Professional climber Kai Lightner recommends this shoe for beginner climbers “because they’re comfortable (as far as climbing shoes go), have an easy hook-and-loop strap system, and sport a vegan-friendly synthetic upper.” This all-arounder also features an odor-resistant lining to keep the funk at bay.
6 Meal-Replacement Bars That Don’t Taste Horrible
This is probably the most legitimate meal-replacement bar out there, with up to 390 calories per bar depending on the flavor you choose. All options are non-GMO certified and comprised of whole foods (you can pronounce most of the items on the ingredient list). We like the Superfood Slam, which is packed with berries and has ten grams of protein, six grams of fiber, and 370 calories.
Bulletproof originally made its name with coffee but has recently branched out into supplements, enhanced waters, oils, and these collagen protein bars. They claim that the protein, which is sourced from grass-fed cows, is better for your joints and bones. We like the fudge-brownie-flavored bar, which has 11 grams of protein and only two grams of sugar in a 210-calorie serving.
Rise has two categories of bars—whey protein bars and plant-based protein bars. The almond-honey option only has three ingredients (almonds, honey, and whey isolate), offers 20 grams of protein, 13 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of fat, and boasts just 280 calories. It’s void of grains, preservatives, gluten, soy, and dairy, so it will likely fit your current diet.
If you’re craving a candy bar but want to pretend you’re being healthy, this protein bar is your best friend. It’s packed with protein (20 grams) but goes heavy on the sugar (29 grams). The plus side? At 350 calories, it’s a legitimate meal-replacement option. If taste and protein are your biggest concern, give it a go.
RxBar takes a whole-food and minimal-ingredient approach to its bars, using pure egg whites for protein along with almonds, cashews, and dates. Each bar has 210 calories and is paleo and Whole30 compliant, with no added sugar, dairy, soy, or gluten. There are at least 12 flavors to choose from, but the most popular is the sea salt and chocolate.
Our tester Graham Averill highlighted these pants in his review of stylish hiking pants to take from city to trail. The pants have “stretchy spandex where you want it, tougher nylon panels in the high wear areas, and smartly placed mesh vents to keep you from overheating,” he writes.
For those who like to sit on the ground but want extra back support, look no further. The Trail Chair's foldable design makes it packable for car camping, backpacking, and concerts. It is also a great choice for stargazing because you can lean back and scan the skies without straining your neck.
Featured in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best pieces of sun protection gear, this hat is UPF 50+ and has a “generous four-inch brim that’s lined with black cotton fabric to cut glare and provide solid shade for your face, neck, and shoulders,” our tester writes.
Editor Emily Reed praised the Flash Air, describing it as "more like a hanging tent than a traditional hammock." One of the coolest features is the zippered bug net, which lines the entire hammock body, so you'll never worry about being bitten at night.
Outside’s travel gear tester, Bryan Rogala, recommends the Nemo Helio LX Pressure Shower as a good option for water storage when on the road. “The pressurized sprayer makes rinsing off at camp or hosing off bikes less of a chore,” he says.
The Harper is one of our favorite layers for hot weather rides. The breathable fabric felt comfy while bombing down singletrack. We give Club Ride bonus points for the secret pocket—perfect for stashing keys and a card.
The Sonic Pro topped our list of the best waders for women. They worked well for testers with a variety of chest sizes. They fit "more like your favorite pair of jeans than the balloon-style waders of yesteryear," testers said.
Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. “It has a laid-back style that goes great with jeans and even better with boardshorts, making it a versatile layer on the river or around town,” our tester said.
One of our favorite adventure blankets in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide, the Original Puffy “is the Cadillac of backcountry quilts,” according to our testers. It's weather-resistant and packs into the included stuff sack. As an added bonus, the synthetic insulation makes it machine washable.
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