Sitka Mountain Pants 

Made from stretch polyester with a DWR treatment, these pants shrug off rain and brush. The cargo pockets swallow essentials, and the removable foam knee pads make crouching almost comfortable. 

Price $189 

Buy Now


Maven B.2 Binoculars 

With its direct-to-consumer strategy, Maven sells exceptional optics at a fraction of the price of its competitors. Choose from three magnifications and customize the colors of lens rings and other pieces. 

Price $1,000 

Buy Now 


Icebreaker Tech Lite Long Sleeve Crewe Real Tree Shirt 

This lightweight merino top repelled body odors even after wearing it for a week straight in the backcountry. 

Price $100 

Buy Now


Smith Frontman Elite Sunglasses 

Not only do these shades provide crisp optics and UV protection, but they’re also shatterproof, in case your rifle misfires.

Price $119 

Buy Now 


Leatherman Charge Tti Multitool​

This is no boring ­cycling multitool. A saw, a wood file, multiple blades, full-size pliers, and a bit driver—to tweak your bike—all fit inside this small package.

Price $170 

Buy Now


Leica Rangemaster 1600-B range finder

Don’t guess the distance to your quarry. The cigarette-pack–size 1600-B judges up to 1,600 yards and provides data on slope angle and temperature. 

Price $799 

Buy Now


Garmin eTrex Touch 35t 

Two features make this the ultimate adventure GPS: the display is big, bright, and easy to use, and it takes AA batteries, so you can pop in new ones if the power runs dry.

Price $350 

Buy Now


Kuiu Icon Pro 3200 Pack

With its molded-carbon skeleton, the Icon Pro is a lightweight powerhouse. We liked the modular suspension, which sandwiches cargo between the body and frame.

Price $425 


Cogburn Cb4 Bike

A fat bike, with its monster-truck capabilities, is the natural choice for hunting. Enter the Cogburn, with its camo finish. The Gear Carrier ($129) and rack are essential add-ons for safely carrying a bow (like the Bowtech Experience, shown).

Price $1,999 

Buy Now 


Bontrager Jackalope TLR Wheels 

These tubeless-ready hoops knocked three pounds off the bike weight and let us run low tire pressures without risking a flat.

Price $1,000 

Buy Now


The Best Road Bikes of 2016

We’re witnessing a sea change in what road bikes look like and how they perform. Manufacturers are realizing that consumers don’t need the lightest, most aggressive designs used by professional riders, and they’re turning out machines that are more versatile and user-friendly. While the racing world has resisted disc brakes, for instance, bike companies are keen on their advantages and are pushing to make them standard. Modern geometries lean toward stability, and smarter tube shapes continue to boost comfort. Tires and rims are getting wider, improving traction and ride quality. And as the gravel market grows—with bikes like our Gear

Read More

The Best Bike Apparel of 2016

A cadre of upstart brands is shaking up cycling clothing. Thank God.  (DannyShane) DannyShane Red Tornado Plaid  Cut from 50 percent bamboo-blend fabric, this dapper soft top has a network of airy channels that spirited away moisture and kept us cool in the Arizona heat. Price $139 Buy Now (Sombrio) Sombrio Grappler  We broke out the Grappler on big days in the mountains when we’d be encountering variable temperatures. The performance mesh-poly fabric kept us cool in the foothills, while the sleeves provided warmth when the storms rolled in up high.  Price $70 Buy Now  (Twin Six) Twin Six

Read More

The Best Mountain Bikes of 2016

Plus-size is fast becoming the new normal in mountain bikes. One year ago, you had only a few niche options in this category, loosely defined as including anything with 2.8-to-3-inch tires. At this year’s test we evaluated eight of the rigs, including our Gear of the Year winner, and another dozen are coming to market this season. These mid-fat machines add grip and confidence without the heft of a full fat bike, making them ideal for loose, sandy trails and super ­capable on bigger-hit riding. While the development is still in its infancy, with manufacturers debating rim widths and rubber

Read More

The Best Bike Accessories of 2016

Build your kit with the right stuff for road and trail. DAILY ROAD (Specialized) Specialized Airnet MIPS Helmet  The Airnet’s sleek, retro looks pay homage to old-school racing lids, but the MIPS technology, designed to reduce rotational force in a crash, is all new. It’s the only helmet you need.  Price $170 Buy Now (Niterider) NiteRider Sentinel 40 Taillight  Do yourself a favor and ride with a taillight. Always. The tough, USB-chargeable Sentinel 40 projects a thin beam on either side of your bike, creating a visible safety lane that moves with you.  Price $50 Buy Now (Shimano) Shimano RP5 Shoes  An understated,

Read More

The Best Starter Bikes of 2016

The biggest beneficiaries of the great evolution in bike tech? Lower-cost rides. (Cannondale) Cannondale CAAD8 105 5  Best For: Aspiring Racers  Anyone who thinks aluminum is stiff and heavy hasn’t ridden the CAAD8. Cannondale used lightweight tubing to build a bike that’s nearly identical to its older brother, the CAAD12, but for $270 less and at a mere two-pound weight penalty. In a blind test, most people wouldn’t notice a performance difference between the Shimano 105 drivetrain included here and top-shelf Dura Ace, and though the wheels are mediocre, they’re easy to upgrade. On the road, the CAAD8 feels snappy

Read More

The Best Women’s Bikes of 2016

We tested 25 women’s bikes in the Arizona desert. These were our four favorites. (Felt) Felt ZW2  Best For: Blasting on a Budget  The first thing we noticed about the ZW2? The murdered-out matte paint job and red highlights. This carbon roadie is as fast as it looks, with fairly aggressive geometry and stiff Fulcrum Racing 5 LG wheels that flew along smooth pavement and leaped up steep grades. The Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting is top-notch, making the ZW2 a good value at under five grand. “Gorgeous, poised, stable, with e-shifting? At this price?” said one tester. The ride

Read More

The Best Women's Bike Accessories of 2016

We combed through hordes of gear to put together the best kit for road and mountain biking. (Giro) Giro Chrono Pro Shorts  A good chamois could be the single most important item in your gear closet. This is about the plushest we’ve found, with a wide waist, leg bands that stay in place, and silky Lycra.    Price $150 Buy Now (Specialized) Specialized S-Works Evade Helmet  The secret to speed isn’t shedding weight—it’s getting aero. The Evade will save you 46 seconds over 24 miles compared with a standard helmet, says Specialized. We couldn’t verify the claim, but we sure

Read More

The Bike Commute Essentials of 2016

You can do better than jeans and a T-shirt. (Ibex) Ibex Shralp Jersey Ibex calls this a jersey, and while it does have some nice tech details—including odor- and moisture-resistant wool fabric, a drop hem, and reflective hits on the back—the wrinkle-free, plaid button-up hangs just as well at the office as it does in the saddle.   Price $150 Buy Now (Du:er) Du:er Slim Utility Rinse Jeans  These trim-fit jeans are excellent on the bike, thanks to the proprietary, slightly stretchy, bomber denim and hidden gusseted crotch. We found ourselves wearing them almost full-time since they don’t show their

Read More