Doug Schnitzspahn

The North Face Free Thinker - Pants: Reviews

Crappy out? These no-nonsense Gore-Tex Pro Shell pants were simply the best bad-weather trousers we tested. Added bonus: They come with a built-in Recco avalanche rescue system. thenorthface.com

The North Face Primero 60 - Backpacks: Reviews

1. No gimmicks here. The North Face's new X-Radial suspension is the real deal. The secret is a lightweight aluminum, X-shaped frame that's reinforced on the top and bottom to deal with heavy loads (...

Deuter Cruise 30 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

EFFICIENT MOUNTAINEEROur most organized testers especially liked this tough, sensible 1,850-cubic-inch pack. Internal pockets hold snow-safety gear, valuables, and a hydration bladder. Outside, five...

The North Face TreeHugger - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Old-School CoolA 1,950-cubic-inch daypack made out of merino wool? Yup. And it's not a greenwashed gimmick, either. For starters, the merino wool here bears little resemblance to your favorite...

Cloudveil Headwall - Pants: Reviews

Get these soft-shell pants for classic winter conditions: more cold, snowy, and windy than wet, slushy, and rainy. The Gore Windstopper fabric is tough on the outside, but has a soft fleece lining....

Ergon BA1 - Daypacks: Reviews

MOVES WITH YOUBuilt with a light plastic frame and hipbelt system and an Allen-wrench-adjustable pivot point that attaches a separate shoulder harness to the pack, the BA1 offers independent hip and...

CamelBak Scorpion - Day Backpacks: Reviews

LIFT SERVANTOne tester described this pack as "a wallet on your back with water." The 275-cubic-inch Scorpion's two-liter bladder kept testers hydrated both on quick tours before work and skiing all...

Marmot Aegis – Hard Shell: Reviews

1. Keeping rain out is never the problem; a $2 poncho can do that. But if you want a jacket that also holds up the other end of the bargain, letting moisture out, it's going to cost you—usually...

Deuter Spectro AC 32 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Most BreathableSeems like 2,000 cubic inches is the magic number when it comes to versatility—just big enough to max out on a fast-and-light overnighter but not too big for a day hike. And size...

Scott Prophet - Pants: Reviews

These pants were impervious to Cascade storms, but still light enough for spring touring. The key: strong and breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell, and removable suspenders that make for a smooth...

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