Like many Minnetonka slippers, the fluffy interior lining of the Camp Slip On keeps your feet toasty, while the rubber outsole allows you to transition between the campsite, walks around the neighborhood, and your house. Testers loved the soft suede construction, which only adds to the Slip On’s comfort.
Our Favorite Running Sunglasses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These buds made it into our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide in our list of the best audio gear. They're lightweight and have a cord that clips to your shirt to stay in place. The sound quality is “faithful to your favorite tracks,” our tester says, but be aware—the buds do not lend themselves to aquatic activity.
Outside columnist Jakob Schiller included this jacket in his roundup of his favorite fall layers. “A blend of cotton, hemp, and spandex makes this coat the most versatile layer I own,” he wrote. “The soft cotton is comfy for lounging around the house or the campfire, while the hemp adds durability.”
The original Ghost Whisperer is our Gear Guy’s favorite lightweight down jacket. The 800-fill-power down is toasty, and the feather treatment helps it stay dry longer, even in wet environments. If you’re concerned about weight, this is the jacket you want—it weighs less than eight ounces.
In our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide, we featured this jacket as one of our favorite midlayers. “The Wolverine Cirque is for those of us who can’t decide what kind of midlayer to wear,” we wrote. This clever piece has the warm synthetic fill of a puffy and the stretchy, quick-drying qualities of a fleece.
The Vantage Point is a full mesh trucker that has more structure than your typical running hat, but it’s still built with crushable materials, so you can pack it away without ruining it. It dries fast and fits any head thanks to a snapback fit that has an extra elastic adjustment, but we really love the slots on the side of the hat, which allow you secure the arms of your sunglasses.
The two-liter Multipass can be worn as a shoulder sling, but we like it better as a waist pack. The belt wraps around low on the hip bones, so it doesn’t squeeze your stomach, and the bounce is so minimal that we forget we’re wearing it. The bag has enough space for a phone, mask, wallet, and water, but the only detail missing is an external bottle holder—we have to unzip the bag to get a drink.
Our Gear Guy praised this shirt in his test of the best performance flannels. “The Fjord deserves points for its 100 percent organic cotton, which felt soft and supple, and it had just enough give to never slow me down as I rode the Jabberwocky Trail outside Ashland, Oregon,” he wrote.
Osprey specially designed the Ariel AG for women backpackers by having the designers go backpacking with groups of women testing the pack. The pack uses Osprey’s Anti-Gravity suspension system for ultimate comfort and has a custom-moldable hipbelt. “The Ariel AG is one of the most comfortable packs I’ve ever used,” wrote our tester, Kelly Bastone.
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 wrote.
The TC Pro is the best shoe for big walls and cracks, hands down. “The toe box is pointier than a lot of trad shoes, so it not only fits into small splitters but also holds onto some overhung features, making it uniquely versatile,” wrote our testers. (20 percent off with the code 20CLIMBSALE)