpine Light Down Parka - Women's
The MontBell Alpine Light is great bang for your buck. It is one of the more affordable lightweight down jackets we reviewed. It has a unique style and...

Vibram FiveFingers KSO
Vibram made their name off their FiveFingers and excellent outsoles which are even appropriated by the military for heavy-duty combat boots. However, we...

Fitbit Zip Wireless
A slick, compact, inexpensive step counter that likely has all the features some want and none they won’t need.

Mad Rock UltraLight Quickdraw
The Mad Rock Ultra Light Wire Draw is an inexpensive quickdraw for those looking to shed some weight from their rack. It costs only $15 and was almost as...

Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL
This parka has been discontinued and replaced by the Mountain Hardwear Chillwave, which is has a moderately low warmth to weight ratio compared to other...

North Face Nuptse 2 Jacket - Women's
The North Face Nuptse 2 jacket has replaced the North Face Nuptse. The Nuptse 2 is different from the Nuptse in the following ways: The Nuptse 2 is made...

Shimano M530 SPD
Shimano's budget mini-platform pedal is a great all around pedal. Its the entry level of our favorite pedal style, we find them versatile and user friendly.

Shimano M530 SPD
Shimano's budget mini-platform pedal is a great all around pedal. Its the entry level of our favorite pedal style, we find them versatile and user friendly.

The Best Women's Down Jackets of 2019
With the change of seasons comes our change of wardrobe. We explored the wide world of down jackets and assembled some of the best for testing in this...

The North Face Mountain 25
A classic tried-and-true expedition tent that has stood up to some of the world's most extreme conditions. While slightly smaller than some other...

Arc'teryx R300
The Arc'teryx R300 is the updated version of our top rated R320 harness. The R300 has wider Warp Strength Technology waist belt and leg loops, more durable...

Arc'teryx R300
The Arc'teryx R300 is the updated version of our top rated R320 harness. The R300 has wider Warp Strength Technology waist belt and leg loops, more durable...

Arc'teryx R300
The Arc'teryx R300 is the updated version of our top rated R320 harness. The R300 has wider Warp Strength Technology waist belt and leg loops, more durable...

Arc'teryx R300
The Arc'teryx R300 is the updated version of our top rated R320 harness. The R300 has wider Warp Strength Technology waist belt and leg loops, more durable...

Tilley LTM3 Airflo Hat
The Tilley LTM3 Airflo Hat is practically identical to the Tilley T5MO Organic Cotton Airflo Hat except for a few small differences. The LTM3 doesn't use...

Tilley LTM3 Airflo Hat
The Tilley LTM3 Airflo Hat is practically identical to the Tilley T5MO Organic Cotton Airflo Hat except for a few small differences. The LTM3 doesn't use...

Brooks Ghost 10
Once again, Brooks impresses us with the release of their updated neutral Ghost 10. They kept the best features of the previous versions and added new...

Brooks Ghost 10
Once again, Brooks impresses us with the release of their updated neutral Ghost 10. They kept the best features of the previous versions and added new...

Inov-8 F-Lite 195 - Women's
The lightest model in the F-Lite series, it's great for running as well as any gymnastics or plyometric work. Lighter lifts go fine in these shoes, but...

Inov-8 F-Lite 195 - Women's
The lightest model in the F-Lite series, it's great for running as well as any gymnastics or plyometric work. Lighter lifts go fine in these shoes, but...

Oakley Crowbar
The Oakley Crowbar is a good quality goggle. The design is consistent with a mid-range goggle. The peripheral vision is good top to bottom and on the...

Oakley Crowbar
The Oakley Crowbar is a good quality goggle. The design is consistent with a mid-range goggle. The peripheral vision is good top to bottom and on the...

Patagonia Black Hole
An all-around exceptional duffel, this high-scoring model offers a high level of water resistance and is mega lightweight.

Sigma BC1609 Cadence
The Sigma BC1609 Cadence bike computer is a well-designed bike computer that records 11 different functions. The screen is the same size and shape as the...

Sigma BC1609 Cadence
The Sigma BC1609 Cadence bike computer is a well-designed bike computer that records 11 different functions. The screen is the same size and shape as the...

The North Face Gotham III Jacket
The Gotham III is your standard town-friendly winter jacket that can fight of the winter chill for around an hour of milling around outside. It is suitable...

The Best Climbing Chalk Review
Looking for the right chalk for climbing? We sifted through the myriad of available chalk products and selected the best 8 for side by side comparison so...

Asolo Jumla GV
If you love scrambling as much as you do hiking, this is your match. This durable model will smear and edge up boulders with ease, bringing you to...

Black Diamond Alpine Start
The Black Diamond Alpine Start is a jacket built for fast and light adventures. It is the most breathable jacket we tested and is a perfect piece if you...

Black Diamond Distance Z
You'll be hard-pressed to find a lighter, higher performing pole for less money.

Black Diamond Distance Z
You'll be hard-pressed to find a lighter, higher performing pole for less money.

Bogs Women's Summit
The Bogs Women's Summit rain boot is a super lightweight, packable neoprene boot, but unfortunately the pair that we tested was not fully waterproof. We're...

Columbia Evapouration
The Columbia Evapouration rain jacket is impressively light and seals out the rain well. It's an adequate and affordable jacket for hiking and backpacking...

Columbia North Plains II
Lightweight and inexpensive, this model is intriguing. If groomed trails and light packs are your jam, save some dough with this pair.

