Sam Moulton

Ground Virtual - Rain Jackets: Reviews

VERSATILE PERFORMER"It's super-comfortable, looks cool, and beat back steady rain for hours," said one tester, summing up the Virtual's virtues. In a category that has never been known for sleek...

Patagonia Ranger Smith – Footwear: Reviews

Thanks to a lugged Vibram sole, the Ranger Smith has the best traction of any boot we tested. But it also has a soft side—a Polartec lining—that keeps toes toasty. patagonia.comBonus: The...

Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest - Poles: Reviews

Chute fiends: This classic self-arrest pole has been redesigned with a non-removable (i.e., more confidence-inspiring) head and a pick cover (5/$10, not included)—so you won't gut yourself in a...

Timberland Earthkeepers Oxford - Footwear : Reviews

Old-school hiking sole meets simple, leather oxford style in this classic-looking shoe. The organic-cotton-lined insoles mold to your foot, and there's enough shock absorption in the midsoles for...

Pro 950 Down Lafuma - Sleeping Bags: Reviews

THREE-SEASON ULTRALIGHTGo hard all day and sleep like the dead all night? We liked this bag for both pursuits. It's light and compressible, thanks to a three-quarter-length zipper, a tapered design,...

Scott Ruston - Soft Shell: Reviews

Form and FunctionThe Ruston was the surprise hit of the test. For starters, Scott's designers nailed the details on this highly water-resistant soft shell: The hood is top-notch, and there are good-...

Patagonia Stretch Latitude - Rain Jackets: Reviews

DRY IN ANY STORMIf you go out when others go home, this is your jacket. It's a tad heavy, but the payoff is uncompromising protection. When a group of five testers ski-toured out of Washington's...

Shred Alert Reef - Hats: Reviews

Our take: Guys can wear Peruvian-style hats, as long as the earflaps don't have ponytails. This chunky, hand-knit acrylic lid gets the OK. shredalert.com

WRSI Fresh Roy - Helmet: Reviews

Two sports, one helmet. That's the idea behind WRSI's highly adjustable snow- and kayak-ready Fresh Roy. The only downside: With no vents, it's the least breathable helmet here. Get the optional...

Brunton L5 - Lanterns & Headlamps: Reviews

The L5 is smart and bright. It automatically switches to power-save mode when 15 percent of its rechargeable 4.5-volt battery remains. And its five-watt bulb can throw an intense beam of light 203...

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