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Fresh Stories

  • Best Crag Packs of 2017

    Best Crag Packs of 2017

    By: Seiji Ishii

    The Gear Institute’s climbing expert conducted a thorough test of the top crag packs of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute rating in the test.

  • These Smart Insoles Add GPS Navigation to Your Shoes

    These Smart Insoles Add GPS Navigation to Your Shoes

    By: Kraig Becker

    Using a Bluetooth connection to your phone and haptic feedback as a guide, the Lechal insoles can provide navigational cues and track fitness metrics. 

  • The Best Standup Paddleboard Gear for Women

    The Best Standup Paddleboard Gear for Women

    By: Morgan Tilton

    Gear Institute contributor Morgan Tilton made the first SUP descent of Utah’s Escalante River, 100 miles of the most remote waterway in the lower 48, to test the latest paddling gear that will withstand the rigors of a true desert SUP expedition. 

  • SOG Rethinks the Multitool for the 21st Century

    SOG Rethinks the Multitool for the 21st Century

    By: Nick LeFort

    The new Baton Series from SOG features a fresh design that brings the venerable multitool kicking and screaming into the modern age. 

  • Udee is a Travel Pack With Every Feature Imaginable

    Udee is a Travel Pack With Every Feature Imaginable

    By: Kraig Becker

    Looking for the ultimate travel backpack? A new travel bag that recently launched on Kickstarter was built specifically with the modern traveler in the mind. 

  • Volkswagen Reveals a Microbus for the Digital Age

    Volkswagen Reveals a Microbus for the Digital Age

    By: Nick LeFort

    The new Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Microbus Concept could herald the return of a classic, but is it too modern for its own good?

  • Exclusive First Look: Soto's StormBreaker Stove

    Exclusive First Look: Soto's StormBreaker Stove

    By: Craig Rowe

    The new StormBreaker stove from Soto is a much-anticipated follow-up to the company's popular WindMaster. 

Fresh Tests

  • The North Face Cragaconda

    89

    2016

    Climbing > Crag Packs

    The North Face Cragaconda

    The North Face Cragaconda is a suitcase style crag pack with a good suspension...

  • Columbia Women's Hexbreaker Long Down Jacket

    93

    2016

    Insulated Jackets > Hiking & Camping

    Columbia Women's Hexbreaker Long Down Jacket

    Columbia’s Women’s Hexbreaker Long Down Jacket is heating powerhouse chock...

  • Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra

    94

    2016

    Running Running Bras

    Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra

    The Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra is a highly functional and sporty...

  • Salomon Quest 4D II

    92

    2016

    Hiking Footwear > Hiking & Camping

    Salomon Quest 4D II

    The Salomon Quest 4D II is a great mid weight backpacking boot that provides p...

  • Petzl Sitta

    86

    2016

    Climbing > Climbing Harnesses

    Petzl Sitta

    The Petzl Sitta is a lightweight harness for sport, ice and alpine climbing.

  • Specialized S-Works Tarmac

    94

    2016

    Road Bikes > Bike

    Specialized S-Works Tarmac

    Specialized’s top-of-the-line Road Race bike, the S-Works Tarmac, is a purpo...