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How to Choose a PFD

How to Choose a PFD

Though it seems like choosing a life jacket may be nothing more than selecting your favorite color, there’s so much more to it. Over hundreds of hours, we tested the best PFDs available...
How to Choose a Stand Up Paddle Board

How to Choose a Stand Up Paddle Board

Stumped by SUP’s? We analyze the pros and cons of each board to help you find the perfect match, whether you are just starting out or an experienced paddler.
How to Choose a Men's Running Jacket

How to Choose a Men's Running Jacket

Running jackets today are a huge improvement over their non-breathable nylon counterparts from the 1990s. As time progressed and designs improved, high-performance ventilating panels and...
How to Choose a Dry Bag

How to Choose a Dry Bag

Finding the right balance of features, functionality, versatility, waterproofness, price, and durability is an easy task once you've outlined your personal wants and needs. In this Buying...
How to Choose Minimal and Barefoot Shoes

How to Choose Minimal and Barefoot Shoes

What could be complicated about a minimalist running shoe? If you want to learn about the design of barefoot running shoes, and how to figure out which shoe is best for you,
How to Choose an Inflatable Kayak

How to Choose an Inflatable Kayak

As the number of paddlers continues to grow, kayaking remains the most popular paddle sport, making up over half of all paddlers. With a growing number of kayak options on the market, why...
How to Choose Flip Flops for Men

How to Choose Flip Flops for Men

Humans have been wearing flip flops of one kind of another for longer than you may think, made with everything from wood to rawhide to tree parts. Methods have come a long way, and modern...
How to Choose a Women's Wind Breaker Jacket

How to Choose a Women's Wind Breaker Jacket

Wind breaker jackets have become a crucial layer for the active outdoor adventurer. Unlike past versions made of non-breathable nylon, today's models are more breathable, durable...
How to Buy Road Bike Shoes for Men

How to Buy Road Bike Shoes for Men

So, the time has come. You either need a new pair of road bike shoes or a replacement pair and you've come here to brush up on what's what or to get some perspective before jumping in feet...
How to Choose a Women's Daypack

How to Choose a Women's Daypack

If you're having trouble picking out your next daypack, we're here to help! With so many different models and sizes it can be challenging to find the perfect fit.
How to Choose the Right Messenger Bag

How to Choose the Right Messenger Bag

Wondering if a messenger bag is right for you? This article highlights the best uses of this bag style to help you find the ideal product for your lifestyle.
How to Choose Mountain Bike Shoes for Women

How to Choose Mountain Bike Shoes for Women

The right mountain bike shoes will keep you comfortable and protected on your ride. Whether you're looking for a cross-country race shoe, daily trail shoe, or maximal protection for...
How to Choose the Best Hiking Shorts for Women

How to Choose the Best Hiking Shorts for Women

Whether you live in the mountains or in the city, seeking out the perfect hiking short will depend on personal style preferences and agendas. It can be challenging to know what to look...
How to Choose A Travel Backpack

How to Choose A Travel Backpack

We've trotted all over the globe, from rainforests to old fortresses, urban centers, and backcountry wonders, with all of these travel backpacks in tow. Read on for our assessments of the...
How to Choose the Best Women's Running Jacket

How to Choose the Best Women's Running Jacket

After months and months of deliberate hands-on testing, we're excited to bring you this review. But first, we want to use this space to explain what a running jacket is, if you need one...
How to Choose the Right Hammock

How to Choose the Right Hammock

So you want to try camping in a hammock instead of a tent? Maybe you've heard that owning a hammock can lighten your load and provide a unique experience, but you aren't sure if you will...
How to Choose a Wind Breaker Jacket for Men

How to Choose a Wind Breaker Jacket for Men

Choosing the right wind jacket for your needs might not be as easy as it appears. In this article, we break down the considerations for buying this piece of outwear that should be in...
How to Choose a Hydration Pack for Running

How to Choose a Hydration Pack for Running

There are several factors to help choose a hydration pack for your running needs. This article systematically helps you shop to find the best option for your particular style and goals.
How to Choose Mountain Bike Shorts for Women

How to Choose Mountain Bike Shorts for Women

Women's mountain bike shorts are finally having their day. Though women have been on the mountain biking scene for years, it's only recently that companies are paying enough attention to...
How to Choose the Right Backpacking Backpack

How to Choose the Right Backpacking Backpack

We want to make it easy for you to find the right pack for your next adventure. If you need help sorting through your options, our Buying Advice article on backpacks is a great place to...
How To Choose the Best Sun Shirt

How To Choose the Best Sun Shirt

Choosing the right sun shirt can be challenging given the array of options out there sporting UPF fabrics. Yet, the right sun shirt comes down to fit, design, breathability and a number of...
How to Choose a Women's Backpacking Backpack

