Doug Schnitzspahn

Adero 55

Eagle Creek Adero 55 Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Eagle Creek Adero 55 pack.

The North Face Free Thinker - Pants: Reviews

The North Face Free Thinker - Pants: Reviews

Crappy out? These no-nonsense Gore-Tex Pro Shell pants were simply the best bad-weather trousers we tested. Added bonus: They come with a built-in Recco avalanche rescue system. thenorthface.com

The North Face Primero 60 - Backpacks: Reviews

The North Face Primero 60 - Backpacks: Reviews

1. No gimmicks here. The North Face's new X-Radial suspension is the real deal. The secret is a lightweight aluminum, X-shaped frame that's reinforced on the top and bottom to deal with heavy loads (...

Black Diamond Instinct - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Black Diamond Instinct - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

TOWN AND COUNTRYThe perfect travel backpack needs to be versatile, compact, and sturdy. On all three counts, the panel-loading Instinct nails it. If you travel light, it's just big enough for weekend...

Millet Prolight 27 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Millet Prolight 27 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

CLIMBER'S FAVORITEThe stripped-down Prolight 27 performs best when it's going up. How do we know? After spending time in Colorado scaling multipitch climbs in Eldorado Canyon and summiting (and then...

Kelty Shrike – Day Backpacks: Reviews

Kelty Shrike – Day Backpacks: Reviews

A mash-up between a college book bag and a classic daypack, the streamlined, 2,000-cubic-inch Shrike was surprisingly versatile. The suspension system—basically a padded back panel and shoulder...

REI XT 85L - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

REI XT 85L - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Built for the Long HaulIf you've got big plans this summer—or you're the mule for a weekend family trip—you want a beast like the 5,200-cubic-inch XT 85L. The suspension system, a hybrid of...

Cloudveil Headwall - Pants: Reviews

Cloudveil Headwall - Pants: Reviews

Get these soft-shell pants for classic winter conditions: more cold, snowy, and windy than wet, slushy, and rainy. The Gore Windstopper fabric is tough on the outside, but has a soft fleece lining....

Ergon BA1 - Daypacks: Reviews

Ergon BA1 - Daypacks: Reviews

MOVES WITH YOUBuilt with a light plastic frame and hipbelt system and an Allen-wrench-adjustable pivot point that attaches a separate shoulder harness to the pack, the BA1 offers independent hip and...

Deuter Cruise 30 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Deuter Cruise 30 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

EFFICIENT MOUNTAINEEROur most organized testers especially liked this tough, sensible 1,850-cubic-inch pack. Internal pockets hold snow-safety gear, valuables, and a hydration bladder. Outside, five...

The North Face TreeHugger - Day Backpacks: Reviews

The North Face TreeHugger - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Old-School CoolA 1,950-cubic-inch daypack made out of merino wool? Yup. And it's not a greenwashed gimmick, either. For starters, the merino wool here bears little resemblance to your favorite...

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