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  • This Week in Gear: What You Missed (March 27, 2015)

    This Week in Gear: What You Missed (March 27, 2015)

    By: Yikta Winn

    Every week, we bring you five gear-related stories, from all over, that you won’t want to miss. This weeks highlights include virtual reality from the North Face, 2015's best Backpacks, and gear for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in winter. 

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    ALL IN! Gear Testing with Columbia in Sweden

    By: Peter Kray

    Gear Institute's Peter Kray goes "All In" testing new winter skiing gear from Columbia Sportswear in Sweden.

  • The Risk of Skinny Ropes

    The Risk of Skinny Ropes

    By: Stow Kelner

    They're lighter, thinner—and way more prone to wear out and break. Here's some care tips to keep your safety line in top shape.

  • FireSleeve improves lighters' reliability

    FireSleeve improves lighters' reliability

    By: Nick LeFort

    The Exotac FireSleeve acts as a reusable waterproof housing (and flotation device) for a Bic lighter. The rubber sleeve provides great grip and has a built-in “gas lock."

  • Pack Like a Pro: Hiking guide Craig Rowe shows his personal gear

    Pack Like a Pro: Hiking guide Craig Rowe shows his personal gear

    By: Craig Rowe

    When not picking apart stoves as Gear Institute's resident Stove Expert, Craig Rowe spends his time as a backpacking guide for Wildland Trekking out of Flagstaff. 

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    MtnGLO: Big Agnes’s bright new tent design

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  • The Perfect Kit: Day Hiking

    The Perfect Kit: Day Hiking

    By: Dan Nelson

    After several thousand trail-miles, many done in day-long bites, I’ve identified the components of the Perfect Day Hiking Kit. Here are some of the most current models of gear to fit that kit.

Fresh Tests

  • Beal Joker 9.1mm Unicore Dry Cover

    83

    2014

    Ropes > Climbing

    Beal Joker 9.1mm Unicore Dry Cover

    The Beal Joker 9.1 Unicore is a specialized skinny rope for alpine routes and hard sport sends that perfor...

  • Metolius Super Cam

    68

    2014

    Camming Devices > Climbing

    Metolius Super Cam

    The Metolius Super Cam is a three-piece set that covers an impressive range of sizes, from hand crack to o...

  • Metolius Ultralight TCU

    69

    2014

    Camming Devices > Climbing

    Metolius Ultralight TCU

    When the Metolius TCU first came on the scene, it pushed the limits of what was possible for small cams. Y...

  • Metolius Master Cam

    88

    2014

    Camming Devices > Climbing

    Metolius Master Cam

    In the world of Metolius cams, the Master Cams are the clear choice for small sizes. Industry wide, they h...

  • Black Diamond C3

    80

    2014

    Camming Devices > Climbing

    Black Diamond C3

    With the narrowest head of any cam on the market, the Black Diamond C3 is a great feat of engineering, res...

  • Black Diamond X4

    91

    2014

    Camming Devices > Climbing

    Black Diamond X4

    The Black Diamond X4 is a small-cam set that achieves tremendous stability and range in a four-cam head th...