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 specific backpacking packs to...
Men's Rock Climbing Shoe Buying Guide

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,
How to Choose a Climbing Harness for Women

How to Choose a Climbing Harness for Women

A climbing harness is one of the first purchases that you'll make when getting into the sport of climbing, and one you'll continue to make every five years, or sooner depending on wear...
How to Choose a Softshell Jacket for Men

How to Choose a Softshell Jacket for Men

In this article, we walk you through all of the criteria we consider when choosing a softshell jacket. A niche layer, the softshell has become an important piece of gear for high output...
How To Choose Mountain Bike Knee Pads

How To Choose Mountain Bike Knee Pads

There are a mind-boggling amount of kneepads on the market. We purchased some of the most compelling options and tested them side-by-side. This article should help you find the perfect...
Choosing the Right Bike Rack for Your Car

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 comparative review available. Regardless...
How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet

How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet

How do you choose a mountain biking helmet? There's a different type of helmet for every type of riding, with many all-around versions crossing over. Check out this article to find the...
How to Choose a Snowboard for Women

How to Choose a Snowboard for Women

When selecting a snowboard, it's important to consider not only which board is the "best," but which board is best for you. There are so many factors that give a snowboard its own...
How to Choose Ski Goggles

How to Choose Ski Goggles

If it's time to replace your snowy eyewear, our reviewers have done their homework and legwork for you. Keep reading to learn more about the best eyewear choices available this season.
How to Choose Mountain Bike Flat Shoes for Men

How to Choose Mountain Bike Flat Shoes for Men

For some of us who have made the switch from clipless pedals back to flats, a couple of questions are pretty common. The first is: “Why are we even worried about flat mountain bike shoes...
Find the Perfect Women's Hardshell Jacket

Find the Perfect Women's Hardshell Jacket

Hardshells are expensive, which makes choosing the right model all the more important. We spell out the important factors to consider before making your purchase decision
How To Choose an Avalanche Beacon

How To Choose an Avalanche Beacon

How do avalanche beacons work and what features should you look for in your next one? This article will explain the current technology available and point out what key features you'll want...
How to Select the Right Mountain Bike

How to Select the Right Mountain Bike

Every year we research hundreds of mountain bikes and ride thousands of miles to test dozens of them head-to-head. This is how we help our friends buy a mountain bike.
How to Choose Ski Gloves and Mittens for Men

How to Choose Ski Gloves and Mittens for Men

Gloves are often the only thing that keeps our hands warm on a frosty day. We demand a lot from them -- we want them to be totally waterproof and warm but without being too bulky or...
How to Choose Ski Pants for Women

How to Choose Ski Pants for Women

Ski pants are sometime left as an afterthought when assembling one's gear, but it's one that should not be overlooked. Important for staying dry and comfortable on the mountain, it is an...
How to Choose Backcountry Ski Poles

How to Choose Backcountry Ski Poles

Are you getting into backcountry skiing or snowboarding? Then you are probably wondering if backcountry ski poles are worth the investment. The short answer is yes, they are. Read on to...
How to Choose Winter Boots for Women

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 utmost importance. In this article...
How to Choose Backcountry Ski Boots

How to Choose Backcountry Ski Boots

Backcountry ski boots bear the weight of a heavy task. Not only do they need to be lightweight and flexible on the up, but they need to be responsive and stiff for the downhill. We also...
Ten Reasons for Trekking Poles

Ten Reasons for Trekking Poles

Trekking poles are an essential tool for hiking and mountaineering. Here we give ten reasons to use trekking poles and discusses how to overcome their limitations.
How to Choose the Right Duffel Bag for Travel

How to Choose the Right Duffel Bag for Travel

With large storage capacities and excellent durability, duffel bags are perhaps the most versatile pieces of luggage, and are an ideal option for both general travel and rugged adventures.
How to Choose Sandals for Women

How to Choose Sandals for Women

The best advice we can give for purchasing new footwear is to never let a review (not even this one!) take the place of actually trying on your shoes. This review can tell you which shoes...
How to Choose a Climbing Helmet

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 light as air and more comfortable...
How to Choose a Handheld GPS

How to Choose a Handheld GPS

Tracking and Navigating Your Outdoor Activity In the "information age" and the era of the "quantified self", outdoor enthusiasts and athletes are looking to better track and monitor their...
How to Select the Perfect Running Shirt

How to Select the Perfect Running Shirt

It is relatively easy to choose a top-quality running shirt, but there are still many factors to consider, including what you intend to use it for and what features you find necessary for...
How to Choose Sandals

How to Choose Sandals

Sandals are very versatile and functional footwear thanks to modern advances in materials and construction. No longer are they simply for lounging at the beach, these savvy pieces of...
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