The Adventure Pack is a solid all-around gear hauler. “I can fit everything I need for a week in this pack,” wrote our reviews editor. While it’s fantastic for packing gear on extended trips, it has features that make it suitable for everyday use, like a variety of compartments, a laptop sleeve, and a burly exterior.
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Versatility is this headlamp’s calling card. A solid companion for your next camping trip, the Cosmo 225 has a beam distance up to 72 meters and is waterproof, too. Plus, it has five different modes including red night vision and strobe.
Don’t underestimate this little guy. The JBL Clip 3 plays for ten hours on one charge and is waterproof down to a meter. If you want a more powerful sound, connect your JBL to other speakers through a wireless daisy chain. It also has a built-in carabiner, so you can take the party anywhere.
The full-zip version of this windbreaker was one of our favorite pieces of peak bagging gear for its compact size and light protection. This half-zip is ideal for day hikes or getting around town, and it won’t blend into the landscape—that’s just fine with us.
Airport security is no match for this set. Your clothes will stay organized, accessible, and dry, thanks to the water-repellent and stain-resistant coating.
“These sweet performance morsels are so delicious (and not filled with creepy additives) that I find myself using them as both run fuel for myself and dessert for my family,” wrote our Gear Guy, Joe Jackson. “Unlike some bars, they’re light, easy to munch on the move, and eminently digestible.”
Black Diamond’s Spot has all of the traits that made the original version so popular (red night vision, multiple power settings, IPX 8 waterproof rating) but in a smaller package that weighs just 3.2 ounces. It’s not rechargeable (it requires 3 AAA batteries), but its 300 lumens at the highest setting are plenty bright for early morning trail runs and evening sends.
Contributor Andrew Skurka tested the Ambit3 Peak for more than 1,500 miles and 300 hours in 2018. For ultra runners and backpackers, the Ambit3 Peak excels in three important ways: its long-lasting battery, its barometer, and price. “It makes the traditional outdoor ABC watch obsolete,” he wrote.
The TC Pro is the best shoe for big walls and cracks, hands down. “The toe box is pointier than a lot of trad shoes, so it not only fits into small splitters but also holds onto some overhung features, making it uniquely versatile,” wrote our testers.
We featured this 3.4-ounce headlamp in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide for its plethora of features. “[Its] spot- and floodlight modes can work in tandem,” wrote tester Will Palmer. “The resulting 1,400 lumens are like turning on your car’s high beams.”
We featured the Shakedry in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “Sparse but effective, the Shakedry Trail is essentially a waterproof membrane without any additional laminating fabric,” wrote tester Fritz Huber. “That’s why it might be the lightest water- and windproof jacket on the market—a size large weighs just over six ounces.”
The Flexsteps are a Goldilocks option for winter foot traction. Its spikes aren’t too small, nor too deep, so they provide grip on most icy surfaces. They kept our reviews editor sturdy on frozen streets in Iceland, which is why we featured them in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide.