Doug Schnitzspahn

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 (...

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...

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....

Patagonia Light Smoke Flash - Pants: Reviews

Patagoinia Light Smoke Flash - Pants: Reviews

Thanks to tough—and 100 percent recycled—fabric on the rear, knees, and ankle cuffs, these weather-resistant pants can handle everything from ice climbing to bushwhacking. patagonia.com

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...

Marmot Aegis – Hard Shell: Reviews

Marmot Aegis – Hard Shell: Reviews

1. Keeping rain out is never the problem; a $2 poncho can do that. But if you want a jacket that also holds up the other end of the bargain, letting moisture out, it's going to cost you—usually...

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...

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