Outdoor Gear

There's nothing better than chasing an epic sunrise, a great cup of campsite coffee, or taking that one last boot step to the summit of a view-packed mountaintop. And we firmly believe that great gear adds to a great adventure. Our outdoor gear reviews and features showcase our favorite gear that we've loved, used, and abused over many thousands of miles on the trail, and many nights under the stars.

Outdoor Gear Reviews: our favorite hiking, camping, backpacking and running gear for adventures in the South
    • LOWA Aerox GTX Lo Surround trail shoe review
      Outdoor Apparel

      LOWA Aerox GTX Lo Surround hiking shoe review

      The LOWA Aerox GTX Lo Surround is a hiking shoe with excellent traction and unbelievable breathability. It’s an excellent all-around waterproof trail shoe, perfect for the South’s warm climate and varied terrain.

    • HOKA One One Challenger ATR 3 trail running shoe review
      Running Gear

      HOKA One One Challenger ATR 3 trail running shoe

      The Challenger ATR 3 combines superior cushioning, breathability, and all-terrain traction making this HOKA One One a top shoe for trail running in the South.

    • LOWA Phoenix Mesh Lo hiking boots review
      Outdoor Apparel

      LOWA Phoenix Mesh Lo hiking boots

      The LOWA Phoenix Mesh Lo is a high-quality, low-cut hiking shoe with outstanding breathability, perfect for the South’s hot weather and rough terrain.

    • BioLite CampStove & CampStove 2: comparison & updates
      Camping Gear

      BioLite CampStove & CampStove 2 comparison

      We test the new CampStove 2 and first-generation CampStove in a side-by-side comparison: the new features and upgrades of one of our favorite BioLite products and favorite camping cookstoves.

    • Merrell Trail Glove 4 barefoot running shoe review
      Running Gear

      Merrell Trail Glove 4 trail running shoe

      Lightweight, comfortable, and breathable: the Merrell Trail Glove 4 barefoot trail running shoe lets us set the pace and keep it up on the trail or pavement.

    • Coolcore cooling running shorts and shirts: our favorite wicking apparel for warm-weather runs
      Running Gear

      Coolcore cooling running shorts & shirts

      The Coolcore ‘Crush It’ Short Sleeve Tee and ‘Strider’ Shorts are lightweight, moisture-wicking and offer chemical-free cooling that works wonders in the heat – and they’ve quickly become our favorite pieces for running and hiking.

    • Backpacking gift ideas: our favorite tents, backpacks, cookware and backpacking gear from our adventures in the South
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Backpacking Gift Ideas

      Looking for backpacking gift ideas for a hiker on your list? Our 2017 gift guide features our trail-tested, favorite backpacking gear from our trail adventures throughout the South.

    • Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts under $25.
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Outdoor Gifts Under $25

      Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts under $25.

    • boz Bridger Mid Waterproof hiking boot review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

      The Oboz Bridger B-DRY offers firm support, aggressive traction, and excellent stability in a breathable, waterproof, mid-height hiking boot.

    • Patagonia Women’s Barely Baggies Shorts review
      Running Gear

      Patagonia Women’s Barely Baggies Shorts

      The durable, lightweight, and water repellant Patagonia Barely Baggies Shorts are perfect for a day of adventures either on-trail or around town.

    • Astral Hemp Donner hiking shoe review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Astral Hemp Donner hiking shoe

      Stylish design mixed with technical performance make the Astral Hemp Donner one of our top choices for casual day hikes and urban exploration.

    • Pacsafe Intasafe Anti Theft Backpack
      Outdoor Gear

      Pacsafe Intasafe Anti Theft Backpack

      The Pacsafe Intasafe 20L is an anti theft backpack that keeps our electronic gear safe when we’re on the go, from adventure travel to around town.

    • Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker review

      Ultralight and easy to pack, the Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker is the perfect companion on early morning trail runs, hikes to breezy mountain summits, or treks around town.

