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These best-in-class awards are the result of rigorous hands-on testing by the editors at OutdoorGearLab.com. We then enhance those editorial reviews with user-reviews and commentary from the SuperTopo climbing community.
The Best Ski Socks Review

The Best Ski Socks Review



What makes a great ski sock? Are your feet wet and wrinkly after a day on the slopes? Are you constantly suffering from cold feet? Over this past ski season we set out to find which socks could stand up to the brutal demands of life in a ski boot. We tested 5 of the industry's top models and sent th...

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The Best Lantern Review

The Best Lantern Review



We bought eight of the best camping lanterns on the market and compared them side-by-side for more than six months of well-lit adventures up and down the West Coast. To help you find the perfect one, we rated each on its performance in five critical categories: brightness, ease of use, durability, f...

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The Best First Aid Kit Review

The Best First Aid Kit Review



Which first aid kit is the best choice for the outdoor enthusiast? We put to the test five of the top rated models available on the market today. We carried them on alpine routes, multi-day river trips, commercial guiding expeditions, and backpacking and road trips into the mountains and rivers of C...

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The Best Cooler and Ice Chest Review

The Best Cooler and Ice Chest Review



What is the best cooler? To find out we took eight of the most popular large coolers and put them through the wringer with a series of exhaustive tests. We had them sweat it out in not one but two exacting insulation tests that considered both food safety and ideal liquid refreshment. Our testers ha...

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The Best Backpacking Water Filter and Treatment Systems

The Best Backpacking Water Filter and Treatment Systems



What is the best water treatment system for backpackers and campers? To find out, we tested 15 of the best, latest and greatest backpacking water filter systems and compared them in detailed head-to-head tests in this extensive review. With more and more manufacturers coming out with their own versi...

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The Best Alpine Touring / AT Bindings for Backcountry Skiing Review

The Best Alpine Touring / AT Bindings for Backcountry Skiing Review



What's the best Alpine Touring binding (AKA AT binding or Randonee binding) for backcountry skiing? We reviewed the top nine models and compared them head-to-head while using them hundreds of days over hundreds of thousands of vertical feet. We tested these products out in the backcountry as...

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The Search for the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2017

The Search for the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2017



To help you complete your backpacking setup, we researched over 75 backpacking sleeping bags and tested the 11 best models side-by-side for an extensive three-month testing process. Standing in the aisle of your favorite outdoor retailer, it's hard to know which product provides primo comfort, dries...

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The Best Multi-Tool Review

The Best Multi-Tool Review



We tested ten of the worlds greatest multi-tools. We cut, pried, sawed, and repaired. We carried them for day-to-day use, as well as into the backcountry. We found a wide range of quality and function. Our list represents both ends of the size spectrum, and everything in between. Read on, and find t...

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The Best Splitboard For Backcountry Snowboarding

The Best Splitboard For Backcountry Snowboarding



What's the best splitboard? What snowboard performed best in the backcountry in powder, steep lines and big climbs? We purchased seven popular models and put them through the wringer in the Sierra, skinning up deep powder and throwing them over our backs to scamper over rocks; we also side-hilled ac...

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The Test to Find the Best Binoculars

The Test to Find the Best Binoculars



What are the best binoculars? We took 11 different models through rigorous testing in the outdoors to find out. We went birding at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, used them on the Pacific Coast, loaned them to a guide at WanderLust Tours in Bend, OR, and had friends take them on hikes in the Eas...

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The Best GPS Watch for Running and Training

The Best GPS Watch for Running and Training



In the burgeoning market for fitness-tracking, GPS enabled watches, which is the best product for you? Over the course of multiple years, thousands of miles, and in ten different sports, our team has examined dozens of available devices. We have evaluated, and summarized here, five of the best. Furt...

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The Best Ski Pants for Women Review

The Best Ski Pants for Women Review



What is the top contender for women's ski pants? On our quest to determine which pair tops the rest, we took the pants for long walks in the woods, down steep chutes, through tight trees, over rocks, and on downhill slopes in the best snow on earth in the Wasatch Range of Utah. We spent time in reso...

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The Best Bike Light Review

The Best Bike Light Review



What's the best bike light? We combined extensive laboratory testing with a year of field testing in four U.S. cities to create the most comprehensive bike light review available. In order to identify the best products for specific applications we measured the beam pattern, brightness, portability a...

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The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing

The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing



What are the best climbing skins for your backcountry skis? The world of backcountry and ski mountaineering, climbing skins is more than mystifying. From choosing to using, skins are finicky, strange, and little understood. They are incredibly useful, ultra simple, but quite nuanced. We have assembl...

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The Best Bike Pump Review

The Best Bike Pump Review



We put eight of the top-performing floor pumps to the test and measured their performance in five categories. We believe these metrics will make all the difference when you are pondering which contender to buy: stability, ease of attachment/detachment, gauge, inflation speed, and accuracy. Happily, ...

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The Best Ski Boots for Women Review

The Best Ski Boots for Women Review



What is the best women's all-mountain ski boot? We put eight top-of-the-line competitors through extensive testing to determine which pairs are the best. We skied hundreds of runs in various conditions, looking for the boot that does it all better than any other. We enlisted a group of dedicated ski...

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The Best Bicycle Frame and Mini Pump Review

The Best Bicycle Frame and Mini Pump Review



A flat tire can put a serious damper on a fun ride. When you are miles from the car and disaster strikes, your mini or frame pump is all that separates you from a long walk or a night spent out in the cold. What is the best portable bike pump for the adventures that you seek? To find out, we took 13...

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The Best Mountaineering Boot for Men Review

The Best Mountaineering Boot for Men Review



We tested eight of the best mountaineering boots ever made, including some of the latest and greatest, and some tried and true performers. We wore these boots to climb ice, snow, rock, and choss from the Sierra to the San Juans, from Patagonia to the Ruth Gorge. We discovered the best boots for mult...

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The Best Climbing Harness for Men Review

The Best Climbing Harness for Men Review



Which men's climbing harness is the best? Well, climbing is a passion near and dear to the hearts of most everyone here at OutdoorGearLab. Just the sight of climbing harnesses makes us giddy with excitement. This was a fun review for us to do because we love climbing and love taking "test" falls nea...

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The Best Portable Solar Panels of 2017

The Best Portable Solar Panels of 2017



Which solar charger best powers phones and gadgets when off the grid? We considered 55 models and bought the top 9 to compare them side-by-side. Our team spent over 100 hours field testing and then brought them into our testing lab to measure power output. We know shopping for solar panels is daunti...

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The Best Running Shoes for Men Review

The Best Running Shoes for Men Review



What is the best running shoe for road running? We selected 11 top-ranked men's road running footwear on the market and subjected them to head-to-head evaluation. We spent months logging dozens of miles all across the beautiful state of Virginia, from the mountain roads to the sandy Virginia Beach. ...

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Best Bike Pannier Review

Best Bike Pannier Review



What's the best set of bike panniers available today? We bought and tested six of the best models to find out. Whether you're planning to ride across the country or simply to work or school, you need a place to stow your belongings. Rear attaching panniers are an ideal way to transport the things yo...

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The 10 Best Juicers Shoot-out Review

The 10 Best Juicers Shoot-out Review



What is the best juicer on the market today? We compared the ten most popular and highly regarded models side-by-side, from low-budget models to top-of-the-line machines. We used each of these machines for months and tested them on the different yields produced for different types of fruits and vege...

