Outside tester Andrew Skurka wrote a long-term review of the UberLite and found it ideal for three-season conditions. This pad is as comfortable as the NeoAir XLite, but cuts down weight by 3.2 ounces and isn’t as noisy when moving around. Plus, its insulation is warm enough for temperatures down to 30 degrees.
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The Dagger 2 is strong, light, and easy to set up. Outside tester Johanna Flashman used this tent everywhere from New Mexico to Iceland to Wales, and the tent stayed dry and comfortable. Appalachian Trail hiker Jonathan Dower also loves this tent and you can read his full review here.
For a technical but luxurious adventure blanket, look no further than the Proton. Outside tester Graham Averill highlighted it in his camp blanket test because of its many features, such as a waterproof shell, synthetic insulation, and a heat reflective coating.
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.
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.
The Campo puts you on the ground, but we don’t mind. It has enough padding in its 350-denier Cordura package to shield your rear from small, poking rocks and roots, while adjustable side straps let you fine-tune how deeply you want to recline. We dig how the Campo rolls up easily for storage at the end of the day, not to mention that it can double as a stadium seat or festival chair.
Outside’s travel gear tester, Bryan Rogala, recommends the Nemo Helio LX Pressure Shower as a good option for water storage when on the road. “The pressurized sprayer makes rinsing off at camp or hosing off bikes less of a chore,” he says.
The Storm is the perfect example of how far headlamps have come. It’s moderately priced but pumps out 375 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 Azura and its new synthetic insulation piqued our interest when it debuted earlier this year. “The prospect of a sleeping bag that offers the versatility of synthetic insulation without completely sacrificing on weight and bulk seems like a win in my book,” our editor wrote.
Our testers included this sack in our Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best summer sleeping bags. It’s a resurrection of Yvon Chouinard’s two-way center zip design, but with modern refinements. “Stitches puncture the outer or inner fabric, not both, keeping down and heat in,” we wrote. It’s best for “taking up peaks and down trails.”
Nearly every guy in the Outside office has a pair of Stretch Zions. That’s because they’re supremely comfortable (way superior to jeans) and the DWR-treated nylon-Spandex fabric makes them a solid choice for hiking and climbing.
The Nano Puff is a classic jacket that is “super versatile, warm, and looks good with any outfit.” It’s built with 100 percent recycled polyester for the ripstop shell and 55 percent recycled content for the insulation. Plus, it packs down into its own chest pocket for easy transport.
The Stretchdown is a staff favorite. "This puffy is made with a nylon-elastane face fabric that's super stretchy, so it's great for increased range of motion for climbing, hiking, and skiing," said gear editor Ariella Gintzler.
This hoodie is as high-tech as it looks. Packed with quality 850-fill down in the core, the Cerium LT Down has strategically mapped areas with synthetic insulation to resist moisture. You’ll barely notice it in your pack: it weighs just 10.9 ounces.
We included this bra in our roundup of the best women’s workout gear of 2019. “The recycled nylon-Lycra fabric feels like brushed suede,” our tester wrote. Plus the removable cups, interior shelf, and racerback straps make the bra supportive enough for most gals.
Our Gear Guy tested five lightweight soft shells, and the Keele was his favorite. “I was most impressed with how [it] almost completely repelled water during the shower test, leaving very little moisture on the interior after 30 seconds,” he wrote. This is the jacket you should grab for chilly runs.