    • Merrell Agility Peak Flex trail running shoe review
      Running Gear

      Merrell Agility Peak Flex trail running shoe

      Superior traction, cushy comfort, and a stable ride make the Merrell Agility Peak Flex a top choice for rugged, high mileage trail runs.

    • Yakima HighSpeed Bike Rack review
      Outdoor Gear

      Yakima HighSpeed Bike Rack review

      The HighSpeed bike rack makes load and unload a breeze, thanks to its innovative design. It’s perfect for hatchback vehicles and SUVs, adaptable to aero or standard bars, and simplifies mounting both a bike and the rack itself. Our road-tested Yakima HighSpeed review.

    • ENO Rothbury and Manchester Daypacks review
      Outdoor Gear

      ENO Rothbury and Manchester Daypacks

      ENO’s Rothbury and Manchester daypacks are loaded with features and provide plenty of space for a day on the trail, trekking between classes, or commuting across town. Our review of the newest backpacks from our favorite hammock company, ENO.

    • adidas Outdoor Flyloft Vest review - a perfect layering staple for shoulder-season adventures in the South
      Outdoor Apparel

      adidas Outdoor Flyloft Vest

      The lightweight, packable, and ultra-warm adidas Outdoor Flyloft Vest is the perfect layering piece for cold weather adventures or chilly treks around town. Our trail-tested review.

    • adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic trail running shoe review
      Running Gear

      adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic trail running shoe

      The adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic combines rugged traction, a comfortable ride, and stable control in a lightweight trail running shoe that breathes easily.

    • Asics GEL-FujiRado running shoe with Boa closure: our review
      Running Gear

      ASICS GEL-FujiRado trail running shoe review

      The ASICS GEL-FujiRado is an outstanding trail running shoe featuring a comfortable ride, thanks to a mono-sock construction, great on-trail traction and stability, and a Boa closure system for the perfect fit.

    • Thule Stir 15L Backpack review
      Hiking Gear

      Thule Stir 15L Backpack

      The feature-packed and ultralight Thule Stir 15L is just the right size backpack for light days on the trail, urban explorations, or daily commutes.

    • Sierra Designs Divine Light 2 FL backpacking tent review
      Backpacking Gear

      Sierra Designs Divine Light backpacking tent

      Lightweight, roomy, and packed with features, the Sierra Designs Divine Light 2 FL backpacking tent offers plenty of space for two campers, plenty of gear storage, roomy headroom, and an outstanding three-door design. Our trail-tested review.

    • RV Camping Gear List: our favorite essentials for a van life, camper or RV adventure on the road
      Camping Gear

      RV Camping Gear List

      Camper camping, RV camping, van life. If the road life appeals to you, check out this list of our favorite campsite and road-tested gear that will elevate your trip from “just ok” to awesome.

    • UCO Titan Stormproof Matches review: waterproof matches perfect for wet-weather camping adventures
      Camping Gear

      UCO Titan Stormproof Matches

      Waterproof, windproof, and long burning, the UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit makes quick work of getting the campfire burning in even the worst weather.

    • Trailfoody review: a tasty food subscription service perfect for hikers, campers, and backpackers
      Hiking Gear

      Trailfoody review: an ultra-tasty trail food subscription

      Trailfoody delivers delicious, hand-selected trail food, packed in a monthly box with some delicious new brands and flavors and some tasty favorites. It’s a great way to try new flavors out on the trail, and offers great savings, too.

    • Gifts for runners: our favorite running shoes, socks, apparel and gear
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Gifts for runners

      Looking for gift ideas for a runner on your list? Our 2017 running gift guide features our favorite shoes, socks, apparel & gear, all trail-tested on our workouts throughout the South.

