Outdoor Buying Guides

Our experts recommended outdoor apparel, camping equipment, hiking gear, travel essentials and more, all in one place.

Camping Essentials

Tents & Shelter

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The 13 Best Camping Tents for Every Camper

A great portable home-away-from-home can make all the difference on big outdoor adventures.

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The Best Rooftop Tents You Can Buy

If you’ve always enjoyed the top bunk, you should invest in a rooftop car tent.

The 6 Best Backpacking Tents of 2019

If you’re heading into the backcountry, you’ll want to bring a durable, lightweight tent.

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How to Camp without a Tent (and Why You Should)

Leaving the tent at home will lighten your pack and bring you closer to the great outdoors.

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Camp Comforts

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The 13 Best Camping Chairs of 2022

Lightweight seating for the deep backcountry and backyard alike.

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The 10 Best Camping Cots of 2022

The key to a better night’s sleep outdoors is one of these snooze-friendly winners.

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The 12 Best Coolers of 2022

Looking to hide some sandwiches and 85 cans of beer from a bear?

The 8 Best Camping Coffee Makers

Headed for the wilderness? Don’t forget the tools to make your precious life-giving elixir.

Sleeping Essentials

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The 10 Best Sleeping Bags of 2022

Top picks based on testing, reviews and features, plus tips on how to buy the right bag for you.

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The Best Sleeping Bags for Side Sleepers

A new breed of sleeping bag makes snoozing in a tent more comfortable for those who sleep on their sides.

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The 11 Best Camping Air Mattresses

Get a better night's sleep under the stars with one of these inflatable wonders.

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The 10 Best Camping Blankets of 2022

Made using sleeping bag materials, these products are perfect for casual camping and fit right in around the house too.

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Hiking Shoes

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The Best Hiking Boots for Every Kind of Hiker

The definitive guide to the best hiking boots available now, with reviews for each boot, plus tips to know before you buy.

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The 12 Best Hiking Shoes of 2022

Trade full ankle support for lightness and agility to keep you moving on the trail.

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The 9 Best Sandals for Hiking in 2021

Thanks to durable materials and innovative constructions, sandals aren’t just for beaches and poolsides anymore.

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10 Hiking Boots and Shoes We’d Wear All the Time

Looking to travel light? These proven winners can easily tackle any trail — or town — you throw at them.

Sport Footwear

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The Best Running Shoes Available Right Now

Put your best foot forward with these top picks built for comfort, speed and everything in-between.

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The Best Gym Shoes for Every Type of Workout

Don’t sweat it. Put your best foot forward with these kicks ready for any fitness endeavor.

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The Best Rock Climbing Shoes of 2021

Having tested dozens of pairs, we present our favorites.

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The Best CrossFit Shoes of 2022

No matter your budget or favorite type of WOD, we've got a winner for you.

Bags & Backpacks


The 12 Best Hiking Backpacks of 2022

A definitive guide to the best trail packs available based on testing and features like weight, pocket layout, features and more.

Travel Backpacks Both Big and Small

Some are big enough for a weekend away, while others work well as your personal item on an airplane.

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14 Tougher-Than-Hell Military-Inspired Backpacks

Using rugged materials and packing as much function as possible, these backpacks blur the line between battlefield and everyday use.

The Best Packable Backpacks
When you’re traveling, you need an extra bag for the essentials — plus everything you end up adding to your suitcase before returning h…

Luggage & Duffles

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The 12 Most Durable Duffel Bags for Rugged Travel
No matter where you’re traveling to, you’ll need a bag, and there’s nothing more functional than a cavernous, weatherproof, backpack st…
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The 9 Best Packing Cubes for All Trips

Streamline your pre-trip preparations with these time-saving packing accessories.

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The Best Luggage Brands — And Their Best Products

If you’re in the market for an upgrade, a new check-in bag, or perhaps your first set, then browse the best luggage brands.

Hip Packs Are Back — Here are 11 Worth Buying

Say goodbye to annoying backpack straps and hello to your new favorite fanny pack.

Speciality Gear Bags

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The Best Camera Backpacks of 2023

The best bags to haul and protect your photography equipment around town or into the mountains.

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The Best Ski Bags for Winter 2022-2023

Traveling with skis calls for very specific luggage.

