The Coleman Classic stove is one of our Gear Guy’s top choices for car camping. “The two 10,000-BTU burners take a little while to heat things up, but no one should be in a rush when out camping,” he wrote. “If anything ever breaks on a Classic—which rarely happens—replacement parts are easy to find, and the fixes are easy to make.”
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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.
The Tufly received big praise in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide test of the best tents: “Might be the best tent I’ve ever used,” wrote one tester. It’s built to withstand three-season temperatures and has two doors and vestibules for easy access. Our testers called it a “tent with every creature comfort you’d want at a drive-in campsite.”
The Performance Better Sweater is the perfect midlayer for cold-weather pursuits. The side panels are stretchy for extra mobility, and the back hem is lower for better protection against the elements. We loved this piece so much, it was our favorite hoodie in 2018.
The Storm is a 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.
If you’re looking for an airy hauler for extended trips, this is it. “It feels like cheating to hoist a 60-liter pack that tips the scales at only two pounds,” we wrote in our Buyer’s Guide test of the best packs. “There are no sideentry zippers or other fancy amenities here, just a simple, cavernous rolltop with a zippered, floating lid.”
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.
We included these joggers in our roundup of cozy après-ski sweatpants. Our tester loved the “plush fleece lining, which takes lounging capabilities to another level.” The tapered cuffs add enough style for a quick beer run, but these pants are tailored for top-notch lounging.
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.
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.
Here it is: the best eco-shell in our Summer Buyer’s Guide jacket test. “The three-layer construction is more durable than its 2.5-layer predecessor,” our testers wrote. “Still, as with Torrentshells of old, it’s breathable (pit zips help), a high collar and brimmed hood seal out showers, and there are hand pockets for snacks.”
This sleeping pad was our top choice for winter camping in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester spent a week in Wyoming’s high country with the Trail Boss and confirmed it’s one of the warmest and toughest pads out there. It’s built with heat-reflecting PrimaLoft Silver insulation wrapped in puncture-resistant, airplane-grade nylon.