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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two vests in one, the Bivy is reversible and insulated with 600-fill recycled down. Each side is treated with DWR to resist light rain or snow and the drop in hand pockets have a button closure for extra security.
The Performance Better Sweater is the perfect mid layer for cold-weather pursuits. The side panels are stretchy for extra mobility and the back hem is lower for better protection against the elements.
Platypus is known for its compressible water bottles, but the brand has been perfecting their line of hydration packs since 2013. The Tokul X.C. 8.0 is a minimalist pack with a 9-liter capacity and a 3-liter reservoir included.
Roark Revival bills the Layover as made for travel, but really it performs in all kinds of situations. The slim fit looks good anywhere, and cotton, nylon, and elastane mean these pants move and breathe well. Also, there are nice details aplenty, like the vented mesh panel on the back of the waist for more breathability and the dedicated cell-phone (or passport) pocket.
Like many other pants made for the outdoors, the Konfidant is constructed from a light and breathable blend of cotton, nylon, and spandex. But the real story with these pants is the vents. They’re everywhere—in the rear pockets, in the front pockets, in the thigh pockets, on the back of the knees, and in the crotch. The idea is to keep air moving so you stay cool when you’re on the trail.
You probably haven’t worn a pair of cargo pants in a while, and we don’t blame you—they’re often too baggy and dorky. But 686 has reimagined this nineties staple. The Anything Multi is made from a streamlined, stretchy, and breathable nylon-spandex blend coated in DWR. And it has 13 pockets, including RFID-blocking and phone-specific ones integrated seamlessly into the design.
Vuori takes the casual sweatpant aesthetic (complete with a drawstring waistband) but blends the cotton with spandex for a comfortable four-way stretch. A gusseted crotch adds even more mobility. The Ripstop Climbing is tough but light enough to wear through summer. Back- and side-zippered pockets keep valuables secure, even when you’re high off the ground.
Duer is known for creating stretchy, performance-friendly denim, but its new Weightless pants take things to the next level. The pair weighs just six ounces and has spandex for that signature stretch but also an antibacterial treatment to combat stink and breathable CoolMax fibers that wick moisture. Chances are these will be the lightest jeans in your closet.
Consider these a must for any outdoorsman’s wardrobe. The Quandary is made from 95 percent nylon and 5 percent spandex for a light, stretchy pair of pants that dries super quickly. We like the wicking mesh on the waistband, the zippered rear and thigh pockets, and that most of that nylon is recycled.
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