Columbia Snow Eclipse Mid Jacket - Women's
Looking for something that's stylish and affordable? The Columbia Snow Eclipse Mid Jacket delivers both. Granted, it wasn't nearly as warm as most of the...

Crankbrothers Candy 2
The Candy 2 is a mini-platform pedal made by Crankbrothers. We find the mini-platform category to be the most versatile and widely appealing because these...

Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2
The Eggbeater 2 is the lightest pedal in our test. Our scale weighed the pair at 100 grams less than the next lightest pedal in our test, the also cageless...

Crankbrothers Mallet 3
As a full platform clipless pedal designed for downhill, enduro and all mountain riding, the Crankbrothers Mallet 3 is most comparable to the HT X1...

Crankbrothers Mallet DH Race
The Crankbrothers Mallet DH Race is a full platform clipless pedal designed for downhill mountain biking. It likes riding lifts and bombing back down on...

Dynastar Cham 2.0 97 - Women's
The Cham 2.0 97 is back for winter 2016/17 and has not changed a bit -- and we're glad because we think this ski is great! This was many of our testers'...

Evolv Cruzer - Women's
The Evolv Cruzer is unique among our group of tested approach shoes in that it is specialized to be an ultra-lightweight option for climbing days when you...

Five Ten Camp Four - Women's
The Five Ten Camp Four is designed with aid climbing in mind. Five Ten made these shoes extra durable with a thick rubber rand and a strong heel cage for...

Five Ten Kestrel
The Five Ten Kestrel is an enduro or trail riding shoe designed to excel in the same areas as the Giro Terraduro. We were excited when we got these shoes...

GSI JavaMill
For a compact grinder that will assure you always have fresh ground coffee while on the road, the GSI JavaMill is a great option that some of our testers...

Lowa Tiago GTX Mid
This model performs like a midweight boot while weighing among the lightweight models. Robust suede leather construction with solid ankle protection and...

Manhattan Portage NY
The Manhattan Portage NY messenger bag is a stylish bag that's ready to tote your stuff around for years on end. It may be the lowest scoring bag that we...

Marmot Chelsea Down
The Marmot Chelsea Down is a classic knee-length waterproof parka, perfect for a city winter or long weekend in the mountains. Its longer length kept us...

Marmot Skyline Insulated
The Marmot Skyline is an award winning, reliable, insulated ski pant that will get the job done right while also looking good. It's one of the warmest...

Metolius Colossus
The Colossus has been discontinued, they replaced it with the Metolius Magnum (click to see the review). The Magnum is a nice upgrade. Below is the Review...

Metolius Super Chalk
Decent climbing chalk at a good price. It is currently the best selling climbing chalk in America according to MetoliusClimbing.com. We found it to be...

Nemo Pillowtop
The Nemo Pillowtop is more glamp than came, adding an inch of foam comfort to your sleeping pad. There are cozier options available though.

NEMO Strato Loft 25
The Strato Loft is our Top Pick for Luxury Travel. It has the smallest packed size yet remains incredibly roomy and comfortable. Most of our sleeping bag...

Outdoor Research Enchainment - Women's
If you have every enjoyed a tasty tangelo, which is a hybrid between a tangerine and a grapefruit, you can begin to appreciate how hybrids can form a...

Patagonia Surf Brim
This is a great hat for water sports where you get dunked and for active sports that involve high winds or tight squeezes (such as climbing). Even when wet...

Pedro's Prestige
The Pedro's Prestige is a great, simple floor pump from a well-known company. While not the most cutting edge looks-wise, it is easy to get a good seal...

PMI Lightweight Rappel Gloves
The PMI Lightweight Rappel Glove is a great glove for rappelling. It is one of the few gloves we tested with an extra leather flap that extends over the...

PMI Lightweight Rappel Gloves
The PMI Lightweight Rappel Glove is a great glove for rappelling. It is one of the few gloves we tested with an extra leather flap that extends over the...

REI Alcove Shelter
The REI Alcove is the winner of our Best Buy Award because it earned one of the highest scores, but costs nearly half the price of the majority of products...

Shimano DX M647
The Shimano DX M647 is a full platform clipless pedal designed for downhill mountain biking. It competes with other full platform pedals such as the HT X1...

Shimano M520
If you're on the prowl for affordable clipless mountain bike pedals, you should take a look at the M520. Though it didn't win our Best Buy award, it came...

Sidi Dominator 5 Fit
The Sidi Dominator 5 is a high-end cross-country mountain bike shoe. Most comparable to shoes such as our Best Buy winner, the Giro Privateer R, the...

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 3- Season
The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 is an innovative design that combines good attributes of traditional mummy style sleeping bags and an ultralight...

Sierra Designs Stretch - Women's
Sierra Designs has introduced a completely novel and exciting product to the realm of rain jackets with its new Stretch Rain Jacket. This new technology...

The North Face Base Camp Messenger
The North Face Base Camp Messenger packs a punch and has several features that make it a great choice for travel. While it wasn't our favorite all-around...

The North Face O2
The O2 Tent from The North Face is one of only two models we tested in the ultralight review that comes with everything you need for set-up. This...

Therm-a-Rest Compack
The Compack Chair turns any 20" wide sleeping pad into a portable camp chair. At 6 oz. this is the lightest of Therm-a-Rest's chair options. It features a...

Therm-a-Rest Compack
The Compack Chair turns any 20" wide sleeping pad into a portable camp chair. At 6 oz. this is the lightest of Therm-a-Rest's chair options. It features a...