How to Fly with Your Bike and 4 Great Bags to Do It

You want to ride your bike everywhere, not just on local roads.

The Best Panniers for Bike Commuting

Durability and space-efficiency make these panniers instant hits.

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Water Bottles, Knives & Multitools and Lighting

Water Bottles & Purifiers

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The Best Water Bottles of 2022

No everyday carry is complete without a reusable, durable, leak-proof water bottle.

The Best Hydration Packs of 2019

Carry your water on your back and you’ll never be dehydrated again. Here are eight great ways to do so.

The 6 Best Purifying Water Bottles for Travel

These six filters and purifiers are easy ways to make sure you stay healthy – and hydrated – while traveling.

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The 12 Best Travel Mugs Money Can Buy

When you’re on the go or off on a big adventure, a top-notch coffee keeper is critical — and these picks are just perfect.

Knives & EDC

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The Best Pocket Knives of 2023

A decent pocket knife can be practical, but a great one will be indispensable.

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The 9 Best Fixed-Blade Knives Available

From cutting wood to skinning critters, these blades are tough enough to rough it.

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The 17 Best Multi-Tools You Can Get Right Now

We did the research and testing in order to find the coolest tools available from Leatherman, Gerber, Victorinox and more.

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The 7 Best Axes and Hatchets

From a full-length axe that’ll make quick work of cordwood to a simple hatchet that you can stash in your backpack.

Lights & Fire Starters

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The 7 Best Headlamps for Any Adventure

By providing hands-free light headlamps are indispensable for any outdoor activity.

The 6 Best Outdoor Lanterns for the Urban Outdoorsman

Don’t let the darkness dampen your evening.

8 Portable Flashlights, Lanterns and Headlamps Under $100

Portable lights come in all shapes and sizes, so knowing what’s important to you is key.

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9 Reliable Fire Starters for Survival Situations

There are ways to start a fire that don’t involve rubbing sticks or lighter fluid.

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Winter Gear


The Best Down Jackets of 2023
These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts in the spring…
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The Best Synthetic Down Jackets

Synthetic insulation rivals down in warmth — and surpasses it in durability and water resistance.

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The 13 Best Rain Jackets of 2022

The latest and greatest options are lighter, softer, more breathable, stretchy and more waterproof than ever.

The 8 Best Outdoor Vests You Can Buy

Even when it’s freezing outside, over-layering can become a problem.

Ski & Snowboarding

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The Best Skis of Winter 2023/2024

We tested countless pairs to compile this list of top options that are worth your hard-earned coin.

The Best Snow Goggles for Hitting the Slopes
If you can’t see the trail, you’re not going to have much fun on the mountain, so we ran the goggle gauntlet. Here are our favorites fo…
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The Best Snowboards of Winter 2022/2023

From the groomers to the park to the backcountry, here are the most shred-ready rides we’ve ever seen.

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Everything You Need to Go Skiing

It takes a lot of gear to hit the slopes. Start here.

Outdoor Apparel


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The Best Shirt Jackets for Men

An essential garment for layering on top of a t-shirt or under a heftier jacket.

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Stylish Fleece Jackets to Buy Right Now

You can't get much cozier.

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The Best Sun Shirts of 2022

These garments look good, feel great and keep you from getting very badly burned.

Flannel Shirts for Fall

Ready yourself for the crisp weather around the corner.

Socks & Underwear

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The Very Best Wool Socks

The best wool socks for everyday wear, long hikes and very serious do-nothing sessions.

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The Best Long Underwear for Men to Layer with

From Uniqlo to Sunspel, there are plenty of great pairs to keep you warm this winter.

The Best Underwear for Men

Boxers and briefs from two dozen brands that make underwear you'll actually enjoy wearing.

The Best Hiking Socks Money Can Buy

Keep your feet warm, dry and blister-free.

Sport Apparel

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The Best Workout Shirts for Every Training Session

Put the ‘fit’ in fitness with these must-have workout tops.

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The Best Shorts and Liners for Yoga

It's not a stretch to say it: shorts are the most important article of clothing for your practice.

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The Best Pants for Winter Hiking

When you have the right clothing, winter hiking is no different from regular hiking.

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The Best Gym Shorts for Every Workout

All of the best training and recreation options, none of the jorts.