The Tufly received big praise in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide test of the best tents: “Might be the best tent I’ve ever used,” wrote one tester. It’s built to withstand three-season temperatures and has two doors and vestibules for easy access. That’s why we called it “a tent with every creature comfort you’d want at a drive-in campsite.”
6 Board Shorts to Live in This Summer
Vuori blends its recycled polyester (made from plastic bottles) with spandex for a flyweight short that stretches like yoga pants. The inner thighs are perforated for extra breathability, and the shorts have completely stitchless seams for ultimate comfort. The Sonic is built for surfing and swimming, but it’s so comfortable you’ll wear it to yoga, too.
The Fish Hunter is actually made for fishing: it’s got a stain-resistant treatment and a knife pocket built into the hip. But the relaxed fit and longer seam (19 inches) means you’ll feel comfortable wearing it in and out of the water.
Howler Brothers added spandex to its popular Bruja board shorts to give the cotton-polyester blend more stretch for extra comfort while you’re paddleboarding or playing horseshoes. The side pockets are a smart utilitarian touch, because these shorts are too stylish to be relegated to just the beach.
These trunks have all of the technical chops (they’re incredibly stretchy, super fast to dry, and have zippered thigh and back pockets), but their feel impressed us the most. They’re super soft, which means you’ll find reasons to wear them out of the water. We also like the interior draw cord, so you can tighten the waist without bunching.
Go full retro with these trunks that look like they’re straight out of a sixties surf flick. But Katin makes the most of modern fabric, adding an astounding 12 percent spandex to the polyester shorts for a serious amount of stretch. The waistband (featuring a hidden key pocket) has a touch of elastic, too, for added comfort.
The Hydropeak isn’t flashy, but it gets the job done at a surprisingly friendly price. Patagonia loads it with goodies, like 13 percent spandex for unrestricted movement, a fused waistband that hugs your hips, and a UPF 50 rating to keep the family jewels safe from the sun. All that is loaded into a minimalist pair of shorts for those who prioritize performance over show.
We love the Klettersack for its beautiful, high-quality design. Our tester praised the bag's bomber construction: “The 22-liter pack features 1,000-denier Cordura fabric and heavy duty hardware so it'll put up with years of day-hike abuse.”
The Coleman Classic is one of our Gear Guy’s top choices for car camping. “The two 10,000-BTU burners take a little while to heat things up, but no one should be in a rush when out camping,” he wrote. “If anything ever breaks on a Classic—which rarely happens—replacement parts are easy to find, and the fixes are easy to make.”
One of our female editors’ favorite layers to cozy up in after a long day of skiing, the Better Sweater can also be dressed up thanks to the heathered knit face. We also like the zippered pocket on the sleeve, which is handy for keys and cards.
We included this rain jacket in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “The exterior nylon is tough, wind-resistant, and stretchy, while the interior is lined with a buttery knit that adds warmth for alpine starts and windy ridge walks,” our tester wrote. The lining does make the jacket less breathable, so it’s best for slower-paced activities.
The Snap-T Pullover is one of those iconic pieces of outerwear that we think will last you a lifetime. “Chances are you’ll be wearing the same one 30 years from now,” we wrote. Plus, it’s built with recycled materials.
Our senior digital marketing manager, Katie Cruickshank, currently owns two of these trowel-knives and can’t get enough of them. The concave blade works as a shovel and has a sharp slicing edge and a serrated edge for different cutting needs. Cruickshank especially likes the knife’s burly look.
We included the Eddie in our roundup for the best sun shirts because it’s stretchy, dries fast, and has a UPF 50+ rating. “It’s as performance-minded as your favorite tech tee but good-looking enough to wear about town,” our tester said. Added style points for the pearl snaps.
The Stretch Front is climbing editor Julie Ellison’s do-it-all pant for climbing and travel. “These are the first pants that have ever stayed in place while climbing,” says Ellison. The pant has a slim fit and the organic cotton-elastane blend gives it plenty of stretch for high steps and heel hooks.
In our search for the best winter travel gear, we discovered this collapsable duffle. If you’re the type to rack up souvenirs, the Cargo Hauler is perfect because “it won’t burst when you stuff it full of tchotchkes,” we wrote. Plus, the removable backpack straps make it easy to convert from a carry-on to a checked bag if it gets too full.
In our ultimate guide to coolers, this 30-quart, soft sided number was one of our favorites. We especially like the Trooper’s extra-wide opening, two water-resistant exterior pockets, and a mount for a bottle opener or dry box. Plus, the Trooper has shoulder and backpack straps so you can carry it as a pack or a tote.