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.
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We love the Azura LT for its versatile, four-season insulation. Built for fast-and-light ascents, this pullover performs just as well for more casual endeavors, like relaxing around the campfire. It's packed with 40-gram hydrophobic Primaloft insulation, so it will stay toasty if you're caught in a shower.
While ski racks are generally similar, RockyMounts' Liftop Biggie stands out for its blend of features and affordability. The Liftop Biggie is easy to install, holds up to five skis, and has a one-touch button lever and two locks to keep the rack on the car and the skis safe. Now, until November 29 it’s 20 percent off with the code “RIDEBIKES”.
The Harker Flannel is one of our favorite pieces of gear from Howler Brothers. Flannels are a staple of fall style and the Harker ticks all the boxes: warm fabric and a classic just-right fit. Plus, we dig the small details, like a left chest pocket and custom metal buttons.
On-mountain performance meets street-savvy looks in this parka that extends down to mid-thigh—it’s the more fashion-forward sister to Stio’s Shot 7 resort jacket. The waterproof-breathable outer shell and 800-fill waterproof down insulation mean you won’t be soaked or cold after two hours of sledding.
We called the Field Shirt the “Swiss Army knife of utility layers” in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. Made from organic cotton twill, the shirt is soft against the skin and holds up to activities like hiking or yard work.
These pants are specifically designed for fat biking and are exactly what you need to keep cycling even when the temperatures drop. We put on the the Fat Jack when we wanted a comfy mid-weight option for chilly rides. Club Ride added smart features like a weather-resistant outer and zippered side leg pockets for snack storage.
Made from water-resistant nylon and stuffed with a healthy dose of synthetic insulation, the Howser III is perfect for frosty morning walks to the coffee shop or long winter nights in the cabin. And a non-marking rubber sole won't mess up your floors if you decide to wear them in the house.
Tester Kelly Bastone included the Divide shirt in her roundup of the best do-it-all women’s shirts because of its sweat-mopping, odor-squelching fabric and “smart-looking construction.” Whether you’re conquering an overnight flight or a multi-day trek, this shirt will keep you comfortable and feeling fresh through it all.
Though this versatile tank was built for riding, it's one of our favorites for gym workouts. The compression knit jersey fabric is quick-drying, and the two drop-in pockets are perfect for holding your EDC essentials. Plus, the mesh back panel provides extra ventilation for when you work up a sweat.
Made from thin waffle-knit fleece with stretch panels at the cuffs, this top combines the soft feel of your favorite sweatshirt with classic button-up styling. With the tailored fit and subtle drop tail, it’s like a mountain-casual spin on the Oxford: clean, simple, and practical when sweat is on the day’s agenda.
We like snuggling up in this organic cotton shirt on rainy days or relaxed evening hikes. The Fjord is one of our favorite fall flannels for women. “The pearl buttons add just the right amount of femininity and will catch the light on sunny days,” we wrote.
We love the Boulder X’s classic leather build, super cushioned sole, and grippy Vibram rubber outsole. Contributor Jakob Schiller fully endorsed it in his article about the best approach shoes. “I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight,” he wrote.
We named the Gaea the best aerobic layer in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. It’s “warm where you need it to be while remaining supremely breathable,” one tester wrote. It has insulation across the chest, at the shoulders, and in the collar, while the uninsulated mesh back panel keeps you from overheating on high output missions.
This is the midlayer that makes life easier on 20-degree high-alpine backcountry excursions. “The outer fabric on the Proton LT was more wind resistant than many of the other jackets,” we wrote in our review.
Keep your kid’s waterworks at bay on hikes or backpacking trips with this carrier. In our test of child carriers, the Poco AG Plus was “by far the sturdiest, most durable, and most stable of all the packs I’ve tried,” wrote our tester. At 7.6 pounds, the pack is heavier than some comparable models but also includes 26 liters of gear capacity.
Kodiak’s Fernie boot was editorial assistant Claire Hyman’s most used piece of gear from 2019. “It keeps my feet perfectly warm and dry, with a soft microfiber lining and a seam-sealed waterproof upper,” she wrote. Plus, the understated style means it looks just as good on a snowy hike as it does out to dinner.
Columnist Wes Siler included this piece in his fall roundup of timeless wardrobe staples. “Compared to nylon soft shells, this thing is going to hold up to—and look better with—wear, and the zippers and stitching are built to match,” he wrote. The G-1000 fabric is heavier than nylon, so it’s not ideal for thru-hikes but otherwise works like a charm.
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.
In our roundup of the best puffies of 2019, the Thorium was our favorite for its durability. This jacket is sheathed with a stout face fabric and a DWR finish, so it can take a beating. Plus, it has water-resistant insulation at the spots most likely to get wet.