Outdoor gear rating?

I tested and reviewed the equipment for Backpacker magazine for 20 years. At The Big Outside, I review only what I consider to be the best outdoor gear and clothing that helps you spend your money smarter. Whether it's an epic hike or a morning snowshoe, telling others how your team fared helps people of all experience levels and backgrounds access the outdoors safely. Experience has taught me when to find equipment at the lowest prices and when it makes sense to spend less or spend more on equipment.