Not long ago, there were three clearly defined categories for jackets: waterproof hard shells, stretchy and breathable soft shells, and wind shells.
Choosing the right tent requires finding the perfect balance of price, weight, and space.
The rising cost of down is spurring insulation alternatives that will have us all sleeping soundly.
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.
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...
As much as we love a top-shelf mummy bag, it can be annoyingly constrictive and, on summer nights, too hot.
A top-tier down sleeping bag that handles rain for only $230?!? We’ll take it!
Staying dry doesn’t have to mean looking like you’re on a mountaineering expedition. Case in point, the waxed-canvas Fjällräven Abisko.
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.
Transceivers work well, but are costly. Apps may offer a cheaper alternative.
With ice-ax retention you can release with the pack on, gear loops for ’biners and belay devices, and an integrated crampon pocket, the Matrix is purpose-built for ski mountaineering. But you don’t...
The Marmot prodigy is a do-it-all soft shell
The Ignite DriDown offers water-resistant down filling at a great price
Outside reviews the best gear in the Summer 2013 Buyer’s Guide, including the Rab Maverick.
A livable, freestanding three-season tent.