“For avid cyclists who value training and metrics, a dedicated cycling computer such as the Garmin Edge 1030 is a no-brainer,” our columnist wrote. With top-notch mapping, data tracking, and up to a 20-hour battery life, the Edge 1030 is what you want for long (three+ hours) bike rides.
The Gear You Bought the Most of This Summer
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.
Gear columnist Jakob Schiller loves the Weekenders. “They look great, have high-quality lenses, and are so affordable that I won't worry about them getting a little bit dinged up,” he says. “It's rare to find one pair of shades I want to wear for 80 percent of the things I do outside—and even rarer to find one at this price.”
Outside columnist Jakob Schiller wrote an ode to these shorts and praised them for their versatility. “Buy two pairs, and I promise that they’ll be all you need from June through October for the next five years,” he writes.
The 900-denier ripstop polyester body is water-resistant and boasts a padded bottom panel for added structure. Daisy chains make lashing a breeze, the shoulder straps are comfy and removable, and there are side grab handles for extra convenience. We dig the U-shaped lid, which makes for quick packing, and the two mesh pockets on the lid for storing small items.
The Storm is the perfect example of how far headlamps have come. It’s moderately priced but pumps out 350 lumens from a proximity beam—ideal for working in close quarters or as a spotlight when you’re on the trail. We really like the battery meter, which shows how much juice you have left in your AAAs. Oh, and it’s fully waterproof.
The Nalgene Wide Mouth is a beloved classic. While it won’t keep your water insulated like other stainless steel bottles, it’s still lightweight, leakproof, easy to clean, and completely BPA-free. Plus, as our Gear Guy says, it's just plain nostalgic.
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.
There’s nothing too fancy about the Stowaway—it’s a comfortable, low-profile camp chair that hits the budget price point and rocks a few smart details. The foam-padded armrests and the mesh backing won’t absorb sweat or rain if you leave the chair out in a storm. Also, it’s low enough that you can bring it to a music festival or concert and not piss off the people sitting behind you.
Showers are great—when you can take them. But it’s not always possible, so make sure you have a pack of these wipes in your kit. They’re extra thick but soft enough to use in the most sensitive places, and aloe vera and vitamin E moisturize as you scrub the grime away.
Our Gear Guy put these merino wool socks through the wringer last year. The result? They won his test of the best hiking socks. Joe Jackson wrote, "This sock did everything extremely well, but mostly it was just damn comfy."
The Irvis Hybrid is a packable crampon combining durable steel fronts and lightweight aluminum heels. Contributor Chris Brinlee Jr. recommended it after a mountaineering trip to Greenland. The universal binding system makes this crampon compatible with most glacier travel, mountaineering, and ski-touring boots.
The Urban 1000 is the light you need to winterize your bike. It emits 1,000 lumens of LED light on its max setting, which is ideal for early morning or evening rides. It’s waterproof and impact resistant, so it’ll work in the rain or after a fall.
The Speedcross 4 was our top choice trail-running shoe for big alpine outings. “With its narrow last, rock-solid fit, and big six-millimeter lugs, it can quickstep through sketchy rock piles and bank tight switchbacks with confidence,” wrote our tester.
The Deva 60 won a Gear of the Year award in our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The pack features a U-shaped front panel for easy access to your gear, zippered pockets and compartments for organization, a hydration sleeve, and a ventilated back panel. The suspension frame is also designed to distribute weight comfortably to your hips.
Filson’s Ranger Pack is made to last you a lifetime, thanks to features like rugged twill fabric and bridle-leather buckles. “It has everything you need without being overkill, and its simple design means there’s less to wear out,” wrote our tester.
We selected these kicks for our roundup of the best men’s winter workout gear in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “Turnover feels snappy—ideal for speedy short and middle-distance runs—and the stretchy knit upper affords sock-like comfort without sacrificing ankle support,” our tester wrote.
You’ll want to slip into these booties after a long day on the slopes. We included the Puff N Chill in our roundup of our favorite après shoes. We especially liked the faux-shearling liner, puffy-like upper, and sawtooth outsole for getting drinks at the lodge bar or brief errands in tame weather.
Each one of these packs are one of a kind and made from repurposed fabric. The 24L Luzon is a bigger version of the 18L Luzon which we praised as a solid lightweight carry-all. This pack doesn’t have an internal hydration sleeve, but it does have two external water bottle pockets and a zippered compartment for dirty clothes or shoes.
We included these chopsticks in our roundup of under-$50 food and drink essentials. Elegant and simple, the Wabuki Chopsticks are collapsable and come with a carrying case. The stainless-steel handles and bamboo tips are designed to last, so you don't have to use disposable wooden chopsticks when eating sushi or ramen.