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  • Introducing the $1 Million RV

    Introducing the $1 Million RV

    By: Kraig Becker

    Colorado-based RV maker EarthRoamer is pushing the envelope with its latest design, which is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $1 million. 

  • The Apple Watch as a Fitness Accessory

    The Apple Watch as a Fitness Accessory

    By: Kraig Becker

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    This Week in Gear: What You Missed (July 3, 2015)

    By: Yitka Winn

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  • Best Fly Fishing Reels of 2015

    Best Fly Fishing Reels of 2015

    By: Dan Nelson

    The Gear Institute's experts conducted a thorough, head-to-head test of the top fly fishing reels of 2015. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award for 2015. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute Rating in the test.

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    Garmin Wants to Make Your Bike Rides Safer

    By: Kraig Becker

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    Flylow Goes Campfire Casual With New Line of Apparel

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  • Skiing & Testing in the Elks with Bergans of Norway

    Skiing & Testing in the Elks with Bergans of Norway

    By: Tal-ee Roberts

    Gear Institute travels to the Elk Mountains of Colorado to trest new gear with Bergans of Norway. 

Fresh Tests

  •  Cheeky Boost 350

    94

    2015

    Fishing > Fly Fishing Reels

    Cheeky Boost 350

    The Cheeky Boost 350 reel earned praise from every angler I had testing it. Th...

  • Dynafit Radical 2.0

    87

    2015

    Skiing > Ski Bindings

    Dynafit Radical 2.0

    The Dynafit Radical 2.0 makes some big and significant changes from its predec...

  • Sage Accel 486-4

    93

    2015

    Fly Fishing Rods Fishing

    Sage Accel 486-4

    After just a month of fishing the Sage Accel 486-4, I had fallen in love. The ...

  • Newton Distance IV

    82

    2015

    Running > Road Running Shoes

    Newton Distance IV

    The Newton Distance IV is a super-lightweight, neutral road shoe from Newton, ...

  • Kilimanjaro Gear Rappel II 910067

    91

    2015

    Hiking & Camping > Multitools

    Kilimanjaro Gear Rappel II 910067

    The Kilimanjaro Gear Rappel II is a full-sized multitool that will come in han...

  • Montane Minimus

    95

    2015

    Sleeping Bags Hiking & Camping

    Montane Minimus

    The Montane Minimus may be the best sleeping bag in our test, but it can also ...

  • Arc’teryx Azetta Pant

    95

    2015

    Ski Pants > Skiing

    Arc’teryx Azetta Pant

    The Arc’teryx Azetta is a touring pant perfect for resort or backcountry use...