Last spring, our Gear Guy tested five different fleeces and the Tekno Ridge came out on top. “It excelled during every activity and looks so good that my wife stole it from me,” he wrote. This hoodie is close-fitting for easy movement, sturdy enough to fend off 15-mile-per-hour headwinds, and has side-seam zips to dump heat.
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Gear editor Ariella Gintzler called the Wazimu leggings “buttery soft” and “among the most comfortable running tights I’ve ever worn.” The leggings rock a thicker polyester fabric on the upper half with a thinner, mesh-like material below the knee to offer a combo of breathability and warmth.
In 2017, this jacket earned a spot in our roundup of our favorite pieces of peak bagging gear. The repurposed polyester taffeta packs into an internal chest pocket for quick stashing. Plus, the durable water repellent finish makes it a perfect “just in case” layer.
In 2015, we highlighted Cotopaxi as a brand to feel good about because of their humanitarian efforts and we specifically liked the Pacaya Insulated Jacket. It still has all the features we loved (durable, water-repellent nylon and underarm stretch panels), along with added improvements like the Polartec Alpha insulation.
The Fuego is a good insulation layer for general around-town or on-the-trail use. It’s made with responsibly sourced 800-fill water-resistant goose down and breathable Polartec Alpha underarm panels.
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.
When Cotopaxi’s line of activewear first came out, we tested the Haraka tights and loved them as a base layer under ski pants. Cotopaxi maintains their trademark fashion of bright, color-block patterns in these tights, but they also have more muted tones available, like dark green and grey.
After six months of testing the Capilene Cool Trail shirt, our Gear Guy loved it so much he wrote an ode to it. “I love this tee because it quietly does everything I expect from a technical layer extremely well while still looking good,” he wrote. The shirt boasts a soft, moisture-wicking fabric, odor control, and a flattering fit.
We included the Dart in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide as one of the best pieces of men’s running gear. “This single-bottle holster sits comfortably around the waist, thanks to mesh and an adjustable belt,” we wrote. The included water bottle is 1.3 liters and the main zippered pocket can hold your phone and keys.
The Micro Puff was our favorite jacket of 2018 because there’s a lot to love about this warm, super-light piece. “The PlumaFill is tacked between sheets of ten-denier nylon fabric in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots,” our tester wrote.
The Little Black Dress of fleeces, the Denali is as essential as it is simple. The fleece is inspired by the 1988 design, but it's been updated in a few ways in the sustainability department: the Denali is now made with recycled material, and you can track the fleece's journey from factory to gear shop.
This jacket provides serious warmth in a lightweight package. The DWR finish sheds water and the elastic cuffs lock in heat. And, when you’re ready to stow away the jacket for the season, it packs into the hand pocket.
Our tester Wes Siler loves these shoes for hiking and backpacking trips. Siler said the Lone Peak 4 “is more comfortable and has better grip than anything else I’ve tested.” Altra designed the Lone Peak 4 for hikers and runners with a wide, comfortable footbed and exceptional traction on anything from loose dirt to slippery mud.
Altra designed the Lone Peak 4 for hikers and runners with a wide, comfortable footbed and exceptional traction on anything from loose dirt to slippery mud. “The Altras let your feet spread out and give your toes room to breathe,” wrote Appalachian Trail hiker Tara Dower in our roundup of AT gear essentials.
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 plastic bottles.
Contributor Andrew Skurka recommended this shirt for summer hiking in the West because it offers full coverage from the sun. The Echo uses lightweight, breathable polyester to keep you cool on warm days and provides UPF 15.
The Quest 4D 3 is our go-to boot for hunting. It’s “stable and waterproof-breathable, with a stiff chassis and aggressive tread for hard and high treks in search of game or just a view,” wrote our tester, Grayson Schaffer. Plus, the boots have an antimicrobial treatment to help keep odors at bay.