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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 Avalanche Airbag Pack Review

The Best Avalanche Airbag Pack Review



To find the best airbag packs, we researched over 48 models, and tested the top 11 for over three months in the backcountry. We selected packs that were lightweight, easy to travel with, and comfortable, putting them side-by-side in the field and in the lab. We researched current statistics, read us...

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The Best Bike Shorts for Men - Day Rides to Touring

The Best Bike Shorts for Men - Day Rides to Touring



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 Backpacking Water Filters of 2017

The Best Backpacking Water Filters of 2017



Clean drinking water is essential. To help in the backcountry, we researched over 30 backpacking water filters and tested the top 15 side-by-side over several months. So you don't have to trust a basic need to marketing claims, our expert testers hiked into the wilderness and filtered over 100 gallo...

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The Race to Find the Best 2017 Bike Saddles for Road and Mountain Biking

The Race to Find the Best 2017 Bike Saddles for Road and Mountain Biking



Choosing a bike saddle can be daunting. To make it easier, we researched more than 45 models, narrowing it down to 17 top performers and testing them ourselves. This selection is broad, covering everything from the high-end racer to the occasional commuter. Our mountain and road bike experts put in ...

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The Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2017

The Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2017



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

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Best Men's Rain Jackets of 2017 for Hiking and Travel

Best Men's Rain Jackets of 2017 for Hiking and Travel



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 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 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 Men's Ski Jackets of 2017

The Best Men's Ski Jackets of 2017



What is the best jacket for your snow sport? We scoped the best in men's insulated ski and snowboard jackets pushing their limits in the backcountry and resort. Our testers experienced foul weather and rock-hard descents, putting each piece of technical outerwear through the wringer. Some performed ...

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The Best Running Socks for All Seasons

The Best Running Socks for All Seasons



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 Rain Umbrellas for Wind, Commuting and Travel

The Best Rain Umbrellas for Wind, Commuting and Travel



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 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 Ultralight Tents, Tarps and Shelters

The Best Ultralight Tents, Tarps and Shelters



We tested 10 of the best two-person tarps, pyramids, and featherlight tents to find the ultimate ultralight tent shelter. We compared them by backpacking, peak bagging, and bike touring throughout the Rocky Mountains. We rated each for weather resistance, measured weight, livability, adaptability, d...

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The Best Laptop Backpacks for Work and Travel

The Best Laptop Backpacks for Work and Travel



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 Hammocks of 2017 for Camping and Backpacking

The Best Hammocks of 2017 for Camping and Backpacking



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 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 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 Portable Grills and Travel BBQs

The Best Portable Grills and Travel BBQs



What is 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 resistan...

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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 Hydration Bladders of 2017

The Best Hydration Bladders of 2017



To find the best hydration bladders and reservoirs, we research 30 models and selected 6 for side-by-side tests. After three months of hiking, mountain biking and backpacking, we have recommendations for the best option for you. We stuffed them into running packs, day hiking packs, and backpacking b...

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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 Ultralight Backpacks for Thru Hikers and Backpackers

The Best Ultralight Backpacks for Thru Hikers and Backpackers



For extended trips, light is right. But which ultralight backpack will satisfy your needs? We researched the market and tested the best 9 models for several months to find your ideal pack match. From the Colorado Trail and the summits of 14ers, to a 250-mile stint on the Appalachian Trail, we wore t...

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The Best Camping Chairs for the Backyard and Outdoors

The Best Camping Chairs for the Backyard and Outdoors



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 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 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, we bought 11 top softshells and tested them side by side. Over three months, our testers scraped through off-width rock climbs, climbed ice in freezing w...

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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 Best Enduro Mountain Bikes of 2016

The 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 side-by-side bike r...

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The Best Water Bottles - Plastic, Metal, and Glass Picks

The Best Water Bottles - Plastic, Metal, and Glass Picks



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 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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Best Camping Mattresses and Deluxe Pads of 2017

Best Camping Mattresses and Deluxe Pads of 2017



To find the best car camping mattress, we researched 40 deluxe pads and bought 11 for side-by-side tests. Our expert testers then spend over 100 hours on road trips and in our lab to find out which pads are the most comfortable, most durable and warmest. After sleeping in cars, campgrounds, living r...

