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The Double Rainbow wins our Best Buy Award for its low price tag  livability and light weight.

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2017



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The Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2017



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The Asolo Jumla GV is designed and primed for high friction with rocks. On top of its climbing proficiency  its lightweight qualities and solid durability make it an exciting boot to own!

The Trek to Find the Best Hiking Boots of 2017



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The 2011 version of the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm below northern Maine's Mt. Katahdin. Tom is 6'3" and slept on snow with the XTherm at -10 degrees F.

The Best Sleeping Pads of 2017 for Backpacking and Camping



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A headlamp is a vital piece of gear for any camper  hiker  backpacker  climber  or outdoors enthusiast who may end up outside when the sun goes down. Our review compares 28 top products and wades through misleading claims by manufacturers in order to find the very best.

The Hunt for the Best Headlamps



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The Best Backpacking sleeping bag review

The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests



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A double-down: the Hybridge Lite Hoody (red  worn as a mid-layer) and The Patagonia Down Hoody were the primary layers in a very complete layering system for extreme cold.

The Best Men's Down Jackets of 2017



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The hood featured on the Arc'teryx Beta SL was among the very best in the review  providing top-notch storm protection that fit well over a wide-range of head wear while keeping as much peripheral vision as you could ever expect from a rain jacket.

The Best Men's Rain Jackets of 2017 for Hiking and Travel



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Investigating all of the various ski options from the top of the mountain. A relatively windless storm meant the powder was undisturbed and hadn't formed into a dangerous slab. This jacket was the perfect choice for such a perfect day.

The Hunt for the Best Men's Hardshell Jackets of 2017



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The Best Men's Synthetic Insulated Jackets of 2017



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Dan Sandberg uses the  Hiker Pro to filter water from a running stream  Rocky Mountains  Colorado.

The Best Backpacking Water Filters and Treatment Systems of 2017



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We loved the burly shell fabric of the Canada Goose for hard-working chores in brutal cold temps.

The Best Winter Jackets and Coats for Men of 2017



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Best Camping Tents of 2017 - Family and Group Models



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The Garmin GPS Map 64s (left) and the Garmin eTrex 20x (right) are both award winners in this updated review. Take these units on your next big adventure.

The Best Handheld GPS Review



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Does it get any better than this? Afternoon nap time under the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Square Flat Tarp after another 14er climb. Guanella Pass  Colorado.

The Best Ultralight Tents, Tarps and Shelters



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The 15W panel still showed highly variable charging when analyzed with a USB power meter  but overall it performed powerfully  charging our devices with speed and efficiency.

The Best Portable Solar Panels of 2017 for Camping and Travel



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We tested all the backpacking stoves head-to-head in our garage for a timed boil test. Here the integrated and small canister stoves are lined up for testing.

The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2017 for Simmering and Boiling



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Shoe testing on granite in the Alabama Hills  CA.

The Best Rock Climbing Shoes for Men Review



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The Patagonia Adze was a favorite for cold weather climbing. The stretchy side panels under the arms made this jacket a pleasure to climb in.

The Best Softshell Jacket for Men Review



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Monkeying around during our testing process. We put eight of the top rated fleeces to the test to help you find the best one for your next hike  climb  or other outdoor adventure.

The Best Men's Fleece Jackets for Hiking and Layering



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We tested 10 ultralight sleeping bags from May to October in the Rocky Mountains this year while peakbagging  backpacking  and even during 100 mile mountain ultras.

Uncovering the Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags for Backpacking and Thru-Hiking



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The Quest for the Best Men's Hiking Shoes of 2017



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Ryan O'Connell using his Black Diamond Ultra Distance poles while crossing Midas Creek with Ian Nicholson and Andy Dahlen.

The Best Trekking Poles For Hiking and Backpacking



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With so many colors and styles available these days  it can be hard to make a decision. We tested a range of parkas with different lengths  styles  insulation and shells  to help make selecting the right one an easier process  whether you need one for commuting in the city or living and playing in the mountains. The jacket pictured is the underlayer of our Top Pick for Wet Climates winner  the Patagonia Tres Down Parka.

