Welcome to Sports and Outdoors Staff Picks. Each week, we select our favorite pieces from the gear coming across our desks, in addition to mainstays in our kits. We show you glimpses into the gear we’re testing and what we’re stoked on. Have something you think we should check out? Or just want to say hi? Drop us a line at outdoor@gearpatrol.com.

MiiR 25L Commuter Pack

Simply put, this pack is incredible. It holds everything you need for an urban adventure, is highly water resistant, and the rolltop design allows you to close it in multiple ways depending on how much you have inside. It’s virtually a black hole — the amount you can carry in it is astounding. I’ve used it for everything from day hikes, to bike commuting, to carrying my groceries back from the store. You name it, it can do it. — AJ Powell, Associate Staff Writer

Goldwin Mountain Jacket

Full disclosure: I do not own this jacket. (Not yet, at least). But I did get to slip it on, along with a handful of other pieces in Goldwin’s upcoming fall line, at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. All of Goldwin’s stuff left an impression on me (we awarded their travel shirt best in show), but the Mountain Jacket was a standout. The attention to detail is incredible, and the design — clean, understated, simple — is damn-near perfect, in my eyes. Arc’teryx Veilance finally has a worthy competitor.
Michael Finn, Editorial Apprentice

Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife

I hadn’t touched one of these since Boyscouts, but I got one as a stocking stuffer this Christmas. Holy shit! Put your ultra-lightweight, large-blade Leatherman in your backcountry pack. For anything you’ll get into in an urban environment, this has you covered. (The removable tweezers, in particular, are a wonder.)
Chris Wright, Associate Editor

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Swedish mountain roads as dusk sets in. (?:@thenickcaruso)

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