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Summer Buyer’s Guide 2015

Hike

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Not long ago, there were three clearly defined categories for jackets: waterproof hard shells, stretchy and breathable soft shells, and wind shells.

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Choosing the right tent requires finding the perfect balance of price, weight, and space.

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The latest hikers are lighter and more tricked out than ever before.

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The rising cost of down is spurring insulation alternatives that will have us all sleeping soundly.

Choose the right type, fit, capacity, and features, and away you go.

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Tools to improve backcountry adventures.

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All you need to tackle unbolted routes.

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Pitching the ultimate base camp has never been easier. —Sam Moulton Pitching the ultimate base camp has never been easier. —Sam Moulton (Michael Karsh) Primus FireHole 100 stove There are no fancy features and few moving parts on the FireHole ($150)—and that’s…

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Travel

Michael Frank

Capture pro-quality images with affordable high-tech tools.

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Is there a more important piece of gear than the one that lets you see the world clearly? Of course not.

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The Best Travel Shoes of 2015

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Most functional bags of 2015.

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The Best Watches of 2015.

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Bike

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Electronic shifting, fat tires, and stronger wheels make the latest mountain bikes funner than ever.

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Halo-bike technology comes to the masses at last.

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Our favorite kit for trail riding and racing.—Aaron Gulley Our favorite kit for trail riding and racing.—Aaron Gulley (Michael Karsh) Leatt 3DF Air Flex elbow and knee pads Finally, guards made for all-day…

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The Road Biking Essentials of 2015

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The Commuting Essentials of 2015

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These are the workhorses of the bike world—and with plenty of panache at last. —Aaron Gulley   These are the workhorses of the bike world—and with plenty of panache at last. —Aaron Gulley  (Michael Karsh) Shinola Detroit Arrow Best For:…

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The Bikepacking Essentials of 2015

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Run

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The result of years of chaos—go minimalist! go fat! don't change a thing!—in the running market? Everybody wins.

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The best thing going in this year's crop of shoes? Diversity.

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The Ultralight Trail Running Essentials of 2015

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Fitness

Michael Frank

With so many new tools to track performance, choosing the right one is its own sport.

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The Best Workout Wear of 2015.

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Portable sound for the active lifestyle.

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The best fuel of 2015.

Martin Mulkeen

The Grooming Essentials of 2015

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Float

Mark Anders

As the sport grows up, there are more and butter SUPs for all kinds of paddlers.

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The trick to choosing the right boat? Think hard about where—and how—you'll use it.

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The Fly-Fishing Essentials of 2015

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Women

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The Best Women's Running Shoes of 2015

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The Women’s Running Essentials of 2015

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The best rides of the year for trail and pavement.

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The Best Women’s Biking Accessories of 2015

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The Women’s Through-Hiking Essentials of 2015

From high performance to street style.

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Get the most from your time on the water.

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