1. Outdoors
  2. Apparel
Before you hit the trails, swim at the beach, or wheel out your bike, you'll need the proper apparel to keep comfortable while you're outside. We've spent hundreds of hours researching and testing the best apparel to wear for whatever outdoor excursion you decide to take on. Whether you're looking for light and absorbent base layers, trail running shoes, or warm winter boots, we've got you covered.
  • The Best Down Jacket

    The Best Down Jacket

    by Catherine Harnden

    After trekking 33 jackets over 220 miles, we think Montbell’s Alpine Light Down jacket (in women’s and men’s sizes) is the best option to keep most people warm.

  • The Best Rain Boots for Men and Women

    The Best Rain Boots for Men and Women

    by Eve O'Neill

    We’ve found 10 pairs of rain boots that’ll do more than just keep your feet dry—they’ll match your style and environment no matter what you need.

  • The Best Rain Jackets and Raincoats

    The Best Rain Jackets and Raincoats

    by Jackie Reeve

    After testing 30 rain jackets and raincoats, we found seven we liked in a range of sizes, lengths, and styles to keep you dry.

  • The Best Thermal Underwear for Women and Men

    The Best Thermal Underwear for Women and Men

    by Eve O'Neill and Liz Thomas

    We sent 13 testers out to hike, ski, shovel snow, and run, and we found base layers in a variety of styles and fabrics that will keep all types of bodies warm.

  • The Best Cheap Sunglasses

    The Best Cheap Sunglasses

    by Justin Krajeski

    A pair of sunglasses should be functional first—but you can still find affordable, great-looking pairs that match your style, too.

  • Our 16 Favorite Summer Hats

    Our 16 Favorite Summer Hats

    by Justin Krajeski

    Whether you’re trying to stay cool under the sun or just contain your quarantine hair, try one of the visors, straw hats, or baseball caps we love.

  • The Best Hiking Boots

    The Best Hiking Boots

    by Ebony Roberts and Jenni Gritters

    After hiking 950 miles in 36 pairs of hiking boots, we’ve decided the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Hiking Boots (men’s and women’s) are the ones we want on our feet.

  • The Best Hiking Socks

    The Best Hiking Socks

    by Ebony Roberts

    After hiking 160 miles in 18 pairs of hiking socks, we chose the men’s and women’s Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew as the best hiking socks for most people.

  • Why I Love My Blundstone Boots

    Why I Love My Blundstone Boots

    by Dan Koeppel

    Sometimes work boots are just work boots. On rare occasions, they’re also a godsend for tortured feet, a date night accessory, and a global sensation.

  • The Best Winter Boots

    The Best Winter Boots

    by Eve O'Neill

    After trudging through snow and ice in 29 pairs of boots, we’ve chosen nine that will keep you warm, dry, and stable all winter long.

  • The Best Sport Sunglasses

    The Best Sport Sunglasses

    by Bob Howells

    After performing 120 hours of testing, we think the versatile, high-value Ryders Seventh photochromic glasses are the best outdoor eyewear for most people.

  • The Best Rain Pants

    The Best Rain Pants

    by Anna Perling

    After testing rain pants in a rain forest and in Portland, Oregon, we determined that the men’s and women’s Marmot PreCip Eco Pants are the best for most people.

  • The Best Ski Socks

    The Best Ski Socks

    by Colin Rosemont

    We spent 40 hours researching and testing 12 pairs of ski socks, and chose the men’s and women’s Smartwool PhD Ski Light socks as the best for most people.

  • The Best Sports Bras

    The Best Sports Bras

    by Anna Perling

    After having a 22-person panel try 27 options in a variety of styles and sizes, we have recommendations to help kick-start your sports bra shopping.

  • The Best Insulated Vest

    The Best Insulated Vest

    by Liz Thomas

    After testing 15 vests for 1,200 miles, we think the Montbell Thermawrap (men’s and women’s) is the best vest for most people who hike, climb, or cycle.