Throw this vest on as an outer layer before a hike, or layer a puffy over it before hitting the slopes. Either way, the Ghost Shadow will keep you toasty thanks to its synthetic PrimaLoft insulation. Plus, the vest packs down easily and weighs 7.3 ounces.
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The H2No fabric that Patagonia uses for the Rainshadow is fully waterproof and fairly breathable, but cheaper to produce than Gore-Tex, keeping the cost of the jacket low. A helmet-compatible hood with a visor, watertight zippers, and a draw-cord at the hem are just a few of the highlights of this fully featured rain shell.
The Cragsmith was our favorite pack for sport climbing in 2018. We especially loved the main compartment’s easy access with a top entry and a U-shaped zipper, which allows you to open up the entire back and see all your equipment. That way, you never have to take everything out of your bag just to find one sling or your GriGri.
Gear editor Ariella Gintzler loves the Houdini for its versatile, lightweight material. “The papery quality of the Houdini offers superior next-to-skin comfort; you can wear it over a short-sleeve shirt without that clammy shell sensation against your arms,” she writes. It's billed as a trail-running shell, but works just as well for climbing.
This baselayer hits the sweet spot between versatility and comfort. We’ve used it on chilly climbs, pulled it on over T-shirts at the gym, and paired it with a collared shirt at dinner.
Last year, Outside tester Anna Callaghan chose the R1 Fleece Hoody as the best overall fleece. “The R1 was my go-to choice when I knew I’d be working up a sweat,” she wrote. Plus, the R1 is so well-loved, it had people literally breaking into song earlier this year.
Last fall, we tested dozens of women’s climbing pants and the RPS Rock Pant was our staffer's top choice. Stretchy fabric, articulated knees, and an adjustable waist make these pants perfectly designed for rock climbing. "These have quickly become my favorite pants to climb and boulder in,” our tester wrote.
Last winter, our testers reviewed over 100 winter jackets and the Hemispheres made it into our top eight choices for outdoors sports. “The main feature of note on the Hemispheres is a set of zippers that extend from the arm to the hem for poncho-style venting,” we wrote.
Don’t underestimate this little guy. The JBL Clip 3 plays for ten hours on one charge and is waterproof down to a meter. If you want a more powerful sound, connect your JBL to other speakers through a wireless daisy chain. It also has a built-in carabiner, so you can take the party anywhere.
Contributor Crystal Segan conducted a long-term test of women’s ski pants and the Winner was her runner-up pair for resort skiing. “The Winner is perfect for the weekend-warrior resort skier,” Segan wrote. She also noted the Winner is ideal for narrow-waisted women because it’s fitted through the hips and waist.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, we featured this jacket in our list of the best men’s hiking gear. “The nylon shell, waterproof zippers, and sealed seams make it completely waterproof,” our tester wrote. It packs into its chest pocket and at just 6.7 ounces, it doesn’t add much weight to your kit.
Our Gear Guy tested five different fleeces for three weeks and the Tekno Ridge was the most versatile. The women’s version has all the same high-performance features as the men’s with a slimmer fit and longer back length. The fabric “easily fended off 15-mile-per-hour headwinds during a trail run,” Jackson wrote.
Gear tester Graham Averill recommended this parka in his roundup of his favorite around-the-town winter jackets. “The brushed herringbone outer shell adds class to the fully waterproof shell that’s stuffed with a wool/polyester blend,” he wrote. We also dig the stylish oversized buttons on the pockets and storm flap that add a nice retro touch.
Versatility is the name of the game with this headlamp. A solid companion for your next camping trip, the Cosmo 225 has a beam distance up to 72 meters and is waterproof, too. Plus, it has five different modes including red night vision and strobe.
The full-zip version of this windbreaker was one of our favorite pieces of peak bagging gear for its compact size and light protection. The half-zip jacket is ideal for a hike or getting around town. This windbreaker won’t blend into the landscape and that’s just fine with us.
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