In our 2018 Winter Buyer’s Guide, we picked the Descensionist as one of the best jackets for splitboarding. It “has a soft-shell feel with hard-shell performance,” we wrote. The durable water repellent finish protects you on stormy days and the three-layer construction helps keep you warm while getting up the mountain on cold mornings.
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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.
REI’s boxers are an affordable performance underwear choice for those who don’t want the slim fit of a boxer-brief. “Their poly/spandex blend dries fast, and they’re looser than the other skivvies on this list, leaving plenty of room in the legs and nethers for a full range of movement,” writes contributor Graham Averill.
We included Oiselle’s Roga in our roundup of the best women’s running shorts. The Roga has a thick, flat high-rise compression waistband and roomy legs so they comfortably stay on, but are more spacious than other options. The shorts also have a large zippered waist pocket to store essentials.
This dog bed is a cozy cabin essential for pups. The microsuede top is easy to clean and the recycled polyfill inside is warm and insulating. The Mt. Bachelor Pad is ideal for car camping or cabin trips because it packs into a compact roll for simple transport.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, the Inspire HR Fitness Tracker was one of our favorite pieces of wearable tech. The touchscreen watch has 24/7 activity and sleep tracking, guided workouts, and VO2 max measurement. Plus, it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters, so you can track swimming as well.
We love this chair because it’s easy to fit in a car camping kit and it’s incredibly comfy to sit in. It folds up easily and packs down to 15 inches long, so it doesn’t take up much room in your trunk or pack. We especially like the small mesh pocket which can hold a snack, book, or phone.
Our contributor Wes Siler recommended this harness as the best option for keeping your dogs safe in the car. The Load Up is “the industry leader when it comes to in-car dog safety,” he writes. It easily attaches to a seatbelt with a thick nylon loop that’s comfortable for your pup.
The Garmin InReach Mini weighs only 3.5 ounces and operates like a full-size Garmin InReach. According to our tester, “It retains the core InReach functionality (two-way messaging, location tracking, weather updates) in a package that is more portable.”
This hoodie takes synthetic insulation to a new level with Marmot’s Thinsulate Featherless insulation. The loose fill is quilted into small compartments to keep it from shifting and matches the performance of 700-fill-power down. But unlike down, this jacket will still keep you warm if it gets wet.
We found this rain shell ideal for travelers in our roundup of the best women’s rain jackets because it looks just as good in town as it does on the trail. The organic cotton and recycled polyester blend has a waxed coating to make it waterproof without a plastic feel.
The Mega Mat Duo is the most comfortable mattress we've used for car camping, hands down. It's a 10-centimeter-thick air pad with memory foam insulation. It’s pricey, but it’s the closest we've come to feeling like we were in our bed at home while camping.