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Best Fly Fishing Packs of 2015

Best Fly Fishing Packs of 2015

Kelly Bastone

The Gear Institute's experts conducted a thorough, head-to-head field test of the top fly fishing packs of 2015. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award for 2015. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute Rating in the test.

2014 Best in Class Award Winners

2014 Best in Class Award Winners

Gear Institute Staff

Gear Institute Experts extensively field tested and reviewed nearly 400 individual products in 2014. From vast collection of gear, 43 products received Gear Institute Ratings high enough to win the coveted Gear Institute Best in Class Award Honors!

Best in Class : Monthly Mashup

Best in Class : Monthly Mashup

Gear Institute Staff

This month's gear mashup brings two season's Best in Class products together into one. Two bear winter's weather reality and one holds a bit of wishful summertime thinking. Check out a few of our top scoring products for wind, snow and water!

Best in Class Winners—Fly Fishing

Best in Class Winners—Fly Fishing

Nathan Borchelt

Throughout the year, Gear Institute directors field tested and reviewed scores of fly fishing gear. From those, we've rounded up the Best in Class fly fishing products.

Best in Class Winners—Helmets & Helmet Cams

Best in Class Winners—Helmets & Helmet Cams

Nathan Borchelt

Throughout the year, Gear Institute faculty field tested and reviewed scores of helmets and helmet accessories. From those, we've rounded up the Best in Class in a helmets and helmet cams.

Best in Class Winners—Backpacks

Best in Class Winners—Backpacks

Nathan Borchelt

Throughout the year, Gear Institute faculty field tested and reviewed scores of backpacks. From those, we've rounded up the Best in Class in a number of pack categories.

2014 Best in Class Winners — Knives & Multitools

2014 Best in Class Winners — Knives & Multitools

Nathan Borchelt

Throughout the year, Gear Institute faculty field tested and reviewed scores of knives and multitools. From those, we've rounded up the Best in Class in a number of categories.

Best in Class Winners—Camping

Best in Class Winners—Camping

Nathan Borchelt

Throughout the year, Gear Institute faculty field tested and reviewed scores of camping related products. From those, we've rounded up the Best in Class in a number of categories.

2014 Best in Class Winners — Climbing Gear

2014 Best in Class Winners — Climbing Gear

Nathan Borchelt

Throughout the year, Gear Institute faculty field tested and reviewed scores of climbing related products. From those, we've rounded up the Best in Class in a number of categories.

2014 Best in Class Winners—Running Products

2014 Best in Class Winners—Running Products

Nathan Borchelt

Throughout the year, Gear Institute faculty field tested and reviewed scores of running related products. From those, we've rounded up the Best in Class in a number of categories.

The Best Climbing Harnesses

The Best Climbing Harnesses

Gear Institute Staff

After extensive testing this spring we released a voluminous round-up of the top climbing harnesses. Here are three that you can't miss.

3 Best-in-Class Backpacking Products

3 Best-in-Class Backpacking Products

Nathan Borchelt

Of the long list of the trail-tested products that we've put through the ringer, these three rise above the fore to earn our Best in Class rating.

Best New Gear Awards: Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014

Best New Gear Awards: Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014

Justin Nyberg

Innovation. Design. Aesthetics. These are the products setting the bar for form and function at the Outdoor Retailer trade show. 

The Top Three Sunglasses for Running

The Top Three Sunglasses for Running

Nathan Borchelt

After extensive testing, we bring you the three best running-centric shades.

The Five Best Sleeping Bags

The Five Best Sleeping Bags

Gear Institute Staff

We've culled our recent in-depth sleeping bag review collection to bring you five stand-out options, including best-value picks and the warmest bag we tried.

The Best POV Helmet Cams

The Best POV Helmet Cams

Gear Institute Staff

After extensive in-the-field testing, we bring you the best-performing and best-value ways to capture POV video of your exploits.

Fly Fishing: Three Essentials

Fly Fishing: Three Essentials

Gear Institute Staff

We've culled our extensive library of angling product tests to profile the three must-have items for this spring.

Best New Gear Awards: Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014

Best New Gear Awards: Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014

Gear Institute Staff

Our picks for the most innovative, eye-grabbing products being unveiled for Fall and Winter 2014.

Women's Big Mountain Skis for 2013-14

Gear Institute Staff

A summary of our Women's Big Mountain Skis for the 2013-14 season.

Best All-Mountain Skis of 2013-14 (for Women)

Best All-Mountain Skis of 2013-14 (for Women)

Gear Institute Staff

Tested for women, by women: The best all-around, all-conditions skis of the year.

Best Minimalist Running Shoes of 2013

Best Minimalist Running Shoes of 2013

Gear Institute Staff

A summary of our Best Minimalist Running Shoes of 2013.

Women's Insulated Jackets

Gear Institute Staff

Here is a summary of our top Women's Insulated Jackets for this winter.

Men's All Mountain Skis for 2013-14

Men's All Mountain Skis for 2013-14

Gear Institute Staff

Here's a summary of our Men's All Mountain Ski Test for 2013-14.

Men's Big Mountain Skis for 2013-14

Men's Big Mountain Skis for 2013-14

Gear Institute Staff

Men's Big Mountain Skis for the 2013-14 season.

Best Storm Shells of 2013

Best Storm Shells of 2013

Gear Institute Staff

Gear Institute's Ryan Stuart field tested five of the best storm shells for 2013. Here's what he found.

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