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One of our go-to daypacks, the Osprey Talon 22 offers tons of thoughtful design features like trekking pole attachments and an external hydration sleeve. We also like the harness system, which has stretchy mesh shoulder straps, a seamless hipbelt, and a light aluminum frame in the back panel.

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This jacket blew us away with its new take on waterproof-breathable design. That’s why we gave it a Gear of the Year award in our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “Meanwhile, ­80-gram synthetic insulation (100-gram on the women’s version) was just enough to keep testers toasty but not clammy during…

In his review, Outside columnist Jakob Schiller called the Rover “the first pair of work pants I’ve ever worn that don’t feel like they need a two-month break-in period. The pants are not as comfortable as stretch jeans, because they’re made from a thicker, more durable cotton, but they’re…

These three pairs of size-inclusive hiking pants stood up to all sorts of outdoorsing

We named the Kor the best soft shell of 2019 in our Summer Buyer’s Guide. The jacket is ideal for summit bids, big-wall climbs, and trail runs because it’s incredibly stretchy and breathable while still providing enough protection from wind and chill. Plus, the pockets are high enough to…

Outside contributor Wes Siler loves these pants so much he wrote an in-depth piece about its new design changes, showing how they’re even better than before. Siler writes: “The new Kebs are lighter, more durable, and have better freedom of movement.”…

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Designed for comfort and versatility, the FWDS pant from Wrangler has four-way stretch, is made with moisture-wicking and quick-dry recycled polyester, and includes a secure zippered phone pocket. Wherever you move, FWDS gets you there.

We featured the Sol Defender in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best climbing gear. “The Sol Defender looks like a normal hoodie, but it’s packed with technical qualities, like its UPF 30+ rating, durable polyester blend, and wicking grid interior,” we wrote.

Marine Layer makes supremely soft clothing that feels buttery on the skin. That’s why our reviews editor likes the men’s yoga joggers for light workouts and lounging around the house.

We named this jacket the best uphill layer in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “It’s as comfy as a cotton sweatshirt and treated with an interesting heat-regulating technology called ActiveTemp, made from a non-Newtonian polymer that becomes a liquid when cold, helping to block transmission of warm vapor,” our…

The Micro Puff was our favorite jacket of 2018 because there’s a lot to love about this warm, super-light piece. “The PlumaFill is tacked between sheets of ten-denier nylon fabric in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots,” our tester wrote.

“Don’t be deceived by the Boulder’s classic cut—this men’s shoe is anything but traditional,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester. “It’s ultralight and packable, with zero heel drop to promote a natural gait. The wide toe box has room for thick socks, but for serious insulation, look elsewhere.”…

The Baltoro 65 won our Gear of the Year award in the 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Testers said it offers a “full buffet of features along with excellent load-carrying comfort and very low weight.”…

When it’s too warm to wear jeans, we reach for these shorts. With spandex built in, these have extra stretch, yet lend the durability of cotton. “We’ve been wearing these nonstop on and off the bike for weeks,” we wrote.

The Tarantulace is one of the best climbing shoes for beginners. “Rather than the sharp-angled toe of most climbing shoes, the Tarantulace has more of a squared silhouette that offers a bit more wiggle room,” contributor Olivia Harlow wrote in her roundup of the best gear for those new…

Gear Guy columnist Joe Jackson picked the Metal Vent Tech tee as one of his favorite workout tops. “In addition to wearing it for runs, this was my favorite top to don for garage kettlebell swings,” he wrote.

This jacket is made with burly, seven-ounce waxed sailcloth and lined with soft polyester. Like fine leather, it will develop a patina that looks better the more you wear it. “You’ll have this jacket for years to come and will wear it so often that the price tag will start…

Our testers hailed the Stretchdown as one of their favorite winter puffies. “Mountain Hardwear developed a loom that weaves the face fabric and lining simultaneously and creates the baffles without stitching,” one tester wrote. “A snug hood and 800-fill down retained warmth on 20-degree mornings.”…

“For stop-and-go activities in the alpine, the K3-Dasche is your steadfast companion,” wrote gear director Will Taylor in our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “Fully recycled synthetic insulation in the torso and arms keeps you warm where you need it, while thin four-way-stretch soft shell everywhere else dumps heat.”…

