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Sea To Summit 65L Duffel Bag

$140 $90 from Backcountry 35% off

We crowned this hauler the best duffle bag of last year. Our Gear Guy, Joe Jackson, wrote: “It is rare that a product is as dominant in a head-to-head test as the Sea to Summit 65-liter duffel was in this one.” Its comfort, packability, water resistance, and durability is far ahead of the competition.

Mohinders City Slipper

$145 from Huckberry

We featured these slippers in our 2017 Summer Buyer's Guide. The braided and tanned water buffalo upper stays true to its heritage roots in India, but the goat-leather lining and natural rubber outsole deliver a much needed dose of modern comfort: “The City molded to our feet for a truly custom fit,” our tester writes.

Mountain Summit Gear Hard-Anodized Cookset

$70 $49 from REI 30% off

A solid option for car camping and backpacking, this aluminum set includes a pan and two pots—perfect for cooking on a twin burner or an ultralight stove. When it’s time to pack up, the cookware nests into itself for easy transport.

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Mystery Ranch Hip Monkey

$49 from REI

If you need to carry a lot of stuff, look to this eight-liter pack and its massive main compartment that’s big enough for all your day-hike necessities. An additional zipper pocket keeps smaller items separate, compression straps cinch the load close to your body, and the burly 500-denier Cordura fabric can take plenty of abuse.

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Osprey Talon 6

$75 from REI

The Talon has everything you love about Osprey’s backpacks, just shrunk to fit around your waist. It comes with smart details like padded bottle holsters, small zippered pockets on the sides for quick access, and external compression straps that let you carry an extra layer. Osprey also makes a women’s-specific version called the Tempest.

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Mountainsmith Dry Tour

$144 from Amazon

Mountainsmith has been synonymous with hip packs for years, and it updated the classic Tour by making it waterproof: built with TPU-coated nylon, welded seams, and waterproof zippers, it ensures everything inside stays moisture-free. A mesh back panel and compression system keep the load comfortable and compact, while detachable bottle holsters, webbing loops, and D rings allow customization.

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High Above Lookout


Based in Bellingham, Washington, High Above specializes in waist packs for mountain bikers. We dig the Lookout’s camo body, which is waterproof and durable as hell, thanks to the Dimension Polyant VX material. Three interior pockets make for simple—not fussy—organization.

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Kavu Spectator

$25 from REI

Nothing says “I’m here to party” quite like Kavu’s Spectator, with its bright stripes and streamlined two-pocket design. It’s just big enough to fit festival essentials like a tube of sunscreen, a phone, and a wallet.

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Nathan Trail Mix Plus

$50 from Amazon

Nathan moves the water storage (two ten-ounce bottles) to the sides of the hips to disperse the load and keep the running-specific Trail Mix Plus from bouncing too much. While storage is minimal, the belt is made from a stretchy nylon-polyester blend for a snug but comfy fit, and there are reflective hits all over the pack to boost visibility.

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TRX Small Space Set

$215 $160 from Huckberry 25% off

We’ve been raving about how the TRX can provide one of the most efficient ways to get a full body workout. This set includes the TRX, an Xmount, a jump rope, and resistance bands to give you everything you need to quickly set up a small home gym.

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Whiskey Peaks Half Dome Glass Set

$30 $23 from Huckberry 23% off

These hand-blown tumblers feature a tiny rendering of Yosemite’s Half Dome. Whiskey Peaks also has versions of these glasses for Everest, Mount Fuji, Denali, and other iconic peaks. The set of two makes a classy addition to any home bar.


Kryptonite Keeper 712

$44 from REI

Kryptonite is the most trusted name in bike locks, and its Keeper 712 offers a balance between cost and protection. This chain sits inside a weather-resistant nylon sleeve and requires a four-digit combo to unlock. Its manganese steel isn’t light, but rest easy knowing your bike probably isn’t going anywhere unless you want it to.


Hiplok Z Lok Combo

$25 from REI

It doesn’t get much lighter than the Z Lok, which is essentially a burly zip tie with a steel core. It’s not going to keep your bike safe all night long in, say, Manhattan, but it’s great to have in your pack for times when you want to lock your bike while you indulge in a quick postride pint.


Rocky Mounts Carlito

$40 from Backcountry

The Carlito is among the lightest U-locks on the market, coming in at under 14 ounces. Is lighter safer? Absolutely not. But this Rocky Mounts model is small enough to stow in a pocket, fits around most frames and racks, and has an alloy frame that provides protection against casual would-be used-bike owners.


Hiplok Spin

$40 from Amazon

Ever seen a lock and thought, This would make a nice belt? Us neither. But for quick and easy deployment when you’re hopping on and off the bike, the Spin wraps comfortably around your waist. The chain inside the nylon sheath is six millimeters thick, so bolt cutters could make quick work of it, but it’s a solid deterrent.


Abus U-Mini 40

$42 from Amazon

Designed to fit in a back pocket, this is one of the best-selling and highest-rated small U-locks on Amazon. Made of 14-millimeter hardened steel, it’s only 5.5-inches wide and weighs just over two pounds.


Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Mini

$26 from REI

Slide the 13-millimeter-thick KryptoLok around your back tire and chainstays, then loop the included cable through the frame and front wheel before hooking it to the U-bar and clamping the whole thing shut. The entire system looks damn near unbreakable and can ward off all but the most determined thief.

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AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones

$150 $120 from REI 20% off

These Headphones deliver audio through your cheekbones, so you can stay vigilant while listening to music. These are a great option for running and bike riding, especially in an urban environment.

Big Agnes Tufly SL 2+ Tent

$400 $240 from REI 40% off

This two-person tent is built to withstand three-season temperatures and has two doors and two vestibules for easy access. The nylon and mesh panels are strategically placed to provide optimal privacy where you need it and breathability where you don’t.

REI Co-op Magma 17 Sleeping Bag (Women's)

$369 $276 from REI 25% off

REI gave the Magma 17 high-quality 850-fill hydrophobic goose-down insulation wrapped in a superlight 15-denier ripstop nylon Pertex outer shell. The Magma packs down to the size of a small watermelon and weighs just over two pounds, stats that would be good for a 20 or 30-degree bag but are remarkable for one as warm as this. 

Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket (Men’s)

$100 $70 from REI 30% off

Outside staffers get compliments on their Marmot PreCip jackets every time they wear them. The simple, streamlined design works well for urban commutes, epic hikes, and high-speed singletrack descents. Plus, Marmot makes them in solid colors that look good on everybody. You won't find a more reliable, comfortable shell at a better price.

Prana Stretch Zion Shorts (Men's)

$69 $52 from Backcountry 24% off

Your new summer shorts, the Zion is made from super-stretchy nylon and spandex. The abrasion-resistant fabric is naturally UPF 50, and the built-in belt makes sure you always have a snug fit.

BioLite Wood Burning CookStove

$80 $50 from Amazon 37% off

BioLite's Cookstove has an integrated battery, which powers a fan for efficient cooking. Plus, four fan speeds control flame size, enabling you to boil water fast or just simmer.

Muc-Off Cleaning Kit

$16 from Backcountry

The biodegradable spray in this kit is a simple combo of water and mild soap. Make a habit out of giving your lenses a spritz after a hard day on the trail, then wipe them clean with the included microfiber cloth. The ritual will go a long way toward maintaining a nice shine (and an unobstructed view).


Suncloud Microfiber Pouch

$5 from REI

It’s not fancy, but this polyester-cotton pouch will keep lenses from getting scratched and smudged when you drop them in a pocket in your backpack. And we don’t mind the flashy floral hibiscus print one bit.

Chums Adjustable Orbiter Retainer

$13 from REI

Running rapids or tackling bumpy singletrack? You want a tight fit on your shades. The Orbiter’s stainless-steel wire has a lock-down cinch system, so you can snug them to the back of your head for security.

Chums Vault Case

$13 from Backcountry

Is the Vault overbuilt? Maybe. But if you really want to protect your shades, this semirigid case pairs a crush-resistant exterior with a soft liner to ensure that both lenses and frames remain intact. The mesh pocket in the lid can hold a cloth or a retainer, but it also prevents glasses from bouncing around inside the case.

Croakies Terra Spec Cord Retainer

$8 from REI

Croakies uses miniature nylon climbing rope for this burly retainer. PVC rings slide onto your sunglasses’ arms, and the whole thing weighs just nine grams, so you barely know it’s there, even as it’s keeping your shades from hitting the deck.

Audio Players

Finis Duo MP3 Player

$103 from Amazon

If you spend much time in the water, you’ll need a “SwiMP3”—a waterproof set of headphones with an MP3 player that straps to the back of your head. The Finis Duo is fully submersible down to nine feet, has four gigabytes of storage (enough for 1,000 songs), and uses bone-conduction tech, so you can clearly hear the music when your head is underwater.

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit 350 Headphones

$80 from Amazon

If you’re looking for a pair of water-resistant headphones on a budget, look into the Fit line from Plantronics, which has everything from burly over-ear models to true wireless buds. We like the the 350’s security, six hours of play time, and sweatproof IPX5 rating. Just don’t take them swimming.

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Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds

$190 from Amazon

True wireless headphones, these fit snugly inside your ears. And they can handle spray from a shower or the sweatiest workout of your life with no problem. The sound quality is great, there’s a built-in microphone for calls, and 4.5 hours of play time on a single charge isn’t shabby.

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker

$62 from Amazon

This little dynamo’s best feature is its 360-degree sound—you don’t have to worry about where the thing is pointed for unobstructed listening. Other perks: it’s completely waterproof and floats, plus you can pair two devices at once for friendly DJ battles.

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Anker SoundCore Sport Speaker

$40 from Amazon

You don’t have to drop serious cash for serious sound. Anker specializes in budget-friendly speakers, and the SoundCore Sport is no exception. It’s shockproof and waterproof, so you can take it on the trail, river, or out in a rainstorm without worry. Its eight-ounce frame belies its rich sound and ten-hour battery life.

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JBL Charge 3 Speaker

$150 from REI

The Charge 3 is a favorite of ours for several reasons: it has great battery life (up to 20 hours of play time), it can charge your phone (via the USB output), and it’s IPX7 waterproof (read: it’s fully submersible). Oh, and there’s that ample bass. Lash this speaker to the front of your paddleboard and go.

MSR SuperFly Backpacking Stove

$65 $41 36% off

The SuperFly has served gear editor Jeremy Rellosa for years without fail. “I've taken this stove everywhere from Nepal to Patagonia, and it's kept my trail food warm and my backpack happy because it's easy to use, clean, and stow,” he says.

Keen Elsa Sneaker (Women's)

$75 $40 46% off

These classic canvas sneakers go with nearly anything in your closet, from jeans to your favorite summer dress. The shoes are 100 percent vegan and have a nonmarking rubber outsole.

Huckberry Weekender Sunglasses

$35 from Huckberry

Gear columnist Jakob Schiller loves the Weekenders. “They look great, have high-quality lenses, and are so affordable that I won't worry about them getting a little bit dinged up,” he says. “It's rare to find one pair of sunglasses I want to wear for 80 percent of the things I do outside—and even rarer to find one at this price.”

Black Diamond Beta Shirt (Women's)

$55 $25 from Backcountry 54% off

Thanks to its T-back, this polyester top allows for free range of movement and breathability. The light and stretchy polyester and elastane blended fabric wicks moisture and dries quickly to keep you looking fresh for post-send beverages.

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hooded Jacket (Men’s)

$165 $125 from Backcountry 24% off

This DWR-treated softshell packs down into its own pocket so it can be easily pulled out/stashed when the clouds roll in. Slip it on when the gusts come out to play, and the climbing-specific gussets keep your arms moving freely even as its nylon face blocks the wind. The Schoeller softshell fabric is highly breathable, so you can hike fast and climb hard.


Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

$129 $90 from Backcountry 30% off

The 900-denier ripstop polyester body is water-resistant and boasts a padded bottom panel for added structure. Daisy chains make lashing a breeze, the shoulder straps are comfy and removable, and there are side grab handles for extra convenience. We dig the U-shaped lid, which makes for quick packing, and the two mesh pockets on the lid for storing small items.

The North Face Ventrix Hooded Insulated Jacket (Men's)

$220 $165 from Backcountry 25% off

This award-winning jacket has a permanent home in our editors' closets—and for good reason. The active insulation in the Ventrix is made to work with you, dumping heat as you go. Gill-like vents cut into the synthetic insulation that stretches throughout the whole jacket.