    • BioLite Nanogrid campsite lighting: our review of the BioLite PowerLight and SiteLights
      Camping Gear

      BioLite NanoGrid campsite lighting and string lights

      Campsite lighting that’s functional and beautiful: the BioLite NanoGrid lighting collection keeps our camp illuminated through the night with SiteLight string lights, and the PowerLight lanterns keep our phones and small electronics powered up when we’re adventuring off-grid. Our campsite-tested review.

    • Lowa boots comparison review: our favorite GTX boots, the Renegade, Innox, Sesto, and Irox
      Outdoor Apparel

      LOWA Boots: our four favorite GTX hiking boots, compared

      LOWA boots have long been our trusted choice of hiking footwear for adventures in the South. We compare our long-time favorite, the Renegade GTX, with some of their newest hiking and trekking boot styles, the Innox GTX Mid, Sesto GTX Mid, and Irox GTX Mid.

    • Our outdoor gifts ideas for her feature our favorite, trail-tested women's apparel, boots, shoes, and accessories from our trail adventures in the South.
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Outdoor Gifts for Her

      Looking for gift ideas for the runner, hiker or outdoor-loving lady on your list? Our outdoor gifts ideas for her feature our favorite, trail-tested women’s apparel, boots, shoes, and accessories from our trail adventures in the South.

    • Outdoor gifts for him: our gift guide features our favorite jackets, outdoor apparel, hiking boots and running shoes from our trail adventures in the South
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Outdoor Gifts for Him

      Looking for gift ideas for the runner, hiker or all-around outdoor guy on your list? Our outdoor gifts for him feature our trail-tested, favorite men’s jackets, outdoor apparel, hiking boots and running shoes that fuel our adventures throughout the South.

    • Camping gift ideas: our gift guide features our favorite tents, sleeping bags, cookware & camp furniture
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Camping Gift Ideas

      Looking for camping gift ideas? Our gift guide features our favorite tents, sleeping bags, camp furniture, sleeping pads, and camp accessories from our adventures throughout the South.

    • Hiking gift ideas: our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear from our adventures in the South
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Hiking Gift Ideas

      Looking for hiking gift ideas for someone on your list? Our 2017 hiking gift guide features our trail-tested favorite hiking gear from our trail adventures in the South.

    • Trail running gear list: our favorite shoes, socks, hats, snacks and hydration gear
      Running Gear

      Trail running gear list

      Let’s hit the trail! Our trail running gear essentials include our favorite shoes, socks, apparel and gear that we’ve worn and loved on our adventures in the South.

    • Patagonia Provisions review: organic trail and campsite-worthy meals, bars, and hot breakfasts
      Outdoor Gear

      Patagonia Provisions: delicious, crave-worthy camping and backpacking meals

      Elevate your camping and backpacking experience with Patagonia’s new line of organic food. It’s trail-friendly, campsite-friendly, and ultra-delicious. Our review of our favorite breakfasts, dinners, salmon, and fruit bars from Patagonia Provisions.

    • Patagonia Womens Nano Puff Jacket review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Patagonia Womens Nano Puff Jacket

      The Nano Puff Jacket is one of our go-to faves for cold-weather trail adventures in the South. It’s water-resistant, warm and windproof – and yet lightweight and highly compressible. And with Patagonia’s use of eco-friendly recycled materials, it’s easy to see why we love this jacket.

    • Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover review - lightweight, breathable, water-repellant jacket perfect for trail to town
      Outdoor Apparel

      Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover

      It’s like wearing a warm cloud. The Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover wraps Polartec Alpha insulation in a durable rip stop nylon shell to provide an insulated, breathable layering option, perfect for the trail and around town.

    • BioLite CampStove 2 review: innovative campsite cooking with the Portable Grill and KettlePot
      Camping Gear

      BioLite CampStove 2, KettlePot and Portable Grill

      BioLite’s innovative power-producing CampStove, Portable Grill, KettlePot and CoffeePress keep our hunger filled, our devices powered, our crew caffeinated, and our campsite cuisine equally efficiently simple and deliciously decadent.

