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Keen Howser III Boot (Women's)

$100 $80 20% off

Made from water-resistant nylon and stuffed with a few grams of synthetic insulation, the Howser III is perfect for frosty morning walks to the coffee shop or long winter nights in the cabin. A non-marking rubber sole won't mess up your floors if you decide to wear it indoors.

Saucony Azura 1988 Shoe (Men's)

$85 from Huckberry

During the running boom of the '80s, the Azura was one of most sought-after running shoes of the time. Updated for 2019, the shoe now focuses on comfort and stability with a padded tongue and collar, a shock-absorbing EVA midsole, and a durable rubber traction outsole, which provides good grip in various conditions.


Brooks Greenlight Headband


If it’s truly cold during your night run, you’ll need a layer to keep your ears warm. The Greenlight is a mix of polyester and spandex that wicks moisture, dries fast, and has reflective hits on the front and back for added visibility.


FlipBelt Reflective Band


The FlipBelt is designed to enable you to carry your phone and keys on a run without any bouncing or chafing. This version adds a neon green reflective stripe to the mix to boost your visibility. It’s stretchy, moisture wicking, and has room to fit a small water bottle.


Safety Skin

$19 from Amazon

Add a bit of reflectivity to any part of your exposed skin with this wax-based spread, which rolls on like deodorant but glows like a club kid at a rave. It’s made from seven natural ingredients, and you can even apply it to your clothing if you’re running in cold weather and don’t have a lot of exposed skin.


Nathan Strobe Light

$18 from REI

These tiny but bright LED strobe lights are better than reflective bands. Clip them to your shirt or shorts and choose from blinking or steady-stream mode to stay visible. They also have an IPX3 water-resistant rating, so you don’t have to worry about rain or heavy sweat.


Jogalite Leg Band

$7 from REI

Strap this 1.5-inch-wide band around your ankle for an easy bit of reflectivity that’s more likely to catch a driver’s eye, thanks to the movement of your legs. The hook and loop closure is simple to use, and you can adjust it to be worn on a bare ankle or over your pants or tights.


Amphipod Xinglet

$30 from REI

Instead of a full vest, the Xinglet gives you neon green shoulder and waist straps for reflective stripes all over your torso that can be seen from 360 degrees. The system clips easily to your body and is made from stretchy nylon for a secure, customizable fit.

Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear

$20 $12 40% off

It seems like every week one of our writers praises the performance qualities of the Buff. Made from soft polyester microfiber, you can use it as a neck warmer, twist the ends together to make a hat, or even wear it as a bandana.


Thule Legend Advanced Case


Regardless of the action camera you own, it comes with accessories. Between cords, batteries, and micro SD cards, there’s a lot to keep track of. Organize it all with the Legend, a crushproof case that holds up to two GoPros and countless extras in padded foam cutaways. There’s even a lid pocket to store all of the little things that typically get lost during a shoot.


GoPro Handler Hand Grip

$30 from REI

Get your finger out of the shot with this small extender handle, which is especially handy on water-based adventures. The bottom of the grip has a flotation device that will keep your camera from sinking to the bottom of the ocean when you get smacked by a rogue wave.


Joby GorillaPod 500 Action Tripod


Joby’s flexible joints allow you to secure this tripod to a tree, fence post, car bumper—almost anything you can think of. Fix the camera and use a remote trigger (or app on your phone or watch) so you can be the director and talent in the same shot. You can also use it as a selfie stick, if you’re into that.


GoPro Handlebar/Seatpost/Pole Mount

$30 from REI

Easily the most versatile mount you can buy, this accessory turns your ski pole into a selfie stick for powder-heavy face shots. It also fits multiple positions on your bike: stick it on your bars for head-first action, or turn it backward on your seat post to capture a friend ripping behind you. The base rotates 360 degrees and features multiple secure positions for the perfect angle.


Lume Cube Lighting Kit

$190 from Amazon

Action cameras don’t have flashes. You can try to rig a headlamp on a tree to get your video in the dark, or you can use this duo of LED lights, which sandwich your action camera via a mounting bar, throwing 3,000 lumens on your subject. They’re just as durable as your camera and waterproof up to 100 feet. And each cube has a wide beam to account for your action camera’s wide-angle view.


Peak Design Capture Clip

$70 from REI

The Capture clip was originally designed to allow you to tote a large camera on your backpack strap or belt for hands-free carrying. Add the POV kit and you can use the Capture clip to mount your GoPro to your backpack strap, giving you the same easy access as the chesty mount without having to wear an extra harness.

Hestra Army Leather Couloir Gloves

$150 $113 from Huckberry 24% off

Hestra has been making gloves since 1936 and they know what they’re doing— every single pair of their gloves are made in their own factories and they personally source all materials. The Army Leather Couloir is a classic sport glove that combines leather and a high tech polyester lining to keep your hands warm during cold, damp days.

Give'r 4-Season Gloves

$114 $100 from Huckberry 12% off

These gloves raised nearly $225,000 when they debuted on Kickstarter in 2016. Gear editor Jakob Schiller is a big fan writing, "with a waxed and baked leather outer, waterproof-breathable membrane, and Thinsulate insulation, they're great for frigid resort ski days while being breathable enough for long backcountry missions."

Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket (Men's)

$169 $118 from Huckberry 30% off

The shirt jacket is an essential layer for anyone living in colder climates. Built from the same cut as Patagonia's iconic Fjord flannel, this shacket ramps up the warmth level thanks to a thin layer of polyester on the inside. Of course, on the outside, it still looks like your favorite flannel.

SeaVees Indoor/Outdoor Slipper Shoe

$72 $58 from Huckberry 19% off

The cozy wool upper on these slippers pair beautifully with a rubber outsole for ultimate convenience when hanging out indoors or running out for a quick coffee. They can be worn with or without socks and if you choose to do the later you won't have to worry about stink thanks to the odor-resistant nature of the wool.

Stanley Classic Vacuum Growler (64-Ounce)

$55 $35 from Huckberry 36% off

Don't venture into the woods without your favorite frosty beverage stored inside this mega-insulated 64-ounce growler. The wide mouth and one-hand handle design allow you to pour a pint easily without making a mess. The growler is made from vacuum-sealed stainless steel to insulate cold drinks for 16 hours and hot for 12 hours.

Proof Nova Series Insulated Jacket (Men's)

$198 $134 from Huckberry 32% off

Designed to move with you through the elements in fall and then transition into a trusty midlayer for winter, the Nova Jacket is stuffed with Primaloft Gold insulation and has a stylish, modern cut that's flattering without being restricting.

Proof Field Jacket

$175 from Huckberry

The design of this jacket is based on the iconic M65 field jacket issued to American troops, but Proof has borrowed smart modern materials for their updated version. We particularly love the outer fabric, which maintains that matte green finish but comes coated with DWR and has four-way stretch for unrestricted movement. Inside, the jacket is packed with 80 grams of cozy synthetic insulation.


