Gear Reviews

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.
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 >>
Scarpa Techno X, Montana Rock Climbing
McCarthy, Chris
Now I know what Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters felt like trying to cram their feet into the undersized glass slipper. Straight out of the box, the Scarpa Techno X climbing shoe is so painfully tight that I thought I’d grabbed the wrong size. Read more >>
Pearl iZumi EM Trail N3, Bozeman Trail Running
Tucker, David
The best part about testing gear in Montana is that you never know what the elements are going to throw at you, and our terrain is so varied that conditions are never certain. Read more >>
Gerber Freescape
Tucker, David
Nothing is more essential than a good knife. It’s the ultimate tool and when you buy one, you can never imagine when and where you’ll need it. The applications are endless, and this winter, I’m using a Freescape folding knife from Gerber. Read more >>
Alpen Optics Teton 10x42
Acosta, Jeff
I recently had a chance to try out the Alpen Teton 10x42 ED HD (extra-low dispersion, high-definition) and I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with both the feel and function of these binoculars. Read more >>
Lawson USA TitanStraps
England, Mike
You’ve probably seen them around town—bright-orange straps lashed around ladders, PVC pipe, and extension cords. Read more >>
Outdoor Research Placid Jacket
Brogger, Lilly
I’ve owned a number of puffy-coats and find that most leave me chilled or make me look like the abominable snowman. Read more >>
G3 Alpinist
Tucker, David
Nothing ruins a day in the backcountry like iffy skins. It can’t be “all about the uphill” if snow is piling up between your skis and your skins, your skins won’t stay attached to your tails, and you’re losing traction after an hour. Read more >>
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