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The Race to Find the Best Hydration Pack for Running

The Race to Find the Best Hydration Pack for Running



Runners sport a plethora of different hydration packs, and to find the best, we researched the market, picking five top performers to test. Also known as running vests, these hydration packs carry water, food, and emergency essentials that you can't leave behind on a long run. Our expert testers wor...

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Best Sleeping Pads of 2017 for Backpacking, Camping

Best Sleeping Pads of 2017 for Backpacking, 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 Bike Panniers for Commuting and Touring

The Best Bike Panniers for Commuting and Touring



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 Quest for the Best Men's Hiking Shoes of 2017

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



Looking for some fresh hiking shoes this Spring? We'll help you find the perfect match. We researched 60+ models and tested the 11 best over three months in order to see what these shoes are capable of. Covering hundreds of miles, our expert testers hiked trails of varied terrain and climbed ridges ...

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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 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 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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The Best Ski Boots of 2017 - Women's Downhill

The Best Ski Boots of 2017 - Women's Downhill



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 Altimeter Watches for Hikers and Backpacking

The Best Altimeter Watches 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 Ski Gloves and Mittens for Women of 2017

The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Women of 2017



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 Hiking Socks For Summer and Cold Temps

The Best Hiking Socks For Summer and Cold Temps



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

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The Best Rock Climbing Packs for Multi-pitch and Cragging

The Best Rock Climbing Packs for Multi-pitch and Cragging



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 Best Portable Solar Panels of 2017 for Camping and Travel

The Best Portable Solar Panels of 2017 for Camping and Travel



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 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 Yoga Mats for Your Practice

The Best Yoga Mats for Your Practice



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 Travel Underwear for Men

The Best Travel Underwear for Men



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 Splitboards For Backcountry Snowboarding

The Best Splitboards 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 Best Running Jackets for Rain, Wind and Ventilation

The Best Running Jackets for Rain, Wind and Ventilation



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 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 Trekking Poles For Hiking and Backpacking

The Best Trekking Poles 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 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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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 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 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 Camping Stoves - Side-by-Side Tests

The Best Camping Stoves - Side-by-Side Tests



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 Winter Jackets and Coats for Men of 2017

The Best Winter Jackets and Coats for Men of 2017



With so many winter jackets, selecting the right one is tough. To help, we researched 70 popular models and tested the best 14 side-by-side for three months. We wore these products during various cold weather activities, like shoveling snow or walking from the bus stop to work on a stormy day. Our e...

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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 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 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 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 Men's All-Mountain Skis of 2017

The Best Men's All-Mountain Skis of 2017



To find you the best pair of all-mountain skis, we researched 50 models and took the top 8 on three months of adventures during Tahoe's monstrous snow year. We put them to a head-to-head, run-for-run comparison, for a season-long quest to find the holy grail of all-mountain planks. Several experts p...

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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 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 Ski Pants for Women of 2017

The Best Ski Pants for Women of 2017



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 Running Shoes for Men - Side-by-Side Tests

The Best Running Shoes for Men - Side-by-Side Tests



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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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 Binoculars for Birding and Hiking

The Best Binoculars for Birding and Hiking



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 Travel Duffel Bags of 2017

The Best Travel Duffel Bags of 2017



Which duffel bag is best for travel? 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 took eight of the industry's top bags and ran throug...

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The Best Mountain Bike Shoes - Clipless Models Compared

The Best Mountain Bike Shoes - Clipless Models Compared



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 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 Men's Down Jackets of 2017

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 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 Men's Fleece Jackets for Hiking and Layering

The Best Men's Fleece Jackets for Hiking and Layering



With a seemingly endless slew of options, how do you find the best fleece jacket on the market? Our expert testers gathered eight of the top-rated models out there in a variety of weights and styles and put them through the wringer. We assessed technical mid-layers to heavyweight outer layers, and ...

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Best Camping Tents of 2017 - Family and Group Models

Best Camping Tents of 2017 - Family and Group Models



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 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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The Best Ski Socks For Cold Toes and Sweaty Feet

The Best Ski Socks For Cold Toes and Sweaty Feet



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 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 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 Day Backpack of 2017 for Hiking and Travel

The Best Day Backpack of 2017 for Hiking and Travel



Intimidated by the countless daypack options? We hear you. That's why we researched 65+ top models and bought the best 8 for detailed testing. Knowing that you may wear these products through a huge array of activities, our expert testers used them in almost every way imaginable, from hiking and cli...

