Featured Buyer's Guides

Goggle Buyer's Guide

Goggle Buyer's Guide

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

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.

Fat Bike Buyer’s Guide

Fat Bike Buyer’s Guide

Fat Bikes come in a wide range of options and prices, so Active Junky testers jumped on the best Fat Bikes from top cycling brands to help you find the perfect bike for your needs and budget. 

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.

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Goggle Buyer's Guide

Goggle Buyer's Guide

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

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.

Fat Bike Buyer’s Guide

Fat Bike Buyer’s Guide

Fat Bikes come in a wide range of options and prices, so Active Junky testers jumped on the best Fat Bikes from top cycling brands to help you find the perfect bike for your needs and budget. 

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.

Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide

Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide

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

Camp Axe Buyer’s Guide

Camp Axe Buyer’s Guide

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.

Sleeping Pad Buyer's Guide

Sleeping Pad Buyer's Guide

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.

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.

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

Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide

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.