This hooded midlayer was the warmest option in our roundup of the best women’s active insulation pieces. “I mountain biked in it one frost-crispened, 25-degree morning, and didn't once feel stifled, even during hard efforts,” wrote our tester. The Ventrix is built with temperature-sensitive fabric which dumps extra heat on the back and underarms.
Games for the Backyard, Beach, or Campsite
Take the fun of Spikeball, eliminate all the setup, and you have Rocketball. Play one-on-one or in teams, trying to bounce the ball off the board and past your opponents. The best part? The board floats, so you can easily move from grass to the pool or lake.
If you don’t have a bocce set at this point in your life, what are you even doing, bro? These dense composite-resin balls come sandwiched inside a pine carrying case, so you look good when you show up to play.
Put a stick on top of a pole and try to knock it off with a Frisbee. That’s the gist of Frisknock. Be warned—it’s addictive. Luckily, Tenalach’s version glows in the dark so you can still see your target after sundown.
This is what lawn games in Norway look like. Divide into two teams and try to knock over kubbs (or pins) with a wooden baton until you topple the other team’s king. According to our friends in Scandinavia, this is how Vikings entertained themselves when they weren’t pillaging.
The game is simple: Work with your teammate to get your Frisbee in the can. Toss the disc and sink it in the top of the can for three points, have your teammate knock your throw in through the top for one, and hit the side for two. Angle a throw through the slot in front for an instant win.
Cornhole is like blue-collar bocce—a staple lawn game that’s tailor-made for playing with one hand (leaving the other one free to hold your beverage). It can be tempting to go for a lighter, more weatherproof set made from aluminum or plastic, but you want solid wood boards like these for that regulation bounce and slide.
In our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide, we picked the Disco 15 as the best sleeping bag for “side sleepers who like to sprawl.” The bag widens at the shoulders and knees, so you have plenty of room while on your side. We also like the two zippered chest vents that keep you from overheating on warmer nights.
These Kinco gloves aren’t anything fancy, but sometimes we think the simplest gear is the best gear. “The reinforced pigskin leather is tough, and the thermal lining is warm enough for most days on the slopes,” we wrote. We recommend adding a layer of Sno-Seal to the outer coating for a waterproof finish.
You might think a down-puffy beanie is overkill, but it still made our list of favorite winter hats. “The Transcendent might be the warmest hat in your quiver thanks to the 650-fill down stuffed inside the ripstop poly shell,” wrote contributor Graham Averill.
We included the Venu as one of the best smartwatches in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The watch has over 20 preloaded sport modes, a built in GPS, and can store music. It also has an incident detection feature which will direct a paired phone to dial an emergency contact in the event of a crash.
The Trail Pod is one of our Gear Guy’s top choice sleeping bags for car camping. He says it’s “great when you own a Prius instead of a Tacoma” because it is relatively small, light and stays plenty warm down to 30 degrees. The mummy shape keeps you cozy, but still leaves enough room for turning on your side and getting comfortable.
When this pack first hit the scene, it raised over six million dollars on Kickstarter. The interior has adjustable dividers to keep camera gear organized and safe while your laptop stays tucked away in a dedicated pocket. The pack cleverly opens at the sides for quick access and has a magnetic latch to expand or contract.
We recommended these 100 percent organic cotton jeans as a stylish product that's better for the environment. Wellen partners with a factory that upcycles its manufacturing water by sending it to local farmers for crop irrigation. Plus, we dig the classic cut in the “tasteful nineties-throwback light rinse.”
We recommended this merino base layer top as a worthwhile splurge item for hiking the PCT. “Having a set of dry, relatively clean clothes to sleep in will keep you warmer and your sleep setup from getting dirty,” wrote PCT hiker, Taylor Gee. Plus, the naturally odor resistant merino wool will keep you feeling clean after long stretches on the trail.
The Moonwalk is Nemo’s solution for bikepacking. The bag is compatible with Nemo’s insulated sleeping pads so it focuses its insulation power to the top, like a duvet. The bag is rated down to 30 degrees, but our tester used the bag in low 20s and said “it proved adequate if a bit underpowered.”
If you run cold, this pair of silk long underwear is what you want this winter. “I've thrown this pair of long underwear around for a couple years now and they're surprisingly rugged,” said our tester. The thin, lightweight fabric also makes them easy to wear under additional layers.
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