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  • Coffee Now and Later: Stanley's Vacuum Coffee System

    Coffee Now and Later: Stanley's Vacuum Coffee System

    By: Dan Nelson

    Stanley’s Vacuum Coffee System provides “take and make” options. The unique product centers on a Stanley vacuum-insulated bottle that holds 1 liters of coffee or any hot liquid.

  • Pack Like a Pro: Fishing with Tom Larimer

    Pack Like a Pro: Fishing with Tom Larimer

    By: Dan Nelson

    When not teaching, guiding, or fishing with friends and family, Tom Larimer helps design fishing products. As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Larimer also organizes and leads destination fly fishing trips around the world.

  • Best New Gear Awards: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2015

    Best New Gear Awards: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2015

    By: Gear Institute Staff

    Presented to the most innovative gear of the year - gear which represents a true step forward in design and performance.

  • Best Value Products of 2014

    Best Value Products of 2014

    By: Nathan Borchelt

    Gear Institute's Experts tested nearly 400 pieces of gear in 2014. We've shared with you the Best in Class Winners already, but here's the team's picks for Best Value products.

  • Suunto Ambit3 offers unmatched features

    Suunto Ambit3 offers unmatched features

    By: Dan Nelson

    The Suunto Ambit3 Peak represents the latest in wearable technology. Hikers, mountain bikers, climbers trail runners and adventure racers will find all the tracking, record keeping and navigation tools they want for their individual activity.

  • Knife Care Part 2: Regain the Edge

    Knife Care Part 2: Regain the Edge

    By: Nick LeFort

    I have knives that have needed sharpening a week after I began to use them, and I have machete’s that still don’t need to be honed after years of use. But all blades eventually need to be resharpened. Learn how here.

  • Pack Like a Pro: Hanging with Sierra Blair-Coyle

    Pack Like a Pro: Hanging with Sierra Blair-Coyle

    By: Aaron Bible

    If you don’t know Sierra Blair-Coyle, you are clearly not following the world of professional sport climbing these days. She’s one of the youngest and most talented climbers in the world right now.

Fresh Tests

  • Dynafit Beast 14

    93

    2014

    Skiing > Ski Bindings

    Dynafit Beast 14

    The Dynafit Beast 14 is less finicky than the original beast, and it’s proving to be a good, durable, fr...

  •  Nike Free 5.0 Flash

    80

    2014

    Running > Road Running Shoes

    Nike Free 5.0 Flash

    The Nike Free 5.0 Flash adds some key winterization features to an otherwise solid shoe without compromisi...

  • MSR Revo Explore

    92

    2014

    Snowshoes > Hiking & Camping

    MSR Revo Explore

    The MSR Revo Explore upholds MSR’s reputation for offering the best shoes for climbing (and descending) ...

  • Louis Garneau Black Everest

    82

    2014

    Snowshoes > Hiking & Camping

    Louis Garneau Black Everest

    The Louis Garneau Black Everest provided good flotation in most snow conditions, and good traction on all ...

  • Tubbs Flex RDG

    83

    2014

    Snowshoes > Hiking & Camping

    Tubbs Flex RDG

    The Tubbs Flex RDG are best suited for light hikers or compact snow conditions—the Flex lack the flotati...

  • Atlas Endeavor

    84

    2014

    Snowshoes > Hiking & Camping

    Atlas Endeavor

    The Atlas Endeavor blends the benefits of a traditional tubular-frame shoe with the aggressive traction an...