The Z/Cloud has all the qualities we love about Chacos: super adjustable polyester straps and a podiatrist-certified footbed for all-day comfort, burly, non-marking outsoles, and the classic Chaco style that has become a staple at campgrounds and mountain towns. Plus, the shoes have an antimicrobial application for odor control.
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When the Switchback first came on the market last year, we crowned it the best budget sleeping pad. It uses two types of foam with different densities and specially-designed raised spikes to give optimal comfort and warmth.
This tent is a backpacker's dream, made with durable polyurethane-coated ripstop nylon fabric and reinforced seams that are tough as nails but light as a feather. The whole package is just over three pounds.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Luci Outdoor Pro impressed us with its built-in lithium-ion battery, which allows you to charge other devices. Ten LED lights put out a bright, 150-lumen glow for 24 hours. When you're done, just deflate it and slip it into a backpack pocket.
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.
For those who like to sit on the ground but want extra back support, look no further. The Trail Chair’s foldable design makes it packable for car camping, backpacking, and concerts. It’s also a great choice for stargazing because you can lean back and scan the skies without straining your neck.
The Ariel AG 55 won our women's backpacking test. “The Ariel is a feature-rich, versatile pack that presents a case study in how a sturdy, weight-bearing suspension design is often more comfortable than a design that shaves ounces by way of flimsier built-in support,” our testers wrote.
Like many other pants made for the outdoors, the Konfidant is constructed from a light and breathable blend of cotton, nylon, and spandex. But the real story with these pants is the vents. They’re everywhere—in the rear pockets, in the front pockets, in the thigh pockets, on the back of the knees, and in the crotch. The idea is to keep air moving so you stay cool when you’re on the trail.
We take the Better Sweater almost everywhere because it hits the sweet spot between warmth, comfort, and style. It's made from a polyester knitted fleece that is soft on the skin. Plus, the fabric is bluesign® approved so you can feel good about wearing it.
The Pilchuck is soft, quick-drying, and breathable thanks to its blend of polyester, cotton, and wool. Plus, the shirt's western style and snap closures make it ideal for everyday wear in the office or casual hikes and bike rides.
The Seon Transporter was our favorite indoor climbing pack in 2017 because of its mix of commuter-savvy features. It has a padded laptop sleeve in one compartment, a separate chute for climbing gear, and a ventilated pocket for your climbing shoes (or gym sneakers). We can't get enough of this sleek, multi-purpose pack.
This shacket is part of our gear editor’s go-to fall outfit. With ripstop nylon on one side and flannel on the other, you can wear it as a classic puffy or an insulated flannel. Our editor said she found it “particularly handy on those fickle fall days when I want to wear the Kalaloch as a jacket over a T-shirt.”
We take the Better Sweater almost everywhere because it hits the sweet spot between warmth, comfort, and style. It's made from a polyester knitted fleece that is soft on the skin. Plus, the fabric is bluesign® approved and the sewing is Fair Trade Certified so you can feel good about wearing it.
Bandanas have an endless amount of uses (neckwear, dogwear, headband, etc.) and United by Blue’s version was one of our favorites from our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The bandana uses 100 percent organic cotton, and for each product sold, UBB removes one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways.
These pants are specifically designed for fat biking and are exactly what you need to keep cycling even when the temperatures drop. We put on the the Fat Jack when we wanted a comfy mid-weight option for chilly rides. Club Ride added smart features like a weather-resistant outer and zippered side leg pockets for snack storage.
Though this versatile tank was built for riding, it's one of our favorites for gym workouts. The compression knit jersey fabric is quick-drying, and the two drop-in pockets are perfect for holding your EDC essentials. Plus, the mesh back panel provides extra ventilation for when you work up a sweat.
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