Gear Review: Craft proCOOL Tee with Mesh
A t-shirt with air conditioning.
Finding the perfect hiking apparel can be tricky. But with the help of Backpacker Magazine’s dedicated team of expert gear reviewers, you’ll easily find the perfect men’s and women’s outdoor apparel for every hiking and backpacking trip on your bucket list.
A t-shirt with air conditioning.
Found: A flattering, supportive, non-chafing sports bra.
Top-shelf summer weight gloves with the added bonus of a touchscreen trapdoor for your index fingers.
Forget full price. Here's how to score deals on outdoor duds.
Toasty, stretchy tights you don't have to hide.
Need pants you can wear for two weeks straight and still be presentable? Slip into the Rampart from ARC'TERYX.
The fit, the fabric, and the details make these pants shine.
A backcountry performance top that performs as good as it looks.
Our tester took a pair of Patagonia Borderless Messenger Shorts (a.k.a Capris) on the trail, begrudgingly. But he came back a happy man.
At Eddie Bauer, we've been outfitting adventures since 1920 everything from family camping trips to historic mountaineering expeditions and epic first ascents. That tradition inspires everything we do, from our casual sportswear to our guide-built First Ascent mountaineering gear. Like the revolutionary BC-200 ultra light hard shell. A 3-layer, waterproof/breathable hard shell with 20K/25K performance that's under 11 oz AND under $200.
Women's equality takes on a whole new meaning with these seven contraptions.
This upgrade to The North Face's tried and true convertible pant makes the grade.
Having the right boots, packs, bags, and tents is never enough. Here, a roundup of all the other "essential" pieces of gear you'll want in the great outdoors.
Winter skivvies at their finest.
These chafe-free undergarments also wick away moisture.
Underwear for the outdoorsy man.
This towel packs small and absorbs a ton...except odors.
Repair any fabric with this super sticky tape.
This button-down sun shirt has a high collar and UPF 30 fabric.
25 years later, this Patagonia model is still the baselayer to beat.
This hiking shirt blends hippie style with technical attributes.
Thirty indestructible gear picks from two decades of hardcore field-testing.
Proof that clothes that fit better last longer.
Fleece sturdy enough to satisfy an Argonaut.
This stretch-nylon softshell jacket is one of the most-worn garments in our gear closet.
These socks have padding that won't quit.
This Feathered Friends puffy jacket stays fatter than a StayPuff marshmallow.
This Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket is overkill when you need it.
No stink sock liners, rough & tough sandals, and a puncture-proof water bag.
The toughest, most versatile windshirt around.
Long-lasting socks that will keep your feet warm and dry.
These midweight hiking socks can stand up to serious miles.
Stretchy socks that never sag and always feel plush, even after big miles.
These five-toes socks squelch blisters.
These five finalists were close to the tops for our editors–for you they may be perfect.
Light, tough shorts ideal for hiking and hanging.
Super-comfy quick drying shorts for hiking, riding, or climbing.
This lightweight shell is mountain ready.
Total rain protection at a happy, happy price.
A do-it-all rainshell with a roomy cut.
A sweet, packable puffy with big warmth
This synthetic-filled puffy stays warm even in wet, sloppy snow.
This stretchy-baffled down jacket traps mega heat for serious warmth.
Settle the wool-versus-synthetic debate once and for all: Get the best of both.
Breathable rain-rebuffing pants that pack tiny
Stretchy fabric and a clean, comfy cut make these hiking pants super-versatile.
A cozy cocoon for your neck and face
A streamlined softshell that packs up small and cuts the wind
Hiking pants that are as tough as your kids
An affordable kids' rain jacket that can handle serious weather
A versatile head accessory that morphs from hat to gaiter to balaclava to pony-tail holder
A comfy cap for hot days
A cozy and cute wool hat
Nimble gloves for cold weather hiking
Minimalist gaiters to keep out dirt and debris
A super-versatile, fleecy layering piece
The most rugged, stink-proof dog collar we've found
Boost the performance of your down gear
A midweight base layer for cool to cold weather hiking
A lightweight layering piece make of bamboo
A superlight wool base layer that shines 12 months a year
A tee-shirt designed for super-hot weather
Transform your shortsleeve tee to long with these cozy add-ons.
At 10.5 ounces, this jacket worked as a windshell in the Swiss Alps and and handled rain and wind in New England and the Rockies.
This classic windshirt–a favorite of BACKPACKER testers for 15 years–goes green.
Unparalleled breathability and clean, lightweight designs distinguish the year's top shells.
Forget the frills: This shell provides superior breathability with lightweight, all-season protection
These tough pants excel (and look snazzy) in all seasons.
These essentials will make your dayhiker the envy of everyone else around the tree.
Whether you're skiing, snowshoeing, running, or hiking this winter, grab one of these softshells.
Five shell pants for any adventure.
These six hardshell jackets will keep you covered in any weather.
From shorts to tops, we've got your core coverings.
Stay cozy in all temps with these puffy jackets.
This shell-puffy combo comes with a shorter fit for climbers.
The super warm Rab jacket has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio.
Mount Hardwear combines a puffy with a shell in their Synchronicity jacket.
This featherweight MontBell jacket is perfect for moderate winter temps.
This 700-fill down jacket was an instant tester favorite.
This warm, but not bulky, hoody can do double duty as insulation or outer shell.