Jason Stevenson

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Deuter Futura 38 AC - Backpacks: Reviews

Deuter Futura 38 AC - Backpacks: Reviews

BEEMER ON YOUR BACKThe all-mesh suspension design not only kept me dry on a two-hour uphill slog, but also held the bag snug against my back as I ducked under trees. The top-loading maw swallows...

Black Diamond Speed - Backpacks: Reviews

Black Diamond Speed - Backpacks: Reviews

NEED FOR SPEEDAt slightly less than two pounds, this no-frills climbing bag doubles as an elegant overnighter. Handy compression straps cinched my sleeping pad and poles to the outside without a...

Gregory Juxt - Backpacks: Reviews

Gregory Juxt - Backpacks: Reviews

CRAG BAG PLUSTapering like an inverted missile nose cone, this two-pound-ten-ouncer is one sweet summit-poacher. The main chute easily gulps down a stove, fuel, clothes, and a tightly compressed...

Merrell Col Mid WTP - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Merrell Col Mid WTP - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

The Weekender"This is the Chuck Norris of hiking shoes!" proclaimed one tester. Even if we couldn't see the resemblance, we certainly agree that the Col packs an impressive punch. Bolstered by a...

Patagonia Drifter A/C - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Patagonia Drifter A/C - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Huge, heavy boots are a thing of the past. If your normal routine involves short outings, mellower trails, or lightweight packs, steer toward low-cut, breathable, flexible trail shoes. If stuffed...

Ahnu Moraga OXT - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Ahnu Moraga OXT - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Mud ControlTromping through sludgy puddles on the Appa­lachian Trail, the Moraga's combination of a waterproof upper and snug-fitting gusseted tongue easily kept slop at bay. That was to be...

Montbell Ultra Light Super Spiral Down Hugger #1+ Sleeping Bag

Montbell Ultra Light Super Spiral Down Hugger #1+ Sleeping Bag

"Not just different. Better." That tester's observation sums up this 15-degree bag from Montbell, whose major tech innovation—spiraled baffles—made it the most comfortable and best-...

Kong Speaks

HE'S AN ACCOMPLISHED stage actor in his native England, but Andy Serkis is best known on this side of the pond for playing inhuman characters. The man who loaned his voice and body movements to the...