Keeping your body temperature at a happy equilibrium starts with the right layers
Goods for when the going gets tough
We're always looking for that magic outfit that can be worn for days on the road before you need to clean it. Here are some tried-and-true picks.
Here's how to maintain stretch and minimize stench over time
Keep moving in all conditions
Patagonia's Nano-Air line works for almost any adventure, thanks to its rare combination of durability, stretch, and breathability
Layers are the secret to staying warm, dry, and comfortable outdoors. These are the best for every situation.
Ensure your winter gloves last as long as possible with a little TLC
At just $40, the bamboo Countertop Composter is a bargain and will keep you from sending food waste to landfills
I love it dearly, but it's not something I ever would have spent my own money on
Fall is actually the best time to ride to work
These simple packing steps will go a long way (like, 2,000 miles long) to making you a less burdened traveler
We focused on comfort, stretch, and how well they fought off sweat and stink
More than two dozen women tested synthetic and wool long underwear from 18 brands. These are the products that came out on top.
An extremely light and comfortable sleeping pad that is excellent for three-season conditions.
The synthetic fill is designed to break down once it hits the landfill
The secret to making a great women’s puffy? The perfect combination of flattering lines, cozy insulation, and the freedom to move.
You wear them all day every day. They should be comfortable.
The textile company launched its Power Fill last year with 80 percent recycled material. Now it’s gone 100 percent.
Down versus synthetic in a head-to-head test
Sleeping bags keep getting lighter thanks to thinner fabrics and ever finer and fluffier grades of down. Which is a good thing, except when it isn’t. A couple of the bags we tested didn’t make the cut because, though the bags met their rating in the European Norm lab tests, those tests don’t account for air movement in real-life conditions.
What's the difference between synthetic insulation and down insulation in terms of staying warm? For example, how does 700 or 800 fill down compare to synthetics? PaulChicago, IL
Best for Cold, Wet Weather This is a great price for any zero-degree-rated bag, never mind one stuffed with PrimaLoft Infinity, a top-shelf but affordable synthetic insulation with a great loft-to-compressibility ratio. Just don’t expect the same fabrics and tailoring as on high-end bags. There’s no ergonomic footbox, and the…