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Osprey Flap Jack Pack - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Osprey Flap Jack Pack - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Urban HikerHalf messenger bag, half backpack: That's the easiest way to describe this 1,500-cubic-inch urban hauler. With a well-cushioned 15.4-inch laptop pocket and a DWR-coated, splash-resistant...

The North Face Patrol 35 - Daypack: Reviews

The North Face Patrol 35 - Daypack: Reviews

1.The Patrol 35 nails the most important feature in a winter pack: how well it carries skis or a snowboard. TNF's Fly-Trap carrying system compresses skis (A-frame or diagonally) or board (vertically...

Columbia First Descents Parka - Soft Shells: Reviews

Columbia First Descents Parka - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort Just like the turquoise-and-hot-pink, three-in-one Columbia you skied in as a kid—only much better. The inner jacket, a trim-fitting, polyester-lined down puffy with pit zips and...

Mountainsmith Phoenix - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Mountainsmith Phoenix - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

GREEN-MINDED AND OLD-SCHOOLMountainsmith managed to build the Phoenix out of an impressive 85 percent recycled materials, including 100 percent recycled PET fabric, recycled mesh back panel and...

Helly Hansen Convertor Ekolab – Hard Shell: Reviews

Helly Hansen Convertor Ekolab – Hard Shell: Reviews

Both the Ekolab's vegetable-based waterproof-breathable membrane and DWR finish are fluorocarbon-free and recyclable. Testers were a bit skeptical that the sustainable chemistry would perform as well...

JanSport Salish - Day Backpacks: Reviews

JanSport Salish - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Simple and SmartAlthough they're best known for making school bags, JanSport also has a long track record making technical performance packs—like the 2,074-cubic-inch Salish. From long day hikes...

Gregory Drift - Daypack: Reviews

Gregory Drift - Daypack: Reviews

DAY TRIPPERIf your passion is touring, get the nimble Drift. "It's the perfect size and profile for the typical day trip," said a tester who put miles on the pack in the Colorado backcountry. Skis or...

Gregory Triconi 60 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Gregory Triconi 60 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

TAKE IT OFF-TRAILLike a souped-up Jeep, the Triconi begs to be taken off-trail and over jumbly passes. The reason: The hipbelt and shoulder straps are built into the pack frame with auto-adjusting...

Kjus Formula - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Kjus Formula - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

EURO CORE Good for Resort The Formula is the Porsche of this test—damned pricey, just as flashy, but worth every cent. Kjus's designers tossed in everything from an integrated balaclava to a...

Patagonia Stretch Ascent – Hard Shell: Reviews

Patagonia Stretch Ascent – Hard Shell: Reviews

Chances are you won't be tracking a wolverine anytime soon. But that's exactly what one of our testers—an employee of Alaska Mountain Guides—did for several hours in the Stretch Ascent. His...

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