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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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.
Quality insulation doesn’t have to be expensive. Case in point: the REI Co-op 650 Down jacket. It weighs just 10.5 ounces and packs into its own pocket when you don’t need it. It’s a perfect midlayer for colder winter pursuits, thanks to the 650-fill down insulation, and it’s lightweight enough to be a good stand-alone piece in milder weather.
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.
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.
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.
We recommended this merino base layer top as a worthwhile splurge item for hiking the PCT. “Having a set of dry, relatively clean clothes to sleep in will keep you warmer and your sleep setup from getting dirty,” wrote PCT hiker, Taylor Gee. Plus, the naturally odor resistant merino wool will keep you feeling clean after long stretches on the trail.
If you run cold, this pair of silk long underwear is what you want this winter. “I've thrown this pair of long underwear around for a couple years now and they're surprisingly rugged,” said our tester. The thin, lightweight fabric also makes them easy to wear under additional layers.
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.
These rain pants are pro hiker Wesley Trimble’s top choice pants for winter hiking. The recycled ripstop nylon is flexible and allows total range of motion. Trimble adds a midlayer under the Rainier Rain Pants to keep him toasty even on snowy, winter hikes.
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.
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.