“This sock did everything extremely well, but mostly it was just damn comfy,” wrote our Gear Guy. The Hiker provides a nice cushion for the heel and forefoot without being too bulky, and the fit is super snug. The merino-nylon-spandex blend is odor-resistant and never itchy.
7 Rain Jackets You Can Wear All Year
Here it is: the best eco-shell in our Summer Buyer’s Guide jacket test. “The three-layer construction is more durable than its 2.5-layer predecessor,” our testers wrote. “Still, as with Torrentshells of old, it’s breathable (pit zips help), a high collar and brimmed hood seal out showers, and there are hand pockets for snacks.”
The Odin 9 Worlds Jacket won our Gear of the Year award in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “It shrugged off everything we could throw at it, then laughed in our faces,” our testers wrote. The brand just released version 2.0, and it’s just as waterproof as the original, but lighter and newly designed.
This waterproof shell is made for movement. Goldwin’s Gore-Tex Pro Stretch Jacket has all the weather protection you need, with the flexibility and smart design features you want for every flavor of outdoor adventure.
We included this rain jacket in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “The exterior nylon is tough, wind-resistant, and stretchy, while the interior is lined with a buttery knit that adds warmth for alpine starts and windy ridge walks,” our tester wrote. The lining does make the jacket less breathable, so it’s best for slower-paced activities.
The Odin Mountain Hybrid pulls double duty as a ski shell and all-year rain jacket. “If you hate loud, plasticky outerwear, consider this soft shell your new favorite jacket. Its four-way-stretch fabric feels like broken-in denim and stays blessedly silent when you move,” our testers wrote.
Outside staffers get compliments on their Marmot PreCip jackets every time they wear them. The simple, streamlined design works well for urban commutes, epic hikes, and high-speed singletrack descents. Plus, Marmot makes them in solid colors that look good on everybody. You won’t find a more reliable, comfortable shell at a better price.
We did a full review of the Zeta FL when it first came out last year and our tester gave it two thumbs up. Made from Gore-Tex Paclite Plus, the jacket (and the matching pants) is waterproof and highly packable. "The Zeta FL will become my new go-to rain jacket for hiking,” our tester wrote.
This suitcase-style pack is ideal for keeping your gear organized and separated. The internal padded laptop sleeve keeps electronic devices safe, and a small pocket on the front of the pack fits documents, a phone, or a notebook. You can carry the Mission three ways: as a suitcase, over the shoulder, or backpack style.
A great everyday layer with technical chops, the Nano Puff packs down to the size of an orange. It brought enough heat to keep our testers warm in low thirty-degree weather. It’s filled with high-loft synthetic insulation, and the ripstop fabric is treated with DWR to repel water.
This portable jump starter is the size of a sandwich, but has the juice to single-handedly revive a vehicle. Charge it via the included USB cable, and throw it in the trunk for additional peace of mind wherever you drive.
“There are plenty of puffy blankets on the market, but the Rumpl Down Puffy takes the cake,” our tester wrote. This compressible, 600-fill down blanket will keep you warm on your next stargazing outing. It's versatile, too: “The Down Puffy can be your sleeping bag stand-in on a summer backpacking trip.”
Outside’s male staffers love the Retro Pile Pullover for its fuzzy, versatile warmth. Credit the double-sided shearling that's soft on the skin. It works great as a midlayer fleece or over a shirt for spring hikes.
The Mega Mat Duo is the most comfortable mattress we’ve used for car camping, hands down. It’s a 10-centimeter-thick air pad with memory foam insulation. It’s pricey, but it’s the closest we’ve come to feeling like we were in our bed at home while camping.
We gave this jacket a Gear of the Year award in 2017. “Think of it as a Nano-Air on steroids: a stretchy, waterproof-breathable fabric wraps the synthetic fill, while the interior is made from the same plush liner as the original. Add pit zips and you have a bombproof jacket that wears and breathes like a sweatshirt,” wrote our tester.
Though Outside columnist Andrew Skurka loves the Garmin InReach Mini, the device’s bigger and older brother, the Explorer+, offers a few nice features at the cost of size and weight: a bigger color screen, more efficient button layout, better virtual keyboard, and longer-lasting battery.
If you work in an open space area or spend time traveling, these headphones are essential. We recommended them for getting work done while on the go because they have Bose’s top-notch noise cancellation technology, 20 hours of battery life, and are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.