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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We featured the Helio 105 in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. “A balsa and flax core makes the ultralight Black Diamond Helio 105 Carbon skis ideal for backcountry touring,” we wrote. The early rise tip and tail also make the skis perform well in powder.
Patagonia’s bunting is made for the adventurous baby. Our Gear Guy’s daughter, Jojo, loves this one for its warm and cozy 600-fill down. “Jojo even hunts for this bunting, picks it up over her head, and runs around with it, shouting her ‘vaventure!’ rally cry until my wife or I make it happen,” wrote Jackson. Bonus: it looks damn cute.
Our Gear Guy called these ski pants his “favorite winter bottoms of all time” because they’re warm, chafe-free, and fit well. Plus, the special beacon pocket on the right thigh keeps your transceiver safe yet accessible in an emergency.
This hoodie was one of our favorite men’s midlayers in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The stretchy merino blend in the arms and back allow venting, while the recycled wool insulation provides packable warmth even when wet. It’s “the perfect piece for nights around the fire on a late-winter camping trip,” we wrote.
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.
This rain jacket is one of our favorite pieces of Black Diamond gear. The Fineline packs into its own chest pocket and is ideal as a just-in-case layer at the crag. “And as ‘Stretch’ in the name implies, the jacket moves with me even if I’m reaching for high holds,” wrote our tester.
This base layer is best for shoulder season. Smartwool’s Merino 150 has all the qualities we love in merino wool—like odor resistance and moisture management—while a touch of nylon allows for easier movement while running or climbing. Plus, the shirt has a snug fit, so you can add extra layers when the temperature drops.
The Micro Puff was our favorite jacket of 2018 because there’s a lot to love about this warm, super-light piece. “The PlumaFill is tacked between sheets of ten-denier nylon fabric in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots,” our tester wrote.
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.