by Daniel S. Cooper
A professional ornithologist tested 17 field-ready binoculars against his $2,500 Leica Ultravids and picked the Athlon Optics Midas ED pair as the best.
by Kit Dillon, Liz Thomas, and Kalee Thompson
After using 34 sleeping bags in the Western wild, we think the REI Co-op Siesta 30 is the best for basic camping—and we have backpacking and couples’ picks too.
by Eve O'Neill
Although national parks are reopening, not all the services you’d expect will be available. Here’s what to pack for your next visit to help fill in the gaps.
by Katharine Gammon
Whether you’re going to the beach, hauling groceries, or just strolling the neighborhood with kids, we’ve found the best folding wagons to help you lug your gear.
by Chris Dixon, Owen James Burke, and Wirecutter Staff
Four lifelong surfers spent a month finding the best surfboard, wetsuit, and other accessories for beginners. They have tips on how to get started, too.
by Wirecutter Staff
Our team of ocean-loving gear testers spent dozens of hours looking for the best umbrellas, chairs, and accessories for a comfortable, relaxing day at the beach.
by Doug Mahoney
Everyone should avoid bug bites. Here are your best options for repellent sprays.
by Liz Thomas and Kalee Thompson
by Erin English
Car camping can be challenging for wheelchair users, but with the right gear and information, anyone can feel confident spending a night in the great outdoors.
by Kalee Thompson
We took 16 fold-up chairs on three weekend camping trips and used them in the backyard for six months to find some standout ways to sit down in the outdoors.
by Kit Dillon
After years of research and gallons upon gallons of melted ice, we have picks for hard and soft coolers, plus backpack and high-end roto-molded options.
by Anna Perling
After 14 hours of research and tests of 12 wilderness first aid kits, we think Adventure Medical’s Mountain Backpacker Kit is best for most weekend warriors.
by Eve O'Neill
With eight different picks, we’ve found water bottles suited to everyone from gym rats to frequent travelers.
by Christine Ryan
Here’s the gear we recommend using or wearing when you’re going for a hike.