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The INO Weather Pro is Like Having a Meteorologist in Your Pocket

The INO Weather Pro is Like Having a Meteorologist in Your Pocket

Kraig Becker

Need real-time weather data – including lightning strikes – while exploring the outdoors? This device provides that information, and a whole lot more.

Best Cycling Backpacks of 2017

Best Cycling Backpacks of 2017

Marie Malinowski

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

Goal Zero’s Venture 70 Battery Pack Brings Portable Power to  the Backcountry

Goal Zero’s Venture 70 Battery Pack Brings Portable Power to the Backcountry

Kraig Becker

Expanding its line of Venture USB battery packs, Goal Zero has added a high-capacity model to keep all of your gadgets powered while on the go.

Tested: The New Pearl Izumi X Alp Launch II

Tested: The New Pearl Izumi X Alp Launch II

Robert Annis

We review the second generation of Pearl Izumi's sought-after X Alp Launch mountain bike shoe.

Six Ways to Refresh Your Road Bike

Six Ways to Refresh Your Road Bike

Robert Annis

Our expert weighs in on how to give your road ride a face lift, and a performance boost, for spring.

Best Soft Shells of 2017

Best Soft Shells of 2017

Seiji Ishii

The Gear Institute’s hiking expert conducted a thorough test of the top soft shell jackets of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute rating in the test. 

Innovative Foam Snowshoes Look to Kickstarter for Funding

Innovative Foam Snowshoes Look to Kickstarter for Funding

Kraig Becker

Crescent Moon launches a Kickstarter campaign to help make its innovative new snowshoe a reality.

Mountain Hardwear Delivers Waterproof Protection with the Scrambler RT 20 Backpack

Mountain Hardwear Delivers Waterproof Protection with the Scrambler RT 20 Backpack

Kraig Becker

If you need a simple, lightweight bag to keep your important gear safe from the elements, the new Scrambler RT 20 from Mountain Hardwear is an excellent option.

Bee's Wrap is the Environmentally Friendly Sandwich Bag Designed for the Trail

Bee's Wrap is the Environmentally Friendly Sandwich Bag Designed for the Trail

Nick LeFort

Need to keep your favorite snacks and sandwiches fresh on a hike? Need to quickly start a fire at your campsite? Bee's Wrap can help you do both. 

REI Has Best Year Ever, Donates 70% of Profits to Outdoor Projects

REI Has Best Year Ever, Donates 70% of Profits to Outdoor Projects

Kraig Becker

REI sets a record for revenue generated in 2016, but also donates much of it to a variety of outdoor causes. 

Best Synthetic Sweaters of 2017

Best Synthetic Sweaters of 2017

Scott Morris

The Gear Institute’s Hiking expert conducted a thorough test of the top synthetic sweaters of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute rating in the test. 

GCI Outdoors FirePit Rocker – A True Grit Review

GCI Outdoors FirePit Rocker – A True Grit Review

Nick LeFort

How does GCI's FirePit rocking chair stack up for use around the campsite? We put it to the test, because someone has to. 

Gore Rescue WS AS Jacket

Gore Rescue WS AS Jacket

Robert Annis

Gore Apparel's Rescue WS AS Jacket is made to weather the wind and rain without sacrificing breathability. The Gear Institute's cycling expert puts Gore's claims to test and sees if this jacket can live up to its promise. 

Worn Wear Goes to Market

Worn Wear Goes to Market

Cameron Martindell

Patagonia has been pushing for people to repair rather than replace their gear for some time now. But if you must do either, send it to Patagonia to find new life, for free.

North Face Reveals Its First Ever Fully-Waterproof Soft Rain Shell

North Face Reveals Its First Ever Fully-Waterproof Soft Rain Shell

Kraig Becker

Utilizing Gore-Tex 3L technology, the latest jacket from TNF promises unprecedented comfort along with full protection from the elements.

Best Ultralight Backpacks of 2017

Best Ultralight Backpacks of 2017

Mike Summers

The Gear Institute’s Backpacking expert conducted a thorough test of the top ultralight overnight backpacks of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute rating in the test. 

Buff’s New Run Cap Weighs just 1 oz.

Buff’s New Run Cap Weighs just 1 oz.

Kraig Becker

The company best known for making versatile headwear has released a line of running gear for spring 2017 that includes a hat so lightweight you'll want to take it with you everywhere. 

Will Nike’s New Running Shoe Lead to the World’s First Sub Two-Hour Marathon?

Will Nike’s New Running Shoe Lead to the World’s First Sub Two-Hour Marathon?

Yitka Winn

Nike's new Vaporfly Elite weighs in at less than seven ounces and boasts a large midsole reminiscent of maximalist ultrarunning shoes versus traditional road racing shoes.

Scarpa and G3 Preview for Fall 2017

Scarpa and G3 Preview for Fall 2017

Cameron Martindell

These two leading brands for alpine touring hardware teamed up to provide an on mountain demo day of their latest products, due to hit stores later this fall.

Experience Utah's Bears Ears in 360-Degree Interactive Video

Experience Utah's Bears Ears in 360-Degree Interactive Video

Kraig Becker

Have you been wondering what all the fuss is about over the Bears Ears National Monument? Patagonia helps to explain it all with the help of some high tech gadgets. 

Patagonia Puts 45 Years of Experience into Its First Ever Sleeping Bag

Patagonia Puts 45 Years of Experience into Its First Ever Sleeping Bag

Kraig Becker

In launching its first ever sleeping bag, Patagonia looked deep into its heritage and once again found inspiration from its legendary founder Yvon Chouinard. 

Best Crash Pads of 2017

Best Crash Pads of 2017

David Garcia

The Gear Institute’s Climbing expert conducted a thorough test of the top bouldering crash pads of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute rating in the test. 

SOL's Escape Pro Bivvy is a Lightweight Emergency Shelter and More

SOL's Escape Pro Bivvy is a Lightweight Emergency Shelter and More

Kraig Becker

You'll never want to leave home without this emergency backcountry shelter, which is versatile enough to be used in a wide variety of situations. 

That’s Not a Knife!: Meet The Rexford R.U.T. v2

That’s Not a Knife!: Meet The Rexford R.U.T. v2

Nick LeFort

Thanks to its great design, rugged build quality, and excellent versatility, this handy little utility blade may just become your new favorite tool. 

Solve Common Running Woes with These Simple Shoelace Hacks

Solve Common Running Woes with These Simple Shoelace Hacks

Yitka Winn

Do your feet hurt while you run? Are you developing hotspots and blisters? Don't throw out your shoes. Those issues may be solved by reconfiguring your laces instead. 

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