The Finest Sun Hat for Hikers

The Finest Sun Hat for Hikers

After interviewing three dermatologists, an ultra-runner, and four ultra-hikers, and field-testing for a total of 200 hours, we are convinced the sun hat that works is the one that you’ll actually wear. A unanimous favorite among our testers, the Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Hat provides the ideal balance of coverage … Read more

The Best Hydration Packs for Day Hikers

The Best Hydration Packs for Day Hikers

After more than 50 hours researching and testing hydration packs, for example hiking together, torturing their components, and downing enough water to nearly risk hyponatremia (yes, it is possible to drink too much water), we have come up with our favorite hydration daypacks for medium drops: the Osprey Skarab 18 … Read more

The Finest Nonslip Traction Devices

The Finest Nonslip Traction Devices

After over half an hour of analyzing fifteen distinct traction apparatus on water-slicked icehockey, hard-packed snow, and mountains that are slippery in Alaska’s city sidewalks and forested trails, we’ve identified the ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip since the very best ice gripper for all-around walking usage from town. They’re simple to put … Read more

The Very Best Men’s Base Layers and Thermal Underwear

The Very Best Men’s Base Layers and Thermal Underwear

To find the top men’s base-layer top and underside, we sent 11 testers skiing, jogging, mountaineering, rock climbing, and sports-game spectating at 20 long-sleeve shirts and 16 bottoms for four months. The anti-stink Smartwool Men’s Merino 150 Base Layer Long Sleeve and Icebreaker Men’s BodyfitZone Zone Leggings both kept us … Read more

The Best Hiking Socks

The Best Hiking Socks

Any seasoned hiker will tell you that a great set of hiking socks is a must-have on the trail. But despite their simple look, hiking socks might be complex purchase. That’s why we spent 25 hours researching 65 sock choices. We then took to the trails of Vancouver, British Columbia, … Read more

The Best Hand Warmer

The Best Hand Warmer

When commuting to an office (perhaps your “workplace” is the wonderful outdoors itself), you may occasionally require a little assistance to keep the winter chill at bay. A hand warmer–a pocket-sized device powered by electricity or another fuel supply–does precisely that. After spending a total of over 65 hours testing … Read more

The Ideal Hiking Baby Carriers

The Ideal Hiking Baby Carriers

The Deuter Kid Comfort 2 let us head outside on multiple 5-plus-mile hikes with a 15-month-old at South Carolina’s Table Rock State Park along with North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest without quitting. That is because the pack was the most comfortable of our expert packs, with straps which made getting … Read more

The Very Best Hiking Boots

The Very Best Hiking Boots

The one most important issue to take with you about the hiking trail is a great pair of hiking boots. We had 28 hikers log 900 miles in 13 pairs of men’s hiking boots along with 13 pairs of women’s boots. Once they finished nearly 2 million steps in each … Read more

The Best Women’s Base Layers and Thermal Underwear

The Best Women’s Base Layers and Thermal Underwear

In our quest to find the best women’s base-layer top and bottom, we sent seven rebounds ski, running, rock climbing, cottage lounging, and more in 18 women’s tops and 17 bottoms for four months. The flattering and odor-resistant Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Pattern Long Sleeve managed it all, while … Read more