BioLite Wood Burning CookStove

$80 $49 from Amazon 38% off

Biolite's Cookstove has an integrated battery, which powers a fan for efficient cooking. Plus, four fan speeds control flame size, enabling you to boil water fast or just simmer.

Hydro Flask Unbound Soft Cooler Tote

$275 $206 25% off

After testing this new Hydro Flask product, our Gear Guy said that it became his favorite cooler-pack hybrid, mostly because of how comfortable and easy to carry it is. Credit the padded shoulder straps and sleek design.

Scarpa Gea Alpine Touring Ski Boots (Women's)

$695 $556 from REI 20% off

Go fast and light up the mountain and enjoy the comfort of the Gea's on your way down. Each boot weighs just over two-pounds and the front tongue is designed to open up wide for easy entry. Plus the integrated ski/walk mechanism makes it easy to go from climbing to descending.

Teva Wilder Shoe

$120 $103 from Huckberry 14% off

The best part about the Wilder is that while it excels at being wet, it feels just as comfortable on land. It features a mesh and neoprene upper on a grippy, lugged outsole. That upper is reinforced for support with a heel cup in the back and rubber vamps toward the front. Dual climbing shoe-inspired tabs make getting in easy, and a speed lace system locks the foot into place.

CRKT Bear Claw E.R. Fixed Blade Knife

$31 $24 from Amazon 22% off

A rugged lifestyle demands a rugged knife. The Bear Claw's 2.37-inch blade is full-tang and made from high-quality stainless steel. It weighs just 3.4-ounces and comes with an injection-molded nylon sheath for easy storage and quick access.

Zippo Refillable Hand Warmer

$22 $12 from Amazon 45% off

Keep your digits extra warm this winter with a refillable hand warmer from Zippo. Fill the interior chamber with lighter fluid, light the flame, close the lid, slip it in your pocket, and enjoy heat for up to 12 hours. When the heat runs out, repeat the process for endless warmth all winter long.

TRX Strong System

$150 $110 from Huckberry 26% off

No need to lug weights to get in your strength workout. The lightweight Strong System makes it easy to get stronger right at home or when travelling. Bonus: It comes with a door mount and carry bag.

Morakniv Eldris Knife

$36 $28 from Huckberry 22% off

Gear editor Emily Reed loves the Eldris, which is a staple of her camping box. She finds the oversize handle and fixed blade effective for whittling and chopping kindling. Plus, the affordable price means it's not a devastating loss if she accidentally forgets the knife at a campsite. Read her full review here.

Scarpa Maestrale RS Ski Boot (Men's)

$795 $636 from REI 20% off

One of the most popular AT boots of the year, the Maestrale RS is built on a wide, 101mm last for super comfort on the ascent. The shell is made from Grilamid, a lightweight plastic that's reinforced with carbon fiber for increased rigidity without extra weight. The entire cuff is vented to let body heat escape and is backed by a waterproof, breathable membrane so snow doesn't work its way in.

Flylow Sinclair Insulated Flannel (Men's)

$130 $91 from REI 30% off

This is our favorite mid­winter morning top. It's stuffed with just enough synthetic fill to keep you warm while brushing off the car and driving to the mountain and an extra layer of fabric across the shoulder and on the forearms will tame sharp ski edges.

MSR Lightening Ascent Snowshoes

$300 $225 from REI 25% off

On top of the traditional crampon-style claws underfoot, MSR serrated the edges of the Lightning Ascent. It looks like a snow saw—and bites like one, too. The extra spikes provide stellar all-over grip and lateral stability on steep, icy traverses.

Patagonia Snowshot 3-in-1 Jacket (Men's)

$399 $279 from REI 30% off

When it was first released in 2010, we called the Snowshot “one of the least expensive jackets in our test but also a tester favorite.” The three-in-one design lets you wear a waterproof shell or insulated liner—or both together for really cold weather.

Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket (Women’s)

$299 $224 from Amazon 25% off

At long last, the holy grail of waterproof jackets. The Interstellar blew our crew away with an uncanny mix of weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch. “It feels softer than a soft shell but as waterproof as any hard shell I’ve used,” said one tester. “Not to mention that it’s the most breathable rain shell imaginable.”

Black Diamond First Light Hooded Jacket (Women's)

$249 $187 from Backcountry 24% off

The stretchy face fabric adds durability and breathability and a DWR treatment repels water, dirt, and oil. The PrimaLoft Silver synthetic insulation provides consistent warmth, even through the start and stop cycle of alpine climbing and backcountry skiing. When the snow begins to fall, pull the adjustable hood over your helmet for extra weather protection.

Black Diamond Traverse Ski Poles

$80 $60 from REI 25% off

The Traverse is an all-aluminum touring pole that's durable enough for any day of backcountry skiing. Black Diamond's FlickLock system makes adjustability easy and the ergonomically shaped grip and rubber grip extension feel natural when choking up while sidehilling on the skin track.

REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket (Men's)

$118 $83 from REI 29% off

Quality insulation doesn’t have to be expensive. Case in point: the REI Co-op 650 Down jacket. It weighs just 10.5 ounces and packs into its own pocket when you don’t need it. It’s a perfect midlayer for colder winter pursuits, thanks to the 650-fill down insulation, and it’s lightweight enough to be a good stand-alone piece in milder weather.

Kammok 2018 Roo Double Hammock

$100 $40 60% off

The Roo Double camping hammock is optimized for adventure. It is durable, tear resistant, comfortable, and strong enough for two campers—or a baby elephant. Your pick. Diamond ripstop nylon adds reinforcement to protect against tearing and ripping and results in 500-pound weight capacity.

Black Diamond Recon BT Beacon

$340 $306 from Backcountry 10% off

The Recon BT is a user-friendly avalanche beacon with all the features you need for a quick, efficient search. Its three antenna design reduces signal spikes, which drastically improves accuracy during a search when compared to more traditional two antenna beacons, and the 60-meter circular range allows you to pick up the victim's signal from farther away.

Black Diamond First Light Hooded Jacket (Men's)

$249 $199 from Backcountry 20% off

The stretchy face fabric adds durability and breathability and a DWR treatment repels water, dirt, and oil. The PrimaLoft Silver synthetic insulation provides consistent warmth, even through the start and stop cycle of alpine climbing and backcountry skiing. When the snow begins to fall, pull the adjustable hood over your helmet for extra weather protection.

Marmot Starfire Jacket (Women’s)

$300 $165 from Backcountry 44% off

This three-layer jacket a worthy accomplice for fast-moving alpine missions in notoriously fickle conditions and versatile enough for everything from grueling hikes to long-duration travel. Water-resistant underarm zips quickly expel excess heat when you're working up a sweat on fast-moving ascents.

Coal The Pinnacle Hat

$40 $34 from Backcountry 15% off

This hat is fully insulated, with fold-down earflaps and a Velcro chin strap. The brushed-microfiber outer fabric offers UPF 40 sun protection.

