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Category Archives: Gear Guy

We Asked 6 PCT Hikers What Their Favorite Piece of Gear Was

Each summer my hometown of Ashland, Oregon sees a large influx of Pacific Crest Trail hikers coming down from the hills to restock, take a zero day, and do laundry. I love walking around my town, introducing myself to PCT hikers, and asking them about their gear. By the time they have reached Ashland, northbound […]

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The Duer Weightless Poplin AC Is Our New Favorite Summer Short

I’ve tested well over 100 different pairs of shorts over my decade as Outside’s Gear Guy. Highlights include: “Shorts to Make Leg Day More Bearable,” “Best Shorts for Men,”and  two different “Best Swim Trunks for Summer” tests. I have contemplated four-way stretch, gusseted crotches, and moisture mitigation qualities of britches for hundreds of hours of […]

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