Our Gear Guy has yet to find a koozie that keeps beverages frosty for longer than the Colster. Its vacuum insulation traps cold air, and the stainless-steel wrap protects your brewski—to an extent—if you drop it. That’s why this insulator is our go-to drink accessory for campground kickbacks.
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This is the hoodie you’d want to pack when hiking the PCT. It’s highly compressible and has a lightweight synthetic fill, and the stretchy fleece side panels and underarms cut down on bulk. We love the strategic insulation in the torso, arms, and hood. When paired with a shell, the Atom LT is a toasty midlayer for long resort days.
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.
Our editor was strictly anti-vest before he was converted by the Atom SL. "Wrapping my torso in the Atom’s combination of light Coreloft polyester insulation, on the front and back, and stretchy polyester panels, on the sides, puts me right in that sweet spot of comfortable, sweatless warmth," he wrote.
Packed with premium 850-fill down in the torso and synthetic insulation elsewhere, the Cerium LT is constructed to retain warmth where you need it (around your core) and manage moisture everywhere else. You’ll barely notice it in your pack: it weighs just 9.7 ounces.
The Sentinel AR was one of our favorite pairs of ski pants in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. With Gore-Tex waterproofing and 100-denier Cordura, they’re mega durable and designed to keep you dry. Plus, “The soft brushed insulation means they can be worn comfortably over thin or thick base layers,” we wrote.
Packability is the Zeta SL’s calling card: it features Gore-Tex’s two-layer Paclite construction, and no lining fabric. It also has excellent breathability, a feature which our testers appreciated while hiking up steep Rocky Mountain passes. For these reasons, this shell is our choice for peak-bagging and backpacking.
This day pack is small, light, and perfect for your everyday carry. It has an internal stash pocket for a tablet or small laptop and an outer pocket for keys or a wallet. Plus, the pack stuffs into its own front pocket for easy storage, so you can bring it on trips without taking up extra space.
The Breeze III was our top choice hiker for the weekend warrior in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide. This boot mixes between a light-duty shoe and a beefy backpacker, thanks to mid-ankle support, a Gore-Tex membrane, and perforated toe and heel vents.
One of Outside columnist Jakob Schiller's favorites, this jacket is made with burly, seven-ounce waxed sailcloth and lined with soft polyester. Like fine leather, it will develop a patina that looks better the more you wear it. “It will not only put up with years of chopping wood but will also look better afterward,” he writes.
The Boot is one of contributor Jakob Schiller’s top three favorite slippers. “If you love backcountry ski huts or car camping in the fall, you need a pair of these slippers,” he wrote. The rubber sole and thick wool upper keep your feet warm and dry on cold hut floors or light snow.
The Momentum is one of our top choice beginner shoes, but it also works just as well for long outdoor multipitch routes or as an intermediate indoor shoe. The relaxed fit is ideal for those who want more toe space, and the breathable knit upper helps keep your feet from overheating.
The Evergreen is the hooded version of the jacket we featured in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The secret sauce is Burton’s Living Lining which expands and contracts to move moisture away from the body and regulate temperature. Plus, the 650-fill down insulation is lightweight and packs down small.
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.
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.