Outside Winter Buyer's Guide
2009/2010 Winter Buyer's Guide

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Outside Winter Buyer's Guide

2010 Buyer’s Guide Videos

Summer

Outside Winter Buyer's Guide

Outside Winter Buyer's Guide 2009/2010 Winter Buyer's Guide


Trail Shoes


Sleeping Bags


Women’s Gear


Road Bikes


Road Runners


Shells

Winter


Women’s Gear


Jacket: Rossignol Hit 2


Boot: Patagonia Koyuk


Ski: Atomic D2 VF 75


Snowboard: Burton Feelgood V-Rocker


Snowboards


Arbor Draft


Rossignol Angus


Burton Method


Snowshoes


Tubbs Flex Alps


Northern Lights Backcountry


Skis


K2 Sidestash


Salomon X-Wing Fury


Volkl Tiger Shark Power Switch 11


Ski Jackets


Patagonia Reconnaissance


Columbia First Descents Parka


Arc’teryx Sentry


Accessories


Goggle: Smith Optics I/OS


Helmet: Giro Seam


Base Layer: Sugoi Speedster 2


Jackets


Nau Down Hoody


Rab Microlight Alpine Event


Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Hoody


Eddie Bauer First Ascent Peak XV


Running Shoes


Nike LunarGlide+


Asics Gel-Pulse


Saucony ProGrid Razor

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Hikers


Merrell Riot


An all-purpose hiker for a Killer Value.


Vasque Equalizer


An approach shoe that excels on technical terrain.


Kayland Vertigo Light


Our Gear of the Year winning hiking boot.



Tents


Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2


An ultralight model for the fast-and-light crowd.


Big Agnes Gore Pass 2


A Killer Value for either backpacking or car camping.


Nemo Losi 3P


Our Gear of the Year winning tent.



Jackets


Marmot Aegis


Our Gear of the Year winning storm shell.


Columbia Rapidfire


A superlight wind shell with impressive protection.


Mammut Verglass


The most breathable—and stain- and sunproof—soft shell we tested.



Packs


Arc’teryx Arrakis 65


A waterproof, technical weekend pack.


Osprey Exos 46


Our Gear of the Year-winning ultralight backpack.


Gregory Diablo


One of our favorite small packs.



Trail Runners


The North Face Voza


A do-it-all road and trail hybrid.


La Sportiva Wildcat


A trail runner built for technical mountain terrain.


Montrail Mountain Masochist


The Gear-of-the-Year winner can take on any trail.



Road Runners


Brooks Glycerin 7


A cushioning shoe for mellow runs.


New Balance 769


Light and fast—a mild-stability shoe with kick.


Asics Gel-1140


A high-mileage stability shoe—and great bargain.


Adidas Supernova Glide


Our Gear-of-the-Year winner delivers on comfort.



Women’s Bikes


Felt ZW1


A top-of-the-line, lightweight racer.


Gary Fisher Simple City 8


Our favorite eight-speed commuter this year.


Specialized S-Works Era FSR Carbon


A high-end, women’s-specific mountain bike.



Sleeping Bags


The North Face Green Kazoo


A 15-degree sleeping bag made from recycled material.


GoLite Adrenaline 20


Our Gear of the Year-winning sack.



Car Camping Gear


The North Face Twin Peaks


Our favorite car-camping sleeping bag for two.


Brunton BrewFire Dual Fuel Coffeemaker


A gas-run portable coffeemaker that cleans easy.


Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6


Sleep comfortably with this family-size tent.

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HOW TO BUY




Skis


The three things to keep in mind when ski shopping.


Ski Boots


A few tips on how to shop for a boot that fits correctly.


Snowboards


Consider your style and skill level before you purchase.


Snowshoes


Tips to find the perfect pair for running, hiking, or mountaineering.


BACKCOUNTRY SKIS




Dynafit Manaslu


One of our favorite touring skis of 2009.


Movement Goliath


Our Gear of the Year backcountry ski excels on powder and hardpack.


Boot: Black Diamond Factor


A boot that performs nearly as well in-bounds as it does out-of-bounds.


Binding: Marker Baron


One binding for both the resort and backcountry? Yup.


SNOWBOARDS



GNU Altered Genetics


Our Gear of the Year–winning board can handle any terrain.


Salomon Sick Stick


An all-mountain, eco-friendly board for powder and park.


Burton Fix


With reinforced edges, this twin tip is designed specifically for the park.


MEN’S SKI JACKETS



Cloudveil Hoback


One of the warmest and most technical resort jackets we tested.


Scott Spectre


A jacket that wears as well on the slopes as it does in the city.


Mountain Hardwear Kramer


The most versatile jacket we tested, and our Gear of the Year winner.


WOMEN’S BOOTS



Patagonia Stubai


One of our favorite technical après boots, featuring fleece made out of recycled water bottles.


Merrell Lilly


Ankle-high leather boots that work well in the snow and look great in the bar.


Keen Summit County


Our favorite boots for snowshoeing will keep your feet warm to -35 degrees.


ALPINE SKIS



Rossignol Classic CX 80


Our favorite all-mountain ski, and winner of our Gear of the Year award.


K2 Coomba


A big-mountain ski that blasts through powder but can still handle hard snow.