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack

$140 $104 from Huckberry 25% off

The 21-liter Urban Assault bag is inspired by military assault rucksacks and is the epitome of clean, functional design. A unique three-zip closure on the front allows you to easily see the contents of your bag without having to dump it out. The face fabric is a super durable 500-denier Cordura, which you'll be hard-pressed to tear.


Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler

$200 from REI

Of all the coolers in Yeti’s line, the Roadie 20 is the smallest and most packed-car friendly. The 19-liter interior is just the right size to fit food and a few beers for two people for the weekend.

Leatherman Skeletool Multitool

$60 from REI

The Skeletool is a do-it-all multitool that shaves weight down to five ounces without sacrificing utility. The standard fare (pliers and wire snips, blade, screwdriver set) is augmented by a carabiner-like clip that’s good for cracking open a bottle of beer.


Zeal Big Timber

$220 from Backcountry

Zeal took the same Automatic Lens technology it uses in its goggles and brought it to the Big Timber: the tint of the lenses adjusts to the available light. The frames are also made from plant-based Z-Resin (instead of petroleum-based plastic), and Proflex rubber on the temples and nose affords a secure fit.


Tifosi Swank

$50 from Backcountry

There’s nothing crazy about the Swank, just a retro frame with shatterproof and scratch-resistant lenses that offer complete UV protection while the hydrophilic rubber nose pads keep everything in place. It's hard to find more capability at this price point.


Julbo Arise Reactiv

$158 from Backcountry

The polarized lenses in these sunnies change tint based on light conditions, getting darker in bright rays and lighter when you’re under tree cover, making them ideal for trail running in the woods. The adjustable temples and curved frame give you full coverage and a snug fit in a package that weighs just over an ounce.


Spy Tron 2

$150 from Amazon

Forget classic frames. Spy goes futuristic with its Tron 2, which is oversize and has a massive field of view for near goggle-level protection. The shades offer 100 percent UV protection and are made from super durable yet flexible Grilamid.


Smith Caravan MAG

$220 from Backcountry

These new glasses from Smith come with two pairs of interchangeable ChromaPop lenses—one for low light, one for full sun—and a magnetic frame that unlocks to make swapping easy. They’re light, and the middle-of-the-road coverage doesn’t make the Caravan look huge on your face.


Suncloud Contender

$20 from Backcountry

Suncloud manages to bring quality ingredients (a flexible and durable Grilamid frame, polarized polycarbonate lenses) to an inexpensive set of shades that performs well on the go. We dig the sporty rimless look and full coverage. And Megol pads at the nose and temples help the Contender stay put.

Proof Field Jacket (Men's)

$175 from Huckberry

Proof's design is based on the iconic M65 field jacket issued to American troops, but they fine-tuned their new version with better materials: a DWR-coated fabric outer and inside, 80 grams of cozy synthetic insulation.


Wind N Sun KHK PocketKite


The KHK PocketKite is simplicity incarnate: there’s no frame, no assembly necessary, and no separate parts to lose—just the body (21 inches by 14 inches) and string, which fold up tiny enough to stow in your, well, pocket when you’re done.

Prism Designs Pocket Flyer

$25 from REI

Keep this tiny kite (just 3.9 ounces) in your backpack and you’ll be ready to fly whenever the breeze picks up. The single line control and ripstop nylon lend the Pocket Flyer durability and ease-of-use, so it’s perfect for a hilltop on a windy day.


Premier Kites and Designs Kitty Hawk Osprey


Want to do stunts? This dual-line kite is built for performing flips and twists, with a lightweight fiberglass frame and ripstop nylon body. Wrist straps keep the lines secure, but the Osprey and its 60-inch wingspan are best suited for medium-strength wind (think eight to eighteen miles per hour).


Hengda Parafoil

$11 from Amazon

Hengda is one of the most trusted names in kites. This low-maintenance parafoil-style model doesn’t have a frame—it still flies taut in the wind, but there’s not much that can break. You need a solid gust to achieve lift, but the Parafoil is easy to pack and carry, and the single line makes it straightforward for even kids to control.


Prism Designs Synapse 140 Speed Foil

$50 from REI

An incredibly agile kite, the Synapse has dual Dyneema lines with wrist straps that let you whip it back and forth across the sky. Its large wings are responsive but not finicky. And the Synapse has good range, able to fly in winds as slow as six miles per hour and as fast as 25.


ENO SingleNest Hammock

$50 from REI

It doesn’t matter if you’re backpacking or car camping—lounging in a hammock is the most relaxing way to spend an afternoon. The SingleNest is ENO’s original backcountry model, and it still overperforms in the wild, thanks to bomber 70-denier nylon-taffeta fabric that can withstand loads of up to 400 pounds.

Light and Motion Vibe Pro Rear Bike Light

$60 $30 from REI 50% off

The Vibe was featured on our list of the best affordable bike lights, where our tester appreciated the “sensor, which turns the light on when there’s motion and turns the light off when the bike is parked so you never waste your battery by forgetting to hit the off button.”

Yeti Rambler Vacuum Bottle (64 Ounces)

$70 $50 from REI 28% off

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.

Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel

$58 $43 from REI 25% off

Featured in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, this yoga towel feels like a soft terry blanket. Don't let the coziness fool you, though. This puppy is all about yoga performance, with silicone dots on the bottom to grip slick studio floors and a convenient lightweight and packable build.


Yeti Rambler Vacuum Bottle (36-Ounce)

$50 from REI

This 36-ounce vacuum bottle seals completely, so you can throw it in your bag without worrying about spillage. It comes with a leakproof lid, but if you prefer easy-drinking access, a straw and chug-cap top are also available.

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Light My Fire Mealkit 2.0

$30 $21 from REI 30% off

Part Tupperware, part dinnerware, the Mealkit 2.0 combines storage and serving with its system of plates, bowls, cups, and lids, making it easy to prep a meal at home and store it in a cooler on the way to a picnic spot. Plus it’s light enough to take into the backcountry.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoodie (Men's)

$249 from REI

The Nano Puff was released over a decade ago, but it's still one of the most popular jackets around. It fits great and is filled with synthetic insulation, so you can use it as a layer for skiing. But it also looks good enough to wear around town. It's available in a women's version, too, and both make great gifts.

Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket

$199 from REI

“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.