The Best Winter Jacket For Women Review



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The rockered design (the sole turns up at the toe and heel) comes from the running shoes that HOKA revolutionized. For hiking  this feature keeps you moving forward and adds stability on uneven terrain.

The Journey to Find the Best Women's Hiking Boots of 2017



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The Search for the Best Women's Winter Boots of 2017



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The Salvo 24 is really comfortable and has the features needed for most day uses.

The Best Day Backpack of 2017 for Hiking and Travel



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The Best 4-season tent review. We tested our favorite 4-season tents in a range of locations from expedition climbing in the Alaska Range and the Andes to summer alpine climbing in the Cascades  Sierra  and Tetons  in addition to mutli-day ski tours and winter camping. Testing 4-seasons tents while camped at White Rocks Lake on day 3 of a six day journey across the North Cascades' Ptarmigan Traverse with Spire Point and the Elephant's head looming above the Dana Glacier.

The Search for The Best Four Season Tents of 2017



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The Hestra Army Leather GTX is one of our favorite all-around gloves for its above average warmth and superb durability all while keeping respectable dexterity and while it barely didn't win an award  we still think its a fantastic glove.

The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens of 2017



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The Coleman Xtreme 5-Day is our Best Buy Award winner.

The Best Coolers and Ice Chests of 2017 for Camping



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The Paramount Peak II Convertibles are one of our favorite pants for hiking in cooler temperatures. Their thick and heavy fabric helps hold in the heat and they unzip into shorts when the temperatures climb.

The Best Men's Hiking Pants for 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests



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Down is the ultimate in insulation: it has the highest warmth-to-weight ratio and is highly compressible. A lightweight down jacket is a must in every outdoors woman's quiver. Here we are getting all lifestyle-y in the Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody on the sea ice of Antarctica.

The Best Down Jacket for Women Review



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Playing around the rocks in a fresh pair of shoes! These are some of the most comfortable and nicely cushioned shoes we tested this year  one of our favorites by far.

The Best Men's Trail Running Shoes of 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests



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Jason  Mike and Jed on Chair 5  Mammoth Mountain. Testing The North Face  Burton  and Helly Hansen ski jackets in these stormy conditions highlighted vast differences.

The Best Men's Ski Jackets of 2017



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Our Best Buy award winner from The North Face proved its value with its great comfort  durability  and all-around solid performance.

The Best Long Underwear and Base Layer for Men Review



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The Reactor provided superior comfort for an excellent hang.

The Best Hammocks of 2017 for Camping and Backpacking



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The Best Hiking Shoes for Women Review



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Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack performs well in rugged terrain.

The Best Travel Backpacks for International Adventures



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Award winning products  Garmin Edge 520  Garmin Edge 820  and Lezyne Super GPS Enhanced

The Best Bike Computer Review



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Curtis Smith Muddy Cyclocross Testing

The Race to Find the Best 2017 Bike Saddles for Road and Mountain Biking



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The five pairs of insulated winter hiking boots that we tested for this review are ideal choices for snowshoeing. Here we are testing in the San Juan Mountain high country.

The Best Winter Boots for Men Review



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We tested these harnesses from the sandstone of Red Rock Canyon to the granite of the Rocky Mountains. Here the Sama helps us send at Turkey Rocks in Colorado's South Platte.

The Best Climbing Harness for Men Review



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The Best Buy RockyMounts JetLine would be a great choice at any price  but for $130 it is hard to beat.

The Best Bike Racks for Hitches, Cars, and SUVs



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Taking a nap among nature is quick and simple with the Relax Airbed. Many people even use air mattresses like these as their primary bed in their homes.

Best Camping Mattresses and Deluxe Pads of 2017



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Carving! Laying the Enforcer on edge is a total blast.

