Doug Gantenbein

Doug Gantenbein

Doug Gantenbein is Outside's Gear Guy. You can follow him on twitter @outsidegearguy.

Columbia Peak 2 Peak Jacket

What are the 5 best sites to buy gear online?

I’ll tell you, but you can’t read this while at work—you’ll end up shopping on company time.There are lots of good web sites for outdoor equipment, and I’m sure I've...

Scarpa Epic

I have big feet and need good hikers. Help!

I need a shoe for hiking several miles in the heat that has sticky rubber for wet rock and comes in size 14. I've found that approach shoes are too hot and heavy, and the rubber on trail running...

Mountain Hardwear Hunker Down Jacket

What's the cheapest warm jacket?

What type of jacket do you recommend for winter traveling in Mongolia, where temps will drop to as low as -40? Can I get a good jacket for $200 or cheaper?

MSR Reactor Stove

What's the perfect canister stove?

I'm hiking the Wonderland Trail, the loop around Mount Rainier, in mid-September. I've decided to bring a canister stove to save weight. For two people, which models are best for a long-distance...

REI Mistral softshell pants

What are the best multi-sport pants?

I’m looking for a pair of wind-resistant pants to layer under a shell for skiing, wear on light hikes in late summer and fall, and wear around the house in the winter. Am I asking too much?

Marmot Helium sleeping bag

What's the best bag for a ten-month trip?

I'm going on a multi-country, 10-month, round-the-world trip, from Patagonia to the Himalayas. What lightweight, 10- to 15-degree sleeping bag should I bring?

Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian

What's the best folding-blade travel knife?

Ian, a lot depends on how you plan to use the knife, what blade length best suits you, and even which knife feels good in your hand. But you've got plenty of options. A good example of a folding...

Oakley Fast Jacket

What are the best prescription sunglasses?

I'm looking for polarized prescription sunglasses, ideally with interchangeable lenses. I fly fish, paddle, sail, cycle, and ski, and I have a big melon, so smaller-fitting frames won't work. Am I...

La Sportiva Mythos

Am I climbing in the right shoes?

I've been indoor climbing in my Vibram Five Fingers and I can't seem to move onto harder routes. Are my toes holding me back? Could you suggest a beginner climbing shoe for me?

REI Kimtah jacket

I need a cheap rain shell. Help!

I'm looking for an inexpensive rain shell. I'd prefer something waterproof and breathable, with a hood and pit zips. Thoughts?

Garmont Zenith Mid Boots

I'm new to backpacking. What gear do I need?

My fiance and I have never been backpacking or camping. We'll be doing day hikes and an occasional overnight. Our budget is important, but I also want to know that our gear will last. What do we need...


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