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Nick B
Nick B

Nick Bruckbauer

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As a cross country and track runner in high school, college, and beyond, Nick started training year-round in a brutal Wisconsin climate at the age of 15. After starting his running career in cotton sweatshirts and sauna-like warmup suits, Nick appreciates how utilizing the proper clothing and shoes can affect an athletes comfort, performance, and enjoyment of a sport, which helps him relate to the high school runners he coaches today.

After moving to California in 2008, Nick was able to deeply connect with his love of the outdoors, and transitioned from an avid runner to a devoted and obsessed outdoorsman. His repertoire currently includes trail and road running, road cycling, golfing, paddling, hiking, camping, backpacking, mountaineering, climbing, and skiing. Among his favorite experiences in the last two years are trekking in Nepal, completing a 3-week ski mountaineering leadership and guide course in Alaska, summiting and skiing Mt. Rainier and two other 14ers, solo climbing Mt. Whitney’s Mountaineers Route in snowy conditions, and introducing his fiancé to Yosemite backpacking and Colorado skiing.

Bitten by the online shopping bug around Christmas 2007, Nick has scoured the ends of the internet to find the best-looking and fitting, best constructed, and most cost-effective pieces of clothing and equipment. As a civil engineer in his day job, Nick appreciates the objective, methodical approach we take to our gear testing and review process here at OutdoorGearLab.

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10 Best Bike Helmets of 2022

10 Best Bike Helmets of 2022

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Best Running Gear of 2022

Best Running Gear of 2022

With our collection of knowledge on all things running, we have put together a list of our favorite products to keep...
Best Bike Panniers of 2022

Best Bike Panniers of 2022

We bought and tested 14 of the best bike panniers on today's market to help you determine which model is right for...
Best Bike Saddle of 2022

Best Bike Saddle of 2022

After spending countless hours grinding away the miles in the top road bike saddles on the market, we identified the...
Best Hydration Pack of 2022

Best Hydration Pack of 2022

Are you ready for a new hydration pack? Whether you're replacing an older model or looking to try one for the first...
10 Best Backpacks of 2022

10 Best Backpacks of 2022

We're always looking for the best backpacks to fuel our adventures. We tested hundreds of models this year and these...
Best Road Bike Helmet of 2022

Best Road Bike Helmet of 2022

After testing the top bike helmets on the market, we evaluated comfort, weight, ventilation, durability, all-around...
Best Duffel Bags of 2022

Best Duffel Bags of 2022

A dependable duffel bag will take you and all your gear on the best adventures and will also make everyday travel a...
ECCO Yucatan
Editors' Choice

ECCO Yucatan

High-end materials and a comfort-oriented design combine to make these kicks some of the most comfortable sandals that...
Teva Katavi 2
Best Buy

Teva Katavi 2

Surprisingly high-end comfort and performance at such an affordable price earn this sandal our Best Bang for the Buck...
Keen Newport H2
Top Pick

Keen Newport H2

A classic contender for the closed-toe sandal design with a wide forefoot, water-friendly materials, and a grippy...
Best Running Jacket of 2022

Best Running Jacket of 2022

To find out which running jacket is the best, we selected the highest-rated offerings in the market and put them to...
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