Therm-a-Rest Compack
The Compack Chair turns any 20" wide sleeping pad into a portable camp chair. At 6 oz. this is the lightest of Therm-a-Rest's chair options. It features a...

Trango Shark
Savvy tradsters know to expect the unexpected in the backcountry, often carrying a knife on route to remove old webbing or cut an impossible stuck rope...

Vasque Inhaler II GTX
Speed down trails with ease and pleasure in this model. Rockered for traveling fast and breathable to keep you comfy, we like this

Vasque Inhaler II GTX
Speed down trails with ease and pleasure in this model. Rockered for traveling fast and breathable to keep you comfy, we like this

ZPacks Square Flat Tarp
The ZPacks Square Flat Tarp is the lightest two-person shelter we know of that is capable of providing bombproof storm protection. It weighs a mere 6.1 oz...

The Best Nut Tools for Climbing
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...

The Best Nut Tools for Climbing
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...

Expert Advice on Choosing the Right Backpacking Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags are one of the most important components of an overnight gear kit. A warm and comfortable bag can make or break a good night's sleep, and a...

Expert Advice on Choosing the Right Backpacking Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags are one of the most important components of an overnight gear kit. A warm and comfortable bag can make or break a good night's sleep, and a...

How to Choose an Insulated Jacket for Women
Beginning the search for your brand new insulated jacket can be both exciting and exhausting all at once. With a million different models out there where...

How to Choose Hiking Boots for Women
With so many options for hiking footwear, it can be a challenge to know what to look for. Hiking footwear should match your anatomical needs for maximum...

Choosing the Right Adjustable SUP Paddle
So you made the investment and bought a stand up paddle board and now you need a paddle. Which one should you buy? With all the options on the market it...

Choosing the Right Bike Rack for Your Car
With loads of options available, selecting a bike rack can be a daunting task. We have done the work for you, by wrapping up the most comprehensive...

Choosing the Right Bike Rack for Your Car
With loads of options available, selecting a bike rack can be a daunting task. We have done the work for you, by wrapping up the most comprehensive...

How to Choose a First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is a necessity for anyone; no matter where you are or what sport or outdoor activity you're involved in, you never know when you may find...

Men's Rock Climbing Shoe Buying Guide
Finding the best shoe for various types of adventures can be an overwhelming task. We're here to help. From sport climbing to trad climbing to bouldering,

Choosing the Right Sun Hat for your Adventures
We want to help you buy a sun hat. This essential piece of clothing for any outdoor activity has lots of things to consider. In this article we will cover...

How to Choose a GPS Watch for Running and Training
Are you an endurance exercise fanatic, or just stoked to get started? Do you want to better quantify your endeavors? Read on for advice on choosing a...

The Best Handheld GPS Review
Looking to improve your backcountry navigation? We bought and tested 5 handheld GPS units to help you find the best one for any trip that you can dream up.

How to Choose A Travel Backpack
It’s travel season again! Wait, when isn’t it travel season? We’ve trotted all over the globe, from rainforests to old fortresses, urban centers and...

How to Choose A Travel Backpack
It’s travel season again! Wait, when isn’t it travel season? We’ve trotted all over the globe, from rainforests to old fortresses, urban centers and...

How to Choose a Women's Backpacking Backpack
Choosing the backpack that is most suitable for your needs can be challenging, but we have broken down the most important aspects of the top rated women's...

How to Choose a Women's Sleeping Bag
A sleeping bag is a crucial part of your backpacking or car camping kit. As they are not created equal, we break down the key considerations

How to Choose a Women's Sleeping Bag
A sleeping bag is a crucial part of your backpacking or car camping kit. As they are not created equal, we break down the key considerations

How to Choose a Women's Sleeping Bag
A sleeping bag is a crucial part of your backpacking or car camping kit. As they are not created equal, we break down the key considerations

The Best Ski Boots of 2019
Searching for the best ski boot? Whether you are a diehard skier or a weekend warrior, the right pair of ski boots can make all the difference. We took...

How to Choose Carry-on Luggage
A sturdy piece of carry-on luggage is an essential purchase for many of us. Whether we're travelling twice a month or twice a year, you always need...

How to Choose Hiking Boots for Women
With so many options for hiking footwear, it can be a challenge to know what to look for. Hiking footwear should match your anatomical needs for maximum...

How to Choose Men's All-Mountain Skis
Wow! There are a lot of skis on the market these days. They all seem to want to achieve the same purpose of sliding down the mountain, so why so many...

How to Choose Men's All-Mountain Skis
Wow! There are a lot of skis on the market these days. They all seem to want to achieve the same purpose of sliding down the mountain, so why so many...

How to Choose Hiking Shoes
Want some help finding the right shoe for your feet and trail objectives? This article dissects the key considerations among hiking footwear options

How to Choose Hiking Shoes
Want some help finding the right shoe for your feet and trail objectives? This article dissects the key considerations among hiking footwear options

How to Choose Hiking Shoes
Want some help finding the right shoe for your feet and trail objectives? This article dissects the key considerations among hiking footwear options

How to Choose Snowshoes For Trails and Deep Snow
We guide you toward the perfect pair of snowshoes for a variety of snow depths and terrain.

Women's All-Mountain Skis - Our Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Pair
How to decide? Start by asking yourself questions about where and how you like to ski. Do you like to get out on fresh corderoy, or would you prefer to pop...

