Doug Schnitzspahn

JanSport Salish - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Simple and SmartAlthough they're best known for making school bags, JanSport also has a long track record making technical performance packs—like the 2,074-cubic-inch Salish. From long day hikes...

Gregory Drift - Daypack: Reviews

DAY TRIPPERIf your passion is touring, get the nimble Drift. "It's the perfect size and profile for the typical day trip," said a tester who put miles on the pack in the Colorado backcountry. Skis or...

Osprey Argon 70 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

LOVES BIG LOADSCan't decide whether to pack the pinot noir or the grigio? Bring 'em both—and the cast-iron skillet. On a multi-day trip in the Cascades, the Argon's burly suspension system and...

Kjus Formula - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

EURO CORE Good for Resort The Formula is the Porsche of this test—damned pricey, just as flashy, but worth every cent. Kjus's designers tossed in everything from an integrated balaclava to a...

Patagonia Stretch Ascent – Hard Shell: Reviews

Chances are you won't be tracking a wolverine anytime soon. But that's exactly what one of our testers—an employee of Alaska Mountain Guides—did for several hours in the Stretch Ascent. His...

Deuter Razor 23 - Daypack: Reviews

HARD CHARGERUnless you huck off every cliff in sight, donning body armor is overkill. But a little back protection makes sense for anyone who ventures into exposed, big-mountain terrain. The...

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...

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)...

Crash-Test Dummy

Brad Zeerip knows how risky it is to ski the backcountry alone. which is why he brought an air bag.

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