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C.A.M.P. XLP 290 - Daypack: Reviews

MINIMALISTThis featherweight was designed for rando racers—think running uphill on skis, and then bombing back down—but easy access and minimalist design also made the 290 (as in grams)...

Helly Hansen Ekolab - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

GO-TO GREEN Good for Resort The only uninsulated jacket here, the Ekolab is a lightweight hard shell with resort touches like a removable powder skirt and helmet-compatible hood. Not only did it win...

Merrell Carbon – Hard Shell: Reviews

With the hood stowed away in the collar, the Carbon is sleek and stylish enough to blend in downtown (there's even a subtle honeycomb pattern on one side of the back of the jacket for added evening...

Orage Glenn - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort Two words: Tricked. Out. The Glenn has everything from a removable powder skirt to a headphone port to pit zips. But here's the deal: With the exception of the removable (and...

GoLite Wisp – Hard Shell: Reviews

Soft Shells There's not much here—a half zip, no hood—but that's the point. At three ounces, the Wisp weighs less than a kiwi and scrunches into an integrated stuffsack that fits inside...

Mountain Hardwear Windpack - Daypack: Reviews

HUT CHAMPA two-in-one pack is the smartest choice on a hut trip, and the Windpack is one of the year's best. The main pack's 2,550 cubic inches easily swallowed sleeping bag, clothes, and tequila on...

Patagonia Icefield - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Good for Backcountry 1. No matter what the weather, the Icefield was ready. The shell—a slightly stretchy, very sturdy ripstop polyester with a waterproof-breathable membrane—shucked off...

Columbia Rapidfire – Hard Shell: Reviews

Soft ShellsWe barely noticed this five-ounce piece in our packs. But when conditions changed, we appreciated every feature, from its chest pocket to its stashable hood. The cut is just generous...

Scapegoat Rosti - Rain Jackets: Reviews

HIGH-PERFORMANCE HIPSTERNewcomer Scapegoat absolutely nailed "performance casual" with the Rosti, which instantly felt like an old favorite. It's ideal for resort cruising and sidewalk surfing. On...

Backcountry Access Squall - Daypack: Reviews

BASIC BAGIf you could turn an old metal lunchbox into a ski pack, it would look like this—a utilitarian, bargain-priced hauler. The 1,647-cubic-inch pack held all the tools we needed for a...

The North Face Triumph - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

SUPER-PACKABLEOn those days when the forecast is for full sun, take the Triumph. Extremely packable and weighing in at an obscene five ounces (a bit more than a bag of potato chips), the Triumph is...

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