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The Best Women's Sleeping Bag Review

The Best Women's Sleeping Bag Review



What is the best sleeping bag for female adventurers? We tested eleven of the most popular contenders on the market to answer that question. All models we evaluated are summer weight mummy style bags meant to keep you warm in a variety of situations, from sleeping on the beach to backpacking in the ...

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The Best Men's Rain Pants of 2017 for Hiking and Backpacking

The Best Men's Rain Pants of 2017 for Hiking and Backpacking



With so many rain pants on the market, it can be difficult to find the best pair. We researched 50 contenders and ultimately decided on 8 pairs to test, putting in over 100 hours of testing. We included pairs ranging from the all-around state of the art ultralight rain protection to the burly Gore-T...

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The Best Travel Duffel Bags

The Best Travel Duffel Bags



Which duffel bag should you take on your next adventure? We took our favorite burly travel bags (aka "duffle", but more properly spelled "el" for the town of Duffel in Belgium that first manufactured them) and compared them head-to-head to help you decide. We tested them while running throug...

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The Best Men's Sandals

The Best Men's Sandals



What's the best men's sandal? With the number of crazy designs coming out seemingly every year, it's hard to keep tabs on our beloved "mandals," the utility shoe of the outdoors. From hiking around rivers and waterfalls to blasting down dusty trails, we took the industry's best eight shoes and put t...

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The Best Winter Boots for Women Review

The Best Winter Boots for Women Review



Whether you endure long, frigid winters in the mountains or chilly days with a dusting of snow, we've dedicated the past four winters to testing the industry's top women's winter boots. This year, we look at eight of the top models on the market. We've included everything from stylish wear-around to...

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The Best Flip-Flop Sandals Review

The Best Flip-Flop Sandals Review



What are the best all-purpose flip flops out there? We took 7 top models for multipurpose use and put them head-to-head in every situation they were meant for, and some they were not. We climbed mountains in them, walked miles at a time on rough terrain, and even bled in them just so you won't have...

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The Best Yoga Mat Review

The Best Yoga Mat Review



What's the best yoga mat on the market today? We've put 10 of the highest rated models to the test in our updated review. We stretched, sweated and Down Dogged on these mats for over 100 testing hours to help you find the best one, no matter what style you practice. After testing them side-by-side f...

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The Best Climbing Helmet

The Best Climbing Helmet



Do you wear a climbing helmet every time you rope up? Like most climbers, you probably don't but know that you should. We've evaluated eight of the best and most popular climbing and mountaineering helmets on the market and found some that you will be stoked to strap on every time you climb. We test...

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The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Men Review

The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Men Review



What is the best baggy short for mountain biking? We tested a selection of the best and most popular mountain bike shorts on the market, and found which ones are the all-around best shorts for different types of trail riding, ranging from cross-country marathons to lift assisted downhill gnar fests....

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The Best Laptop Backpack Review

The Best Laptop Backpack Review



What is the best laptop backpack? We embarked on a meticulous testing process and examined 9 of the best and most popular models on the market today. We tested these 9 packs head-to-head for three months in our daily travels around town, road trips, work trips and daily commutes to the local coffee ...

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The Best Travel Underwear for Men Review

The Best Travel Underwear for Men Review



There is so much junk out there to cover your—ahem—junk. When you mistakenly buy a five pack of cotton misery disguised as men's underwear from Walmart, it's no big deal, you throw them away. But premium underwear prices start at $25+ per pair; such mistakes can be expensive. For four months we test...

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The Best Bike Computer Review

The Best Bike Computer Review



Which bike computer is the best? We took eight of the top bike computers worthy of holding a position on your handlebars and put them through months of head-to-head testing and miles of riding. This was all part of our effort to find the bike computer worthy of our prestigious Editors' Choice Award,...

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The Best Ultralight Backpack Review

The Best Ultralight Backpack Review



For many backpackers and thru-hikers, an ultralight backpack is a must-have. So, our review team set out to find the best. We purchased nine of the most popular and highly rated ultralight packs and tested them side-by-side for six months. From the Colorado Trail and the summits of 14ers, to a 250-m...

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The Best Camping Chair Review

The Best Camping Chair Review



When choosing the best camping chair, we had a lot of demands. It must have portability and durability just like other camping equipment, but also maintain the comfort and utility of a standard chair. These are pieces of equipment that regularly get thrown in and out of vehicles, dragged across camp...

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The Best Fitness Tracker for Activity Monitoring

The Best Fitness Tracker for Activity Monitoring



Which fitness tracker is best for you and your lifestyle? We put nine of the best devices on the market through extensive testing, thoroughly examining each for its performance in tracking fitness and training. We examined each product across multiple performance criteria, including training data ma...

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The Best Running Shirt Review for Men

The Best Running Shirt Review for Men



What's the best men's running shirt? To find out, we chose five shirts from the leading running and outdoor manufacturers and compared them head-to-head. We wore these shirts day-in and day-out for months while running on roads and trails, while training and during races, in hot weather and in cold ...

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The Best Mountain Bike Tires Review

The Best Mountain Bike Tires Review



What is the ideal tire combination for aggressive trail/enduro type mountain biking? We put 11 different tires through a series of side-by-side tests on various soil types and terrain. Running through a gauntlet of tests, we rated each contender on cornering, pedal traction, braking traction, rollin...

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The Best Running Shoes for Women Review

The Best Running Shoes for Women Review



What's the best road running shoe for women? We bought 13 road shoes and tested them by a trial of miles. We spent two and a half months and 97 hours running over 300 miles. We ran paved trails, winding dirt roads and streets during autumn's sunny and soggy weather conditions. We compared several ty...

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The Best Long Underwear and Base Layer for Men Review

The Best Long Underwear and Base Layer for Men Review



What is the best long underwear top on the market? To make sense of it all, we put eleven of the most popular men's long underwear tops to the test. Covering the two American continents, our reviewers wore these shirts in temperatures ranging from warm and sunny to frigidly cold and damp. They were ...

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The Quest for the Perfect Backpacking Spork

The Quest for the Perfect Backpacking Spork



Grab a spork and a knife and your camp cutlery collection is complete. To find the best spork, we bought three and tested them over multiple backpacking trips in a side-by-side shootout. We then brought our contenders to Northern Ontario and ate with them, quite vigorously, for seven weeks straight...

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The Hunt for the Best Headlamp

The Hunt for the Best Headlamp



Which headlamp, of many, is the best? To find out we took 28 top headlamps and put them through a gauntlet of side-by-side tests. Each product was lab-tested and field-tested. We used industrial light meters to measure brightness and built an automated "light coffin" rigged with a data-logging light...

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The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking

The Best Ultralight Tent Shelter for Backpacking



We tested 10 of the best and most popular 2-person tarps, pyramids, and feather light tents to find the best ultralight tent shelter out there. We compared them side-by-side by taking them backpacking, peak bagging, and bicycle touring throughout the Rocky Mountains. We rated each shelter for weathe...

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The Trek to Find the Best Hiking Boots of 2017

The Trek to Find the Best Hiking Boots of 2017



With so many hiking boots, it's tough to pick the right pair. To help, we researched over 50 top models and selected the 12 best to test side-by-side for 160+ hours. For three months and hundreds of miles, we pushed these boots to their limits to find out which ones are truly stable in rough terrain...

