Best Life Jackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) of 2019

Our guide to the best life jackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs) of 2019 reviews the most popular Type I, Type III, Type V, women’s PFD, fishing PFDs, and budget PFD from Astral, NRS, Stohlquist, and Stearns. The one thing that all boaters can agree on is that personal safety is paramount.

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The Best Cookpot for Backpacking for 2019

We researched and tested backpacking cooking pots—ones with positive reviews in outdoor media as well as users. We found the best cook pots for backpacking including titanium, anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and cook sets. We considered cooking efficiency, heat distribution, and weight.

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The Best Satellite Messengers and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for 2019

We researched top professional and customer reviews on satellite messengers and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). We narrowed down a list of 26 units, down to the top six units that will serve most outdoor people’s weight, budget, battery life, and communication needs.

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The Best Backpacking Backpacks for 2019

We researched, tested, and used our own experience to find the best backpacks for backpacking. See our top picks for best overall, upgrade, high volume, heavy loads, budget, frameless, and budget frameless backpacks for multi-day trips in the backcountry.

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