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The Best Urban Cycling Lights of 2017

The Best Urban Cycling Lights of 2017

Marie Malinowski

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

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Best Mountain Biking Windbreakers of 2017

Best Mountain Biking Windbreakers of 2017

Boad Swanson

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

Best Road Cycling Helmets of 2017

Best Road Cycling Helmets of 2017

Marie Malinowski

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

Best Ski Bibs of 2017

Best Ski Bibs of 2017

Ben Conners

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

Best Wading Boots of 2017 (Women's)

Best Wading Boots of 2017 (Women's)

Kelly Bastone

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

Best Lightweight Storm Shells of 2017

Best Lightweight Storm Shells of 2017

Ryan Stuart

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

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. 

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