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How to Pick the Right Pack

There are a wide variety of differently sized packs with a seemingly endless array of features to suit any adventure needs. In general, packs can be broken down into three categories: daypacks, backpacking packs, and travel backpacks. Understanding the differences between each of these pack types can save you a lot of time and frustration when it's time to narrow down your choices.

Backpacking Packs
Whether it's an overnight trip or a two-week trek, you'll need a backpacking backpack. These technical packs are designed to help you carry heavy loads over long distances. Shop Backpacking Backpacks
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Daypacks
Daypacks are small to medium sized packs designed to hold a single day's worth of gear for everything from hiking and backcountry skiing to mountain biking and cragging. Shop Daypacks Shop Technical Daypacks Shop Laptop Daypacks Shop School Backpacks
Travel Packs
If you're looking for an everyday pack to take on long flights, secure your laptop, or carry around campus, a travel pack is the right bag for the job. Shop Travel Backpacks

How to Choose Gloves and Mittens

Protect Your Hands from the Weather
How to Choose Gloves & Mittens

From what you wear on your head to what covers your toes, every article of clothing has a particular purpose in the outdoors. Gloves protect your fingers and allow fine motor control while mittens offer extra warmth by allowing your fingers more skin-on-skin contact. Hybrid gloves (also called lobster mittens) offer the warmth of mittens and the dexterity of gloves. Consider the following aspects when shopping for hand protection: weather conditions, insulation, and design or shape.

Conditions:

For cold and wet weather, look for winter handwear with a waterproof coating (DWR) or waterproof shell fabric like Gore-Tex and plenty of insulation. Often, a waterproof breathable shell fabric will help to protect your hands from the warmth-robbing effects of wind.

Insulation:

For cold conditions or cold hands, insulated handwear is the only way to go. Synthetic insulations like PrimaLoft dry quickly and are less affected by moisture than down insulation. Down offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio.

Design:

A gauntlet-style cuff keeps wetness and cold air from creeping up the sleeve of your jacket. This design can feel bulky to some so if you want a sleeker fit look for a glove with a slim cuff that slips under your jacket cuff.