MPowerd Luci Color Lantern

$25 $17 from REI 32% off

With ten LEDs that produce 50 lumens, this lantern has a frosted plastic body that casts prettier light than most fixtures at five-star resorts. It has three settings (low, medium, and high), a separate button to check the remaining power, and a strap for carrying and hanging.

Kelty Discovery Cot

$100 from REI

For general car camping, cots can make a big difference in your quality of sleep. The Discovery boosts sleepers over two feet off the ground and has a maximum capacity of 300 pounds thanks to the aluminum and steel frame and 600-denier ripstop polyester fabric. It folds up for convenient storage and travel in the included roll-tote bag.


Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles

$80 $72 from Moosejaw 10% off

Trekking poles help keep you stable on sketchy sections of trail, and when you’re wearing a heavy pack they can transfer some of the load to your arms, relieving your back and shoulders. The Trail Backs have low-profile trekking baskets, non-slip EVA foam grips, and nylon webbing straps with woven lining for increased comfort.


Hydro Flask Coffee Flask (16-Ounce)

$25 $19 24% off

The Coffee Flask keeps beverages cold for 16 hours, so you’ll never sip on lukewarm coffee again. The smartly designed flip lid essentially eliminates any spills. Note: the sale price will only appear once the product has been added to your cart.

The James Brand The Ellis Knife

$99 from Huckberry

Multi-tools are great for some but for most, carrying 20-plus tools around can be overkill. The Ellis is the perfect solution for those we want a streamlined everyday carry knife, that can do a little more than just cut. It features a 2.6-inch stainless steel blade, plus a flat head screwdriver, scraper, and bottle opener. It's everything you need and nothing you don't.

Sherpa Adventure Gear Gurkhali Pants (Men's)

$180 $135 from REI 25% off

The Gurkhali's are one of gear editor Will Egensteiner's favorite pants. They're made with a blend of Dyneema, cotton, and Lycra, so they provide range of motion and durability. For those reasons, they're a great fit for the office and the trail. “Pretty soon I’ll have no reason to change out of them,” Will writes.

Smith Lowdown Slim Sunglasses

$189 $132 from REI 30% off

The Lowdown Slims are gear editor Ariella Gintzler's go-to shades. “A smaller, skinnier version of Smith’s classic Lowdown frame, the Lowdown Slim has the same sporty yet stylish androgynous shape that fits in equally well on a snowfield, singletrack, or sidewalk,” she writes.

180s Down Ear Warmers

$30 $20 from Amazon 33% off

Don't knock them until you try them. Made from down insulation and a DWR-coated nylon shell, the behind-the-head design helps the 180's fit comfortably over your ears and can be worn with other headwear and head protection.

REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack

$55 $38 from REI 30% off

REI’s Flash series of packs takes a minimalist approach. The 22-liter version maintains Flash simplicity while incorporating smart features like external stash pockets big enough for bottles, a bladder sleeve and port, and external tool loops in case you’re bringing trekking poles. The Flash 22 was featured in our roundup of the daypacks we use most.

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles (Women's)

$100 $90 10% off

No frills but packed full of dependability—the Trail trekking poles offer easy-to-use FlickLock adjustment points that promise no slipping while you're hiking. The poles extend from 23 inches to 49 inches and pack easily into suitcases or on the exterior of backpacks.

Evergoods CTB 40 Travel Backpack

$289 from Huckberry

All-in-one travel backpacks have become ubiquitous in recent years, but we like the CTB 40 because it skews more stylish than outdoorsy. The sleek exterior is completely devoid of branding and the 40-liter interior doesn't look totally out of place in urban environments. But the four interior pockets and two large straps are just as capable of holding climbing gear as they are dress shirts.

Vasque Trailbender Running Shoe (Men's)

$130 $65 from REI 50% off

One of the top shoes from our 2017 Summer Buyer's Guide, the Trailbender is "a thick, cruisey softy, best for meandering epics over hill and dale. Though it offered a somewhat clunky ride overall, we were pleasantly surprised by how well this shoe bombed full-speed down deeply rutted trails—not a fun prospect in most high-stack maximalist shoes."


Columbia Montrail Enduro Insole

$40 from Moosejaw

The Montrail Enduro is customizable, thanks to a thermo-moldable top layer and thermoplastic shank, which contour to the shape of your foot over time. It has six millimeters of extra cushioning, an impact plate on the bottom, and a top layer designed to wick moisture away from your foot.


Sole Performance Insole

$50 $46.99 6% off

Sole is known for its heat-moldable footbeds, but for the Performance, the company collaborated with pro skier Chris Davenport to create a slim insert that provides support without added cushion. It has Polygiene odor-control technology in a moisture-wicking top sheet and a 100 percent recycled-cork base. The footbed promotes natural foot alignment and equalizes pressure through the running shoes.


Spenco Comfort Insole

$13 from Amazon

There isn’t any crazy technology in these insoles. But they fit in just about any pair of shoes and offer an extra layer of cushion and slightly more support than standard insoles. We wouldn’t recommend them for serious runners, but they’re a solid budget-friendly option if you’re looking for a little extra shock absorption in your daily kicks.


Sof Sole Insole

$20 from REI

The Sof Soles have motion-control heel cups for stability and a bridge that provides support to your arches, but the key to these insoles are the gel pads in the heels, which provide relief from plantar fasciitis. They’re ideal for running and hiking, or just slip them into your work shoes for extra comfort throughout the day.


CurrexSole RunPro Insole

$50 from Amazon

This insole works for minimalist or cushioned running shoes, adding dynamic arch support that maintains 100 percent contact with the bottom of your foot. It’s a zero-drop insert with a deep heel cup for added support and a heel pad for shock absorption. You can choose the depth of arch support (low, medium, or high) as well.


Superfeet Green Insole

$50 from REI

The Green has become the industry-standard insole for athletes. It features a deep heel cup, a high-density foam layer, and a stabilizer cap through the heel and midfoot for a blanket of comfort and support that enhances running and hiking shoes for people who don’t need corrective shoes. There’s also an organic coating that stifles bacterial growth and cuts down on odor.

Backcountry x Nalgene Wide Mouth Tritan Bottle

$11 $8 from Backcountry 27% off

The Wide Mouth was selected by our readers—and by our editors—as one of their favorite water bottles. The Nalgene's tough, BPA-free plastic can take a beating; we've slung ours around at crags, banged them against rocks, and generally abused them for years. Yet they still work just as intended—no leaks and only a few scratches, for character.

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack

$140 $100 from Huckberry 28% off

The 21-liter Urban Assault bag is inspired by military assault rucksacks and is the epitome of clean, functional design. A unique three-zip closure on the front allows you to easily see the contents of your bag without having to dump it out. The face fabric is a super durable 500-denier Cordura, which you'll be hard-pressed to tear.

