Seiji Ishii works as a trainer to professional supercross/motocross riders, adventure riding test editor at Dirt Rider Magazine and an AMGA certified rock climbing guide/instructor for White Star Mountain Guides/Austin Rock Gym. He lives in Wimberley, TX with wife Shay, 3 year old daughter Sequoia, 3 dogs and a cat. His personal time is spent rock climbing, any form of dirt biking, cycling, and training for the next mountaineering adventure.
A runner, hiker, yogi, snowboarder, and adventure journalist, Mattie Schuler lives in Boulder, Colorado, where her apartment is slowly being overcome by gear.
Daniela Liscio, our women’s sleeping bag tester, is an attorney and the Founder and President of Eat for Sport LLC. When she isn’t running her business, she is chasing adventures whether down into ocean depths, up into mountains, or anything in between.
Scott Morris guides backpacking expeditions and hiking trips for Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He is a writer, traveler, and runner. Scott tests backpacking equipment.
Brett Prettyman has been an outdoor writer at the Salt Lake Tribune since 1990 and also freelances for a number of outdoor-related publications. He tests fly fishing boots and waders for the Gear Institute.
Chris Weidner climbs like an All-Purpose shoe: he’s competent on most terrain but not the best at anything. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and thousands of rock climbs.
Tom tests road running shoes for the Gear Institute—specifically, the thick, comfort-oriented trainers that constitute the majority of running shoe sales.
Traveling the world as an aspiring explorer, Milo's whereabouts are generally unknown. However, you can track his most recent expeditions and photography at his Adventure Milo website. He has produced a "Real Gear Reviews" YouTube series and is a veteran tester at Trek Tech, as well as author for some of your favorite websites. Most recently, he is producing a speaking series based on the transformation from his past life as a New York City attorney into the passionate explorer he is becoming today.
Because he pushes his own limits with his expeditions, he demands top performance out of gear. That makes him for a pretty harsh critic and tester of equipment and he welcomes all invitations to break your gear in the field if you're up for it.
Veteran runner, triathlete, and coach Carol Davenport tests lightweight road running shoes.
Marie Malinowski is a Minneapolis-based mountain biker, bike commuter, backpacker, and trail runner who covers our cycling accessories categories.
Santa Fe ski patroller and guide Jack Dant tests altimeter watches and headlamps for the Gear Institute.
An avid backpacker, Lawrence Landauer leads hikes, snowshoe trips, and backpacks for the Seattle and Foothills Mountaineers, and conducts outdoor leadership, backpacking, and hiking classes near his hometown of Seattle.