Women's All-Mountain Skis - Our Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Pair
How to decide? Start by asking yourself questions about where and how you like to ski. Do you like to get out on fresh corderoy, or would you prefer to pop...

How to Choose the a Bike Computer for Road and MTB
How do you choose the bike computer that will meet your needs? After months of testing eight of the best cycling computers available, we have the answers...

How to Choose the Right Men's Bike Shorts for Road Biking
Trying to figure out what you need in a new pair of shorts? Trying to figure out if you even need bike shorts? We spent weeks digging into the details of...

How to Choose the Right Duffel Bag for Travel
Here are five key things to consider when buying a burly travel Duffle Bag (or more accurately called, "Duffel Bag" for the town of Duffel in Belgium where...

Hunt Down Your Perfect Hardshell Jacket - A Buying Guide for Men
Choosing a hardshell jacket can be a stressful task, especially with the exorbitant price tags. After testing 10 of the best and most popular hardshell...

How to Choose an Insulated Jacket for Women
Beginning the search for your brand new insulated jacket can be both exciting and exhausting all at once. With a million different models out there where...

How to Choose a Multi-Tool
Choosing a multi tool from the multitude of options is dizzying. We have years of experience for you to call on. Read our full Buying Advice article to...

How to Choose Women's Rain Boots
One of the simplest pleasures is the ease of slipping your feet into a rain boot for the inclement day ahead. Rain boots are an invaluable item, especially...

How to Choose The Right Rain Umbrella
After months of testing, we have discovered that there are a few things to consider when deciding on an umbrella that's right for you. First, it's...

How to Choose the Perfect Pair of Women's Rock Climbing Shoes
Deciding on your next pair of climbing shoes can be an overwhelming task. The fit and requirements of a shoe depend on the person and on the styles of...

How to Choose Women's Ski Gloves and Mittens
This article is designed to guide you through the purchase process by helping you discover which factors are most important to you and your skiing needs

How to Choose the Right Ski Jacket
There are approximately a bazillion ski and board jackets currently on the market. They change style from one year to the next, and the model names...

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...

How to Choose a Backpacking Tent
Picking the right backpacking tent means checking out a list of variables. Probably the first issue is deciding which is more important to you: comfort or...

How to Choose a Backpacking Tent
Picking the right backpacking tent means checking out a list of variables. Probably the first issue is deciding which is more important to you: comfort or...

How to Choose an Ultralight Sleeping Bag
Choosing an ultralight sleeping bag that best suits your needs means considering a myriad of things, such as the activity you will be using it for, the...

How to Choose Winter Boots for Women
Winter can be exceptional with a solid pair of women's winter boots. Making sure a boot fits and provides all the features you need this winter is of...

How to Choose a Camping Chair
When most people think of a camping chair, they picture a simple fabric chair that is portable and easy to set-up. But portability and ease of set-up are...

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...

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...

The Best Women's Ski Boots of 2019
Need to find a boot that strikes the perfect balance of fit, comfort, warmth, and performance? think it can't be done? We've got your back! We researched...

The Best Women's Ski Boots of 2019
Need to find a boot that strikes the perfect balance of fit, comfort, warmth, and performance? think it can't be done? We've got your back! We researched...

iPhone Battery Saving Tips for Backpacking
These iPhone battery saving tips are tailored to work with the apps you use while backpacking.

Purchasing the Ideal Pair of Running Shoes
So you are in the market for running shoes. But what kind? There are trail shoes, road shoes, minimal shoes, maximal shoes, and even barefoot shoes. Then...

Purchasing the Ideal Pair of Running Shoes
So you are in the market for running shoes. But what kind? There are trail shoes, road shoes, minimal shoes, maximal shoes, and even barefoot shoes. Then...

How to Select the Perfect Pair of Women's Flip-Flop Sandals
Flip-flops may just be one of the greatest benefits of warm weather, after ice cream, tank tops, and vitamin D of course. It might seem like a no-brainer...

Ultralight Tents - How to Choose
Here we detail all the expert advice you need to fully understand material choices, types of ultralight shelters, and the importance of lowering your base...

How to Choose Hiking Shoes for Women
What do you do when the options for hiking shoes are overwhelming? This article will help you understand the different options available, and how to choose...

Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Omni-Heat
Tall, light, and waterproof, the Bugaboot Plus III has 200g of synthetic insulation that uses a reflective liner that will keep your toes toasty.

Timberland Schazzberg Mid
The Schazzberg Mid is the best looking boot in our review, well-suited for casual and urban settings alike. Other boots score higher in warmth and weather...

Arc'teryx Covert Hoody - Women's
The Arc'teryx Covert Hoody is a great urban, general use women's fleece jacket. It is warm yet relatively breathable and has a great hood to protect you...

Arc'teryx Covert Hoody - Women's
The Arc'teryx Covert Hoody is a great urban, general use women's fleece jacket. It is warm yet relatively breathable and has a great hood to protect you...

Bayou Classic Double Burner
The Bayou is the BTU and water boiling champion of all the stoves we tested. If you want to boil water fast, you can't beat this one. The flame is...

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
The UL3 is the big brother of the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 to that we did a full hands-on review of. The UL2 got our Top Pick award because it is one of the...

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
The UL3 is the big brother of the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 to that we did a full hands-on review of. The UL2 got our Top Pick award because it is one of the...

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
The UL3 is the big brother of the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 to that we did a full hands-on review of. The UL2 got our Top Pick award because it is one of the...

