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Category Archives: Gear Guide

The Best Swimsuits and Boardshorts of 2022

Nike HydraLock Fusion Racerback One Piece ($90) (Photo: Courtesy Nike) If you want to feel fast, Nike’s Fusion is your pick. Its quick-drying polyester-spandex blend has a firm stretch for maximum support (“It locks everything in,” said one DD-cup tester), and its grippy, triangular interior pattern prevents fabric creep during activity. All this performance comes […]

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The Best Audio Gear of 2022

Jaybird Vista 2 ($150) (Photo: Courtesy Jaybird) Best for Harsh Weather Like the first-gen Vista, these clear, robust-sounding earbuds have real outdoor cred. They’re IP68 dust- and waterproof and meet U.S. military shock and crush standards. What’s new: active noise cancellation and a volume control that lets you listen to music without blocking out the […]

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The Best Fleeces of 2022

Hikerkind Midlayer_01 ($183) (Photo: Courtesy Hikerkind) Best Style This first offering from Brooklyn-based Hikerkind is a fashionable twist on the classic midlayer. It’s made of a low-profile knit that captures air in lofted pockets for warmth. The result is warm, but its non-fuzzy material provides a cool,  next-to-skin feel, and it reduces environmentally harmful microfiber […]

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Our Gear Editors Are Still Obsessing Over These Products from the 2022 Summer Gear Guide

Putting together our annual summer gear guide is no easy feat. Our crew of 100+ testers start with well over a thousand products, and through careful testing, whittle down the pool to just a few hundred. The highest scoring, most innovative of these products win our editor’s choice awards. Then there are the products that […]

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Deep-Dive Review: MSR Freelite 3 Tent

The Freelite 3 ($480) is not the most livable three-person tent in our testing class, but it might be the best all-around for long backpacks thanks to its lightweight construction, satisfactory storage, and elite ventilation. Designers shaved off nine ounces in this iteration, meaning the update weighs less than 2.5 pounds— an extraordinary accomplishment considering […]

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The Best Men’s Travel Apparel of 2022

Chacos Chillos Sneakers ($65) (Photo: Courtesy Chacos) This sandal-sneaker love child proved extremely versatile for warm-weather travel. The breathable canvas lace-up is snug and supportive enough for day hikes, sleek enough to wear with jeans, and has a crushable heel, so you can wear it as a cushy slip-on. (7–14) Buy Now Royal Robbins ReadyDry […]

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