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.
Leather Hiking Boots to Pass Down to Your Grandson
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Solstice is a rugged jogging stroller, complete with inflatable tires that roll smoothly over all types of terrain. It’s got plenty of room for snacks and baby gear, but what really impressed testers was its ease of use. “The ability to fold and unfold with one hand is genius,” one wrote.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Moab boots have been around for years now, garnering love and a cult-like following from hikers across the country. This low-volume option for women is completely waterproof and has a Vibram outsole for extra grip and durability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
Outside contributor Graham Averill picked the Messenger as one of his favorite commuter bags. “[It's] made from a tough-as-nails ripstop nylon that shrugs off abuse and comes with a DWR coating,” he writes. “Inside, there’s everything you need: a laptop sleeve, plenty of pockets, and a key keeper.”
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.
We featured Honolulu-based brand Reyn Spooner in our 2018 Summer Buyer's Guide for their vintage-inspired aloha-print shirts. The Hawaiian Christmas Shirt blends warm style with holiday spirit (looking at you, snowbirds.) It's made out of a cotton-poly blend and treated with Reyn Spooner's Weekend Wash, so it feels uber soft on your skin.
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.
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.
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.
A versatile trail bike that's adept at both climbing and descending, we picked the Tallboy as one of the best mountain bikes of 2017. “Everyone likes to talk about the one bike that can do everything,” our tester wrote about the Tallboy. “Santa Cruz just went ahead and slayed the concept.”
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Made with lightweight, quick-drying polyester ripstop fabric, the Sol Patrol shirt is a warm-weather staple. The shirt also offers UPF 30 sun protection.
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.
Now 35 years in, Nike’s oldest running shoe is sweeter than ever. The midsole of the Pegasus is snappy, aided by an eye-catching beveled heel and slight rocker—transitions were easygoing and effortless. We featured the Pegasus as one of the best women's running shoes of 2019.
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.
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.
Supportive and lightweight, with a deep, comfy seat and a low profile for camping, backpacking, and concerts, the Flexlite packs down to just 15 inches for easy storage. The special print on this model celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Scenic Trails Act.
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.
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."
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 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 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.
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 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.
Peak Design takes a more holistic approach to organization with its Tech Pouch, which opens a bit like an accordion and has slots that can accommodate sunglasses, a wallet, phones, and boxier items like a MacBook wall plug. There are smaller slots for thin cords and pens, as well as a pass-through slot and an exterior pocket, so you can connect your phone to a battery on the inside of the pouch.
The Joto Organizer is just a sleeve, but one side is packed with customizable elastic straps so you can fit dozens of items, from keys to cords to pens as well as SD cards, your phone, and notebooks. The back side has a thin zippered pocket, great for a passport or some cash.
Instead of a bunch of elastic straps, you get a few mesh zippered pockets with Osprey’s Ultralight Roll. It’s simple and effective, and the beauty of pockets is that they’re big enough for whatever you need to take with you, from cords to pens to a deck of cards or multiple batteries. And they keep small items, like JumpDrives or SD cards, safe.
Big enough to fit a Kindle or other small tablet, there’s also enough room for all your cords, batteries, headphones, and whatever else you’re toting. The interior organization is a mix of elastic straps, mesh pockets, and a large zippered pocket. There’s even enough room for pens and a slim zipper pocket on the outside, too.
We’ve been impressed with Thule’s luggage for a while now, and the PowerShuttle takes its bomber nylon design and shrinks it to offer an organizer with a series of pockets and elastic straps and enough room for batteries, wall adapters, cords, and headphones.
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.
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.
This newly released puffy is designed to keep you comfortable from zero to 50 degrees. The face fabric is made from a two-layer waterproof membrane, and the cuffs and front pockets are lined with soft fleece for added comfort.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Flash 45 was the best budget pick in our comprehensive women’s backpack review. Testers wrote, “It more than ably supported the test’s 35-pound load, even when I pushed it off-trail and into steep, scrambling terrain.”
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.
The Deviator is one of our favorites. It uses Polartec Alpha insulation, which is hydrophobic, so it moves water away from your body.