The Best Men's All-Mountain Skis of 2017



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Our Top Pick winners  the stylish Orage Nina (left) and the best hardshell  the Arc'teryx Sentinel (right).

The Best Ski Jacket for Women Review



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Hike and adventure anywhere! The Suunto Core Alu is a great partner on any mountainous mission in remote terrain.

The Best Altimeter Watches for Hikers and Backpacking



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We loved being able to boil water super quickly (on the Spire LX)  without taking up burner space.

The Best Camping Stoves - Side-by-Side Tests



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AG stands for Anti-Gravity. While bending over for a quick cool down or a water bottle fill  the pack remains comfortably conformed to the back. The Aura AG remains stable on your back as a result of this design.

The Best Women's Backpacking Backpack Review



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Sitting comfortably enjoying the view while protected from the sun in Bishop CA  with the Patagonia Beach Bucket

Out of the Shadows: The Best Sun Hats



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A bright bike light doesn't just brighten up the road  it can significantly improve your odds of avoiding being hit by a car.

The Best Bike Light for Commuting and Night Riding



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A good climbing rope gives you confidence and keeps you safe. Certain attributes such as handling and weight can affect how easily the rope fits into your day and climbing plans.

The Best Rock Climbing Rope



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The lightweight Fischer Ranger 98 can be super playful when you're jumping off things or floating through fluffy powder.

The Best Women's All-Mountain Skis of 2017



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A look at our contenders for the best hiking sock! From left to right: Wigwam Hiking Pro  Smartwool PhD  Injinjin Midweight Hiker  Darn Tough Light Hiker  Darn Tough Full Cushion.

The Best Hiking Socks For Summer and Cold Temps



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A Trip to Find the Best Carry-On Luggage of 2017



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A warm down bag is crucial for good night's sleep  so you can feel rested and ready for all day winter sports action! Here our lead tester is psyched to get up and go skiing.

The Hunt for the Best Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2017



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The Best Hydration Bladders of 2017



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The barren and desolate Great Sand Dunes National Park is a great place for a windbreaker. Here we are testing the Houdini  which fits as snuggly as any we tested. A wind breaker is great for days like this one where the sun beats down but the wind is chilly.

The Best Wind Jacket Review



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The Best Satellite Messengers and Personal Locator Beacons of 2017



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Differences in shape and width of the top five flip flops tested.  Reef Fanning  Reef Phantom  Crocs Modi Flip  OluKai Ohana  Rainbow Single Layer.

The Best Men's Flip Flops and Sandals



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Kim runs it out in the Salming Elements at the Fat Dog 120 mile endurance trail race. The Salming Element is our Top Pick for Flexibility.

The Best Trail Running Shoes for Women Review



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When selecting a pair of binoculars  we find the two most important features to be clarity and brightness. It is in these two areas that we find that different products really distinguish themselves.

The Best Binoculars for Birding and Hiking



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Two new award winners for 2015. On the left  the Suunto Ambit 3 Sport. On the right  the Garmin Forerunner 210. Both are compact devices with a wide range of functionality.

The Best GPS Watches of 2017 for Running and Training



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The Best Water Bottles - Plastic, Metal, and Glass Picks



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Going for an afternoon paddle in the Marmot Crystalline  an ultralight women's rain jacket. A decent rain jacket is a vital piece of gear for just about everyone. Our review compares top models on the market  ranging from workhorse jackets to ultralight and packable models such as this one.

The Best Rain Jacket for Women Review



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An alpine pack ought to carry heavy loads with some comfort but must also transform into a day pack to carry the essentials and not get in the way of your movement when the going gets technical. Here the author wears the Osprey Variant 52 while setting up a rappel in Alaska's Little Switzerland.

The Best Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing Backpack Review



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Luke Lydiard traversing a glacier in Patagonia while wearing the Kayland Hypertraction. A waterproof super-gaiter style boot is the perfect kind of footwear for the cold and notorioulsy wet conditions in Patagonia.

