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backpack

Kelty Zyp 38 Pack (Women's)

$150 $112 from REI 25% off

Kelty brought back the external frame pack but with a modern twist. The Zyp uses a lightweight steel frame and a suspension system that doesn't suffocate your back. “I found it light and incredibly comfortable despite the water, camera, and food I was carrying,” our gear editor wrote.

vest

Howler Brothers Rounder Vest (Men’s)

$135 $95 from Howler Brothers 29% off

We featured the Rounder in our selection of the best puffy vests. It melds classic western style with modern materials, like a water-resistant, rip-stop outer shell and Primaloft One insulation. Outside contributor Graham Averill wrote: “We like the touch of corduroy on the shoulders and the front snap pockets.”

Saola Cannon Shoes (Women's)

$100 $70 from Saola 30% off

The Cannons are some of our favorite women's sneakers. “Every aspect of this sneaker uses environmentally sustainable materials and construction,” our tester writes, “but it doesn’t look like a 'green' shoe, and that’s the point.” The synthetic upper uses recycled plastic bottles and the soles use Bloom foam made from repurposed algae.

skiing

Mountainsmith Boot Cube 56L Storage Bag

$70 $52 from Backcountry 25% off

When it's time to pack for a ski trip, our gear testers opt for the Boot Cube because it keeps their gear organized and compact. The Cube has built-in ventilation holes to let your boots air out and dry after a long day on the slopes. The front and interior pockets let you store your helmet and goggles in one place.

mug

United by Blue Enamel Mug Candle

$38 $21 from Backcountry 44% off

Treat yourself to cozy cabin vibes this fall with one of our favorite essentials from last year: the United by Blue Enamel Mug Candle. The nine-ounce candle gives you 40 hours of pine-and-vanilla-scented cabin bliss. When the candle is used up, wash the mug out and you have a handy coffee mug for your next camping or cabin trip.

running

Scarpa Spin Ultra Running Shoe (Men's)

$149 $112 from Backcountry 24% off

The Spin Ultra won our 2019 Gear of the Year award for its high-quality performance on the trail. The Vibram Megagrip soles “serve up unparalleled traction,” our testers said. Plus, Scarpa added extra cushioning to the Spin Ultra for all-day comfort whether you’re charging up a hill or doing ultra-distance runs.