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The Best Yoga Pants for your Practice

The Best Yoga Pants for your Practice



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 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 Men's Trail Running Shoes of 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests

The Best Men's Trail Running Shoes of 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests



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

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The Trek to Find the Best Hiking Pants for Women

The Trek to Find the Best Hiking Pants for Women



With so many options, we researched more than 50 hiking pants, picking 7 models and testing them ourselves. This selection covers a range of designs, from contenders that roll, buckle, snap, and zip, to pairs that convert to capris, shorts, or both. We hiked, biked, and climbed for months in the des...

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The Best Dropper Seatposts for Your Mountain Bike

The Best Dropper Seatposts for Your Mountain Bike



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 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 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 Snowshoes for Deep Snow, Trails, and Beginners

The Best Snowshoes for Deep Snow, Trails, and Beginners



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 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 Hangboards for Home Training

The Best Hangboards for Home Training



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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The Best Hydration Packs of 2017 for HIking and Biking

The Best Hydration Packs of 2017 for HIking and Biking



What are the best hydration packs you can buy today? We carefully looked at 40 models and then choose 7 for a series of rigorous tests. After 2 months of hands-on comparison in the field and in our lab, we reveal what are the best options for your needs and budget. Whether you are hiking, biking or ...

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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 Travel Backpacks for International Adventures

The Best Travel Backpacks for International Adventures



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 Ski Gloves and Mittens of 2017

The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens of 2017



With so many choices, it can be difficult to find the right pair. We researched over 100 top models and selected the 17 best to test side-by-side for 120+ hours. For three months, our expert testers put them to test by skiing at resorts, touring in the backcountry, and skiing via snowmobile. Testing...

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The Best Satellite Messengers and Personal Locator Beacons of 2017

The Best Satellite Messengers and Personal Locator Beacons of 2017



What is the best personal locator beacon or satellite messenger? We researched 15 options and choose six for detailed hands-on testing. We took them outside of cell range for over 200 hours and 400 messages of glorious satellite communication. Our mission: to find out what is the top device to tell ...

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The Best Multi-Tools for Camping and The Outdoors

The Best Multi-Tools for Camping and The Outdoors



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 Pedometers - Step Count Accuracy Tests

The Best Pedometers - Step Count Accuracy Tests



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 Ski Pants for Men of 2017

The Best Ski Pants for Men of 2017



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 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 Hunt for the Best Headlamps

The Hunt for the Best Headlamps



Need a headlamp? Our comprehensive review is here to help. We researched over 50 models before subjecting the best 28 to a gauntlet of hands-on, side-by-side tests. Each product was lab-tested and field-tested. To wade through the confusing (and sometimes deceptive) marketing claims from man...

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The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2017 for Simmering and Boiling

The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2017 for Simmering and Boiling



In the battle for the best backpacking stove, we researched 62 models and bought 14 for hands-on testing. We used them for 2-months on over a dozen wilderness excursions and then brought them into our lab for side-by-side boil time tests. There are now hundreds of stove options, and it's confusing t...

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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 Search for the Best Women's Winter Boots of 2017

The Search for the Best Women's Winter Boots of 2017



Shopping around for the best women's winter boots? We did the research and testing for you. We evaluated 50 models and tested the top 8 side-by-side over several months. Our expert testers spent a season traipsing through snow drifts and splashing through slush in the wintery outdoors to find out wh...

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The Best Road Bike Helmets For Cycling

The Best Road Bike Helmets For Cycling



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 Bike Light for Commuting and Night Riding

The Best Bike Light for Commuting and Night Riding



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 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 Bike Locks - Cut Tests of U and Cable Models

The Best Bike Locks - Cut Tests of U and Cable Models



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 Bike Work Stands for Repair and Maintenance

The Best Bike Work Stands for Repair and Maintenance



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 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 Backpacking Tents of 2017

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2017



To find the best backpacking tent of 2017, we researched 65 models and took the top 14 on two months of backcountry adventures, mainly in the Sierra Nevada Wilderness. We selected the lightest free-standing tents available as well as more comfortable and spacious ones. Whether your budget is $90 or ...

