Gear Reviews

The Best Hiking Socks for Summer Treks

Don’t overlook the importance of merino wool.

All the Gear You Need To Take on the Desert
It's one of the most inhospitable places on the planets, but the rig…
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Hands-On with the Diesel ON Full Guard Smartwatch
The Android Wear smartwatch will complement your favorite pair of je…
Survival Gear for Your Car, Home and To-Go Bag
Outlined below are three disaster kits--one for your home, one for y…
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The Best Coolers for Tailgating and Camping
Keep your fresh catch (or your favorite beer) cool for hours, even d…
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Best Car Roof Racks and Cargo Boxes

Gear up for ski season with these adventure-ready roof racks.

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5 Things You Need to Help Your Shoes Survive the Winter
Treat your shoes right and they're survive the months of snow and ice.
All the Gear You Need This Winter
The Popular Mechanics guide to the seasons best camping equipment.
The North Face Fuse Uno One-Seam Jacket
Made from a single piece of fabric, The North Faces new alpine shell keeps you toasty warm by losing the seams.
Exclusive: Oakley's New High-Tech Frames
Hubless hinges, carbon fiber, and industrial design will play to engineering lovers.
13 Things to Pack For Your Around-the-World Adventure
Carl Hoffmans new book is Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefellers Tragic Quest for Primitive Art. He…
30 Ways to Survive Absolutely Any Disaster
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent, more intense, and less predictablebut technology is helping us fight back.
The Results of Our Bear-Proof Cooler Test Are In
To put high-end coolers through our paces, we rented a bear. No, really. Here's how the three competitors survived an assault by a 450-…
A Brief History of Firefighting
Did you know dalmatians became firefighters' best friends in the late 19th century, when they were used to protect fire-carriage horses…
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Jim Cantore's List of Essential Storm Gear
You know it's a bad beach day when meteorologist Jim Cantore and his Weather Channel crew show up. PopMech asks the intrepid storm trac…
Better Shelters for Wildland Firefighters
Wildland firefighters rely on fire shelters as a last resort in emergencies, but can the equipment be improved?
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Gear Up With a Search and Rescue Responder
The right clothes can save a life. Just ask Chris Padden of New York's Long Island Search and Rescue. Padden picks the ultimate outfitt…
Install a Battery-Backup Sump Pump
A blackout could leave your sump pump inoperable just when you need it most. So install a system with battery backup.
9 Gadgets to Get You Through the Holidays
There are two ways to survive the holiday season: embrace your oddball relatives by stuffing them with cheese and beating them at board…
Visiting the South Pole
One hundred years ago today, Roald Amundsen reached the south pole riding on a dogsled. But if you wanted to accomplish the same feat t…
The Best Waterproof Jackets: Comparison
Waterproof is good, but today's storm jackets also need to be light and breathable. We put three of the bestthe Columbia Flyin' Dry, No…
U.K. Riots: What Survival Gear Are People Buying?
The ongoing riots in North London, along with real-time data from Amazon, have provided a snapshot of what survival gear people are loo…
Want to Prevent Shark Bites? Use This Tech
Although shark attacks are rare, they can be deadly. If youre worried about getting bitten, there are a number of high-tech ways to imp…
Are Personal Locator Beacons Lifesavers or Expensive, Unnecessary Gadgets?
Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) have saved hundreds of lives, but human error has also spurred erroneousand expensiverescue attempts. A…
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Technology That Can Make Commercial Fishing Safer
If adopted, these products can reduce annual fatalities in the commercial fishing industry.
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Personal Locator Beacons: Gallery
Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) have saved hundreds of lives, but human error has also spurred erroneousand expensiverescue attempts. A…
50 Simple Tools to Help Rebuild Haiti
As relief efforts bring materials to Haiti to aid in this reconstruction effort, PM suggests a list of basic tools and supplies that co…
Apocalypse Chow
Meals ready-to-eat (MREs) are the military's answer to a long-term, disaster-proof food supply. But does the taste inspire the will to …