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The Best Bike Cargo Trailer Review

The Best Bike Cargo Trailer Review



Are you a cycling enthusiast who needs or wants to haul something big? Are you looking for the best bike cargo trailer available? We chose these six best selling products and we compared them side-by-side in the areas of versatility, maximum capacity, how easy they were to use and tow, while also ke...

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The Best Splitboard Climbing Skins for Backcountry Snowboarding

The Best Splitboard Climbing Skins for Backcountry Snowboarding



Which splitboard skin is the best? We beat up four pairs in our quest to find a winner. We broke trail in powder, tip-toed over rocks, struggled up steep icy skin tracks, ripped skins in the wind, jammed them in backpacks, and then pulled them apart to repeat the process. We monitored how well they ...

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The Best Avalanche Beacon Review

The Best Avalanche Beacon Review



What is the best avalanche beacon for the backcountry? To find out we took 13 top models and put them through rigorous head-to-head tests in the Cascades, Sierras and Alaska. We had novices test them to see which is easiest to learn and use; then we put them in the hands of expert mountain guides, a...

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Picking the Best Ice Axe

Picking the Best Ice Axe



Whats the best ice axe for mountaineering? We looked at 15 of the best and most popular products and compared them head-to-head in the following categories: self-arresting, steep ice and snow climbing, comfort to carry, use as an improvised anchor, weight, and anchor construction/digging. We also lo...

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The Best Bike Trailer Review

The Best Bike Trailer Review



Which bike trailer is best for toting your child? We took four of the best models on the market and put them through a yearlong gauntlet of hauling kids, dogs, and cargo. We utilized multiple families for testing, giving us valuable feedback from a wide range of users. All of the products we tested ...

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The Best Climbing Belay Device

The Best Climbing Belay Device



What is the best belay device for rock climbing? Over a six month test we took nine of the top products on the market up and down rock, ice, and snow, from the storied granite walls of Yosemite Valley to the ephemeral colored routes at our local climbing gyms. Throughout the process we tried to cons...

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The Trials of The Best Men's Trail Running Shoes of 2017

The Trials of The Best Men's Trail Running Shoes of 2017



Intimidated by the 100's of trail running shoe options? We were, too. That's why we researched 90 top models and bought 14 for detailed testing. After over 150 hours on the trails, we have recommendations whether you want the maximum cushion, minimal heal-rise, or just a good value. Our testing team...

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The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Women

The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Women



Looking for the perfect ski mitten or glove to keep your paws warm? We compared nine of the top women's mittens and gloves in demanding environments to evaluate Warmth, Water Resistance, Dexterity, Breathability, Features, and Construction. We rode lifts and skinned uphill during extensive testing i...

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The Best Women's All Mountain Snowboards of 2017

The Best Women's All Mountain Snowboards of 2017



With so many snowboards out there, it can be difficult to choose the right one. We selected 7 of the most popular and highest rated women's snowboards, putting them through 60 hours of testing. Our series of tests revealed the best overall competitor, along with the best value, and our top pick for ...

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The Best Men's Synthetic Insulated Jackets of 2017

The Best Men's Synthetic Insulated Jackets of 2017



Which synthetic insulated jacket best keeps you warm? We found out by researching 75 products and buying nine for hands-on testing. Each jacket was tested for 20-plus hours by a team of outdoor experts while hiking, backpacking, skiing and just standing in the cold around town. While one jacket came...

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The Best Four Season Tent Review

The Best Four Season Tent Review



In this review, we tested 20 of the best four season tents (AKA "winter tents") on the market in a head-to-head competition that assessed weather resistance, livability, weight, packed size, adaptability, and durability. Testing took us all over the globe, from the alpine climbs in the Lower...

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The Best Mountaineering Boots For Women Review

The Best Mountaineering Boots For Women Review



From wet and snowy glaciers and peaks in Patagonia, to many laps on steep pitches of solid ice in Ouray, Colorado, to temperate ice climbing in Lee Vining Canyon, California, these boots spent several seasons scaling pristine frozen water, which allowed us to evaluate ice climbing ability. To test h...

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The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review

The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review



Which women's fleece jacket is the best? With hundreds of different types and weights out there, answering that question can be a complicated process. We tested seven of the top-of-the-line technical models to help you figure out which is the best one for you. We reviewed a mix of lightweight breath...

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The Best All-Mountain Skis of 2016

The Best All-Mountain Skis of 2016



What is the top all-mountain, all-the-time ski of 2016? We took eleven top men's models from a variety of manufacturers and put them to a head-to-head, run-for-run comparison, for a couple season-long quest to answer that question and find the holy grail of all-mountain planks. Our testing was condu...

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The Best Ski Boots for Men Review

The Best Ski Boots for Men Review



Looking for the best men's all-mountain ski boot? We compared six of the top alpine boots and tested them extensively to find out which one is right for you. We tested them side-by-side, run for run, and for days on end while on ski patrol. We skied in a variety of conditions, on all types of terrai...

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The Best Winter Down Sleeping Bag Review

The Best Winter Down Sleeping Bag Review



We tested six of the best quality zero degree down sleeping bags in a head-to-head competition that assessed the following categories: fit, weight, warmth, packed size, and features. We pushed the limits of these bags by sleeping in them in cold places all over North America, Patagonia, and Alaska. ...

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The Best Soft Cooler Review

The Best Soft Cooler Review



Which soft cooler is the best? To find out we took five of the top rated and most popular models available and compared them side-by-side. First we ran them through an objective ice retention test, comparing how long each model could hold ice. Then we packed, carried, dragged, zipped, and drained ea...

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The Best Ski Goggles Review

The Best Ski Goggles Review



Any skier, snowboarder, mountaineer, snowshoer, or snow adventurer knows that ski goggles are an essential piece of equipment. However, do you know which is the best? Over the course of two months, we skied on windy, snowy, and sunny days. We tested a gaggle of ski goggles to see which has the best ...

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The Best Winter Jacket For Women Review

The Best Winter Jacket For Women Review



What's the best winter jacket? We compared 11 of the top rated women's winter jackets. Whether you're looking for a jacket that can handle brutally cold winters while still looking mega fashionable, or you are looking for one that is waterproof for a wet climate, we've got you covered. Over a two mo...

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The Best Hangboard Review

The Best Hangboard Review



Hangboards, sometimes called finger boards, have been part of a climbers training regime for years. There is possibly no better way to target improving pure finger strength. They also aren't that expensive for what you'll get; for the price of one month's gym membership you can train three to four d...

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Best Enduro Mountain Bikes of 2016

Best Enduro Mountain Bikes of 2016



Want to climb like a goat and descend like a bull? Welcome to enduro. We researched 20 top enduro bikes, bought the 5 best and spent 2 months testing them head-to-head. Our elite bike testers rode hundreds of singletrack miles and busted out 135 time trials in the most scientific and exhaustive side...

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The Best Trail Running Shoes for Women Review

The Best Trail Running Shoes for Women Review



In our comparison of 13 of the best women's trail running shoes, we ran over a range of terrain in all kinds of weather; tackling steep rocky trails in the high alpine of the Peruvian Andes, conquering 30 mile point to point missions in the San Juan mountains, and running the river walk after work. ...