Mystery Ranch 3-Way Briefcase

$150 from Huckberry

This bag can be carried like a traditional briefcase, shoulder bag, or backpack and is made from tough 500-denier Cordura fabric to resist abrasions. The internal laptop sleeve is padded and fits computers up to 15-inches and three additional pockets help organize documents and power cords.

Mystery Ranch Mission Rover 43-liter Travel Backpack

$185 from Huckberry

This suitcase-style backpack is perfect for keeping everything organized and separated while traveling. The internal padded laptop sleeve keeps devices up to 15-inch safe and a small pocket on the front fits documents, your phone, or a notebook. You can carry the Mission three ways: suitcase, shoulder, or backpack style.

Saxx Vibe Boxers (Men's)

$33 $21 from REI 36% off

The Vibe boxers have changed the way many men wear boxers, thanks to their BallPark pouch. Soft viscose fabric, supportive construction, and fun patterns are just a few of the reasons Saxx is the unofficial underwear of Outside’s male employees. 

Light and Motion Vibe Bike Light

$40 $32 from REI 20% off

The Vibe was featured on a list of the best affordable bike lights, where our tester appreciated “a sensor, which turns the light on when there’s motion and turns the light off when the bike is parked so you never waste your battery by forgetting to hit the off button.”

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Yakima SlimShady Awning Shelter

$279 $181 from REI 35% off

The SlimShady made it into our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide because it attaches to any roof rack and covers 42 square feet—plenty of shelter whether you’re escaping the brutal sun or waiting out a downpour.

Garmin Fenix 5 Performer Bundle

$570 $427 from REI 25% off

Hold on to your fitness goal harder than ever before with this data-driven bundle from Garmin. It combines a multisport GPS heart rate monitor watch with an HRM-Tri heart rate chest strap to deliver top-notch results after every workout. The watch is great for everyday use too—smart notifications hit the device as soon as you get a text or call to your smartphone.

La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes (Women's)

$120 $70 from REI 41% off

These are some of Outside editor Jakob Schiller's favorite pair of approach shoes. "I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight through my first couple of photojournalism jobs because the thick all-leather build and highly cushioned soles put up with everything I faced daily—from muddy rodeo fields to long, boring press conferences where I stood still for hours on end."

Rumpl Fleece Puffy Throw Blanket

$120 $90 from REI 25% off

Rumpl is the Cadillac of adventure blankets, so it’s no wonder it’s one of pro skier Amie Engerbretson’s go-to travel essentials. This version has a silky-smooth moleskin fleece on one side.

Osprey Duro Handheld Water Bottle

$30 $15 from REI 50% off

Go a little faster and a little lighter with the Duro handheld water bottle. It holds 8.5-ounces of your favorite hydration and has a small zippered pocket for small essentials like cash and your driver's license.

Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boots (Women's)

$130 $70 from REI 46% off

These Chelsea boots look good and perform well, too. Made from a waterproof leather upper with a canvas lining, the boots slip on and off easily. The rubber outsoles have a slight heel and are made to be grippy on rocks and light snow.

Thule Chariot Lite 2 Multisport Trailer

$850 $552 35% off

Go for a run with your little ones (the Chariot fits up to two kids up to 100 pounds) and pack it up small to store easily in your trunk or garage afterward. With different attachments, this stroller can be used for fours activities: biking, jogging, strolling, and skiing.

Granite Gear Crown VC 60 Pack

$200 $150 from REI 25% off

The Crown2 has all the bells and whistles you need, like compression straps, a ventilated back panel, and stretch pockets on the shoulder straps hold cell phone or earbuds, but still weighs barely over two pounds. Going on a shorter trip? The roll-top closure accommodates varied load volumes making it just as easy to use this pack for an overnight as it is for a week-long adventure.

Deuter Rise 34+ Pack

$170 $126 from REI 25% off

Pack right and a 34-liter rucksack is an ideal weekender. But snow camping? That’s where the “+” comes in. With all your avy gear in a dedicated pocket, goggles and other essentials stashed in the brain, and skins in the zippered side sleeves, the Rise Tour’s cavernous main compartment is left open for a whole lotta love.

Smith Colette ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses (Women's)

$169 $118 from REI 30% off

Protect your eyes with these polarized sunglasses for women. The lenses reduce 99 percent of visible glare from water, snow, sand, and even pavement for better visual accuracy and decreased eye strain. An anti-reflective and hydrophobic coating help them resist reflections and water.

Smartwool Parmalee Reversible Skirt (Women's)

$110 $55 from REI 50% off

You don't have to pack up your skirts just because the weather is getting colder. The Parmalee is filled with 60 grams of recycled wool insulation to keep you warm. Stretchy, knit panels allow you to run to catch the subway in a pinch and the DWR coating gives you light protection against moisture.

Patagonia Refugio Pack

$50 $44 from REI 12% off

A perennial part of our back-to-school gift guide, the 28-liter Refugio is the perfect size for carrying daily cargo like lunch and gym clothes, and it even makes a decent day-hiking pack. 

REI Co-op Roadtripper 100-liter Duffel

$60 $30 from REI 50% off

This budget-friendly duffel is ready to haul 100 liters of your gear. When not in use, the duffel packs into its own pocket that is about the size of a Nalgene. Perfect for overseas travel, this bag is there when you need it and gone when you don't.

Five Ten Guide Tennie Approach Shoes (Women's)

$120 $70 from REI 41% off

With Spidey-like Stealth C4 rubber soles, these Guide Tennies excel as approach shoes. They also work for every day because of their clean, not-overdone aesthetics, cushy compression-molded EVA soles, and simple but fun colors. They’re not our first choice for longer hikes, but they’re perfect for overland camping trips where you’re driving for hours and then and scrambling over rocks.

Meridian Line Wood Prints Poster


Climber and artist Jer Collins creates art inspired by his favorite landscapes. The pieces are whimsical and hyperreal, resulting in many with an almost topographical vibe. We like his series of wood prints, which range from the sort of action silhouette seen here, to actual maps of destinations.

Hunter Original Tall Wellington Rain Boots (Women's)

$150 $90 from REI 40% off

An instant classic, these rain boots have waterproof, vulcanized rubber uppers that are flexible so you can walk in them comfortably. Buckles at the top of the boot allow you to tighten them down when the weather turns for extra protection and a nylon lining helps wick away foot sweat.

Icebreaker Tech Lite Crewe Camper Lift Shirt (Men's)

$100 $75 from REI 25% off

New Zealand-based Icebreaker has sourced the merino directly from growers since 1997 and in 2000 they were the first outfitter to launch a full line of merino performance wear. The Tech Lite Crewe for men is great for hiking or everyday wear thanks to the properties of wool—wicking, breathable, and odor-resistant.

Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Gloves (Men's)

$60 $42 from REI 30% off

Keep hands happy and dry with these gloves made from a waterproof Gore-tex lining and tech-compatible, nonslip synthetic palms. The brushed tricot lining adds warmth and wicks moisture when your hands get a little warm after hours on the hill.