The Best Mountaineering Boot for Men Review



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2016 OutdoorGearLab pocket knife award winners. Left to right: Editors Choice Mini Barrage  Top Pick SOG Trident  Best Buy Kershaw Leek  and Top Pick Victorinox Classic.

The Hunt for the Best Pocket Knives of 2017



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The Best Laptop Backpacks for Work and Travel



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Looking toward West Marin with Boogie (the dog) in the Original Crazy Creek.

The Best Backpacking Camp Chair Review



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The Chaco Unaweep z/1 in a small creek crossing.

The Best Men's Sandals



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We put seven of the top technical models to the test while hiking  climbing and playing in the snow to help you find the best one for your next outdoor adventure.

The Best Fleece Jacket for Women Review



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The Best Camping Coffee Makers of 2017



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The Best Climbing Camming Device Review



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The selection of tested 2016 multi-tools.

The Best Multi-Tools for Camping and The Outdoors



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The Smith Maze worn with a beanie and the Smith Vantage worn with nothing underneath on a stormy day at Squaw Valley USA.

The Best Ski and Snowboard Helmets of 2017



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A sack like the MSR AC is light and portable and can be pitched in wild locations.

The Best Bivy Sack Review



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Ian Nicholson and Graham Zimmerman unloading bags onto the Cul De Sac (AKA Cool Sack) Glacier in the Kichatna Spires  Western Alaska Range.

The Best Travel Duffel Bags of 2017



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Our fleet of locking carabiners ready to be reviewed!

The Best Locking Carabiners



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Bouldering Pad Hinge Designs 2015: Left stack of pads (taco style); Black Diamond Drop Zone (classic taco) top left  Mad Rock R3 (custom multi baffles) mid left  Petzl Alto (custom taco) bottom left -- Right stack (hinge style); Black Diamond Impact (classic hinge) top right  Metolius Session (angled hinge) mid right  Stonelick (custom stepped hinge) bottom right.

Crash Pad Review: The Best Bouldering Pad



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The Best Yoga Mats for Your Practice



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We tested seven of the top rated women's hiking pants to help you find the perfect pair for your next adventure.

The Trek to Find the Best Hiking Pants for Women



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Side-by-side with the Winterial Camping Cookware skillet and the Optimus Terra HE skillet  Ryan prepares a yummy  and colorful  meal of pork fajitas.

The Best Camping Cookware Review



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The Best Running Shoes for Men - Side-by-Side Tests



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We hiked high and low  from the Continental Divide to the Appalachian Trail  to find the best ultralight backpacks! Here  our lead tester  Brandon  celebrates another beautiful day in Rocky Mountain National Park with the Osprey Exos 48  our Best Buy winner.

The Best Ultralight Backpacks for Thru Hikers and Backpackers



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We found the Patagonia Linked to be the most comfortable of all the small climbing day packs. Its lightweight suspension allowed free movement even with arms overhead.

The Best Rock Climbing Packs for Multi-pitch and Cragging



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We tested these women's bags in the backcountry on many different trips to find the warmest  most comfortable  and lightest bags for backpacking. Here the Big Agnes Roxy Ann is laying out in the sun to dry after a dewy night. This bag's dry down held up well.

The Best Women's Sleeping Bag Review



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Hard at work on the trails outside of Ouray in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. We preferred the Kilowatt (pictured here) for trail running over road running.

The Best Running Shirt Review for Men



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Luke Lydiard follows a pitch on Zion's Iron Messiah in the new Petzl Meteor.

The Best Climbing Helmet



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The Tecnica Cochise 120 stepping in for some test laps in Lake Tahoe  CA. We like the bright new color scheme of these boots.

The Best Ski Boots for Men - Downhill Side-by-Side Tests



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The Editors' Choice winning Kryptonite New York Standard is well-designed and offers super burly security. We're trusting it here to lock up our Litespeed Titanium.

