It’s a material, not a pattern, damnit

10 testers. 20 sleeping bags. 6 months. Here are the results.

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 recycled-plastic ball picks up synthetic fibers shed from your clothing in the wash—before they go down the drain

We can’t help but get excited about this new featherweight jacket

The textile company launched its Power Fill last year with 80 percent recycled material. Now it’s gone 100 percent.

It's safe for you but likely not for your pricey apparel. Here's how to avoid trashing your fancy outerwear with bug repellent.

Any of these four jackets could save your skin

Your adventure buddies and significant other will thank you

Clothing and a duffel that can be used over and over while still looking polished

Savvy streetwear to fend off April showers

Uberlight and able to take moisture in stride, a new breed of synthetic down is changing the winter jacket for good

The number-one most basic, most important camping skill

Down versus synthetic in a head-to-head test

In the past month, I’ve camped at the Wildflower Triathlons, and at the Deuces Wild Triathlon festival. Both times it felt like my sleeping bag wasn’t as warm as it used to be. Do sleeping bags expire?

The Ignite DriDown offers water-resistant down filling at a great price

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.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Sea to Summit Traverse XTII sleeping bag.

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…

Base camp essentials that take the rough out of roughing it

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