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Asics Cumulus 21

Written by: Matthew Klein

The Altra Superior 3 is a lightweight zero-drop trail runner with excellent handling and comfort.

Hoka Clifton 6

Written by: Matthew Klein

The Altra Superior 3 is a lightweight zero-drop trail runner with excellent handling and comfort.

TOPO Phantom

Written by: Matthew Klein

The Altra Superior 3 is a lightweight zero-drop trail runner with excellent handling and comfort.

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 ›