    • Hoka One One Clifton running shoe review
      Running Gear

      HOKA ONE ONE Clifton running shoe review

      The HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 3 is a quality, cushioned, ultra-comfy shoe that stands up to high mileage with its full EVA midsole. Our trail and road-tested review of this outstanding lightweight running shoe.

    • Garmin Forerunner 235: our favorite GPS running watch with integrated heart rate monitoring and activity tracking
      Running Gear

      Garmin Forerunner 235

      The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a GPS running watch with a wrist-based heart rate monitor, an accelerometer for indoor use, and sleep and activity tracking. It’s our most trusted training tool for our running adventures in the South, and stylish for around-town wear, too.

    • KUHL Ryzer Pullover review: a great long sleeve that's perfect on trail or around town
      Outdoor Apparel

      KUHL Ryzer Pullover

      The Men’s KUHL Ryzer combines style and performance in an ultra-versatile long sleeve pullover. With a streamlined fit, it’s great on its own or layered, and it’s equally at home on the trail or around town.

    • Must-have camping gear for summer: our new favorite camp kitchen essentials and more
      Camping Gear

      Our favorite must-have camping gear for summer

      From gourmet trail food to cook stoves and camp kitchen supplies, these are a few of our new favorite must-have campsite essentials we’ve been testing (and loving) on our summertime adventures in the South.

    • Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 tent review
      Camping Gear

      Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 Tent Review

      It’s lightweight and spacious, with fast assembly and great ventilation: the Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 is a thoughtfully designed three person tent, perfect for car camping and backpacking adventures in the South.

    • Editor's Choice: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017
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      Editor’s Choice: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017

      We scoured the massive floors at Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market ’17 for the best, most Southern-worthy outdoor gear and apparel. Here are our editors’ top picks from the show.

    • KUHL Renegade Shorts: our trail-tested review
      Outdoor Apparel

      KUHL Renegade Shorts

      Comfortable and durable, KUHL Renegade Shorts breathe easily and they’re packed with features, including eight pockets, UPF 50 sun protection, and a water repellent finish. They’re a great fit, on or off the trail.

    • Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack Del Dia review: a colorful, unique backpack for day hikes and around town
      Hiking Gear

      Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack – Del Dia

      The bright, colorful, and totally unique Luzon Del Dia is a fun and functional backpack that’s equally great for a day on the trail, errands around town, or travel. Our trail-tested Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack review.

    • Big Agnes Yellow Jacket 4 mtnGLO review: ultra-spacious, with ample headroom and built-in lighting, this is one comfortable car camping tent
      Camping Gear

      Big Agnes Yellow Jacket 4 mtnGLO tent

      The ultra-spacious Yellow Jacket 4 tent offers lofty headroom and a comfortable interior, perfect for a four-person car camping adventure. Add in Big Agnes’ innovative features like mtnGLO, a built-in lighting system, and we’re totally won over by this full-featured, comfy tent.

    • KEEN kids sandals review: KEEN Moxie and the Newport ATV are great for hiking and wet-trail summertime fun in the South
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      KEEN kids’ sandals: Moxie and Newport ATV

      Great for summertime hiking and water adventures, the KEEN Moxie and Newport ATV sandals are rugged, grippy, and made for adventure. Our trail-tested KEEN kids review.

    • Stio Modis Anorak women's rain jacket review
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      Stio Modis Anorak rain jacket

      Versatile, stylish, and storm proof: the Stio Modis Anorak is a fantastic rain jacket that offers solid protection whenever Mother Nature decides to crash the party, from trail to town. Our trail-tested review.

    • What to pack hiking with kids: backpacks, sandals, hiking boots and essentials
      Hiking Gear

      Kids hiking list: backpacks, boots, snacks, safety & fun

      Ready to hit the trail for a day of outdoor family fun, but wondering what to pack? Check out our kids hiking gear list for some packing inspiration, including our favorite kids hiking backpacks, sandals and boots, first aid and safety, and trail snacks and toys.

