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Best Climbing Helmet

The best climbing helmet for most people is the Petzl Sirocco. We’ve worn this thing on a lot of climbing trips and have been super impressed by its durability, comfort, and light weight. Why we love it Safe There are two...


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Best Lightweight Rain Jacket

The best lightweight rain jacket is the Outdoor Research Helium II. We based this pick on lots of field testing and in depth research. We think for most people a lightweight rain jacket is the right rain jacket. There are some ...



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Best Walkie Talkie

Introduction Two way radios, also known as walkie-talkies seem simple in concept. You push a button and talk, and the person on the other end hears you. These can be amazingly useful outside when hiking, rock climbing, paddling...


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Best Bike Storage Infographic

Click on the info-graphic to see it in its full sized glory. Introduction Are you storing your bike on a rack, on a stand, in your garage, on the wall, on the ceiling? Sometimes it feels like too many choices. Our bike storage ...



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...



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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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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...