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.
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The Sabre Snow Pants are our Gear Guy’s favorite do-everything pants, which he included in his ultimate ski touring kit. “The perfectly articulated legs bend and move like champs while I’m skinning, and ample zippered vents prevent sweat buildup,” he wrote. If you plan to really get after it this winter, these are the pants you want.
Outdoor Research took its best selling Gripper gloves and added a rechargeable, battery-powered heating system to keep your hands toasty. The grippy, synthetic leather palms help you hold onto an axe, shovel, or ski poles, and the thumbs and pointer fingers are both touch-screen compatible.
During our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide test, the Hemispheres bib was the least flashy of the bunch but offered the best ski-specific fit. We love the “stretchy panels that lend them an ‘Am I even wearing pants?’ feel.” The strategically placed zippers also make going to the bathroom quick and easy.
Our testers called the Cosmic Down 20 one of the best bang-for-your-buck sleeping bags in our 2018 roundup. It’s stuffed with 600-fill down, wrapped in a 50-denier ripstop polyester shell, and rated down to 20 degrees.
The Singlefin is one of our favorite pairs of women’s sunglasses. “They’re nice and snug, so they stay put for hours on the trail or working out without slipping,” wrote our health editor. “They are ideal for running, but pass for casual shades just as well.”
We featured the Crossrange in our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Its lenses “pump up detail and depth, even in flat light, while mirroring mitigates glare,” wrote tester Mike Steere. “It comes with swappable temple and nose pieces—one set more heavily rubberized for sport, one toned down for the street.”
Federal regulations limit how much capsaicinoids (the active eye- and nose-stinging ingredient) bear sprays can have, and most options on the market hit that maximum. But the Sabre Frontiersman has a long range (up to 30 feet), and the company makes a training spray so you can safely practice without wasting the real stuff.
One of our editors’ favorite layers to cozy up in after a long day of skiing, the Better Sweater can also be dressed up thanks to the heathered knit face. We also like the zippered pocket on the sleeve, which is handy for keys and cards.
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.
A pair of high-quality merino wool socks are a worthy investment in our book, considering that unpleasantries on the trail––blisters and chafe––start with wet feet. These socks wick and breathe exceptionally well, and are built to provide warmth and comfort for all-day endeavors.
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.”
Our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide tester Mike Steere picked the Switchfoot as the best pair of shades for driving: “In the sun, the polarized synthetic lenses offer incredible depth, detail, and glare reduction,” he wrote. “You won’t look so bad, either, in these big shades that harken back to 1970s Hollywood hunk style.”