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The Best Handheld GPS Review

The Best Handheld GPS Review



We tested six of the best handheld GPS units designed for land-based outdoor recreation. After looking at 20+ models, we bought 6 and put them in the hands of our expert testers. We then tinkered endlessly with these products, assessing which ones have the best satellite reception, which are easiest...

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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 Rain Jacket for Women Review

The Best Rain Jacket for Women Review



Choosing a rain jacket is daunting. With so many options, our experts researched more than 45, narrowing the field to 11 top options and testing them personally. For months, our team analyzed everything from how well the jackets shed water to how well they breathed, hiking, biking, and running in th...

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The Best Winter Boots for Men Review

The Best Winter Boots for Men Review



Winter boot options abound, and choosing the best is daunting. We looked at 55 options, choosing 10 top performers to test ourselves. Our selection included both slip-on waterproof models and lace-up winter hiking boots. Over the course of several months, we tromped through snow and sleet, analyzing...

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The Best Down Jacket for Women Review

The Best Down Jacket for Women Review



Store racks are bursting with down jacket options. To make the decision easier, we researched 56 models and chose 12 of the very best to test side by side. For months, from North America all the way to Antartica, our testers analyzed both down and synthetic options, keeping track of how well they tr...

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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 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 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 Dropper Posts for Your Mountain Bike

The Best Dropper Posts 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 Daypacks of 2017

The Best Daypacks of 2017



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 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 Men's Powder Skis of 2017

The Best Men's Powder Skis of 2017



Finding the perfect powder ski is a seemingly bottomless task. To find the best, we researched over 60 contenders and put 10 of the top performers through over 100 grueling hours of testing during a season-long, multi-user trial that coincided with Tahoe's deepest winter since '82. What pair of boar...

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The Best Yoga Mats

The Best Yoga Mats



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 Bindings for Backcountry Skiing

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 Coolers and Ice Chests of 2017

The Best Coolers and Ice Chests of 2017



Getting ready for summer barbecues and camping trips? We researched over 100 coolers before subjecting the 10 best to over 150 hours of testing. Coolers have recently transformed from simple products that you could pick up at any hardware store to high-end specialty items that can cost as much as a ...

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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 Men's CrossFit Shoes of 2017

The Best Men's CrossFit Shoes of 2017



The need for a higher level of Crossfit training continues to grow and so does the shoe selection. We researched over 70 models, ultimately choosing the best 8 to test side-by-side for three months and over 100+ hours of training sessions. Our expert testers did as many reps and rounds as possible, ...

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The Best Messenger Bags of 2017

The Best Messenger Bags of 2017



Our search for the best messenger bags led us considering over 60 models before ultimately buying 10 for side-by-side testing. We took them everywhere with us for three months of hands-on review. We scored their aptitude for organization, as well as their comfort and durability. Some bags graduated ...

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The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review

The Best Fleece Jacket for Men Review



To find the best fleece jacket, we researched a seemingly endless slew of options, delving into over 65 top scorers. We tested 11 of the highest rated models out there in a variety of weights and styles, passing on our side-by-side comparisons and findings to you. We assessed technical mid-layers to...

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The Best Portable Grills and Travel BBQs of 2017

The Best Portable Grills and Travel BBQs of 2017



We set out to find the best portable grills and travel BBQs for your summer park gatherings and camping trips. First, we looked at 20 top models and selected six for a side-by-side grill-off. We then evaluated each grill for how easy it was to transport and cook on. Not all portable grills are creat...

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The Best Men's Ski Jackets of 2017

The Best Men's Ski Jackets of 2017



Ski jackets are like snowflakes, each one different from the next. To find the best, we researched 70 options, picking 10 top performers to test ourselves. Both in the backcountry and at the resort, our testers skied in rain, puking snow, and bluebird conditions. We weighed in on each model's warmth...

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The Best Altimeter Watches Review

The Best Altimeter Watches Review



Seeking a new altimeter watch? We'll help make the decision easy for you. After evaluating over 40 top models, we tested the best 6 products side by side. Our experts summited mountains, hiked canyons, and lapped routes at local climbing crags to find the most accurate models, the most intuitive and...

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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 Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2017

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 Backcountry Skis Review

The Best Backcountry Skis Review



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 Softshell Jacket for Women Review

The Best Softshell Jacket for Women Review



Deciding between softshell jackets? To help you find the right model for your adventures, we researched the most popular 50 and tested the best 8 models side-by-side for three months. To assess these jackets, we romped through all kinds of winter weather and wore them ice climbing, alpine climbing, ...

