Doug Schnitzspahn

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...

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....

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...

Deuter Spectro AC 32 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Deuter Spectro AC 32 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Most BreathableSeems like 2,000 cubic inches is the magic number when it comes to versatility—just big enough to max out on a fast-and-light overnighter but not too big for a day hike. And size...

Scott Prophet - Pants: Reviews

Scott Prophet - Pants: Reviews

These pants were impervious to Cascade storms, but still light enough for spring touring. The key: strong and breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell, and removable suspenders that make for a smooth...

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