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Nick Bruckbauer

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As a cross country and track runner in high school, college, and beyond, Nick started training year-round in a brutal Wisconsin climate at the age of 15. After starting his running career in cotton sweatshirts and sauna-like warmup suits, Nick appreciates how utilizing the proper clothing and shoes can affect an athletes comfort, performance, and enjoyment of a sport, which helps him relate to the high school runners he coaches today.

After moving to California in 2008, Nick was able to deeply connect with his love of the outdoors, and transitioned from an avid runner to a devoted and obsessed outdoorsman. His repertoire currently includes trail and road running, road cycling, golfing, paddling, hiking, camping, backpacking, mountaineering, climbing, and skiing. Among his favorite experiences in the last two years are trekking in Nepal, completing a 3-week ski mountaineering leadership and guide course in Alaska, summiting and skiing Mt. Rainier and two other 14ers, solo climbing Mt. Whitney’s Mountaineers Route in snowy conditions, and introducing his fiancé to Yosemite backpacking and Colorado skiing.

Bitten by the online shopping bug around Christmas 2007, Nick has scoured the ends of the internet to find the best-looking and fitting, best constructed, and most cost-effective pieces of clothing and equipment. As a civil engineer in his day job, Nick appreciates the objective, methodical approach we take to our gear testing and review process here at OutdoorGearLab.

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11 Best Backpacks  of 2022

11 Best Backpacks of 2022

We're always looking for the best backpacks to fuel our adventures. We tested hundreds of models this year and these are the best of the best.
Best Duffel Bags of 2022

Best Duffel Bags of 2022

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

Bedrock Cairn Adventure

Securing our highest award once again, this sandal provides our favorite blend of lightweight performance. Sturdy enough to handle technical objectives, yet lightweight and comfortable...
ECCO Yucatan
Editors' Choice

ECCO Yucatan

High-end materials and a comfort-oriented design combine to make these kicks some of the most comfortable sandals that we've tested.
Teva Katavi 2
Best Buy

Teva Katavi 2

Surprisingly high-end comfort and performance at such an affordable price earn this sandal our Best Bang for the Buck Award.
Purchasing the Ideal Pair of Running Shoes

Purchasing the Ideal Pair of Running Shoes

So you're in the market for running shoes. But what kind? There are trail shoes, road shoes, minimal shoes, maximal shoes, and even barefoot shoes. Then within each of those categories...
Keen Newport H2
Top Pick

Keen Newport H2

A classic contender for the closed-toe sandal design with a wide forefoot, water-friendly materials, and a grippy outsole, this is a desirable choice for watersports enthusiasts everywhere.
Best Running Jacket of 2022

Best Running Jacket of 2022

To find out which running jacket is the best, we selected the highest-rated offerings in the market and put them to the test in the rugged mountains of Utah and California.
Best Inflatable SUP Paddle Boards of 2022

Best Inflatable SUP Paddle Boards of 2022

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

Best Bike Saddles

After spending countless hours grinding away the miles in the top road bike saddles on the market, we identified the best models to meet your specific riding needs, in order to help you...
Best Bike Panniers

Best Bike Panniers

We bought and tested 14 of the best bike panniers on today's market to help you determine which model is right for your needs. See which contenders survived what our expert testers threw...
Red Paddle Co Voyager+ MSL
Top Pick

Red Paddle Co Voyager+ MSL

Although most beginners will feel unstable on this model, intermediate users will immediately take to its performance-focused design. High-quality components make this model a good choice...
Best Bike Helmets

Best Bike Helmets

After testing the top bike helmets on the market, we evaluated comfort, weight, ventilation, durability, all-around value, and performance to find the top-scoring models. We tested each...
Best Hydration Packs

Best Hydration Packs

Are you ready for a new hydration pack? Whether you're replacing an older model or looking to try one for the first time, we've got you covered. We tested the latest top models from...
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...
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