We featured the Alpiner jacket in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best women’s hiking gear. “The 10.6-ounce hooded Alpiner is our backcountry security blanket,” wrote tester Stephanie Pearson. It’s currently 20 percent off for Outside readers with the code OUTSIDE-STIO-S21.
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There are more powerful headlamps out there, but it’s the ultralight design of the 200 that makes it especially intriguing for runners. BioLite ditched its external battery design for a more streamlined design where the light and battery are combined in the front panel, and the brand did it without sacrificing weight (it’s just 1.75 ounces.) or comfort—the 200 offers a truly no-bounce run.
Running in a thick hat is a recipe for overheating at mile two. Opt for this lightweight merino blend that keeps your head and ears warm, but doesn’t trap excessive heat. Thanks to the flat seams and low profile, you can also wear this beanie under helmets while climbing or biking for extra warmth.
Shalane Flanagan paid special attention to her diet when she was training for the 2017 New York City Marathon—a race she won. Later, she worked with chef Elyse Kopecky to transcribe her nutritional know-how and favorite recipes into this cookbook designed for runners. The authors focus on simple meals and snacks that are nutritionally dense but quick to prepare, so runners can fuel on the go.
The Bislett is made from a softshell combo of polyester and nylon that’s water resistant while still exceptionally breathable and soft on the skin. The result is a layer that gives you protection against wind and rain, while adding more warmth than a typical rain shell. The best part? You don’t get that clammy next-to-skin feeling that comes with most hard shells.
After trying out a handful of running masks, tester Graham Averill thinks Buff’s Filter is the most comfortable. The poly-elastane build is super light, fits tight against his face without feeling claustrophobic, and houses replaceable filters that block 98 percent of airborne particles. Bonus: the mask offers UPF 50 protection and dries fast enough to wear for multiple sessions.
Springtime means rainstorms, and the Venture 2 is a budget-friendly way to stay dry, whether you’re dodging drops on your way to work or stuck in a torrential downpour miles from the trailhead. Its 2.5-layer DryVent waterproof-breathable laminate and underarm vents dump unwanted heat buildup.
This lightweight blanket makes any car camping trip better, plain and simple. “A durable waterproof bottom puts up with wet grass or rocky dirt, and the flannel top is comfy to sit on and easy to clean,” wrote our tester Jakob Schiller.
The Fenix 6 is the ideal companion for folks that are serious about training. That’s why we think it makes a great tech gift. It “has the same bells and whistles as its predecessors, but features a larger display, a pacing mode that’s great for runners, and over 2,000 ski maps,” our tester wrote.
The DoubleNest is a lightweight, space-friendly tent alternative for summer camping. Our tester recommended it for making a car campsite feel like home. While it can technically fit two people, we found it ideal for one person who wants a little extra room.
We named the 40-liter Dakine Terminal Spinner the best carry-on luggage in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “Dakine may have read our minds when it designed this smooth four-wheel roller, which addresses some of the biggest pain points of carry-on travel,” our tester wrote.
We gave these buds a Gear of the Year award in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “What puts these over the top is the extra bass,” wrote tester Will Palmer. “Without crowding out high and midrange notes, the rich, undistorted low-end sound simply makes your music livelier, like an extra shot of acoustic adrenaline.”
This was our favorite sport climbing pack in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “Minimalist looks hide this hauler’s true capabilities,” our testers wrote. “A guidebook sleeve, three external pockets, and a clamshell opening keep you organized.”
“The M.U.L.E. carries its share for big adventures,” wrote our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide cycling gear testers. “The 14-liter pack features an included tool roll, a dedicated slot to carry an e-bike battery, and a new ventilated back panel.”
Our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide testers loved the Agility shorts for yoga: “Baggy shorts sag during inversions, but a too-svelte fit can make lunges awkward,” they wrote. “Manduka’s four-way-stretch Agility nails the balance.”