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$250 $138 from Backcountry
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The I/O Mag was a highlight of our 2019 Winter Buyer's Guide. Testers particularly loved the easy-to-use lens-swap tech, which relies on sturdy, hassle-free magnets to lock the glass in place. “Best of all, there was no wind channeling or goofy lens dislocation,” we wrote.
$180 $144 from Backcountry
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The Century earned a high safety rating in Virginia Tech and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s lab test—that’s what makes it a solid choice for cyclists who have protection as their biggest priority. “It’s one of the most versatile helmets for riders who race,” wrote tester Berne Broudy.
$110 $75 from Backcountry
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Outside columnist Joe Lindsey thinks the Rime 1.0 is one of the best affordable pieces of cycling apparel. “While the shoe fits all two-bolt clipless pedal systems, it comes with a treaded cleat insert so you can start riding it with flat pedals and upgrade to clip-ins later,” he wrote.
$100 $75 from Moosejaw
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A climbing staple and one of our favorite pieces of gear in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, the Petzl GriGri is an excellent addition to anyone’s kit. The latest version of this assisted braking belay device accommodates a wide range of rope widths.
$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.
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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.
$89 $62 from Backcountry
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Senior gear editor Ariella Gintzler praised these tights for their extreme comfort and durability. “After more than four months of weekly use in the gym and on the gritty sandstone boulders near my home in Santa Fe, these bottoms hardly look worn,” she wrote.
$280 $196 from Backcountry
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This jacket was the best all-around midlayer in our year-long test. “Although it was designed for ski touring, the Zebru is ideal for any fast-paced winter activity where warmth and breathability are key,” our tester wrote. “This is the layer you put on in the morning, never have to think about, and don’t take off until the day is done.”
$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.
$16 $13 from REI
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Need a new pair of workout socks? Look no further than the Elite Max. “These socks are some of the most comfortable we’ve tested,” wrote Buyer’s Guide tester Jenny Earnest. “Thick recycled-polyester fabric cushions your feet, and a secure heel tab keeps them from slipping down.”
$22 $13 from Icebreaker
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“Years ago, I threw out all of my cotton socks and replaced them with three pairs of these lightweight merino items,” wrote columnist Wes Siler. “Aside from skiing (when I wear something taller), and very cold weather activities (where more insulation is needed), that remains my setup today.”

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