Frederick Reimers

Marmot LZ Resort Jacket

The LZ is ideal for those who like to carry a lot of extra baggage in your pockets.

The Fight for America's Surf Breaks

Over the past five years, stand-up paddleboarding has mushroomed from a handful of surfers SUPing waves in Hawaii to 1.2 million participants.

Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30

If your budget doesn’t allow for both summer-weight and three-season bags, this is a great way to split the difference.

L.L. Bean Katahdin

One tester noted, “You don’t have to spend a million bucks for a good night’s sleep.”

NEMO Espri LE 3

We liked it best as a spacious two-person tent—three was a squeeze.

Easton Kilo 3

Making a good tent requires compromise. In line with the old business adage “Good, fast, cheap: pick two,” tent designers generally aspire to two properties from their own list: light, roomy, and...

Sierra Designs Zia

The doors and vestibules are smallish, but the weight and price are right for such a rough-and-tumble tent.

The North Face Phoenix

Outside reviews the best gear in the Summer 2012 Buyer’s Guide, including The North Face Phoenix tent.

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