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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 Lantern For Camping and Power Outages

The Best Lantern For Camping and Power Outages



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 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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The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Women of 2017

The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Women of 2017



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 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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Out of the Shadows: The Best Sun Hats

Out of the Shadows: The Best Sun Hats



On the hunt for a sun hat? We can help. Our team of experts evaluated over 55 models, then put the top 10 through extensive head-to-head testing throughout sunny California. From high-altitude peaks to sweltering deserts, we assessed these products across key characteristics to help you find the mod...

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The Hunt for the Best Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2017

The Hunt for the Best Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2017



With so many choices out there, the path can be perilous. Fear not. We researched over 55 contenders and put 11 of the best to the side-by-side test, testing for over 100 hours. We outline which bag is the lightest, warmest, most comfortable, and the best overall after spending countless nights in t...

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The Best Ski Boots for Men - Downhill Side-by-Side Tests

The Best Ski Boots for Men - Downhill Side-by-Side Tests



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 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 Best Bike Racks for Hitches, Cars, and SUVs

The Best Bike Racks for Hitches, Cars, and SUVs



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 Hiking Shoes for Women Review

The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review



Need a new pair of hiking shoes for 2017? We can help! We researched the market's top 55 pairs and chose the 10 best for our side-by-side testing process to help you find the right footwear for your next outdoor adventure. Whether you have wide feet, high arches, bad knees, or just don't want to spe...

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The Best Bike Pumps - Floor Models Compared

The Best Bike Pumps - Floor Models Compared



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 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 Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2017

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 a three-month period. Standing in your favorite outdoor retailer, it's hard to know which product provides primo comfort, dries fastest, or performs at its clai...

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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 Ski Goggles for all Conditions

The Best Ski Goggles for all Conditions



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 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 Trail Mountain Bikes of 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests

The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests



It's a great time to be a mountain biker and a hard time to pick a trail bike to buy. To help you out, we researched 30, bought 6 and rode them ragged for 7 weeks on everything from hard-hitting technical downhill lines and climbs and to ripping smooth singletrack. After hundreds of miles, long Sier...

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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 and Magellan. 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, processing sp...

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The Best Men's Hiking Pants for 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests

The Best Men's Hiking Pants for 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests



Need new hiking pants to complete your backcountry outfit? To help you find the right pair, we evaluated 45+ models and hand-tested the top 7 pants side-by-side for three months of extensive use. Our expert testers wore these pants through the deserts of Utah and the mountains of Colorado, as well a...

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Combing the Sands for the Best Flip-Flop Sandals

Combing the Sands for the Best Flip-Flop Sandals



With so many flip-flops on the market, it's hard to decide which path to take. Fear not! We researched 36 popular models then purchased the best 7 for multipurpose use. We wore them just about everywhere, from mountains to cafes to beaches, sometimes walking miles at a time and pushing our feet to t...

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The Best CrossFit Shoes of 2017 for Training

The Best CrossFit Shoes of 2017 for Training



CrossFit training continues to grow, and so does the market for CrossFit shoes. We researched 35 top models and chose the best 8 to test side-by-side for three months and over 100 hours of training sessions. Our expert testers trained hard in each model for multiple WODs, including body weight exerc...

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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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A Hunt for the Best Camping Pillows

A Hunt for the Best Camping Pillows



Pillows are personal, and we know it. Our experts researched more than 30 camping pillows, narrowing the field to six best-in-class options. Our selection includes compressible and inflatable options that testers compared over a six-week period in the backcountry, the back of cars, and the backyard ...

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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 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 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 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 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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The Best Backcountry Skis for All Conditions

The Best Backcountry Skis for All Conditions



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 Ski and Snowboard Helmets of 2017

The Best Ski and Snowboard Helmets of 2017



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 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 Camping Sleeping Bags of 2017

The Best Camping Sleeping Bags of 2017



Our mission: find you the best camping sleeping bag for road trips and backyard camping. We analyzed 50 top contenders and selected 12 for detailed hands-on tests. After over 200 hours of camping, we reveal which bags are the best value and which are the warmest and most comfortable. After many toas...

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The Best Mountain Bike Pedals - Clipless Models Compared

The Best Mountain Bike Pedals - Clipless Models Compared



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 Hunt for the Best Pocket Knives of 2017

The Hunt for the Best Pocket Knives of 2017



Aisles are lined with pocket knife options, so we researched the multitude available, narrowing it down to 8 high performers and testing them ourselves. Over months, we sliced and diced, comparing blade integrity while also analyzing how the handle felt in our palm. Our expert testers carried the mo...

