Objective tests and assessments of the latest outdoor gear and new products.
Kammok Bobcat Trail Quilt Review: Blanket Transforms for Hammock Camping
A minimalist sleeping bag, a blanket, a top quilt, and an underquilt all in one cozy package, Kammok’s new Bobcat Trail Quilt packs a soft, feathery punch!
Dynafit TLT Speedfit Ski Touring Boot Review: Good for Ice Climbs?
Switch from tight, ‘ski mode’ to articulating ‘walk mode,’ strap on some crampons, and send the icefall. We tested Dynafit’s TLT Speedfit ski touring boot to see how it performs on ice climbs.
Patagonia Ascensionist Climbing Pack Review: Burly Minimalist
After serious review, the Patagonia Ascensionist is a favorite climbing pack for alpine, ice, and multipitch climbing. Our review, conducted in Alaska, highlights how to best use the pack and who should buy it.
Maven RS.2 Lightweight Riflescope Review: Tested on the Range
A relatively new brand, Maven, just launched the RS.2 scope. It delivers in all categories at a very competitive price.
Big Agnes Double Sleeping Pad, Bag Review: Cuddling in the Backcountry
We’re always up for a review that involves some cuddling. In this gear test, we took Big Agnes’ Sentinel 30 double sleeping bag and Q-Core SLX insulated double sleeping pad into the backcountry. Spoiler: We’re never going back to separate mummy bags.
I Tried the Camp Sleep System Made for the Restless
Zenbivy builds on a revolutionary design with its zipperless, hooded quilt. I took one of its latest prototypes, the Zenbivy Light, high in the Rocky Mountains for this review.
Best Paddle for Kayak Fishing? Try One of These Four
Are you in the market for a new paddle to get you into uncharted waters? We took this roundup of paddles for anglers to the Madison River in Montana for a river-based test.
Best Backpacks for Big-Game Hunting
We tested and researched the best backpacks for hunting deer, elk, and big game. These top hunting packs shined through.
Best Men’s Flannels 2018: ‘Performance’ to Fashion Picks
Flannel up this fall to hike, operate the tailgate grill, or wield an axe for firewood. This flannel shirt list includes the best classic, organic cotton, plaid, and shirt jackets for fall weather in the outdoors.
Testing LifeProof’s First Backpack: Squamish XL Review
Best known for adventure-proof phone cases, LifeProof expands into backpacks with a well-organized urban solution.
Columbia Omni-Heat 3D Review: Thermal Tech Introduces Warm Nano Fuzzies
A baselayer unlike any other, Columbia’s Omni-Heat receives a microscopic upgrade with noticeable effects.
Old Town Topwater 106 Angler: A Good Kayak in a Small Package
Sometimes, bigger isn’t better. I had the opportunity to take the new Old Town Topwater in its 10-foot 6-inch incarnation for a test spin, and it held its own on small water.
Patagonia Houdini Air Gives Trail Runners a New Breathable Shell
Patagonia’s ultra-lightweight jacket, the Houdini, receives a more breathable, softer and better fitting sibling.
‘Free Solo’ Movie Review: Alex Honnold Astonishes On Wall and Off
Alex Honnold is the most interesting man in the world, and the movie Free Solo proves it. We spoke with Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi for insider takes about what it took to film Free Solo.
No Stove Needed: Omeals Self-Heating Backpacking Meal Review
Omeals are a unique and fresh take on backcountry cuisine. The self-heating meals are no more expensive than freeze-dried backpacking meals and are easily prepared with no stove and very little liquid.
Salsa Cycles Journeyman Sora Review: Affordable Fun on Gravel
We tested the all-new Journeyman, Salsa Cycles’ first drop-bar bike to wear a triple-digit price tag.
Edelrid Bulletproof Review: Quickdraw Resists Wear With Steel
With a steel insert on the Edelrid Bulletproof, climbers can expect a heavier yet longer-lasting quickdraw. In our test, we found the innovation a welcome improvement to climbing quickdraws.
onX for Whitetail Hunting: Improve Your Odds From Desktop to Treestand
It’s often better to be lucky than good. This article takes a look at how onXmaps can help you create your own luck chasing Midwestern whitetails.