The Breeze III was our top choice hiker for the weekend warrior in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide. This boot mixes between a light-duty shoe and a beefy backpacker, thanks to mid-ankle support, a Gore-Tex membrane, and perforated toe and heel vents.
Toiletry Bags for Every Traveler
For the weight conscious, Sea to Summit’s hanging toiletry bag is made from an über-light, water-resistant, polyurethane-coated nylon and weighs just 2.8 ounces. The big central pocket can accommodate shampoo, soap, and a comb, while two smaller zippered pockets on the lid are good for keeping travel-size floss and toothpaste organized.
Eagle Creek’s Dopp kit doesn’t hang, but it has a wide base and zips wide open, so you can find what you need without fumbling. The water- and stain-resistant ripstop, plus seam-sealed compartments, keep whatever else you have in your suitcase safe from potential explosions.
The beauty of the shower roll is its compact nature. Fold it up, and you can slip it into the most tightly crammed pack, but unfurl that puppy and hang it from the shower-curtain rod, and you’ve got everything you need visible. The best feature is the removable pocket with a clear window—handy for keeping liquids separate and easily accessible as you make your way through airport security.
Osprey has a reputation for paying attention to the details, and that’s certainly evident with the Ultralight. It’s made from 40-denier ripstop for durability, has cushioned walls to help prevent broken combs or burst shampoo, and five pockets for organization. And of course, there’s a hook for hanging.
Thule’s Subterra luggage has impressed us with its ability to fit what feels like endless storage in limited spaces, and the line’s toiletry bag lives up to that reputation. Flip open the top lid to access two compartments, but then unzip the bottom one to find another two pockets (which are conveniently transparent) cleverly nested within that.
Undoubtedly the coolest looking of the bunch, this toiletry case is waterproof (like fully submersible waterproof) and made from a light TPU construction that tips the scales at 2.75 ounces. And it has the best of both worlds: the solid base and wide-mouth opening are ideal for countertop use, and the hanging loop allows you to take it in the shower if you so choose.
The Boot is one of contributor Jakob Schiller’s top three favorite slippers. “If you love backcountry ski huts or car camping in the fall, you need a pair of these slippers,” he wrote. The rubber sole and thick wool upper keep your feet warm and dry on cold hut floors or light snow.
The Momentum is one of our top choice beginner shoes, but it also works just as well for long outdoor multipitch routes or as an intermediate indoor shoe. The relaxed fit is ideal for those who want more toe space, and the breathable knit upper helps keep your feet from overheating.
The Evergreen is the hooded version of the jacket we featured in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The secret sauce is Burton’s Living Lining which expands and contracts to move moisture away from the body and regulate temperature. Plus, the 650-fill down insulation is lightweight and packs down small.
Our Gear Guy loves the Hydro Flask 32-ounce tumbler. With one of these suckers, he can “nurse a single pour for hours without having to worry about lukewarm beer.” The same goes for hot drinks—a freshly brewed cup of coffee will stay warm for up to six hours.
We like snuggling up in this organic cotton shirt on rainy days or relaxed evening hikes. The Fjord is one of our favorite fall flannels for women. “The pearl buttons add just the right amount of femininity and will catch the light on sunny days,” we wrote.
We love the Boulder X’s classic leather build, super cushioned sole, and grippy Vibram rubber outsole. Contributor Jakob Schiller fully endorsed it in his article about the best approach shoes. “I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight,” he wrote.
We named the Gaea the best aerobic layer in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. It’s “warm where you need it to be while remaining supremely breathable,” one tester wrote. It has insulation across the chest, at the shoulders, and in the collar, while the uninsulated mesh back panel keeps you from overheating on high output missions.
This is the midlayer that makes life easier on 20-degree high-alpine backcountry excursions. “The outer fabric on the Proton LT was more wind resistant than many of the other jackets,” we wrote in our review.
Keep your kid’s waterworks at bay on hikes or backpacking trips with this carrier. In our test of child carriers, the Poco AG Plus was “by far the sturdiest, most durable, and most stable of all the packs I’ve tried,” wrote our tester. At 7.6 pounds, the pack is heavier than some comparable models but also includes 26 liters of gear capacity.
Kodiak’s Fernie boot was editorial assistant Claire Hyman’s most used piece of gear from 2019. “It keeps my feet perfectly warm and dry, with a soft microfiber lining and a seam-sealed waterproof upper,” she wrote. Plus, the understated style means it looks just as good on a snowy hike as it does out to dinner.