2008 Summer <em>Buyer's Guide</em> Videos

Our Buyer's Guide editors review their favorite gear.

Oct 17, 2008
Outside Magazine
2008 Summer Buyer's Guide

2008 Summer Buyer's Guide

Sunglasses: Part 1
The features to look for when shopping, and the Bollé Traverse.

Sunglasses: Part 2
This year's Killer Value, the Smith Trace.

Sunglasses: Part 3
A word about price, and the Gear of the Year winning Rudy Project Zyon Sailing.

Road Runners: Part 1
A review of the Asics Gel-3000.

Road Runners: Part 2
The Nike Air Structure Triax+ 11, this year's Killer Value.

Road Runners: Part 3
The Gear of the Year winning Saucony ProGrid Triumph 5.

Backpacks: Part 1
The Arc'teryx Cierzo 18 daypack.

Backpacks: Part 2
A review of the Kelty Locus 40, a traditional top loading overnighter.

Backpacks: Part 3
How to shop, and the Gear of the Year winning North Face Primero 60.

Women's Gear: Jacket
The Arc'teryx Alpha SL can be worn biking or bar hopping.

Women's Gear: Sunglasses
The Oakley Betray, a stylish everyday pair of glasses.

Women's Gear: Road Runners
A review of the New Balance 768, a good shoe for neutral runners.

Women's Gear: Daypack
The Lafuma Naia 35, a cushy yet supportive pack.

Shells: Part 1
The difference between hard shells and soft shells, and the Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pullover hard shell.

Shells: Part 2
A review of the Mountain Hardwear Transition soft shell, this year's Killer Value.

Shells: Part 3
The range of jackets available and this year's Gear of the Year winner, the Marmot DriClime Catalyst soft shell.

Tents: Part 1
The key features to look for in a tent, and the best base- and car-camping tent, the MSR Mo Room 3.

Tents: Part 2
The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2, our favorite ultralight tent.

Tents: Part 3
The Gear of the Year winner, the light but roomy Marmot Aura, and advice on buying the right tent.

Trail Runners: Part 1
An summay of the three types of trail runners and the Asics Gel-Trail Attack 4 WR, the ideal road and trail shoe.

Trail Runners: Part 2
The Salomon XT Wings, our favorite shoe for technical trails.

Trail Runners: Part 3
Some final words on shopping for shoes and the Gear of the Year winner, the do-it-all Vasque Aether Tech.

Road Bikes: Part 1
Advice on choosing the right bike, and a review of the Pinarello FP2, this year's Killer Value.

Road Bikes: Part 2
The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2, the purest racer we tested.

Road Bikes: Part 3
The Gear of the Year winner, the Trek Madone 5.2, a Tour de France-proven speed machine.

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