Black Diamond Megawatt


One of the most user-friendly—and fun, and rockered—powder skis around.


Fischer Cool Heat


A super-sticky carving ski that penetrates even the hardest snow.


Völkl Unlimited AC50


The most versatile all-around mountain ski just got better.


WOMEN’S SNOWBOARDING



Board: GNU B. Pro BTX


Our favorite all-mountain women’s board.


Binding: Burton Stiletto


An affordable option that doesn’t sacrifice comfort.


Boot: Rome SDS Vamp


Plush padding and female-friendly shaping deliver all-day comfort.


WOMEN’S JACKETS



Orage Sofia


A streamlined, insulated jacket, without all the bulk.


Special Blend Saga


A stylish, weather-ready shell.


Cloudveil Women’s Madison Quilted


Wear this jacket around town or under a shell on the slopes.


TRAIL RUNNERS




Pearl Izumi Syncroseek III WRX


The 2009 Gear of the Year winner can handle any winter conditions.


Merrell CP Paragon


A lightweight and water-resistant shoe for running on non-technical trails.


Oboz Ignition


A brand new company delivers a shoe fit for the gnarliest trails.


SNOWSHOES




Easton Artica Backcountry


Our Gear of the Year winner excels in virtually any kind of snow conditions.


TSL Walk in the Park


This year’s Killer Value also happens to be one of the most versatile snowshoes.


Faber Winter Rover


A retro—and well-priced—model that works well for casual winter outings.


Crescent Moon Gold 13


Our favorite women’s specific recreational snowshoe.

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SUNGLASSES




Sunglasses: Part 1


The features to look for when shopping, and the Bollé Traverse.


Sunglasses: Part 2


This year’s Killer Value, the Smith Trace.


Sunglasses: Part 3


A word about price, and the Gear of the Year winning Rudy Project Zyon Sailing.


ROAD RUNNERS




Road Runners: Part 1


A review of the Asics Gel-3000.


Road Runners: Part 2


The Nike Air Structure Triax+ 11, this year’s Killer Value.


Road Runners: Part 3


The Gear of the Year winning Saucony ProGrid Triumph 5.


BACKPACKS




Backpacks: Part 1


The Arc’teryx Cierzo 18 daypack.


Backpacks: Part 2


A review of the Kelty Locus 40, a traditional top loading overnighter.


Backpacks: Part 3


How to shop, and the Gear of the Year winning North Face Primero 60.


WOMEN’S GEAR




Women’s Gear: Jacket


The Arc’teryx Alpha SL can be worn biking or bar hopping.


Women’s Gear: Sunglasses


The Oakley Betray, a stylish everyday pair of glasses.


Women’s Gear: Road Runners


A review of the New Balance 768, a good shoe for neutral runners.


Women’s Gear: Daypack


The Lafuma Naia 35, a cushy yet supportive pack.


SHELLS




Shells: Part 1


The difference between hard shells and soft shells, and the Arc’teryx Alpha SL Pullover hard shell.


Shells: Part 2


A review of the Mountain Hardwear Transition soft shell, this year’s Killer Value.


Shells: Part 3


The range of jackets available and this year’s Gear of the Year winner, the Marmot DriClime Catalyst soft shell.


TENTS




Tents: Part 1


The key features to look for in a tent, and the best base- and car-camping tent, the MSR Mo Room 3.


Tents: Part 2


The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2, our favorite ultralight tent.


Tents: Part 3


The Gear of the Year winner, the light but roomy Marmot Aura, and advice on buying the right tent.


TRAIL RUNNERS




Trail Runners: Part 1


An summay of the three types of trail runners and the Asics Gel-Trail Attack 4 WR, the ideal road and trail shoe.


Trail Runners: Part 2


The Salomon XT Wings, our favorite shoe for technical trails.


Trail Runners: Part 3


Some final words on shopping for shoes and the Gear of the Year winner, the do-it-all Vasque Aether Tech.


ROAD BIKES




Road Bikes: Part 1


Advice on choosing the right bike, and a review of the Pinarello FP2, this year’s Killer Value.


Road Bikes: Part 2


The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2, the purest racer we tested.


Road Bikes: Part 3


The Gear of the Year winner, the Trek Madone 5.2, a Tour de France-proven speed machine.

2007-08 Winter Buyer’s Guide Videos

Buyer's Guide editor Sam Moulton and tester Doug Schnitzspahn break down their favorite alpine skis, storm shells, backcountry skis, and packs.

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Alpine Skis



Buyer’s Guide editor Sam Moulton reviews the K2 Apache Coomba, Elan 888, Dynastar Pro Rider, and Head Monster 88.


Backcountry Skis



Buyers Guide editor Sam Moulton reviews the G3 El Hombre, K2 Mt. Baker Superlight, Black Diamond Verdict, and more.


Packs



Buyer’s Guide tester Doug Schnitzspahn reviews the Backcountry Access Squall, Gregory Drift, Black Diamond Anarchist 32L, and North Face Patrol 35.


Storm Shells



Buyer’s Guide tester Doug Schnitzspahn reviews the Marmot La Grave, Millet Langtag GTX, Mountain Hardwear Escape and Cloudveil Koven Plus.

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