Apparel
smartwool crew

Best Merino Wool T-shirt

The Best Merino Wool T-Shirt is the Smartwool Crew Shirt – Short Sleeve.  Women can get the same shirt in a women’s v-neck, our recommendation is identical for both. Cotton T-shirts are fine if you plan to sit indo...
Merrell Trail Glove 2
Darn tuff socks
Solomon speed cross 3 black adventure trail running shoe
 
 Backpacking

How to Choose the Best Backpack

There is no single best backpack for every use, but our backpack choosing infographic can help you pick a great backpack for your specific activity. Our suggestions are based on decades of backpacking experience and far too mu...
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E24A Hatchet
 
 Car Camping
tents

How to Choose a Tent

There is no best tent, but click on our tent choosing infographic and we’ll help you choose a great tent. Just click on the image below to make it large enough to read. Why There isn’t One Best Tent At Rugged Indivi...
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E24A Hatchet
North Face Base Camp Duffel
 
 Climbing

Best Beginner Sport Climbing Gear

If you are just getting started in sport climbing you have a decent amount of gear to acquire. Our authors have been climbing for more than a decade and bring that experience to help you choose great gear at an affordable price...
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 Dog Gear
nelson stainless steel automatic dog waterer

Best Automatic Dog Waterer

The Best Automatic Dog Waterer is the Nelson Automatic Dog Waterer – Model 1200B. After extensive online research, interviews with several veterinarians, and ultimately buying different models and testing them, the best A...
 
 Fly Fishing
Patagonia River Crampons

Patagonia River Crampons Provide Best River Traction for Wading

Patagonia River Crampons Provide Best River Traction for Wading Many fisheries have banned wading boots with felt soles in order prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species such as didymo (a.k.a. rock snot) and parasites, li...
Hardy Zenith Fly Fishing Rod
 
 Gadgets
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Best Large Headlamp

The Fenix HP11 is the best large headlamp for most people based on our long term testing and abuse. Introduction In our best small headlamp review we stated that the Fenix HL21 is the best headlamp for most people.  We stick b...
Fenix HL21
 
 Kids
Bullfrog Marathon Mist

Best Sunscreen

The best sunscreen for most people is the Bullfrog Marathon Mist. In our long term testing it outperforms everything else. May 21, 2014 – Updated to include information from latest Consumer Reports lab testing and alterna...
 
 Work Out
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Best Swim Goggles

Whether you are swimming laps at the gym pool, hitting the open water in a triathalon, or just having a lazy day at the local swimming hole the best goggles are the Aqua Sphere Kayenne. This best swim goggles review is based on...
Merrell Trail Glove 2
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How to Choose the Best Backpack

There is no single best backpack for every use, but our backpack choosing infographic can help you pick a great backpack for your specific activity. Our suggestions are based on decades of backpacking experience and far too mu...


Best Beginner Sport Climbing Gear

If you are just getting started in sport climbing you have a decent amount of gear to acquire. Our authors have been climbing for more than a decade and bring that experience to help you choose great gear at an affordable price...


tents

How to Choose a Tent

There is no best tent, but click on our tent choosing infographic and we’ll help you choose a great tent. Just click on the image below to make it large enough to read. Why There isn’t One Best Tent At Rugged Indivi...


Yes, your author is a dork

Best Swim Goggles

Whether you are swimming laps at the gym pool, hitting the open water in a triathalon, or just having a lazy day at the local swimming hole the best goggles are the Aqua Sphere Kayenne. This best swim goggles review is based on...


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Best Belay Carabiner

In our extensive field testing we find the Omega Pacific Jake Keylock Quik-lok is the best rock climbing belay carabiner. Some history Back in the day climbers in the US used to belay by wrapping the rope around their hip.  Th...


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Best Duct Tape

In our testing Gorilla tape is the best duct tape.  It is sticky and tough on an amazing number of surfaces. Introduction There is an age old argument about what is the most useful thing for makeshift camping repairs.  Bailin...


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Best Beginner Climbing Harness

The Black Diamond Momentum SA (Men) and Black Diamond Primrose SA (Women) are the best beginner and all around climbing harnesses. They offer great affordability, durability, versatility, and comfort. AFFORDABLE The cheapest ha...


Patagonia River Crampons

Patagonia River Crampons Provide Best River Traction for Wading

Patagonia River Crampons Provide Best River Traction for Wading Many fisheries have banned wading boots with felt soles in order prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species such as didymo (a.k.a. rock snot) and parasites, li...


Rack of Camalots.

Best Climbing Cams

The Best Climbing Cams are the Black Diamond Camalot C4.  We literally trust our lives to our Black Diamond Camalot C4s.  We have for years. Introduction It is worth starting with a warning.  Rock climbing is dangerous.  Tr...


Hardy Zenith Fly Fishing Rod

Hardy Zenith is the Best Premium Fly Fishing Rod

The Hardy Zenith is one of the lightest and fastest rods on the market. It is a real joy to cast. Whether you are fishing for bluegills, trout or small/medium bass, this rod will do it all. If you can only have one fly rod for ...


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Best Large Headlamp

The Fenix HP11 is the best large headlamp for most people based on our long term testing and abuse. Introduction In our best small headlamp review we stated that the Fenix HL21 is the best headlamp for most people.  We stick b...


E24A Hatchet

Best Hatchet

I don’t remember a lot of books I read in school growing up.  One I do recall in vivid detail is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.   In the book a young boy crashes in a plane in the wilderness of Canada with nothing but his wi...


smartwool crew

Best Merino Wool T-shirt

The Best Merino Wool T-Shirt is the Smartwool Crew Shirt – Short Sleeve.  Women can get the same shirt in a women’s v-neck, our recommendation is identical for both. Cotton T-shirts are fine if you plan to sit indo...


North Face Base Camp Duffel

Best Duffel Bag

The North Face Base Camp Duffel is the best duffel bag for adventure and travel.  It is nearly waterproof and as tough as woodpecker lips. Let’s face it, that roller suitcase you take with you on planes just isn’t ...


Helium Quickdraws

Best Quickdraws

The Wild Country Helium Ultralight Quickdraw is the best quickdraw for most climbers.  We’ve tested them extensively, including using them on the tallest sport climb in North America. STRONG Rated at 24kN (5395 pound fee...


Bullfrog Marathon Mist

Best Sunscreen

The best sunscreen for most people is the Bullfrog Marathon Mist. In our long term testing it outperforms everything else. May 21, 2014 – Updated to include information from latest Consumer Reports lab testing and alterna...


Merrell Trail Glove 2

Best Barefoot Shoes

The best barefoot shoes for running, trails, hiking, and adventure is the The Merrell Trail Glove 2.  These minimalist shoes are durable and comfortable out on the trail. We’ll start by saying that barefoot shoes aren...


Snow Peak Spork

Best Spork

The Snow Peak Titanium Spork is the best Spork and the best eating utensil for most people on the go.  To come to this conclusion we did long term testing of a large variety of cutlery and researched others experiences to be s...


Darn tuff socks

Best Hiking Socks

Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Socks are the best socks for most people based on their outstanding comfort and durability.  This is based on extensive research and testing. RUGGEDNESS We’ve talked to a lot of Appal...


Hydroflask climbing

Best Thermos & Insulated Water Bottle

The Hydroflask 40oz widemouth is the best Insulated Water Bottle and also the best Thermos out there for most people.  It has a great combination of durability, performance, and affordability. For most occasions to carry liqui...