Summer Buyer’s Guide 2016
We reviewed 369 products for our Summer Buyer's Guide. Only these 14 earned the coveted Gear of the Year award.
Performance can look good
Personal care essentials for before and after your workout.
Step one: toss those saggy sweats.
Let the music play, wherever your workout takes you.
Get wet. Go long. Have fun.
The best water toys, no matter where you like to paddle
Choice tools for the discerning angler
The right stuff for road and trail
The biggest beneficiaries of the great evolution in bike tech? Lower-cost rides.
We tested 25 women’s bikes in the Arizona desert. These were our four favorites.
Trustworthy kicks for when the going gets rough.
The best kit for road and mountain
You can do better than jeans and a T-shirt
Protect your piggies in the wet
Go hard, recover in style.
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These mountain bikes add grip and confidence without the heft of a full fat bike, making them ideal for loose, sandy trails and super capable on bigger-hit riding. While the development is still in its infancy, with mountain-bike manufacturers debating rim widths and rubber dimensions, we believe it’s a significant advance for dirt steeds.
Style meets comfort in these versatile kicks
The new generation of performance rides are faster, more comfortable, and more capable than ever.
See better, look sharper
A cadre of upstart brands is shaking up cycling clothing. Thank God.
Anything can happen on the open road. Be ready.
From road to trail and back again.
Kit up for your next weekend—or yearlong—getaway
Loyal wrist warriors for whatever you get up to
Roll it on or pack it in
The new design paradigm: fat and fatter
Smarter boards plus lower prices equals happy paddlers
New tools for superior fitness and healthier living
Who says compound bows and bikes don't mix? (But seriously, this is fun.)
Pick the right rig, zip up, then get out
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Everything an adventure companion needs for out-of-town journeys
The dedicated shooter’s everyday kit
Everything you need for quick jaunts or all-day trips.
From bare-bones featherweights to long-haul beasts, there’s a bag out there for you.
Kitchen tools for base-camp chefs
Light is right
Brighten up your night
A cadre of talented new hikers are ready for the trail and beyond.
Your sleeping bag is arguably your most important piece of backcountry gear.
For diehard gear geeks, there’s no more exciting category right now than jackets.
Spending the night outside just got brighter, cleaner, and easier.
A great trip starts with the right roof overhead