    • Helinox Chair One camping chair review: our go-to, lightweight camp chair that packs small
      Camping Gear

      Helinox Chair One

      Lightweight but ultra-comfy, the Helinox Chair One is our go-to for relaxing at a campsite, park, outdoor concert, or around town. And it packs up small and easily, making it one ultra-portable camp chair.

    • Hiking gear list: our trail-tested favorite backpacks and day hike gear essentials
      Hiking Gear

      Hiking Gear List

      Our hiking gear list includes our favorite backpacks, wayfinding, first aid and safety gear, and our favorite, trail-tested gear to make the most out of our on-trail adventures in the South.

    • Backpacking gear list: our favorite, trail-tested gear for adventures in the South
      Backpacking Gear

      Backpacking Gear List

      Tent: check. Backpack: check. Wondering what else to pack? Our backpacking list features our favorite, trail-tested gear for multi-day hikes in the South.

    • Camping gear list & essentials: our favorite tents, sleeping bags, cookware and camp furniture
      Camping Gear

      Camping Gear List

      Our camping gear list includes our favorite tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cookware, coolers, campsite essentials, and camp furniture for an ultra-fun, ultra-comfy adventure under the stars.

    • Big Agnes Wiley SL sleeping bag and Insulated Air Core Ultra sleeping pad review
      Backpacking Gear

      Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 sleeping bag & Insulated Air Core Ultra

      It’s one of our new favorite sleep systems for camp. The Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 sleeping bag and Insulated Air Core sleeping pad deliver maximum comfort, high-performance insulation, and great integration for a perfect night at the campsite under the stars.

    • KUHL Spyfire ultralight down jacket: our trail-tested review
      Outdoor Apparel

      KUHL Spyfire ultralight down jacket

      The streamlined KUHL Spyfire blends technical performance with a stylish fit and the warmth of 800-fill down. It’s our favorite ultralight down jacket for cold-weather hikes and around-town adventures.

    • Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed sleeping bag review
      Camping Gear

      Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed

      With a built-in comforter and zipperless design, the Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed is one of our new favorite sleeping bags for car camping. It feels much more like an at-home bed than a traditional sleeping bag, and is great for side sleepers, too. Our campsite-tested review.

    • Osprey Aether 60: our trail-tested backpack review
      Backpacking Gear

      Osprey Aether 60

      The Osprey Aether 60 is an ultra-comfortable, full-featured backpack that blends great features and ample storage. It’s our go-to pack for multi-day backpacking adventures in the South.

    • Stio Women's Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Stio Women’s Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie review

      Trail-to-town performance and style, it’s stylish and versatile for everyday wear, and also adventure-ready. The Women’s Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie from Stio, our trail-tested review.

    • Good To-Go backpacking meals review: Oatmeal, Granola, Bibimbap, Mexican Quinoa Bowl
      Backpacking Gear

      Good To-Go: delicious new backpacking meal flavors

      Take backcountry dining to a whole new level with these Iron-Chef-created, restaurant-worthy dishes. Our review of our four new favorite dishes from Good To-Go: Bibimbap, Mexican Quinoa Bowl, Oatmeal, and Granola.

    • How to clean hiking, camping and backpacking gear, tents and boots
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      How to clean and waterproof hiking, camping, and backpacking gear and boots

      Quality outdoor gear can be an expensive (but worthwhile!) investment. Keep your backpacks, boots, tents, rain gear, jackets, and sleeping bags performing like new with these easy tips on outdoor gear cleaning and care.

    • Osprey Stratos 24 and Osprey Sirrus 24 backpack review
      Hiking Gear

      Osprey Stratos 24 and Osprey Sirrus 24 backpack review

      The Osprey Stratos 24 and Sirrus 24 are ultra-breathable backpacks, ventilated for warm-weather day hikes in the South. Our trail-tested review.

