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Arc'teryx Altra 65
 Arc'teryx Altra 65
The Arc'teryx Altra 65 is our 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 sai...


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100% recommend it (3/3)
Sep 02, 2013; 5:24pm
Asolo Power Matic 200
 Asolo Power Matic 200
The Asolo Power Matic is an extremely well built all-leather boot. We loved it for its snug fit, well-padded insole, and great support. If you are looking for a hiker to keep your ankles safe on an...


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Dec 20, 2012; 10:14am
Salomon Quest
 Salomon Quest
We loved the Salomon Quest 4D GTX. It's a no-nonsense, no-frills sort of boot. From the aggressive sole to the lacing brackets (the best we've seen) to the lightly padded tongue, it seems that...


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Jun 24, 2012; 6:40pm
Patagonia R1 Hoody
 Patagonia R1 Hoody
The Patagonia R1 Hoody takes the highly versatile, breathable, and compressible R1 Pullover and adds: a balaclava style hood, longer arms with thumb loops, and an extended hem for tucking the fleece i...


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100% recommend it (7/7)
Mar 18, 2014; 4:39am
Hilleberg Jannu
 Hilleberg Jannu
The Hilleberg Jannu is the panacea for worst-conditions mountaineering and alpine climbing. Due to its fast setup, bombproof storm protection and low weight (6 lb. 1 oz.), the Jannu is our hi...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Aug 17, 2013; 12:00am
Rab Xenon
 Rab Xenon
No jacket for you! The Xenon has been replaced by the Rab Xenon X. What's the difference? The X has a more durable shell material and is 25 grams heavier. Otherwise: same, same....


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Apr 13, 2013; 12:00am
MontBell Frost Smoke Parka
 MontBell Frost Smoke Parka
The MontBell Frost Smoke Parka is a great all-around down jacket at an affordable price. This is the only lighter-weight down jacket we tested that features heavier and more durable shell fabrics on ...


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Jul 06, 2013; 11:40am
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
 Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
This wins our OutdoorGearLab Editors' Choice award. They are light, strong, versatile poles with comfortable cork handles. Climbers and hikers alike will enjoy using these poles on the roughest approa...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Jun 04, 2013; 8:07am
Black Diamond Mesa
 Black Diamond Mesa
The Black Diamond Mesa was once a top performing two door tent. In the years since its 2007 release numerous other tents have come to overshadow it, and Black Diamond has yet to update it. The pole de...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Jan 14, 2013; 12:00am
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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Jul 09, 2013; 5:15pm
Katabatic Gear Palisade
 Katabatic Gear Palisade
The Katabatic Gear Palisade is likely the best ultralight quilt in the world. However, it's only available directly from the small manufacturer in Colorado (generally backlogged due to high demand...


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100% recommend it (4/4)
Jun 28, 2013; 4:48pm
Evolv Shaman
 Evolv Shaman
Chris Sharma designed the Evolv Shaman from the ground up. We are big fans of Sharma and big fans of this shoe. It is a bouldering and sport climbing machine and may be the best shoe we have tested fo...


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100% recommend it (3/3)
Sep 29, 2012; 9:31am
Sawyer Squeeze
 Sawyer Squeeze
The Sawyer Squeeze is an innovative water filter that differs from the typical pump models. Rather than pumping water through hoses like most other filters, the Squeeze is a compact filter that screws...


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100% recommend it (6/6)
Dec 03, 2013; 9:46am
Patagonia Super Pluma
 Patagonia Super Pluma
Due to its above average durability and handwarmer pockets the Patagonia Super Pluma is arguably the most versatile hardshell we tested. Whether you’re alpine climbing, mountaineering, backcountry sk...


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Jul 18, 2013; 12:00am
Therm-a-Rest DreamTime
 Therm-a-Rest DreamTime
Product Discontinued This product has been replaced by the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Dream. ...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Oct 31, 2012; 10:30am
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