Introducing Outside’s Gear Picks

Our new site section makes shopping for killer-value gear even easier


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For over 40 years, Outside has helped its readers find the best gear to pair with their active, adventure-filled lives. It’s a big job and one that our five-person gear team takes very seriously. Every year we hold weeklong bike and ski tests and send dozens of contributors to far-flung places to use and abuse products.

Our gear coverage takes a variety of forms, from our long-form reviews to our Gear Guy’s playful tests (yes, that Yeti of yours can stand up to a grizzly) to quick product and deals highlights. It’s the latter that we’ve started showcasing on Gear Picks, a new curated selection of featured gear.

We’ve tested and heartily recommend everything that you see here, but you won’t find the full reviews on this page. Everything is presented in a shorter, easy-to-scroll (and easy-to-shop) format. We stand by these products—and the retailers that sell them—and many of our editors use this stuff weekly. We also know that outdoor gear can be prohibitively expensive, which is why we’ve started partnering with retailers to give you the firsthand scoop on major sales. Gear Picks will allow us to increase this type of coverage and get you more gear for less. (You can see all of the discounted gear here.)  

Of course, our in-depth reviews aren’t going away. You can still read them in our Gear GuyIndefinitely Wild, and Perfect Thing columns and all of our new traditional gear stories can be delivered straight to your inbox when you sign up for our Gear Fix newsletter. And if you’re looking for the latest and greatest, scan our most recent Buyer’s Guide

Finally, we earn an affiliate commision on every product that a reader buys. We don’t get paid to write about those products, and we pride ourselves on our independent, authoritative gear reviews. We want to help our readers make informed buying decisions; if we do our job right, they will either decide a product does or doesn’t work for them—and if it’s the former, their purchases help fund our editorial work. If you want to learn more, here’s our full stance on affiliate links.

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