Maggie Slepian

Freelance writer

Maggie Slepian is a freelance writer and gear tester with more than a decade of outdoor industry experience. She has thru-hiked and bike-packed thousands of miles across the country.

  1. this thing’s incredible
    I Misread the Forecast and Wore One Shirt for 13 DaysThis Smartwool tank top saved my trip and earned its own social-media following.
  2. this thing’s incredible
    I Have All the Expensive Yoga Pants, But I Like This $36 Alo Dupe the BestThey’re comfortable and opaque and work for all kinds of activities.
  3. this thing’s incredible
    Even at -45°F, These Boots Keep My Feet WarmMy pipes froze, my garage door broke, but my toes were fine.
  4. this thing’s incredible
    The Comfortable But Not Embarrassing Shoes I Wore to Travel All Over EuropeI walked ten miles a day in these waterproof Danner boots, and they never gave me any trouble.
  5. this thing’s incredible
    This Fly Fishing Company Makes My Favorite Travel ClothesFree Fly’s comfortable garments work as well for a full day of casting streamers as they do for sightseeing in Rome.
  6. this thing’s incredible
    This Gregory Pack Is the Clown Car of Personal ItemsI can stuff it with everything I need for a four-day trip, and it will still fit under any airplane seat.
  7. trust me i should know
    I’ve Figured Out How to Dress for 12-Hour Days in Freezing-Cold MontanaAs a film wrangler on the horse team, I have to be ready for brutal conditions and temperatures ranging from 30 to -15 degrees.
  8. recommended by experts
    The Best Men’s and Women’s Snow Pants, According to Skiers and SnowboardersFor a day on the slopes or a snowball fight in the backyard.
  9. recommended by experts
    The Best Cycling Shorts for Women, According to Serious CyclistsIncluding favorites from Ironman competitors and long-distance bikepackers.
  10. ask a cool person
    What Are the Best Bike Shorts?The leisurewear and athletic staple is comfortable, flattering, and wicking.
  11. best in class
    The 6 Very Best Inflatable KayaksOptions for every skill level and a variety of conditions, all easy to pack down and transport.
  12. best in class
    The 8 Very Best Bike LightsFor seeing and being seen.
  13. this thing’s incredible
    I Wore This Bra for 700 MilesAnd it’s still the one I reach for first for hiking, cycling, and running.
  14. this thing’s incredible
    I Ditched My AirPods for These Better-Fitting (and Longer-Lasting) $45 EarbudsAfter a year of using them, I am happy to report that they’ve outperformed my AirPods in almost every situation.
  15. suncare
    I Can Sweat Buckets and This (Backpacker-Tested) Sunscreen Won’t RunIt comes from Sawyer, a brand beloved for its topical insect-repelling lotions that the Strategist has said let “skin breathe more easily.”
  16. this thing’s incredible
    I Use This Inflatable Pillow at Camps, in Cars, on Planes, and Even on the CouchDeflated, it fits into my pocket and takes up about as much space as a deck of cards.
  17. this thing’s incredible
    I’ve Hiked Thousands of Miles with Dozens of Packs, and This Is My Go-ToPopular among seasoned backpackers, the brand remains off the radars of commercial retailers, but I saw it a lot while hiking the Appalachian Trail.