Frederick Reimers

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.

Stoic Arx XL

Great balance of weight, livability, and cost.

Marmot Cloudbreak

Provides the tailoring of a high-end down bag—snug hood, plush draft tubes around the face, ergonomic footbox—in a moderately priced synthetic.

The 2012 Adventure Bucket List

Float the Grand Canyon in a Dory. Bike across America. Tie your own fly. And 47 more essential items for the ultimate adventurer.

One-Up the Grand

The Grand Teton’s neighbor, the 12,804-foot Middle Teton, is a lot less likely to kill you, requires no ropes, and offers the same crazy views.

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