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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The Charge is one of our Gear Guy's favorite speakers. For its size, the sound quality can’t be beat and it gets bonus points for its simple, round geometry and clean aesthetic.
If you’re looking for a pair of water-resistant headphones on a budget, look into the Fit line from Plantronics, which has everything from burly over-ear models to true wireless buds. We like the the 350’s security, six hours of play time, and sweatproof IPX5 rating. Just don’t take them swimming.
This kit includes the Guide 10 Plus power bank and the Nomad 7 solar panels which we recommended as solar gear actually worth buying. The Nomad is a 7-watt, foldable, and weatherproof solar panel. Plus, the Guide lets you store that solar power in 4 AA batteries to charge any USB compatible device.
These Headphones deliver audio through your cheekbones, so you can stay vigilant while listening to music. These are a great option for running and bike riding, especially in an urban environment.
Never lose your keys or wallet again with the Tile Pro. We found this tracker so handy that it earned a spot in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “If you’re within 300 feet of the Tile, you can see its location on the phone app and make it chime, so you can zero in on it,” our tester writes.
You can eschew carrying a power bank with the Nomad 7 Plus, a surprisingly portable set of solar panels with a seven-watt output capacity, making it ideal for extended backcountry trips when tech is necessary. The best feature? An LED indicator that lets you know the strength of the solar conditions. A single USB port allows you to plug a phone or tablet directly into the panels.
The Versa’s simple interface allows users to track their heart rate and sleep quality, while boasting 15 exercise modes. The sleek design of the watch face doesn’t look bulky, like most sport watches. We included the Versa in our roundup of The Best Wearable Tech of 2019.
This speaker was our top pick in our roundup of portable bluetooth speakers. “The Newport is a go-almost-anywhere midsize speaker that does retro and does it really well,” our tester said. With its classic look, easy-to-use controllers, and rich sound, it’s a speaker that rises above the rest.
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.