Nike Challenger 2-in-1 Running Shorts (Men's)

$45 $31 from REI 31% off

Pick up your pace in these all-in-one running and compression shorts. The side vents work to eliminate moisture build up but in case it does, a DryFit lining wicks it away quickly. The small front pocket gives you storage for small items like cash or earphones.

Outdoor Research Retro Crocodile Gaiters

$85 $59 from REI 30% off

Made with a waterproof nylon outer and a Gore-Tex lining, these gaiters feature a fitted design and a front tab, which latches to your boot laces to keep it secure. The retro styling ensures you stand out amoung the crowd.

REI Co-op Roadtripper Medium Print Pod

$20 $8 from REI 60% off

The medium size of this pod will hold up to six liters of small products—like toiletries or cords. The wide zip opening makes it easy to see what you packed and what you didn't and the fun, bright orange print won't get lost in your luggage.


Manfrotto Pixi Tripod

$17 from Amazon

Much like the GoPro Shorty, the Pixi works as a handheld grip or a traditional tripod, depending on how you configure it. But this one is built for small DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras, and it has a ball-head design that allows you to microadjust the camera angle.


GoPro Shorty Tripod

$40 from Backcountry

This looks like a little selfie stick, but it’s actually a lightweight (2.25-ounce) tripod built specifically for the GoPro. As an extension rod, it’ll help you nail hard-to-get angles (and make sure your thumb is out of the frame). Convert it into a tripod and you can stabilize the frame or get group shots.


Square Jellyfish Metal Spring Tripod

$17 from Amazon

Stability is the key to the Square Jellyfish, which can hold an oversize iPhone 7+ steady in horizontal or vertical position. The key is the metal frame, which gives the infrastructure that wraps around the smartphone more of a backbone.


MeFoto RoadTrip Air Tripod Kit

$85 from Amazon

The RoadTrip Air folds down to just 11 inches long, so you can squeeze it into a backpack, but then it extends to 61 inches, so you get a relatively tall stand for an economical price. It’s built from aluminum (instead of the more expensive carbon), and it can hold a DSLR or a smartphone.


3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

$199 from Amazon

The Corey is a budget-friendly option with a ton of features, like microadjustments on the legs and head, which let you get the steady shot and angle you need. We dig the interchangeable feet—they give you security on a variety of terrain. It's big (it weighs over three pounds and is almost 14 inches long when folded), but it extends to a 58 inches tall and can support cameras of up to 30 pounds.


Joby GorillaPod 1K Tripod

$50 from REI

Joby revolutionized tripods with the GorillaPod, which has legs that adjust to uneven surfaces and can wrap around all kinds of objects. The 1K is small, with a ball-head attachment that works with cameras of up to 2.2 pounds. If you want something beefier, go for the 5K.

Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel

$58 $43 from REI 25% off

Featured in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, this yoga towel feels like a soft terry blanket. Don't let the coziness fool you, though. This puppy is all about yoga performance, with silicone dots on the bottom to grip slick studio floors and a convenient lightweight and packable build.

Skhoop Short Down Skirt (Women's)

$159 $111 from REI 30% off

Skhoop, which is female-owned, makes down and synthetic skirts in all lengths, ranging from mini to ankle-length. You can adjust the side zippers to fit the temperature or your stride length, pull the skirt easily over pants and snow boots, and when you’re not wearing it, squash it down to the size of a pair of gloves.

Patagonia Houdini Jacket (Women's)

$99 $69 from REI 30% off

Gear editor Ariella Gintzler loves the Houdini for its versatile, lightweight material. “The papery quality of the Houdini offers superior next-to-skin comfort; you can wear it over a short-sleeve shirt without that clammy shell sensation against your arms,” she writes. It's billed as a trail-running shell, but works just as well for climbing.

Hydro Flask Unbound Cooler Pack

$275 from REI

After testing this new Hydro Flask product, our Gear Guy said that it became his favorite cooler-pack hybrid, mostly because of how comfortable and easy to carry it is. Credit the padded shoulder straps and sleek design.

Asolo Thyrus GV Boots (Men's)

$245 from REI

The Thyrus boot is built for day hikes and quick weekend backpacking trips. With a Perwanger waterproof leather upper and Gore-Tex liner, it’ll be a completely dry hike, regardless of how hard it’s raining. The upper and dual-density footbed are complemented by the popular Vibram Megagrip sole for traction on the worst terrain. You can get it in brown, but we dig the Johnny Cash black.

Hoka One One Tor Summit Boots (Men's)

$160 from Moosejaw

Hoka One One went for an uncharacteristically subtle approach to the day hiker with the Tor Summit. You get the maximum cushion and rocker you’re used to with Hoka but also a Vibram Megagrip outsole with extra sticky lugs and a nubuck and suede upper with a eVent membrane bootie. Put it all together it’s a surprisingly stylish package that’s warm, waterproof, and agile on the trail.

Vasque St. Elias Boots (Men's)

$200 from REI

For years, Vasque has been known for its straight-out-of-the-box comfort and has made a substantial contribution to the world of leather hiking boots with its classic Sundowner. The sportier St. Elias has a full-grain all-leather upper with a Gore-Tex waterproof liner, a soft EVA footbed for cushion, and a urethane shank for support and protection against sharp rocks.

Danner Mountain 600 Boots (Men's)

$200 from REI

The Mountain 600 series blends Danner’s heritage aesthetic with lightweight performance touchstones like Vibram midsoles and treads. The result is a boot that’s supremely comfortable and agile on the trail while still featuring the brand’s signature look. We’ve been wearing this boot for a year now, and we like the way it looks as much as the way it feels.

Artcrank Straight to Hell Poster


Artcrank is a collection of bike-inspired art created by independent artists. The styles of the posters available are as varied as your imagination. We dig this two-color screen print from artist Amy Jo, who was inspired by a kids’ toy she saw at an art show. Each poster has a limited run, so you don’t have to worry about seeing the same art hanging at your neighbor’s house.

Gnarwalls Grand Targhee Resort Poster


OK, these aren’t cheap, but can you think of anything better than turning the ski map of your favorite resort into a piece of hangable art? It’s an exact reproduction of the trail map, printed on canvas that’s hand-stretched over a solid wood frame.

Grand Teton National Park Poster


Artist Robert B. Decker created a series of graphic-art prints commemorating our national parks. They’re all printed on 100 percent recycled paper and use soy-based ink, and each print is dated, numbered, and signed by the artist. Choose a park that means something to you, or find a park you’ve always wanted to visit and use the poster as inspiration.

Mountain Hardwear PackDown Jacket (Men's)

$200 $140 from Backcountry 30% off

This simple yet versatile midweight jacket has a supremely casual vibe—perfect for running errands around town. The 650-fill down stuffing makes it light and warm, while the cool snap closure adds style points and eliminates the fuss of a zipper.

