Gear Picks

The Best Socks We’ve Ever Tested, on Sale

We’ve sweat in them, worn them on muddy trails, and through countless miles on pavement. Now they’re discounted.

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$299 $254 from Backcountry
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“At ten inches long, this model packs a mighty massage into a compact design,” wrote tester Christine Yu of the Hypervolt. “It delivers good percussion at three speeds and is no louder than a set of hair clippers.” It was also one of our favorite recovery tools of 2019.
$350 $270 from Garmin
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We included the Venu in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best smartwatches. It has over 20 preloaded sport modes, a built in GPS, and can store music. It also has an incident detection feature which will direct a paired phone to dial an emergency contact in the event of a crash.
$850 $750
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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.
$109 $87 from Evo
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What made our Buyer’s Guide testers fall in love with the Alice? Comfort. “With a wide yoga-style waistband, a buttery Italian chamois, and smart silicone placement to keep the legs from creeping up, the Alice is a good choice for long days in the saddle, with or without shorts on top,” one tester wrote.
$28.95 from Gnarly Nutrition
Getting the proper nutrition for tough workouts at the gym and long days on the trail has never been easier. Fuel₂O is an all-in-one solution, formulated for optimal fueling, replenishment, and recovery. Plus, it’s easy to make—just mix your favorite flavor (limeade, tropical, or cherry cola) with water.
$100 from Backcountry
Gear Director Will Taylor reviewed the Burnt Rock in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide: “Merrell’s no-nonsense, stylish casual shoe can pedal you from the office to the trailhead and then provide the stability you need to hike to the summit. It’s stiff enough for good power transfer, and the light upper breathes well on warm days,” he wrote.
$74 $58 from Janji
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The AFO-Vent Multi short is one of our favorite pairs for warm-weather runs. “Fashioned from a nylon-spandex blend, these shorts have a stunning five pockets below the waistband,” wrote Buyer’s Guide tester Martin Fritz Huber. “The larger ones at back and side fit gloves, while keys or gels go in the two up front.”
$64 $51 from Huckberry
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The Flint and Tinder 365 khaki short is our reviews editor’s daily driver. “Its no-frills cut is simple and clean-looking enough to wear to the office, and its stretchy cotton-Spandex fabric facilitates city bike rides and easy hikes,” he wrote.
$45 from Backcountry
A classic among backpackers, the PocketRocket is one of columnist Graham Averill’s favorite camp stoves: “I refuse to get rid of my PocketRocket, because this featherweight beauty works every time, even after years of use,” he wrote. “I can use it with any cookware, unlike some stoves that require brand-specific add-ons.”
$349 from Backcountry
The Mega Mat Duo is the most comfortable mattress we’ve used for car camping, hands down. It’s a 10-centimeter-thick air pad with memory foam insulation. It’s pricey, but it’s the closest we’ve come to feeling like we were in our bed at home while camping.
$79 from Moosejaw
The Roo Double hammock is optimized for adventure. It's durable, tear resistant, comfortable, and strong enough for two campers. Diamond ripstop nylon adds reinforcement to protect against tearing and ripping and results in the 500-pound weight capacity.

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