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FALL/WINTER GUIDE GUIDE 2009
Ear to the Gear
Sleeping bag ratings are notoriously inconsistent, but your cold nights will end soon. Learn why, then get a sneak peek at an exotic new jacket insulation, an update on BPA-free bottles, a super cathole trowel, and monitoring green claims. Plus, gear design advice from Peter Whittaker.
You’re not a bear, so don’t hibernate this winter. Enjoy the fourth season’s stunning scenery with our 108-tip guide to choosing the right gear, building a snow cave, navigating in a blizzard, and much more. By Kelly Bastone
Ever wonder what would happen if you chucked a hiking boot in a churning cement mixer? Wonder no more. We concocted extreme durability tests that revealed the sport’s toughest packs, tents, bags, and boots. By Ted Alvarez
Stay dry all year with our 9 trail-tested picks.
Expand your comfort zone in 5 versatile tops.
Boost warmth in an ultralight or ultra-fat puffy.
See the latest hoodie, bargain crew, & more.
Tough, warm, waterproof: we tested all types.
Hats & Gloves/Mittens
Need heat? Start with your head and hands.
Socks, Gaiters, & Booties
Keep your feet dry and blister-free anywhere.
Load up for a day, a month, or avalanche terrain.
We tested dozens–and review 7 worth buying.
Go light and stay warm with our comfort picks.
Stop the shivers, whether it’s 20°F or -40°F.
Find your perfect tele, AT, or Nordic setup.
Serious design upgrades mark our 9 favorites.
Stay safe with a versatile axe, helmet, & more.
Cut the glare with shades, goggles, & binocs.
Our map editors rate iPhone apps and GPS’s.
Tested: a HD videocam, DSLR, & helmet cam.
Upgrade your stove, pot, lighter, mug, & flask.
Found! A five-ounce sled that fits in your pack.