Gear Reviews

K2 Cinch Tryst Binding Review
Howlett, Destynie
After renting equipment last winter, I was determined to spring for a full setup for the upcoming season. Read more >>
Brooks-Range Alpini Anorak Review
Tucker, David
While winter is a ways off, we still have plenty of cold nights and crisp mornings to endure, neither of which is going to keep me inside. Read more >>
Gregory Packs Salvo 24 Gear Review
Tucker, David
I used to think having a daypack was unnecessary. “I’ll just use my ski pack or my bike pack,” I’d say. Read more >>
IceMule Pro Cooler Review
Mike England
High-end coolers may be all the rage, but they come at a cost—in both price and portability. Read more >>
Mystery Ranch Marshall Review
Hockett, Corey
Mystery Ranch is at it again with their newest gift to the expedition hunter, the Marshall. Read more >>
RockyMounts TomaHawk Review
Tucker, David
If you’re like me and you drive a small car but love to ride, then you’ve probably been faced with the dilemma of what to do with your bike when it’s time to load the car. Read more >>
Outdoor Research Helium II Review
Tucker, David
No matter what I’m doing, if I’m outside, I need a good storm jacket. Problem is, if there’s no rain in the forecast and room in my pack is at a premium, I usually end up forgoing a shell. Read more >>
GSI Pinnacle Dualist
Tucker, David
Convenience is king these days, and it doesn’t get much more convenient than the Pinnacle Dualist cooking system from GSI, especially if you backpack in pairs. Read more >>
Nemo Tent
Mangels, Angie
I was looking for a tent that could go from car camping to the occasional backpack, that would have a bit of interior room while keeping a low profile, and could handle a variety of weather. Read more >>
MST WhisperLite Universal
Tucker, David
The WhisperLite stove from MSR has been the gold standard of backpacking stoves for years, and now the product is better than ever. Read more >>
Dakine slayer elbow pad
Tucker, David
Rocks are hard and bikes go fast, so in order to protect my boney knees and elbows, I got a set of Slayer Pads from Dakine. Now when I’m bombing down from Mystic Lake, I don’t have to worry as much about careering off the Wall of Death. Read more >>
SMITH Guide's Choice
Tucker, David
Few things are more essential to an enjoyable outdoor experience than a good pair of sunglasses. This is even more true during summer in the mountains, so I sprung for a new pair this year and ended up with the Guide’s Choice from Smith. Read more >>
Intense Uzzi
Simon Peterson
Taking freeride mountain biking back to the future, Intense has re-introduced the Uzzi with vamped-up components and a 27.5-inch wheelbase that adds to its outstanding versatility. Read more >>
RuffWear Approach Pack
Tucker, David
Most dogs that love trails love accomplishing tasks. That’s why it’s nice having my lab Hank carry his own load in his Approach Pack from Ruffwear. He gets a sense of pride out of the responsibility. Read more >>
Paddleboarding Bozeman
the editors
Putting standups to the test. Read more >>
Montana Backpacking, Thermarest EvoLite
Tucker, David
Let’s get one thing straight: sleeping on the ground sucks. But it sucks by degrees. Read more >>
MSR Papa Hubba NX, Montana Camping
Howlett, David
When my family outgrew our beloved Mutha Hubbard three-person tent, upgrading to MSR’s larger Papa Hubba NX four-person backpacking tent was an easy choice. Read more >>
LOWA Innox GTX Mid, Montana Backpacking
England, Mike
Gone are the days of weighty, oversized hiking boots—those eight-pound clodhoppers that made the ankles invincible but limited one’s pace to a slow, steady walk. Read more >>
Petzl Tactikka+, Montana Camping
England, Mike
Headlamps are a dime a dozen these days, which is great—more competition means constant improvement and increasing options. My new favorite just happens to be from Petzl, the company that pioneered headlamp-development back in the ‘70s, making hands-free lights for cavers and mountaineers. Read more >>
MSR Autoflow Gravity, Montana Backpacking
Tucker, David
For outdoor recreationists, water is essential—for cooking, for cleaning, and to keep ourselves and our furry friends from dehydrating. But water is also heavy and takes up space, especially on longer backpacks. Read more >>
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