Yeti Panga 75 Dry Duffel

$350 from REI

The Panga offers 75 liters of waterproof storage, thanks to the high-density nylon shell and Yeti’s famous Hydrolok zipper, keeping water and dirt out. We like the EVA foam-molded base, which gives you a solid platform when you’re loading gear. The interior has two mesh pockets, while the outside is fitted with side grab handles and burly daisy chains that let you tie the bag down to your boat.


GoPro HERO7 Black Camera

$400 from REI

Goodbye, shaky footage. Outside contributor Brent Rose praised the Hero7 Black for its superb image stabilization. “It handles small bumps much better [than the Hero6] and does a killer job of eliminating vibration,” Rose writes. “The footage is certainly smoother and easier on the eyes (and the stomach).”


Rumpl Stuffable Fleece Puffy Pillowcase

$25 from REI

One side of this pillowcase from Rumpl is made from soft fleece, the other from abrasion-resistant nylon. When you’re ready for bed, unfurl it and stuff it with your jacket or pants to turn it into a comfy place to rest your head. It packs down to the size of a can of soda and only weighs five ounces.


Snow Peak 330 Mug

$20 from REI

Made from double-walled stainless steel, this sleek 12-ounce mug will keep your coffee hot much longer than it'll take you to drink it. We’re into anything that makes getting up and going in the morning a little easier.


Montane Fireball Footie Camp Booties

$45 from REI

Ditch the hiking boots around camp and go full-on Mr. Rogers with these booties. The Fireball is constructed from a tough Pertex outer with a DWR finish, 40 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, and a soft microfleece liner for ultimate comfort. The rubber outsoles are tough enough to handle light duty and pointy rocks.


Stanley Adventure Happy Hour Cocktail Set

$35 from Backcountry

Everything you need to make simple fireside cocktails—a shaker, a reamer, a jigger cap, and two rocks glasses—is here. Beer might be your go-to camp beverage, but there’s nothing wrong with indulging in an ice-cold martini or margarita in the middle of the woods every now and then.


Camp Chef Cooking Iron

$20 from Amazon

A hot sandwich is a better sandwich. Load this cast-iron press with bread and your favorite sandwich fixings, then rotate it over the fire for a few minutes for toasted goodness. It’ll elevate your campfire-cooking game beyond hot dogs and marshmallows on sticks.

Stio Basis Power Wool Zip Neck (Men's)

$119 $59 50% off

Stio teamed up with Polartec to create a line of baselayers made with merino wool and synthetic fibers. The result? Breathable, durable pieces that move moisture off the skin. The Power Wool was the only baselayer our gear editor wore on a four-day hut trip. “The Basis was completely odorless,” he writes.

Proof Nova Series Insulated Jacket (Men's)

$198 from Huckberry

Designed to move with you through the elements in fall and then transition into a trusty midlayer for winter, the Nova Jacket is stuffed with Primaloft Gold insulation and has a stylish, modern cut that's flattering without being restricting.

Teva Wilder Shoe (Men's)

$120 $103 from Huckberry 14% off

The best part about the Wilder is that while it excels at being wet, it feels just as comfortable on land. It features a mesh and neoprene upper on a grippy, lugged outsole. That upper is reinforced for support with a heel cup in the back and rubber vamps toward the front. Dual climbing shoe-inspired tabs make getting in easy, and a speed lace system locks the foot into place.

Naglev Unico Hiking Shoe (Men's)

$230 from Huckberry

The Unico blends the performance and support of a hiking boot with the style and agility of a trail runner. A one-piece Kevlar upper and seamless construction eliminates potential rubbing areas, which means no hot spot or blisters. Inside, a wool sock liner wicks moisture away from your foot. Plus, it's totally waterproof.


Sea to Summit Travelling Light Bag

$35 from REI

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 Pack-It Specter Tech Quick Trip Kit

$25 from REI

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.


REI Co-op Shower Roll

$30 from REI

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 Ultralight Kit

$46 from Backcountry

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.


Nite Ize RunOff Waterproof Bag

$40 from REI

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.


Thule Subterra Case

$50 from Moosejaw

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.

SeaTurtle Sports Rocketball Set

$45 from Amazon

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.


Tenalach Night and Day Frisknock Set

$126 from REI

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.

St. Pierre Tournament Bocce Set

$140 from Amazon

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.

Kan Jam Set

$30 from Amazon

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.

Tactic Games Kubb Set

$66 from Amazon

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.

GoSports Cornhole Set

$120 from Amazon

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.

Granite Gear Crown VC 60 Pack

$200 $140 from REI 30% off

The Crown VC has all the bells and whistles you need, like compression straps, a ventilated back panel, and stretch pockets on the shoulder straps hold cell phone or earbuds, but still weighs barely over two pounds. Going on a shorter trip? The roll-top closure accommodates varied load volumes making it just as easy to use this pack for an overnight as it is for a week-long adventure.

Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boots (Women's)

$130 $95 from Backcountry 26% off

These Chelsea boots look good and perform well, too. Made from a waterproof leather upper with a canvas lining, the boots slip on and off easily. The rubber outsoles have a slight heel and are made to be grippy on rocks and light snow.

Patagonia Refugio 28L Backpack

$89 $49 from Backcountry 44% off

With a cavernous 28-liter main compartment and laptop sleeve big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop, the Refugio can easily carry the essentials for work, the gym, or extra layers on long day hikes.

Proof Field Jacket (Men's)

$175 $87 from Huckberry 50% off

The design of this jacket is based on the iconic M65 field jacket issued to American troops, but Proof has borrowed smart modern materials for their updated version. We particularly love the outer fabric, which maintains that matte green finish but comes coated with DWR and has four-way stretch for unrestricted movement. Inside, the jacket is packed with 80 grams of cozy synthetic insulation.

Sherpa Adventure Gear Gurkhali Pants (Men's)

$180 $135 from REI 25% off

The Gurkhali's are one of gear editor Will Egensteiner's favorite pants. They're made with a blend of Dyneema, cotton, and Lycra, so they provide range of motion and durability. For those reasons, they're a great fit for the office and the trail. “Pretty soon I’ll have no reason to change out of them,” Will writes.

Smith Colette ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses (Women's)

$169 $101 from REI 40% off

Protect your eyes with these polarized sunglasses for women. The lenses reduce 99 percent of visible glare from water, snow, sand, and even pavement for better visual accuracy and decreased eye strain. An anti-reflective and hydrophobic coating help them resist reflections and water.

