Doug Schnitzspahn

Crumpler the Bumper Issue – Day Backpacks: Reviews

Crumpler The Bumper Issue – Day Backpacks: Reviews

This smart little pack brings a dash of technical know-how to a street-savvy bag. In town, you can remove the hip strap to dial back the crunchy-guy factor, while a bit of reflective piping increases...

Marmot Ascent 40 - Climbing Packs: Reviews

Marmot Ascent 40 - Climbing Packs: Reviews

Can Take a BeatingThe Ascent 40 was designed with climbing in mind; for example, it comes with a rope tarp. And while it does a fine job getting rope to the crag, we also loved it as an adventure-...

Helly Hansen Warren - Pants: Reviews

Helly Hansen Warren - Pants: Reviews

These café loungers segue easily from snowshoe rambling to latte sipping. Credit a casual style paired with Helly's proprietary waterproof-breathable fabric and built-in gaiters that fit a...

Westcomb Skeena Hoody - Soft Shells: Reviews

Westcomb Skeena Hoody - Soft Shells: Reviews

PRACTICALLY WATERPROOFIf you took your favorite base layer, hard shell, and soft shell and threw them all in a blender, it would be a terrible mess. But Westcomb's mash-up makes terrific sense. A...

Kelty Locus 40 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Kelty Locus 40 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

TRADITIONAL TOP LOADER"Airy and easy to adjust" is how one tester summed up the Locus 40. It's light, too: The minimalist design boasts an impressive weight-to-capacity ratio. Torso adjustment takes...

Arc'teryx Silo 18 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Arc'teryx Silo 18 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

GATE HOPPERThe 1,098-cubic-inch Silo 18 is an ideal choice when you're jumping between the lifts and the sidecountry. Three stash pockets (one internal, two external) help you keep track of quick-...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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