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 pages in this notebook are made of synthetic paper, so they’re tearproof and waterproof. Even if it goes overboard on a rafting trip, or your tears cascade onto the pages while reading your own poetry, your doodles and notes will remain unscathed.
We love Huckberry’s Flint and Tinder line because it’s affordable and classically stylish. These socks are no exception. We also dig that they’re built with wool, so your toes won’t freeze at the campsite.
This mug is your new early morning campsite companion. Brew your instant coffee of choice (we suggest Pourtables by Libra Coffee) and start your day off right.
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.
This solar-powered light packs down to the size of an ice cream sandwich, so you’ll barely notice it until you need it. When you do, the light runs for up to 50 hours with one charge, and has clips so you can hang it on a tent loop or backpack. Plus, it’s equipped with three modes: white, full color, and party mode, so you can set the mood.
Small enough to keep in your pocket, this notebook is an inconspicuous companion for your next adventure. Keep track of your New Year’s resolutions, or just your grocery list––totally up to you.
Slim is Flowfold's calling card. Made from X-Pac—the same lightweight, waterproof material used in racing sails—the Outlier has a minimalist design with only four card pockets. The wallet itself is thin enough to be front-pocket friendly and weighs less than an ounce.
The PlatyPreserve lets you leave the glass bottle at home and is one of our favorite collapsible items. When empty, the bag rolls up and weighs under one ounce, so it doesn’t add much weight to your kit.
This sock may look old-school due to its classic design, but there’s more to it than that. It’s made with American-grown supima cotton, which makes it light and soft. Thanks to the padded sole, this sock is suitable whether you’re taking a light hike or lounging on your yacht like JFK, who inspired the style.
In our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide, this mini lantern was one of our favorite pieces of travel gear. The 100-lumen light has a handy magnetic strap for carrying or hanging and can last up to 15 hours on the highest setting. We recommend it for lounging around campsites, yurts, or cabins.
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.