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It’s hard to get deep into the outdoor ether if you’re not well equipped. And never before in the history of all things has there been gear like there is today. We use our team of experienced editors and contributors to help you sort through everything from skis to fly rods in your search for the ultimate outdoor experience.

Is this the last bag you’ll ever need? Our online editor and his one-year-old try to destroy the latest offering from Eqpd Gear and learn it’s aptly named.

Adventure journalist Matt Coté tests just how light you can go with a mid-layer while moving around the Selkirk Mountains in an Arc’teryx Atom Super Light Hoody.

We sent contributor Matt Coté out for an ass-kicking, five-day adventure ride with the Chromag Trailmaster DT saddle, and were shocked when he came back rosy-cheeked.

We took a pair of Smartwool socks on our latest distribution run and wore them the entire time. 27 days. A gazillion steps. One pair of socks. This is their story.

Patagonia has returned to its roots with the simplistic, minimalist Nine Trails series of backpacks. But do they hold up? Our online editor put his back into this review.

They’re the clearest lenses out there AND they help save the ocean? We’ll see. Our online editor takes a close look at Costa’s “Untangled” sunglasses.

Who needs a puffy jacket in the Caribbean? Our online editor answers this question and more with his honest review of the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody.

We asked our online editor to review a pair of Blundstone boots. Rather than simply walk around town, he tested them on the trails: 4 sports, 1 day, 1 pair of Blundstones. This is his review.

We asked our art director to wear the Feathered Friends Khumbu expedition down parka in a cold environment. So he took them to the highest peak in Canada.

To supplement her writer’s income and keep the vampires at bay, editor Clare Menzel works on a garlic farm. So we asked her to put…

We took the Mountain Hardwear BoundarySeeker jacket and pants into the backcountry and to the resort. They’re definitely better for one over the other. Here’s why.

Finding an awesome women’s backpacking pant is not an easy task. We sent editor Clare Menzel out to review two such pants from Roscoe Outdoor….

We asked editor Clare Menzel to hit the dusty trail with one of Osprey’s women’s specific backpacks. Here are her thoughts. Osprey makes sturdy backpacks…

Art Director Chris Rowat is now a sled head. Or at least he’s using a sled these days to access some backcountry stashes and he’s…

If she’s at her desk, editor Clare Menzel is probably looking out the window. So we sent the stargazer into the field to review the…

They say it’s good to walk a mile in a stranger’s shoes every now and then. So we asked our stateside editor Clare Menzel to…

Our art director was headed to the highest mountain in Canada and we wanted him to look good and see good. So we gave him…

We asked our art director to wear the Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mitts in a cold environment. So he took them to the highest peak…

Wanna look like a Navy Seal? We suggest donning the Patagonia R0 Hoody the next time you’re hanging in, on or by the water. Just…

These boots saved one of our editor’s lives. And we’re only kind of kidding. Here’s Clare Menzel’s honest review of the Oboz Sawtooth Low Waterproof Boot….