This hooded midlayer was the warmest option in our roundup of the best women’s active insulation pieces. “I mountain biked in it one frost-crispened, 25-degree morning, and didn't once feel stifled, even during hard efforts,” wrote our tester. The Ventrix is built with temperature-sensitive fabric which dumps extra heat on the back and underarms.
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We gave the Spin Ultra running shoe a Gear of the Year award for its unparalleled ability to handle trail runs of any distance. The Vibram Megagrip sole provides traction on rough terrain and the TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) toe cap keeps your feet safe from stray roots or rocks.
This jacket earned a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide for its perfect balance between breathability and waterproofing. “Two hours of riding in pouring rain and lots of mud, and it never sprung a leak,” said one tester. We credit the stretchy Pertex Shield fabric which is lightweight and surprisingly durable.
“We couldn’t help but love every part of the Glendale, and that earned it Gear of the Year,” we wrote in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The Glendale’s interchangeable lenses are high-impact and scratch resistant. We especially liked the front vents that kept our lenses fog-free even during our hardest workouts.
The Tecton 12 bindings made it on our list of best alpine touring bindings in our Winter Buyer’s Guide two years running. “It’s got the industry’s only adjustable toe release,” we wrote. “The step-in, alpine-oriented heel switches from alpine to AT with a simple push or pull of your pole.”
“Last year the Skechers GOrun barely got our attention. One model later, our testers won’t take them off their feet,” we wrote in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, awarding it Gear of the Year. We loved these shoes for the new Hyper Burst midsole, which provides a balance of cushion and energy for everything from high-speed runs to recovery days.
We named this jacket the best uphill layer in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “It’s as comfy as a cotton sweatshirt and treated with an interesting heat-regulating technology called ActiveTemp, made from a non-Newtonian polymer that becomes a liquid when cold, helping to block transmission of warm vapor,” we wrote.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, these solar string lights topped the lighting list. MPowerd’s 100-lumen LEDs will shine for eight hours on high or 20 on its lowest setting and are ideal for car-camping. The best part: it’s solar-powered, so you can leave it in the sun during the day and be ready to go that night.
The Sentinel AR was one of our favorite pairs of ski pants in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. With Gore-Tex waterproofing and 100-denier Cordura, they’re mega durable and designed to keep you dry. Plus, “The soft brushed insulation means they can be worn comfortably over thin or thick base layers,” we wrote.
This bag won a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide for best luggage. “The minimalist design is stylish enough for business trips, while the weather-resistant, wipe-clean Cordura fabric and burly wheels won’t be outgunned on an adventure-filled weekend with friends,” we wrote.
“With metal sawtooth traction built into a durable plastic frame, the Revo offers the perfect combination of aggressiveness, float, and speed,” we wrote in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. An extra heel lift provides a boost on steep climbs and we found the updated binding system easy to get in and out of—even with gloves on.
Waterproof, dustproof, and buoyant, the No Bounds speaker was one of our favorite pieces of waterproof gear in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Plus, the speaker has a 10-hour battery life so you can play music all day without worrying about running out of juice.
In our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide, we picked the Disco 15 as the best sleeping bag for “side sleepers who like to sprawl.” The bag widens at the shoulders and knees, so you have plenty of room while on your side. We also like the two zippered chest vents that keep you from overheating on warmer nights.
These Kinco gloves aren’t anything fancy, but sometimes we think the simplest gear is the best gear. “The reinforced pigskin leather is tough, and the thermal lining is warm enough for most days on the slopes,” we wrote. We recommend adding a layer of Sno-Seal to the outer coating for a waterproof finish.
You might think a down-puffy beanie is overkill, but it still made our list of favorite winter hats. “The Transcendent might be the warmest hat in your quiver thanks to the 650-fill down stuffed inside the ripstop poly shell,” wrote contributor Graham Averill.
We included the Venu as one of the best smartwatches in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The watch has over 20 preloaded sport modes, a built in GPS, and can store music. It also has an incident detection feature which will direct a paired phone to dial an emergency contact in the event of a crash.
The Trail Pod is one of our Gear Guy’s top choice sleeping bags for car camping. He says it’s “great when you own a Prius instead of a Tacoma” because it is relatively small, light and stays plenty warm down to 30 degrees. The mummy shape keeps you cozy, but still leaves enough room for turning on your side and getting comfortable.
When this pack first hit the scene, it raised over six million dollars on Kickstarter. The interior has adjustable dividers to keep camera gear organized and safe while your laptop stays tucked away in a dedicated pocket. The pack cleverly opens at the sides for quick access and has a magnetic latch to expand or contract.
We recommended these 100 percent organic cotton jeans as a stylish product that's better for the environment. Wellen partners with a factory that upcycles its manufacturing water by sending it to local farmers for crop irrigation. Plus, we dig the classic cut in the “tasteful nineties-throwback light rinse.”
We recommended this merino base layer top as a worthwhile splurge item for hiking the PCT. “Having a set of dry, relatively clean clothes to sleep in will keep you warmer and your sleep setup from getting dirty,” wrote PCT hiker, Taylor Gee. Plus, the naturally odor resistant merino wool will keep you feeling clean after long stretches on the trail.
The Moonwalk is Nemo’s solution for bikepacking. The bag is compatible with Nemo’s insulated sleeping pads so it focuses its insulation power to the top, like a duvet. The bag is rated down to 30 degrees, but our tester used the bag in low 20s and said “it proved adequate if a bit underpowered.”
If you run cold, this pair of silk long underwear is what you want this winter. “I've thrown this pair of long underwear around for a couple years now and they're surprisingly rugged,” said our tester. The thin, lightweight fabric also makes them easy to wear under additional layers.
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