The Best Bike Locks - Cut Tests of U and Cable Models



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From lightweight loungers that are perfect for the beach to comfort kings that are ideal for car camping  our review will help you find the best camping chair!

The Best Camping Chairs for the Backyard and Outdoors



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The Strato Loft (left) next to the Editors' Choice Slumberjack Country Squire. The Squire uses ample cotton fill for a heavy flannel-feeling comfort. The Strato Loft is more like a backpacking sleeping bag on steroids: roomy but still composed of slick nylon material.

The Best Camping Sleeping Bags of 2017



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Lead tester Cam McKenzie Ring climbs in Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas with a set of the Black Diamond PosiWire draws.

The Best Quickdraw for Climbing Review



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Del LaFountain in the Nano 2's

The Best CrossFit Shoes of 2017 for Training



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Clockwise from top; Topeak JoeBlow Sport 2. Lezyne Steel Digital Drive. Nashbar Earl Grey  Lezyne Steel Floor Drive  Bontrager Flashcharger  Topeak JoeBlow Booster  Serfas TCPG  Park Tool PFP-8

The Best Bike Pumps - Floor Models Compared



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David Mackey  approaching Transition 2 in the SavageMan Triathlon.

The Best Bike Shorts for Men - Day Rides to Touring



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The Best Hydration Packs of 2017 for HIking and Biking



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The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review



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An ATC XP basking in the sun overlooking the entrance to Yosemite Valley.

The Best Climbing Belay Device



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We tested 13 of the top boots on the market to find out which is best for braving rainstorms and splashing boldly through puddles!

The Best Rain Boots for Women Review



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Running in the super sleek and beautifully designed Merrell Trail Glove 2  which bridges the gap between a barefoot shoe and a minimalist shoe. It allows for a very sensitive feel of the ground  which we prefer.

The Best Minimalist and Barefoot Shoes Review



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Closing the Thule Sonic is easy because of its stiff lid and easy to use locking system. It also has hanging pull cords to make closing even easier for shorter folks.

The Best Cargo Box Review



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The right climbing shoes can help you improve your technique and your footwork. Here the aggressive Evolv Shaman help the author work a tricky  crimpy route.

The Best Climbing Shoes For Women Review



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Jenna Ammerman maximizes the comfort of a hammock by adding the Editors' Choice winning NEMO Fillo to the mix.

A Hunt for the Best Camping Pillows



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The MSR Evos (left) and the MSR Lightning Ascents (right) both reign from MSR's reputable outdoor gear. Similarities include the easy-to-use bindings and range of motion offered by the decking. Differences include the applications; the Evos are ideal for recreation and the Lightning Ascents are ideal in backcountry terrain.

The Best Snowshoes for Deep Snow, Trails, and Beginners



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Jenna Ammerman stays dry on the streets of Minneapolis under the cover of the lightweight and compact EuroSchirm Light Trek.

The Best Rain Umbrellas for Wind, Commuting and Travel



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Me with Oakley Splice skiing a sunny day in the Nevada backcountry. The mirrored lens did a great job of keeping all the bright sun light out of my eyes.

The Best Ski Goggles for all Conditions



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Running with our Editors' Choice winning hydration pack in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It doesn't get better than this!

The Race to Find the Best Hydration Pack for Running



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The Best Running Jackets for Rain, Wind and Ventilation



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Alison hangs out in Red Rock Canyon  Nevada. She stays warm and cozy in the highly versatile Arc'teryx Rho LT base layer - our 2015 Editors' Choice Award winner.

The Best Long Underwear for Women Review



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The Black Diamond Oz won our Top Pick for Lightweight award. It weighs only 1 ounce  but is still easy to use and its updated design won't snag on your gear or rope.

The Quest for the Best Carabiner Review



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Ryan O'Connell  Eric Dalzell  and Ian Nicholson testing airbag packs at Thompson Pass near Valdez  Alaska.

The Best Avalanche Airbag Pack Review



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Adventure into the unknown or on the resort with a pair of reliable gloves this winter. The Hestra Three Finger provide great warmth and breathability for all adventures into the wild.

