This pack is ideal for day hikes and quick technical pursuits. When we reviewed it in our roundup of packable backpacks that won’t break the bank, we found it durable and “stacked with features, like compression straps to tighten the load, a hydration sleeve with hose ports, and trekking-pole (or ice-axe) loops,” we wrote.
Caffeinated Snacks to Carry on Training and Race Days
RxBars are made of just a handful of natural ingredients, one of which is egg whites for protein. The result is chewy and delicious. This particular flavor has only a hint of caffeine (five milligrams) for when you need a little pick-me-up.
ProBar's almond butter and cocoa mix is easy to pop on the trail for an instant shot of calories and protein. Plus, ProBar’s blend has 25 milligrams of caffeine derived from yerba maté.
Jelly beans have gotten us through more than one mountain-bike race. They’re fruity, delicious, and packed with electrolytes and B and C vitamins, but mostly they’re straight energy-giving sugar. These also have 50 milligrams of caffeine per bag for even more of a bump.
Shot Bloks are good when you’re craving something (anything) other than another gel or bar. And they’re made from all-organic ingredients. Get the black cherry or chocolate-cherry flavors, which come with 50 milligrams of caffeine per every three pieces.
The Double Expresso energy gel is like mainlining caffeine—100 milligrams of it, to be exact, the same as in your morning coffee. And the pouch makes for easy slurping as a midrace jolt.
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.
When reviewing this jacket, our tester wrote: “If I could only have one insulation piece for the rest of my life, this would be it.” The Crowe’s Polartec Power Fill insulation is warm yet breathable and the ripstop fabric is water- and wind-resistant. Plus, the insulation is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled materials.
For long days on a bike, this is the helmet you want. When we reviewed it back in 2015, our tester Aaron Gulley wrote: “The Z1 has 31 gaping vents, breathes better than André Greipel in a sprint, and kept us cool on even the muggiest afternoons.”
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.
When the Skyrise came out in 2016, we said it was “the most utilitarian rooftop tent we’ve seen yet.” The 2-person version weighs just 95 pounds and comes with a built-in mattress. The mesh windows on three sides allows plenty of ventilation and the skylight lets you stargaze during clear nights.
Thanks to the EnRoute's cushioned and removable camera storage cube, we traveled stress-free with our DSLR and multiple lenses. This pack offers a padded laptop sleeve, two side zippers that access the main compartment (even when the roll top is closed), and a zippered water bottle sleeve. Pro tip: If you're not carrying a camera, the side-entry compartment fits an extra pair of shoes.
Outside columnist Jakob Schiller wrote an ode to these shorts and praised them for their versatility. “Buy two pairs, and I promise that they’ll be all you need from June through October for the next five years,” he writes.
The DoubleNest is a lightweight, space-friendly tent alternative for summer camping. Our tester recommended it for making a car campsite feel like home. While it can technically fit two people, we found it ideal for one person who wants a little extra room.
We featured the Rylo in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best cameras. “Rylo’s dual-lens camera shoots video in 360 degrees, so you get everything,” our tester wrote. After you're done shooting, the easy-to-use app lets to choose the best footage for your clip.
- 1 of 61