Marmot Ama Dablam Down Jacket (Women's)

$275 $192 from Backcountry 30% off

Marmot's Ama Dablam is an excellent midweight expedition parka. It has a long cut, full hood, and 800-fill down, all in a sub-three-pound package. And thanks to the hexagonal quilting, it has a slimmer, sleeker cut than many other puffies.

Salomon Sense Ride Trail Shoes (Men's)

$120 $90 from REI 25% off

The Sense Rides are one of our favorite trail runners. The drawcord lacing system makes them easy to slip on, they don't require a break-in period, and, thanks to the thick, cushioned midsole, our feet are always happy after a few miles of trail-chomping.


Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket (Women's)

$199 $139 from REI 30% off

The H2No fabric that Patagonia uses for the Rainshadow is fully waterproof and fairly breathable, but cheaper to produce than Gore-Tex which keeps the cost of the jacket low. A helmet-compatible hood with a visor, watertight zippers and a draw-cord at the hem are just a few of the highlights of this full-featured rain shell.

Patagonia Down Sweater (Men's)

$229 $160 from REI 30% off

The Down Sweater delivers ultralight, compressible warmth for your cold-weather fun outside while everyone else is languishing at the gym or huddled by the fireplace. It's stuffed with sustainably sourced 800 fill down and covered in a recycled ripstop nylon shell with a DWR coating.

Sorel Cheyanne II Chelsea Boot (Men's)

$145 $109 from Backcountry 24% off

Once winter sets in, a sturdy, warm pair of winter boots are an essential component to your daily life. We love the Chelsea version of the Cheyanne for it’s easy-to-slip-on fit and durable leather upper and classic rubber lower half. It’s lined with 200-gram synthetic insulation, allowing for work or play in cold conditions.

Sorel Cheyanne II Boot (Men’s)

$155 $116 from Backcountry 25% off

Fully taped waterproof construction keeps your feet dry while 200-gram insulation keeps toes warm and toasty during that early morning drive to the mountain for first tracks. When you take off your uncomfortable plastic ski boots, the Cheyannes, with their removable molded EVA footbeds, will feel like walking on clouds as you slip them on for apres-ski drinks.

OR Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket (Men's)

$225 $157 from Backcountry 30% off

Editor Ben Fox loves the Transcendent for its uber-warm protection from the elements: “When you’re on a chilly belay or ripping off touring skins on an exposed summit and the wind starts gusting, you’ll be thankful for the Transcendent’s lofty, lightweight 650-fill down insulation, wind-resistant fabric, and cozy hood,” Fox says.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Reversible Jacket

$350 $245 from Backcountry 30% off

Fend off chills and cold weather in the Ghost Whisperer Reversible jacket. Nikwax treated 800-fill down insulation retains heat while also resisting moisture so the jacket can be worn in light rain and snow and still provide ample protection from the elements.

Mountain Hardwear SummitRocket VestPack 20L Backpack

$120 $72 from Backcountry 40% off

Ideal for speedy missions in the alpine, the SummitRocket can hold between 10 and 25 pounds of gear. The shoulder straps (with four pockets) hug your chest and distribute weight evenly. Ice climbers, give kudos to Mountain Hardwear for throwing in two ice tool holders and mini daisy chains.

Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Sleeping Bag (Women's)

$229 $136 from Backcountry 40% off

The Lamina’s insulation is selectively zoned to maximize warmth where you need it most while reducing weight and bulk in other areas. The result is a 0-degree bag that insulates more efficiently while saving weight and packing down smaller. This women's model also packs more insulation than men's bags since women have been proven to sleep at colder temperatures than their male counterparts.

Black Diamond Crag T-Shirt (Men's)

$39 $24 from Backcountry 38% off

Built with underarm gussets for more mobility, this shirt moves with you whether you're clinking glasses or reaching for the final hold on a route. Cotton blend construction adds softness and a touch of moisture management so you can focus on having a good time instead of a wardrobe malfunction.

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hooded Jacket (Men’s)

$165 $95 from Backcountry 42% off

This DWR-treated softshell packs down into its own pocket so it can be easily pulled out/stashed when the clouds roll in. Slip it on when the gusts come out to play, and the climbing-specific gussets keep your arms moving freely even as its nylon face blocks the wind. The Schoeller softshell fabric is highly breathable, so you can hike fast and climb hard.

Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp

$60 $48 from Backcountry 20% off

Our tester loved the ability to seamlessly swap between AAA batteries and the rechargeable ones that come with the ReVolt. And the torch has a max output of 300 lumens, which is nearly bright enough to light up an entire campsite.

Black Diamond Beta Shirt (Women's)

$55 $35 from Backcountry 36% off

Thanks to its T-back, this polyester top allows for free range of movement and breathability. The light and stretchy polyester and elastane blended fabric wicks moisture and dries quickly to keep you looking fresh for the post-send beverages back home.

Marmot Trestles 30 Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag

$119 $79 from Backcountry 33% off

This bag is a staple for summer surf trips, shoulder season backpacking trips, and overnight forays into the mountains. It's light and compact enough for taking out on the trail, yet still comfy enough for casual car camping adventures, and it comes at a price that won't destroy your summer wandering budget.

Marmot Trestles 15 Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag

$129 $87 from Backcountry 32% off

This bag's resilient polyester shell will stand up to seasons of abuse, while its synthetic insulation continues to insulate even if you set up on soggy ground. Lofty synthetic insulation combines hollow fibers and denser, solid synthetic fibers to create a balance of warmth, softness, and compressibility for easy packing, whether you're car camping for the weekend or on a longer adventure.

Patagonia A/C Lightweight Top (Women’s)

$65 $33 from Backcountry 49% off

It may be so hot and humid outside that your hair feels like it never left the shower, but at least the Short-Sleeve A/C Lightweight Top helps. With a blend of ultralight organic cotton and breathable hemp crafted into a slightly raised texture, this shirt helps cool you down against the sticky heat outside.

Patagonia Atom 18L Backpack

$79 $51 from Backcountry 35% off

At 18 liters, the Atom is a good choice for an everyday carry pack. The main compartment can fit a few books, a snack, and your keys, while the soft-lined sleeve can fit your laptop.

The North Face Terra 40 Backpack

$149 $112 24% off

We fell in love with the Terra several years ago because it's fully featured at a bargain price. This pack comfortably supports 45-pound loads, thanks to the ultra-comfortable and anatomically correct shoulder harness. While vertical channels promote air circulation during stifling summer trips and sub-tropic excursions.

Patagonia Ascensionist 30 Pack

$149 $104 30% off

The ultralight Ascensionist is made with double-ripstop nylon and features one large sinch compartment for stuffing gear on-the-go. It's just as good for hauling gear up a multi-pitch wall as it is at making a short the local crag.

Helinox Chair One Camp Chair

$100 $70 from REI 30% off

Weighing just 1.6 pounds, this chair can hold up to 320 pounds. The secret is a pairing of strong but light aluminum poles and tough 600 denier polyester fabric which creates a package that packs to the size of a Nalgene.

