Summer Buyer's Guide

Light Hiker: Ahnu Moraga

An airy, mesh version of the waterproof Moraga OXT, this shoe is the perfect summertime day hiker. $110

Light Hiker: Patagonia Drifter A/C

Our Gear-of-the-Year-winning hiker stomps technical terrain with a toothy Vibram sole and breathes like the best of them. $110

Thule TCRU-2 60 Liter Upright

Yes, Thule makes luggage, and it's just as tough as their roof racks. Presenting our 2011 Gear of the Year winner.

The North Face Double Track

These new shoes are toeing the line between trail and road runner. One reason the North Face Double Track won our 2011 Gear of the Year award.

Marmot Plasma

Our Gear of the Year winning bag offers comfort and warmth down to 15 degrees, and it weighs less than 2 pounds.

Deuter ACT Zero 50+15

With an extra 15 liters of expandable space, our Gear of the Year winning pack, the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15, works for day hikes and multiday trips.

Garmont Zenith Mid

It's sticky sole and lightweight helped, but it was the perfect fit that won the Garmont Zenith Mid our Gear of the Year award.

New Balance 890

Simplicity is why the New Balance 890 wins our Gear of the Year award.

Bolle Vortex

Light, fast, and comfortable: Three reasons the Bolle Vortex is our Gear of the Year winning sunglass.

Peak to Peak

Four-season performance with three-season weight: Introducing our Gear of the Year winning jacket, Columbia's Peak 2 Peak.

Shell: Marmot Super Mica

Ultralight, waterproof, breathable, reinforced panels: all the ingredients that make up our Gear-of-the-Year-winning jacket. $200

Road Runner: ASICS Gel-Kayano 16

Overpronate? This stability shoe is all about controlling your motion, without compromising a springy feel. $140

Sleeping Bag: Sierra Designs Vapor 15

The lightest down bag on the market, this 15-degree, 850-fill sleeping bag won't weigh down your pack at just 1.4 pounds. $439

Sleeping Bag: Kelty Coromell

An affordable zero-degree bag that our testers agreed was the warmest zero-degree bag yet. $219

Pages