Black Diamond BBEE
Black Diamond's BBEE scored very high in 5 of the 6 categories we tested (Weight, packed size, climbing utility, versatility, and comfort when loaded), but...

Black Diamond BBEE
Black Diamond's BBEE scored very high in 5 of the 6 categories we tested (Weight, packed size, climbing utility, versatility, and comfort when loaded), but...

Black Diamond Chalk Bag
The Black Diamond chalk bag has been around forever and has a standard old-school design. A generous fleece lining keeps chalk vapors around even when you...

Black Diamond Shot
The Black Diamond Shot got my hopes up and then didnt deliver The Shot is a great pack, in theory. A new take on the classic Bullet, with a padded back...

Black Diamond Transition Glove
Black Diamond's Transition Glove offers a great combination of durability and dexterity by using many different layers of goat skin. The leather is thicker...

Black Diamond Vista
The Black Diamond Vista Tent is the three-person version of the two-person Black Diamond Mesa tent. The Mesa performs moderately well as tent for...

Brooks PureConnect 3
On occasion, we pick the Brooks PureConnect 3 to wear during our longest runs because of the extra comfort it provides. Besides that, this shoe is on the...

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x25
The Bushnell Legend is hands-down one of our testers' favorite binoculars. Ranked the lightest of all binoculars tested, at 8.1 ounces, the Legend is a...

CamelBak All Clear
For a UV purification method, the CamelBak All Clear is unique in that it treats water directly in your bottle and takes a tiny bit less time than a...

CamelBak All Clear
For a UV purification method, the CamelBak All Clear is unique in that it treats water directly in your bottle and takes a tiny bit less time than a...

CamelBak Cleaning Brush Kit
This kit comes with a brush for the reservoir and a brush for the hose. The brush for the bladder is not that essential; just about any kitchen scrub brush...

Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner
This model performs similarly to a home gas range and can be used for an array of outdoor cooking needs. If you cook for large groups on the regular and...

CAMP Fingerless Glove
Camp's Fingerless Glove offers a synthetic palm surface different than any other we tested. It is thick and durable and great at minimizing heat transfer...

CAMP Fingerless Glove
Camp's Fingerless Glove offers a synthetic palm surface different than any other we tested. It is thick and durable and great at minimizing heat transfer...

Castelli Velocissimo Due Short
The Castelli Velocissimo Due Short earned our Top Pick Award for excelling in short to mid-distance rides. It scored near the top in every category and was...

Cilo Gear 60L WorkSack
Cilo Gear is a smaller company based in Portland, Oregon and they still produce 100 percent of their packs in the USA with quality that is second to none...

Cilo Gear 60L WorkSack
Cilo Gear is a smaller company based in Portland, Oregon and they still produce 100 percent of their packs in the USA with quality that is second to none...

Coleman Instant Tent 8
The Coleman Instant Tent 8 is a big brother to the Instant Tent 6, the tent that won the Best Buy award in our extensive review of camping tents. The two...

Coleman PowerPack
We weren't exactly impressed with the Coleman PowerPack and feel that its only role in an outdoor kitchen should be that of a supplementary or back-up...

DMM Wallnut
DMM Wallnuts look different than most other Climbing Nuts they feature a small groove running vertically up one side of their head. This groove helps them...

Dynafit Cho Oyu
We found the Dynafit Cho Oyu to be a subtly specialized tool in an excellent field of all purpose skis. Through our entire 10 ski test roster, each hand...

Evolv Cruzer
The Evolv Cruzer is one of the more eye-grabbing approach shoes we have seen in a while, and won a Top Pick for Casual, Lightweight Shoe. At first it just...

Evolv Escapist
The Escapist has been discontinued. Evolv no longer makes a similar trail-running-shoe-style shoe. They do have an unrelated model, the Evolv Cruzer which...

Evolv Ponta
The Evolv Ponta has been replaced; check out the newer version Evolv Pontas 2. The Evolv Ponta climbing shoe is what Chris Sharma wears to climb many of...

Five Ten Coyote VCS
While I don't think these climbing shoes excel in most departments other than pure friction, they are a good performer across the board. Considering their...

Five Ten Galileo
This is a stiff and supportive, high performance shoe with a similar pointed toe design as the Five Ten Anasazi VCS (Velcro) model. It offers very precise...

Geigerrig 1600M
This is the most innovative hydration system we tested. When pressurized, the water jet shoots into your mouth just by biting down; no need to suck the...

Geigerrig RIG 700
The Rig 700's subdued militant looks certainly visually separate it from the bright and flashy outdoor-industry sponsored color scheme in the remainder of...

Jetboil Group Cooking System
[tip]The Jetboil Group Cooking System has been discontinued. If you're in search of a backpacking stove, consider the Joule Group Cooking System for $199...

Jetboil Group Cooking System
[tip]The Jetboil Group Cooking System has been discontinued. If you're in search of a backpacking stove, consider the Joule Group Cooking System for $199...

K2 Backside Float 30
The K2 Backside Float 30 is a feature-rich pack for all-day touring or snowmobiling. It has a ton of convenient pockets, solid backcountry utility, a plush...

Katadyn Pocket
The Katadyn Pocket is a filter designed with longevity and reliability in mind. Made with solid metal pieces and a silver impregnated ceramic filter, it...

Katadyn Pocket
The Katadyn Pocket is a filter designed with longevity and reliability in mind. Made with solid metal pieces and a silver impregnated ceramic filter, it...

