Outdoor Gear Reviews

We test tons of gear every year, hiking trails at Georgia’s Cumberland Island to California’s Big Sur coastline – and many mountaintops in between. These reviews highlight our favorite, trail-tested hiking, backpacking, cycling, running and camping gear.

 
 
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017: our editors' choice for top outdoor gear and apparel

Best of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017: our editors’ favorite gear & apparel

We just returned from the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, a massive showcase of the outdoor industry’s most innovative, upcoming outdoor gear & apparel. Here are a few of our editors’ top picks from the show.

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Stio Women’s Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie review: trail-to-town performance & style

Stylish and versatile for everyday wear, and also adventure-ready: the Women’s Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie from Stio. Our trail-tested review.

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Vasque Breeze 2.0 Hiking Boot Review

Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX hiking boot review

Vasque delivers a lightweight, high-performance GORE-TEX waterproof boot, the Breeze 2.0 GTX, that’s perfect for just about anything a Southeast adventure will throw at you.

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Hiking Gear List: what to pack when hiking with kids

Hiking Gear List: what to pack when hiking with kids

Ready to hit the trail for a day of outdoor family fun, but wondering what to pack? Check out our hiking gear list for kids for some packing inspiration.

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Kuhl Retro Hoody Jacket Review

Kuhl Retro Hoody Jacket Review

Kuhl delivers an ultra comfy, stylish jacket that’s a great fit on the trail or around town. The Retro Hoody repels rain and weather, and features a customizable fit that’s great for layering.

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TurboPUP Review: Trail-Friendly, Grain-Free Dog Meal Bars

Fuel your dog on hiking and camping adventures with TurboPUP, a trail-friendly meal replacement bar for dogs. They’re grain-free, American made & sourced from human-quality ingredients.

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Columbia Decompression Down Jacket review

Columbia Decompression Down Jacket review

The Decompression Down Jacket from Columbia packs 1000 fill down into an ultralight, ultra-comfortable jacket with a streamlined fit, perfect for the trail or around town.

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ECCO mens BIOM Terrain Mid GTX hiking boot review

ECCO Mens BIOM Terrain Mid GTX hiking boot review

The BIOM Terrain Mid GTX from ECCO is a light weight, waterproof hiking boot that delivers right-out-of-the box comfort, stability and reliable traction on tough trail terrain. Our trail-tested ECCO BIOM Terrain review.

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LOWA Renegade GTX Mid hiking boot review

LOWA Renegade GTX Mid hiking boot review

LOWA delivers stability and dependable traction in the Renegade GTX Mid, a high-end hiker that’s well-equipped with a waterproof Gore-Tex lining, a grippy Vibram Evo outsole and a host of thoughtful design details.

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ECCO Yura GTX hiking shoe review

ECCO Yura GTX hiking shoe review

The light weight, super comfortable, waterproof Yura GTX from ECCO packs style and durability into a low rise hiking shoe. From intown urban treks to miles on the Appalachian Trail this shoe feels amazing, most importantly, but also looks fun and stylish.

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Vasque Inhaler GTX hiking boot review

Vasque Inhaler GTX hiking boot review

The Vasque Inhaler GTX is my go-to for a light weight, breathable boot. With a grippy sole, waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX lining & mesh ventilation system, this boot keeps me moving through all types of terrain.

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GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press & Infinity Backpacker Mug Review

GSI Outdoors Java Press & Infinity Backpacker Mug Gear Review

GSI Outdoors delivers a lightweight, compact and super packable option for brewing hot drinks on the go.

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Deuter Airlite 28 review: a ventilated, warm-weather backpack for day hikes

Deuter Airlite 28 Backpack Review

The Deuter Airlite 28 backpack is a lightweight and comfortable backpack that’s ventilated, promoting airflow for warm-weather day hikes in warm climates.

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EnerPlex Jumpr Bar & Jumpr Quad Battery Review

EnerPlex Jumpr Bar & Jumpr Quad Review

EnerPlex delivers off-grid, trail-friendly power with the compact Jumpr Bar and the dual-use Jumpr Quad, a high-energy battery pack and AAA / AA battery recharger.

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FITS Socks Review: performance wool-blend hiking and running socks

FITS Wool-Blend Running & Hiking Socks Review

FITS wool-blend socks offer soft comfort and a contoured, performance fit for running or hiking, and they’re locally made in the Southeast, just north of Chattanooga. Our FITS running and hiking socks review.

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Native Eyewear Haskill Aviator Sunglasses Review

Native Eyewear Haskill Sunglasses Review

Aviator style meets athletic performance in the Native Eyewear Haskill, a lightweight, grippy pair of polarized sunglasses that deliver style & comfort from town to trail.

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Ahnu Coburn Men's Hiking Boot Review

Ahnu Coburn Men’s Hiking Boot Review

The Ahnu Coburn hiking boot is my first-grabbed, favorite lightweight waterproof boot that delivers stability, traction & mega comfort across a wide variety of terrain.

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Greenbelly Meal Bar Review

Greenbelly Meal Replacement Bars Review

Greenbelly Meal Bars offer a third of a day’s nutrition packed into tasty, trail-friendly bars from Georgia-based Greenbelly, founded by a former Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.

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Navitas Naturals Power Snacks Review

Navitas Naturals Power Snacks Review

Navitas Naturals Power Snacks are tasty, bite-sized, trail-friendly organic snacks packed with flavor & natural ingredients to keep us fueled on the trail.

