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Hiking and camping gear.

Hinderer XM-18 3.5” Flipper – Slicer Grind (Gen 4)

99

2017

Hinderer XM-18 3.5” Flipper – Slicer Grind (Gen 4)

This fourth generation XM-18 3.5” Flipper is the flagship hand-built midtech knife from Hinderer Knives with a titanium frame and hardware and premium stainless steel blade.

Spyderco Para 3

98

2017

Spyderco Para 3

The Para 3 is a compact, ergonomic, military-inspired folding knife suitable for every day carry.

Ontario Knife Company Carter Prime

95

2017

Ontario Knife Company Carter Prime

The Carter Prime from Ontario Knife Company is a robust, everyday carry utility flipper knife.

Helle Bleja

97

2017

Helle Bleja

The Bleja, from the nearly century-old Helle Knives, is a mid-sized folder utility knife with a triple-laminated steel blade, stainless steel liners and curly birch wood handles.

Benchmade 928 Proxy Flipper

94

2017

Benchmade 928 Proxy Flipper

The Benchmade 928 Proxy Flipper has a titanium frame, a glass-based epoxy resin laminate handle and features a steel alloy drop point blade.

CRKT Homefront Flipper

92

2017

CRKT Homefront Flipper

The CRKT Homefront Flipper is a folding knife designed for hard use that can be field-maintained without tools.

Columbia Women's Hexbreaker Long Down Jacket

93

2016

Columbia Women's Hexbreaker Long Down Jacket

Columbia’s Women’s Hexbreaker Long Down Jacket is heating powerhouse chock full of features. 

The North Face Hooded Termoball Parka

92

2016

The North Face Hooded Termoball Parka

The North Face Hooded Termoball Parka is a long women’s jacket with synthetic insulation. 

Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Hooded Down Parka

90

2016

Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Hooded Down Parka

Mountain Hardwear’s Women’s Nitrous Hooded Down Parka is lightweight winter jacket with impressive warmth and solid features. 

Patagonia Lightweight Fiona Down Parka

89

2016

Patagonia Lightweight Fiona Down Parka

Patagonia’s Lightweight Fiona Parka is an ultralight and ultra-warm long down jacket for women. 

Eddie Bauer’s Astoria Hooded Down Parka

85

2016

Eddie Bauer’s Astoria Hooded Down Parka

Eddie Bauer’s Astoria Hooded Down Parka is a mid-weight parka that blends relaxed style and warmth. 

Salomon Quest 4D II

92

2016

Salomon Quest 4D II

The Salomon Quest 4D II is a great mid weight backpacking boot that provides plenty of stability while being very comfortable at the same time.

La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX

89

2016

La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX

The La Sportiva Trango TRK is a lightweight, synthetic boot that is comfortable for all day treks across technical terrain.

Lowa Lady Light

87

2016

Lowa Lady Light

The Lowa Lady Light is a leather backpacking boot that provides great support and stability with the feel of a lightweight day hiking shoe.

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX

83

2016

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX

The Scarpa R-Evolution GTX is a waterproof backpacking boot that is both comfortable enough for long trips and supportive enough to cover more technical terrain.

Vasque Skywalk GTX

81

2016

Vasque Skywalk GTX

The Vasque Skywalk is a full leather boot that uses an old popular design but fails to provide the comfort that modern boots have.

Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1

91

2016

Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1

The Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1 is a lightweight, three-season bag built for comfort with its Spiral Super Stretch System. 

Millet 7 Summits Down Sleeping Bag

90

2016

Millet 7 Summits Down Sleeping Bag

The Millet 7 Summits sleeping bag is designed and built for high-altitude climbing and keeping the user warm and protected from the elements.  

Sea to Summit Talus TS II sleeping bag

89

2016

Sea to Summit Talus TS II sleeping bag

The Sea to Summit Talus TS II is a versatile bag that can be used on summer trekking in the mountains and winter camping in moderate climates.  

Rab Neutrino 600 sleeping bag

89

2016

Rab Neutrino 600 sleeping bag

The Rab Neutrino Endurance 600 was redesigned for spring 2016 and is built for alpine climbers and cold weather backpackers for use on bivi ledges, light-weight mountaineering trips or general winter conditions.

Klymit KSB Down Black Sleeping Bag

89

2016

Klymit KSB Down Black Sleeping Bag

The three season Klymit KBS 20 sleeping bag is light-weight and designed for overall comfort, especially for sleepers that move around.

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

87

2016

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

The Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30 is a semi-rectangular sleeping bag that is light-weight enough for backpacking, but is designed to feel more like a comforter on your own bed. 

The North Face Blue Kazoo

86

2016

The North Face Blue Kazoo

The Blue Kazoo has been around for years and was recently updated to include water-resistant 650 ProDown™ for reliable warmth in wet conditions. 

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Canister Stove

76

2016

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Canister Stove

The GSI Pinnacle Canister stove is very efficient, compact backpacking stove.

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Four Season Stove

78

2016

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Four Season Stove

The GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Four Season Stove is a very good four-season canister stove.

Montane Featherlite

90

2016

Montane Featherlite

The Montane Featherlite is an exceptionally comfortable mummy-style sleeping bag with a very soft lining and loaded with extras.

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

87

2016

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

The Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30 is a semi-rectangular sleeping bag designed to be used with Big Agnes’ sleep system and therefore does not have down insulation on the bottom.

Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel

88

2016

Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel

The Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel is a zipper-less, wrap-style bag rated to 40F and is unlike all others in this category.

Sea to Summit Spark II, Regular

86

2016

Sea to Summit Spark II, Regular

The Sea to Summit Spark II is a mummy-style, lightweight sleeping bag with limited features.

Therm-a-rest Dorado HD

84

2016

Therm-a-rest Dorado HD

New for 2016 by Therm-a-Rest, the Dorado HD is a rectangular sleeping bag for summer, transitioning easily from sleeping bag to quilt.

Salewa Alpine Trainer

78

2016

Salewa Alpine Trainer

The Salewa Alpine Trainer Mid hiking boot is a light-weight, suede and nylon mesh, narrow hiking boot with a precise lacing system and Gore-Tex weatherproofing. 

The North Face Hedgehog

80

2016

The North Face Hedgehog

The North Face Hedgehog Mid GTX hiking boot is a good quality, well padded, light and breathable hiking boot, great for day hikes in varying temperatures.

Merrell Kimsey Mid WP Hiking Boot

81

2016

Merrell Kimsey Mid WP Hiking Boot

The Merrell Kimsey Mid WP hiking boot is a standard quality, very light weight, cushioned and breathable boot, with limited ankle support. It is best for day hiking without heavy loads. 

Garmont Sierra GTX Hiking Boot

84

2016

Garmont Sierra GTX Hiking Boot

The Garmont Sierra GTX hiking boot is a sturdily constructed, highly durable and rigid mid-rise boot offering above average support and stability. It is on the heavier side for day hiking, but is an excellent choice for light backpacking trips. 

Oboz Bridger Mid B-Dry Hiking Boot

92

2016

Oboz Bridger Mid B-Dry Hiking Boot

The Oboz Bridger Mid B-Dry Hiking Boot is a light but highly protective leather hiking boot. It offers above average comfort and stability and is perfect for lengthy hikes on rugged surfaces.

Ahnu Sugarpine

89

2016

Ahnu Sugarpine

The Ahnu Sugarpine Hiking Boot is an incredibly lightweight, comfortably padded, flexible hiking boot that doesn't sacrifice on protection. 

Suunto Traverse Amber

86

2016

Suunto Traverse Amber

The Suunto Traverse Amber is an intuitive and simplified GPS enabled multi-sport watch with decent battery life, solid navigational capability, and rugged durability.  

Suunto Traverse Alpha Foliage

86

2016

Suunto Traverse Alpha Foliage

The Suunto Traverse Alpha Foliage is clearly designed with hunting and fishing in mind and its extreme durability and unique feature set will make it a suitable choice for many outdoor adventurers.

Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Blue HR

88

2016

Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Blue HR

The Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Blue HR is the latest model in the Ambit line of Suunto watches and adds a heart rate monitor chest strap for monitoring physical performance and a barometric altimeter with clever ways to monitor elevation gain along your vertical adventures.

Garmin Fenix 3 HR

90

2016

Garmin Fenix 3 HR

The Garmin Fenix 3 HR is an impressively featured multi-sport watch with a brilliant color display, built in optical heart-rate monitor, good battery life, and great navigational capability.

Bergans Trollhetta 55 Backpack

90

2016

Bergans Trollhetta 55 Backpack

The Bergans Trollhetta 55 is one of Bergans’ most popular backpacks and has been recently updated. The latest enhancements to the pack’s design include a torso adjustment system and several other technical features.  

Mystery Ranch Sphinx 65 Backpack

93

2016

Mystery Ranch Sphinx 65 Backpack

The Mystery Ranch Sphinx 65 is a lightweight and supportive backpack designed for the avid backpacker and avid mountain adventurer.  

Granite Gear Lutsen 55 Backpack

89

2016

Granite Gear Lutsen 55 Backpack

The Granite Gear Lutsen 55 is a highly technical backpack developed with a custom fit in mind thanks to their Re-Fit air current suspension system that provides fully adjustable torso length, and an adjustable hip belt.

Montane Summit 50+15 Backpack

89

2016

Montane Summit 50+15 Backpack

The Montane Summit 50 backpack is a fully featured pack with an emphasis of being lightweight for multi day trekking and backpacking trips.  

Osprey Stratos 50 Backpack

89

2016

Osprey Stratos 50 Backpack

The Osprey Stratos 50 is designed for lightweight overnight trips and multi-day excursions when carrying lighter loads.  

Thule Guidepost 65 Backpack

90

2016

Thule Guidepost 65 Backpack

The Thule Guidepost 65 backpack has a 65-liter capacity and is designed to carry larger loads for extended weekend trips or weeklong backcountry excursions.   

Osprey Talon 44

86

2016

Osprey Talon 44

The Osprey Talon 44 is a lightweight pack with superb ventilation and a long list of usable features.

The North Face Shadow 40+10

80

2016

The North Face Shadow 40+10

The North Face Shadow 40+10 has a simple design, a minimal but mobile suspension system and sparse features, keeping the weight as low as possible. 

Gregory Zulu 40

87

2016

Gregory Zulu 40

The Gregory Zulu 40 is a well-ventilated and stable pack, capable of hauling heavier loads comfortably into the backcountry.

Black Diamond Speed 40

82

2016

Black Diamond Speed 40

The Black Diamond Speed 40 is a workhorse alpine pack that stresses simplicity and balances weight vs. durability.

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