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.
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.
An avid backpacker, Lawrence Landauer leads hikes, snowshoe trips, and backpacks for the Seattle and Foothills Mountaineers, and conducts outdoor leadership, backpacking, and hiking classes near his hometown of Seattle.
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.
Mike works for LifeView Outdoors, an outdoor gear shop located in Nashville, TN. Open since 2005, the retail outlet not only provides great gear for outdoor enthusiasts, but also delivers award-winning educational content to people like you, as well as schools across the United States. Find out more at LifeViewOutdoors.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.