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Best Skinny Climbing Ropes (8.9-9.3)

Best Skinny Climbing Ropes (8.9-9.3)

Mike Schneiter

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

Best 2 Person Backpacking Tents of 2017

Best 2 Person Backpacking Tents of 2017

Ryan Stuart

The Gear Institute’s backpacking expert conducted a thorough test of the top 2 person backpacking tents of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award.

Best Hard Shell Jackets of 2017

Best Hard Shell Jackets of 2017

Ryan Stuart

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

Best Running Bras of 2017 (C/D Cup)

Best Running Bras of 2017 (C/D Cup)

Kim Fuller

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

Best Climbing Ropes of 2017 (9.3-9.5mm)

Best Climbing Ropes of 2017 (9.3-9.5mm)

Mike Schneiter

The Gear Institute’s climbing expert conducted a thorough test of the top midsize ropes (9.3-9.5mm) of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award.

Best Expedition Backpacks (70L+) of 2017

Best Expedition Backpacks (70L+) of 2017

Scott Morris

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

Best Ski Touring Packs

Best Ski Touring Packs

Ben Conners

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

Best Fat Bikes of 2017

Best Fat Bikes of 2017

Seth Portner

One of the Gear Institute’s cycling experts conducted a thorough test of the top fat bikes of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. 

Best 1 Person Backpacking Tents of 2017

Best 1 Person Backpacking Tents of 2017

Scott Morris

The Gear Institute's backpacking expert conducted a thorough test of this season's 1 person backpacking tents. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. 

Best Lightweight Trail Running Shoes of 2017

Best Lightweight Trail Running Shoes of 2017

Jacob Waltz

The Gear Institute's trail running expert conducted a thorough test of this season's lightweight trail running shoes. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. 

Best Weekend Backpacks of 2017

Best Weekend Backpacks of 2017

Scott Morris

The Gear Institute's backpacking expert conducted a thorough test of this seasons top Weekend Backpacks of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Best Workhorse Ropes of 2017 (9.7-9.9mm)

Best Workhorse Ropes of 2017 (9.7-9.9mm)

Mike Schneiter

The Gear Institute’s climbing expert conducted a thorough test of the top workhorse ropes (9.7-9.9mm) of 2017. Here are the products that competed for our coveted Best in Class award.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Best Approach Shoes of 2017

Best Approach Shoes of 2017

Seiji Ishii

The Gear Institute’s climbing expert conducted a thorough test of the top approach shoes 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. 

Best Trail Bikes of 2017

Best Trail Bikes of 2017

Seth Portner

The Gear Institute’s Mountain Biking expert conducted a thorough test of the top full-suspension trail bikes 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. 

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