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Platypus Meta Bottle with Microfilter

$50 $37 from Amazon 26% off

Removing 99.99 percent of bacteria and protozoa, the Meta Bottle is a collapsible and BPA-free. Fill it with water, then shake for speedy filtration—up to two liters per minute. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe.

OR Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket (Men's)

$225 $145 from Backcountry 35% off

Former editor Ben Fox loves the Transcendent for its uber-warm protection from the elements. “When you’re on a chilly belay or ripping off touring skins on an exposed summit and the wind starts gusting, you’ll be thankful for the Transcendent’s lofty, lightweight 650-fill down insulation, wind-resistant fabric, and cozy hood,” he says.

Marmot Ama Dablam Down Jacket (Women's)

$275 $150 from Backcountry 45% off

Marmot’s Ama Dablam is an excellent midweight expedition parka. It has a long cut, full hood, and 800-fill down, all in a sub-three-pound package. And thanks to the hexagonal quilting, it has a slimmer, sleeker cut than many other puffies.

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Down Hoodie (Men's)

$379 $305 from Backcountry 19% off

This hoodie is as high-tech as it looks. Packed with quality 850-fill down in the core, the Cerium LT Down has strategically mapped areas with synthetic insulation to resist moisture. You’ll barely notice it in your pack: it weighs just 10.9 ounces.

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5.11 Penelope Denim Jacket


This jacket is built tough, but looks sharp. It’s made with mechanical stretch denim that can take a beating and has six pockets for tools, pacifiers, and other E.D.C. mom essentials.

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Yeti Camino Carryall 35 Tote

$150 from REI

Flimsy totes don’t stand a chance against the Camino Carryall. It’s a bomber everyday bag built for the beach, the back of the van, and everywhere in between. Plus, it cleans up easily with a quick spray down, a must for those the go.

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Vasque Breeze LT GTX Hiking Boot

$170 from REI

We crowned this the Gear of the Year hiking shoe in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. They’re fully waterproof, and gave us confidence to power through puddles and light streams, thanks to the Gore-Tex construction. The cherry on top was the lightweight Vibram outsole, which kept our feet secure across uneven terrain.

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Nikon Coolpix B600

$327 from Amazon

Sometimes smartphone cameras don’t cut it. Upgrade that special mother in your life to the Coolpix B600, which features 60x optical zoom, full HD video, and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for sharing photos. The controls are simple, so she can get shooting right out of the box.

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Tile Pro

$50 from Amazon

The Tile Pro two pack is an ideal gift for mothers that chronically misplace their valuables. Latch one onto a a set of keys or put one in a purse fold, and they act like beacons when synced with her smartphone. The best part? If she can’t find her phone, she can just press the button on the Tile to give it a ring.

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FitBit Versa Smart Watch

$210 from REI

The Versa’s simple interface allows mothers to track their heart rate and sleep quality, while boasting 15 exercise modes. The sleek design of the watchface doesn’t look bulky, like most sport watches.

Hugger Mugger Uinta Mat Bag

$22 from Backcountry

The Uinta has what you’d expect of a solid bag—tough polyester to keep your mat safe and a small pocket and key clip for carrying personal effects. But it’s got nice extras, too, like the mesh bottom that allows sweat to evaporate and escape.

UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel

$45 from Amazon

If you want to really open up your back, lay faceup with this wheel beneath your spine, and settle in. (Don’t fret—it can withstand up to 550 pounds.) You can also use it to help build balance and core strength by incorporating it into poses like crow and plank.

Jade Cork Yoga Block

$15 from REI

Yoga blocks can provide crucial support in tough poses. This one is sustainably harvested from the bark of Portuguese cork trees, and it’s naturally antimicrobial and water-resistant (read: it can handle bouts of sweaty hot yoga).

Prana Maha Yoga Towel

$40 $24 from REI 40% off

Double up on comfort by spreading this moisture-wicking, quick-drying towel over your mat. Not only is its polyester fabric cushier, but it also provides more grip, so bare feet won’t slip out from under you.

Manduka Mat Renew Wash

$14 from REI

This organic cleanser, which is biodegradable and alcohol-free, won’t break down your mat as it refreshes. Aim a few spritzes at your mat, wipe it down, then let it air-dry as you enjoy the pleasant smell of ginger grass—not sweat or BO.


TheTentLab The Deuce #2 Trowel

$20 from REI

Every proper backcountry number two starts with a cathole, and this ultralight shovel gets the job done. It’s made from a tough but light aluminum and even has small teeth in case you run into any debris as you dig.


Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Toilet Kit Waste Bag

$34 from REI

In some outdoor spaces, you can simply dig a hole, cover it up, and leave your business behind. But if you’re in a sensitive ecosystem, or on the side of a big wall, you’ll be packing your poop out. Enter this puncture-resistant solution, with "Poo Powder” that turns waste into a stable gel, so you can transport it worry-free. These 12 bags are leakproof, but smart people bring along a Tupperware.


Sani-Fem Freshette Feminine Urinary Director

$23 from REI

Guys have it easy. Women, who are tired of ditching layers or a harness or a pack when peeing, do not. The Sani-Fem is the lightweight answer: a small funnel that lets you keep your clothes on and stay upright. Because accidentally squatting in poison ivy is no fun.

Coleman Camper’s Toilet Paper

$6 from Amazon

The TP you use is really about personal choice, because, in an ideal Leave No Trace world, you’ll be packing it out with you. But Coleman’s version comes in a convenient carrying case that acts as a dispenser and is two-ply, affording a bit of comfort when answering the call of nature in nature.


Ziploc Bags

$8 from Amazon

This is how you’re bringing that used Coleman Camper’s toilet paper out of the woods with you. Use gallon-size bags so you have plenty of room, and double them up—for safety.


Sea to Summit Pocket Hand Wash

$5 from REI

You can go with Dr. Bronner’s, but this case, containing 50 “leaves” of soap, is a better choice for your poop kit, because it’s light (half an ounce) and small (half an inch thick). Just pull one out and dissolve it with water.

ALPS Mountaineering Camp Cot

$150 $90 from REI 40% off

When you're car camping, you shouldn't skimp on comfort. This cot's aluminum frame and 600-denier polyester fabric makes for a sturdy sleeping platform. At 86-by-40 inches, it needs a good bit of space—make sure you have a big enough tent.