REI Co-op Kingdom 6 Tent

$439 $285 35% off

Our Gear Guy, Joe Jackson, picked the Kingdom 6 as one of the best car-camping tents on the market. It has a six-foot-high ceiling, a divider that creates two rooms (a handy feature if you're camping with a rambunctious dog), and two doors. It's a roomy setup that's great for long weekend outings.

ENO Double Deluxe Hammock

$85 $64 24% off

A full 26 inches wider than ENO's classic DoubleNest hammock, the Double Deluxe offers a mega-comfy setup for those warm-weather excursions. It's built with durable nylon and fits two people with room to spare.

Mountain Hardwear SingleTrack 24 Pack

$110 $77 30% off

The SingleTrack 18 pack is ideal for runners, hikers, and bikers who want to carry gear without slowing down. It’s not big, but it has enough room for the essentials and trades unnecessary features for a few well-placed organizer pockets.

Keen Uneek Sandal (Men's)


These simple sandals are made from two strands of cord and a rubber sole. A soft midsole easily molds to your foot shape, while the sticky rubber outsole lets you walk with confidence over rocks and water.

Keen Elsa Sneaker (Women's)

$75 $60 20% off

These classic canvas sneakers go with nearly anything in your closet, from jeans to your favorite summer dress. The shoes are 100 percent vegan and have a nonmarking rubber outsole.

Chaco ZX/3 Sandal (Women's)

$105 $52 from REI 50% off

If you have smaller feet (size 5 or 6), this is a great deal on a pair of Chacos. The ZX/3 has the same features of the award-winning Z1's, including a sturdy sole and anti-microbial footbed, in a slightly more stylish, three-strap design.

Marmot Zeus Vest (Men's)


We've often said that a vest is one of the most versatile layers you can own. We like Marmot's Zeus because it's stuffed with high-quality 700 fill goose down that's treated with a water repellant. Plus, it stuff into its own pocket.

Vasque Trailbender Running Shoe (Women's)

$130 $65 from REI 50% off

One of the top picks of our 2017 Summer Buyer's Guide, the Trailbender is "a thick, cruisey softy, best for meandering epics over hill and dale. Though it offered a somewhat clunky ride overall, we were pleasantly surprised by how well this shoe bombed full-speed down deeply rutted trails—not a fun prospect in most high-stack maximalist shoes."

ENO CamoNest XL Hammock

$95 $47 from REI 50% off

The CamoNest XL is for lovers or those who just want extra space to lounge. Our tester took this one climbing at a local crag and found it light enough to haul up the wall and unobtrusive when hanging off a harness.

Voormi Confluence Hoodie (Men’s)


Based in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Voormi makes all of its own garments, including base layers, shirts, and shells, in-house using its own proprietary fabrics. It’s all good-looking, high-performance stuff, but the Confluence hoodie is one of its most popular pieces because of its versatility—it’s a thermal wool midlayer that also sheds water.

Birdwell 311 Board Shorts (Men’s)


Birdwell Beach Britches was launched out of a SoCal seamstress’s home in 1961 and quickly helped define an era in surfing culture. The company still uses the same patented two-ply SurfNyl fabric for its shorts. It sources almost all of the fabric, thread, zippers, and grommets from U.S. manufacturers. Choose the length of your board shorts, and then pick your preferred fabric.

Almond R-Series Secret Menu Surfboard


Almond Surfboards has stirred the pot with its latest creation, the R-Series. It’s is a soft-top, waxless shortboard with big volume, making it easy for beginners to catch just about anything, but still fun enough for more experienced surfers to rip. Even better, the high-density foam construction can take a beating, is 100 percent recyclable, and is handmade in Southern California.

Diamond Brand The Great Day Pack


Based in Asheville, North Carolina, this maker is best known for producing big, canvas-walled tents and packable two-person dome tents. The Great Day pack has adjustable straps so you can wear it as a shoulder bag or backpack. The 24-liter bag is made from waxed canvas and has a zipper down the middle for easy access, as well as a padded laptop sleeve.

Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneaker (Men’s)


Wolverine has been making boots in Michigan for 130 years. The new 1000 Mile sneaker is a play on its original 1000 Mile work boot. Some of the materials and stitching were borrowed directly from that original boot, but you get a more street-savvy silhouette and a flexible Vibram sole for ultimate traction and comfort.

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United by Blue the Ultimate Bison Sock


If you appreciate buying American-made, you’re going to like this sock, which is made in the states with domestically sourced materials. Knit with a blend of wool, bison down, nylon, and polyester, this sock has reinforced heels and toes plus ribbed arch support for a comfy fit.

United by Blue Lands Unknown Water Bottle


Carry anything from coffee to your favorite mixed beverage in this double-wall-insulated water bottle. The vacuum-seal lid keeps contents warm or cold during commute, and the braided-paracord lid handle has a side release for easy looping around a pack strap or handlebar.

United by Blue Bison Sport Jacket (Men’s)

$378 $227 39% off

This fully waterproof jacket is a limited-edition run of only 1,000. According to the brand, it’s made to withstand temperatures between zero and 40 degrees and has a removable hood, a waterproof front zipper, and several stash pockets. Plus, there’s a microfiber cloth stowed in the left chest pocket for easy on-the-go glasses or goggles cleanings.

Coleman Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler

$60 $40 33% off

The lightweight Xtreme is Coleman’s most insulated line, rated at five days of cold in temperatures up to 90 degrees. The Xtreme 5 is spacious enough to stow two-liter bottles upright, while the telescoping handle makes it so easy to wheel that even kids can tow it to the beach.

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0

$110 $53 51% off

The Turtle Shell can take a beating. It’s waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, and it floats. The sound is boom-box quality, and there are multiple strap and mounting options, so you can put it on your raft, paddleboard, bike, or cooler.


Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow

$43 $32 25% off

If you’re still rolling up your midlayer to use as a pillow on the trail, it’s time to upgrade. You’ll barely notice the Premium in your pack (it weighs just 2.8 ounces) but it inflates to five inches thick in just a few breaths.


GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Cookset

$65 $45 30% off

This cooking set has everything needed to easily make a meal for two in the backcountry. The kit includes a hard-anodized 1.8-liter pot with a strainer lid, two insulated mugs with lids, two bowls, two telescoping foons, a welded sink, and a stove bag.


Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Tent

$350 $210 40% off

This is a great price on a do-it-all backpacking tent. The Seedhouse works great for three-season use, its steep sidewalls offer plenty of livable space and ample headroom, and it weighs under three pounds, so it can be carried easily on extended trips.

Acorn Mule Rag Slippers (Women’s)

$45 $22 51% off

A good pair of slippers can be a game changer in cold winter months. These ones have a fleece lining to wick moisture and durable sidewalls made of suede. Skid-resistant outsoles mean you can wear them both inside and outside, and don’t worry about keeping them clean: they’re machine washable.

