Featured Buyer's Guides

Hiking Backpack Buyer’s Guide

Hiking Backpack Buyer’s Guide

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.

Sleeping Bag Buyer’s Guide

Sleeping Bag Buyer’s Guide

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.

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.

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Hiking Backpack Buyer’s Guide

Hiking Backpack Buyer’s Guide

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.

Sleeping Bag Buyer’s Guide

Sleeping Bag Buyer’s Guide

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.

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.

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

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.

Camping Knife Buyer’s Guide

Camping Knife Buyer’s Guide

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.

Men's Trail Running Shoes Buyer's Guide

Men's Trail Running Shoes Buyer's Guide

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.

Men’s Casual Boots Buyer’s Guide

Men’s Casual Boots Buyer’s Guide

Boots aren’t only for the ski resort—far from it. Step up your casual wardrobe with six top picks; these boots keep the comfort coming with looks that combine substance and style.

Ski and Ride Outerwear Buyer’s Guide

Ski and Ride Outerwear Buyer’s Guide

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.

2015-16 Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide

2015-16 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.

2015-16 Goggle Buyer's Guide

2015-16 Goggle Buyer's Guide

This list of top picks – compiled by our testers and reviewers – displays eight of 2016’s best ski goggles.

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

Backpack Buyer’s Guide

Backpack Buyer’s Guide

Active Junky’s simplified pack buying around three common scenarios: day hiking, overnight packing and distance backpacking. Find yours and zoom in on the pack that’s right for you.

Mountaineering Buyer’s Guide

Mountaineering Buyer’s Guide

 Prepare physically and mentally for your new passion (and stock up your gear closet at the same time) with this condensed Active Junky Buyer’s Guide.

Daypack Buyer’s Guide

Daypack Buyer’s Guide

Daypacks top the list of essentials, working hard in every season.  From storing extra layers and snacks on hikes to books and laptops on airplanes, they make certain our necessities remain only a zip or two away.

Men’s Packable Jackets Buyer’s Guide

Men’s Packable Jackets Buyer’s Guide

These Active Junky selections favor light weight, compressibility and a touch of style over expedition-grade weather protection; instant access is the common thread between them all.

Adventure Travel Luggage Buyer’s Guide

Adventure Travel Luggage Buyer’s Guide

Every adventure is its own mission. As such, smart travelers rely on the best adventure travel luggage when the journey is about more than going from point A to B. 

Water Bottle Buyer’s Guide

Water Bottle Buyer’s Guide

Active Junky votes to fill bottles rather than landfills.  These top water bottle picks mean pure refreshment from a small, up-front investment.

Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide: 11 Top-Rated Models

Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide: 11 Top-Rated Models

If prepared even moderately well, meals cooked when camping seem more satisfying than those fixed at home. A well-matched camp stove makes the plein air experience enjoyable, even downright delightful.

Men’s Shells Buyer’s Guide

Men’s Shells Buyer’s Guide

The best men's windshells tame tough or changing weather; all six of these Active Junky selections turn wind, rain and even snow into better stories instead of aborted trips.

Wool Tee Shirt Buyer’s Guide

Wool Tee Shirt Buyer’s Guide

Few gear categories get as much wear as wool t-shirts. With four-season potential including summer use as a solo layer, wool-based tees trump cotton in performance and lasting value.  Join us for a test wear to find at least one that fits.

Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Not all runners are created equal. Some folks are designed to run; you can tell from their smooth stride and lightness afoot. 

Buyer's Guide: Indoor Climbing

Buyer's Guide: Indoor Climbing

Before you venture to a land of rope and rock, sweat and stone, find your bearings in the climbing gym. As you hunt for your first handholds, let this buyer’s guide serve as your roadmap.

Buyer's Guide: Ski Poles

Buyer's Guide: Ski Poles

Just as a freestyle skier requires a softer boot than a ski racer and a ski with a skinnier waist width than a powderhound, so too are there different poles for different skier types.