Sam Moulton

The North Face Cat's Meow - Sleeping Bags: Reviews

VERSATILE THREE-SEASON SACKNow in its umpteenth iteration, the 2007 Cat's Meow is like its predecessors in one respect only: It's still one of the most versatile, durable three-season synthetic bags...

Stoic eVent Stash - Hard Shell: Reviews

Simple SecurityTalk to any jacket designer and he'll tell you the same thing: The more pockets and doodads a waterproof jacket has, the more seams it requires, and thus the more opportunities water...

Westcomb Mojave Hoody - Soft Shells: Reviews

SMART AND SIMPLEThe Mojave earned the highest praise a soft shell can get when one tester said, "Awesome. The perfect combination of warmth, weather resistance, and breathability." Credit goes to the...

Yakima SkyBox LoPro Titanium - Car Racks: Reviews

Top BoxIt's pricey, yes, but it's also the Rolls-Royce of rocket boxes. The sleek design helps decrease wind drag and preserve gas mileage, yet its 15 cubic feet of storage still easily fits five...

Smith Grumpy - Hats: Reviews

This acrylic beanie is warm and comfy, yes. But it also sends a message: I may or may not be going sledding. smithoptics.com

Prana Stretch Zion - clothing/apparel: Reviews

Thanks to a double layer of material on the knee, these quick-drying and stretchy nylon pants are up for every-thing from canoeing to climbing. prana.com Bonus: Available in two inseam lengths.

Smith Variant Brim - Helmet: Reviews

Our testers' clear favorite this year, the lightweight Smith looks cool and has a low profile. Smart feature: The venting system can shutter closed on the fly if you get cold or the snow starts...

Black Diamond Gizmo - Lanterns & Headlamps: Reviews

For easy camp duty—reading, washing dishes, re-staking the rain fly in the middle of the night—the AAA-powered Gizmo is a bargain. Three tiltable LEDs provide plenty of light for the price...

Mountain Hardwear G50 - Soft Shells: Reviews

WARMER THAN IT LOOKSWhen warmth matters most, grab the G50. On a late-fall backpacking trip in New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness, with temperatures plummeting into the single digits, one tester (who had...

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