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Soft-Shell Hoodie (Women's)

$129 $90 from REI 30% off

On cool-weather climbs and hikes, we prefer soft shell jackets for their stretch and breathability. The Ferrosi’s nylon-spandex blend is lightweight but holds onto enough warmth to take the bite out of chilly breezes. This hoodie does run a bit small, so consider ordering a size up.

The North Face Horizon Folding Bill Cap

$30 $20 from REI 33% off

We love trucker hats for their sun-blocking prowess. But they're often bulky and hard to stuff in a pack. The ball cap-style Horizon has a bill that folds down the middle into the size of a hotdog, fitting easily in a back pocket and, yes, a pack too.

Smith Comstock Polarized Sunglasses

$169 $118 from REI 30% off

If you're looking for a solid pair of polarized, multi-sport shades, grab the Comstock. The grippy nose pads keep the frames in place even when you work up a sweat. Though these sunnies run wide, so try them on beforehand if you have a slimmer face.


Mountainsmith Cooloir 12 Cooler

$120 $90 from REI 25% off

A removable insulated box paired with an outer shell, the Cooloir was a breeze to hose down and dry out after a trip. It’s large enough to fit lunch for four, but best not to keep perishable items in it for more than 48 hours.

Shimano A530 SPD Sport Road Pedals

$80 from REI

These pedals give you the option to clip in with your cleats for longer rides, or flip them over to use the wide platform with your daily shoes on more casual trips—ideal for road cyclists, commuters, and everyone in between.

Kryptonite Kryptolok Mini-7 Bike Lock

$33 $20 from REI 39% off

The Mini-7 employs a three-part locking system which allows you to protect the most vulnerable bike components: frame, rear wheel, and front wheel. The U-lock secures the frame and rear wheel, while the front wheel is protected by Kryptonite's included 130mm WheelBoltz.


GoPro Handlebar/Seatpost/Pole Mount

$30 from REI

Easily the most versatile mount you can buy, this accessory turns your ski pole into a selfie stick for powder-heavy face shots. It also fits multiple positions on your bike: stick it on your bars for head-first action, or turn it backward on your seat post to capture a friend ripping behind you. The base rotates 360 degrees and features multiple secure positions for the perfect angle.

Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear

$24 $17 from REI 29% off

It seems like every week one of our writers praises the performance qualities of the Buff. Made from soft polyester microfiber, you can use it as a neck warmer, twist the ends together to make a hat, or even wear it as a bandana.


Matador FlatPak Toiletry Bottles

$35 from REI

Forget stealing the hotel shampoo. Fill these durable Cordura bags with your shower and grooming essentials instead, and you’ll have everything you need in reusable, leakproof containers. Each weighs less than half an ounce and carries three ounces of liquid—well within TSA restrictions.


The North Face Base Camp Travel Canister

$34 from REI

Not all Dopp kits are created equal. The North Face’s version is made from tough ballistic nylon that easily withstands shower spray and mist. More importantly, it has a wide opening, a flat bottom, and a hook, so it can sit upright on the countertop or hang from the showerhead, always within reach.


Dr. Bronner’s Organic Liquid Soap

$19 from REI

There are plenty of organic, biodegradable soaps out there, but it’s hard to beat the classic: Dr. Bronner’s. A liquid pure-castile soap (no chemicals or phosphates), it doubles as shampoo and bodywash. The label also makes for fun bathroom reading.


Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes

$5 from REI

Showers are great—when you can take them. But it’s not always possible, so make sure you have a pack of these wipes in your kit. They’re extra thick but soft enough to use in the most sensitive places, and aloe vera and vitamin E moisturize as you scrub the grime away.


Radius Tour Travel Toothbrush

$19 from Amazon

Why waste time and materials cutting the end off a cheap plastic toothbrush when you could use this overdesigned model that folds into itself? Plus, the head is replaceable when the bristles wear out.


PackTowl Personal Towel

$25 from REI

Whether you’re rinsing off after a bike ride or grabbing a quick shower at a hostel abroad, having your own towel comes in handy. This one is an ultralight option (6.4 ounces for the full-body version) that folds down to the size of a pocket square. It’s made from a super-absorbent microfiber that dries fast, too.


Yeti Hopper Two

$300 from REI

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.


Mountainsmith Sixer Soft

$19 from Backcountry

With space enough for two growlers, the seam-sealed, waterproof polyester-ripstop Sixer is burly. Friends will thank you for bringing plenty to share, and that the reflective silver liner and foam insulation kept it all chilled by the time you arrived.


IceMule Classic

$60 from REI

Every cooler here is collapsible to a degree, but the Classic is the true space saver’s dream. It’s essentially just a watertight nylon bag that can fold flat or roll up when you’re not using it. An air valve lets you pump extra cold-trapping dead space into the walls for maximum insulation around 12 cans of beer and accompanying ice.


Kavu Bucket Truck It

$35 from Backcountry

The smallest cooler here, the Bucket Truck It is only designed to carry a six-pack. But that makes it easy to bring everywhere, leaving no excuses to not have it on hand. Fill this tote with your favorite beverages and an ice pack, then carry a liquid picnic to your preferred scenic overlook.


REI Co-op Pack Away 24

$50 from REI

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.


Diamond Brand Double Take

$70 from Amazon

The beauty of the Double Take: it’s only a cooler when you want it to be. Use the retro main shell on its own (choose from waxed canvas, 1,000-denier Cordura, or upcycled tent fabric when you buy), or throw the Chilly Bag insert in and you’ve got 6.5 liters of cold storage. Bonus points for the buckle that doubles as a bottle opener.

SeaVees Indoor/Outdoor Slipper Shoe (Men's)

$72 $44 from Huckberry 38% off

The cozy wool upper on these slippers pairs beautifully with a rubber outsole for ultimate convenience when hanging out indoors or running out for a quick coffee. They can be worn with or without socks, and if you choose to do the latter, you won't have to worry about stink, thanks to the odor-resistant nature of the wool.

Patagonia A/C Lightweight Top (Women’s)

$65 $33 from Backcountry 49% off

It may be so hot and humid outside that your hair feels like it never left the shower, but at least the Short-Sleeve A/C Lightweight Top helps. With a blend of ultralight organic cotton and breathable hemp crafted into a slightly raised texture, this shirt helps cool you down against the sticky heat outside.

