This trailblazer was one of our favorite shoes for long and steep runs. “The Caldera 3 serves up road-worthy comfort in a trail-ready package,” we wrote. We found the EVA midsole soft and springy, while a protective toe bumper and mesh upper gives it the mountain chops to flourish on the trail.
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2018 was the year of the reusable straw—one of our favorite products that help reduce plastic consumption. Klean Kanteen’s version has removable silicon ends, which makes sipping easy and comfortable.
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.
Stasher's sandwich bag was our Gear Guy’s favorite piece of gear from 2019. Made from silicone, the bag is an environmentally friendly alternative to standard plastic bags. The sealable container is also highly heat tolerant, so it can handle boiling water. Did we mention it’s dishwasher and microwave safe?
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.
We love Alpine Start's original instant version made from high elevation Arabica coffee. It’s easy to brew, perfect for backpacking and actually tastes good. One dollar from each POW x Alpine Start purchase will go to Protect Our Winters to mobilize the outdoor sports community against climate change.
All you need to charge your phone and cook a camp meal are some sticks—not gas canisters—that’s the beauty of the Campstove 2. It features a 10,000 BTU burner that runs thermal energy generated by a small fire. The heat produced also feeds the on-board 2,600 mAh battery, which can store a full phone charge. We dig the LED dashboard that offers real-time info on fire strength and battery level.
This natural alternative to plastic wrap is made from organic cotton cloth coated in beeswax, so it's an earth-friendly purchase you can feel good about. Plus, the wraps are fully compostable and work as natural fire starters that don’t contribute to a landfill.
Sunski’s version of the classic wayfarer silhouette features polarized triacetate cellulose lenses that offer a full spectrum of UV protection in a frame that weighs just one ounce. Plus, all of Sunski’s frames are made from recycled plastic and come in non-plastic packaging.
The Moab shoes have been around for years now, garnering love and a cult-like following from hikers across the country. This low-volume option for women is completely waterproof and has a Vibram outsole for extra grip and durability.
Our Gear Guy praised this shirt in his test of the best performance flannels. “The Fjord deserves points for its 100 percent organic cotton, which felt soft and supple, and it had just enough give to never slow me down as I rode the Jabberwocky Trail outside Ashland, Oregon,” he wrote.
Editor Ariella Gintzler loves the two-ounce Cita because she barely notices it when she's running. “Internal pleats on the forearms raise the jacket away from your skin so the fabric doesn’t stick when you sweat,” she wrote. Plus, vents in the back prevent clamminess that’s typical of ripstop wind jackets.
Of the 34 hydration vests we tested, the VaporAir was the best. “It’s one of the few we tried that has a two-liter bladder and a quick-release hose for easy one-handed refilling,” one tester wrote. This, combined with adjustable straps, means the vest can carry 112 ounces of water without sloshing and sliding.
A pair of high-quality merino wool socks are a worthy investment in our book, considering that unpleasantries on the trail––blisters and chafe––start with wet feet. These socks wick and breathe exceptionally well, and are built to provide warmth and comfort for all-day endeavors.
Helinox nails the backpacking camp seat with its Chair Zero, which is light (one pound) and compact enough (collapsing to the size of a Nalgene bottle) to justify taking on multi-day trips but comfortable enough to use while car camping. The shock-cord aluminum poles require minimal setup, and the chair keeps you 11 inches off the ground, not too low to sit down and stand up out of easily.
This is our Gear Guy’s insulated water bottle of choice. In 2013, he did a full test of the entire Hydro Flask quiver, measuring their durability and how long they kept liquids hot and cold. He wrote, “I highly suggest buying a Hydro Flask as your insulated, everyday water bottle.”
This shirt jacket is one of contributor Jakob Schiller’s favorite long sleeve layers for shoulder season. The Bedford is heavier than a long-sleeve shirt, but not as warm as a midlayer, so it’s ideal for those in-between days. The durable shirt also stands up to “everything from weekend chores, yard work, woodworking, to tree cutting,” Schiller wrote.
The Wide Mouth was selected by our readers—and by our editors—as one of their favorite water bottles. The Nalgene's tough, BPA-free plastic can take a beating; we've slung ours around at crags, banged them against rocks, and generally abused them for years. Yet they still work just as intended—no leaks and only a few scratches, for character.
Our Gear Guy loves the Hydro Flask 32-ounce tumbler. With one of these suckers, he can “nurse a single pour for hours without having to worry about lukewarm beer.” The same goes for hot drinks—a freshly brewed cup of coffee will stay warm for up to six hours.