We gave this jacket a Gear of the Year award in 2017. “Think of it as a Nano-Air on steroids: a stretchy, waterproof-breathable fabric wraps the synthetic fill, while the interior is made from the same plush liner as the original. Add pit zips and you have a bombproof jacket that wears and breathes like a sweatshirt,” wrote our tester.
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We dig this frameless, 18-liter wonder that’s ideal for fast and light summit missions or just packing extra layers for your nephew’s soccer game. The nine ounce pack has a few key features that separate it from similar builds, like a padded insert in the back panel that adds structure. There’s also a port for a hydration bladder, and the chest and waist straps can be removed entirely.
Coffee is significantly better when it’s hot, which is what makes the Yeti Rambler an absolute must-have. The double-wall vacuum-insulated mug keeps a 14-ounce cup of joe warm for hours. And it’s dishwasher safe.
Black Diamond’s new Spot325 has all of the traits that made the original Spot so popular (night vision, multiple power settings, IPX8 waterproof rating) but in a smaller package that weighs just three ounces. Hit the high beam and you get 325 lumens of LED brightness lighting your way.
Save the planet one to-go beverage at a time with this reusable steel straw that collapses into its own travel case. It even comes with its own telescoping cleaning brush.
The eight-ounce Master is adventure ready with a rust-proof exterior and a stainless-steel interior that resists odors and lingering flavors. It fits perfectly in that chest pocket of your vest, too.
The mountain vista wrapped around your ankle is captivating, but it’s the soft merino wool that will make you want to wear these socks on the reg, whether or not you’re on the trail. They’re soft, warm and just a little bit stretchy, and the ridges on the top of the toe box help lock the sock in place inside your boot to prevent slippage.
The Storm is a perfect example of how far headlamps have come. It’s moderately priced but pumps out 370 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.
“The MIPS liner is separate from the shell, allowing the helmet to rotate, which can reduce the chance of a concussion in the event of an angled impact,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester. “We didn’t go out of our way to take a header, but we were able to confirm that the Wall Rider vents well for the coverage it provides.”
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. (20 percent off with the code 20CLIMBSALE)
We included this rope in our roundup of the best gym climbing gear of 2020. “The Gym Cuts offers Trango’s trademark light weight and durability, but in 30- and 40-meter lengths—perfect for indoor lead walls. No more dragging a full-length rope across the pads,” wrote tester Jenny Earnest.
We have yet to find a better starter climbing kit at this price. Mad Rock’s package has the all the essentials for a session at the climbing gym or crag: an adjustable harness with four gear loops, a chalk ball, chalk bag, Wingman belay device, and a locking carabiner.
Our Gear Guy tested five lightweight soft shells, and the Keele was his favorite. “I was most impressed with how [it] almost completely repelled water during the shower test, leaving very little moisture on the interior after 30 seconds,” he wrote. This is the jacket you should grab for chilly runs.
The First Light’s stretchy face fabric adds durability and breathability while a DWR treatment repels water, dirt, and oil. Testers like what’s inside: PrimaLoft Silver synthetic insulation provides consistent warmth, even through the start and stop cycle of alpine climbing and backcountry skiing. When the snow begins to fall, pull the adjustable hood over your helmet for extra weather protection.
Contributor Jakob Schiller included these pants in his holiday style guide. Schiller found the slim fit flattering and said the spandex-cotton blend “means they’re great on the bike if you commute to work.” They’re also stylish enough to wear at both the office and dinner parties.
These rock rings are a solid budget option for training at home. In our roundup of the best fitness accessories of 2018, we wrote, “These portable climbing holds take [pull-ups] to the next level, turning the standard move into a feat of grip strength.” (20 percent off with the code 20CLIMBSALE)