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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.

Best Solar Panels of 2016

Best Solar Panels of 2016

Dave Thibodeau

The Gear Institute's tech expert conducted a thorough test of the top solar panels 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 Sleeping Bags of 2016 (11°-30°F)

Best Sleeping Bags of 2016 (11°-30°F)

Dan Nash

This Gear Institutes camping expert conducted a thorough test of this season’s 11°-30°F sleeping bags. 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 Gloves of 2016

Best Ski Gloves of 2016

Christopher Cogley

This years ski expert conducted a thorough test of this season’s ski gloves. 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 Bike Panniers of 2016

Best Bike Panniers of 2016

Marie Malinowski

The Gear Institute's cycling expert conducted a thorough test of the top panniers 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 Ski Pants of 2016

Best Ski Pants of 2016

Ben Conners

The Gear Institute's skiing expert conducted a thorough test of the top ski pants 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 GPS Cycling Computers of 2016

Best GPS Cycling Computers of 2016

Scott Boulbol

The Gear Institute's cycling expert conducted a thorough test of the top GPS cycling computers 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 Frontside All-Mountain Skis of 2016-2017

Best Frontside All-Mountain Skis of 2016-2017

Peter Kray

Frontside All Mountain skis are the crossover category for lift-served skiers, offering a mix of edge grip for hard snow performance with a little bit of tip rocker and a wider waist width for off-piste maneuverability.

Best Performance Climbing Shoes of 2016

Best Performance Climbing Shoes of 2016

Mike Summers

The Gear Institute's climbing expert conducted a head-to-head test of the top performance climbing shoes 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 Frontside Skis of 2016-2017

Best Frontside Skis of 2016-2017

Peter Kray

Frontside skis, those sports car-styled, pit bull-gripped, hard chargers of the hardpack, are one of our favorite ski categories to test.

Best Warm Weather Sleeping Bags (Women's > 30°)

Best Warm Weather Sleeping Bags (Women's > 30°)

Daniela Liscio

The Gear Institute’s camping expert conducted a thorough test of warm weather sleeping bags. 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 Cushioned and Protective Trail Running Shoes of Fall 2016

Best Cushioned and Protective Trail Running Shoes of Fall 2016

Jason Brozek

The Gear Institute’s Running expert conducted a thorough test of this Fall’s Cushioned and Protective trail running shoes. 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 Running Jackets of 2016

Best Lightweight Running Jackets of 2016

Andrew Hendrickson

The Gear Institute's running expert conducted a thorough, head-to-head test of the lightweight running jackets 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 Lightweight Road Running Shoes of Fall 2016

Best Lightweight Road Running Shoes of Fall 2016

Donald Buraglio

The Gear Institute's running expert conducted a thorough, head-to-head test of the top lightweight road running shoes of Fall 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 Strollers of 2016

Best Running Strollers of 2016

Julian Smith

The Gear Institute's running expert conducted a thorough, head-to-head test of the top running strollers 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 Mid Hiking Boots (Women's)

Best Mid Hiking Boots (Women's)

Lisa Altomare

The Gear Institute's hiking expert conducted a thorough, head-to-head test of the top mid hiking 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 Overnight Backpacks of 2016 (50-65L)

Best Overnight Backpacks of 2016 (50-65L)

Dan Nash

The Gear Institute's backpacking expert conducted a thorough test of the top 50-65L overnight backpacks of 2016. Here are the products that competed for our Best in Class award for 2016. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute Rating in the test.

Best GPS Watches of 2016

Best GPS Watches of 2016

David Lottmann

The Gear Institute's GPS expert conducted a thorough test of the top GPS watches of 2016. Here are the products that competed for our Best in Class award for 2016. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute Rating in the test.

Best Overnight Backpacks of 2016 (20-45L)

Best Overnight Backpacks of 2016 (20-45L)

Seiji Ishii

The Gear Institute's backpacking expert conducted a thorough test of this season's lightweight overnight backpacks. Here are the products that competed for our Best in Class award for 2015. Check out which one scored the highest Gear Institute Rating in the test.

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