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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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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