Our Gear Guy tested five lightweight soft shells, and the Keele was his favorite. “I was most impressed with how [it] almost completely repelled water during the shower test, leaving very little moisture on the interior after 30 seconds,” he wrote. This is the jacket you should grab for chilly runs.
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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.
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.
On a search to find the lightest backpacking setup, our tester chose the Q-Core SLX as his favorite sleeping pad. The pad packs down to the size of a Nalgene and weighs 16 ounces. Our tester especially loved the quilted top, “which you’ll gain a deep appreciation for sometime around night four on the trail,” he wrote.
In his test of the Journey Hydration Pack series, our tester wrote: “Ultimately, the Journey packs offer a comfortable ride, which is exactly what you want from a bag when you’re flying down singletrack.” The Journey includes an insulated bladder system, so if cold water on your ride is a priority, this is the pack for you.
Versatility is this headlamp’s calling card. A solid companion for your next camping trip, the Cosmo 225 has a beam distance up to 72 meters and is waterproof, too. Plus, it has five different modes including red night vision and strobe.
Gear editor Ariella Gintzler loves this base layer tank top. “This buttery-soft piece is form-fitting enough to layer but loose enough to wear alone,” she wrote. The merino wool and nylon blend fabric add a mix of durability with odor and moisture management.
The Wide Mouth was selected by our readers—and by our editors—as one of their favorite water bottles. The Nalgene's tough, BPA-free plastic can take a beating; we've slung ours around at crags, banged them against rocks, and generally abused them for years. Yet they still work just as intended—no leaks and only a few scratches, for character.
Gear columnist Jakob Schiller loves the Weekenders. “They look great, have high-quality lenses, and are so affordable that I won't worry about them getting a little bit dinged up,” he says. “It's rare to find one pair of shades I want to wear for 80 percent of the things I do outside—and even rarer to find one at this price.”
We're just as likely to sport this shirt at the campsite as we are at the office. That's because it's simultaneously smartly tailored and tough as nails, thanks to the fact it's made of burly, sustainably-grown hemp. During the summer, a couple of these polos is all we need.
In our roundup of affordable stocking stuffers, we wrote: “This flask should be full of bourbon and tucked into your daypack along with a compass, knife, headlamp, and matches at all times.” Stanley’s Classic Flask is compact, BPA-free, and easy to drink from.