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Gear Institute Experts

Robert Annis

Robert Annis

Cycling

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. 

Jason Antin

Jason Antin

Climbing

Jason Antin guides rock, alpine, and backpacking treks for Denver Mountain Guiding in Golden, Colorado and works for the outdoor social network, Gociety. He tests crampons for the Gear Institute.

Scott Aubuchon

Scott Aubuchon

Mountain Biking

Scott Aubuchon is an avid mountain biker, photographer, writer and all around outdoorsman. The more extreme, the better, just don't do any advanced planning.

Kelly Bastone

Kelly Bastone

Cycling, Fly Fishing

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

Kraig Becker

News Editor

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.

Aaron Bible

Aaron Bible

Aaron H. Bible is an adventure travel writer, documentary photographer, and gear abuser. 

Adrianne Bouchard

Adrianne Bouchard

Hiking & Camping

Adrianne Bouchard is a triathlete, skier, backpacker and lover of all things outdoors based in the Tahoe area.

Scott Boulbol

Scott Boulbol

Cycling

Boulbol wrote the book on trail running in Colorado.Scott Boulbol is a freelance writer who has been working in the outdoor and cycling industries for about 15 years. He lives near Boston.

Donald Buraglio

Donald Buraglio

Running

Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports.

Christopher Cogley

Christopher Cogley

Hiking & Camping

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.

Krista Crabtree

Krista Crabtree

Skiing

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

Lawrence DiVizio

Hiking & Camping

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.

MT Elliott

MT Elliott

running

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

Kim Fuller

Running

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. 

Leah Gallant

Leah Gallant

Hiking & Camping

Leah tests hiking boots, running bras, and hiking apparel in central New Mexico. 

David Garcia

David Garcia

Climbing

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. 

Andrew Hendrickson

Andrew Hendrickson

Running

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

Seiji Ishii

Climbing

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.

Erica Jessop

Erica Jessop

Biking

Erica Jessop is a climber, mountain biker, lover of the outdoors in general, freelance writer, pianist, a book nerd, and enjoys cooking (desserts are her specialty).

Mike King

Mike King

Climbing

Mike King spends 200 days each year in the Cascades, Alaska, Argentina and Tanzania guiding for Rainier Mountaineering Inc. He tests mountaineering boots for the Gear Institute.

Peter Kray

Peter Kray

Publisher

Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar

Snowboarding

Stephen Krcmar splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles. A snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcycle guy, he skied 76 days last winter. He’s written about the outdoors for more than 16 years.

Nick LeFort

Nick LeFort

Hiking & Camping

A skilled custom knife-maker, LeFort is a known abuser of multitools and edged steel.

Daniela R Liscio

Daniela R Liscio

Hiking & Camping

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 Lottmann

David Lottmann

Hiking & Camping

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.

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski

Cycling

Marie Malinowski is a Minneapolis-based mountain biker, bike commuter, backpacker, and trail runner who covers our cycling accessories categories. 

Cameron Martindell

Cameron Martindell

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. 

Jordan Martindell

Jordan Martindell

Travel, Hiking & Camping

Jordan Martindell is a travel writer and editor based in Colorado. She loves gear that makes adventure enjoyable and comfortable. She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and daughter. 

Megan Michelson

Megan Michelson

Skiing

Michelson is a longtime ski editor, freeskiing world champion—and our amazing women's ski and boot test director.

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Hiking

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

Scott Morris

Hiking & Camping

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

Dan Nash

Hiking & Camping

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.

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Fly Fishing

Dan Nelson is GearInstitute.com's fly fishing editor. He is based in the Pacific Northwest.

Justin Nyberg

Justin Nyberg

Executive Editor

Justin Nyberg is Executive Editor and a co-founder of the Gear Institute.

Seth Portner

Seth Portner

Mountain Biking

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.

Monica Prelle

Monica Prelle

Snowboarding

Monica Prelle is an outdoors and adventure writer who lives at 8,000 feet in Mammoth Lakes, California. 

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Hiking & Camping

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.

Tal-ee Roberts

Tal-ee Roberts

Tech Editor, Technology

In addition to being Technical Director and co-founder of the Gear Institute, Tal-ee is a contributor to Gear Tests and News.

Craig Rowe

Craig Rowe

Hiking & Camping

Guide, Sin City resident and creator of the HikeClimbSurfRun blog, Craig Rowe is the Gear Institute's chief camping cookware tester.

Mike Schneiter

Mike Schneiter

Climbing

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.

Doug Schnitzspahn

Doug Schnitzspahn

Tester at Large

Editor of Elevation Outdoors and Sustainabler.com, Schnitzspahn is one of our go-to testers at large.

Mattie Schuler

Mattie Schuler

Hiking

A runner, hiker, yogi, snowboarder, and adventure journalist, Mattie Schuler lives in Boulder, Colorado, where her apartment is slowly being overcome by gear. 

Julian Smith

Julian Smith

Running

Runner, cyclist, father, writer—Julian Smith is a guy with a lot in tow, and a lot to say about the best running strollers and trailers for active parents wth kids.

Cory Smith

Cory Smith

Running

A former NCAA Divison 1 National Qualifier, Cory Smith holds a personal best of 4:03 in the mile and was ranked the 6th fastest high school 2 miler in country.

Brad Steele

Brad Steele

Climbing

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. 

Adam Stepanovic

Adam Stepanovic

Running

Adam Stepanovic has become an expert on running packs from not wanting to wear them at all during his numerous 100-milers and FKT attempts on the country’s most famous long distance trails.

Ryan Stuart

Ryan Stuart

Skiing, Hiking & Camping

If you lived on the trails of rainy Vancouver Island, and worked as a gear editor, you'd get to know your jackets pretty darn well, too.

Mike Summers

Mike Summers

Climbing

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.

Boad Swanson

Boad Swanson

Mountain Biking

Boad Swanson is a healthcare entrepreneur and outdoor enthusiast. He primarily tests mountain bike and cycling gear in the year round friendly climate of Orange County, CA.

 

Kayleen VanderRee

Kayleen VanderRee

Hiking & Camping

Kayleen is from Vancouver Island so naturally has a love for both the ocean and the mountains. On any weekend you can find her anywhere from sea to sky and of course testing gear.

Chris Weidner

Chris Weidner

Climbing

Chris Weidner climbs like an All-Purpose shoe: he’s competent on most terrain but not the best at anything. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and thousands of rock climbs.

Jordan White

Jordan White

Skiing

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.

Yitka Winn

Yitka Winn

Snowboarding

Yitka Winn is a freelance writer and lifelong snowboarder based in Telluride, Colorado. She tests snowboard boots for the Gear Institute.