Otterbox Yampa 70 Dry Duffel

$300 from Huckberry

Editor Emily Reed, who tested the Yampa 70 last summer, said the bag is “made to endure rocky shorelines and brambly bushwhacks,” citing its TPU-coated nylon and foam cushioning. "You can haul, toss, and drag your gear without fear of damaging it," she wrote.

The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket (Men’s)

$100 from Backcountry

Springtime means rainstorms, and the Venture 2 is a budget-friendly way to stay dry, whether you’re dodging drops on your way to work or stuck in a torrential downpour miles from the trailhead. Clean lines help it look sharp, while the 2.5-layer DryVent waterproof-breathable laminate and underarm vents dump unwanted heat buildup.

The North Face Isabella 21L Backpack (Women's)

$85 from Backcountry

The Isabella will serve you well on your daily commute, on campus, or as a carry-on. It's outfitted with a laptop sleeve, two side pockets, a compartment for your electronics, and plenty of room for textbooks. And the cushy shoulder straps make this pack a solid option for day hikes after class.

Garmin Fenix 5 Performer Bundle

$570 $427 from REI 25% off

Hold on to your fitness goal harder than ever before with this data-driven bundle from Garmin. It combines a multisport GPS heart rate monitor watch with an HRM-Tri heart rate chest strap to deliver top-notch results after every workout. The watch is great for everyday use too—smart notifications hit the device as soon as you get a text or call to your smartphone.

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Tile Pro

$55 $45 from Amazon 18% off

This isn’t a luggage tag in the traditional sense. It’s a GPS tag you can attach to anything you don’t want to lose like your camera, keys, or purse. Pair it with your smartphone and you can click a button to sound an alarm on the Tile that can be heard for 300 feet, or use the GPS feature to track the item that’s missing.


OtterBox Venture Cooler

$300 from REI

Make sure your beer and chocolate bars stay yours with this cooler, which, when paired with a locking kit, is certified bear resistant from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. To earn that distinction, the Venture had to survive an hour of being manhandled by a grizzly.

Frontiersman Insider Bear Safe

$69 from Amazon

If you want to keep food safe, seal it up. The Insider has a quick-opening locking mechanism that’s easy for humans to figure out but a lock that will frustrate bears. And it’s made of bomber polypropylene, plus has a good amount of storage space (11.86-liters for food) without a ton of weight (3.7 pounds).


Sabre Frontiersman Bear Spray

$28 from Amazon

Federal regulations limit how much capsaicinoids (the active eye- and nose-stinging ingredient) bear spray can have, and most options on the market hit that maximum. But the Sabre Frontiersman also has a long range (up to 30 feet), and the company makes a training spray so you can safely practice without wasting the real stuff.


Ursack Major Bear Bag

$85 from REI

Some national parks and forests require the use of bear canisters in the backcountry. But for places where ursine scavengers aren’t as much of a concern, a food bag is a good, lightweight option to keep the critters out. The Ursack is made from an incredibly tough Kevlar-based fabric, and the integrated six-foot-long cord makes it easy to string up in a tree.

Marmot Trestles 30-Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag

$119 $99 from REI 16% off

This bag is a staple for summer surf trips, shoulder-season backpacking trips, and overnight forays into the mountains. It’s light and compact enough for taking out on the trail, yet still comfy enough for casual car-camping adventures, and it comes at a price that won’t destroy your summer-wandering budget.


RxBar Coffee Chocolate (12-Pack)

$37 from Amazon

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.


Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Jelly Beans

$1 from REI

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.


Clif Shot Bloks

$2 from REI

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.

Morakniv Eldris Knife

$36 $28 from Huckberry 22% off

Gear editor Emily Reed loves the Eldris, which is a staple of her camping box. She finds the oversize handle and fixed blade effective for whittling and chopping kindling. Plus, the affordable price means it's not a devastating loss if she accidentally forgets the knife at a campsite. Read her full review here.

Gregory Jade 28 Pack (Women's)

$140 $98 from REI 30% off

The back panel on this space-efficient pack closely mimics the curve of a woman’s back, making it so comfy that testers almost forgot they had it on. It’s available in five sizes, so you can really dial in the fit.

MPowerd Luci Color Lantern

$25 $15 from REI 40% off

With ten LEDs that produce 50 lumens, this lantern has a frosted plastic body that casts prettier light than most fixtures at five-star resorts. It has three settings (low, medium, and high), a separate button to check the remaining power, and a strap for carrying and hanging.

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Down Hoodie (Women's)

$379 $189 from REI 50% off

This jacket is as high-tech as it looks. Packed with premium 850-fill down in the torso and synthetic insulation elsewhere, the Cerium LT is constructed to retain warmth where you need it (around your core) and manage moisture everywhere else. You’ll barely notice it in your pack: it weighs just 9.7 ounces.

Helinox Beach Chair

$150 $90 from REI 40% off

This unassuming little beach chair weighs just 3.2 pounds but it can accommodate up to 320. Nice touch: The legs come with big plastic feet to prevent sinkage into the sand.

Chaco Z/Cloud X Sandals (Women’s)

$110 $82 from REI 25% off

Our testers put the Z/Cloud X sandals through the paces and came away impressed. One wrote: l've hiked for miles on end in them, from rocky scrambles in Grand Teton National Park to ruins in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, and dusty, steep hills along other parts of the Jordan Trail.

Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody (Women’s)


This superlight jacket is filled with Patagonia's new PlumaFill insulation, which is made of hydrophobic polyester fibers that mimic the structure of down. Rather than being blown into baffles like other synthetics, the PlumaFill is tacked between sheets of 10-denier nylon in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots.

Zippo Refillable Hand Warmer

$22 $12 from Amazon 45% off

Keep your digits extra warm this winter with a refillable hand warmer from Zippo. Fill the interior chamber with lighter fluid, light the flame, close the lid, slip it in your pocket, and enjoy heat for up to 12 hours. When the heat runs out, repeat the process for endless warmth all winter long.

Kammok Roo Double Hammock

$100 $59 from REI 41% off

The Roo Double camping hammock is optimized for adventure. It's durable, tear resistant, comfortable, and strong enough for two campers—or a baby elephant. Your pick. Diamond ripstop nylon adds reinforcement to protect against tearing and ripping and results in the 500-pound weight capacity.


