We picked the 10-Year as one of our favorite hoodie upgrades. “The cotton-polyester blend is warm enough for cool-weather workouts,” our tester wrote. Flint and Tinder made it durable enough to last for the next decade, so if you rip it or tear it, they’ll repair it for free.
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In our long-term test of women’s ski pants, this pair was our top pick for eco-friendliness. “The hefty $549 price tag is easier to swallow when you consider that everything about this pant, from performance to sustainability, is on point. Finding a pair on sale leaves you no excuse not to invest,” our tester Crystal Sagan wrote.
Last spring, our Gear Guy tested five different fleeces and the Tekno Ridge came out on top. “It excelled during every activity and looks so good that my wife stole it from me,” he wrote. This hoodie is close-fitting for easy movement, sturdy enough to fend off 15-mile-per-hour headwinds, and has side-seam zips to dump heat.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, this was our favorite all-mountain charger. “The toothy Vibram Megagrip lugs offer killer traction, and that surefootedness, combined with massive Hoka cush, inspires confidence on technical terrain,” we wrote. The third version of the shoe has an updated tongue and a heartier toe bumper.
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.
The Sabre Snow Pants are our Gear Guy’s favorite do-everything pants, which he included in his ultimate ski touring kit. “The perfectly articulated legs bend and move like champs while I’m skinning, and ample zippered vents prevent sweat buildup,” he wrote. If you plan to really get after it this winter, these are the pants you want.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, these were our favorite all-mountain chargers. “The toothy Vibram Megagrip lugs offer killer traction, and that surefootedness, combined with massive Hoka cush, inspires confidence on technical terrain,” we wrote. The third version of the shoe has an updated tongue and a heartier toe bumper.
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. That’s why we called it “a tent with every creature comfort you’d want at a drive-in campsite.”
A handy sack for gardening, foraging, and holding weekend sundries, the Harvesting and Gathering Bag has a removable waterproof liner, so cleaning it out after a day of heavy use is a breeze. (Currently 15 percent off with code MothersDay at checkout.)
In our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide test, the Interstellar blew our crew away with an uncanny mix of weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch. “It feels softer than a soft shell but as waterproof as any hard shell I’ve used,” said one tester. “Not to mention that it’s the most breathable rain shell imaginable.”
Contributor Bryan Rogala tested the Cloudburst jacket on hunting trips in New Mexico, but he also loves it for hiking. “The Sitka pieces I wear hunting have been some of the best-performing clothes I’ve ever used in the outdoors, full stop,” he wrote. Read his full review of the brand here.
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.
The Flip 20 was one of our favorite tech tools of 2016. This portable charger will recharge your phone or headlamp twice. “At a barely-there 4.6 ounces and no bigger than a jumbo pack of Doublemint gum, it’ll slip into your jacket so you can charge on the go,” we wrote.
The H Bar B Snapshirt is style combined with functionality. Our gear editor recommended this shirt because it let him be “more comfortable at the office without looking like a schlub who just rolled out of bed.” The wrinkle-resistant material keeps the shirt looking clean. Plus, it has a sunglasses-cleaning microfiber-lined hem.
These placed first in our test of noise-canceling headphones under $150. “Low-frequency sounds, like road noise and car engines are the things you want to drown out. After listening to all three pairs back-to-back in my truck with the engine running, the Ankers were the clear winner,” wrote tester Bryan Rogala.
This shoe won our Gear of the Year award in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Its “engage-as-needed support system makes for an exceptionally comfortable ride,” wrote our testers. “It’s a great choice for neutral runners whose feet collapse inward when they’re tired and for chronic pronators who’ve had their fill of bulky shoes.”
The Daylite doesn’t come with a bladder, but there’s storage aplenty: 20 liters in the main compartment plus an exterior pocket. The sleeve in the main compartment can house a reservoir you buy separately, or it’ll accommodate a tablet or small laptop if you’re just using it for commuting. If you’re extra thirsty, two side bottle pockets boost the Daylite’s water-carrying capacity.