This year's best snowshoes offer more float and less weight to make it easier than ever to head for the hills.

Fimbulvetr Rangr

Fimbulvetr Rangr

Best For: Deep Powder

Designed in Norway, the Rangr has about 50 percent more float than any other shoe we tested. Credit the 11-inch-wide molded-plastic deck, which is reminiscent of the wood and gut snowshoes trappers used to wear. “On mellow grades in deep snow, they’re the best shoe you can buy,” said one tester. The simple webbing-and-plastic binding is easy to use and extremely durable, but on steep inclines we wanted a heel crampon for better purchase. 4.9 lbs

Price $299 

Tubbs boundary peak snowshoes

Tubbs Boundary Peak

Best For: All Conditions

Named in honor of one of Maine’s tallest mountains, the aluminum-frame Boundary Peak looks antique, with its denim-textured flexible deck and leather patches. But it’s loaded with cutting-edge innovations, including a binding you can release with one hand, a pull-to-lock heel strap, and a rotating toe piece that sheds snow. The toe and heel crampons are aggressive but not overkill. 4.5 lbs

Price $250

Atlas access snowshoes

Atlas Access

Best For: Big Objectives

The Access is light enough for full-on expedition days but offers the stability required for sketchy, exposed trails. A flexing frame kept testers’ feet in contact with the ground, and the redesigned binding, which lets the tail drop with each step, didn’t kick up snow. Claw points are filed flat enough that we didn’t feel unbalanced even when the powder was sparse, and the blunt crampons were plenty aggressive for a midwinter summit of Mount Marcy, New York’s highest peak. The heel risers did an admirable job of keeping our calves from cramping. 4 lbs

Price $180

TSL Outtdoor symbioz racing sno
(TSL Outtdoor)

TSL Symbioz Racing

Best For: Running

The 11-ounce Symbioz is the bendiest snowshoe we tested, flexing to match the terrain for full contact with the snow. Four studs in the base boost footing on hardpack, and a matrix of molded traction bars under the ball of your foot and around the perimeter of the shoe give you even more grip, with negligible added weight. (The Symbioz is at least a pound lighter than every other shoe on this page.) The toe binding fits sneakers and low-profile boots but is supportive enough to keep your foot stable. “I ran on packed trails like it was pavement,” said one tester. 1.4 lbs

Price $199

The Best Running Shoes of 2016

There is a great divide among runners: those who pick their shoes for speed and those who choose for comfort. The firmer and thinner the midsole, the faster and more efficient a shoe will be, but the harder it will be on your feet. The softer the midsole and the more supportive the shoe, the better your legs will feel—at great cost to your pace. Or so we thought. Today’s most innovative footwear has been developed at the intersection of these conflicting design principles. Every shoe our team selected this year found a new, refreshing balance in the yin and

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The Best Fat Bikes of 2016

Once a novelty built just for snow and sand, fatties are diversifying and growing up. This year, we tested a crop of impressive newcomers so capable and versatile that the idea of investing in a one-quiver fat bike doesn't seem so far-fetched after all. (Specialized) Specialized S-Works Fatboy Carbon Best For: Fat Bikers in Skin Suits The Fatboy feels as if it came straight from Specialized’s road-racing department. It’s made from snappy molded carbon, and the cables are all routed internally. At just 23 pounds, it’s lighter than most hardtails with tires less than half the size of

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The Best Fuel of 2016

Fuel up for the slopes and the trails with these six tasty, healthy snacks. (Munk Pack) Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze Squeeze packs are hot right now. But while most taste like a smoothie gone awry, this one blends fruit and oats into a satisfying treat. It didn’t freeze during a winter camping trip at 12,000 feet, though 100 calories per pack meant we had to eat four at a time.  Price $2.50 (Ally's Bar) Ally’s Bar  Made from sweet potatoes and dates, Ally’s Bars provide both immediate juice and a long-lasting IV

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The Best Winter Hikers of 2016

This year, boots get lighter, stronger, warmer, and more versatile. The following kicks are ready for everything from a fast-and-light summit bid to hitting the streets of Aspen at night. (Hoka) Hoka Tor Ultra Hi WP Best For: Moving Fast The rockered Tor Ultra looks like a midcut waterproof hiker but feels like a running shoe with ankle support. Hoka balanced the plush cushioning with a deep, stable heel pocket. The leather and nylon-mesh upper isn’t insulated, but the boot’s waterproof eVent liner did a good job keeping out snow.  Price $230

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The Indoor Training Essentials of 2016

Enter the pain cave with the right gear, and the subsequent sufferfest can actually be fun. We promise. Here's what you need to get through the winter in shape and ready to crush come spring race season. (Bkool) Bkool Smart Pro trainer The cyclist’s answer to the Wii, the Bkool lets you ride more than 500,000 routes, in video view or with computer-generated 3-D graphics, while your home computer adjusts the resistance to match the visuals. The $15 monthly subscription includes a virtual competition option for real-time racing against up to 100 other Bkool users worldwide.  Price $700

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The Home Gym Essentials of 2016

Train your way through the dark months with these nine pain-cave essentials.  (Outdoor Voices) Outdoor Voices Runningman sweatpants The spandex blend and sharp tailoring make the Runningman perfect for yoga, the climbing gym, or brunch.  Price $100 (STI) STI RumbleRoller foam roller The RumbleRoller looks like a medieval torture device, and it’s indeed about as aggressive as foam rollers come. Use it to improve blood flow on recovery days.  Price $70 (Beastmaker) Beastmaker 1000 Series hang board A hang board is the perfect tool to get world-destroying

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The Best Women’s Winter Workout Gear of 2016

Sure, we want workout wear that moves and breathes well. But it should also look good, feel even better, and transition smoothly from the gym to the office. The following nine pieces check all those boxes.   (The North Face) The North Face Dyvinity jacket  Finding the perfect winter training layer is tough: too heavy and you’ll overheat, too light and you’ll freeze. The Dyvinity nails the middle ground. Soft-shell material in the body and hood blocks wind, while knit fabric in the sleeves and along the sides allows for mobility.  Price $160

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The Best Women's Running Shoes of 2016

The verdict is in: We don't care about the minimalist craze. Or the maximalist craze. Companies are wising up and the result is more good shoes, with just the right amount of cushioning, to pick from than ever before. Here are six of our favorites. (Saucony) Saucony Nomad TR  Trail The standout feature of this flexible road-trail hybrid is the array of low, coffin-shaped lugs on the outsole, which roll smoothly on pavement or packed earth. Supple and smooth, the Nomad felt most at home on drier surfaces but was secure in most conditions despite the roomy last. 8.1

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