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Ahnu Sugarpine Women's Waterproof Boot Review

Ahnu Sugarpine Women’s Hiking Boot Review

The Ahnu Sugarpine WP Boot is a lightweight women’s waterproof hiking boot that delivers performance, style, and stability on the trail.

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Columbia Zero Rules Skort & Freeze Degree II Womens Running Review

Columbia Freeze Degree II Tank & Zero Rules Skort: Women’s Running Review

With sweat-activated Omni Freeze ZERO tech, the Freeze Degree II Tank Top and Zero Rules Skort from Columbia keep me cool on runs when temperatures rise.

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Eddie Bauer MicroTherm StormDown Field Vest Review

Women’s Eddie Bauer MicroTherm StormDown Field Vest Review

The MicroTherm Field Vest, packed with 700-fill DownTek water-repellant down, is a versatile cold weather layering staple from Eddie Bauer that provides warmth in windy and damp conditions.

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Hydrapak Stash Review

Hydrapak Stash Review: A Free-Standing Collapsible Bottle

Free-standing when full and light in weight, the Hydrapak Stash soft-walled collapsible bottle is great for at-rest hydration. Our trail-tested review.

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Good To-Go Gourmet Trail Meals Review

Good To-Go Gourmet Backpacking Meals: Hand-crafted Trail Meals from an Iron Chef

Good To-Go gourmet dehydrated meals prove healthy trail food can be tasty, too. Handmade by an Iron Chef (and team) with quality ingredients, Good To-Go adds major ‘yum’ to our adventures.

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Stio Hometown Down Jacket Review

Stio Hometown Down Hooded Jacket Review

Stio’s Hometown Down Hooded Jacket, filled with HyperDRY 800-fill water repellent down, provides exceptional warmth and comfort on frosty winter adventures.

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Outdoor Retailer 2015 Winter Recap

Outdoor Retailer Winter 2015 Recap: Our Favorite Gear

Twice a year, the biggest and hottest names in outdoor gear convene in Salt Lake City to showcase innovative outdoor gear & apparel. Here’s our hand-picked favorite gear from the Outdoor Retailer Winter 2015 Show.

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Chums Storm Series Traveler & Downriver Cases Review

Chums Storm Series Waterproof & Water-Resistant Cases Review

Two accessory cases to keep gear dry: our trail-tested review of the Chums Storm Series Traveler in-pack case and the larger, wearable & waterproof Downriver case.

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Bogs Tulalo Hiking Boot Review

Bogs Tumalo Hiking Boot Review

The Bogs Tumalo hiking boot is a rugged boot that’s breathable, stable and waterproof – and a great boot on hikes when the terrain turns tough or muddy, or the weather turns cold or sloshy.

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Ruffwear Ridgeline Dog Leash Review

Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash Review

Ruffwear’s Ridgeline Leash is a compact, lightweight travel leash that offers fast collar clip-in and pocketable portability while staying strong and secure. Our trail-tested Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash Review.

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Mens Stio Wilcox Fleece Hoodie Review

It’s much more than your average hoodie: the Wilcox Fleece from Stio is an active-wear zip up fleece that’s designed for performance, warmth and comfort.

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2016 Outdoor Gift Guide: top hiking, camping, running gift ideas

Outdoor Gifts: Atlanta Trails 2016 Outdoor Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect outdoor gift for a hiker, backpacker, runner or camper? Our outdoor gift guides feature hand-picked hiking, backpacking and camping gifts from our favorite outfitters.

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Magellan Cyclo 505 hc Review

Magellan Cyclo 505 hc Review

The Magellan Cyclo 505 hc is a feature-packed cycling computer that’s ultra-connected, and impressed us on our mountain & road trail tests.

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Stio Lofted Sky Jacket Review

Stio Lofted Sky Jacket Review

The Lofted Sky Jacket from Stio wears exceptionally well and packs low-bulk Primaloft insulation for cold-weather comfort. Our trail-tested Stio Mens Lofted Sky Jacket review.

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Yakima Whispbar Roof Rack Review

Whispbar Roof Rack Review: Whispbar Through Bar & WB200 Fork Bike Mount Review

The Whispbar rack system from Yakima: beautiful, sophisticated styling that stays nearly silent on the road. Our Audi Q5 Whispbar roof rack review.

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ENO SingleNest & DoubleNest Hammock Review

Hanging out on the trail, redefined: suspended from ENO’s SingleNest and DoubleNest hammocks and ENO Atlas straps, outdoor relaxation hits a new high.

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Cotopaxi Inca 26L Backpack Review

The Cotopaxi Inca 26L retains the ultra-comfortable and streamlined design we love in the smaller Inca 16L, adding more storage and some fantastic features.

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Our backpacking gear list for multi-day adventures

What’s in my backpack on overnight adventures? Here’s my backpacking gear list for multi-day and overnight hikes in the backcountry.

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Hiking Gear List for Local Day Hikes

What’s in my backpack on local hikes? Here’s my hiking gear list for day hikes in the local Atlanta area.

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Osprey Aether 60 Review

Osprey Aether 60 Backpack Review

The updated Osprey Aether 60 is an ultra-comfortable backpack that blends great features and ample storage for multi-day backpacking adventures.

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack Review

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack Review

The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack is an ultra-light backpack that packs incredibly small, and its size and weight are great for travel and hikes away from base camp.

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