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The Best Splitboard Bindings

The Best Splitboard Bindings



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 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 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 Climbing Packs Review

The Best Climbing Packs 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 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 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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Best Binoculars of 2017 for Birding and Hiking

Best Binoculars of 2017 for Birding and Hiking



Want to do some wildlife viewing? After researching nearly 100 binocular models we bought the 12 best and put them through 10 exacting tests over the course of more than 150 hours. After bird watching at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, scanning the Pacific coast, toting them on hikes in the Sier...

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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 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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Best GPS Watches of 2017 for Running & Training

Best GPS Watches of 2017 for Running & Training



We analyzed over 50 of the top GPS-enabled fitness watches for all walks of adventure. Our expert testers then narrowed down the selection to the best 9 and put them through 3 months of side-by-side comparisons and tests, totaling over 200+ hours of testing. Whether it be pushing ourselves on road a...

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The Best Bike Computers of 2017

The Best Bike Computers of 2017



The tech explosion means that bike computers are plentiful. To narrow down the choices, we researched 26 top models, selecting 8 finalists to test ourselves. Over months of hard riding on flats and hills, we weighed the pros and cons of each. From out-of-the-box setup to everyday use, our experts ke...

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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 Sleeping Bags for Camping of 2017

The Best Sleeping Bags for Camping of 2017



With so many choices out there and such a wide range of adventures, choosing the best sleeping bag can be a challenge. To help, we analyzed nearly 80 top contenders, selecting the best 8, putting them to the test via side-by-side testing in the lab and in the field. Our mission is to find you the be...

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The Best Hammocks of 2017

The Best Hammocks of 2017



Hung up on which hammock is the right one for you? You've come to the right place. 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 w...

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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 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 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 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 Running Hydration Packs of 2017

The Best Running Hydration Packs of 2017



To find the best hydration pack for runners, we researched the market and five top performers to test side-by-side. 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 wore them for months in the...

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The Best Rain Umbrellas of 2017

The Best Rain Umbrellas of 2017



Sifting through umbrellas to find the best can be a lengthy process. We researched over 50 products and rounded up 10 of the top contenders, rigorously testing them side-by-side, drop-by-drop, for over 150+ hours. When the skies opened up, so did our 10 canopies. We spent hours walking through rain ...

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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 Water Bottles of 2017

The Best Water Bottles of 2017



Water bottles come in all shapes and sizes, and the selection is daunting. We researched more than 55 models, choosing 13 of the best to test ourselves. Our 2017 tests fleet included both insulated and non-insulated steel bottles, plastic versions, and collapsible models. For three months, our teste...

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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 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 Hardshell Jackets of 2017

The Best Men's Hardshell Jackets of 2017



Looking for a hardshell jacket, but baffled by all your options? 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 rev...

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The Best Enduro Mountain Bikes of 2016

The Best Enduro Mountain Bikes of 2016



Enduro is all about high speeds, rough terrain and long days. That's how we rode our five enduro test bikes to help you find your ride. We researched 20 of the best all-mountain enduro rigs before buying our top picks. Then our professional bike testers rode hundreds of miles and 135 time trial laps...

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The Best Laptop Backpacks of 2017

The Best Laptop Backpacks of 2017



Most of us have a use for a laptop backpack, but which one? To help, we evaluated 45 packs before testing the best 9 models over three months. Our experts wore these products on daily commutes and extended work trips. From coffee shops to airports, we put these packs through tons of uses and specifi...

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The Best Travel Backpacks Review

The Best Travel Backpacks Review



Travel backpacks come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Cutting through the noise, we researched more than 60 models, choosing 11 of the best for hands-on testing. Our experts are all sick with the travel bug, so these packs trotted the globe for months by land, sea, and air. Whether you're hopping ...

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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 Winter Jacket For Women Review

The Best Winter Jacket For Women Review



Winter jackets come in seemingly infinite shapes and styles. To pick the best, we researched 70 models, selecting 11 top performers to test ourselves. Our selection includes contenders that can handle serious cold while bringing some serious style and others that are fully waterproof for the most br...

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The Best Women's Hiking Boots of 2017

The Best Women's Hiking Boots of 2017



In the market for women's hiking boots? You've come to the right place. We critiqued the forty most popular models and subjected the ten best to rigorous 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 ...

