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    Best Ski Bibs of 2017
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    Best Lightweight Storm Shells of 2017
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Fresh Stories

  • Sneak Peek: The Climbing Gear That Won't Be At Outdoor Retailer

    Sneak Peek: The Climbing Gear That Won't Be At Outdoor Retailer

    By: Seiji Ishii

    Here’s a few of the climbing products that will be missing at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market next week, but you will still see all of it at retailers next spring or even sooner.

  • Sneak Peak: Outdoor Gear coming in 2018

    Sneak Peak: Outdoor Gear coming in 2018

    By: Cameron Martindell

    The Outdoor Retailer trade show is where companies show off what they're getting ready to release to the marketplace. Here's what to look forward to in the months to come.

  • Hydration Solutions for Anglers

    Hydration Solutions for Anglers

    By: Dan Nelson

    Anglers can stay out on the water longer thanks to these simple, but effective, solutions for staying hydrated. 

  • SNEAK PEAK: THE COOLEST CAMP GEAR OF 2018

    SNEAK PEAK: THE COOLEST CAMP GEAR OF 2018

    By: Aaron Bible

    We got a sneak peak into the latest and greatest camping and backpacking products manufacturers are getting ready to relase later this fall and next spring. Here's a great list of items to put on your holiday wish list!

  • First Look: Yeti Panga Duffel

    First Look: Yeti Panga Duffel

    By: Morgan Mason

    From big river water to the sea, the new waterproof submersible duffel from Yeti has proven to be an incredibly durable bag.

  • Best Ski Bibs of 2017

    Best Ski Bibs of 2017

    By: Ben Conners

    The Gear Institute's skiing expert conducted a thorough test of the top ski bibs for 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. 

  • Tested: Five Water Repellant Coating Treatments

    Tested: Five Water Repellant Coating Treatments

    By: Lawrence DiVizio

    When it comes to re-applying a waterproof coating to your gear, there are a lot of brands to wade through. Here are five we tested to make your choice a bit easier.

Fresh Tests

  • Patagonia PowSlayer Bib Review

    91

    2017

    Ski Pants > Snowboarding

    Patagonia PowSlayer Bib Review

    The Patagonia PowSlayer Bib is ideal for deep inbound powder days and touring on cold days in the backcoun...

  • Salomon MTN Tech Binding Review

    90

    2017

    Ski Bindings > Skiing

    Salomon MTN Tech Binding Review

    The MTN is Salomon’s entrance into the world of tech bindings with a clean a...

  • Patagonia Women’s Ultralight Wading Boot Review

    93

    2017

    Fishing > Wading Boots

    Patagonia Women’s Ultralight Wading Boot Review

    A true women’s-specific boot, the Patagonia Women's Ultralight Wading Boots ...

  • Sherpa Asaar Jacket Review

    86

    2017

    Waterproof Jackets (Storm Shell) > Hiking & Camping

    Sherpa Asaar Jacket Review

    The Sherpa Asaar is a great lightweight shell for fast and light backpackers o...

  • Metolius Monster 8.9

    88

    2017

    Climbing > Ropes

    Metolius Monster 8.9

    The Metolius Monster is a 8.9mm dynamic climbing rope that is certified as a s...

  • Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

    90

    2017

    2-Person Backpacking Tents Tents Hiking & Camping

    Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

    The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 is a lightweight, simple, and feature rich t...