For ultralight backpacking with your significant other, we found this bag—combined with the Big Agnes Q-Core SLX double—to be one of the best ultralight kits. The set weighs just under six pounds and you get an incredibly comfortable, well insulated, two-person sleep system with a temperature rating of 30 degrees.
10 Things That Will Make Your Next Road Trip Amazing
“There are plenty of puffy blankets on the market, but the Rumpl Down Puffy takes the cake,” our tester wrote. This compressible, 600-fill down blanket will keep you warm on your next stargazing outing. It's versatile, too: “The Down Puffy can be your sleeping bag stand-in on a summer backpacking trip,” he writes.
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.
Soft-shelled coolers aren’t supposed to work this well. The Hopper Two collapses nearly flat and will keep brews cold for a really, really long time. It’s not light (almost six pounds when empty), but let’s be real—nothing from Yeti is. If you want cold beer for hours, and a lot of it, opt for the Hopper Two.
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.
This is what we wrote about the Black Hole tote in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide: “Two words sum up this bag: tough and simple.”
The Trtl weighs less than a third of a pound, is small enough to fit in your luggage, and is far more comfortable than anything else we've tried.
Fold the Pack Away completely flat when you’re not using it—it’s much easier to stow in the back of your car that way, ready to deploy when you make a pit stop for beer en route to the campsite. It holds 24 cans and is fully seam sealed, so don’t worry about leaks, even when the Pack Away is loaded with ice.
Camping with a partner? Our Gear Guy recommends the Apollo, which uses a QuadPower LED light that pumps out 250 lumens, and features a non-glaring case and fold-down legs. It's ideal for lighting up your camp kitchen or tent.
This stainless-steel bottle will keep your coffee hot and your iced tea chilly, thanks to its double-walled vacuum insulation. Yeti’s thick cap makes it leakproof, so don’t be afraid to toss it in your pack with other weekend sundries.
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.
We featured the BioLite 330 as one of our top choice headlamps in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Unlike other angler-fish style lamps, the 330's light lays flush across your forehead. Plus, the light includes a rechargeable battery in the back.
The Z/Cloud has all the qualities we love about Chacos: super adjustable polyester straps and a podiatrist-certified footbed for all-day comfort, burly, non-marking outsoles, and the classic Chaco style that has become a staple at campgrounds and mountain towns. Plus, the shoes have an antimicrobial application for odor control.
We love this long-sleeve shirt for its discreet sun protection (UPF 50+ rating). Thanks to the soft, quick-drying fabric, it still “manages to feel light and breezy,” according to our tester. Plus, the bright plaid colors are casual enough to wear around town as well as on the trail.
This high-neck, open-back dress is one of our favorite adventure dresses. According to our tester (who wears a C-cup), the built-in bra isn’t quite supportive enough for running, but holds up well on casual hikes and urban adventures. Throw a denim button-up over it to make the dress suitable for fall weather or business-casual settings.
We take the Better Sweater almost everywhere because it hits the sweet spot between warmth, comfort, and style. It's made from a polyester knitted fleece that is soft on the skin. Plus, the fabric is bluesign® approved so you can feel good about wearing it.
The Pilchuck is soft, quick-drying, and breathable thanks to its blend of polyester, cotton, and wool. Plus, the shirt's western style and snap closures make it ideal for everyday wear in the office or casual hikes and bike rides.
The Seon Transporter was our favorite indoor climbing pack in 2017 because of its mix of commuter-savvy features. It has a padded laptop sleeve in one compartment, a separate chute for climbing gear, and a ventilated pocket for your climbing shoes (or gym sneakers). We can't get enough of this sleek, multi-purpose pack.
This shacket is part of our gear editor’s go-to fall outfit. With ripstop nylon on one side and flannel on the other, you can wear it as a classic puffy or an insulated flannel. Our editor said she found it “particularly handy on those fickle fall days when I want to wear the Kalaloch as a jacket over a T-shirt.”
- 1 of 72