Reviews You Can Rely On

Author Profile

Credit: Aaron Rice

Aaron Rice

Review Editor


Another classic story of a New Englander goes West… Growing up in small-town Massachusetts, Aaron quickly developed a love for hiking and biking in the forests around his home and camping and skiing in the mountains of Vermont and Maine. A pursuit of higher elevations led him first to Boulder, CO, where he cultivated his passion for backcountry skiing while earning a degree in snow and climate science. While in school, Aaron continued to work as an assistant buyer for his hometown ski shop. After graduation he moved to Jackson, WY, to further a proper mountain education. With four year’s experience of skiing and climbing in the Tetons, he moved into working in outdoor ed, and met his wife while co-leading a trip in Alaska; a shared love of high-mountain deserts brought them to northern New Mexico. Now living in Santa Fe, Aaron fulfills his enthusiasm for the outdoors through many forms: as a wilderness instructor for the United World College, co-managing a farm-to-table garden with his wife, as a ski patroller for Ski Santa Fe, and with lots of biking, skiing, and climbing adventures in between.

Showing 1-15 of 86 by Aaron Rice
Best Windbreaker of 2022

Best Windbreaker of 2022

Windbreakers are a lightweight, packable, cost-effective alternative to burlier outer layers, and are great for...
Rab Vital Windshell
Top Pick

Rab Vital Windshell

This jacket has a great pocket layout and is listed at a great price. If a single chest pocket isn't enough to stash...
Best Handheld GPS of 2022

Best Handheld GPS of 2022

Looking to improve your backcountry navigation? We bought and tested 7 of the best GPS units on the market to help you...
Best Long Underwear of 2022

Best Long Underwear of 2022

With temperatures dropping, it's time to prepare to play outside in the cold. We've compared 11 of the best long...
Best Barefoot Shoes of 2022

Best Barefoot Shoes of 2022

Ready to make the switch to minimalist or barefoot shoes? Our comprehensive review compares 10 of this season's best...
Brooks Divide 2
Best Buy

Brooks Divide 2

A crossover model that offers a great entry-level point for those new to trail running, this versatile shoe is high on...
HOKA Torrent 2
Top Pick

HOKA Torrent 2

From ultra-marathons to technical alpine traverses, this versatile shoe offers the support and agility to tackle any...
Best Portable Grill of 2022

Best Portable Grill of 2022

Our comprehensive review directly compares some of the best products available, so that you can focus on what to grill...
Best Base Layer of 2022

Best Base Layer of 2022

A solid base layer is at the core of keeping you warm, dry, and comfortable as you set out on your next great...
Next >

Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.

Learn More