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  • Black Diamond // Vector Helmet

    While landing at only 240g in the Medium/Large size, this one was more like a 360-degree RoboCop-inspired concept than competitive models.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: All Climbing

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $98.95
    • CASH BACK: $7.92

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  • Mammut // Rock Rider Helmet

    With exceptional visibility and four stay-put headlamp clips, RR suited experienced climbers who valued the balance between durability and 260g total weight.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Sport, Alpine, Ice & Mixed Climbing

    FEATURES: Value

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $79.95
    • CASH BACK: $5.60

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  • Petzl // Elios Helmet

    The ventilation system worked liked a champ in the heat, keeping our testers cool and composed under the pressures of less than ideal sending temps and the hot desert sun.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Mountaineering, Canyoneering, & Rock Climbing

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $64.95
    • CASH BACK: $2.60

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  • Petzl // Elia Helmet

    The ventilation system worked liked a champ in the heat, keeping our testers cool and composed under the pressures of less than ideal sending temps and the hot desert sun.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, & Canyoneering

    FEATURES: Features

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $64.95
    • CASH BACK: $4.55

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  • Black Diamond // Momentum 3s Harness

    Full-featured enough to allow multi-pitch climbing and comfortable enough for limited hanging belays, Momentum 3S won testers over with pure value backed by the company’s credibility in vertical endeavors.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Sport, Trad, & Alpine Climbing

    FEATURES: Value

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $41.96
    • CASH BACK: $4.20

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  • Petzl // Sama Harness

    Putting it on, testers quickly noticed that the new Sama has rigid front gear loops and that the waist belt is both wider and more comfortable than its predecessor.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Sport Climbing

    FEATURES: Style

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $64.95
    • CASH BACK: $4.55

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  • Petzl // Selena Harness

    The Selena was made for ladies who won’t settle for less than a combination of both style and comfort.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Sport Climbing

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $64.95
    • CASH BACK: $4.55

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  • Metolius // Safe Tech Deluxe Harness

    Metolius went all-in with Safe Tech for a harness created for repeated or extended upward efforts.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Sport Climbing

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $94.95
    • CASH BACK: $6.65

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  • Mammut // Togir Light Harness

    For glacier travel and when climbers aren’t doing frequent hanging belays, Togir’s integrated foam and stretched webbing was the Goldilocks’ Solution (not too much or too little but exactly right).

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Mixed, Ice, & Sport Climbing

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $49.97
    • CASH BACK: $4.50

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  • Evolv // Astroman Shoe

    While slipper-like, climb-and-shed minimalist styles perform across a wide range of environments, classic mid-top styles like Astroman remain solid choices particularly for high-abrasion environments.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Trad Climbing & Multi-Pitch Climbing

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $144.95
    • CASH BACK: $10.15

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  • Five Ten Rogue Lace Shoe // Rogue Lace Shoe

    Five Ten’s on-route credibility allowed it to assemble an Old-Is-New style that drew on comfort from the past.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Gym & Sport Climbing

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $79.95
    • CASH BACK: $3.20

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  • La Sportiva // Solution Shoe

    The sticky rubber, tight heels and down turned toes of the Solution make it perfect for the steep boulders and acrobatic moves required in Joe’s.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Advanced Bouldering & Sport Climbing

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $133.99
    • CASH BACK: $8.04

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  • Hanwag // Rotpunkt GTX Shoe

    The molded footbed exceeded expectations for comfort, the lugs were deep and sturdy while the leather uppers, rubber toe cap, and full wrap rubber rand made the shoe feel like it would last forever (and it can, since these shoes are easily resoleable).

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Approach & Hiking

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $125.96
    • CASH BACK: $12.60

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  • Adidas // Terrex Solo Shoe

    With 5.10’s signature Stealth Rubber for crazy strong grip and a waterproof Gore-Tex outer, the Terrex is solid enough to cam in an off-width and comfortable enough for even the longest Indian Creek approach.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Approach & Hiking

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $83.97
    • CASH BACK: $8.40

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  • Adidas // Terrex Multi Pant

    Terrex proved to be just as excellent kicking around the fire as the sun went down as they were for a technical ascent of a small tower in the middle of the iconic climbing and adventure destination of Zion Nation Park.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Hiking, & Running

    FEATURES: Style

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $58.93
    • CASH BACK: $3.54

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  • Berghaus // Hypertherm Jacket

    Faced with ripstop, UPF 30+ rated Hypertherm FZ is a new essential in the Active Junky gear closet and is more limited by the wearer’s imagination than the laws of physics.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Running, & Hiking

    FEATURES: Fit

  • Outdoor Research // Astroman Short Sleeve Shirt

    Washable to the extreme and fast drying despite moderate humidity, A-man earned a place on the A List for packing power.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Hiking, Camping, & Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $63.71
    • CASH BACK: $6.37

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  • Patagonia // Leashless Jacket

    Patagonia’s hardshell Leashless Jacket was, bar none, the most desired Utah item both among technical climbers and hikers.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Alpine Climbing, Mountaineering, Camping & Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $398.95
    • CASH BACK: $39.90

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  • Arc'teryx // Incendo Hoody

    Arc’Teryx nailed the details with a left-side zip pocket, internal pouch and key loop that kept out of arm’s way even when full.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Trail Running, Camping, & Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $134.95
    • CASH BACK: $9.45

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  • The North Face // Verto Storm Jacket

    Crazy lightweight, this waterproof option from TNF proved its worth as a windbreaker as well as a killer rain repeller.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Alpine Climbing, Mountaineering, Camping, & Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $198.95
    • CASH BACK: $19.90

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  • Prana // Cornelia Top

    Not only is the fit super-flattering, it also functions well as technical top with moisture-wicking fabric.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Yoga, Hiking, & Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Style

