When Robert Annis isn't hunched over a keyboard, you’ll likely find him either pedaling the backroads and trails of the Midwest on his bike or asking about the craft beer selection in a far-flung airport bar.
Mountain-dweller Kelly Bastone became a writer so she could stop asking the boss for permission to take a powder morning, enjoy extra-long lunch breaks to fish or mountain bike, and clock out early when the hatch is on.
Kraig Becker is the Gear Institute's news editor. He is also a freelance writer and world traveler who covers mountaineering expeditions, polar exploration, adventure travel, and of course outdoor gear.
Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel and adventure writer and photographer living in Washington, DC, where he strains his wife's patience daily by acquiring more outdoor gear than their one-bedroom apartment can hold.
Christopher Cogley is a freelance writer who spends as much time as possible biking, hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoor playground of Western Colorado where he lives with his wife and two boys.
Passionate about women’s ski camps and women-specific gear, Krista organizes women’s ski programs at Eldora and Vail, including her own camp called She Skis. A former editor at SKI Magazine, she currently runs the ski test for OnTheSnow.com.
Lawrence DiVizio is a photojournalist, writer, and editor who has written and lectured extensively on backpacking and backcountry travel. When he isn't out testing gear on a solo trip, odds are he will be found working on a wildlife video or cooking over an open fire.
M.T. Elliott likes finding the pockets of wild that survive in urban environments, but yearns for more alone time in the woods. Among other jobs, he writes and edits for trade level publications focused on the outdoor and textile industries.
Kim Fuller lives in the Colorado mountains as a freelance journalist and outdoor enthusiast. She’s a runner, skier, mountain biker, hiker, backpacker and yoga instructor, and believes movement and fresh air is the key to happiness and vitality.
David Garcia has been a trail running fanatic with a climbing problem for over 25-years. In his home base of Boulder, CO where he works as a firefighter, David has easy access to some of the best trail running and climbing that the state has to offer.
Matt is a contributing writer covering snow sports for Gear Institute. He’s a former professional runner and endurance coach turned adventure-journalist who lives with his wife in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.
Andrew Hendrickson is a running expert who lives and trains among the coastlines of Victoria at the southern tip of Canada's rugged Vancouver Island. Andrew puts his gear through the ringer on the daily with a rigorous training schedule.
Seiji Ishii works as a trainer to professional supercross/motocross riders, adventure based motorcycle testing contributor at multiple outlets, and as an AMGA certified rock climbing guide/instructor for White Star Mountain Guides/Austin Rock Gym. His personal time is spent rock climbing, any form of dirt biking, cycling, and training for the next mountaineering adventure.
Daniela Liscio, our women’s sleeping bag tester, is an attorney and the Founder and President of Eat for Sport LLC. When she isn’t running her business, she is chasing adventures whether down into ocean depths, up into mountains, or anything in between.
David is a self proclaimed snow & navigation geek and teaches all aspects of climbing and avalanche safety for Eastern Mountain Sports Schools in North Conway, NH. He tests GPS's for the Gear Institute.
Cameron Martindell is the Gear Institute's Gear Test Director, responsible for coordinating our gear testing team, recruiting new experts, and maintaining the Gear Institute's editorial standards for product testing.
Morgan Mason is a Rocky Mountain based water-enthusiast writer and fly fishing guide. Chasing spring runoff in a kayak or SUP or fly fishing rivers, streams, and high alpine lakes. Morgan is constantly near, around or in the water year round.
Brian Miller has been hiking, climbing and skiing in the Colorado Rockies for the last 15 years. Despite all the gear in his closet, his most prized possessions are his fold out chair, flip flops and a cold IPA after a long, rewarding day in the hills.
Scott Morris guides backpacking expeditions and hiking trips for Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He is a writer, traveler, and runner. Scott tests backpacking equipment.
Dan Nash has used his 25 years of extensive hiking, backpacking and mountaineering experience, to test outdoor gear on five continents in all types of environmental conditions. Dan has been writing reviews for over five years and loves educating about the outdoors.
Seth Portner has been riding and racing mountain bikes since the late 1990s, specializing in XC, marathon and ultra-marathon events. He also enjoys regular multi-day road tours, and is an accomplished ultrarunner and XC skier. Seth, his wife and their daughter all split their time between Lyons and Winter Park.
Mike Schneiter is an AMGA-trained alpine and rock guide, founder of Glenwood Climbing Guides and longtime climbing and outdoor educator with Colorado Mountain Colorado, based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Brad Steele is the co-creator of BackcountrySkiingCanada.com, a one-stop-shop for skiers and riders seeking timely, on-the-money information. BackcountrySkiingCanada.com is where you’ll find route descriptions, product reviews, guides, videos, comps and other like minded people who are as amped on ski touring as you are.
Mike Summers is an avid hiker, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. While exploring America’s best outdoor spaces, Mike has developed an intimate relationship with his gear systems, allowing him to stay safe and comfortable in an otherwise forbidding environment. When he’s not exploring, you can find him sharing insights and chronicling his journeys at improbablebutpossible.com.
In 2009 Jordan became the youngest and the 5th person to ski from the summit of all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks. Jordan is a mountain guide and ski guide for Aspen Alpine Guides, in Aspen Colorado as well as a ski guide for Ski Arpa, Chile.