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 Backpacking Sleeping Bags for 2019

We analyzed the top 7 comparative sleeping bag reviews and hundreds of customer reviews to determine the most popular three-season backpacking sleeping bags. From the 12 most popular sleeping bags, we narrowed it to the 5 warm, lightweight sleeping bags for three-season backpacking. We choose bags from Feathered Friends, Western Mountaineering, and budget sleeping bags from Montbell and the REI Magma. We have high quality bag suggestions for side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and back sleepers alike.

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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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The Best Altimeter Watches (ABC Watches) of 2019

To develop criteria for how to choose an altimeter watch, we aggregated and analyzed comparative reviews from dozens of professional reviews. We also aggregated hundreds of customer and user reviews. We also used our own experience with altimeter and ABC watches.

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