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $56.97
    • CASH BACK: $5.70

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  • Adidas // 3/4 Edo Climb Pant

    The stretch woven material proved to be super durable and up for the antics of a rowdy group of climbing monkeys.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Hiking, & Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $34.93
    • CASH BACK: $2.10

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  • Mountain Hardwear // Hyaction Jacket

    Too expensive to be a fair weather, lifestyle piece, hyaction logged in with legitimate protection and superior respiration in backcountry environments.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Alpine Climbing, Mountaineering & Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $329.66
    • CASH BACK: $13.19

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  • Adidas // 1/2 Zip Tee

    Quick-drying fabric and bright colors made for a winning combination, with extra credit to the Cocono material (meant to cool when needed) blended with 25% wool.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Trail Running, MTB & Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $32.97
    • CASH BACK: $2.31

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  • Adidas // Terrex Swift 3/4 Tight

    What our testers loved about these was the 4-way stretch soft shell knee patches that further belied the durability of the pants.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing

    FEATURES: Features

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $59.95
    • CASH BACK: $4.80

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  • Patagonia // Nano Air Jacket

    Push it like you would Polartec’s Alpha insulation. Perhaps even harder in this Patagonia model that doesn’t sweat it for demanding, high-exertion pursuits across the full spectrum of conditions.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Hiking, Camping

    FEATURES: Technology

  • Petzl // Djinn Quickdraws

    Enter the Petzl Djinn’s, a great set of entry level quickdraws that are anything but low-end.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing

    FEATURES: Value

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $16.95
    • CASH BACK: $1.70

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  • Petzl // Alto Crash Pad

    Swiss-army like, Petzl took crash pads up a to whole new level with water-resistant fabric, a one-piece hingeless design, straps that are easily zipped up to be out of the way along with straps that rapidly take it from fall catcher to laid-back bench.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing & Bouldering

    FEATURES: Features

  • Hydrapak // Bishop EXT

    Epic adventures call for on-the-go hydration and the Bishop EXT by Hydrapak is a solid addition to the hydration pack market.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Hiking,& MTB

    FEATURES: Durability

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $149.95
    • CASH BACK: $10.50

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  • Metolius // BRD

    Precision machined from aerospace-worthy 6061 T-6 aluminum, the 82g BRD carried hard anodizing for improved wear resistance to rock and rope abrasion.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Canyoneering,& Rappelling

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $15.96
    • CASH BACK: $1.12

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  • Black Diamond // ATC-XP

    Black Diamond dug deep and cut 30% of the weight from their original model to make ATC-XP even more adaptable.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Sport Climbing, Canyoneering, & Rappelling

    FEATURES: Technology

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $19.95
    • CASH BACK: $0.80

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  • Metolius // Gatekeeper Carabiner

    Effectively minimizing cross loading, the Gatekeeper also stopped semi-automatic belay devices from traveling thanks to the wider, flatter spine.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Canyoneering, & Rappelling

    FEATURES: Features

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $17.95
    • CASH BACK: $1.80

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  • Berghaus // Arete 45 Pack

    At 45 liters, this pack is big enough to comfortably handle large winter loads, but is small enough for peak bagging, logging miles, and the average day out.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Hiking, Camping & Backpacking

    FEATURES: Fit

  • Arc'teryx // Alpha FL 30 Pack

    Testers wore this Arc'Teryx Alpha FL30 pack slot canyoneering and tower scaling in Zion, packed with a full load of camera gear no less.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Backpacking & Hiking

    FEATURES: Technology

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $198.95
    • CASH BACK: $13.93

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  • Patagonia // Ascensionist 35 Pack

    Side-straps delivered perfectly as a rope haul but our tester couldn’t help but dream of those winter powder days and how the straps double as a ski carry system.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering

    FEATURES: Performance

  • Optic Nerve // Monarch Sunglasses

    The Optic Nerve Monarch sunglasses were a knockout while paddle boarding on the mirror-like waters of Lake Powell, fighting glare and a number of wipe outs.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Climbing & Outdoor Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $49.99
    • CASH BACK: $4.00

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  • Prana // Bliss Skirt

    A drawstring waist makes for easy on/off, the fabric dries fast, especially when the sun is out and its got a lightweight feel that won’t slow you down.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Style

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $34.99
    • CASH BACK: $3.15

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  • Prana // Frontier Hoody

    Leading the way for style this year, the Frontier Hoody will accompany you well both on and off the beaten path.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Style

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $84.90
    • CASH BACK: $5.94

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  • Wolverine // Carlos Boot

    Paired with a lightweight welted cup outsole, the boot’s stitched detailing, rawhide laces and copper leather lining impressed even while slipping Carlos on.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Style

  • Eddie Bauer // Microtherm Stormdown Vest

    Worn a full size smaller than normal, micro-channel-anchored Stormdown served as both a tailored outer layer and inside-the-shell midlayer to earn its keep around campfire and cookstove.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping, Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Style

  • Smith // Mastermind RX Sunglass

    In tandem with comfortable hydrophilic nose and temple pads that maintained position even in high vibration environments, the Evolve frame’s torsional and impact durability scored high.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Outdoor Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $79.95
    • CASH BACK: $2.40

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  • District // Ringer Tank

    Testers wore the Ringer Tank mountain biking, riding around the town of Moab, during sunset at Lone Rock Beach, and into any other establishment that supported the concept of suns out, guns out.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Gun Shows

    FEATURES: Performance

  • ProBar // Bolt Energy Chews

    Halfway up the sixth route, the yerba mate caffeine, B-vitamins and electrolyte gelatin cocktail took hold. Clipping each bolt flowed without the fits-and-starts of inadequate nutrition.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Multisport

    FEATURES: Performance


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