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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

Leki Vario XS

Leki's Vario XS four season poles are designed for kids, but are fully functional on trail or in the snow. Adults or children who use poles in the 80-110cm (31-43")… Full Review »

Zelph's Stoveworks Modified Starlyte

Most fuel efficient alcohol stove I have found so far and absolutely safe in use. I've had this stove for about two years and use it in summer when the country… Full Review »

UCO 6-Piece Mess Kit

UCO's 6-Piece Mess Kit packs all the tools needed for campsite dining into an easy to carry package. A bowl with tight fitting lid carries a collapsible cup inside. Full Review »

Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie

Outdoor Research’s Echo Hoodie is an ideal alternative to the grease and chemicals of sunscreen. Weighing in at 4 ounces, the Echo Hoodie provides SPF15 sun protection,… Full Review »

Luxe Outdoor Sil Hexpeak V4a

Very sturdy, easy to erect, and spacious shelter that makes use of trekking poles or ridgeline. Much less faff than threading poles through sleeves and spills wind… Full Review »

CamelBak Chute Mag Insulated Stainless Steel

One-litre insulated water bottle with wide mouth and double cap with narrow aperture for drinking   The CamelBak Chute Mag 32 oz insulated stainless steel bottle… Full Review »

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 »

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