Lipault Paris Plume 22
The four-wheeled Lipault Paris Plume 22 is first and foremost a fashion statement. If you want to be noticed and/or never lose your bag, then this...

Louis Garneau Equipe Bib
The Louis Garneau (LG) Equipe Bib is advertised as the perfect choice for long days in the saddle. It incorporates the AirGel chamois, LG's most...

Mad Rock Belay Glove
Mad Rock's Belay Gloves were some of the most head-turning belay gloves we tested they look more like mountain biking gloves than climbing gloves. These...

Mad Rock Wall Glove
Mad Rock Wall Gloves are among the best fitting gloves we tested. They are articulated so that every inch fits snugly; there are no empty air spaces. This...

Marmot Alpinist 2
The Marmot Alpinist 2 is a solid and dependable tent that is more a fare amount more versatile and livable than most single wall tents we tested. The...

Marmot Pinnacle
The Pinnacle is a warm, comfortable, and fully featured sleeping bag made with 800-fill down. The bag is warmer than most three-season bags (the category...

Maxim Glider
The New England Ropes Maxim Glider is an innovative and well made climbing rope. At 10.2mm, 66 g/m and with a beefy strength of holding up to 9 UIAA falls...

Mountain Hardwear EV 3
The Mountain Hardware EV3 tent is the three-person version of the EV2 tent, about which we did a full review. Both tents are built for serious...

Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2
The Ghost UL2 is Mountain Hardwear's latest incarnation of their popular Super Mega Ultralight tent. We like this name better. This version is slightly...

Mountain Hardwear Hoopster
The Hoopster is a 6 person shelter that performs phenomenally well for fast and light travel or for use as a group cook tent. It fills a much needed gap in...

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32
The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 is outshined by the company's Mtn Speed 32, which is warmer for its weight. Both of these bags are high quality and...

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32
The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 is outshined by the company's Mtn Speed 32, which is warmer for its weight. Both of these bags are high quality and...

MSR Asgard
Discontinued Product The Asgard has been discontinued by MSR. Don't worry this tent scored very poorly in our tests anyway. We think you would be much...

MSR FreeLite 2 UltraLight
MSR has created a lighter, smaller cousin to the Hubba series, the MSR FreeLite. We tested the two-person version and were pleased with this tent's...

MSR MicroRocket
The MSR Micro Rocket takes our Top Pick Award for being the lightest and smallest stove in this review. Lightweight backpackers who still want to carry a...

MSR MicroRocket
The MSR Micro Rocket takes our Top Pick Award for being the lightest and smallest stove in this review. Lightweight backpackers who still want to carry a...

MSR Whisperlite International
The Whisperlite International has proven itself as the most versatile, dependable, lightweight, liquid fuel portable stove on the market. If we were to...

MSR Whisperlite International
The Whisperlite International has proven itself as the most versatile, dependable, lightweight, liquid fuel portable stove on the market. If we were to...

MSR Whisperlite Universal
An upgrade to the classic Whisperlite. It has the same feature set but adds a serving of versatility. You can now cook with canister gas using the same...

NEMO Blaze 2P Ultralight
The NEMO Blaze is the tent that all our testers wanted to use this summer. It is so lightweight and comfortable we gave it our Top Pick Award for...

Nike Free 5.0
The Free 5.0 are a very unique minimalist running shoe. They have some wonderful attributes, being extremely comfortable, flexible, fashionable and all...

Omega Pacific Wedgies
Omega Pacific Wedgies might have a strange name but they are a great foundation for any climber's rack. Wedgies are also among the better priced nuts we...

Optimus Crux Lite
The Optimus Crux Lite is, as you may have guessed, a slightly lighter version than the original Crux version of this small canister stove. The head of the...

Ortovox Free Rider 24 ABS
A stout free ride pack, the appropriately named Ortovox Free Rider ABS 24L is a great avalanche airbag pack for heli, cat, and side-country skiing and...

Osprey Meridian 22
The 22" Osprey Meridian Wheeled Convertible carry-on bag comes equipped with two super sturdy wheels, a large detachable daypack, and a tuck away backpack...

Osprey Meridian 22
The 22" Osprey Meridian Wheeled Convertible carry-on bag comes equipped with two super sturdy wheels, a large detachable daypack, and a tuck away backpack...

Petzl Calidris
The Petzl Calidris is the most streamlined of all the big wall harnesses we tested. It is just about tied with the Black Diamond Big Gun for lightest big...

PIEPS Freeride
The Pieps Freeride is the smallest, lightest and cheapest avalanche beacon on the market today. The Freeride achieves this by using a digital processor but...

PMI Heavyweight Rescue Glove
PMI's Heavyweight Rescue Glove is the most burly rappel glove we tested. It is heavy and reinforced and should last forever. It is the beefier version of...

Primus FireHole 100
The Primus FireHole 100 has several innovative features, but didn't quite bring enough flame power to really impress us. Out of the box, you will notice...

REI Arete ASL 2
The best 4 season tent you can buy for the price. While other models scored higher, this tent is hard to beat. While not suited for expedition use, it will...

REI Stratocruiser 22
The 22" REI Stratocruiser is a soft-sided two-wheeled carry-on bag with structured side walls and a detachable daypack. One of the larger pieces we...

REI Stratocruiser 22
The 22" REI Stratocruiser is a soft-sided two-wheeled carry-on bag with structured side walls and a detachable daypack. One of the larger pieces we...

