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Quick Test: Do Belay Glasses Actually Work?

Quick Test: Do Belay Glasses Actually Work?

Seiji Ishii

Belay glasses promise to take some of the discomfort and fatigue out of climbing, but do they really work? One of our experts put some of the top brands to the test. 

Best 3 Person Backpacking Tents of 2017

Best 3 Person Backpacking Tents of 2017

Scott Morris

The Gear Institute's backpacking expert conducted a thorough test of this season's top 3 person backpacking tents. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. 

Leatherman Keeps It Simple for 2017

Leatherman Keeps It Simple for 2017

Nick LeFort

By not straying too far from the pack, Leatherman is offering up four new tools that are familiar, easy to use, durable, and easy on your bank roll.

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Review National Monuments

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Review National Monuments

Kraig Becker

The latest executive order signed by President Trump will challenge the core of the Antiquities Act and threaten the existence of several national monuments – including Bears Ears. 

First Look: Altra King MT Trail-Running Shoes

First Look: Altra King MT Trail-Running Shoes

Yitka Winn

With Altra's signature foot-shaped fit and aggressive 6mm lugs, the King MT seems poised to offer great performance on the trail. How does it stack up? Let's take a look. 

Perfect New Packs for Spring Fly Fishing

Perfect New Packs for Spring Fly Fishing

Dan Nelson

Need a new pack for your spring fly-fishing outings? We take a look at some of the best options available at the moment. 

Gear Review: Smith Route Cycling Helmet

Gear Review: Smith Route Cycling Helmet

Robert Annis

We take the new Route helmet from Smith for a test ride, and find it a little too hot to handle. 

Best Ski and Snowboard Helmets of 2017/2018

Best Ski and Snowboard Helmets of 2017/2018

Mattie Schuler

The Gear Institute’s snowsports expert conducted a thorough test of the top winter helmets of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award.

G-Form Can Save You A Lot of Pain on Your Next Mountain Bike Ride

G-Form Can Save You A Lot of Pain on Your Next Mountain Bike Ride

Kraig Becker

With innovative body armor designed to protect outdoor athletes, G-Form can keep you safe and rarin' to go on your outdoor adventures.

First Look: Salomon Sense Ride Trail-Running Shoe

First Look: Salomon Sense Ride Trail-Running Shoe

Yitka Winn

Salomon's new entry-level trail running shoe packs many high-end feature at a very consumer friendly price. 

How to Upgrade Your Apple Watch for the Outdoors

How to Upgrade Your Apple Watch for the Outdoors

Nick LeFort

Apple's smartwatch is good for a lot of things, but it isn't exactly built for the outdoors. We'll tell you how to change that. 

Best Hybrid Jackets of 2017

Best Hybrid Jackets of 2017

Craig Rowe

The Gear Institute’s hiking expert conducted a thorough test of the top hybrid jackets of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. 

Best Mountain Biking Shorts of 2017

Best Mountain Biking Shorts of 2017

Frederick Reimers

The Gear Institute’s mountain biking expert conducted a thorough test of the top mountain biking shorts 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award.

Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera Just Might Be a DSLR Killer

Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera Just Might Be a DSLR Killer

Kraig Becker

When designing the new a9 mirrorless camera Sony pulled out all the stops, delivering professional level performance, improved image quality, battery battery life and a host of impressive features. 

The Stio CFS Duffel is Built for a Day on the Water

The Stio CFS Duffel is Built for a Day on the Water

Kraig Becker

If you're in need of a durable, waterproof bag for travel both on and off the water, the Stio CFL Duffel is a fantastic, no-frills, option that you'll want in your gear closet. 

Take the Bite Out of Insects with Debug Clothing From Toad & Co.

Take the Bite Out of Insects with Debug Clothing From Toad & Co.

Seiji Ishii

Can clothing treated in Insect Sheild really keep bugs from biting? We put Toad & Co's Debug line to the test to find out. 

Two Climbers Use Social Media to Give Us #EverestNoFilters

Two Climbers Use Social Media to Give Us #EverestNoFilters

Kraig Becker

Last year Corey Richards and Adrian Ballinger gave us an unfiltered look at what its like to climb Mt. Everest. This spring, they're going back to the mountain and they're doing it all over again. 

Gear Care: Prepping Fly Rods, Lines and Reels for Fishing Season

Gear Care: Prepping Fly Rods, Lines and Reels for Fishing Season

Dan Nelson

Get all of your fly fishing gear ready for a new season with this handy tips from a Gear Institute expert. 

New Portable Power Station Charges All of Your Gadgets at Once

New Portable Power Station Charges All of Your Gadgets at Once

Kraig Becker

The River is a high-tech charging solution with a host of innovative features that is built to survive in the outdoors. 

Paddling the Everglades with Oru Kayaks

Paddling the Everglades with Oru Kayaks

Cameron Martindell

 Oru Kayak boats fold down into a convenient package to paddle anywhere you want to go. 

First Look: Sennheiser MKE 2 elements ActionMic for GoPro HERO4 Cameras

First Look: Sennheiser MKE 2 elements ActionMic for GoPro HERO4 Cameras

Nick LeFort

Need to upgrade the audio performance on your GoPro HERO4 camera? We take a look at the best solution for doing just that.

Gear Preview: Patagonia and Gore-Tex Deliver Eco-Friendly Gear

Gear Preview: Patagonia and Gore-Tex Deliver Eco-Friendly Gear

Cameron Martindell

Patagonia and Gore-Tex team up to combine the Pro Shell with a recycled nylon face fabric aimed to minimize what goes into landfills while maximizing comfort.

Best Active Insulation Jackets of 2017

Best Active Insulation Jackets of 2017

Seiji Ishii

The Gear Institute’s hiking expert conducted a thorough test of the top active insulation jackets of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award.

Gear Review: Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator

Gear Review: Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator

Kraig Becker

In our search to find good solutions for keeping our gadgets charged in the backcountry, we put this all-in-one solar kit to the test. How does it fare? Read on to find out. 

Sherpa Adventure Gear Offers Chance to Win a Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Nepal

Sherpa Adventure Gear Offers Chance to Win a Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Nepal

Gear Institute Staff

Win a trip to Nepal from our friends at Sherpa Adventure Gear. In this opportunity to experience the Himalayas, Sherpa is offering an all-inclusive 10 day trip for 2.

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