    • ENO SingleNest and ENO DoubleNest hammock review: our favorite hammocks for hiking, camping, and backpacking
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      ENO SingleNest & ENO DoubleNest hammocks

      There’s simply no better way to hang out on the trail or at a campsite. Suspended from ENO’s SingleNest and DoubleNest hammocks and Atlas straps, relaxing in the great outdoors hits a new high.

    • REI Flash 18 backpack review: our favorite ultralight day pack
      Hiking Gear

      REI Flash 18 backpack review

      Not every hike demands a rugged, framed backpack. The REI Flash 18 is one of our favorite grab-and-go, lightweight packs for local day hikes and travel.

    • Ahnu Sugarpine Women's Waterproof Boot Review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Ahnu Sugarpine women’s hiking boot review

      The Ahnu Sugarpine is a lightweight women’s waterproof hiking boot that delivers performance, style, and stability on the trail. Our trail-tested Sugarpine review.

    • LOWA Renegade GTX Mid hiking boot review
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      LOWA Renegade GTX Mid hiking boot review

      Stability and dependable traction: the LOWA Renegade GTX Mid is a high-end hiking boot that’s well-equipped with a waterproof Gore-Tex lining and a grippy Vibram Evo outsole. Our trail-tested review.

    • Dog backpacks: our Ruffwear Singletrak dog pack review
      Dog Hiking Gear

      Ruffwear Singletrak dog backpack

      Streamlined and durable, the Ruffwear Singletrack is our favorite dog backpack for hiking adventures in the South. Two water bottles, a large carrying handle, four zippered pockets and a great fit make this our dog pack of choice.

    • Cotopaxi Inca backpacks review: the Inca 16L & 26L are two of our favorite full-featured day packs
      Hiking Gear

      Cotopaxi Inca backpacks review

      Our favorite Cotopaxi backpacks, the Inca 16L and larger 26L, are technical daypacks with a streamlined design, great comfort & thoughtful features. Our trail-tested review.

    • Sawyer Mini Water Filter: our favorite filter for hiking, backpacking and camping
      Backpacking Gear

      Sawyer Mini Water Filter

      The Sawyer Mini is our favorite, compact, ultralight water filter for backpacking, hiking, and camping in the backcountry. Our trail-tested review.

    • Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack: our trail-tested ultralight daypack review
      Hiking Gear

      Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack

      The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack is a roomy ultralight backpack that packs incredibly tiny. The pack’s small size and minimalist weight are great for travel, and it works great as a daypack on backpacking adventures for hikes away from base camp.

    • Ruffwear collapsible dog bowl review
      Dog Hiking Gear

      Ruffwear Bivy collapsible dog bowl

      The Ruffwear Bivy Bowl is lightweight, dries fast, and packs small. It’s our favorite collapsible dog dish when we’re hiking, camping, and backpacking with our trail pup.

    • Yakima Whispbar roof rack review: Fork Bike Mount & Through Bars
      Outdoor Gear

      Yakima Whispbar Roof Rack System

      The Yakima Whispbar rack system delivers beautiful, sophisticated styling that stays nearly silent on the road. Our review of the Whispbar Through Bar & WB200 Fork Bike Mount.

    • Stio Lofted Sky Jacket review - packed with Primaloft insulation, the Lofted Sky keeps us comfortably warm on winter adventures in the South
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      Stio Lofted Sky Jacket

      The Lofted Sky wears well and features low-bulk Primaloft insulation for cold-weather comfort and low-profile style. Our trail-tested review of one of our favorite Stio jackets.

    • Stio Wilcox Hoodie review: great around town or on the trail, this is one comfy mens sweatshirt
      Outdoor Apparel

      Stio Wilcox Fleece Hoodie

      Hiking, backpacking, lounging at the campsite, or just chilling around town: the Men’s Stio Wilcox Fleece is one of our favorite, ultra-comfy cold-weather pieces for outdoor adventure.

