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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. 

Best Fixed Lens Goggles of 2017

Best Fixed Lens Goggles of 2017

Leigh Augustine

The Gear Institute’s goggle expert conducted a thorough test of the top fixed lens goggles 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 All Mountain Snowboards of 2017

Best All Mountain Snowboards of 2017

Stephen Krcmar

The Gear Institute’s snowboarding expert conducted a thorough test of the top all mountain snowboards 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 Insulated Ski Jackets of 2017

Best Insulated Ski Jackets of 2017

Frederick Reimers

The Gear Institute’s skiing expert conducted a thorough test of the top insulated ski 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 Folding Knives of 2017

Best Folding Knives of 2017

Nick LeFort

The Gear Institute’s knife expert conducted a thorough test of the top folding knives 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 Ski Boot Bags of 2017

Best Ski Boot Bags of 2017

Christopher Cogley

The Gear Institute’s skiing expert conducted a thorough test of the top ski boot bags 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 Comfort Road Running Shoes of 2017

Best Comfort Road Running Shoes of 2017

Cory Smith

The Gear Institute’s running expert conducted a thorough test of the top comfort road running 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 Lightweight Road Running Shoes (Spring 2017)

Best Lightweight Road Running Shoes (Spring 2017)

Donald Buraglio

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

Best Bike Racks of 2017

Best Bike Racks of 2017

Cameron Martindell

The Gear Institute’s Test Director conducted a thorough test of the top bike racks 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 Ski Shells of 2017

Best Ski Shells of 2017

Frederick Reimers

The Gear Institute’s skiing expert conducted a thorough test of the top ski shells 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 Crag Packs of 2017

Best Crag Packs of 2017

Seiji Ishii

The Gear Institute’s climbing expert conducted a thorough test of the top crag packs 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 Insulated Parkas of 2016

Best Insulated Parkas of 2016

Jordan Martindell

The Gear Institute’s Assistant Editor and travel expert conducted a thorough test of the top Insulated Parkas of 2016. 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 Running Bras of 2016 (A/B Cup)

Best Running Bras of 2016 (A/B Cup)

Monica Prelle

The Gear Institute’s running expert conducted a thorough test of the top running bras of 2016. 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 Backpacking Boots of 2016

Best Backpacking Boots of 2016

Adrianne Bouchard

The Gear Institute’s backpacking expert conducted a thorough test of the top backpacking boots of 2016. 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 Climbing Harnesses of 2016

Best Climbing Harnesses of 2016

Mike Schneiter

The Gear Institute’s climbing expert conducted a thorough test of the top climbing harnesses of this year. 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 Road Race Bikes of 2016

Best Road Race Bikes of 2016

Scott Boulbol

The Gear Institute’s bike expert conducted a thorough test of this season’s road race bikes. 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 Interchangeable Ski and Snowboard Goggles of 2016

Best Interchangeable Ski and Snowboard Goggles of 2016

Dave Ratner

The Gear Institute’s snow sports expert conducted a thorough test of this season’s ski and snowboard goggles. 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 All-Mountain Skis of 2016-2017

Best All-Mountain Skis of 2016-2017

Peter Kray

Built with wider waist widths, and a little more rocker or early rise in the tip and often the tail, these skis are best in off-piste conditions such as moguls or powder, but can also handle the groomers and hardpack.

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