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How to Choose All-Mountain Ski Boots

Buying a pair of ski boots can be an overwhelming process. There are many...

Cheap Motorcycle GPS - How to Make One Using an iPhone for Under $150

Below is how to make an effective GPS for your bike or motorcycle for under...

How to Choose the Best Softshell Jacket

In this buying advice guide, we'll walk you through the ins and outs of...

How to Choose the Best Running Jacket

Running jackets today are a huge improvement over their non-breathable nylon...

The Best Rock Climbing Rack and Gear List

Below is our choice for Ultimate Rock Climbing Rack. We feel this is the most...

How to Choose The Best Sandals

"What's the best sandal for me," should always be your question. Not, "What's...

How to Choose the Best Climbing Cams

A camming device is often referred to as a "camming unit" or often just a...

How to Choose the Best Sleeping Pad

As camping and backpacking continue to grow in popularity, more and more...

How to Choose Women's CrossFit Shoes

As CrossFit continues to grow in popularity, people are coming to the sport...

The Best Progress Capture Pulley or Ascender for Solo Self Belay Toproping

We put three options to the test in the Solo toprope world and pitted them...

Modular Accessories for Floorless Tents

Though a tent or shelter found in our Ultralight Tent Review is the...

How to Choose the Quickdraws for Climbing

Almost every piece of climbing gear you purchase is part of an important...

How to Choose the Best Hiking Pants

There are many things to consider when trying to choose what is the best...

How to Choose the Best Climbing Harness

A climbing harness, chalk bag, belay device, and shoes are the four most...

How to Choose the Best Backpacking Stove

Buying the right backpacking stove can make your life in the backcountry...

How to Choose a Bicycle Saddle

With hundreds of saddles on the market to choose from, and no shortage of...

How to Choose the Best Clipless Shoes for Mountain Biking

Trying to decide what mountain bike shoes are right for you? After months of...

Advice on Buying Coffee Makers for Camping

Considerations for purchasing a coffee maker for camping are not as technical...

How to Choose the Best Rain Boots for Women

If you live in an area with rainy spring or fall seasons, a pair of rain boots...

How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet

Types of Cycling Helmets How do you choose a helmet? Just like there are many...

How to Pack Luggage Like a Pro

How to Pack a Suitcase and Travel Bags Regardless of if you are packing a...

How to Choose the Best Multi-Tool

Why a Multi-Tool? Mashing multiple tools together into a single package is not...

How to Choose a Cooler

How do you determine the right cooler for you? To answer that question we put...

Flip Flop Buying Advice

The best advice we can offer in your search for a pair of flip flops that meet...

How To Choose Binoculars For Your Needs and Budget

Binoculars are probably the world's most used optical instrument. That's not...

How to Choose the Best Rain Umbrella

After months of testing, we have discovered that there are a few things to...

How to Choose the Best Bike Lock

Chances are, you've got a bike and now are looking for the best way to keep it...

How to Choose a Bike Rack

The purchase of a bike rack is a big decision. We tested 18 of the best ones...

How to Choose the Best Backpacking Chair

What should you consider when buying a lightweight portable camp chair? Below...

How to Choose Ski Goggles

When you are recreating in the snow, it is important to protect your eyes from...

How To Choose the Best Camping Cookware

We all need to eat, right? Whether you're preparing your food in a campground...

How to Choose the Best Hiking Boots

Do I need a hiking boot? Will a hiking shoe work for me? I hear all those...

How to Choose the Best Bike Shorts

Are you looking to find the best cycling bib or short for your needs? We...

Why Headlamp Claims are Deceptive

Not all the specs on headlamp packaging are a straight-out lie, but after...

About OutdoorGearLab Review Editors

Our testers are avid climbers, skiers, bikers, surfers, hikers, trail runners...

How to Choose the Best Slackline

How do you know which slackline kit is right for you? We took a variety of the...

How To Choose the Best Bivy Sack

How to choose the best bivy sack? While the idea of zipping yourself up inside...

Mobile Office - Best Laptop Travel Set Up With External USB Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard

I can't stare at a laptop all day in a coffee shop or my back seizes. And even...

How to Choose the Best Aider and Etrier for Big Wall Climbing

Aiders are webbing ladders that are also sometimes called Etriers. This is the...

How to Choose a Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing Backpack

The pack is an iconic gear item in alpine climbing, second only to the ice axe...
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