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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We featured the Rylo in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best action cameras. “Rylo’s dual-lens camera shoots video in 360 degrees, so you get everything,” our tester wrote. After you're done shooting, the easy-to-use app lets to choose the best footage for your clip.
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.”
If you work in an open space area or spend lots of time in a plane, these headphones are a must. We recommended them this past February for getting work done on long plane rides because they have Bose’s top-notch noise cancellation technology, 20 hours of battery life, and are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The Spartan Sport Baro is one of our favorite pieces of trail running gear. The watch not only tracks distance, pace, and heart rate—it also provides barometric pressure, altitude, elevation gain, and recovery time. Plus, it has 80 different sport modes and is water resistant up to 100 meters.
The Turtle Shell can take a beating. It’s waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and it floats. It comes with multiple strap and mounting options, so you can get boom-box quality sound on your raft, paddleboard, bike, or cooler. Plus, the high capacity lithium-ion battery provides 20 hours of music and acts as a power bank for your phone or other small devices.
Sometimes smartphone cameras don’t cut it. Upgrade that special mother in your life to the Coolpix B600, which features 60x optical zoom, full HD video, and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for sharing photos. The controls are simple, so she can get shooting right out of the box.
If you spend much time in the water, you’ll need a “SwiMP3”—a waterproof set of headphones with an MP3 player that straps to the back of your head. The Finis Duo is fully submersible down to nine feet, has four gigabytes of storage (enough for 1,000 songs), and uses bone-conduction tech, so you can clearly hear the music when your head is underwater.
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 Renogy 100-watt panel is the industry standard for vanlifers. This panel weighs 16.5 pounds and is designed for RVs and boats. It can be used alone, in a series of panels, or as a portable option. With built-in mounting holes and aluminum frame, you can even mount it to the roof of your van. And it’s waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about rain or snow.
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.
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.
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.