Gregory Jade Pack (Women's)

$200 $150 25% off

The back panel on this space-efficient pack closely mimics the curve of a woman's back, which makes it so comfy that testers forgot they had it on. It's available in five sizes so you can really dial in the fit.

Black Diamond Trekker Gloves

$30 $15 50% off

The Trekkers are a great multi-sport glove that will keep your hands warm on chilly hikes. They're ultra-breathable and grippy, too, making them our go-to option for high-output adventures. Take an extra 20 percent off with code NEWGEAR2019 at checkout.

Best American Duffel Hybrid Bag

$150 $120 20% off

The 69-liter BAD (Best American Duffel) remains one of our favorite gear haulers. Made with 1,000-denier Cordura nylon and two-inch, 6,000-pound break-strength seat-belt webbing, it’s built to withstand a beating.

Big Agnes Air Core Insulated Pad

$90 $72 20% off

The Air Core Insulated sleeping pad offers a 4.1 R-value, with a comfort range down to 15 degrees. Complete with a ripstop nylon outer and stuffed with a thin layer PrimaLoft insulation, it’s a durable multi-season pad for those chilly nights under the stars.

Alps Mountaineering Hydrus Tent

$220 $143 35% off

The Alps Mountaineering Hydrus is simple—with its single-door—and durable—with a taped floor and fly. The two-person, three-season tent weighs just over five pounds, making it best suited to car camping.

Prana Stretch Zion Pant (Men's)

$84 $54 35% off

Nearly every guy in the Outside office has a pair of Stretch Zions. That's because they're supremely comfortable (way superior to jeans) and the DWR-treated nylon-Spandex fabric makes them a solid choice for hiking and climbing.

North Face Base Camp Duffel


Since its launch in 1986, the Base Camp has essentially defined the category of adventure duffel. Its burly 1,000-denier, water-resistant fabric and convertible straps allow it to be carried as a duffel or a backpack, meaning you can haul it just about anywhere. The 50-liter size can be carried on an airplane and works well for a weekend trip.

REI Co-op Duck's Back Rain Cover


The Duck's Back rain cover kept the gear inside our editor's pack bone-dry during monsoon season in Patagonia. At camp, I draped it over my tent fly for some extra rain protection. And when the sun came out, it was easy to pack down and stash.

REI Co-op Flash 18 Pack


We love REI's Flash series packs for their lightweight and minimalist design. The Flash 18 is the smallest and most packable of the bunch, making it a solid option for shorter day hikes.

REI Camp Bundle

$236 $149 36% off

The REI Camp Bundle is a great gift for the entry-level campers in your life. For less than the cost of most full-price sleeping bags, you get a two-person tent, a 2.5-inch thick sleeping pad, and a 30-degree sleeping bag.

Native Cornell Shoe (Men's)


The Cornells are one of our editors most frequently worn sneaker. They are comfy right out of the box (credit the cushy midsole and elastic laces), and they look great with almost any outfit. After a year of wear, they collected some smudges, but they're easy enough to clean with some soap and water.

Chaco Z/Cloud X Sandals (Women's)

$109 $82 24% off

Our testers have put the Z/Cloud X sandals through their paces and they've come away impressed. l've hiked for miles on end in them, from rocky scrambles in Grand Teton National Park to ruins in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, and dusty, steep hills along other parts of the Jordan Trail, one wrote.

Sunski Dipseas Sunglasses


The Dipseas was one of our favorite sunglasses a few years ago. According to our testers, “the [Dispseas] turns up the style dial with delicious frame colors...and the outlook is cool and clear through polarized emerald lenses that are better than you’d expect at this price.”

Fitbit Charge 3 HR Fitness Tracker


This wearable tracks exercise in 15 different sport modes, including pace, distance, and heart rate, and there’s a sleep-tracking function. On top of that, it features women's health tracking, water resistance up to 50 meters, and a blood oxygen sensor that tracks disruptions in breathing during sleep.

Eagle Creek Load Warrior Duffel


One of our editors recently spent 10 days traveling in Australia and Tasmania and managed to only take this duffel. She appreciated the smooth rolling wheels, which made walking through airports easy and the expandable zippers, which let her squeeze in a few extra souvenirs on the way home.

Coalatree Trailhead Pants (Men's)


These pants are made from a stretchy, ripstop-nylon spandex blend and then coated with a DWR finish. Our Gear Guy thinks they're the best pants for hiking. Although he found them lacking in breathability, he called them otherwise "damn near perfect. They're so functional and so comfy that I credit them with getting me on the trail more often," he wrote.

Kelty TN2 Tent

$250 $151 39% off

We gave the three-season, two-person TN2 our Gear of the Year award in 2016 for its simple and efficient build. "It's just rock solid, dependable, and willing to lend a novice camper a hand," our tester wrote. "The TN2 gives you everything you need and nothing you don't, whether it's your first tent or your tenth."

POC Tectal Bike Helmet

$190 $152 20% off

The mountain bike-specific Tectal features a clean style and unibody construction, which extends coverage over the back of the head and temples. POC also carves 15 vents and a lengthy system of air channels throughout so you won't overheat under your lid when you start working hard on a climb.

Castelli Superleggera (Women's)

$100 $45 55% off

The women's Superleggera may be light, but its waterproof outer and long cut works to keep you dry during unexpectedly wet rides. If you're heating up, you can pack it away into a jersey pocket.

Osprey Stratos 24 Pack


We use the Stratos 24 for day hikes and weekend excursions, but we've also stuffed it to the max for multi-day backpacking trips. We like the stretchy back panel, which keeps cool air flowing on hot days.

Mountain Hardwear Down Pants


We love the Ghost Whisperer pants for their warmth (they're filled with 800-fill hydrophobic down) and their durability (they've got a lightweight 10-denier ripstop nylon shell). Plus, they're super comfortable.

Otterbox Yampa 70 Dry Duffel


Our gear editor Emily Reed, who tested the Yampa 70 this summer, said the bag is “made to endure rocky shorelines and brambly bushwhacks,” citing its TPU-coated nylon and foam cushioning. "You can haul, toss, and drag your gear without fear of damaging it," she wrote.

REI Co-op Flash Air Hammock


In her recent review, gear editor Emily Reed praised the Flash Air Hammock, describing it as "more like a hanging tent than a traditional hammock." One of the coolest features: the zippered bug net, which lines the entire hammock body, so you'll never worry about being bitten at night.

Hydro Flask Tumbler (32-Ounce)


Our Gear Guy loves the Hydro Flask 32-ounce tumbler; with one of these suckers, he "can nurse a single pour for hours without having to worry about lukewarm beer." The same goes for hot drinks—a freshly brewed cup of coffee will stay hot for up to six hours.

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hooded Jacket


The Atom LT is insulated with a highly compressible synthetic fill, making it impressively warm for such a light, packable jacket. The stretchy and uninsulated panels of fleece under the arms give it a slim fit, while upping the mobility factor.