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The Best Jackets of 2015

Not long ago, there were three clearly defined categories for jackets: waterproof hard shells, stretchy and breathable soft shells, and wind shells.

La Sportiva Hail

Because they’re portable and waterproof enough to keep you comfortable in a downpour, ultralight hard shells like the six-plus-ounce Hail are the hot new jacket category.

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 MtnGlo

Boasting all the user-friendly features we look for in a lightweight backpacking tent—easy color-coded setup, roomy vestibules, and convenient storage pockets—the Rattlesnake ($400) was a tester...

NEMO Tango Solo

As much as we love a top-shelf mummy bag, it can be annoyingly constrictive and, on summer nights, too hot.

The Best Packs of 2015

Winter can be cruel. Fingers go numb. Water bottles freeze. Having the right pack is essential. For short outings, daypacks such as Gregory’s Verte, with glove-friendly straps and closures, are...

Fjällräven Abisko Jacket

Staying dry doesn’t have to mean looking like you’re on a mountaineering expedition. Case in point, the waxed-canvas Fjällräven Abisko.

NEMO Coda 0

There’s good reason for the shocking $700 price tag: comfortable in temps from 55 degrees down to 5 degrees and able to fend of moisture, it’s the only bag you’ll need year-round.

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The Best Tents of 2014

Sierra Designs Flash 3ULBEST FOR: Backpacking any time rain is in the forecast. THE TEST: At first it might seem crazy that the Flash ($499) doesn’t have vestibules over its two waterproof...