The HOVR Phantom/SE is not your average running shoe. It feels plush and comfortable but looks sleek, fast, and aerodynamic. Our favorite part? The shoe connects seamlessly with the UA MapMyRun app to give you personalized coaching based on your pace, cadence, stride length, and distance—with or without your phone.
6 Bombproof Pens We’d Take Anywhere
You don’t have to take up pocket space to carry a pen. The Trekker has a lanyard that you can clip to a backpack or keychain, and it’s small enough (just 5.75 inches) so you won’t notice it until you need it. Rite in the Rain’s ink cartridge is designed to write in all conditions, from freezing to 130 degrees to—yes—rain. And the rubber grip feels right, too.
The Fisher Space Pen has been the industry standard for decades—what all other EDC pens are judged by. This version is made specifically for the military, with a tough stainless steel socket, but has all of the hallmarks that make the Space Pen so trustworthy: a replaceable pressurized ink cartridge that writes upside down, in extreme temperatures, and under water.
Fountain pens are divisive: you either love them or you hate them. The Lamy gives you a chance to dabble in fountain pen territory thanks to its budget-friendly price, and its stylish plastic body makes you want to whip it out. It has a slick, recessed grip that feels great in your fingers and a metal clip to keep it safe in your pocket.
OK, dropping a Benjamin on a pen isn’t an easy thing to do, but the Ti Arto is made from titanium, so it’s super light and practically bulletproof. It also accepts over 750 different ink cartridges, so refilling is easy. But the coolest aspect of this pen is that its length is adjustable—just unscrew the end of the pen to take it from 4.37 inches to 5.19 inches.
All pens can write down your grocery list, but the Impromptu Tactical can also bust open a window. The pen was developed in collaboration with law enforcement pros, with a machined steel body and a built-in glass-breaker tip in case things go south. It also uses Rite in the Rain cartridges that can write in any conditions.
5.11 is known for providing a tactical approach to everything from jeans to backpacks, but their new EDC pen is more about style, with an anodized aluminum body in a flashy orange finish. Although the function is there too, with a pressurized ink cartridge (so it will write upside down) and a sturdy pocket clip for easy access in the field.
The PocketRocket Deluxe was one of our favorite camp stoves of 2019. “This update to one of MSR’s best backpacking stoves is still plenty light at 2.9 ounces, but it’s easier to use than its predecessor,” our Gear Guy wrote. We especially liked the push-start igniter which made for fast and easy cooking.
These rain pants are pro hiker, Wesley Trimble’s top choice pants for winter hiking. The pants are flexible and allow total range of motion. Trimble adds a midlayer under the Rainier Rain Pants to keep him toasty even on snowy, winter hikes.
We featured the Rylo in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best action cameras. “Rylo’s dual-lens camera shoots video in 360 degrees, so you get everything,” our tester wrote. After you're done shooting, the easy-to-use app lets to choose the best footage for your clip.
Outside’s senior gear editor, Will Egensteiner, loved this travel bag so much, he wrote an ode to it this past winter. “If I’m going anywhere for four days or less, it’s all that I bring,” he wrote. His favorite feature was the removable laptop pack that makes organizing electronics a breeze.
The Crux Active is a do-it-all short that you can wear running, hiking, or during sessions at the gym. The shorts use the same fabric as Cotopaxi's Quito Active Tank, which we thought was “buttery soft.” Bonus points for the zippered stash pocket which allows you to store a few EDC essentials during your workout.
The Damaya Lattice was one of our favorite water shoes in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The sandal has a molded, microfiber-lined EVA footbed and midsole that keeps your feet happy all day. Plus, the washable, quick-drying upper repels some water and lets the rest evaporate.
We tested 37 hiking boots and La Sportiva’s Stream was the best lightweight boot of the bunch. At 31 ounces for the pair, the Stream is also fully waterproof, but impressed us with how breathable it was in dry conditions. Our tester wrote: “I couldn’t believe how much traction and support the Stream offered, given its light weight.”
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 makes it perfect for those who want more toe space, and the breathable knit upper helps keep your feet from getting too hot.
The Azura and its new synthetic insulation piqued our interest when it debuted earlier this year. “The prospect of a sleeping bag that offers the versatility of synthetic insulation without completely sacrificing on weight and bulk seems like a win in my book,” our editor wrote.
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