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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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60% recommend it (6/10)
May 24, 2016; 7:42pm
Warbonnet Blackbird
 Warbonnet Blackbird
Of all 11 hammocks tested, none are as comfortable or as feature heavy as the Warbonnet Blackbird, our Editors' Choice award winner. Whether in campgrounds or out in the backcountry, this model turned...


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100% recommend it (3/3)
Mar 04, 2016; 8:33pm
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
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
Osprey Atmos 65 AG
 Osprey Atmos 65 AG
The Osprey Atmos 65 AG is our new OutdoorGearLab Editors' Choice because of its ultra comfortable frame and suspension combined with one of our favorite overall pack designs. Once you put the Atmos 65...


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100% recommend it (3/3)
Mar 26, 2016; 12:02pm
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
 The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
We've awarded The North Face Ultra 109 GTX our Editors' Choice again this year! This is the best shoe we tested for folks that both hike and trail run. If you are accustomed to the fit and feel of run...


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14% recommend it (1/7)
May 16, 2016; 1:45am
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