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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 Ski Boots for Men of 2017

The Best Ski Boots for Men of 2017



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 Lantern For Camping and Power Outages

The Best Lantern For Camping and Power Outages



Which camping lantern best lights your family adventures? Or help in a power outage and around the house? To find out, we researched 25 models before buying 8 for hands-on testing. We tested them in the lab and then took months of well-lit adventures up and down the West Coast. To help you find the ...

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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 four 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 runni...

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The Best Sandals for Women Review

The Best Sandals for Women Review



Browsing the footwear aisle for sandals can be a daunting task. To find the best, we researched more than 50 options, choosing 11 all-stars to test ourselves. The selection includes heavier models and super lightweight options, all of which we tested for months. Our experts weighed the comfort of th...

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The Best Quickdraw for Climbing Review

The Best Quickdraw for Climbing Review



Need some new quickdraws, but not sure which best match your climbing? We can help. We poured over 33 top models and tested 15 popular draws side-by-side. For two months, our testers climbed daily, clipping into bolts, slings, cams, and nuts on single and multi-pitch routes, sport and traditional cl...

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The Best Bike Racks for Hitches, Cars, and SUVs

The Best Bike Racks for Hitches, Cars, and SUVs



Bike rack variations are seemingly endless, making the choice between them daunting. We researched 60+ models, picking the 17 best for testing. This array includes roof-, trunk-, and hitch-mounted racks, and over the course of a year, we loaded them up on multiple vehicle types and with many differe...

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The Best Wallet-Friendly Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2017

The Best Wallet-Friendly Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2017



Looking for a mountain bike that suits you and your wallet? We researched 50 and bought 10 of the best -- 5 trail hardtails and 5 short-travel full suspension bikes. Seven testers rode hundreds of miles over the course of six weeks to find out where each bike slays and where each falters. short trav...

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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 Ultralight Tents, Tarps and Shelters

The Best Ultralight Tents, Tarps and Shelters



Tents range from house-like to ultralight, and in the ultralight category, variation abounds. We researched 45 options, choosing 10 bests to test side by side. From 2-person tarps to pyramids to feather-light traditional tents, our experts compared them side-by-side while backpacking, peak bagging, ...

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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 Mountain Bike Helmets Review

The Best Mountain Bike Helmets 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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Best Satellite Messengers and Locator Beacons of 2017

Best Satellite Messengers and 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 Bike Work Stands for Home and Travel

The Best Bike Work Stands for Home and Travel



Which is the best bike work stand for repairing your ride when at home or on the road? To find out, we researched 20 top models and bought five for hands-on testing on trips and in our garage. We looked for which ones were easiest to get the bike in and out of, the most stable, and the easiest to co...

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The Best Cargo Box Review

The Best Cargo Box Review



Daunted by the search for the best rooftop cargo box? We researched the 40 most popular products of 2017 and carefully selected 6 for hands-on, side-by-side comparison. Our two months of deliberate, calculated testing allowed us to identify the ins and outs of each box, including the hidden details ...

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Best Backpacking Water Filters and Treatment of 2017

Best Backpacking Water Filters and Treatment of 2017



We know the task of searching for the perfect water filter can be difficult. We researched over 50 backpacking water filters and tested the top 17 side-by-side over several seasons in the backcountry. We've filtered and drank hundreds of gallons of water from the murkiest of puddles to the most pris...

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The Best Rain Boots for Men

The Best Rain Boots for Men



What pair of rain boots will best keep you warm and dry in the rain and mud? To find out, we bought 11 of the best models and considering 40 top models available today. We then spend five long, wet and mucky months testing them in the field and the lab. We worked them in the backyard, hiked stream b...

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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 Flip Flop Sandals of 2017

The Best Men's Flip Flop Sandals of 2017



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 Climbing Approach Shoes for Women

The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Women



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 Bike Locks

The Best Bike Locks



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 Men's Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2017

The Best Men's Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2017



To help you create the ultimate backpacking experience, we researched 70 backpacking sleeping bags, and included the top 13 models, testing them side-by-side for an extended period of 6+ months. When shopping for the best model for your adventures, it can be difficult to even know where to start. It...

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The Best Ultralight Backpacks for 2017

The Best Ultralight Backpacks for 2017



For extended trips, light is right. But which ultralight backpack will satisfy your needs? We researched the market and tested the best 8 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 Bivy Sack Review

The Best Bivy Sack Review



We don't want to leave you out in the cold, so we researched 40 bivy sacks, selected the best 4, and tested them side by side to bring you a comprehensive review. From hanging camp sites high on the cliff sides to mountain meadows to the rugged desert landscape, we tested all four contenders in a va...