REI Wheely Beast 22
The REI Wheely Beast 22 is a cross between a duffel bag and a carry-on. It's received an update since our last review; it no longer has duffel-bag style...

Rhino Rack Master Fit 550
The Rhino Rack Master Fit 550 really is a beast. Better suited to larger vehicles, we think this roof box is a bit large and unwieldy on our tester's small...

Specialized Romin
If you like a stiff, firm saddle with minimal padding, the Romin may be for you. It is an excellent choice for road racing, but equally suited to...

SteriPEN Freedom
The SteriPEN Freedom has some unique qualities that make it a more attractive option than other SteriPEN models such as the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti and...

SteriPEN Journey LCD
The SteriPEN Journey LCD is discontinued. It has been replaced by the SteriPEN Ultra. Our current Editors' Choice award winner is the Platypus...

Sterling Fusion Ion R
The Fusion Ion R, with its 9.4 mm diameter and 57 g/m weight, occupies an interesting place in between size categories. Not quite light enough to save for...

Stonelick Boom
This is one of best pads we've reviewed. Stonelick's highly innovative new "integrated/step hinge" design has almost completely eliminated the chance of...

Stonelick Boom
This is one of best pads we've reviewed. Stonelick's highly innovative new "integrated/step hinge" design has almost completely eliminated the chance of...

The North Face Furnace
The North Face Furnace 20 is one of the least expensive and heaviest bags in our Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review. Like the Best Buy winning Kelty Cosmic...

Therm-a-Rest Trekker Lounge
The Therm-a-Rest Trekker Lounge chair ads extended leg comfort to the Therm-a-rest Trekker Chair (that we did a full hands on review of). For the extra...

Thule Criterium
The Thule Criterium is a roof mount rack that uses a ratcheting clamp to secure bikes by the frame. It is the only roof mount rack we tested to use a...

Traveler's Choice Cambridge 20
The Traveler's Choice Cambridge 20 is a four-wheeled carry-on bag that fits easily into overhead bins and has the added bonus of a side handle that allows...

Traveler's Choice Cambridge 20
The Traveler's Choice Cambridge 20 is a four-wheeled carry-on bag that fits easily into overhead bins and has the added bonus of a side handle that allows...

Vasque Grand Traverse
Like Cadillacs for your feet, these shoes take mile after mile in comfort. Unfortunately, when it comes to exposed scrambling, you need something more like...

Yakima HighRoller
A popular roof rack that we see often at the races and at the trailhead, the HighRoller is quite versatile. It is capable of carrying any type of bike with...

The North Face ThermoBall Hoodie
Complete with a unique type of insulation, this contender mimics down. While it was not the highest performer in our fleet,

Geigerrig 1600M
This is the most innovative hydration system we tested. When pressurized, the water jet shoots into your mouth just by biting down; no need to suck the...

The Best Rain Jackets for Women of 2019
In the market for the perfect rain jacket? We researched over 55 different models then purchased 13 of the top jackets to test how well each performed in a...

Fitbit Surge
In high praise, the Surge deserved consideration for an award. In comparing it to other reasonably priced products, the Surge has features others don’t...

The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing
Purchase of backcountry skiing climbing skins is an overlooked but important choice. Not all skins are created equal, and the most popular aren’t...

Columbia Bugaboo Pant II
At OutdoorGearLab we bestow three different awards in each product category. The Editors' Choice goes to a high performing, all around product. In the Ski...

Columbia Bugaboo Pant II
At OutdoorGearLab we bestow three different awards in each product category. The Editors' Choice goes to a high performing, all around product. In the Ski...

Marmot Alpinist 2
The Marmot Alpinist 2 is a solid and dependable tent that is more a fare amount more versatile and livable than most single wall tents we tested. The...

The Best Rock Climbing Rack and Gear List
Below is our choice for Ultimate Rock Climbing Rack. We feel this is the most versatile rack that will perform the best in the most number of locations...

Five Ten Chase
[tip]The Five Ten Chase has been discontinued. If you're looking for an approach shoe, consider the Five Ten Guide Tennie, $130, which wins our Best Buy...

Arc'teryx Covert Hoody - Women's
The Arc'teryx Covert Hoody is a great urban, general use women's fleece jacket. It is warm yet relatively breathable and has a great hood to protect you...

The Best Bouldering Crash Pad Review
Looking for a new pad? This review examines the best 10 models on the market to help you find the right model for your needs and environment. Our expert...

Gregory Baltoro 65
This pack is a favorite among many and is rich in features. It's one of our higher overall scorers for its load-hauling ability.

The Best Climbing Belay Devices of 2019
If you're roping up, you're going to need a belay device. But which one is the best? We took 15 popular models on a six-month test spin...

The Best Climbing Belay Devices of 2019
If you're roping up, you're going to need a belay device. But which one is the best? We took 15 popular models on a six-month test spin...

Black Diamond Big Gun
The Black Diamond Big Gun is a tricked-out big wall climbing harness with lots of extras: extra belay loop, extra gear loop, and multiple options for...

Metolius Safe Tech Waldo
The Metolius Safe Tech Waldo is our current favorite big wall climbing harness. It is the most comfy harnesses we tested and is also ideal for rigging...

Prana Axiom Jean
So here's the skinny on this jean! The Axiom jean is hands down the best looking, most fashionable pant we tested. But is it a technical climbing pant?...

