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Garmin Oregon 600
 Garmin Oregon 600
The Oregon 600 takes touchscreen outdoor recreation recreation GPS to the next level. This device is a huge improvement over all other existing touchscreen units we’ve tested, from all manufacturers. ...


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40% recommend it (2/5)
Feb 25, 2016; 10:45pm
Arc'teryx Altra 65
 Arc'teryx Altra 65
This is our old Editors' Choice backpack because it is supremely comfortable, light, has great organizational ability and it is easy to pack and retrieve deeply buried items. That said, it is by far...


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100% recommend it (5/5)
Jul 28, 2015; 8:45am
Garmin GPSMAP 62sc
 Garmin GPSMAP 62sc
This is the most accurate and most reliable GPS unit we've tested. Its large external antenna locked on our position faster and plotted slightly more accurate locations than other units tested. In bel...


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42% recommend it (5/12)
Feb 17, 2016; 7:51am
Platypus GravityWorks
 Platypus GravityWorks
After some surprising results in our tests, the GravityWorks took the lead in our comparison, winning the Editors' Choice award. We initially thought this system would be bulky and time-consuming, but...


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100% recommend it (12/12)
Jul 18, 2015; 6:22pm
Suunto Core
 Suunto Core
The Suunto Core is the most fully featured altimeter watch we tested. The Core has something for everyone: waterproof buttons for snorkeling and shallow diving, more accurate altimeter and barometer f...


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27% recommend it (4/15)
Mar 29, 2016; 7:07am
Gregory Baltoro 65
 Gregory Baltoro 65
The Gregory Baltoro 65 was a top scoring pack and is our Top Pick Award winner for carrying massive loads (70+ lbs). It was maybe the most comfortable pack we tested and is ideal for folks wil...


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88% recommend it (7/8)
Apr 24, 2016; 10:52pm
REI Kingdom 8
 REI Kingdom 8
The Kingdom 8 wins our Editors' Choice award because it's the most comfortable tent we tested and comes loaded with great bonus features. It features best-in-class head room, convenient dividers, and ...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
May 26, 2015; 11:49am
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
 Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork wins our OutdoorGearLab Editors' Choice award. They are light, strong, versatile poles with very comfortable cork handles. Climbers and hikers alike will enjoy usi...


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86% recommend it (6/7)
Apr 25, 2016; 11:33am
The North Face Base Camp Duffel
 The North Face Base Camp Duffel
The North Face Base Camp wins our Editors' Choice award because it scored at, or near the top in every category we tested. We love how it carries and how easy it is to pack. While it is in the middle ...


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92% recommend it (12/13)
Sep 08, 2015; 12:00pm
Specialized Phenom Expert
 Specialized Phenom Expert
The Specialized Phenom is the winner of our Editors' Choice Award. It received our highest comfort rating, while maintaining a competitive weight of 248g, but it can be difficult to find. If you're lo...


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75% recommend it (3/4)
Feb 27, 2016; 10:31pm
Mountain Hardwear Hooded Ghost Whisperer
 Mountain Hardwear Hooded Ghost Whisperer
Paper thin and feather light, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer is a minimalist approach to a fully mountain ready jacket. Whether on a multi-pitch climb or a multi-day expedition, the Ghost Whisp...


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86% recommend it (6/7)
Apr 25, 2016; 1:30am
Vasque St. Elias GTX
 Vasque St. Elias GTX
The St. Elias wins our Editors' Choice award as the best hiking boot of the bunch. What makes this boot the perfect modern upgrade of the backpacking boot? First, the modern part. This model is design...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Dec 26, 2015; 2:50pm
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
 Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
This was our Editors' Choice windbreaker because it's just so versatile. We felt we could use it in pretty much any activity, from skiing to biking to hanging at the beach. While it's not the absolute...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Apr 17, 2015; 5:41am
Salomon Quest 4D II GTX
 Salomon Quest 4D II GTX
The Salomon Quest 4D II GTX, our Top Pick for Fastpacking, exemplifies the latest design innovations in hiking boots. Salomon has built a midweight hiking boot that remains true to the comfort and fun...


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56% recommend it (5/9)
Apr 15, 2016; 1:43pm
Patagonia Houdini
 Patagonia Houdini
The Patagonia Houdini is one of our favorite windbreakers and wins a Top Pick award. It is the lightest we tested and packs the smallest. It is our most used layer in our quiver because it is just so ...


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71% recommend it (5/7)
Apr 08, 2016; 12:55am
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