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The Best Camping Stoves of 2017

The Best Camping Stoves of 2017



To find the best camping stoves for your summer adventures, we researched 50 top models. We then bought 10 and tested them side-by-side for three months. After multiple rigorous head-to-head cook-offs, we recommend the best models for your camping style and budget. Through countless cups of coffee a...

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The Best Softshell Jackets for Men Review

The Best Softshell Jackets 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 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 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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Best Mountain Bike Shoes - Rated & Ranked

Best Mountain Bike Shoes - Rated & Ranked



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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Best Climbing Camming Device Review

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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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 Saddles of 2017

The Best Bike Saddles of 2017



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 Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing

The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing



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

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The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review

The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review



In need of a new pair of hiking shoes for 2017 but don't know where to start? You came to the right place. We've done the work for you, researching the market's top 55 pairs and choosing the 10 best for our side-by-side testing process, all to help you find the right footwear for your next outdoor a...

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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 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 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 Camping Cookware Review

The Best Camping Cookware Review



Camping cookware is much like kitchen cookware: The options abound. To help, we compared 56 options, choosing 8 of the best to test ourselves. This selection included stainless steel, titanium, and various types of aluminum models, and our testers cooked everything from eggs to full-on dinners. Over...

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The Best Travel Duffel Bags of 2017

The Best Travel Duffel Bags of 2017



Duffel bags are a crucial element of any adventure travel kit, but the options are overwhelming. We researched 30 models, choosing 8 of the best to test head-to-head ourselves. Derived from the Belgium town, Duffel, that first manufactured them, these bags need to be burly, so our experts took them ...

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The Best Full Face Downhill Mountain Bike Helmets

The Best Full Face Downhill Mountain Bike Helmets



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 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 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 Review

The Best Trekking Poles Review



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 Hiking Pants for Women

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 Men's Bike Shorts and Bibs of 2017

The Best Men's Bike Shorts and Bibs of 2017



We took a deep look at 30 of the best road bike shorts and bibs and choose 8 for detailed comparisons. Our expert testers then road hundreds of miles over two months to dial in the differences and help you decide what short is right for you. We sweated through shorts and bibs chamois to find where t...

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Best Splitboards For Backcountry Snowboarding

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 Mountain Bike Pedal Review

The Best Mountain Bike Pedal Review



It can be difficult to navigate in the world of mountain bike pedals. To help, we researched over 60 different pedals and selected 9 top pairs for side-by-side testing. We used ten pairs of shoes and six bikes through hundreds of miles of single track. We rode up, we rode down, we rode through snow,...

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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 Mountain Bike Shorts for Men

The Best Mountain Bike Shorts for Men



Mountain bike season is upon us, but are you ready to hit the trails? We researched over 40 of the top mountain bike shorts available and selected 10 of the best pairs, to test side-by-side for over 200 hours in the saddle. Over the course of three months, we pedaled hundreds of miles and did more ...

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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 Pedometers Review

The Best Pedometers Review



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 Pocket Knives of 2017

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 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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Best Portable Solar Panels and Chargers of 2017

Best Portable Solar Panels and Chargers of 2017



We set out to find the best solar charger for powering gadgets on the go. We considered 55 models and bought the top 9 to compare them side-by-side. Then, we spent over 100 hours field testing and then brought them into our testing lab to measure power output. We know shopping for solar chargers is ...

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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 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 Trail Mountain Bikes of 2017

The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2017



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 Backpacking Stoves of 2017

The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2017



What is the best backpacking stove for trips in the backcountry? Out of a field of 50, we selected 10 to put through their paces 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 s...

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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 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 Mountain Bike Tires

The Best Mountain Bike Tires



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 Road Bike Helmets of 2017

The Best Road Bike Helmets of 2017



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 Carry-On Luggage of 2017

The Best Carry-On Luggage of 2017



The amount of choice in the carry-on luggage market is huge, and we set out to find the best by evaluating over 60 top models and testing 10 popular and high performing ones side by side. We left no wheel unspun, analyzing two-wheeled traditional bags and hard-sided spinners on weekend getaways and ...

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The Best Camping Chair Review

The Best Camping Chair Review



Big or small, bulky or compact, camp chair designs cover a broad spectrum. We researched more than 30 options, picking 10 of the best and putting them in the hands of our testers. Over months, our experts put the contenders through the wringer from the backyard to the mountains, analyzing each model...