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The Best Travel Backpack Review

The Best Travel Backpack Review



The staff at OutdoorGearLab is a diverse crowd. But in our colorful tapestry of adventurers, there is one common thread: a shared obsession with traveling. Naturally, that makes identifying the best travel backpack a high priority. If you seek adventure beyond the border, or if you regularly hopscot...

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The Best Long Underwear for Women Review

The Best Long Underwear for Women Review



We tested seven of the industry's best long underwear shirts as both stand-alone tops in warmer weather and as a base layers in colder weather. These tops went on all sorts of adventures, including multi-day backcountry ski hut trips, sandy trail runs through the desert, rock climbs on the colorful ...

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The Best Men's Rain Jackets of 2017

The Best Men's Rain Jackets of 2017



With so many rain jackets, it can be confusing to find the right one. We researched 90 of them, then bought the 10 top models for 105 wet hours of field testing. Today's jacket selection is daunting: we set out to help you find the best model for your needs and budget whether you have $50 or $300. W...

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The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review

The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review



With a seemingly endless slew of options, how do you find the best fleece jacket on the market? Our experts tested eight of the top rated models out there in a variety of weights and styles. We assessed technical mid-layers to heavyweight outer layers, and sleek smooth piles to hi-loft Muppet-like f...

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The Best Full-Face Downhill Mountain Bike Helmet Review

The Best Full-Face Downhill Mountain Bike Helmet Review



What is the best full-face helmet for downhill mountain biking? We tested 6 of the best and most popular downhill helmets on the market and found some awesome helmets as well as a few we don't think are up to the task of protecting your noggin while you shred the gnar. We evaluated each full-face fo...

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The Quest for the Best Carabiner Review

The Quest for the Best Carabiner Review



We wanted to find out which carabiner was the best, so we've updated our old review to look at some of the newer products out there, and compared them to some classic performers. Even though carabiners have been used for rock climbing for over 100 years, the innovation still continues. Our testers u...

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The Best Ski Jacket for Women Review

The Best Ski Jacket for Women Review



What makes the best ski jacket? We tested twelve top-of-the-line ski jackets over several seasons to help you find the best. We skied numerous runs at Mammoth Mountain and Kirkwood in California and even brought a few to ski in British Columbia. We sat on many chair lifts, went to multiple happy hou...

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The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Women Review

The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Women Review



What are the best women's mountain bike shorts? We took 9 of the most popular, top-rated shorts on the market and hit the trails. We pedaled miles in each pair and compared them side-by-side to determine the most pedal friendly, comfortable, and protective models. We even took the shorts to spin cla...

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The Best Running Jacket Review

The Best Running Jacket Review



Which running jacket is the best? To find out, we picked out six of the top rated and most popular models and tested them side-by-side. We wore these pieces on runs through rain, snow, and freezing temperatures, paying special attention to each one's performance. Some kept us warm on snowy trail run...

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The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review

The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review



In this update, we continue our quest for the best in our popular softshell jacket review! Continually looking for the highest-performing jackets on the market, we bought 11 top softshells and tested them side-by-side. Over the course of three months, our testers scraped through arm-eating offwidth ...

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The Best Camping Table Review

The Best Camping Table Review



What's the best camping table to take on your next outdoor adventure? We tested five different models to see how each one compared. Some were fully featured for a superb "glamping" experience, while others were simple and versatile. If you're tired of cooking in the dirt and squatting while you stir...

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2017's Top Sleeping Pads for Backpacking and Camping

2017's Top Sleeping Pads for Backpacking and Camping



To find that elusive optimal sleeping pad, we researched 70 top options and then purchased and tested 21 of the best. After 160 hours of side-by-side sleep tests, we awarded the best overall pad as well as the most comfortable and lightest. Whether you have $30 or $200, we've got your budget covered...

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The Best Women's Shoes for CrossFit Training

The Best Women's Shoes for CrossFit Training



What are the best shoes for CrossFit style workouts? In our quest to find the answer we put nine pairs of the most popular and highest ranked models out there through multiple workouts and numerous side-by-side tests, including sprints, lifts, rope climbs, and more. They were then scored in a number...

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The Best Backcountry Skis of 2017

The Best Backcountry Skis of 2017



What are the best backcountry touring skis? To find out we put the most highly regarded products through an extensive multi-year test. We have selected 10 of them to present here. Over hundreds of thousands of vertical feet we evaluated for touring efficiency and downhill enjoyment. We tested each p...

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The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review

The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review



Before stepping foot on the next trail, consider your feet! We put 11 pairs of women's hiking shoes to the test to find the best shoes for hiking and light backpacking. These shoes have some of the support of a hiking boot married to the lightweight agility of a trail running shoe. While working on ...

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Best Women's Climbing Helmet

Best Women's Climbing Helmet



"See, it protects my very important brain," says Dr. Bruce Banner in the 2003 Hulk movie when told he looks like a "massive nerd" in his helmet. Even the Incredible Hulk wears a helmet, and we think you should too. Luckily, some of the women's helmet options out there will keep you safe but not look...

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The Best Splitboard Bindings for Backcountry Snowboarding

The Best Splitboard Bindings for Backcountry Snowboarding



Which pair of splitboard bindings are the best? These bindings are much more complex than a standard snowboard binding, making this question more difficult to answer than it appears at a first glance. We bought four popular competitors and put them through the wringer in the Sierra; we compared curr...

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The Best Hiking Pants Review For Men

The Best Hiking Pants Review For Men



Which pair of hiking pants provide the best overall performance for hiking and backpacking? We took seven of the most popular models and put them through months of rigorous testing in the desert of Utah and the mountains of Colorado, hiking in these pants day in and day out to see which pair came ou...

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The Best Climbing Shoes For Women Review

The Best Climbing Shoes For Women Review



What are the best climbing shoes for women? Luckily, the women's selection is growing every year, providing a larger field for ladies to choose from. We took twelve top women's specific models and put them to a hands-on…err…feet-on test to find the very best. All around the world, from limestone spo...

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The Best Rope Bags for Climbing

The Best Rope Bags for Climbing



We looked at the eight of our favorite and most popular and best rope bags on the market today. We compared them side-by-side in a variety of ways. We compared how large their tarps were, how easy they are to roll up, how easily we could fit a 60 and 70m rope plus other items like shoes, draws, wate...

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The Best Backpacking Tents of 2017

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2017



In search of the best backpacking tents of 2017, we ditched our homes in town for nylon and mesh walls in the backcountry. After researching the top 70 tents on the market, we purchased 14 of the highest rated and most popular two-person tents and went backpacking - a lot. Our lead expert and author...

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The Best Minimalist and Barefoot Shoes Review

The Best Minimalist and Barefoot Shoes Review



What is the best minimal or barefoot shoe for running? We chose seven of the best minimalist and barefoot running shoes available and put each to the test in this elaborate and detailed review. Embodied in this review are six separate and necessary factors we use to help decide which minimalist runn...

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The Best Locking Carabiners

The Best Locking Carabiners



The carabiner is an indispensable tool for rock and alpine climbers, mountaineers and backpackers, and even folks who just want to hang their keys on something. Carabiners come in both locking and non-locking varieties, and while both are used during a climbing outing, they each have their own uniqu...

