The Best Merino Wool Apparel We’ve Tried (2024): 27 Socks, Hoodies, Shirts, Pants, Sweaters, and Jackets

Merino wool is a super fiber. Merino T-shirts somehow manage to be comfortable in 95-degree Fahrenheit heat, and merino hoodies keep you warm well below freezing. Unlike synthetic fibers derived from petroleum, merino wool is natural and renewable. One sheep can produce 4 to 5 pounds of wool per year. That’s because the sheep that … Read more

5 Best Water Bottles (2024): Owala, LifeStraw, Yeti

Owning a reusable water bottle is a great way to cut out single-use plastic and stay hydrated. Most people have specific preferences for their drinking vessels—nearly every WIRED staffer has their own favorite—so the best water bottle is the one you’ll use. If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve rounded up our favorites after years … Read more

Ecoflow Glacier Review: A Portable Refrigerator for Wherever You Go

When I first saw the Ecoflow Glacier, announced at last year’s CES, I immediately thought, No one needs this. Well, not no one. I need it. But I live full-time in an RV. I am an outlier. Hardly anyone needs a portable, battery-powered cooler. Not long after that, I was at the beach in Florida … Read more

Zenbivy Bed Sleeping Bag and Quilt Review: Sleep Well Wherever You Go

The best days in life seem to start in a sleeping bag. Sure, you wake up sheathed in slick nylon, staring up at a wall made of more nylon, but once you escape your shiny sleep prison, you’re usually somewhere amazing—the High Sierra, lakeside on Superior, in a tree house in Laos. I’ve never been … Read more

5 Best Rain Jackets (2023): Cheap, Eco-Friendly, Hiking, and Running

Look for laminated layers: Most technical waterproof jackets are referred to as two- or three-layer jackets. These layers usually consist of a face fabric that has been treated with a waterproofing agent like durable water repellent, which is a thin mesh for releasing water vapor, plus a protective interior lining underneath. In general, for greater … Read more

Best Changing Robes (2023): Swim, Surf, Water Sports

Changing robes are pretty self-explanatory. They’re designed to make it easy to get changed in and out of your swimming or water sports gear while you’re on the beach, camping, or in the parking lot. With super-soft fleecy linings, waterproof exteriors, and oversize designs for discreet changing, they can keep you warm and dry and … Read more

10 Best Travel Coffee Mugs (2023): Insulated, Steel, Thermal

We run through so many travel mugs, and not all of them are winners. These are a few we like, just not as much as the ones above. Contigo Luxe Autoseal for $36: What makes the Contigo “automatic” is a button on the side of the lid that opens the sippin’ hole. There’s a lock … Read more

Who Knew That Rothy’s Made Men’s Shoes? They’re Great!

I used to feel a little embarrassed by my home clothes—anything I wore when no one could see me. That included ratty shoes, shirts with holes, and old shorts I should have gotten rid of long ago. When I got a dog, my embarrassment swelled because I was too lazy to change when I left … Read more

26 Outdoor Gift Ideas (2023): Camp Cookware, Bike Accessories, Outdoor Apparel

Next time you tell that outdoorsy friend or family member to take a hike, make sure they head into the great outside equipped enough to enjoy it. In this guide, we have more than two dozen gift recommendations ranging from a titanium French press to a wool hat woven in Kathmandu. Our Gear team has … Read more

REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket Review: Best Value

REI Co-op—the house brand for outdoor retailer REI—consistently strikes an impressive balance between quality and price. The latest example is the 650 Down Jacket, which is lightweight, made of recycled materials, and warm. The previous version of this jacket is the 650 Down Jacket 2.0, so while that technically makes the current version 3.0, it’s … Read more