This kit will get you out the door even on cold days

Timeless after-ski essentials you’ll be reaching for all season long

We gave the Micro Puff jacket a Gear of the Year award when it debuted in 2017. Tester Frederick Reimers described its innovative insulation: “[It’s] tacked between sheets of ten-denier nylon fabric in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots.”…

The Sabre Snow Pants are our Gear Guy’s favorite do-everything pants, which he included in his ultimate ski touring kit. “The perfectly articulated legs bend and move like champs while I’m skinning, and ample zippered vents prevent sweat buildup,” he wrote. If you plan to really get after it…

This hoodie with UV protection is made from recycled plastic bottles and upcycled oyster shells, and it’s one of columnist Jakob Schiller’s picks for sunny days. “I found the fabric surprisingly soft, and the thin build helped me hide from the sun but never caused me to overheat,” he…

The Phd Run Light Elite sock won our test of the best running socks. “It wicked better and dried faster than most of the 58 other socks we tested, seemingly regardless of weather or trail conditions,” wrote tester Cory Smith.

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.

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We featured the Konseal FL 2 in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide climbing gear roundup. “Most approach shoes are either stiff for climbing or supportive for hiking, but the Konseal does both. A layer of TPU lends a springy feel to the thin midsole, which has a beveled edge…

With an innovative hipbelt and pockets (almost) everywhere I need them, this backpack is a quiver killer for multiday treks

Contributor Bryan Rogala summed it up best when he called the Baggies “classic all-arounders” in his roundup of the best summer travel clothing. “The 100-percent recycled, quick-drying nylon construction and DWR finish ensures that they perform as well on land as they do in water without adding weight to your bag,” he wrote.

Sleeves still play an important role against the elements, even when it’s hot

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Outside columnist Jakob Schiller penned an ode to these shorts and praised them for their versatility. “Buy two pairs, and I promise that they’ll be all you need from June through October for the next five years,” he wrote.

Outside contributor Jason Heaton loves this Huckberry line: “Flint and Tinder, a collection made entirely in the U.S., enables lots of mixing and matching right through shoulder season.” The Crossback Work shirt is built from a burly looseweave twill flannel.

Springtime means rainstorms, and the Venture 2 is a budget-friendly way to stay dry, whether you’re dodging drops on your way to work or stuck in a torrential downpour miles from the trailhead. Its 2.5-layer DryVent waterproof-breathable laminate and underarm vents dump unwanted heat buildup.

Designed to handle a variety of snow-filled excursions, the Environ is made with a three-layer, waterproof polyester shell that can take a beating. While the outer is plenty breathable, Stio added pit zips to dump heat for high-output activities, like grueling early-morning skins.

This brushed cotton flannel is one of our go-to tops. The Junction’s medium cut and colorful plaid pattern looks good around any mountain town, and we dig the shirt’s two western-inspired chest pockets.

We featured these pants in our roundup of rain gear that looks good. “Most liquids, including coffee and rain, bead up and roll right off, keeping you dry and sharp,” wrote contributor Jakob Schiller. We like that the pants look nice enough for the office, but they’re also stretchy…

The “AG” stands for Anti-Gravity, Osprey’s term for the Atmos’s swath of torso-conforming mesh that allows airflow while providing balance and support. The unique design creates contact with your entire back, which, combined with tons of adjustability in the torso and hipbelt and four compression straps, allows you to stabilize…

We featured the Actik Core in our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best headlamps for running. “We love the simplicity of the Actik, which powers its 350 lumens via a rechargeable lithium battery that’s easy to top off before a run,” our tester wrote. “No outlet?…

Outside staffers get compliments on their Marmot PreCip jackets every time they wear them. The simple, streamlined design works well for urban commutes, epic hikes, and high-speed singletrack descents. Plus, Marmot makes them in solid colors that look good on everybody. You won’t find a more reliable, comfortable shell at…

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What you need for pushing hard and feeling good afterward

We picked the 10-Year as one of our favorite hoodie upgrades. “The cotton-polyester blend is warm enough for cool-weather workouts,” our tester wrote. Flint and Tinder made it durable enough to last for the next decade, so if you rip it or tear it, they’ll repair it…

The full-zip version of this windbreaker was one of our favorite pieces of peak bagging gear for its compact size and light protection. This half-zip is ideal for day hikes or getting around town, and it won’t blend into the landscape—that’s just fine with us.

For years, one Outside editor thought cleansing his mug with a bar of soap was sufficient. Then he tried Harry’s face wash.

