The Flight Futurelight is one of our favorite shells for trail runs in any type of weather. “The Futurelight membrane acts like a nano-sieve: it’s permeable to air but not water, so it’s fully weatherproof and remarkably breathable,” wrote tester Martin Fritz Huber in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide.
Recovery Tools Under $35 to Make Your Muscles Less Mad
Climbers: if you’re spending a lot of time on the hangboard, your digits need love. This tiny massager provides 360 degrees of pressure as you roll it up and down your overworked phalanges. Pro tip: keep it hooked on your keys, so you can massage on the go or when you’re stuck in traffic.
Tight shoulders? Work the small end of the hook into the sore muscle and pull slightly, kneading the tissue into submission. Choose from two hooks and three other knobs so you can dial in the angle and pressure.
“This torturous-looking device is my go-to tool for relieving pain and relaxing stubbornly tight muscles,” wrote tester Aleta Burchyski. “With one or two consecutive daily uses, I feel more mobile and free of discomfort for a few days.”
There are gentle massage tools, and then there’s the Beastie Ball, which is designed to dig deep into a specific trouble zone. Use it on the floor or with its base, which adds even more pressure. It’s great for big muscles, like the glutes or quads, which can be tough to dig into with lesser tools. But use it against the wall and it’s good for more sensitive areas like the middle of the back.
Imagine a foam roller that doesn’t move—that’s the idea behind the curve ball. Set it on the ground (or wall if you want lighter pressure) and dig it into the tissue that needs work. It’s less pin-pointed than the Beastie Ball, but does the trick for your shoulders and lower back. The X is firm, but they make a softer version if you’re looking for less pain.
Trigger Point makes some of the best foam rollers, but the MB5—a five-inch round, dense foam ball—delivers a deeper tissue massage than your typical roller. Set it on the ground and roll out your glutes, lower back, calves and quads. It’s like a complete lower body massage.
Just because you’re car camping doesn’t mean you can’t snuggle. Kelty’s popular love seat is like a camp couch, made from quilted 600-denier polyester and reclined for added comfort. The adjustable armrests have cupholders (a must, really). Be warned: the Discovery ain’t light at 15 pounds, but the added coziness is worth the weight.
This 21-liter pack is the epitome of clean, functional design. A unique three-zip closure on the front allows you to easily see the contents of your bag without having to dump it all out. The face fabric is a super-durable 500-denier Cordura, which you’ll be hard-pressed to tear. Read our tester’s full review here.
Columnist Jakob Schiller loves the Vista for running: “They’re fully waterproof, so I don’t have to worry about ruining them with sweat or in the rain; and they never slip out of my ears or need adjustment as I bound along on trails or pavement,” he wrote. Read his full roundup of winter workout gear here.
This practical, sturdy headlamp pumps out 250 lumens and only weighs 2.9 ounces. The Cosmo is surprisingly feature-rich considering its affordable price tag: it has three different output settings, a red light mode, and can be dimmed or brightened with the touch of a button.
Editor Maren Larsen called this bag “the best gift she’s ever received.” While the original version of the Lamina she tested is discontinued, this is the newest model. “The inside feels like a cloud wrapped in silk sheets, thanks to the polyester-taffeta lining,” she wrote. Read her full review here.
These gloves raised nearly $225,000 when they debuted on Kickstarter in 2016. Contributor Jakob Schiller is a big fan. "With a waxed and baked leather outer, waterproof-breathable membrane, and Thinsulate insulation, they're great for frigid resort ski days while being breathable enough for long backcountry missions," he wrote.
These gloves live in columnist Jakob Schiller’s car at all times. “The leather palm is tough enough for putting on chains or sawing wood but supple enough for riding a bike,” he wrote. “Wool on the back lets your hands breathe, and a wool lining inside keeps your digits warm, even when it’s below freezing.”
This polyester mask comes in a kit that includes a three-pack of filters and a protective storage pouch. It’s finished with an antimicrobial treatment that the brand says will diminish after 30 washes. One tester said the wire over the nose “gives a secure fit without feeling like Darth Vader.”
Our Gear Guy called the Lowball the only Yeti product you actually need. “I’ve been using this tumbler almost every day since August 2015, and after four and a half years of heavy use, it still works just as well as the day I got it,” he wrote.