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The Best Snowshoe Review

The Best Snowshoe Review



Wide expanses of snow covered terrain, local trails with dirt feet below you, and mountains blanketed in winter may be explored with snowshoes on your boots. They extend your hiking season through the winter and broaden access. But how do you know which ones to buy? And which ones will work best for...

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The Best Gaiter Review

The Best Gaiter Review



Looking for the perfect gaiters for mountaineering, trekking or running? Well, so are we. We used our side-by-side comparison testing process to evaluate eight pairs from several different categories, including shorter hiking and scree models to full-length ones, to figure out which were the best. D...

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The Best Dropper Seatpost for Your Mountain Bike Review

The Best Dropper Seatpost for Your Mountain Bike Review



Which dropper seatpost is the best for your bike? We took six popular, top rated models and put them to the test via our side-by-side comparison challenges while riding around Lake Tahoe. These posts took a good beating while we climbed and peddled over roots and ladders, thumbs always on the trigge...

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The Best Women's Backpacking Backpack Review

The Best Women's Backpacking Backpack Review



What is the best women's backpack for backpacking? Whether heading out into the mountains for a weekend trip with girlfriends or preparing for a long solo adventure, having a pack that meets your needs is essential to both enjoyment and comfort. We have tested 11 of the top women's specific packs on...

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The Best Climbing Harness for Women Review

The Best Climbing Harness for Women Review



We've updated our women's climbing harness review by taking eight of the most popular and innovative models on the market today and comparing them side-by-side while clipping quickdraws, placing trad gear, and - of course- taking plenty of falls! We evaluated these products based on how comfortable ...

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Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2017

Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2017



To tackle the enormous question -- which 2017 trail mountain bike is the very best? -- we bought six of the world's top performers and raced them through the most exacting MTB review process ever created. For seven weeks we stress-tested them to their limits on every type of terrain a trail bike is ...

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The Best Mountain Bike Helmet Review

The Best Mountain Bike Helmet Review



What is the best bike helmet for mountain biking? We took nine of the most modern, extended-coverage, half-shell mountain bike helmets and compared them side-by-side over hundreds of miles of terrain. We rated each helmet in six different categories: comfort, adjustment, weight, features, ventilatio...

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The Best Hiking Socks Review

The Best Hiking Socks Review



Which is the best hiking sock? Over the last three months we've tested five of the leading competitors, in all types of adverse conditions. We put them through the paces - worn continuously for weeks, dragged through snow and over ice, and used in the demanding conditions a mid-weight hiking sock sh...

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The Best Yoga Pants Review

The Best Yoga Pants Review



What is the best pair of yoga pants for your practice? If you've ever found yourself deeply contemplating this question during your Final Savasana, or cursing your current pair because they were too tight/loose/heavy/see-through, wonder no more! We put ten of the most popular and highest rated model...

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The Best Mountain Bike Shoes Review

The Best Mountain Bike Shoes Review



We took 7 of the best clipless mountain bike shoes available and put them through months of abuse and testing to help you find the best model for you. Working in tandem with our Mountain Bike Pedal Review team, we were able to test the shoes with a multitude of pedals and during different styles of ...

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The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Men

The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Men



What are the best glove and mitten choices for skiing and snowboarding? We purchased over 20 of the top competitors this past season and our testers put them up to the challenge by skiing at resorts, touring in the backcountry, and skiing via snowmobile. We evaluated all of the contenders to determi...

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The Best Family Camping Tents of 2017

The Best Family Camping Tents of 2017



Looking for a great camping tent for summer trips or the backyard? To find the best, researched 55 tents and bought 8 for hands-on testing. Two outdoor experts then spent 40 days touring campgrounds across the US in the heat, rain and wind. The tent options are overwhelming. We help you distinguish ...

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The Best Sun Hat Review

The Best Sun Hat Review



What is the best hat to protect you from the sun? We took ten of the top hats on the market today and put them in head-to-head testing throughout California where we tested each hat in five key categories; Protection, Breathability, Comfort, Durability, and Style. Through our testing we found the be...

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The Best Running Socks for Men

The Best Running Socks for Men



What is the best pair of running socks for hammering out miles on roads or trails? We put eight of the best, most popular running-specific socks on the market through rigorous testing and months of running. We ran on roads and trails week after week before evaluating them for five important characte...

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The Best Backcountry / AT Ski Boots

The Best Backcountry / AT Ski Boots



What's the best alpine touring/AT boot for backcountry skiing? We reviewed the ten top randonee-style boots on the market and compared them both side-by-side as well as individually out in the field to find out which is the best for overall touring, which offers the best value AT, which performs bes...

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The Best Bivy Sack Review

The Best Bivy Sack Review



What is the best bivy sack? Throughout a stormy summer, four of the best models were tested in a variety of environments, from deserts to swamps to mountains. A handful of hard-core campers, climbers, and backpackers ranked the products based on weather protection, comfort, ventilation, and weight a...

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The Journey to Find the Best Women's Hiking Boots of 2017

The Journey to Find the Best Women's Hiking Boots of 2017



To find the right women's hiking boots for you, we evaluated the 40 most popular models available and subjected the best 10 to side-by-side tests over three months and hundreds of miles. With so many options and bold marketing claims, it's not easy to determine which ones provide solid traction on s...

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The Best Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing Backpack Review

The Best Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing Backpack Review



What's the best mountaineering backpack for alpine climbing? To find out, we purchased 9 of the best and most popular alpine packs and subjected them to rigorous testing to see how they compared side-by-side. Each pack is scored on five criteria: weight to volume ratio, durability, versatility, com...

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The Best Insulated Jacket for Women Review

The Best Insulated Jacket for Women Review



To find the best women's insulated jacket we wore 11 of the industry's top-rated jackets everywhere... from the tops of 13,000 foot peaks to the tributaries of the Columbia River. During our testing period, we wore them around town, taking notice of what we liked and what we didn't and then we hande...

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The Best Avalanche Airbag Pack Review

The Best Avalanche Airbag Pack Review



What is the best airbag pack for backcountry travel? We tested 14 of the best and most popular models on the market and compared them in the following categories: airbag system, comfort, backcountry utility, downhill performance, special features and weight. We flogged these packs side-by-side in th...

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The Best Climbing Camming Device Review

The Best Climbing Camming Device Review



We took the 16 best spring-loaded camming devices (usually just called climbing cams) and put them in head-to-head competition in hundreds of placements. We scored them on how well they did in parallel cracks, flared cracks, tight placements, horizontal placements, free climbing and aid clim...

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The Best Shoes for CrossFit Training

The Best Shoes for CrossFit Training



With the sport of CrossFit rapidly growing in popularity, the demand for top-tier, functional equipment is getting pushed onto the fast track. One product category on the frontline of this battlefield are shoes for CrossFit. CrossFit is a sport that focuses on functional movements structured in high...

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The Quest for the Best Men's Down Jackets of 2017

The Quest for the Best Men's Down Jackets of 2017



To find the right down jacket for your cold weather adventures, we researched 70 top models and subjected the 9 best to side-by-side tests and backcountry expeditions for three months. We wore these products from the damp mid-altitudes of New Zealand, the extreme cold of Antarctica, to the dry, high...

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The Best Ski Jacket for Men Review

The Best Ski Jacket for Men Review



What is the best jacket for your snow sport desires? We scoped out the best in men's insulated ski and snowboard jackets and pushed their limits in the backcountry and on the resort. Our expert testers slammed through foul weather and slid on rock-hard steep descents, putting each excellent piece of...

