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.
6 Things We'd Recommend for the Perfect Home Bar
Every bar needs a jigger—it’s the quintessential measuring tool that helps you get the exact flavor profile you’re looking for in your cocktail. But Izola’s version is also an ice hammer, bottle opener, and corkscrew. Consider it a bartender’s multi-tool.
There’s the right tool for every job, and this knife is perfect for peeling and slicing citrus, cucumbers, herbs, or whatever you’re putting into your drink. It looks and feels great in action, thanks to its hardwood handle, brass details, and stainless steel blade. It even comes with a sharpening stone.
The vast majority of classic cocktails are stirred, not shaken. If you’re going to have only one mixing tool, eschew the shaker for something like this simple glass. The heavy base adds stability when you’re stirring, and a spout makes pouring and straining easy.
Whiskey Peaks makes a series of glasses with iconic mountain-scapes hand-blown into the bottom of the vessels, but there’s something mesmerizing about this version: the liquid glides over a topographic impression of the greatest ditch in the country.
Upgrade that worn-out copy of Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide with this reference book, which gives you a peek inside one of the greatest cocktail bars in the country. It outlines more than 500 drinks you can make at home.
The amount of drinking games you can play is innumerable, but this one is easily the most infectious. This set includes dice, numbers, light math, and gambling if you are so inclined. Throw the dice and pull down the correlating number tiles. Close all the tiles and you win.
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.