Summer Buyer's Guide

Women s Backpack: Arc teryx Axios

Ultralight backpackers will praise this 2,014-cubic-inch minimalist pack for its perfectly designed organizational pockets and breathable back panel. $175

Women s Shell: Nau Lightbeam

Water- and wind-resistant, the Nau Lightbeam 100%-recycled polyester staves off the elements with a low-profile design. $175

Women s Bike: Specialized Myka FSR Comp

New to mountain biking? This affordable women's-specific ride dampens chatter with full suspension while lower-profile tubes make climbing easier. $1,550

Road Bike: Gary Fisher Cronus

Thanks to fender mounts, our Gear-of-the-Year-winning road bike can, not only excel as a racer, thanks to a carbon fiber frame, it can double as a commuter. $2,630

Road Bike: Cannondale SuperSix3

Designed like a pro racer's bike but with a less-expensive weave of carbon fiber making it peloton- and wallet-friendly. $3,750

Road Runner: New Balance 905

The most barebones training shoe in our line-up--our testers only wanted to run fast in this featherweight runner. $110

Sleeping Bag: Montbell Ultra Light Super Spiral

A revolutionary design--spiral, elastic baffles--not only allows you to twist and turn at night, but also holds the insulation against you for fewer cold spots. Our Gear of the Year winner. $379

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