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The Best Hardshell Jacket for Women

The Best Hardshell Jacket for Women



What's the best women's hardshell jacket? For our first-ever edition of this review, we took seven of the industry's top picks and ran them through a gauntlet of tests. We handed them out to friends, stuffed them into packs, and found adventure in the mountains and deserts. Ice climbing, cross count...

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The Best Mountain Bike Flat Shoes Review

The Best Mountain Bike Flat Shoes Review



What are the best mountain bike flat shoes? We set out on a dirty, dusty, rocky, and muddy journey, sprinkled with snow and a little blood, to find out. Our test included six of the most popular flat shoes available, which we used and abused on cross country loops, extended hill climbs, technical do...

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The Best Camping Pillow Review

The Best Camping Pillow Review



What's the best camping pillow out there? To answer this question, we selected six compressible and inflatable pillows from leading outdoor manufacturers and compared them, quite literally, head-to-head. Over a period of six weeks, these pillows cradled our noggins through the night and for more tha...

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The Best Bike Shorts for Men Review

The Best Bike Shorts for Men Review



What is the best pair of men's bike shorts or bibs for a ride? We put six of the sleekest, most functional, and most technologically advanced bike shorts and bibs to the test in order to find out. We went hard on the short course and paced ourselves on the long haul. We sweated through chamois and k...

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The Best Rock Climbing Rope

The Best Rock Climbing Rope



We gathered a selection of nine of the top climbing ropes on the market, and after a healthy amount of unwinding and flaking, put them to the test by climbing as much as possible across multiple different climbing disciplines. We cragged, aided, projected, whipped, climbed long multi-pitch routes, c...

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The Best Rain Boots for Men Review

The Best Rain Boots for Men Review



In a market flooded with rain boots, which is the best pair? To find out, we took the 11 top products and put them through demanding tests to figure out which ones really stand out from the crowd. Over six long months, we tested them out in wet conditions, while working in our backyards, hiking stre...

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The Best Hydration Bladder Review

The Best Hydration Bladder Review



We choose six of the industry's top hydration reservoirs and put them to the test. We spent three months backpacking, mountain climbing, SUPing, dog-walking, hiking and trail running to figure out the best bladder for each application. We took them to the tops of high mountains and through the lows ...

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The Hunt for the Best Hammocks of 2017

The Hunt for the Best Hammocks of 2017



Hung up on which hammock? We can help. We researched over 50 of the most popular models and tested the best 11 side-by-side for 100+ hours of testing. Our expert testers brought them camping in a variety of environments, from the high desert in winter to wet mountains in spring, to see how they comp...

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The Best Altimeter Watch for Hikers and Backpacking

The Best Altimeter Watch for Hikers and Backpacking



We tested six of the best altimeter watches side-by-side while running, hiking, and backpacking over 10,000 feet of vertical terrain. We summited mountains, hiked through canyons, and climbed lap after lap at the local climbing crag to determine which is the best altimeter out there. These watches f...

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The Best Rock Climbing Daypack Review

The Best Rock Climbing Daypack Review



What is the best climbing backpack? For this review we selected five of today's most popular climbing backpacks, and brought them up a range of multi-pitch routes. From the glacier polished granite of El Capitan to the coarse volcanic phonolite of Devil's Tower, we heaved these packs up strenuous ov...

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The Hunt for the Best Men's Hardshell Jackets of 2017

The Hunt for the Best Men's Hardshell Jackets of 2017



Looking for a hardshell jacket? We can help. We evaluated the 30 most popular hardshells on the market today and purchased the 11 best, which we subjected to 120+ hours of side-by-side tests. From cold rain to blizzards to splitter bluebird conditions, our expert reviewers wore these jackets during ...

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The Best Camping Stove Review

The Best Camping Stove Review



Looking for the best camping stove for you and your family? So were we. We lined up a selection of the most highly regarded camping stoves and put them head-to-head in multiple rigorous cook-offs. In this latest testing round, we re-tested some old favorites, like the Editors' Choice for two years r...

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The Best Portable Grill and Travel BBQ Review

The Best Portable Grill and Travel BBQ Review



What's the best portable grill? We purchased five of the highest rated and best selling travel BBQ's from Amazon and put them to the test (no freebies from manufacturers in this review). We scored each one on cooking area size, weight, how easy or difficult it is to transport, wind resistanc...

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The Best Mountain Bike Pedal Review

The Best Mountain Bike Pedal Review



What is the best clipless pedal for your mountain bike? We evaluated eight pairs of mountain bike pedals on a whole fleet of bikes to find that answer. We had multiple riders with differing abilities and riding styles test these pedals on downhill, cross-country, and enduro bikes, and tried each ped...

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The Best Down Jacket for Women Review

The Best Down Jacket for Women Review



What is the best lightweight down jacket for women? We purchased 12 top tier down jackets and wore them everywhere in an attempt to find out. We even sent testers down to the frigid continent of Antarctica to put down insulation to the ultimate test. For this review, we took a selection of the top l...

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The Best Water Bottle Review

The Best Water Bottle Review



Which water bottle is the best? To find out, we took 13 of the most popular bottles on the market and put them through three months of testing. We used them for everything from rock climbing and mountain biking to the yoga mat and the office. We tested each product in our lab and rated them for thei...

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The Best Winter Jacket for Men Review

The Best Winter Jacket for Men Review



What's the best winter jacket to keep you warm and dry no matter the weather? Winter means shorter days, colder temperatures, and a spectrum of inclement weather to outright blizzards. We took 14 of the most popular casual and technical winter jackets and compared them side-by-side during activities...

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The Best Camping Cookware Review

The Best Camping Cookware Review



What's the best camping cookware to use for whipping up your tasty camping and backpacking meals? The outdoor industry is continually improving and enhancing the gear they produce, and even camping cookware has vastly improved in the past ten years or so. With a full array of metals to choose from, ...

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The Best Adjustable SUP Paddle

The Best Adjustable SUP Paddle



What's the best adjustable SUP paddle for stand up paddleboards? We tested seven top rated products in our quest to find out. We cruised casually on calm days and aggressively on windy days on lakes and rivers. We tested in the sun, wind and rain. Each contender was scored on its performance, how ea...

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The Best Camping Coffee Makers

The Best Camping Coffee Makers



Nothing completes a morning quite like a perfectly brewed cup of Joe, and brewing is one of those morning rituals that many people don't like to go without, even if they are on vacation. Does backpacking mean you have to settle for yucky instant camping coffee? Or (heaven forbid!) do without...

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The Best Sandals for Women Review

The Best Sandals for Women Review



Sandals are the unofficial footwear of summer and in our new review, we're dedicated to hunting down the best. They are more adventurous than a flip-flop, but are more breathable and lighter weight than a hiking shoe. The problem with a piece of footwear that tries to straddle so many responsibiliti...

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The Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2017

The Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2017



There are hundreds of backpacking backpacks from the ultralight to the ultra comfy. We researched 65 packs and bought the 12 best for 210 hours of side-by-side tests in the mountains of Patagonia and the Pacific Northwest. Today's backpacks are more feature-rich than ever, but it's hard to distingui...

