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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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Smartwool Merino 150 Pocket Tee

The Smartwool Merino 150 Pocket Tee is an active wear, base layer made up of 87% merino wool and 13% polyester. The high wool content maximizes one of nature's… Full Review »

Flowfold RFID Blocking Minimalist - Card Holder Wallet

A sleek and sturdy little wallet that easily carries 6-8 cards and a few folded bills. Makes for a great wallet on backcountry trips where weight is a concern,… Full Review »

Llama Racks Llama Mama Rack

Is your standard roof rack too short to properly carry your fast sea kayak or surfski? If so, Llama Racks has the support you need to treat your boat right...  … Full Review »

Walrus Arch Rival Solid

Great tent, has stood the test of time. Walrus made outstanding tents reasonably priced and should never have gone out of business (they were bought out specifically… Full Review »

Durston X-Mid 1P

Excellent value in an innovatively designed, lightweight, and well thought-out solo tent by UL hiker Dan Durston.   This solo tent is a good option for folks seeking… Full Review »

Macpac Minaret

Compact and easy to erect. Can use as a fly or with inner and outer. I love my Minaret, but sadly it now has to be retired. In storage for a good number of years… Full Review »

Exped SynMat Hyperlite Duo

Why didn't this exist before!! I based my review with the understanding that this mattresses is oriented to people that do not mind closeness. While camping such… Full Review »

Exped Synmat WinterLite

Extra light and compact mattress that suits a short camping trip. Exped is a very reputable outdoor company and it doesn't disappoint on this winter light mattress. Full Review »

Tubbs Panoramic

My version is called the Panoramic. It has a dial/wire for the toe binding (no toe straps). The toe and heel cleats are similar to Tubbs' Wilderness series versus… Full Review »

Grayl GeoPress

I was gifted a Grayl by someone who knows that I have occasionally taken risks with drinking stream water on hiking trips, so far so good but it drove them crazy. Full Review »

Hyke & Byke Eolus 0°F Ultralight 800 Fill Power

Excellent sleeping bag. Comfortable and weighs in at just under 3 pounds. I have been using a Hyke & Byke bag for over a year, but finally got to use my 0 degree… Full Review »

MSR Hubba NX Solo

Great tent! Lightweight yet can handle a strong rainstorm with no problem! Easy to set up. Great backpacking tent! This is far and away the best tent I've ever… Full Review »

BioLite HeadLamp 750

The BioLite HeadLamp 750 is a new full-featured headlamp with capability up to 750 lumens, more than double the maximum output of BioLite's other headlamp models. Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Logan Canyon 3/4 Pant

When you want a little more protection than shorts, but a little more ventilation than full length pants, these are the ticket. Comfortable and hard-wearing in… Full Review »

Voormi River Run Hoodie

Who needs another baselayer or hoodie? Apparently I do. After three months of use the Voormi River Run Hoodie has become a standout in my baselayer collection. Full Review »

Grayl GeoPress

I have been testing the Grayl GeoPress Purifier, a new, large capacity water filtration bottle, while canoeing, canoe camping, and day hiking this summer and fall. Full Review »

Helly Hansen Odin 3D Air Shell Jacket

Helly Hansen’s Odin 3D Air Shell raises the bar for competitors claiming their rain shells are both waterproof and breathable. Minimizing the feeling of plastic… Full Review »

Clamcleat Line-Lok

ALL GRIP NO SLIP "There are many guy tensioners in the world, these ones are mine." There are a vast array of guy tensioners in the world: bushcrafty knots, weird… Full Review »

Marmot Highlander Down Hoody

Terrific climbing and backpacking layer. Bought this jacket recently to replace a down jacket that was 16 years old. Man, have they improved down jackets over the… Full Review »

Deuter Aircontact Lite 60+10 SL

A large winter pack with the option of extending the top collar with 10 more liters of storage space. Great vertical harness adjustability. I needed a new winter… Full Review »

Eureka! Solitaire AL

Great, affordable one-person, three-season backpacking tent. I purchased this recently (summer 2020), so it came with the aluminum poles. I wanted a small, lightweight… Full Review »

Pathfinder Folding Skillet and Lid

Excellent for back country cooking around camp. Its thicker solid bottom distributes heat evenly, the lid retains heat and prevents splashing, and the foldaway… Full Review »

Bight Gear Solstice Graphene Hoody

Very protective, good fit, light weight, and reasonably priced. This is my second sun hoody after the Black Diamond Alpenglow, which I liked. The Bight Solstice… Full Review »

Guppyfriend Washing Bag

The Guppyfriend helps prevent your fleece gear from spewing micro fibers into the water supply. The concept is pretty simple—a bag with pores too fine to allow… Full Review »

REI Flexlite Air Chair

A great lightweight luxury item I have not carried the extra weight of a chair until now, opting for available logs, boulders, ground, and bear can (when carried)… Full Review »

Werner Cyprus

Light, stiff, and just a little picky... you just might paddle further and faster than you ever thought possible.   These are a few of my favorite things... Werner… Full Review »

Patagonia Ascensionist 55L

Gear for a three-day mountaineering trip to Glacier Peak I want badly to love this pack, but just can’t. I expect a little better from Patagonia. Patagonia made… Full Review »

Paramo Fuera Windproof Smock

Great windshell for variable alpine conditions and snow. Introduction Paramo is a British company that offers an alternative to traditional waterproof textiles. Full Review »

Vasque Sundowner

The toughest product I have ever owned. I bought my Sundowners in the mid-90s at REI. At that time it was one of the more expensive pieces of footwear I had ever… Full Review »

Katabatic Gear Flex 22°F

Own both the Katabatic Flex 40 and Flex 22—each 900 fill. They are just fantastic, and fit all my needs. Mostly it is warm enough with the Flex 40, but with the… Full Review »

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