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The Trek to Find the Best Bindings for Backcountry Skiing

The Trek to Find the Best Bindings for Backcountry Skiing



Backcountry skiing is growing, and the number of bindings available is mind boggling. We researched the field, identifying 9 top performers and putting them in the hands of our expert testers. These alpine touring bindings, also known as AT or Randonee bindings, cover a spectrum of users, from those...

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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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A Trip to Find the Best Carry-On Luggage of 2017

A Trip to Find the Best Carry-On Luggage of 2017



Overhead bins house hundreds of different carry-on bags, and to find the best, we researched more than 60, choosing 10 top performing bags to test. We analyzed everything from two-wheeled traditional bags to hard-sided spinners on short weekend trips and longer family vacations from Ohio to Oahu. Ou...

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The Best Flat Pedals for Mountain Biking of 2017

The Best Flat Pedals for Mountain Biking of 2017



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 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 Camping Coffee Makers of 2017

The Best Camping Coffee Makers of 2017



How do you make the best coffee while camping or traveling? To find out, we researched over 30 products and bought 10 for side-by-side tests. Eight expert java enthusiasts then spent over 100 hours sampling over 300 cups of coffee. Whether you enjoy portable pour over perfection, french press or som...

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The Best Bike Trailers of 2017 for Kids

The Best Bike Trailers of 2017 for Kids



What is the best bike trailer you can buy today? We researched 20 models and then bought four and put them through 120 hours of side-by-side tests. In addition to our own testing by expert testers, we consulted another five families to get as much different user feedback as possible. We rated each t...

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The Best Women's Snowshoes of 2017

The Best Women's Snowshoes of 2017



Searching for the perfect pair of women's snowshoes can be difficult. To help, we researched over 40 highly rated pairs, narrowing it down to the top six models, testing for over 80+ hours. Putting them to the challenge over a two-month period, we compared them side-by-side in varied landscapes. We ...

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Mountain Bike Helmets - MIPS, All-Around and Light Options

The Best Mountain Bike Helmets - MIPS, All-Around and Light Options



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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Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards - SUP Showdown

Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards - SUP Showdown



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 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 GPS Watches of 2017 for Running and Training

The Best GPS Watches of 2017 for Running and Training



We researched 50 of the best GPS-enabled fitness watches for your runs and rides. We then bought 5 and subjected them to 2 months of side-by-side tests. While we focused on trail and road runs, our testing team used these for 9 other sports including mountaineering, hiking and cycling. We have an ov...

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The Best Coolers and Ice Chests of 2017 for Camping

The Best Coolers and Ice Chests of 2017 for Camping



Prepping for camping season? We spent nearly 150 hours putting 8 of the best coolers on the market through an exhaustive series of 15 tests. With the number of styles and price range of coolers increasing almost exponentially over the last few years, it is more difficult than ever to choose the best...

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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 Mountain Bike Tires - Side-by-side tests

The Best Mountain Bike Tires - Side-by-side tests



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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Uncovering the Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags for Backpacking and Thru-Hiking

Uncovering the Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags for Backpacking and Thru-Hiking



Going ultralight? We can help you find the right sleeping bag for that. After evaluating 50 popular models, we tested the best 10 side-by-side over several months and many nights under the stars. Our expert testers hauled and put these products to the test throughout the Rocky Mountains on backpacki...

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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 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 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 Mountain Bike Flat Pedal Shoes

The Best Mountain Bike Flat Pedal Shoes



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 Messenger Bags for Laptops, Commuting, and Travel

The Best Messenger Bags for Laptops, Commuting, and Travel



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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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 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 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 Search for The Best Four Season Tents of 2017

The Search for The Best Four Season Tents of 2017



Looking for a four season tent? Let us help. We researched the 30 most popular tents on the market and put the best 20 in head-to-head tests over several months. Our expert reviewers judged these models on how well they hold up in heinous weather, how much weight they add to your pack, and how livab...

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

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



Looking for women's hiking boots? We can help. We evaluated the 40 most popular models and subjected the 10 best 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 slippery pat...

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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 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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