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The Best Ski Pants Review

The Best Ski Pants Review



Out of hundreds of options, what is the right ski and snowboard pant for you? Protecting your legs from wind, cold, and abrasion is a thankless job. You will use and abuse this garment for a long time, usually in unforgiving climates. You will need pants that fit and match your skiing style, while s...

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The Best Rock Climbing Shoes for Men Review

The Best Rock Climbing Shoes for Men Review



What are the best rock shoes on the market? To find out, we tested, and reviewed a mix of over 20 top rated shoes, and compared them using our trademark comparison metrics. We comprehensively evaluated these shoes to determine how they edge, how comfortable and sensitive they are, and how they perfo...

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The Best Softshell Jacket for Women Review

The Best Softshell Jacket for Women Review



What makes the perfect softshell? After evaluating multiple models, and seeing different versions come and go over the course of several years, we feel like we have zeroed in on what makes the ideal softshell and what needs each different piece meets. To test these jackets we romped through all kind...

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The Best Hydration Pack Review

The Best Hydration Pack Review



What is the best hydration pack on the market? We bought the top contenders on the market to find out which one stands up to the test, time and time again. From hiking to biking, climbing to running, we put these packs head to head to prove which one keeps you hydrated, keeping you performing longer...

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The Best Flip-Flop Sandals For Women Review

The Best Flip-Flop Sandals For Women Review



Whether you live for flip flop weather or you're simply looking for some open-toed footwear to wear on your next beach vacation, our updated women's flip flop review has you covered! We tested out 11 pairs of sandals that ranged from insanely cozy to ultra supportive. After flipping up rocky trails ...

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The Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

The Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards



What is the best inflatable stand up paddle board? We've tested nine top-selling and highly rated inflatable SUP options and put them to the test. We've compared them in the areas of stability, glide performance, ease of transportation and inflation. Overall there are big differences, especially in ...

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The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Women Review

The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Women Review



What are the best women's climbing approach shoes available? As always, here at OutdoorGearlab we took a group of the best selling models out there to directly compare them and put them through the toughest trials and tribulations so we can report how they stack up. From the High Sierra to the Teton...

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Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider

Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider



We reviewed eight of our favorite big wall aiders and used them on more than 100 walls, from El Capitan to Baffin Island. We evaluated the contenders using five main criteria: comfort, ease of walking up, durability, ease of use free climbing, and top-stepping. We then chose our top products in thre...

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The Best Rain Boots for Women Review

The Best Rain Boots for Women Review



What are the best women's rain boots on the market? To find out, we tested 13 pairs while walking the dog, traipsing through the woods, and heading to campus for class. Our reviewers endured Colorado's rainy afternoon monsoons, cool April and October showers, and snowy days in the mountains. We also...

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The Best Trekking Pole Review For Hiking and Backpacking

The Best Trekking Pole Review For Hiking and Backpacking



Trekking Poles have come a long way. In just over a decade, they have gone from a seldom-seen item to near mandatory. From day hikers to seasoned mountaineers, the majority are using them now. There are many advantages to using hiking poles, the main reasons being that they offer better balance duri...

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The Best Electric Skateboard Review

The Best Electric Skateboard Review



What is the best electric skateboard weighing less than 25 pounds? We bought and tested four boards and will add more as they become available. Testing of many of these boards has been done over six months in cities, rural areas and internationally. Some of them have already visited five countries &...

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The Best Wind Jacket Review

The Best Wind Jacket Review



What is the best windbreaker for protecting you from a cool morning breeze or a mountain top gale? We identified 10 of the leading jackets available on the market today and put them through months of testing to determine which was the best. We affirmed our conviction that these super thin and lightw...

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The Best Winter Boots for Men Review

The Best Winter Boots for Men Review



What's the best pair of winter boots to keep your feet warm and comfortable all winter long? To find out, we tested ten of the most popular and highly rated models to determine which ones kept our feet the warmest and driest. Testing each pair over several months, we evaluated them for their Warmth,...

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The Best Bike Work Stand Review

The Best Bike Work Stand Review



Which is the best bike work stand on the market? We took five popular models from trusted and highly recognized brands and put them through the wringer. Each stand was scrutinized and rated in various categories including ease of clamping, angle and height adjustment, stability, everyday maintenance...

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The Best Bike Rack

The Best Bike Rack



The bicycle may be the most efficient means of transportation ever created; if you are like us, you likely use your bike for recreation as well. Our wanderlust has driven us to load up ours, by any means necessary, and head off in search of the next epic ride. After years of traveling with bikes, we...

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The Best All-Mountain Snowboards of 2017

The Best All-Mountain Snowboards of 2017



Which all mountain snowboard is the best? We took the nine top boards of 2017, putting them through an intensive, two-month test. Each contender was ridden in many conditions, from deep powder to hardpack to corduroy. We rode regular and switch, taking the same lines with each model to compare perfo...

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The Best Cargo Box Review

The Best Cargo Box Review



What is the best roof box on the market? Do differences matter, or are they all the same? We tested five top competitors to find out. We heaved these boxes on the roofs of our cars and compared them on their construction quality, appearance, ease of use, aerodynamics, and security. Our testers drove...

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The Best Hiking Pants for Women Review

The Best Hiking Pants for Women Review



What are the best women's hiking pants to take on your next outdoor adventure? We tested seven of the best models out there to answer that question. We wore pants that roll, buckle, snap, and zip, and pairs that convert to capris, shorts, or both. We hiked, biked, and climbed for months in the deser...

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The Best Messenger Bag Review

The Best Messenger Bag Review



What's the best messenger bag? To find out, we bought and tested seven bags over three months. We scored their aptitude in the categories of comfort, style, storage, water resistance, unique features and laptop protection. Some bags graduated at the top of the curve and are ready to be put to work f...

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Pursuing the Perfect Pedometer

Pursuing the Perfect Pedometer



Which pedometer is right for you? If you are looking to track, record, and motivate your daily physical activity and/or count steps taken, a pedometer is just the ticket. OutdoorGearLab once again leads the way in reviewing the best of the best; we scanned the market and chose nine of the best devic...

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The Best Hydration Pack for Running Review

The Best Hydration Pack for Running Review



What's the best hydration pack for running? To find out, we tested five of the best and most popular models from the leading manufacturers. Also known as running vests, these hydration packs are designed to carry water, food, a rain or wind jacket, and any extra accessories that you can't do without...

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The Best Car Camping Mattress

The Best Car Camping Mattress



What is the best car camping mattress available on the market today? To find out, we tested nine of the most popular and highly regarded mattresses for car camping head-to-head to determine the best one. We tested these mattresses by sleeping on them in our car and in our tent at campgrounds and biv...

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The Best Day Backpack Review

The Best Day Backpack Review



What is the best daypack available? Whether you're an avid hiker, a climber, or a student, you probably have a need for a daypack for one or more of your activities. We put 10 top-of-the-line contenders to the test, using them in any and every way we could think of, from hiking and climbing to bikin...

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The Best Sleeping Pad For Women Review

The Best Sleeping Pad For Women Review



What is the best women's sleeping pad on the market? We spent a spring and summer season testing out these top rated women's specific pads in a variety of conditions from the snowy slopes of Denali National Park to the prickly desert landscapes of the Grand Canyon. We did a lot of sleeping, reading,...