These gloves raised nearly $225,000 when they debuted on Kickstarter in 2016. Contributor Jakob Schiller is a big fan. “With a waxed and baked leather outer, waterproof-breathable membrane, and Thinsulate insulation, they’re great for frigid resort ski days while being breathable enough for long backcountry missions,” he wrote.

We called the Field Shirt the “Swiss Army knife of utility layers” in our Holiday Gift Guide. Made from organic cotton twill, the shirt is soft against the skin and holds up to activities like hiking or yard work.

The Anchor Line was one of our favorite technical flannels in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester liked its “funk-fighting boost courtesy of a merino-nylon blend that wicks moisture as you move and lends a bit more stretch.” The nylon material on the shoulders and sleeves…

The Ferrosi’s nylon build is incredibly light and stretchy. We like them for climbing (the reinforced knees help them stand up to North Carolina granite), but they’re also reliable for mountain bike rides, hikes, and grocery store runs. We found them too thin for true winter conditions, but in the…

When it was first released in 2010, we called the Snowshot “one of the least expensive jackets in our test but also a tester favorite.” The three-in-one design lets you wear a waterproof shell or insulated liner—or both together for really cold weather.

Our former gear editor Ben Fox loves the Transcendent for its uber-warm protection from the elements. “When you’re on a chilly belay or ripping off touring skins on an exposed summit and the wind starts gusting, you’ll be thankful for the Transcendent’s lofty, lightweight 650-fill down insulation, wind-resistant fabric, and…

One of our favorite shackets, the United by Blue Snap is stuffed with a blend of bison fiber and recycled polyester, making it warm for its weight and exceptional at quashing odors. Pro tip: The jacket runs small, so we suggest sizing up.

Stio’s Hometown Down hooded vest was one of our six favorite sleeveless wonders in 2017. “The 800-fill down makes this is one of the warmest vests we’ve ever tested,” we wrote. Plus, the helmet-compatible hood and water-repellent down make it just as suitable on the slopes as it is…

Outside columnist Jakob Schiller included this jacket in his roundup of his favorite fall layers. “A blend of cotton, hemp, and spandex makes this coat the most versatile layer I own,” he wrote. “The soft cotton is comfy for lounging around the house or the campfire, while…

Our tester called the Coburns “some of the best trail pants out there.” Built with a water-resistant nylon and spandex mix, the pants are durable and stretchy but “don’t make you look like a trail geek.”…

The Ultra Pro is one of our favorite trail shoes. Its “relatively light weight lends a nimble feel (the men’s size nine is 10.3 ounces and the women’s size seven is 8.8 ounces),” wrote testers Cory Smith and Lisa Jhung. “One tester thought it ‘would be a…

This hoodie is as high-tech as it looks. Packed with quality 850-fill down in the core, the Cerium LT Down has strategically mapped areas with synthetic insulation to resist moisture. You’ll barely notice it in your pack: it weighs just 10.9 ounces.

The Pile Lined Hardsole’s fluffy interior keeps your feet toasty, while the rubber outsole makes this a staple for the campsite as well as the living room.

Cold weather is no reason to skip your sweat sessions

These slippers are one of our gear editor’s all-time favorites. Each pair is handcrafted from toasty 100 percent pure, natural wool, which naturally wicks moisture from your feet so they’re always warm and dry. Plus, the rubber sole allows you to wear them outside.

Sometimes, sandals just aren’t warm enough around the campsite. And if you’re working from home, a reliable pair of house slippers is crucial. That’s why we like the Taft: the fluffy interior lining keeps your feet toasty, while the grippy rubber outsole allows you to transition between walks outside and…

Outside’s male staffers love the Retro Pile Pullover for its fuzzy, versatile warmth. Credit the double-sided shearling that’s soft on the skin. It works great as a midlayer fleece or over a shirt for spring hikes.

This coat has earned a permanent spot in my quiver

In our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide, we recommended this pack for light weekend trips. “The Paragon is a sizable pack without the heft you’d expect,” wrote tester Justin Nyberg. We loved the 58-liter pack’s back panel ventilation system, roomy side pockets and sturdy suspension. Plus, the hydration sleeve doubles…

Our Gear Guy praised this shirt in his test of the best performance flannels. “The Fjord deserves points for its 100 percent organic cotton, which felt soft and supple, and it had just enough give to never slow me down as I rode the Jabberwocky Trail outside…

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