Gear Picks

Gear Picks is a curated selection of products we’ve tested and heartily recommend. We stand by this gear—and the brands that sell it—and many of our editors and writers use this stuff weekly. Whenever possible, we provide a link to a past review so you can make sure it’s something that suits your lifestyle—ideally at a steeply discounted price. Happy shopping—and gear-picking.

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$180 $135 from Dick’s Sporting Goods
25% off
“The Nike ZoomX Invincible shoe might not break speed records, but it rules for recovery runs,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide testers. “From top to bottom, Nike has created the best max-cushion shoe we’ve ever tested.” That’s why we gave it a Gear of the Year award.
$230 $172 from Backcountry
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The Perimeter 50 pack won our Gear of the Year award in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide for its no-frills design and ability to swallow gear. “If you’re looking for a pack that can fit both Mom and Dad and pivot from through-hiker to family wagon, the Perimeter is hard to beat,” wrote our testers.
$68 $48 from Backcountry
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“Baggy shorts sag during inversions, but a too-svelte fit can make lunges awkward. Manduka’s four-way-stretch Agility nails the balance, with a nine-inch inseam and 22- inch leg opening that feel just right,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester.
$110 $65 from Keen
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“This strappy number is best for those who want the wind on their toes, even on technical terrain,” wrote our Summer Buyer’s Guide tester Jill Robinson. (Men: check out the Targhee Open Toe sandals.)
$170 from Birkenstock
Legendary Birkenstock comfort, build to go off road, on trail, and everywhere in between. Meet the new collection of all-terrain, water-ready, outdoor sandals for every adventure. Available now at Birkenstock.com.
$150 $130 from Asics
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Running shoe testers Cory Smith and Lisa Jhung picked the Asics Gel-Nimbus Lite 2 as the best shoe for everyday miles in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “It feels like a well-worn favorite right out of the box,” they wrote. “Overall, it’s a refreshing departure from the traditionally stiff and firm Asics platform.”
$200 $160 from Backcountry
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The fully-submersible Cyclone hip pack is the bag you want for SUP adventures. Its waterproof compartments made it one of our favorite accessories in our Summer Buyer’s Guide.
$179 $159 from Bose
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Summer Buyer’s Guide tester Will Palmer picked the Bose Sport as the best earbuds for running. “The fit on the well-sealed, sweat- and water-resistant Sport is more secure than anything else in our test,” he wrote.
$150 $120 from Amazon
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“The M.U.L.E. carries its share for big adventures,” wrote cycling gear tester Josh Patterson. “The 14-liter pack features an included tool roll, a dedicated slot to carry an e-bike battery, and a new ventilated back panel.”
$250 $235 from Roka
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“Even on the sweatiest rides, we forgot we were wearing these wraparound shields, which never slipped or caused hot spots,” wrote Buyer’s Guide tester Stephanie Pearson. “The dark gray lenses worked well in bright light and in a variety of conditions on both road and trail.”
$460 $322 from Moosejaw
30% off
This super-packable, 19-ounce 900-fill quilt is a dream for bikepacking or summer camping. “An insulated foot box and neck snap closure worked wonders in freezing temperatures,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide testers. We especially liked the snap and drawstring at the neck to keep cold drafts out.

Gear Picks is a curated selection of products we’ve tested and heartily recommend. We stand by this gear—and the brands that sell it—and many of our editors and writers use this stuff weekly. Whenever possible, we provide a link to a past review so you can make sure it’s something that suits your lifestyle—ideally at a steeply discounted price. Happy shopping—and gear-picking.