We raved about this running shirt when it debuted in 2018. “It’s a one-shirt quiver for folks without the time or suitcase space for post-run wardrobe changes,” our gear editor wrote. The Runpaca has the look and comfort of your favorite cotton top but wicks moisture and breathes like a merino or synthetic layer.
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The Deviator is one of our favorite mid-layers. It uses hydrophobic Polartec Alpha insulation, which moves water away from your body and packs down well. Our Gear Guy gave it top marks for breathability: "I didn’t start to really sweat until a mile into a 51-degree run with it zipped part way up," he writes.
This jacket was our favorite alpine shell in our 2019 Summer Buyer's Guide. The hand pockets didn't interfere with a harness, and the fabric is stretchy, durable, and weather resistant. “It’s not breathable enough for running, but the details that make it ideal for climbing work just as well for getting to the crag on a bike or on foot,” our testers wrote.
We love this lightweight rain jacket, so we gave it a Gear of the Year award in this year's Summer Buyer's Guide. The Bantamweight strikes a perfect balance between being waterproof and breathable, so you stay dry in summer showers and comfortable on strenuous hikes. “The Bantamweight feels like a windbreaker but performs like a hard shell,” we wrote.
We tested these shorts during our 2019 bike test and loved them. The Vista Short “is just as comfortable for walking around town as it is in the saddle,” we wrote. While other cycling apparel has started catering to race types, these shorts are perfect for cyclists who just want to enjoy the ride and an après barhop.
The best part about this shell is a set of zippers from arm to hem that allows it to vent like a poncho. Last winter, we evaluated over 100 men’s and women’s jackets to find the best ones for outdoor sports. While the Hemispheres wasn’t our top choice in the test, it still stood out as a high-quality backcountry hardshell.
This jacket is perfect for sudden afternoon showers or for layering over a puffy in colder months. Our writer tested the Ozonic on a climbing trip in the Sierras and appreciated the jacket’s stretchiness. Plus, it’s built with 40-denier nylon, so you don’t have to worry about scraping it against rock and ripping it.
Pearl Izumi has long been an Outside favorite for its “good-looking, hyperfunctional, and not too expensive gear,” as we wrote in our review of soft goods from this year’s bike test. The ELITE Escape Tank is no different. It has a longer torso for full coverage, a pocket in the back, and a built-in compression bra lining.
When we tested new ski gear in 2017, this was the jacket we were most excited about. The eVent DVexpedition material is breathable and waterproof—ideal for grueling days in the backcountry or intense hikes. “We scratched the jacket over scree and raked it through tree branches, and it held up great,” we wrote.
Fend off chills and cold weather in the Ghost Whisperer Reversible jacket. Nikwax-treated 800-fill down retains heat while also resisting moisture, so the jacket can be worn in light rain and snow and still provide ample protection from the elements.
Upgrade that worn-out copy of Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide with this reference book, which gives you a peek inside one of the greatest cocktail bars in the country. It outlines more than 500 drinks you can make at home.
The vast majority of classic cocktails are stirred, not shaken. If you’re going to have only one mixing tool, eschew the shaker for something like this simple glass. The heavy base adds stability when you’re stirring, and a spout makes pouring and straining easy.
Every bar needs a jigger—it’s the quintessential measuring tool that helps you get the exact flavor profile you’re looking for in your cocktail. But Izola’s version is also an ice hammer, bottle opener, and corkscrew. Consider it a bartender’s multi-tool.
There’s the right tool for every job, and this knife is perfect for peeling and slicing citrus, cucumbers, herbs, or whatever you’re putting into your drink. It looks and feels great in action, thanks to its hardwood handle, brass details, and stainless steel blade. It even comes with a sharpening stone.
Whiskey Peaks makes a series of glasses with iconic mountain-scapes hand-blown into the bottom of the vessels, but there’s something mesmerizing about this version: the liquid glides over a topographic impression of the greatest ditch in the country.
The Nanoloft is as tough as it is cozy. That's because the blanket’s made with ripstop fabric and recycled NanoLoft filling that insulates just like down. Plus, it packs down into a stuff sack, so it's an inconspicuous companion.
If you’re packing one pair of sunglasses for your trip, the Arise is a solid choice. It’s designed for a variety of play and is suitable whether you’re hitting the trail or heading to the river. We dig the anti-fog coating that keeps these glasses crystal clear, and the photochromic lenses that adjust to the light.
This jacket was one of our favorite pieces of streetwear in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. We love the Lightning’s toasty PrimaLoft Gold insulation and front snap closures. The synthetic fill isn’t as warm as traditional down, but it still traps heat when wet.
We love the Howler Brothers fall collection and the Kameron Hoody is one of our favorite pieces in the lineup. The cotton blend fleece has a mega-comfy, fuzzy interior, and a discreet zippered stash pocket in the lower back.