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The Outdoor Guide to Wearing Face Masks Hiking, Running, on the Trail

Face masks are the surprise essential gear trend of 2020, and outdoor brands have stepped up with a variety of options, whether we're prepping for a trip to the store or a trip to the mountains. From high-tech performance masks to made in America to ones that give back, check out our guide. Read More »

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Recent Reviews

Oboz Wind River III Waterproof

Surprising good boot. Though it is rated as a hiking boot, it would easily stack up as a backpacking boot. The fit was good, it needed no break-in (for me), and… Full Review »

Sorel Glacier XT

Sorel got it right. These are great boots, warm from top to bottom. It looks like a few people have had issues with the Glacier boots where the tops come away from… Full Review »

Klean Kanteen Insulated TKPro

The Insulated TKPro (25oz.) bottle from Klean Kanteen is everything an insulated bottle should be—durable to the max, well insulated, easy to pour, and comes… Full Review »

Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Crew

The All-Paca Crew is a lightweight, medium thickness base-layer suitable for active wear or just lounging around the house during a lock-down. It is made from 100… Full Review »

Smartwool Merino Sport Ultra Light Hoodie

A basic, lightweight, hooded, nylon windshirt with a partial, light wool lining in the hood. There’s not a lot of wool-warmth here, and no real rain protection,… Full Review »

Benchmade Barrage Family

The best pocketknife I've ever owned...drops mic, walks away. My Old and New Barrage knives I received my Benchmade Barrage knife as a Christmas gift from my wife… Full Review »

Jetboil Sumo Cooking System

The Jetboil SUMO is a user-friendly, canister-style stove that easily supports 2 to 3 people on most backpacking, camping, and paddling trips (1.8L or 61oz cup). Full Review »

Jetboil Grande Silicone Coffee Press

An easy-to-use, lightweight accessory for the Jetboil MiniMo and SUMO systems that makes delightful coffee. A regular sized option is also available for the Jetboil… Full Review »

Silky BigBoy

The most versatile of the Silky lineup, the Bigboy can do just about any job a backpacker could ask of a saw. After using Silky's Katanaboy on a trail maintenance… Full Review »

Black Diamond Storm

A really good headlamp, but don't forget your patience... The Black Diamond Storm 350 I purchased one of these headlamps brand new about a year and a half ago and… Full Review »

Seek Outside Flight One

One of the few lightweight packs that can honestly carry 30-40 pounds comfortably. It's a very durable pack to boot. I own a Seek Outside Divide, which I've reviewed… Full Review »

Vasque Sundowner MX2

Most comfortable hiking boots even after a resole. Full shank climbs over rocks and roots easily without soreness and pressure spots. Made in Italy. Over 20 years… Full Review »

Eureka! Canoe Pack SS75

Four-day canoe loop in Algonquin with full 24-hour thunderstorm, this pack kept my gear dry. Would rate 5 stars but the shoulder strap adjustment was a little bit… Full Review »

MSR Habitude 6P

The MSR Habitude 6 is a family-sized tent that packs a large amount of interior space into a relatively portable package (it is a standing height six-person tent… Full Review »

Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic

Keep your cold beverages cold and your hot ones hot... The Klean Kanteen Classic, available in many colors. I received my Klean Kanteen as part of a prize package. Full Review »

Casio PRW3500-1

Solar-powered altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch with radio time calibration, temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch, and timer.   The Casio PRW3500… Full Review »

Sierra Designs Lookout CD

The stability of my Lookout CD 2.0 is excellent. I love the double doors which come in soooo useful in the wind, pitching is quick and easy enough for one person. Full Review »

UCO Utility Spork 2-Pack with Tether

UCO labels it a "spork" but it isn't the often seen blending of spoon and fork. A fully functional spoon on one end and a fully functional fork on the other. The… Full Review »

GSI Outdoors Escape HS 3L Pot + Frypan

GSI paired a 3L collapsible nylon pot with a 9-inch frying pan to create a compact combo for folks who like to do some actual cooking in the outdoors. Hard anodized… Full Review »

The Mountaineers Books Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail

Famous trail angel Barney "Scout" Mann takes readers through a riveting portrayal of his experience on the Pacific Crest Trail. In 2007, hundreds of eager hikers… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket

The Helium Rain Jacket is Outdoor Research’s latest version of its Helium line of very lightweight compact rain jackets. The Helium Rain Jacket is a very minimalist… Full Review »

Sea to Summit Hammock Tarp

Great tarp. Excellent weight, coverage, and ease of use. Best tarp I have found on the market considering weight and coverage. I’ve had this tarp for three years… Full Review »

Deuter Climber

The Deuter Climber is a 22L pack designed for children ages 6 and up. With many features found on adult packs it isn't a toy. Rather, it performs well enough that… Full Review »

Karrimor Air Space 35+5

I used this pack to take my child backpacking and camping. Due to his age I carried almost all the shared gear. The pack held up well and distributed weight well. Full Review »

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

Loaded with features, the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro is both luxurious and practical. Highly adjustable for both the wearer and the child, this pack has very few limitations. Full Review »

Butternut Mountain Farm Maple Syrup Pouch

When we are canoe or car camping, we enjoy making pancakes or French toast for breakfast. As Vermonters, "pancake syrup" just doesn't cut it, since we require pure… Full Review »

Lowa Tibet LL

On a recent Escarpment Trail (Catskills) hike I blew out my Lowa Renegade boots. After ten years of good service, I wasn’t too upset but since I liked them so… Full Review »

Big Agnes Big House 4 Deluxe

Great car camping tent, absolutely love the pockets inside as well as the nearly straight vertical walls. Orange, yellow, and white colors do tend to attract bees,… Full Review »

REI Half Dome 2 Plus

Good tent with a few flaws. Fairly lightweight. I've carried this on trips as long as 56 miles. Roomy for one, cozy but manageable for two. Love the vestibule and… Full Review »

Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20

The Torchlight UL 20 is a fantastically cozy and versatile backpacking mummy bag. Super spacious when you want, but snug when you want that, with customizable zipper… Full Review »

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