Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. “It has a laid-back style that goes great with jeans and even better with boardshorts, making it a versatile layer on the river or around town,” our tester said.
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In 2018, we called this jacket “the holy grail of waterproof jackets.” “It feels softer than a soft shell but as waterproof as any hard shell I’ve used,” our tester said. If you want a jacket that covers all the bases with weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch, look no further than the Interstellar.
These buds made it into our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide in our list of the best audio gear. They're lightweight and have a cord that clips to your shirt to stay in place. The sound quality is “faithful to your favorite tracks,” our tester says, but be aware—the buds do not lend themselves to aquatic activity.
Stock up for the next ski season with this Gear of the Year-winning helmet. “After more than a dozen testers placed the Switcher on their noggins, all agreed that it was the most comfortable helmet they’d worn,” we wrote. The helmet ticked all the boxes we wanted (like a MIPS construction and a magnetic closure on the strap).
Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. Made from a rugged water-resistant nylon treated with UPF 50-plus sun protection, it fends off wind and water while still looking casual enough to wear around town.
The Versa’s simple interface allows users to track their heart rate and sleep quality, while boasting 15 exercise modes. The sleek design of the watchface doesn’t look bulky, like most sport watches.
We included the Eddie in our roundup for the best sun shirts because it’s stretchy, dries fast, and has a UPF 50+ rating. “It’s as performance-minded as your favorite tech tee but good-looking enough to wear about town,” our tester said. Added style points for the pearl snaps.
Made from water-resistant nylon and stuffed with a healthy dose of synthetic insulation, the Howser III is perfect for frosty morning walks to the coffee shop or long winter nights in the cabin. And a non-marking rubber sole won't mess up your floors if you decide to wear them in the house.
Outside gear tester Jakob Schiller can’t say enough about the Chandler CNX shoes. These kicks held up against the abuse of both his children as they grew in and out of them. He says, “Even after years of wear, they’re in great shape. I can’t say that about any other brand of shoe my kids have ever worn.”
The Rose sandal looks great, but can handle some adventure, too. The front toe bumper provides extra protection from rocks and sticks, and the rubber outsole has multi-directional lugs—like you'll see on hiking boots or running shoes—for increased traction.
This boot’s narrow last and high arch make an ideal pairing for women's feet on long hikes or around town. One of our testers was immediately in love when she took them out of the box and went up a steep hike blister-free—so much so that we featured them in Outside’s Best Women’s Hiking Gear of 2017.
This pack is a larger version of the ACT Lite we included in our best women’s backpacking packs roundup. We especially like how the expandable collar adds 10 liters of storage. “If you’re shopping online and can’t try on the pack in person, the ACT Lite is likely to feel comfy no matter your shape,” our testers wrote.
ExOfficio blends Tencel, a natural fabric that has a cooling effect on your skin, with cotton to make this supersoft top that wicks well and has a UPF 40 rating. Pop comes courtesy of the Hawaiian-inspired floral print.
As the name implies, this UPF 40 shirt is built with fishing in mind, but you don’t need to be carrying tackle to appreciate the details. It’s made from a light polyester-nylon blend that’s puckered like seersucker so less material touches your skin. A sunglasses cleaner built into the hem is a nice, user-friendly hit.
The Terminal Deflector offers top-notch protection for long days in the sun, with a hood and a built-in turtleneck-like gaiter. In addition to the UPF 50 rating, the fabric is loaded with metallic dots on the outside that reflect sunlight. And Columbia’s Omni-Freeze treatment, which reacts with your sweat to cool down, is also a fun trick.
O’Neill goes casual with this long-sleeved slim-cut top, which is made from a light polyester with plenty of stretch, so you can wear it all day, whether you’re surfing, fishing, or just sitting in a beach chair. The notable UPF 50+ rating is one of the highest we found in a sun shirt.
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