Jason Stevenson

Osprey Atmos 50 - Backpacks: Reviews

At first glance, this hauler might seem born out of Lockheed's Skunkworks, but relax: Our Gear of the Year pack will get you there and back in a flash. A matchless mesh suspension setup saves aches...

Deuter Futura 38 AC - Backpacks: Reviews

BEEMER ON YOUR BACKThe all-mesh suspension design not only kept me dry on a two-hour uphill slog, but also held the bag snug against my back as I ducked under trees. The top-loading maw swallows...

Black Diamond Speed - Backpacks: Reviews

NEED FOR SPEEDAt slightly less than two pounds, this no-frills climbing bag doubles as an elegant overnighter. Handy compression straps cinched my sleeping pad and poles to the outside without a...

Merrell Col Mid WTP - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

The Weekender"This is the Chuck Norris of hiking shoes!" proclaimed one tester. Even if we couldn't see the resemblance, we certainly agree that the Col packs an impressive punch. Bolstered by a...

Gregory Juxt - Backpacks: Reviews

CRAG BAG PLUSTapering like an inverted missile nose cone, this two-pound-ten-ouncer is one sweet summit-poacher. The main chute easily gulps down a stove, fuel, clothes, and a tightly compressed...

Patagonia Drifter A/C - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Huge, heavy boots are a thing of the past. If your normal routine involves short outings, mellower trails, or lightweight packs, steer toward low-cut, breathable, flexible trail shoes. If stuffed...

Ahnu Moraga OXT - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Mud ControlTromping through sludgy puddles on the Appa­lachian Trail, the Moraga's combination of a waterproof upper and snug-fitting gusseted tongue easily kept slop at bay. That was to be...

Oboz Contour - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

A Stiff and Stout Day HikerSome light hikers feel comfy at first, only to prove mushy after several weeks of testing. All the more reason to appreciate the up-front honesty of Oboz's superstiff...

Hi-Tec V-Lite Thunder HPI - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Most VersatileYou can certainly find less expensive day hikers out there, but you'd be hard-pressed to find any as versatile and sturdy as the Thunder. Testers reported this lightweight hiker was...

SCARPA Epic - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Best for Scramble-HikesMost approach shoes are either too slipperlike for hiking or too rigid for scrambling. But SCARPA's Epic hits the sweet spot with its combination of a thick, shock-absorbing...

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