Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of As a journalist and a former writer for the New York Times, Regenold created "The Gear Junkie" in 2002 as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column. Regenold lives in Minnesota and travels to test gear, climb, bike, and adventure race around the planet.

The Best Backcountry Jackets of 2015

Outerwear is a hotbed of innovation these days. Breathability, waterproofness, and insulation are attributes that now come in hard shells, soft shells, hybrids, and even puffy jackets. 

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Outdoor Research Halogen Jacket

The Halogen can’t do it all, but it does so much so well that it rates as one of the most versatile winter jackets we’ve ever tested.

Why I (Don't) Ride a Fixie

People should ride fixed-gear bikes, or fixies, because they help you feel connected to the road and are good for training.

Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

You see strange things when you head up R&D at Patagonia. Like goose down floating in illuminated tubes. You go to strange places. Like secret labs inside white-washed corporations in Austin, Texas.

Nau Wool Patrol

Nau Wool Patrol

The Patrol Hoody holds up reasonably well to rough weather and looks dapper enough for a night on the town.

Stio Rambler Reversible

Stio Rambler Reversible

The versatile Rambler Reversible is ideal for kicking around town or collecting firewood in the forest.

Arc’teryx Diplomat

Arc'teryx Diplomat

The Diplomat jacket is sheik but can also stand up to a blizzard.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisper

Armada Bomb Pop

The loose-fitting Bomb Pop provides total freedom of movement on the slopes and in the air.

Westcomb Shift

Westcomb Shift LT Hoody

For an all-season, do-everything hard shell, you can't do much better than the Shift LT.

Columbia Winter Blur

Columbia Winter Blur

The Winter Blur has all the comforts we've come to expect from full-featured ski jackets.

La Sportiva Storm Fighter GTX Jacket

From wool-insulated workout wear to the hardest hard shell we’ve ever seen, this year’s backcountry jackets are an eclectic crop. Material upgrades and smart design leaps have made outerwear a locus...

Rab Stretch Neo Jacket

The Stretch Neo is a great all-around jacket that's appropriate for almost all conditions.


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