We picked the 10-Year as one of our favorite hoodie upgrades. “The cotton-polyester blend is warm enough for cool-weather workouts,” our tester wrote. Flint and Tinder made it durable enough to last for the next decade, so if you rip it or tear it, they’ll repair it for free.
6 Tools to Take Your Gardening to the Next Level
Grow your own delicious herbs easily with this all-in-one kit. Our digital managing director, Abigail Wise, loves her AeroGarden because she always has fresh herbs at the ready for cooking. The low-effort system comes with a grow light that operates on a timer, so all you have to do is add water, plant food, and hit “start new cycle.”
Our senior digital marketing manager, Katie Cruickshank, currently owns two of these trowel-knives and can’t get enough of them. The concave blade works as a shovel and has a sharp slicing edge and a serrated edge for different cutting needs. Cruickshank especially likes the knife’s burly look.
When harvesting herbs, your plant will heal quicker from a clean, precise cut. Gear director Will Taylor uses the Taskmaster shears and says they’re invaluable for indoor gardening. The best feature? The two blades separate for quick cleaning and sharpening.
Video producer Emily Reed uses this kit to grow mushrooms because it’s easy to care for and comes with everything you need, including organic soil with oyster mushroom spawn and a spray bottle. Bonus: this makes for a simple, kid-friendly project.
For those without a green thumb who want an inexpensive way to grow indoor plants, succulents are the way to go. We put these cuttings in a pot with well-draining, damp soil, and they’re still thriving six months later. Succulents do well inside and generally only need a light watering around once a week.
Aside from their classic look, terra-cotta pots offer a slew of benefits for your indoor plant buddies. The porous clay lets soil breathe and dry out so you’re less likely to overwater—especially important for indoor succulents. These small planters also have a drainage hole at the bottom to avoid water buildup and a matching saucer to catch any extra runoff.
The Tufly received big praise in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide test of the best tents: “Might be the best tent I’ve ever used,” wrote one tester. It’s built to withstand three-season temperatures and has two doors and vestibules for easy access. That’s why we called it “a tent with every creature comfort you’d want at a drive-in campsite.”
A handy sack for gardening, foraging, and holding weekend sundries, the Harvesting and Gathering Bag has a removable waterproof liner, so cleaning it out after a day of heavy use is a breeze. (Currently 15 percent off with code MothersDay at checkout.)
In our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide test, the Interstellar blew our crew away with an uncanny mix of weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch. “It feels softer than a soft shell but as waterproof as any hard shell I’ve used,” said one tester. “Not to mention that it’s the most breathable rain shell imaginable.”
Contributor Bryan Rogala tested the Cloudburst jacket on hunting trips in New Mexico, but he also loves it for hiking. “The Sitka pieces I wear hunting have been some of the best-performing clothes I’ve ever used in the outdoors, full stop,” he wrote. Read his full review of the brand here.
The full-zip version of this windbreaker was one of our favorite pieces of peak bagging gear for its compact size and light protection. This half-zip is ideal for day hikes or getting around town, and it won’t blend into the landscape—that’s just fine with us.
The Flip 20 was one of our favorite tech tools of 2016. This portable charger will recharge your phone or headlamp twice. “At a barely-there 4.6 ounces and no bigger than a jumbo pack of Doublemint gum, it’ll slip into your jacket so you can charge on the go,” we wrote.
The H Bar B Snapshirt is style combined with functionality. Our gear editor recommended this shirt because it let him be “more comfortable at the office without looking like a schlub who just rolled out of bed.” The wrinkle-resistant material keeps the shirt looking clean. Plus, it has a sunglasses-cleaning microfiber-lined hem.
These placed first in our test of noise-canceling headphones under $150. “Low-frequency sounds, like road noise and car engines are the things you want to drown out. After listening to all three pairs back-to-back in my truck with the engine running, the Ankers were the clear winner,” wrote tester Bryan Rogala.
This shoe won our Gear of the Year award in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Its “engage-as-needed support system makes for an exceptionally comfortable ride,” wrote our testers. “It’s a great choice for neutral runners whose feet collapse inward when they’re tired and for chronic pronators who’ve had their fill of bulky shoes.”
The Daylite doesn’t come with a bladder, but there’s storage aplenty: 20 liters in the main compartment plus an exterior pocket. The sleeve in the main compartment can house a reservoir you buy separately, or it’ll accommodate a tablet or small laptop if you’re just using it for commuting. If you’re extra thirsty, two side bottle pockets boost the Daylite’s water-carrying capacity.