Like many Minnetonka slippers, the fluffy interior lining of the Camp Slip On keeps your feet toasty, while the rubber outsole allows you to transition between the campsite, walks around the neighborhood, and your house. Testers loved the soft suede construction, which only adds to the Slip On’s comfort.
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This vest is inspired by a 1996 design that looks cool, but keeps you seriously warm. It's built with a water-repellent finish and 700-fill goose down. When it gets too toasty, the vest packs down into the chest pocket for easy transport.
These aren’t the sleekest boots, and we're perfectly fine with that. One of our testers covered thousands of miles in these kicks and she loved the nylon shanks in the outsole as well as the stiff rubber over the toe.
Block the wind and beat the heat with this ultra-light shell. The Featherlight has ventilation panels to dump heat on tough climbs and a wind-protective panel in the front. And the jacket has a water-repellent finish, so you can stay on the saddle no matter the weather.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, we picked the Signal 20 as the best daypack for travel. It has five exterior pockets along with the main compartment and an easy-access laptop sleeve. Plus, the main chute has an additional organizer panel to store pens, passport, keys, and snacks.
These boots have two millimeters of neoprene-like insulation, so they’re ideal for yard work on a cold, wet day. The undersides of your feet will stay protected from sharp, surprise objects, thanks to the wide steel shank built into the sole.
These buds made it into our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide in our list of the best audio gear. They're lightweight and have a cord that clips to your shirt to stay in place. The sound quality is “faithful to your favorite tracks,” our tester says, but be aware—the buds do not lend themselves to aquatic activity.
Outside columnist Jakob Schiller included this jacket in his roundup of his favorite fall layers. “A blend of cotton, hemp, and spandex makes this coat the most versatile layer I own,” he wrote. “The soft cotton is comfy for lounging around the house or the campfire, while the hemp adds durability.”
The original Ghost Whisperer is our Gear Guy’s favorite lightweight down jacket. The 800-fill-power down is toasty, and the feather treatment helps it stay dry longer, even in wet environments. If you’re concerned about weight, this is the jacket you want—it weighs less than eight ounces.
In our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide, we featured this jacket as one of our favorite midlayers. “The Wolverine Cirque is for those of us who can’t decide what kind of midlayer to wear,” we wrote. This clever piece has the warm synthetic fill of a puffy and the stretchy, quick-drying qualities of a fleece.
The Vantage Point is a full mesh trucker that has more structure than your typical running hat, but it’s still built with crushable materials, so you can pack it away without ruining it. It dries fast and fits any head thanks to a snapback fit that has an extra elastic adjustment, but we really love the slots on the side of the hat, which allow you secure the arms of your sunglasses.
The two-liter Multipass can be worn as a shoulder sling, but we like it better as a waist pack. The belt wraps around low on the hip bones, so it doesn’t squeeze your stomach, and the bounce is so minimal that we forget we’re wearing it. The bag has enough space for a phone, mask, wallet, and water, but the only detail missing is an external bottle holder—we have to unzip the bag to get a drink.
Our Gear Guy praised this shirt in his test of the best performance flannels. “The Fjord deserves points for its 100 percent organic cotton, which felt soft and supple, and it had just enough give to never slow me down as I rode the Jabberwocky Trail outside Ashland, Oregon,” he wrote.
Osprey specially designed the Ariel AG for women backpackers by having the designers go backpacking with groups of women testing the pack. The pack uses Osprey’s Anti-Gravity suspension system for ultimate comfort and has a custom-moldable hipbelt. “The Ariel AG is one of the most comfortable packs I’ve ever used,” wrote our tester, Kelly Bastone.
We featured these slippers in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The braided and tanned water buffalo upper stays true to its heritage roots in India, but the goat-leather lining and natural rubber outsole deliver a much needed dose of modern comfort: “The City molded to our feet for a truly custom fit,” our tester 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. (20 percent off with the code 20CLIMBSALE)