The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Women of 2017



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Lead Test Editor Jed Porter in Grand Teton National Park. Hard at work testing the Editors' Choice Volkl BMT 94.

The Best Backcountry Skis for All Conditions



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We put 11 of the top rated shoes for CrossFit training to the test. Here's Lisa Ray in our Editors' Choice winner  the newly released Nike Metcon 1.

The Best Women's Shoes for CrossFit Training



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Left to right: Jobe  Raven  Adventurer  Touring  Baron 6 and the Uli.

The Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards



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We recently updated our Mountain Bike Helmet comparison by testing new helmets from Bell and Smith. Here  McKenzie Long trains for the upcoming XC race season in the Smith Forefront.

The Best Mountain Bike Helmets - MIPS, All-Around and Light Options



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With an R-value of 4.2 the AirRail will keep you warm and insulated from the ground on cool spring and fall days. Nicki Naylor tries the pad  beside Therm-A-Rest's ProLite Plus Women's that has an R-value of 4.6.

The Best Sleeping Pad For Women Review



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The competitors

The Quest for the Perfect Backpacking Spork



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On the Forbidden Glacier in the North Cascades  Dave Ahrens digging quick with a Petzl Summit during the Crevasse rescue drill on our AMGA Alpine guide exam.

Picking the Best Ice Axe



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The Timbuk2 Classic is a fantastic bag and a great value. Notice the bike light attachment  hidden flap buckles  reflective material  and padded shoulder strap.

The Best Messenger Bags for Laptops, Commuting, and Travel



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Testing mountain bike shorts involves getting fast and loose on the bike and seeing which short is comfortable and unrestrictive for the whole day and protective if you happen to hit the dirt.

The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Men Review



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Two Luci lights on the left  next the Voyager  two Apollo's  The Siege  30-Day Duro Glow  Lighthouse 250  Easy Light and the Northstar on the far right.

The Best Lantern For Camping and Power Outages



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The Outdoor Research Uberlayer was one of the new  breathable jackets we tested this year. Learn how it stacked up against 10 other competitors while skiing  hiking  climbing  and more!

The Best Insulated Jacket for Women Review



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Kelly  one of our testers  donning the Arc'teryx Beta AR on a ski mountaineering day trip near the Last Dollar Hut in the San Juan Mountains.

The Best Hardshell Jacket for Women



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Chris Marshall making it look easy while exiting off the Matier Glacier

The Best Backcountry / AT Ski Boots



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The Sanuk Yoga Spree 2 enjoys a day at the beach.

The Best Flip-Flop Sandals For Women Review



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What's the best binding for backcountry skiing? We tested nine models head-to-head across the globe and reported our findings here. Photo: alpine touring binding testing and comparisons on the Vedr del Gran Zebru Glacier  Ortler Range Italy.

The Trek to Find the Best Bindings for Backcountry Skiing



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Ian Nicholson testing an Ortovox 3+ in the fine search.

The Best Avalanche Beacon Review



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The Arcteryx Phase SL Boxers were our favorite for active uses. Here they're seen drying out after another beautiful day overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

The Best Travel Underwear for Men



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Out for a day of softshell testing and cross country skiing at Tahoe Donner in California. A softshell is the perfect layer for winter aerobic activities such as cross country skiing  where you want some protection from the elements but also require breathability and flexibility.

The Best Softshell Jacket for Women Review



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Pedals make up two of your 5 contact points with a bike. Choosing the right pair of pedals (coupled with the right shoes) for your bike and riding style will enhance your confidence and can help you build your skills. Here the Crankbrothers Mallet 3 and the Five Ten Hellcat go for a test spin at the bike park.

The Best Mountain Bike Pedals - Clipless Models Compared



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Kids love to ride in the Burley D'Lite  the model scoring highest for safety in our review.

The Best Bike Trailers of 2017 for Kids



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While some of the competitors in this review were cut out for just this type of icy weather  others (with less insulation) were more useful during the warmer months of the year.