    • REI Flexlite backpacking chair: our trail and campsite-tested review
      Camping Gear

      REI Flexlite Chair

      The REI Flexlite is a lightweight, stable, four-leg backpacking chair that packs small offers comfy campsite seating. Our trail and campsite-tested review.

    • Ruffwear Ridgeline lightweight dog leash review
      Dog Hiking Gear

      Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash

      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 review.

    • Greenbelly backpacking meals: our trail-tested review
      Backpacking Gear

      Greenbelly Backpacking Meals

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

    • Navitas Naturals Power Snacks: our favorite organic hiking snacks
      Backpacking Gear

      Navitas Naturals Power Snacks

      Power Snacks are bite-sized organic hiking snacks packed with flavor & natural ingredients. They’re one of our favorite, tasty ways to fuel up on the go.

    • GSI Outdoors Javapress & Backpacker Mug review
      Backpacking Gear

      GSI Outdoors Javapress & Backpacker Mug

      There’s nothing like a hot cup of French press coffee at the campsite. GSI Outdoors delivers a lightweight, compact and super packable duo for brewing hot drinks on the go with the Commuter Javapress and Infinity Backpacker Mug.

    • Deuter Airlite 28 backpack review: a ventilated day pack for adventures in the South
      Hiking Gear

      Deuter Airlite 28 Backpack

      The Deuter Airlite 28 is a lightweight, comfortable day pack that’s ventilated, offering great airflow for warm-weather hikes in the South. Our trail-tested review.

    • Vasque Inhaler GTX waterproof hiking boot review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Vasque Inhaler GTX hiking boot

      The Vasque Inhaler GTX is my go-to for a lightweight, 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. Our trail-tested review.

    • ECCO Yura GTX hiking shoe review - a waterproof, stylish shoe that easily spans trail to town
      Outdoor Apparel

      ECCO Yura GTX hiking shoe

      The lightweight, super comfortable, waterproof Yura GTX from ECCO packs style and durability into a low-rise hiking shoe. From in-town urban treks to day hikes on the Appalachian Trail, this shoe feels amazing and looks fun and stylish. Our trail-tested review.

    • Ahnu Coburn men's hiking boot review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Ahnu Coburn hiking boot review

      The Ahnu Coburn hiking boot is one of our favorite lightweight waterproof hiking boots that delivers stability, traction & ultra-comfort across the South’s wide variety of terrain, from sandy shores to stony mountaintops.

    • Columbia Decompression Down Jacket Review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Columbia Decompression Down Jacket

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

    • Kuhl Retro Hoody jacket review
      Outdoor Apparel

      KUHL Retro Hoody Jacket

      This is one ultra comfy, stylish jacket that’s an equally great fit on the trail or around town. Our Kuhl Retro Hoody review.

    • TurboPup dog trail bars: our trail-tested review
      Dog Hiking Gear

      TurboPUP trail bars

      We fuel our pup 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. And our Jake loves them!

    • Stio Hometown Down hooded jacket: trailful review
      Outdoor Apparel

      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.

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

    • Good To-Go: vegetarian backpacking meals: our review
      Backpacking Gear

      Good To-Go gourmet vegetarian backpacking meals review

      Good To-Go vegetarian and pescatarian backpacking meals prove trail food can be tasty. Handmade by an Iron Chef, these gourmet dehydrated meals add major ‘yum’ to our hiking and camping adventures.

    • Vasque Breeze 2.0 Hiking Boot Review
      Outdoor Apparel

      Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX hiking boot review

      The Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX is a lightweight, high-performance GORE-TEX waterproof boot that’s perfect for hiking & backpacking adventures in the South.

    • Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts over $250.
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Outdoor Gifts over $250

      Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts over $250.

    • Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts from $100 to $250.
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Outdoor Gifts $100 to $250

      Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts from $100 to $250.

    • Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts from $50 to $100.
      Outdoor Gear Gift Ideas

      Outdoor Gifts $50 to $100

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