Dynafit TLT 8 Carbonio Boot

Written by: Brad Steele

A one quiver AT boot that can do it all is a mythical thing, it must be light yet stiff and climb as well as it skis (in all terrains). While the Dynafit TLT8 Carbonio Boot was all about speed and low weight, it can’t lay claim to the moniker of a one quiver boot. Read more ›

Red Fox Men’s Down Shell Insulated Jacket

Written by: Tal-ee Roberts

Materials The Red Fox Down Shell Jacket features 700 fill down and Gore Windstopper Active Shell. It’s goose down insulation provides a light and soft feel and the nylon interior lining is surprisingly comfortable, even next to skin. I was very pleased with the performance of the jacket and its ability to both block wind Read more ›

Scarpa Maestrale XT Boots

Written by: Brad Steele

Scarpa takes their best selling Maestrale AT Boots and makes them stiffer with minimal weight gain but this isn’t the only story with the new XT version. There is a new Speedlock XT Ski/Walk mechanism that provides 56° of cuff rotation, a new non-velcro Powerstrap with a built-in Recco reflector, Carbon Grilamid LFT construction, and Read more ›

Therm-a-Rest ProLite Apex

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Therm-a-Rest ProLite Apex is a four-season self-inflating pad available in Regular, Regular Wide, and Large sizes. We give it kudos for transitioning between car camping and backpacking well. Warmth The ProLite Apex has an R-value of 4, which is the lowest in this test. However, this is a higher R-value than any pad in Read more ›

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm is a four-season insulated sleeping pad ideal for mountaineers, ski tourers, and winter backpacking of any type. Therm-a-Rest claims that it provides more warmth per gram than any other sleeping pad in the world. This is a bold claim, but we have found no evidence to the contrary. It is available Read more ›

Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map is a car camping mattress that comes in sizes Regular, Large, and Extra Large. Warmth The luxurious Luxury Map has the highest R-value rating of all the products included in this test: 6.8. We never had a cold night sleeping on it. Since it is a car camping pad, it fits Read more ›

Sea to Summit Women’s Ether Light XT Insulated

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Sea to Summit Women’s Ether Light XT Insulated Mat is a three-season sleeping mat with a female-specific shape. It is narrower in the shoulders and wider at the hips than a unisex model, making it more comfortable for most ladies. This women’s model also includes more insulation than its unisex counterpart. It is available Read more ›

Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Sea to Summit Comfort Plus is a four-season sleeping pad that includes synthetic insulation inside. It comes in either a mummy shape in small, regular, and large lengths or in a rectangular shape in large and regular lengths. It wins our Best in Class award for the best overall insulated sleeping pad. Warmth With Read more ›

Nemo Nomad Camping Mattress Insulated

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Nemo Nomad Camping Mattress is an inflatable, air-mattress-style sleeping pad. It is the heaviest and one of the largest sleeping pads in our insulated sleeping pad test, but that doesn’t matter, because it was designed to be used when car camping and never needs to be packed deep into the backcountry. Warmth The Nemo Read more ›

Klymit Static V Insulated

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Static V is Klymit’s flagship model sleeping pad, and it is available in a wide array of styles and options. There are insulated and non-insulated versions (we tested the insulated version here). The V2 and the Ultralite versions, which are both lighter weight than the standard version by featuring lighter materials. The Ultralite also Read more ›

Big Agnes AXL Air

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Big Agnes AXL Air comes in four different sizes (3 lengths and 2 widths) and two shapes, mummy or rectangular. Big Agnes intends the AXL to be a fast and light three-season pad. Warmth Unfortunately, in our testing, we did not find the AXL Air to be adequately warm. Big Agnes does not list Read more ›