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The Best Splitboard Climbing Skins

The Best Splitboard Climbing Skins



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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Best Camping Mattresses and Pads of 2017

Best Camping Mattresses and Pads of 2017



Seeking the ultimate in car camping mattresses? To identify the right model for you, we evaluated 40 top mats and tested the best 11 for months. Our testing experts spent 100+ hours on road trips and in our lab to figure out which products provide the most comfort, warmth, and are built to last. Aft...

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The Best Long Underwear and Base Layer for Men

The Best Long Underwear and Base Layer for Men



Long underwear options are seemingly overflowing from the shelves. With so many choices, we researched more than 80, picking 11 of the best to test side by side. For months in both South and North America, our experts lived and sweated in these layers, experiencing both warm and bitter cold temps. O...

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The Best Sleeping Pads of 2017

The Best Sleeping Pads of 2017



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 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 Bike Trainers of 2017

The Best Bike Trainers of 2017



There are so many bike trainers and third-party applications, but what's the best one for you? To find out, we scrutinized 30 top models and then bought seven for side-by-side tests. After hundreds of hours in the OutdoorGearLab Pain Cave, we have recommendations for your needs and budget. We evalua...

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Best Mountain Bike Shorts for Women of 2017

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 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 Men's Down Jackets of 2017

The Best Men's Down Jackets of 2017



Whether you need a down jacket for a big outdoor adventure or just around town, we have a recommendation for you. We narrowed a field of 70 jackets down to 10 of the best for side-by-side testing. Our expert testers wore these products from the damp mid-altitudes of New Zealand, the extreme cold of ...

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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 Men's Hiking Socks of 2017

The Best Men's Hiking Socks of 2017



Socks are a dime a dozen these days and finding the best pair is daunting. We carefully researched more than 50, choosing 5 all-stars to test ourselves. Hiking in both warm and cold climates over the course of several months, we wore them for days at a time while backpacking and tested their limits ...

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The Best Men's Rain Pants of 2017

The Best Men's Rain Pants of 2017



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 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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Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boards

Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle (SUP) 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 Four Season Tents of 2017

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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The Best Camping Pillows of 2017

The Best Camping Pillows of 2017



Ready for a boost in camping comfort? To find the best camping pillows on the market, we researched 30+ models and tested 8 popular and high-performing products side by side. Our selection includes compressible, inflatable, and hybrid options that testers compared over a two month period in the back...

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The Best Yoga Pants for your Practice

The Best Yoga Pants for your Practice



What yoga pants fit and breathe the best? 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/see-through, wonder no more! We put ten of the most popular and highest rated models through our side-...

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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 Men's Hiking Boots of 2017

The Best Men's 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 Multi-Tools of 2017

The Best Multi-Tools of 2017



There are an unlimited number of multi-tools and reviews out there. To help, we researched over 50 models and narrowed down the field to the top 11, extensively testing each competitor side-by-side. To "winnow the chaff" for you, so to speak, we have been examining this field literally for decades. ...

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The Best Women's Winter Boots of 2017

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 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 Hydration Packs of 2017

The Best Hydration Packs of 2017



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 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 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 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 Mountain Bikes of 2017

The Best Mountain Bikes of 2017



Which mountain bike is right for you and your wallet? We researched 100 bikes, bought 21 of the best and spent a year testing them to help you find the right one. In today's world of frequently updated superbikes and caladescoping categories, buying a bike can require a research PhD. Hence, we took ...

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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 Women's Trail Running Shoes for 2017

The Best Women's Trail Running Shoes for 2017



Finding the best trail running shoe (for women) can be quite an endeavor. After considering over 100 different models, we chose 13 top contenders and put them through 200 hours of side-by-side testing on all trails ranging from the High Peruvian Andes to the deep sand of the desert. Have no ...

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The Best Men's Running Jackets

The Best Men's Running Jackets



Buying a running jacket can be a daunting task. We analyzed over 80 top contenders, selecting the top 9 to test side-by-side for over three months. With a seemingly infinite selection of companies and jackets to choose from, it is easy to get stuck with something that doesn't suit your needs. Throug...

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Best Wallet-Friendly Short-Travel Mountain Bikes of 2017

Best Wallet-Friendly Short-Travel Mountain Bikes of 2017



It's an exciting and expensive time to be a mountain biker. To help you navigate, we researched 25 wallet-friendly rides, bought five and had four testers spend six weeks burning the tread off them. While $9000 superbikes are inspiring, we aren't all interested in a mountain bike with a price tag ap...