Kuat NV 2.0
The Kuat NV 2.0 is by far the best looking hitch rack on the market. Functionally it is similar to most of the other hitch racks we have tested, with a low...

InStep Take 2
This model is an affordable bike trailer that will get you out on the road without draining your bank account. Unfortunately, it isn't the most comfortable.

Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D
One of the more comfortable pads we have tested, this is a great option for those who need a narrower pad but still want all the comforts of...

Arc'teryx Cerium SL
A cleverly designed hybrid of synthetic and down insulation wrapped in cutting edge fabric, the Cerium SL is a slick city jacket that will suffice for the...

Arc'teryx Theta AR
The Arc'teryx Theta AR is the most expensive jacket in this review with a price tag of $625.00, but it is also the most heavily featured. In many ways it...

Black Diamond Alpine Bod
This is the most popular mountaineering harnesses ever made because it is simple, inexpensive, and gets the job done. This is a Black Diamond Bod Harness...

Black Diamond Bod Harness
The Black Diamond Bod Harness is maybe the oldest climbing harness design still in production. Its simple design has lasted decades and it is still a...

Black Diamond Wiz Kid
Unlike many kid's climbing harnesses, the Black Diamond Wiz Kid has all the great features of an adult harness. It is a mini version of the Black Diamond...

Garmin eTrex 10
The Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS device is the less-featured version of the Garmin eTrex 20, about which we did a full review. The main differences are...

Gregory Z25
The Gregory Z25 stood out for its innovative back panel design, making it the most ventilated pack we tested. However, the pack has less organizational...

Gregory Z30
The Gregory Z30 is a fully featured daypack on the larger side, providing exceptional comfort and versatile load carrying capacity. Very similar in...

Gregory Z30
The Gregory Z30 is a fully featured daypack on the larger side, providing exceptional comfort and versatile load carrying capacity. Very similar in...

Metolius Safe Tech All-Around
The Metolius Safe Tech All-Around has been around for for years and it's a popular pick among trad climbers who want a beefy and durable harness...

Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2
The Ghost UL2 is Mountain Hardwear's latest incarnation of their popular Super Mega Ultralight tent. We like this name better. This version is slightly...

Mountain Hardwear Torsun
The Mountain Hardwear Torsun is a good all-around performer that features Mountain Hardwear's proprietary Dry.Q Elite membrane. While it is the heaviest...

Norrona Trollveggen Dri3 - Women's
In a neck in neck race with our Editors' Choice, the Norrona Trollveggen Dri3 - Women's almost won for its exceptional features, comfortable and stretchy...

North Face Nuptse
The Nuptse is one of the cheapest product we tested in this review. The lack of a hood and its relative heaviness make it a bit less desirable for...

Osprey Stratos 36
The Osprey Stratos 36 is the larger version of the Osprey Stratos 24 that was covered in a full review by Outdoor Gear Lab. Both Stratos packs have the...

Outdoor Research Aria Jacket - Women's
As an all-around down jacket for the cold season, the Outdoor Research Aria is a solid performer. We like the attention to detail on this jacket: cozy face...

Petzl Simba
This time tested design allows for a wide range of climber sizes and works well for most kids ages 5-10 up to 88 lbs. The flat webbing and quick...

The North Face Longhaul 30"
The North Face Longhaul 30" is a more traditional piece of rolling luggage utilizing a large "U" shaped zipper and a clam shell design. This design makes...

CAMP USA Armour
The CAMP Armour is a heavy helmet that has limited use compared to today's new and highly engineered designs. It's not very adjustable, and it sits so high...

The Best Climbing Helmets of 2019
Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We can help! We’ve thoroughly tested 13 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we...

The North Face Recon
Targeted for those with a busy and active lifestyle, the Recon is comfy and versatile. Ready to hit the trails or take a quick overnight trip,

Homemade Fingerless Climbing Glove
This is the cheapest way to get a fingerless leather glove for big wall climbing. Any type of leather glove will work but some are better than others. This...

The Best Down Jackets of 2019
Searching for an awesome new down jacket but aren’t sure where to begin? Our experts reviewed 11 of the best and most popular mid and lightweight models...

The Best Full Face Downhill Mountain Bike Helmets
We spent countless hours researching the most compelling full face mountain bike helmets on the market. We purchased over a dozen of the most intriguing...

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody
Features a great combination of low weight and exemplary warmth, but can't match the fit and features of our Editors' Choice award winner.

Brooks Range Mojave
The Brooks Range Mojave is unique in our Parka review in that it is the only product that features hydrophobic down -- a new technology. Brooks Range has...

Patagonia Black Hole
An all-around exceptional duffel, this high-scoring model offers a high level of water resistance and is mega lightweight.

Gregory Alpaca
This is a top-notch expedition duffel. Built to last, it can be left out in the elements and will offer excellent performance for years to come.

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid II Hooded
Complete with a warm, tight fitting hood, the Monkey Man is an exceptionally comfy muppet fleece. It combines warmth, plushness, and

The Best Women's Fleece Jackets of 2019
Seeking a deliciously warm fleece jacket? After looking over the best options on the market, we chose 13 of the highest performers out there. We tested...

The Best Flip Flops of 2019
Choosing a flip flop that perfectly suits your needs can be a bit overwhelming these days. This review will clearly outline the strengths and weaknesses of...

Apple Nike+ Sportwatch
This contender is a smartwatch that athletes can use. If your priorities value the smartwatch functionality, the Apple Nike+ Sportwatch is an excellent...


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