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The Best Carry-On Luggage Review

The Best Carry-On Luggage Review



Looking for the best carry-on luggage for your next adventure or business trip? We chose 10 of the top performing bags out there and flew with them on short weekend trips and also longer family vacations. From Ohio to Oahu, and many places in between, we put thousands of airmiles to use to help you ...

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The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review

The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review



What are the best climbing approach shoes? We compared eight of the most popular models side-by-side this past winter: bouldering and sport climbing in Bishop, scrambling and trad climbing in Joshua Tree, and getting up, down, and around Red Rock Canyon. Our testers have abused countless pairs over ...

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The Quest for the Best Men's Hiking Shoes of 2017

The Quest for the Best Men's Hiking Shoes of 2017



From budget-friendly options to top-of-the-line hiking shoes, our experts evaluated over 60 models and tested the top 10 side-by-side to help you find your perfect match. Covering hundreds of miles, our lead tester hiked trails of varied terrain and climbed ridges on Colorado 14'ers to push these pr...

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The Best Quickdraw for Climbing Review

The Best Quickdraw for Climbing Review



Quickdraws have come a long way since the oval-carabiners-slung-on-a-tripled-up-sling days. To help you find the best rock climbing draw, we updated our old review by testing eight of the most popular and highest rated draws out there. Our team of more than ten testers climbed with these products al...

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The Best Handheld GPS Review

The Best Handheld GPS Review



Which handheld GPS is the best? We tested six of the latest and greatest units from Garmin, Magellan, and DeLorme. We climbed to high peaks, hiked through canyons, and tinkered endlessly to produce a comprehensive and objective review. We assessed each device on satellite reception, ease of use, pro...

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The Best Backpacking Camp Chair Review

The Best Backpacking Camp Chair Review



We took the top lightweight camping and backpacking chairs and put them in side-by-side tests at the beach, in the mountains, and at the park. We break down what is the best for each application. These are light backpacking chairs that always weigh under three pounds. These are ideal for transportin...

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The Best Sleeping Bags for Camping of 2017

The Best Sleeping Bags for Camping of 2017



Looking for the best sleeping bag for summer camping trips? We researched 45 of the best models and then bought 9 for side-by-side tests. We spent over 150 hours in a wide variety of temperatures to evaluate which bags were the warmest and most comfortable. After many toasty nights and a few frigid ...

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The Best Beach Canopy Review

The Best Beach Canopy Review



Looking for the best beach canopy? We tested five of the top products on the market. We wrestled with tent shade poles, got crafty with guy lines, and braved sweltering heat, blustering winds, and even a bit of precipitation. We also took on the rough job of testing these canopies in perfect tempera...

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The Best Ski and Snowboard Helmet Review

The Best Ski and Snowboard Helmet Review



In need of a new ski helmet and overwhelmed with all the choices? Whether you're a first time buyer or an old hand in need of a new lid, there are a myriad of factors to think about. Considering price, style, safety certifications, features, and with so many helmets on the market, the choice can see...

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The Best Mountain Bike Flat Pedal Review

The Best Mountain Bike Flat Pedal Review



What are the best mountain bike flat pedals for your mountain bike? We evaluated 10 pairs, using riders of differing abilities, backgrounds, and riding styles on downhill, enduro bikes, and dirt jumpers. We tested each pair of pedals with shoes suitable for each given discipline of riding, while car...

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The Best Women's All-Mountain Skis of 2017

The Best Women's All-Mountain Skis of 2017



The question stands: What is the best women's all-mountain ski? The best for a single quiver? The best for the entire mountain? We compiled 11 of the most popular all-mountain planks for women and subjected them to tough scrutiny. La Niña dumped on the Sierra, leaving a foundation for great skiing a...

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The Best Backpacking Stove Review

The Best Backpacking Stove Review



What is the best backpacking stove for trips in the backcountry? We tested 14 of the industry's top products side-by-side in the wilderness during all kinds of weather, as well as in our garage for a more scientific head-to-head boil time test. We used these stoves over several seasons all over the ...

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The Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review

The Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review



What is the best ultralight sleeping bag? We put 10 of our favorites through real world tests while backpacking, peak bagging, and bike touring throughout the Rocky Mountains. These bags and quilts kept us warm everywhere from deep in the valleys along the Colorado Trail to spectacular sunrises whil...

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The Best Bike Lock Review

The Best Bike Lock Review



What is the best bike lock on the market? If you ride a bicycle, for either recreation or transportation (or both!), you need a bike lock. However, given the huge quantity of options, it can be tough to select the one that specifically suits your needs. To help you choose the best, our team ...

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The Best Road Bike Helmet Review

The Best Road Bike Helmet Review



Road bike helmets are a critical piece of safety gear for any cyclist. What combination of features equate to a high-quality helmet? What is the difference between a top-of-the-line helmet and an entry-level model? Does a higher price mean more safety? What is MIPS? We took 14 of the most popular, ...

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The Best Rain Jacket for Women Review

The Best Rain Jacket for Women Review



What is the best rain jacket for women? We selected eleven of the top selling rain jackets, putting them head-to-head, or hood-to-hood, in field tests. After months of extensive testing in the notoriously wet Pacific Northwest, we rated each jacket on six performance metrics, from water-resistance a...

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The Best Rain Umbrella Review

The Best Rain Umbrella Review



When precipitation begins to fall, which umbrella is the best to have in hand? To tackle this question, we rounded up 10 of the top contenders and rigorously tested them side-by-side, drop-by-drop. When the skies opened up, so did our 10 canopies. We spent hours walking through rain and wind storms ...

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The Best Wind Jacket for Women Review

The Best Wind Jacket for Women Review



What's the best women's wind breaker jacket on the market today? In search of the most breathable and lightweight option for the outdoors-gal, we selected seven of the top selling models and put them to test on the rocks, in the mountains and cycling around town in gusty winds. We handed them off to...

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The Best Slackline Review

The Best Slackline Review



What's the best slackline on the market today? We put 14 of the most popular and highly regarded slacklines through an extensive long-term test to help you select the best one for your needs. We took these lines into our local, state and national parks where they were rigorously tested by novice and...

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The Best Personal Locator Beacon and Satellite Messenger Review

The Best Personal Locator Beacon and Satellite Messenger Review



We took some of the best and most popular emergency electronic devices and used them side-by-side for six months. Our mission: to find out what is the best for telling your family and friends you are okay and what is best for sending out an SOS signal. We tested one PLB (Personal Locator Beacon&...

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The Best Pocket Knife Review

The Best Pocket Knife Review



Which pocket knife should you carry? We narrowed a thoroughly mystifying and huge field to eight of the best knives available. We carried, cut with and critiqued these high quality tools for months and years of use. Occasionally they sat unused for the day in our pockets and purses, though most days...

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Crash Pad Review: The Best Bouldering Pad

Crash Pad Review: The Best Bouldering Pad



We tested fifteen of the top bouldering crash pads at many world class destinations as well as some first ascent territory in uncharted backwoods. We used the pads to cover everything from flat dirt to jagged boulder strewn landing zones. We bouldered on various rock types, from gritty granite and s...

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The Best Bike Saddle

The Best Bike Saddle



Looking for the best bike saddle? In our effort to determine the answer, we put 17 contenders through the paces to find out. We tested each saddle, measuring their performance in a variety of metrics to discover which one offered the most comfort, performance, and a competitive weight -- without com...

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