Tifosi Marzen Sunglasses

$45 from REI

The Marzen has an interesting feature: its glasses come with two sets of interchangeable arms, one sporty and one casual. More importantly, it’s made with superlight, impact-resistant nylon frames and polarized lenses with 100 percent UV protection.


Pepper’s Cutthroat Floater Sunglasses

$40 from REI

These glasses were designed specifically for water sports, with gray wraparound polarized lenses that cut through the glare and a buoyant foam frame core that keeps the glasses afloat if you drop them. The lenses are shatterproof and offer 100 percent UV protection.


Smith Salute Sunglasses

$49 from Backcountry

With a cool-blue lens and tough stainless-steel body, the Salute gives you pilot aesthetics with a polarized carbonic TLT lens. It offers 100 percent UV protection and helps reduce glare from water and snow.


Sunski Headlands Sunglasses

$48 from REI

Sunski’s version of the classic wayfarer silhouette features polarized triacetate cellulose lenses that offer a full spectrum of UV protection in a frame that weighs just one ounce.


JBL Charge 4 Portable Battery and Speaker

$150 from REI

The Charge 4 is a speaker-and-battery combination, delivering high-quality audio in a portable, waterproof package with 20 hours of playback time. It weighs more than three pounds, so it’s not the lightest speaker on the market, but it also has a 7,500 mAh battery that can charge your phone twice and still leave you with several hours of play time.


Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Power Station

$1800 from REI

This has a battery capacity of 1,425 watt-hours and the ability to power everything from your mini fridge to your laptop to your camera. It’s incredibly easy to use (there’s an app to control it with your phone and a screen that will give you the estimated run time) and has outputs for every form of power you could think of. At 45 pounds, it isn’t light, but true off-the-grid power has its price.


Lander Cairn Smart Lantern

$100 from REI

This isn’t much bigger than the palm of your hand, but it puts out 350 lumens of light for up to 250 hours. It also serves as a power bank that can charge your smartphone up to four times. There’s an Android and iOS app that enables you to control the light from your phone.


BioLite Wood Burning Campstove 2 and Battery

$130 from REI

All you need to charge your phone are some sticks—that’s the beauty of BioLite’s Campstove 2. It features a powerful burner (10,000 BTUs) that runs thermal energy generated by a small fire. The heat produced also feeds the on-board 2,600 mAh battery, which can store a full phone charge. We dig the LED dashboard that offers real-time info on fire strength and battery level.


EcoFlow River Bank Power Station

$200 $180 from Backcountry 10% off

The River Bank bridges the gap between a small power bank designed to charge your phone and a large portable generator made to power just about everything. It features two USB-C ports and two USB ports as well as a Qi wireless charging pad, so you can charge a laptop, phone, drone, or even jump-start your car. It holds its charge for up to six months and only weighs two pounds.

Arc'teryx Kyanite Fleece Vest (Women's)

$129 $103 from REI 20% off

Pair the Kyanite fleece vest with a base layer, or wear it under a shell when you're huffing it on switchbacks. The airy Polartec insulation wicks moisture and breathes well, and the four-way stretch keeps you unrestricted.

Gregory Jade Pack (Women’s)

$200 $150 from REI 25% off

The back panel on this space-efficient pack closely mimics the curve of a woman’s back, making it so comfy that testers almost forgot they had it on. It’s available in five sizes, so you can really dial in the fit.

LifeStraw Play Water Filter Bottle

$40 $20 from REI 50% off

Made for kids, this water bottle filters out bacteria, parasites, and chemicals and improves the overall taste for your little one. It lasts for up to 1,000 gallons of filtering and only weighs 7.9 ounces.

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Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets

$10 from REI

Instead of filtering water, these dissolving tablets purify it with EPA-approved sodium dichloroisocyanurate. Complicated name, but essentially it kills viruses, bacteria, and cysts in a quart of water in 30 minutes. The price ($10 for 30 individually wrapped tablets) and tiny size make Aquatabs the ideal backup on long trips.

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MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter

$50 from REI

Like the LifeStraw, MSR’s TrailShot lets you drink straight from the source, but it’s also good for filling a water bottle. Drop the long straw in the stream and squeeze the hand pump to get the magic started. It works fast, treating a liter of water in 30 seconds.

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Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System

$40 from REI

Collect stream water in one of Sawyer’s 32-ounce pouches, then filter it through the hollow-fiber membrane to remove bacteria and protozoa. The pouches are collapsible (each weighs only three ounces) and reusable, and you can drink straight from the filter’s nozzle or pour the water into a bottle for later.

Petzl Corax Climbing Kit

$100 from REI

This is one of the best starter climbing packs on the market. Besides shoes and a rope, this kit has everything you need to hop on the rock: a comfy Corax harness, a Verso belay-rappel device, carabiner, chalk bag and chalk ball. The kit is also available with a larger harness size.

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 Hydration Vest

$155 from REI

Salomon got innovative with storage in this vest, giving you the standard front water-bottle pockets and multiple stash pockets for smaller items but also a kangaroo pocket that stretches around the sides. Everything is designed to be accessible without breaking your stride.

Black Diamond Distance 15 Pack

$150 from REI

A 15-liter backpack built on a running-vest chassis, the Distance is a hybrid hauler with dual front stretch pockets for snacks, a bladder sleeve, and dual side-compression straps that keep the load close. And its water-resistant, 210-denier nylon helps keep gear dry.

Nathan Trail Mix 7 Women's Hydration Vest

$100 from REI

The Trail Mix 7 is built specifically to better fit around a woman’s bust. Compression straps that bring the load tighter to your back, reflective hits for 360-degree visibility, and seven liters of storage (in addition to the two-liter bladder) are icing on the cake.

Inov-8 Race Ultra Pro 2in1 Vest


The Ultra Pro 2in1 name is appropriate, since this model comes with a ten-liter pocket that completely detaches from the vest. Use the vest solo for fast, short runs, or attach the pocket for longer missions when you’ll need more food and gear. It comes with two long-straw flasks and can handle a two-liter bladder in back.

Osprey Duro 6 Running Hydration Vest

$110 from REI

Osprey blends running-vest performance with backpack capability in the Duro, which has four front pockets—two extra-large stretch-mesh ones for a phone and water, and two smaller ones for food. Six liters of space in the main compartment is enough for a jacket, headlamp, and other accessories, plus the included 1.5-liter water bladder.