The Best Rain Boots for Men Review



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Left to right: Coleman RoadTrip LXE  Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200  Weber Q 1000  Coleman NXT 50 and below the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet portable grills.

The Best Portable Grills and Travel BBQs



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Andy Dahlen works open handed holds on one of our Tops Picks the So iLL Iron Palm. The Iron Palm has one of the greatest variety of pinches and opened handed grips among all the boards we tested.

The Best Hangboards for Home Training



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A properly designed shoe disappears under the rider  facilitating power transfer and providing control. No matter what type of riding you are doing  it is hard to beat the Pearl Izumi X-Project 1.0.

The Best Mountain Bike Shoes - Clipless Models Compared



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From sport to trad and from steeps to slab  we put these harnesses to the test!

The Best Climbing Harness for Women Review



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The Yeti Hopper 30  our Editors' Choice Award soft cooler.

The Best Soft Cooler Review



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We've tested 14 of the top lines on the market to help you select your next kit  whether you're into yoga  jumps  or walks in the park.

The Best Slackline Review



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The five models we tested: Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Fundametals and Ultralight/Watertight .5 (top)  and REI Backpacker Extended  Lifeline Trail Light Dayhiker  LG Business Convenient (bottom).

The Best First Aid Kit Review



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We tested five canopies on the beaches of California. After three months of testing  the Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter came out on top.

The Best Beach Canopy Review



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We tested eight pairs of women's sandals side by side. Here the Teva Hurricane took us on a hike to petroglyphs outside Bishop  California.

The Best Sandals for Women Review



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We tested nine of the top rated alpine  hiking and scree gaiters. Whether you're looking for something to protect you from deep snow or desert sand  we have you "covered" here at OutdoorGearLab.

The Best Gaiter Review



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Trail running is our favorite use of running socks. Here we are testing on the Gray Copper trail above Ironton in the San Juan Mountains.

The Best Running Socks for All Seasons



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We tested six of the best and most popular full face downhill helmets.

The Best Full-Face Downhill Mountain Bike Helmet Review



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In clipped orientation  only the metal leaf design shows. We did have a little trouble with the integrity of the spring loading of the leaf clip. We were able to bend it back using included tools.

The Best Pedometers - Step Count Accuracy Tests



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We went head over heels to find the best wind breaker out there by testing seven of the most popular and highly rated models available.

The Best Wind Jacket for Women Review



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Metolius Speedster

The Best Rope Bags for Climbing



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IFMGA Mountain Guide Howie Schwartz on the G3 High Traction skins. These skins really do grip better than the alternatives. Is that necessary for you  and worth the inherent compromises? You will have to decide.

The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing



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Having a comfortable ski sock can make your break your day. Here the well-fitting and durable SmartWool PhD is put to the test on an all-day spring ski traverse of the San Joaquin Ridge  from June Mountain to Mammoth Mountain  CA.

The Best Ski Socks For Cold Toes and Sweaty Feet



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Attaching the front wall of the Aosom wander takes only seconds and secures with a quick release pin making it easy to use  especially on solo adventures.

The Best Bike Cargo Trailer Review



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About to cross the glacier to reach the Torres in Patagonia while wearing the La Sportiva Trango S Evo with strap-on crampons. Cerro Torre rises in the background.

The Best Mountaineering Boots For Women Review



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The Best Enduro Mountain Bikes of 2016



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The Breville Juice Fountain Plus has a "retro" style and an external pulp bin for continuous juicing. You can juice straight into a glass or into the included container with a froth-separating lid.

The 10 Best Juicers Shoot-out Review



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Ryan slaving over a delicious meal in our ultimate camp kitchen while in Colorado's western slope near Carbondale.

The Best Camping Table Review



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Ammon McNeely on Horse Chute  El Capitan using the Yates Speed Aider (lighter version of Yates Big Wall Ladder).

Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider



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The Best Running Shoes for Women Review



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Pedaling through the Texas Panhandle with the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic panniers. We tested six different models and rated them on their Installation and Removal System  Capacity  Water Resistance and Ease of Use.

The Best Bike Panniers for Commuting and Touring



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Testing the Jones Solution on Carson Pass.

The Best Splitboards For Backcountry Snowboarding



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A dropper seatpost is hands down the best addition to your bike that will pay dividends in superior handling and increased fun.  Clockwise from top; Rock Shox Reverb Stealth  KS LEV Integra  Giant Contact SL Switch  Specialized Command Post IRCC  Thomson Elite Covert  Fox D.O.S.S.

The Best Dropper Seatposts for Your Mountain Bike



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For months and across several states and many different climbing areas  we brought and used six pairs of the best women's approach shoes on the market to test and compare them.

The Best Climbing Approach Shoes for Women Review



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A good work stand is one of the best things you can buy to improve the experience of working on your own bike

The Best Bike Work Stands for Repair and Maintenance



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Grey on grey on white. Winter monochrome  courtesy of Spyder clothing and flat Wyoming light. Lead Test Editor Jediah Porter gives it all some depth with an ounce of hard work  testing gear just for your information. No fun was had at all.

The Best Ski Pants for Men of 2017



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Three OutdoorGearLab testers in women's helmets while climbing in Tuolumne Meadows  California. In the center is the lightweight foam BD Vector which wins our Editors' Choice award  and the two on the sides are both the Best Buy Petzl Elia.

Best Women's Climbing Helmet



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Our review quiver of splitboard bindings.

The Best Splitboard Bindings for Backcountry Snowboarding



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While we love everything MTB  flying down a mountainside might be our favorite part.

The Best Trail Mountain Bikes of 2017 - Side-by-Side Tests



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The splitboard skin review fleet  consisting of the Voile Skins with Tail Clip  Jones Universal  G3 Alpinist  and G3 Alpinist High Traction.

The Best Splitboard Climbing Skins for Backcountry Snowboarding



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Left to right: Vibe  Insanity  Zen 95  Original AP  Performer CF and the Alloy.

The Best Adjustable SUP Paddle



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When you flat out on the trail  having a good mini pump can prevent a long walk back to the car.

The Best Bicycle Frame and Mini Pump Review



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Thousands of miles were put in on the road during the Road Bike Helmet Review.

The Best Road Bike Helmets For Cycling



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The author has the math ability of a 6 year old  but with 11 tires in the 2016 Enduro Mountain Bike Tire test  there were lots and lots of different combinations to be tried.  Someone told us it was 55.  We'll take their word for it and concentrate on the riding.

The Best Mountain Bike Tires - Side-by-side tests



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Adequate ventilation is key while backcountry touring. The Sentinel were the second highest scoring pants in the Ventilation metric.

The Best Ski Pants for Women of 2017



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The Best Mountain Bike Flat Pedal Shoes



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The Best Yoga Pants for your Practice



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Even among pants in our review which were all geared toward backpacking and day hiking there was a pretty big range of minimum packed volume among models we tested.

The Best Men's Rain Pants of 2017 for Hiking and Backpacking



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Method air in the park on the Best in Class winner!

The Best All-Mountain Snowboards of 2017



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The Lange RX 110 will help you bend your skis on the hard-packed groomed runs.

The Best Ski Boots of 2017 - Women's Downhill



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There's a flat pedal for everyone somewhere in this pile.  Dig through our review to find the right one for you.

The Best Flat Pedals for Mountain Biking of 2017



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The Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Women of 2017



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The lineup for the Best Women's All-Mountain Snowboards 2017.

The Best Women's All Mountain Snowboards of 2017



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The boot has a great fit and a flexible shaft  making it comfortable for hiking. We also loved the fur-lined interior that makes it that much more cozy while taking a break! Did we mention they're a great boot for winter snowshoeing?

The Best Women's Snowshoes of 2017



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