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“This strappy number is best for those who want the wind on their toes, even on technical terrain,” wrote our Summer Buyer’s Guide tester Jill Robinson. (Men: check out the Targhee Open Toe sandals.)…

The fully-submersible Cyclone hip pack is the bag you want for SUP adventures. Its waterproof compartments made it one of our favorite accessories in our Summer Buyer’s Guide.

Summer Buyer’s Guide tester Will Palmer picked the Bose Sport as the best earbuds for running. “The fit on the well-sealed, sweat- and water-resistant Sport is more secure than anything else in our test,” he wrote.

We featured the Armbar Cork in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “This eight-tool, 3.1-ounce device is a solid base-camp assistant, with scissors, a hammer, and a 2.5-inch blade for an array of chores,” wrote gear editor Maren Larsen. “Bottle, can, and wine openers keep food and drink flowing, and…

Our testers gave these products their stamp of approval

Our Buyer’s Guide testers included the Insulated AXL Air in their list of the best sleeping pads of 2020. It’s “great for three-season use,” wrote one tester. The regular version weighs less than 12 ounces, and it packs down to the size of a Nalgene.

Our Buyer’s Guide testers like the Purist Mover water bottle for workouts because it’s lined with a thin layer of glass, so it won’t absorb the flavors of your protein powder or hydration mix.

We called this brilliant 18-foot string of solar-powered lights “our favorite car-camping illumination” in the 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. You’ll get 20 hours of soft light on the low setting and eight hours on high, more than enough to add a touch of class to evenings at camp.

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Featured in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best pieces of sun protection gear, this hat is UPF 50+ and has a “generous four-inch brim that’s lined with black cotton fabric to cut glare and provide solid shade for your face, neck, and shoulders,” writes our…

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All you need for city streets and wooded trails.

Go faster, train smarter.

A time-tested piece of headwear attracts a new cult following

A full kit for trailhead and parking-lot shindigs.

Quality gear to make you feel like a million bucks no matter how hard you’re pushing it

Five bags that are ready to take on the world.

Modern construction to help the spandex set realize high-wattage dreams.

Wrist computers finally show their style

Portable abodes for every clime

Don’t get left in the dark

Watches that mix modern technology with old-school appeal

Get low, ride high, and stomp everything in between

Capable, killer-value tools to make saddling up a bit more affordable

Taking photos shouldn’t be a chore. Make it fun.

Pedal motors give a boost to the two-wheeled commuting masses

Sacks for a comfortable night’s sleep, wherever you lay your head.

Own the waves with these sticks

Just add water. And, in some cases, air.

High-performance gear for trail and tarmac.

Suits of all styles for lounging, surfing, and playing

In the age of big foam, the ghost of minimalism lingers— making for versatile kicks

Essentials for wandering—and playing—in style and comfort

Effortlessly cool accessories for a day on the water

Snag that monster brown you’ve been chasing.

Get the most out of your workouts with these energy sources

Beasts of burden that shoulder the load for you

Ribs, brisket, salmon. The best cookers do it all.

Nail the shot, anywhere, anytime

We reviewed 369 products for our Summer Buyer's Guide. Only these 14 earned the coveted Gear of the Year award.

Personal care essentials for before and after your workout.

Snacks to keep the engine running all day.

Let the music play, wherever your workout takes you.

The best water toys, no matter where you like to paddle

Choice tools for the discerning angler

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

(The North Face) The North Face Runners Hat Trucker hats block sun and look rad. The North Face took it a step further, adding a mesh sweatband around the rim to keep sunscreen out of your eyes. Price $30 Buy Now (Nathan) Nathan ExoShot Bottle By pairing…

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.

The right stuff for road and trail

The biggest beneficiaries of the great evolution in bike tech? Lower-cost rides.

Style meets comfort in these versatile kicks

The new generation of performance rides are faster, more comfortable, and more capable than ever.

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

New tools for superior fitness and 
healthier living

Who says compound bows and bikes don't mix? (But seriously, this is fun.)