Upgrade Your Hiking Kit with These End-of-Year Deals
“Our favorite for uphill skiing or wearing under a large mitten, this glove has fleece on the back of the hand for warmth and a combination of polyester and goatskin in the palm for durability,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester. It’s one of the best deals we’ve found on winter gloves.
We included this handy bag in our roundup of the best dog gear of 2020. “This take on the rubber poop-bag dispenser looks like a miniature backpack, and can hold treats, keys, and a cellphone to keep hands free for ear scratches,” wrote tester Abbey Gingras.
The Microlite won our Gear Guy’s insulated water bottle test. “It’s remarkably light, and is the least expensive of the bottles I tested,” he wrote. “It almost never pans out that the lightest, most affordable product also demonstrates the highest performance, but the Microlite 1000 really has it all.”
Salomon got innovative with storage in this vest, giving you the standard front water-bottle pockets and multiple stash pockets for smaller items but also a kangaroo pocket that stretches around the sides. Everything is designed to be accessible without breaking your stride.
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 Daylites water-carrying capacity.
These were our favorite hiking boots of 2017. “We adore this everyhiker’s companion because it does damn near everything well,” wrote our testers. “In short, La Sportiva packaged all the best features into a workhorse shoe that’s exactly what most of us want.”
This stackable pint won our Gear Guy’s test of the best insulated cups. “It had the best insulation of the bunch, and the base fits nicely in a cupholder,” he wrote. “I’ll never complain about a beer mug that can pull double duty for coffee in the mornings.”
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.
Coffee is significantly better when it’s hot, which is why the Rambler mug is an absolute must-have for camping, travel, or around the house. The double-wall vacuum-insulated mug keeps a 24-ounce cup of joe warm for hours. And it’s dishwasher safe.
The Charge 3 tracks exercise in 15 different sport modes, including pace, distance, and heart rate, and there’s sleep-tracking function. On top of that, it features women’s health tracking, water resistance up to 50 meters, and a blood oxygen sensor that tracks disruptions in breathing during sleep.
Outside contributor Wes Siler called these the best hiking boots he’s tested. “If you need ankle support and weather protection, then you’ll find more of that in these Altras at less of a weight penalty, and with more comfort, traction, and support, than you will in just about anything else,” he wrote.
This winter-specific Buff has Polartec fleece on the lower half for extra warmth and Buff’s standard polyester-elastane material on the upper half, so you can dial in the exact coverage you need for the conditions. The four-way stretch piece can be used as a bandana or scarf and has UPF 50 protection against the sun.
Contributor Andrew Skurka tested the Ambit3 Peak for more than 1,500 miles and 300 hours in 2018. For ultra runners and backpackers, the Ambit3 Peak excels in three important ways: its long-lasting battery, its barometer, and price. “It makes the traditional outdoor ABC watch obsolete,” he wrote.
We gave these goggles a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “The optics are tack sharp, with (to our eyes) zero refraction or mirroring. We were able to pick up subtleties in the terrain while bombing a groomer at 40 mph,” our tester wrote. “And our best efforts to get them to fog were met with failure.”
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.”