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Mountaineering
Credit: Ian Nicholson
When you are in the mountains, the right gear is often the difference between a sufferfest and something you'd like to do again. A good bag down bag is a game changer. The same with a tent that doesn't blow away. Luck you, our dedicated team of testers has bought, tested and compared the rest of the mountainista essentials: backpacks, boots, ice axes and altimeter watches.

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Best Four Season Tent of 2022

Best Four Season Tent of 2022

Looking for a four season tent? Let us help. We researched over 50 of the most popular tents on the market and put the best 12 in head-to-head tests over several months. Our expert...
Best Altimeter Watch of 2022

Best Altimeter Watch of 2022

To help you find the best altimeter watch for your needs, we researched over 40 and bought the best to test side-by-side while summiting mountains, hiking through canyons, and climbing...
Best Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2022

Best Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2022

With a plethora of sleeping bags to choose from, it can be hard to know how best to turn your hard-earned dollars into comfortable winter warmth. Fear not, we've researched over 55 of the...
Best Mountaineering Backpack of 2022

Best Mountaineering Backpack of 2022

For this review, our seasoned field testers took out a collection of the industry's leading mountaineering backpacks and assessed their performance in the terrain for which they are...
Best Mountaineering Boots For Women of 2022

Best Mountaineering Boots For Women of 2022

Are you a woman in search of a mountaineering boot? We tested some of the best mountaineering boots for women, climbing steep ice routes, rugged rock routes, and challenging approaches...
Best Gaiters of 2022

Best Gaiters of 2022

We tested a dozen pairs of the top gaiters on the market to help you choose which ones to take on your next trail run, trek, or mountaineering adventure. After rigorous hands-on testing...
Best Ice Axes of 2022

Best Ice Axes of 2022

What's the best ice axe for mountaineering? We tested the best products and compared them head-to-head across a series of metrics, analyzing each one's performance.




Recent Gear Reviews in Mountaineering

Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 0 Review
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Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 0 Review

This bag is perfect for the weekend warrior, car camper, or aspiring mountaineer who wants to explore the winter wonderland, but is not ready to throw down the cash for a more expensive bag.
Black Diamond Blitz 28L Review
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Black Diamond Blitz 28L Review

This is a fast-and-light alpine specialty pack. It is not the most versatile or the most durable in this review, but it holds its own in this review for its excellent performance on steep...
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Osprey Mutant 38 Review

This is a pack unlike any we have seen before. It has held its spot as our Editors' Choice winner for several years in a row. As its name suggests, it is a rare, new breed.
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Rab Muztag GTX Review

These full-length gaiters offer your legs excellent protection against all manner of wilderness mayhem. If we were planning any winter or sloppy spring adventures, we would reach for these...



Mountaineering Learning Center

How to Choose the Right Ice Axe

How to Choose the Right Ice Axe

How do you choose an ice axe? Here are some key factors to consider when buying an ice axe for mountaineering. Length I often see people with ice axes that are too big for them. Somehow...
4-Season Tents - How to Choose

4-Season Tents - How to Choose

We tested both single and double-walled tents. Single-walled shelters have one layer of wind and water resistant or waterproof fabric and are supported by poles either inside or outside of...
How to Choose Gaiters

How to Choose Gaiters

Love 'em or not, there is a lot to know about this simple outdoor accessory. If you are thinking about trying them for the first time, or looking to expand your compliment of gaiters, then...

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