Featured Buyer's Guides

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

The Best Snowboards for 2018

The Best Snowboards for 2018

Get ready for winter with this Active Junky Snowboard Buyer’s Guide, as it puts forth some of the best boards we’ve ever ridden.

The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

We break down some of the best ski goggles of 2018 as well as some of our favorites from last year that are still solid options.

Best Snowboard Bindings

Best Snowboard Bindings

Browse the best snowboard bindings handpicked by a seasoned pro snowboarder and Active Junky's gear experts.

Latest Buyer's Guides

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

The Best Snowboards for 2018

The Best Snowboards for 2018

Get ready for winter with this Active Junky Snowboard Buyer’s Guide, as it puts forth some of the best boards we’ve ever ridden.

The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

The Best Ski Goggles for 2018

We break down some of the best ski goggles of 2018 as well as some of our favorites from last year that are still solid options.

Best Snowboard Bindings

Best Snowboard Bindings

Browse the best snowboard bindings handpicked by a seasoned pro snowboarder and Active Junky's gear experts.

The Best Pedometers

The Best Pedometers

Pedometers are simple devices that track your daily steps, but the truth is technology has come far enough that few pedometer today are only pedometers. 

The Best Walkie Talkies

The Best Walkie Talkies

Active Junky tested two-way radios from top brands to determine the best walkie talkies and help you decide which pair best fits your adventuring needs. 

The Best Binoculars

The Best Binoculars

Active Junky pulled together some of the best binoculars on the market from reputable brands to help you choose which pair is right for your favorite activities.

The Best Bike GPS for 2018

The Best Bike GPS for 2018

Active Junky testers spent hours evaluating these bike computers, and we've pulled together seven of the best bike GPS options on the market to help you find one that fits your cycling goals and your budget.

The Best Trail Cameras for 2018

The Best Trail Cameras for 2018

Active Junky mounted seven of the best trail cameras and tested each for image quality, detection accuracy, and important design features. Here are our recommendations for the best trail cameras under $200.

The Best Fitness Trackers for 2018

The Best Fitness Trackers for 2018

Active Junky chose some of the top fitness trackers on the market from brands like Fitbit and Garmin to put to the test to evaluate accuracy, features and design.

Women’s Casual Ankle Boots Buyer’s Guide

Women’s Casual Ankle Boots Buyer’s Guide

While many may mourn the lost days of cute summer sandals in the dead of winter, we’re fully embracing the season of cozy feet with this selection of ten chic, casual ankle boots.

Women’s Softshell Jackets Buyers Guide

Women’s Softshell Jackets Buyers Guide

Active Junky took 10 women’s softshell jackets from the best outdoor clothing brands and tested them in varying scenarios and weather conditions to help you choose the best softshell jacket.

Day Packs Buyer’s Guide

Day Packs Buyer’s Guide

Active Junky gathered the best backpacks from top outdoor brands to help you narrow down your search.

Camping Lantern Buyer’s Guide

Camping Lantern Buyer’s Guide

In-camp lighting has come a long way from fuel-burning lanterns. Active Junky tested some of the best LED camping lanterns to help you choose the best camp and recreational lighting for your nighttime adventures.

Bike Helmet Buyer’s Guide

Bike Helmet Buyer’s Guide

The Active Junky team put the best bike helmets to the test, selecting 10 models from top helmet brands to help you find the best head protection for your cycling activities.

Technical Hoodies Buyer's Guide

Technical Hoodies Buyer's Guide

The venerable hooded sweatshirt has come a long way. 

The Best Sunglasses for 2018

The Best Sunglasses for 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best sunglasses on the market right now.

Camping Hammock Products Buyer’s Guide

Camping Hammock Products Buyer’s Guide

Rather than simply reviewing the hammocks themselves, this Buyer’s Guide includes both interior hammock-specific pads as well as selected sleeping bags

The Best Shell Jackets

The Best Shell Jackets

Active Junky testers selected models from top outdoor brands for both hardshell and softshell jackets for men and women.

The Best Camp Axes

The Best Camp Axes

Pick the right camp axe and the entire experience takes on new meaning. Not only will your group be better sheltered and warmed by a soul-feeding campfire, but problems on the trail are addressed before they become crises.

The Best Sleeping Pads

The Best Sleeping Pads

We spent three months evaluating so you can choose from the best sleeping pads possible to put a smile on your face as the golden sun rises above the horizon and reminds you that not only is every day precious, but yours to enjoy.

The Best Hiking Backpacks

The Best Hiking Backpacks

While there are dozens of worthwhile options from which to choose, Active Junky’s shouldered over twenty backpacking backpacks to find the best model for your situation.

The Best Sleeping Bags

The Best Sleeping Bags

This Active Junky Buyer’s Guide ranks top car camping and backpacking sleeping bags so you can pick the bag that best matches your needs.

The Best Multi Tools

The Best Multi Tools

Don’t get caught unprepared. Be sure to bring one of these top multi tools on your next hunting, fishing, or camping trip.

The Best Hiking Boots for 2018

The Best Hiking Boots for 2018

Choosing hiking boots can be more difficult, painful and challenging than hiking itself. Active Junky’s tested hiking boots all winter and spring to help you make the right choice.

The Best Fixed Blade Knives

The Best Fixed Blade Knives

Next time you head for the outdoors, go prepared with one of these fixed-blade camping knives. Find out how brands like Morakniv, Gerber, OKC, and Benchmade, stack up.

The Best Trail Running Shoes for 2018

The Best Trail Running Shoes for 2018

Active Junky’s found ten shoe models that range from conventional to alternative, each with the potential to improve your fitness and off-road skills in coming months.

Best Ski and Ride Outerwear

Best Ski and Ride Outerwear

Whether you’re a skier or a snowboarder, a resort rider or a backcountry whiz, these jacket and pant combos represent some of the best outwear offerings of 2016.

Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide

Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide

We’ve tested these picks (and others that didn’t make the list) from Chicago’s lakeside parks to the beaches of Costa Rica, the wilds of Wyoming to the fjords of Chile. Read on to find the right pair for you.

Adventure Essentials Buyer's Guide

Adventure Essentials Buyer's Guide

Facing a gear selection conundrum?  Active Junky balances utility against size and weight with eight adventure essentials that earn their way down the trail and around the world.

Bikepacking Buyer’s Guide

Bikepacking Buyer’s Guide

Welcome to the wild world of bikepacking, a rising mode of adventure where cross-country mountain bikers plan challenging multi-day routes. Active Junky offers up the bikepacking gear to bring your self-supported singletrack dreams within reach.

2015 Tent Buyer’s Guide

2015 Tent Buyer’s Guide

Tents don’t simply offer a place to wait out storms. They’re a nomadic home base, a shelter from which you can connect with both other adventurers and the natural world.

Hiking Boots Buyer's Guide

Hiking Boots Buyer's Guide

From weekend jaunt to transcontinental push, your goals are easily supported by solid footwear choices unavailable a dozen years ago