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Gear review



Gear Review: Nux Breathe T-Back Sports Bra

Small-chested women rejoice: this moderate-compression racerback resists chafing.

Gear Review: Merrell Refuge Core Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

It crushed the competition in terms of support.

Gear Review: Sport Science Shortsleeve Rainbow Tee

This hiking shirt blends hippie style with technical attributes.

Gear Lab: Tents in a Pressure Washer

Who wants a mountain tent that buckles under pressure? Not us–so we subjected four to a powerful series of tests.

Gear Lab: Sleeping Bags Run Over By a Truck

When you lose loft, you lose warmth. Ergo, the most durable bag is the one that bounces back best from 3,989 pounds of compression.

Gear Lab: Boots in a Cement Mixer

To survive mixer-tough mountain trails, get Old World craftsmanship.

Gear Lab: Packs

If a backpack can survive road rash at 60 miles per hour, it can handle any backcountry abuse.

Gear Lab

We took durability testing to the extremes, so you would know which gear lasts–and why.

Gear Guide 2009: Brooks Range Ultralight Guide Tarp Review

Our top ultralight tarp ensures versatility with no weight.

Gear Guide 2009: Eagle's Nest Outfitters ProFly Tarp Review

This tarp offers the fastest setup, with tons of cooking room.

Gear Guide 2009: MSR Zing Tent Review

This tarp is best for groups of campers.

Gear Guide 2009: Hilleberg Kaitum 3 GT Tent Review

Big and versatile, the gigantic Kaitum is in a class all by itself.

Gear Guide 2009: Nemo Losi 3P Tent Review

Our best all-around 3-person tent combines the best of space, weight, and weatherproofing.

Gear Guide 2009: Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Tent Review

This top ultralight stood up to fierce winds in Alaska, and is a snap to set up.

Gear Guide 2009: Kelty Gunnison 2.1 Tent Review

This light, large, and affordable tent will appeal to almost any three-season camper.

Gear Guide 2009: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 Tent Review

Roomy, rugged, and light-as-a-feather--that's why the Fly Creek is this year's pick for best all-around solo tent.

Gear Guide 2009: Sierra Designs Convert 2 Tent Review

This is one of the lightest, toughest four-season tent on the market.

Gear Guide 2009: REI Cirque ASL 2 Tent Review

Want to get a winter tent without breaking the bank? The Cirque is the tent for you.

Gear Guide 2009: MSR Dragontail Tent Review

This winter tent is long, lean, and livable.

Gear Guide 2009: Black Diamond Stormtrack Tent Review

Black Diamond's Stormtrack will keep even giants warm in the mountains.

Gear Guide 2009: Big Agnes String Ridge 2 Tent Review

Adequate space, bomber construction, and light weight make the String Ridge our pick for this year's best mountaineering tent.

Gear Guide 2009: The North Face Minibus 33 Tent Review

The Minibus is just like its namesake: Roomy, big, and heavy.

Gear Guide 2009: Sierra Designs Zeta 3 Tent Review

Space and price align in the Zeta 3.

Gear Guide 2009: Marmot Crib 3P Tent Review

If you're taller than tall, the Marmot Crib could be for you.

Gear Guide 2009: Ground Ajanta 3 Tent Review

The Ajanta feels bigger than you'd ever expect, and comes at a sweet price

Gear Guide 2009: Black Diamond Oasis Tent Review

Not even the strongest winds can faze the roomy Black Diamond Oasis.

Gear Guide 2009: Big Agnes Slide Mountain SL 3 Tent Review

Rain making your fly droop? Adjust your tent from the inside with this pricey tent.

Gear Guide 2009: The North Face Madraque 23 Tent Review

This extra-large tent dwarfs all other "big-guy" tents.

Gear Guide 2009: Tarptent Double Rainbow Tent Review

Tarptent's innovative tent creates an ultralight solution for big campers.

Gear Guide 2009: REI Hoodoo 2 Tent Review

The Hoodoo isn't exactly ultralight, but it provides plush quarters for a great price.

Gear Guide 2009: Nemo Nano OZ Tent Review

This eco-friendly single-wall tent doesn't skimp on quality features.

Gear Guide 2009: MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent Review

Want double walls but low weight? Try the Carbon Reflex 2.

Gear Guide 2009: Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 Tent Review

The Taurine tackles both light-and-fast summer jaunts and heavy winter expeditions.

Gear Guide 2009: GoLite Valhalla 2+ Tent Review

This all-conditions champ can handle any weather in any season.

Gear Guide 2009: Exped Aries Mesh Tent Review

This tent matches ultralight values with tough design.

Gear Guide 2009: Eureka Zeus 2 Classic Tent Review



Gear Guide 2009: Tarptent Contrail Tent Review

The lightest solo tent tested is also--surprise--the biggest.

Gear Guide 2009: Nemo Gogo EX Tent Review

The Nemo Gogo works great for tall hikers--provided you don't mind not sitting up.

Gear Guide 2009: MSR Skinny One Tent Review

This huge, livable solo tent is also a killer deal.

Gear Guide 2009: MontBell Crescent 1 Tent Review

Perfect for stargazers, the MontBell Crescent offers 180-degree views of the night sky.

Gear Guide 2009: Kelty Corrie 1 Tent Review

This high-and-wide tent is meant for one, but can fit two, provided they're under six feet tall.

Field Notes: Boots, Jackets, Tents, And More

The latest word from our testers. This month, we test the Marmot Cauldro jacket, Gregory Z65 pack, Exped Andromeda, tents, Danner Formation boots, and more.

6 Sweet Sleeping Bags

From ultra-warm to ultralight, here are the year's best-performing bags in every category.

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