Doug Schnitzspahn

Black Diamond Epic 45 Pack

Black Diamond Epic 45 Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Black Diamond Epic 45 pack.

Patagonia Reconnaissance - Soft Shells: Reviews

Patagonia Reconnaissance - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort Resort jackets used to come in two varieties: There were the big, bulky numbers designed to keep you warm on the chairlift, and there were the lightweight shells you could take into...

Millet Langtang GTX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Millet Langtang GTX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

SOFT BUT BURLYYou know you have a winner when testers argue over who gets to wear it. Such was the squabbling over the Langtang, which, despite being cut from Gore-Tex Soft Shell fabric, performs...

Patagonia Light Smoke Flash - Pants: Reviews

Patagoinia Light Smoke Flash - Pants: Reviews

Thanks to tough—and 100 percent recycled—fabric on the rear, knees, and ankle cuffs, these weather-resistant pants can handle everything from ice climbing to bushwhacking. patagonia.com

Cloudveil Hoback - Expedition Weight: Reviews

Cloudveil Hoback - Expedition Weight: Reviews

IGNORE THE FORECAST Good for Resort The Hoback is our favorite fully insulated ski jacket. The incredibly light Gore-Tex Pro Shell exterior is as waterproof and breathable as shells get, repelling...

Arc'teryx Venta LT – Soft Shell: Reviews

Arc'teryx Venta LT – Soft Shell: Reviews

Technically, the streamlined Venta LT is a soft shell. But because most of the jacket (the shoulders, arms, and back) is cut from highly water-resistant fabric—Gore's best Windstopper stuff...

Westcomb Rampage HX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Westcomb Rampage HX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

HARD CHARGERConsider this category-defying hybrid a soft storm shell. Waterproof-breathable eVent on the shoulders, arms, and hood keeps you dry, while the seam-taped and NanoSphere-treated Schoeller...

Millet Touring Hoodie - Soft Shells: Reviews

Millet Touring Hoodie - Soft Shells: Reviews

BEST IN BAD WEATHERThe Touring Hoodie is fashioned completely from Polartec Powershield, a time-tested fabric that still provides one of the best combinations of stretchiness, breathability, and...

Cloudveil Koven Plus - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Cloudveil Koven Plus - Rain Jackets: Reviews

1. This is simply the most adapt-able winter-specific storm shell we tested. The key is Schoeller's new waterproof-breathable fabric with c_change technology, a membrane with a polymer structure that...

Rab Pinnacle - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Rab Pinnacle - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

NO MORE OVERHEATINGBreathability can be a bugger to gauge. But of the 30-odd hard shells we tested, the Pinnacle, from British newcomer Rab, let the moisture out better than the rest. Credit the...

Osprey Exos 46 – Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Osprey Exos 46 – Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

1. We've tested overnight packs this big and light before, but none as stable as the 2.3-pound, 2,800-cubic-inch Exos 46. The usual ultralight materials and buckles are in play, but it's the...

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