Made of a cotton polyester blend, these Chinos have a casual look and a technical feel. We wore ours to the office and then kept them on for an after-work hike. We suggest you size up as the 32-inch waist feels a lot more like a 31.
Although it sports a similar cut and the same Primaloft insulation as the Sherpa, this jacket is decidedly more stylish. It sports oversized metal zippers and forgoes baffles for a cleaner look that can be dressed up for date night.
We picked the Scree as one of our favorite daypacks. The 32-liter bag is big enough to use as an overnighter, and we love the three-zip design, which gives you quick access to the top of the pack or full access to the whole thing.
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.
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.
We love the Klettersack for its beautiful, high-quality design. Our tester praised the bag's bomber construction, writing "the 22-liter pack features 1,000-denier Cordura fabric and heavy-duty hardware so it'll put up with years of day-hike abuse."
The Sonic Pro topped our list of the best waders for women. They worked well for testers with a variety of chest sizes; in general, testers found they fit "more like your favorite pair of jeans than the balloon-style waders of yesteryear."
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.
One of our favorite shackets, the United by Blue Snap is stuffed with a blend of bison fiber and recycled polyester, making it quite warm for its weight and exceptional at quashing odors. Pro tip: The jacket runs small, so we suggest sizing up.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to its light yet durable build, the Minimalist earned a place in our Reader's Choice roundup of the best men’s rain jackets. "It has a minimal weight to it but feels substantial enough to be more than just a raincoat," one tester wrote. "It's truly a wind-proof waterproof shell."
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."
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.
We selected the Lost Ranger bag as one of the best sleeping bags of 2015. It's a comfy, 650-fill down mummy bag rated to 15 degrees that doesn't feel too constricting. "Big Agnes added a couple of extra inches of girth, so the bag drapes over the sides of its integrated 20-inch-wide pad sleeve," our tester wrote.
The GLCR impressed us so much that we gave it a Gear of the Show award . It has a water reservoir integrated into the powder skirt with a hose that runs along the inside of the jacket. All that is to say that instead of awkwardly carrying a bottle on the slopes, or going thirsty, you can now hydrate via bite valve.
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.
The Luci Outdoor Pro impressed us with its built-in lithium-ion battery, which allows you to charge other devices. Ten LED lights put out a bright, 150-lumen glow for 24 hours. When you're done, just deflate it and slip it into a backpack pocket.
Our columnist Wes Siler tested the Tango Duo Slim in his comprehensive review of couple's backpacking gear. The sleeping bag weighs in at 2.6 pounds and has a 30-degree temperature rating, making it ideal for three-season backpacking.
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.
The Insulated V Ultralite SL weighs just 15.2 ounces and rolls up to the size of a Nalgene for storage. We included it among the best winter camping gear in our 2019 Winter Buyer's Guide, where its quick inflation time (as few as seven breathes) won us over.
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.
Our editor praised the Nano-Air Light Hybrid for its do-it-all capabilities. It retains just enough warmth during high-output sports to keep you comfortable, while still dumping heat efficiently. The jacket blends 40-gram insulation with a waffle-knit polyester.
This baselayer hits the sweet spot between versatility and comfort. We've used it on chilly climbs, over T-shirts at the gym, and paired with a collared shirt at dinner.
Our testers hailed the Float 32 as a "workhorse of an avy pack" in our 2019 Winter Buyer's Guide. The 32-liter bag has enough space to carry your touring essentials (shovel, beacon, and probe), plus an airbag that inflates to potentially help you float over the snow in the case of an avalanche.
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.
Last year, we named this one of the best active midlayers for women. Much of its performance chops come from the Polartec Alpha Direct insulation, which looks like shag carpet and uses a big, open weave to vent sweat, while also holding in just the right amount of body heat.
The Vega is part of Chrome's travel collection, which we reviewed earlier this year. It features a padded laptop sleeve, a top-mounted handle just like you'd find on a standard briefcase, a removable cross-body shoulder strap, and hide-away backpack straps.