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First Look: Salomon Sonic RA Road Shoes Review

First Look: Salomon Sonic RA Road Shoes Review

Cory Smith

Salomon’s Sonic road shoe series gets a complete revamp in 2018 that you're going to want to check out.

New Accessories Improve Float Fishing Experience

New Accessories Improve Float Fishing Experience

Dan Nelson

Fishing from a boat is like fishing from shore—except there’s a bit more gear to work with. We found some items that make it all a bit easier.

First Look: KEEN Terradora Waterproof Boots for Women

First Look: KEEN Terradora Waterproof Boots for Women

Kim Fuller

For the ladies: Our tester took a pair of these boots on an adventure to Vancouver Island and fell in love with them.

You’re Gonna Want It: The Latest Best Bike Gear

You’re Gonna Want It: The Latest Best Bike Gear

Robert Annis

Niner’s hardtail gets updated, Lauf’s unique forks gets an equally cool frame, a bikepacking beef up, navigating rock gardens, and a new Kickstarter campaign you might want to check out.

Field Test: Backpacking Gear - Boots, Headlamps & More

Field Test: Backpacking Gear - Boots, Headlamps & More

Seiji Ishii

We joined Vasque, OtterBox, Ledlenser and Leatherman for a few days on the Pacific Coast to check out their latest and greatest.

First Look: Five Ten Approach Pro Shoe Review

First Look: Five Ten Approach Pro Shoe Review

Seiji Ishii

A return to a "less is more" climbing shoe gives a better feel of the rock without compromising protection.

5 Things Coryn Rivera Won’t Travel Without, On and Off the Bike

5 Things Coryn Rivera Won’t Travel Without, On and Off the Bike

Robert Annis

The Team Sunweb superstar might be in her first year on a World Tour team, but Coryn Rivera is both a bike and traveling veteran.

Best Enduro Mountain Bikes of 2017

Best Enduro Mountain Bikes of 2017

Ryan Stuart

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

Optimal Apparel for Anglers: Performance Pants and Shorts

Optimal Apparel for Anglers: Performance Pants and Shorts

Dan Nelson

Whether wearing waders, or simply wet-wading, anglers need to consider the performance of the pants they wear.

First Look: Niner RLT Gravel Bike Review

First Look: Niner RLT Gravel Bike Review

Scott Boulbol

Not only one of the finest gravel bikes out there, it became one of our all-time favorites thanks to its ability to do-it-all with aplomb.

Profile: Danner Boots—A Tradition of Firsts


Profile: Danner Boots—A Tradition of Firsts


Nathan Borchelt

The Gear Institute was invited to take a deeper look at what makes Danner boots a classic standout among its competitors. 

Devon Yanko’s Training Setbacks Lead Her to a Leadville 100 Win

Devon Yanko’s Training Setbacks Lead Her to a Leadville 100 Win

Cory Smith

Injuries were just the most recent obstacles on the path to her bucket-list race.

Best Cushioned and Protective Trail Running Shoes of 2017

Best Cushioned and Protective Trail Running Shoes of 2017

Jason Brozek

The Gear Institute's trail running expert conducted a thorough test of the top cushioned and protective running shoes of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. 

First Look: Thule Raceway Platform 9003Pro 2 Trunk Rack Review

First Look: Thule Raceway Platform 9003Pro 2 Trunk Rack Review

Scott Bulbol

This trunk-mounted platform rack functions like a hitch-mounted unit, with upright mounting and bar clamps instead of straps.

Edelrid Pushes Eco-Friendly Rope Manufacturing to New Heights

Edelrid Pushes Eco-Friendly Rope Manufacturing to New Heights

Seiji Ishii

Upcycled ropes and PFC-free dry treatment become Bluesign approved

Profile: American Made Carbon—Allied Bikes

Profile: American Made Carbon—Allied Bikes

Erme Catino

Longtime bike industry pros open a new shop to make reasonably priced custom carbon bikes in the United States—and we test them out.

Power & Accuracy: Orvis Blends the Impossible

Power & Accuracy: Orvis Blends the Impossible

Dan Nelson

Carbon walls of the new Helios 3 series shatters the old conundrum of choosing a fly rod.

Saved: Rumney Rocks Climbing Access in New Hampshire

Saved: Rumney Rocks Climbing Access in New Hampshire

Seiji Ishii

The American Alpine Club secures the primary campground next to Rumney Rocks climbing area and adds to its climber focused lodging network.

The Story Behind That Perfect Eclipse Shot

The Story Behind That Perfect Eclipse Shot

Gear Institute Staff

In a newly released video, from Columbia and Goal Zero, Totality | Capturing the Total Solar Eclipse, Ted Hesser and Andrew Studer document the process capturing their impressive images of the total solar eclipse.

First Look: goTenna Mesh Review

First Look: goTenna Mesh Review

Kraig Becker

The goTenna Mesh improves on the original in every way. This off-grid communication device adds meshing capabilities, extending range and usefulness as a communications device in the backcountry.

First Look: POC Octal X Helmet Review

First Look: POC Octal X Helmet Review

Robert Annis

Light, incredibly airy and offering plenty of protection, the Octal X should be on the short list for any rider needing one helmet for multiple cycling disciplines.

Best Freshwater Fishing Rods of 2017

Best Freshwater Fishing Rods of 2017

Dan Nelson

The Gear Institute's fishing expert conducted a thorough test of the top freshwater fishing rods of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award.

New App Calculates Race-Day Fueling & Hydration

New App Calculates Race-Day Fueling & Hydration

Cory Smith

Web-based Fuel The Core provides evidence-based nutrition for running, cycling and triathlons.

First Look: RoofNest Sparrow

First Look: RoofNest Sparrow

Matt Hart

Check out a rooftop tent for a removable and cheaper taste of #vanlife.


Racing Flats: The Best Shoes To Run Fast In

Racing Flats: The Best Shoes To Run Fast In

Cory Smith

All flats are not the same. We check out and evaluate seven different pairs of flats for anyone keen to go faster.

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