This duffel is one of our favorite weekender travel bags. The Rolling Thunder is basically the much-loved Basecamp Duffel with wheels. It has a 40-liter capacity and is waterproof so it’ll stand up to plenty of abuse. Plus, the bag is still carry-on size, so you can keep it with you on the plane.
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These gloves feature Hestra’s famously soft cowhide that is warm and durable. The Pro Model also includes an extra layer of synthetic insulation to keep your hands toasty on chilly days. The insulation doesn’t add too much bulk though, so you can still adjust zippers or fiddle with ski or snowboard bindings with them on.
Last year, these goggles were our go-to pair. The magnetic lens swap is simple and straightforward, so you can easily adjust to changing weather while on an alpine ascent. We also like the wide field of vision and the Contact's subtle style.
In our review of the best ski pants of 2019, our tester wrote, “the Patsey Marley excels on all-day missions.” Convenient features like side zippers and four pockets allowed us to store plenty of snacks and easily use the bathroom when we needed.
The Ghost Whisperer is our Gear Guy’s favorite lightweight down jacket. The 800-fill-power down is toasty, and the feather treatment helps it stay dry longer, even in wet environments. If you’re concerned about weight, this is the jacket you want—it weighs less than eight ounces.
The Lifa Active Light is one of our Gear Guy’s favorite sun shirts. The shirt’s cut gives it more of a ski-mountaineering feel, but the lightweight synthetic fabric will wick moisture and keep you cool whether you’re going hard in the sun on a mountain bike or spending the day at the ski resort.
This past winter, our contributor Heather Hansman wrote a review of the best all-mountain skis for women. Out of dozens of pairs, she named the Daemon Birdie Ski the best playful freeride ski. “The Daemon Birdie is loose and playful, surfy in softer snow, easy to direct in crud, and well-suited to pivoty turns in bumps,” Hansman wrote.
We found Smartwool’s PhD Ski Light socks essential for resort skiing. “It’s tough to beat this blend of merino and synthetic fibers for the best mix of warmth, plushness, and sturdiness,” our tester wrote.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, this jacket was among our favorite women’s hiking gear. Our tester, Stephanie Pearson wrote: “The cotton-polyester blend is soft as brushed suede.” Plus, the DWR coating, taped seams, and roomy hood keep you warm and dry on stormy days.
Our Gear Guy put five well-known brands of snow boots through the wringer and these kicks ranked second in the test. The seam-sealed waxed-canvas upper and rubber bottom are completely waterproof and the nine-millimeter felt liner is removable for easy washing and drying.
The Insulated V Ultralite SL weighs just 15.2 ounces and rolls up to the size of a Nalgene for storage. We included it among the best winter camping gear in our 2019 Winter Buyer's Guide, where its quick inflation time (as few as seven breaths) won us over.
Two vests in one, the Bivy is reversible and insulated with 600-fill recycled down. Each side is treated with DWR to resist light rain or snow and the drop in hand pockets have a button closure for extra security.
We named the Kor the best soft shell of 2019 in our Summer Buyer’s Guide. The jacket is ideal for summit bids, big-wall climbs, and trail runs because it’s incredibly stretchy and breathable, while still providing enough protection from wind and chill. Plus, the pockets are high enough to be compatible with a harness.
The synthetic insulation in the Ventrix is made to be active, with gill-like vents cut into the underarms to dump heat. The soft face fabric glides easily under your shell for perfect layering when the weather turns. We included this jacket as one of our favorite splurge items.
The design of this jacket is based on the iconic M65 field jacket issued to American troops, but Proof has borrowed smart modern materials for their updated version. We particularly love the outer fabric, which maintains that matte green finish but comes coated with DWR and has four-way stretch for unrestricted movement. Inside, the jacket is packed with 80 grams of cozy synthetic insulation.
Our tester loved the ability to seamlessly swap between AAA batteries and the rechargeable ones that come with the ReVolt. And the torch has a max output of 300 lumens, which is nearly bright enough to light up an entire campsite.
We recommend this pad for weight-conscious backpackers who need something for all four seasons. The NeoAir XLite isn’t the lightest pad on the market, but at just 12 ounces and with a 3.2 R-value, it has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. Plus, the pad packs down to a size just larger than a Nalgene.
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.
The Daylight doesn’t come with a bladder, but there’s storage aplenty: 20 liters in the main compartment plus an exterior pocket. The sleeve in the main compartment can house a reservoir you buy separately, or it’ll accommodate a tablet or small laptop if you’re just using it for commuting. If you’re extra thirsty, two side bottle pockets boost the Daylight’s water-carrying capacity.
The Down Sweater delivers ultralight, compressible warmth for your cold-weather fun outside while everyone else is languishing at the gym or huddled by the fireplace. It's stuffed with sustainably sourced 800-fill down and covered in a recycled ripstop nylon shell with a DWR coating.