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The Best Sun Hats Review

The Best Sun Hats Review



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 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 Women's Backpacking Pack Review

The Best Women's Backpacking Pack 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 Soft Coolers of 2017

The Best Soft Coolers of 2017



Want to bring some frosty beverages to the beach? We reviewed over 50 Soft coolers, then subjected the 7 best to over 100 hours of testing. Soft coolers can offer a perfect blend of portability and performance for picnics, for use as an everyday lunchbox, or for trekking some frosty beverages up to ...

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The Best Bouldering Crash Pad Review

The Best Bouldering Crash Pad Review



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 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 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 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 Rock Climbing Rope

The Best Rock Climbing Rope



To keep you from hanging on indecision, we researched 43 climbing ropes then tested the best 9 side by side. From granite big walls in Yosemite to cragging on the limestone cliffs of Kalymnos, we untangled the details and considered the diversity of climbing styles and rock types. We climbed as much...

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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 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 Men's Rock Climbing Shoes

The Best Men's Rock Climbing Shoes



Feet come in all shapes and sizes and so do rock climbing shoes. To narrow down the choice, we researched the market, picking 21 models to test. These shoes represent the broad range of designs, from aggressive to comfy, velcro to lace. Our experts bouldered, sport climbed, and trad climbed in them ...

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The Best Men's Snowshoes of 2017

The Best Men's Snowshoes of 2017



Determining the best pair of snowshoes for your adventure can be difficult. To help, we researched over 40 models, testing the top 8 performers for over 100 hours of side-by-side testing. We spent the snowy winter and spring months in Colorado and Wyoming to help you find the best pair for whichever...

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The Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags of 2017

The Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags of 2017



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 Backpacking Tents of 2017

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2017



Our 2017 review of the best backpacking tents includes new award winners and recommendations. We analyzed 50 models and then bought 15 for hands-on testing. Next, we hit the backcountry of Montana and the Sierra Nevada for a few months to see how these tents performed in side-by-side tests. We selec...

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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 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 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 Best Men's Hiking Shoes of 2017

The Best Men's Hiking Shoes of 2017



Ready to hit the trails? We can help find the best hiking shoes for your feet. We researched 55+ models from top manufacturers and tested the 10 best for three months. Crossing the Sierras in California and Nevada, our experts hiked hundreds of miles of varied terrain and conditions to push the limi...

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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 4 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 trai...

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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 Trail Running Shoes of 2017

The Best Men's Trail Running Shoes of 2017



The results are in from our 2017 men's trail running shoe showdown. After considering 70+ models, we bought 14 of the best and had our expert testers run for two months. After hundreds of miles of side-by-side, shoe-to-shoe tests, we recommend the best option for you. Need maximum traction or minima...

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The Best Mountaineering Backpack Review

The Best Mountaineering 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 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 Men's Running Shoes of 2017

The Best Men's Running Shoes of 2017



The market for running shoes is immense, and picking one pair from the multitude is tough. We evaluated 100+ models before testing the 11 best over three months to help you find the right pair. Our experts crushed dozens of miles in each product across the mountain roads and sandy beaches of Virgini...

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The Best Men's Winter Jackets of 2017

The Best Men's Winter Jackets 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 Ski Goggles of 2017

The Best Ski Goggles of 2017



With a seemingly endless selection out there, how do you know where to start? We researched over 50 of the top models, putting 9 through the Sierra Nevada wringer, over the course of 100+ testing hours. Our reviewers skied, boarded, climbed, shoveled, and froze through the Sierra Nevada winter in al...

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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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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 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 Camping Tents for Groups and Families

The Best Camping Tents for Groups and Families



To find the best family and group camping tents, we looked at 55 models and then bought 9 for hands-on testing. We then loaded up the car and set out across The West. Two of our expert testers spent 40 days touring campgrounds in the heat, rain, and wind. The tent options are overwhelming. We help y...

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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 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 Backpacking Packs of 2017

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2017



There are hundreds of backpacking backpacks from the ultralight to the ultra comfy. We researched roughly 65 packs and bought the 11 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 d...

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The Best Men's Hiking Pants for 2017

The Best Men's Hiking Pants for 2017



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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The Best Backcountry / AT Ski Boots of 2017

The Best Backcountry / AT Ski Boots of 2017



With so many options out there, finding the best pair can be difficult. We researched over 60 top models and selected the best 10 to test side-by-side for 100+ hours. We reviewed randonee-style boots, comparing them both side-by-side as well as individually out in the field to find out which is the ...

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