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Arc'teryx Alpha FL
 Arc'teryx Alpha FL
The Arc’teryx Alpha FL is our Editors’ Choice Award winning jacket because it perfectly combines everything we want out of a harshell: light weight, a perfect fit, incredible features, and long-term d...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Dec 21, 2014; 10:34am
Garmin eTrex 20
 Garmin eTrex 20
This is the best value GPS available anywhere. It locates your position with reasonably efficiency and accuracy and helps to get you back on route or navigate in low visibility conditions. This is our...


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60% recommend it (3/5)
Dec 21, 2014; 2:16am
SunTactics sCharger-5 Portable USB Charger
 SunTactics sCharger-5 Portable USB Charger
We appreciate the simple design of the SunTactics sCharger-5 solar panel, but in a highly competitive field, it felt a little rudimentary overall. This panel will appeal, aesthetically, to the electro...


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Dec 21, 2014; 12:46am
The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review
 The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review
What's the best softshell jacket? To find out, we took more than a dozen top models and used them for skiing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, showshoeing, running, and hi...


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Best Softshell Jacket

Dec 20, 2014; 7:26pm
Patagonia InTraverse Hybrid
 Patagonia InTraverse Hybrid
The Patagonia InTraverse Hybrid gets our Best Buy award and is the next iteration of one of our favorite softshells and past Editors' Choice award winner - the Traverse. The Outdoor Research Ferrosi H...


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Dec 20, 2014; 7:25pm
Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody
 Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody
Once again, the Arc'teryx Venta MX wins a Top Pick for Ice Climbing. It is the ultimate softshell for ice climbing. It's more breathable and more comfortable than a hardshell, and it's windproof and h...


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Dec 20, 2014; 7:21pm
Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody
 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 head-to-head review, this jacket was a Best Buy Aw...


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Dec 20, 2014; 7:20pm
Columbia Ascender Jacket
 Columbia Ascender Jacket
We found the Columbia Ascender to be best suited to casual, around-town ventures with the occasional trip outdoors. It is very durable and looks good over business clothes; however, it doesn’t stretch...


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Dec 20, 2014; 7:20pm
Marmot Gravity
 Marmot Gravity
The Marmot Gravity Jacket prioritizes weather protection over breathability. This non-hooded model is lined with a light fleece and works adequately for low-output ventures. However, it doesn’t provid...


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Dec 20, 2014; 7:20pm
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody
 Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody
The Outdoor Research Ferrosi softshell jacket took home our Editors' Choice award this year because it offers an excellent combination of breathability, mobility, and weather protection. Sometimes les...


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Dec 20, 2014; 7:19pm
Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 15
 Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 15
Extended trips in wet climates, big wall climbers, and NOLS and Outward Bound students can't beat the warm-when-wet performance of the Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina. It retains its loft and insulating...


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67% recommend it (2/3)
Dec 20, 2014; 12:31am
SPOT 3 Satellite Messenger
 SPOT 3 Satellite Messenger
The Spot 3 Satellite Messenger is probably the best selling and least expensive of the devices we tested. It wins our Best Buy award not only because it is one of the least expensive devices, it also ...


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Dec 19, 2014; 2:36pm
North Face Venture - Women's
 North Face Venture - Women's
While we might not recommend the North Face Venture for the demanding trekker or climber, it is a good product in terms of price and features for someone just getting outside, or for the occasional ra...


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Dec 19, 2014; 1:42pm
Marmot PreCip - Women's
 Marmot PreCip - Women's
The Marmot PreCip is an economical, practical rain shell that has been an industry standard for years--and for good reason. The PreCip is well constructed and fine-tuned with features such as pit-zips...


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Dec 19, 2014; 1:31pm
Montbell Ultralight Super Spiral Down Hugger # 1
 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 tested. This bag combines good quality 800-fi...


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67% recommend it (2/3)
Dec 18, 2014; 10:09pm
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