As an update to this impressive review of thirty four products, which includes three options for kids, OutdoorGearLab grants two new award winners. The La Sportiva Kataki wins the coveted Editors' Choice award for best overall model tested due to being high performance crack climbing machines. The La Sportiva Genius wins Top Pick for Edging and Sensitivity for being an overall hot rod performer on all angles of rock from slabby to steep and quite possibly the best edging shoe available. At the kids table, the Evolv Venga remains Editors' Choice and the Butora Brava, Best Buy. Check out the updates and more, at www.outdoorgearlab.com.
After researching more than fifty top products, fourteen contenders were tested side-by-side and then rated in the areas of warmth, weight, comfort, packed size, features and weather resistance. The Editors' Choice award goes to the Western Mountaineering Kodiak MF and the Thermarest Questar 0, a sub-three-pound bag with good weather resistance, earned the Best Buy award. See the full review now live at www.outdoorgearlab.com.
After investigating over sixty models and testing the top twelve side-by-side, OutdoorGearLab experts have crowned two new award winners in this category. The Salomon MTN Lab earns Top Pick for backcountry use and the Giro Nine wins Best Buy award. The Smith Vantage MIPS wins Editors' Choice for the fifth year in a row. Each contender was rated in the areas of warmth, weight, goggle compatibility and comfort. Read the full review at www.outdoorgearlab.com.
In this review update of thirteen top models, contenders range from 3-in-1 modular, single-piece insulated, to shell-only jackets. Arc'teryx is the reigning award winner with both the Macai and the Sabre winning Editors' Choice, but new Best Buy and Top Pick winners have been awarded. The Columbia Sportswear Whirlibird III Interchange wins Top Pick on a tight budget, the Flylow Gear Lab Coat wins Best Buy and The North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate takes Top Pick for best 3-in-1. See the full review at www.outdoorgearlab.com.
The experts at OutdoorGearLab tested seven contenders (four carbon and three alloy), side-by-side for hundreds of miles while climbing gruesome hills, smashing down rock gardens and soaking in the awesome views of Northern California. Each pair was scrutinized in all aspects of design and performance. Once testing was complete, scores were tallied based on ratings in the areas of weight, durability, ride quality and freehub engagement. The lightweight and durable RaceFace Next R31 Carbon Wheelset was a tester favorite and earned the coveted Editors' Choice award. If you are in the market for a new set of wheels, check out the full review, now live at www.outdoorgearlab.com.
OutdoorGearLab tests a whopping sixteen top products meant for all mountain trail riding. If you're looking to improve the handling and performance of your bike, the right set or combination of tires could take your riding to the next level. Check out the full review now live at www.outdoorgearlab.com, where you may find help choosing the right product to fit your particular needs. Maxxis Tires dominates as an award recipient receiving four awards including the Minion DHF and Aggressor as reigning Editor's Choice award winners and the Specialized Slaughter Grid and Butcher Grid earn Best Buy awards.
Ready to hit the water? After researching forty popular two piece recreational touring contenders, we selected six to paddle with for hundreds of miles while enduring waves and high winds in order to analyze the glide, swing and overall feel of each. We pushed these top products to the limits in order to determine the pros and cons of each, to assist you in picking the best product for your particular needs. You'll find the full review at www.outdoorgearlab.com.
OutdoorGearLab tests seventeen top products for warmth, weight, comfort, packed size, versatility, features and design. The Editors' Choice award goes to the Western Mountaineering MegaLite for its warmth, spacious dimensions, low weight and packed size. Best Buy awards go to the REI Co-op Igneo 25 and the Kelty Cosmic Down 20. Five Top Pick winners were selected for Best All-Around 20F Model, Top Pick for Fast and Light Adventures, Top Pick for Wet Conditions, Top Pick for Cold Temperatures and the Top Pick for Exceptional Comfort. See all these award winners in the full review, available for viewing at www.outdoorgearlab.com.
We've given this review a full revamp with all new fresh content, an expanded spectrum of contenders and brand new award winners. The Smartwool Merino 250 wins the Editors' Choice, the Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Crew takes Best Buy, the Rab Merino+120 Crew earned Top Pick for breathability and the Patagonia Capilene Air Crew recieved a notable mention for overall performance. All nine top products tested were rated based on performance in the areas of warmth, breathability, comfort and fit, drying speed, durability and layering ability. See the full review now live at www.outdoorgearlab.com.