Ryan Stuart

The Best Jackets of 2015

Not long ago, there were three clearly defined categories for jackets: waterproof hard shells, stretchy and breathable soft shells, and wind shells.

The Best Tents of 2015

Choosing the right tent requires finding the perfect balance of price, weight, and space.

La Sportiva Hail

Because they’re portable and waterproof enough to keep you comfortable in a downpour, ultralight hard shells like the six-plus-ounce Hail are the hot new jacket category.

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 MtnGlo

Boasting all the user-friendly features we look for in a lightweight backpacking tent—easy color-coded setup, roomy vestibules, and convenient storage pockets—the Rattlesnake ($400) was a tester...

NEMO Tango Solo

As much as we love a top-shelf mummy bag, it can be annoyingly constrictive and, on summer nights, too hot.

Fjällräven Abisko Jacket

Staying dry doesn’t have to mean looking like you’re on a mountaineering expedition. Case in point, the waxed-canvas Fjällräven Abisko.

NEMO Coda 0

There’s good reason for the shocking $700 price tag: comfortable in temps from 55 degrees down to 5 degrees and able to fend of moisture, it’s the only bag you’ll need year-round.

Crowdfunded Gear: For the People, By the People

Twenty years ago, innovative products took shape out of sight, in basements and garages. Today they’re born online, at crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. More than 52,000...